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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) - Wrote an essay when she was 13 years old which was published in her synagogue bulletin urging congregants to rid themselves of hate and prejudice. The essay, dated June 2, 1946 and titled "One People" was published in Ginsburg’s 2017 book “My Own Words”, which contains a collection of her speeches and writings as well as her thoughts on growing up in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood.


One People

The war has left a bloody trail and many deep wounds not too easily healed. Many people have been left with scars that take a long time to pass away. We must never forget the horrors which our brethren were subjected to in Bergen-Belsen and other Nazi concentration camps. Then, too, we must try hard to understand that for righteous people hate and prejudice are neither good occupations nor fit companions. "Rabbi Alfred Bettleheim once said: 'Prejudice saves us a painful trouble, the trouble of thinking'.” In our beloved land families were not scattered, communities not erased nor our nation destroyed by the ravages of the World War.

Yet, dare we be at ease? We are part of a world whose unity has been almost completely shattered. No one can feel free from danger and destruction until the many torn threads of civilization are bound together again. We cannot feel safer until every nation, regardless of weapons or power, will meet together in good faith, the people worthy of mutual association. 

There can be a happy world and there will be once again, when men create a strong bond towards one another, a bond unbreakable by a studied prejudice or a passing circumstance. Then and only then shall we have a world built on the foundation of the Fatherhood of God and whose structure is the Brotherhood of Man.

“How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ...Continue reading 

Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821 - 1867) French poet, considered one of the most compelling poets of the19th century. He also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and one of the first translators of Edgar Allan Poe.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962) American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner 's literary works included novels, poetry, short stories, essays, screen plays, and a play. This quote is from his novel Absalom, Absalom! published in 1936

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“There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through .......Read more

“Some books are toolkits you take up to fix things, from the most practical to the most mysterious, from your house to your heart, or to make things, from cakes to ships. Some books are wings… Some books are medicine, bitter but clarifying.” .........Click to read more

“The impression we derive from a book, depends much less upon its real contents, than upon the temper of mind and preparation with which we read it" ..........Click here to read Maria Popova's article on Brain Pickings


“Some books are toolkits you take up to fix things, from the most practical to the most mysterious, from your house to your heart, or to make things, from cakes to ships. Some books are wings… Some books are medicine, bitter but clarifying.” Click to read the full Maria Popova's article on Brain Pickings

From the hidden universe beneath our feet to delight as a counter-cultural force of courage and resistance, by way of Patti Smith, Toni Morrison, and the Greek myths..................Click to read Maria Popova's article on Brain Pickings

Great children’s books are really miniature cartographies of meaning, emissaries of the deepest existential wisdom that cut across all lines of division, scuttle past the many walls adulthood has sold us on erecting, and slip in through the backdoor of our consciousness to speak — in the language of children, which is the language of unselfconscious sincerity — the most timeless truths to the truest parts of us.................................Click to read the full article at Brain Pickings

"Given that it serves as the brain’s built-in therapy mechanism regulating our negative moods, given that it acts as the brain’s janitor sweeping away toxins responsible for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, sleep may be the closest thing we have a superpower" ................. Read more

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"We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. There is a strange and sorrowful loneliness to this, to being a creature that carries its fragile sense of self in a bag of skin on an endless pilgrimage to some promised land of belonging. We are willing to erect many defenses to hedge against that loneliness and fortress our fragility. But every once in a while, we encounter another such creature who reminds us with the sweetness of persistent yet undemanding affection that we need not walk alone".......Read more

Come watch the META Perfroming Arts production of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical!

This is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

This is an INCREDIBLE show that you won't want to miss. Perfect for elementary aged children as well. Don't miss it!

When: October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Address: 712 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
Phone: 360-336-8955

"Potoroos, birds of paradise, variegated lizards, and other wondrous creatures brought to vibrant life by a visionary woman in the golden age of scientific exploration"..........Click to read more

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