The “Great March on Washington” on Aug. 28, 2013, is considered one of the largest rallies for human rights in the United States.
In his call for racial harmony, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech that produced one of the greatest quotes of our time — “I have a dream …” Although the rally featured numerous speakers, the quote by Dr. King became the most memorable moment of the event and has endured because of its symbolism, sincerity and hope. The March on Washington led to the passage of the nation’s Civil Rights Act in 1964 and Voting Rights Act in 1965.
But did you know that Dr. King did not write the words “I have a dream” into his prepared speech. The words, which appear to have been impromptu, became the best remembered from that day and were not part of Dr. King’s prepared text.
The words were powerful: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character — I have a dream today.”
A recent program on CBS “Sunday Morning” spotlighted the history of the printed speech which Dr. King handed to George Raveling, a former college basketball star who put the speech into a biography of Harry Truman. The speech remained there for decades.
The words that brought change to a nation and have become part of our history were spoken from the heart and with great passion but were never planned. They were, indeed, words of change.
Visit http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57596990/guardian-of-history-mlks-i-have-a-dream-speech-lives-on/ to know more about how the speech remained hidden for many years.Read More
My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is writing on my behalf today to let you know how much both of us have been humbled by the outpouring of support, concern, love and prayers that have come our way over the past week since my unexpected illness and surgery last week.
Our feelings of gratitude are so huge that we cannot begin to adequately express them, so we searched to find quotes that might reflect what we ourselves cannot say.
Here are a few of the best:
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward, inspirational writer
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — President John F. Kennedy
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” — John Milton, English poet, scholar
In the worst of our lives last week, you gave us light and hope. You helped dry Mom Karen’s tears and gave me the courage to battle the pain and anxiousness of being left in a strange place to heal. We may have been far away from most of you, but you were inside our hearts, and we love you for being there for us.
Mom Karen and I have learned so much from all you and your lessons of kindness and concern. We treasure you for your generous spirit and we are proud to have you in our lives — even if some of you just live in the computer for now!
Blessings and gratitude to all of you,
Lady LouiseRead More
Why do so many people love to garden?
Richard Wright, the editor of House and Garden, wrote an essay in 1918 about gardening and the passion it holds for many, “We shall want simplicity and sunshine, the smell of fresh-turned earth and the myriad insect voices vibrating through the August night. The songs of birds will mean more to us then than they do now; the white shower of petals as the May breeze stirs among the apple boughs will have a new appeal; the delicate blue-black tracery of twigs on the moonlit snow will find a quicker response in our hearts. These are but parts of those true homes that are the units upon which civilization is built.”
Wright’s comments came during World War I when people who had never thought about gardening for food were giving the earth a second glance. He wrote,
” … many people garden for no other ostensible reason than to contribute their share to the great cause which keeps the world at war. ‘Food Will Win the War—Produce It’ is a slogan which has come home to the heart of America. It is the slogan which thousands have adopted who never before grew anything more edible than potted hyacinths from fashionable Fifth Avenue florists. And it is the slogan which many more thousands must adopt if America is to do her utmost as a member of the Entente. Purely utilitarian gardening, this, yet one cannot but feel that it will have its spiritual after-effects.”
Today, many young people are planting gardens because of their interest in good nutrition and sustainability. Gardens can be found at schools and also on college campuses. The lessons being taught about the earth may help children, even those in urban areas, view garden as an essential way of life.
This quote from designer Oscar de la Renta is a lovely description of the joy of digging in the dirt:
“Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.”
Regardless of the reason, I encourage you to enjoy the beauty of your work and the fruit and flowers of your labors!Read More
Do you ever wonder about certain phrases? How they started? What they mean?
It’s National Sewing Machine Day, which I think is the perfect time to discuss the phrase “a stitch in time saves nine.”
But stitches? That sounds like an “ouch.”
“A stitch in time saves nine” is a proverb that means don’t procrastinate when something needs to be done. Taking care of a matter early means that you won’t have to do it later when it could be more costly or inconvenient.
According to wonderopolis.org, historians believe that the first use of the phrase in print was in 1732 in Thomas Fuller’s “Gnomologia, Adages and Proverbs, Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British.”
Our language has many wonderful phrases like this. What are your favorites?Read More
Today marks the 69th anniversary of the World War II invasion at Normandy, a subject that my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, selected for my blog yesterday.
We recently talked about gratitude on Memorial Day in our remembrance of the men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces.
This quote from Winston Churchill — the great prime minister, orator and statesman who led England through the tears and travails of war — expresses what we feel today and should never forget on all other days.Read More
On this day 69 years ago, American, British and Canadian forces were preparing for one of the greatest battles ever fought — the Battle of Normandy. The battle to liberate Western Europe extended from June 1944 to August 1944.
The Code Name was “Operation Overlord,” though it became known as D-Day in history. On June 6, 1944, 156,000 American, British and Canadian troops landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The mission was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower met with many of the troops just before the mission was to take place. His inspiring words, preserved above at the World War II Memorial, came from this exchange and have become part of history:
“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.”Read More