Last year for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I did a button flash piece about our trip to the MLK historic site in Atlanta and how a button caught our attention as we were leaving Ebenezer Baptist Church.
My traveling companion and button spotter in front of MLK Jr’s church
This year, I’d like to share my favorite MLK quotes. I still remember getting chills listening to King’s recorded voice that day, and I’ve grown to appreciate how many wonderful quotes can be traced back to this powerful orator. I can’t pick a single favorite, but here are my top five:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
I’m always looking for more great quotes, so if you have a favorite, please share!
An Advent Calendar of Literature~what could be more perfect?
The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 3.
This fall I’ve been teaching a continuing education class on blogging at Blue Ridge Community College. The experience reminds me of when I was the advisor for a creative arts journal at a girls’ boarding school–it’s so much fun to see how the different contributions come together to create a distinctive whole.
And while I have a couple of things on the blog, most of the posts are by the students. They’ve put up some compelling, entertaining and informative pieces.
Check out MULTIFOCAL LENS.
Earlier this year I did a story for our local paper about The Swamp Rabbit, a rails-to-trails project in Upstate South Carolina. The original railroad was a short line used for various industrial purposes in the former mill town of Greenville, but after decades of abandonment followed by seven years of activism and community building, it was transformed into a jewel of a greenway for walkers, bikers, runners and more.
My newspaper story focused on the history and economic impact of the trail, but as preparation for writing, my two traveling companions and I spent a beautiful spring Saturday exploring it for ourselves. Even though it has nothing to do with buttons or writing per se, the experience was so positive and hopeful, I thought I’d share the story of our day here on my blog. Continue reading
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