Strength & Hope

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Wise Quotes About Living on a Budget

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I came across some words of wisdom recently when reading the book, “Keep Calm & Carry On,” published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. These little gems have helped remind me of the best way to go about penny-pinching, and are quite inspirational. In the current economic climate, many of you may be needing these words, too, so I happily share them with you here.

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Rape Is Never the Victim’s Fault

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In a cultural climate in which rape is not taken seriously in many settings, such as college campuses and the military, we need to remember this quote. Rape is a crime and must be prosecuted. Let’s have compassion and respect for the victims of rape.

Infinite Hope

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This goes out to everyone who is working for change, and those who have not given up in believing change can be done.

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Bloggers For Societal Change: Group Proposal

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After reading a post from the blog Deconstructing Myths, as well as a post by Oneness Of Humanity, I’ve come up with an idea to create an online group/league of bloggers who write about societal issues, be it racism, injustice, global warming, animal rights, and the like, and are interested in progress to create a better world.

I was also inspired by this Gandhi quote I posted a little while ago that I found on  EMILY LOUISE BIEHL‘s blog:


It made me think of what I, and many other bloggers, see as the purpose of our blogs. But since we are currently not organized or connected in a formal way, it feels as if each blogger is on his or her own. I think that if we formed some kind of group, we may feel more united in our efforts, and can therefore be more effective in creating the change we want to see happen.

So here are my ideas:

1) There are many bloggers who already write about societal issues, so there will be no particular requirements. Each blogger will just keep doing what they already do.

2) The thing that would connect us would be a logo with the title of our group (I’m thinking something like “The Determined Spirits Blog Group”). You can also give any suggestions you have for a title. The logo will link to a page that provides a list of all the bloggers in our group, so that visitors can look at our blogs and see what we’re about. and hopefully be inspired in the process.

3) There won’t be a formal application process for entering into this group- anyone can join.

4) The only blogs that wouldn’t be appropriate for this group would be those that are primarily about the blogger’s own personal life, such as your shopping habits, who you hang out with, your significant other, dating, pictures just of yourself, etc.  Blogs such as those would seem out of place, since the focus is not on society, the environment, etc.

5) Blogs in which the primary goal is to sell a product are not appropriate, either. No marketing allowed! If you are someone who writes about a variety of things and has just a picture of your product or only refer to it occasionally, that’s fine. If you’ve written a book and the cover of it is on your site, that’s no big deal.

6) If you are an artist who’s art is dedicated to the kinds of things we’re writing about, you are welcome to the group, as well.

7) If you blog about things meant to improve people’s lives, such as physical or mental health, or any kind of inspirational stuff that improves or enlightens people, you are also welcome. 

I think the best way to get this started is for people to either comment on this post or write me a message on my About page. If you want to join the group and/or have some more ideas and suggestions for the group, include that in your comments.

Thanks and take care 🙂

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Determined Spirits


I love this quote because it’s exactly why I’m involved in activism and its exactly why I blog (as corny as that sounds)! I posted this quote from Gandhi because I want to remind other bloggers who have the same goal that we can create change, though the change may seem small at first. We just have to keep pushing, and trying, and blogging!

May this be an inspiration!

(Thanks to EMILY LOUISE BIEHL, who’s blog I found this quote on.)

Freedom in America: We’re Still Fighting For It

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But to it, I’d like to add: I also believe that if the young black men of America, a group much of society likes to believe the worst of, cannot walk through the streets without fear of being gunned down due to the Stand Your Ground law, then this society is not free. A society that allows this should truly be ashamed of itself.

The Greatest Speech Ever Given

A great post from Elizabeth Ashley. The speech is very moving.