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Okay — last time we talked about how we all tend to wear masks to conceal our true selves, and to hide from the shame we carry within us…

But every now and then, rays of light will slip past our masks, touching our hearts and minds in some way. This we can call wonder.

We can all appreciate the occurrence of wonder.  But we also realize that when we take off our masks, our scars are exposed.

Then what? (more…)

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I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.

– Martin Luther King, Jr., qtd. in “Wikipedia Contributors”

Acknowledgements

Photo: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, dcu, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Wikipedia Contributors.  “Martin Luther King, Jr.”  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.  15 Jan. 2018.  Web.  15 Jan. 2018.  <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.&gt;

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Well I love inspirational stories, but I can’t say I’m over-fond of Hallmark, Lifetime, or any other similar storytelling outlets.  And for essentially the same reason…

…that is, I think inspirational stories are important, and should be taken seriously (no offense intended to those who like Hallmark or Lifetime; let us be content with begging to differ).

Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder has that happy distinction of being a tearjerker without being a nerve-jerker, a movie that tugs at the heartstrings without (more…)

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