Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wake me up . . .

"Happy Birthday To You" was published by Claydon Sunny on March 4, 1924. What did we sing before 1924?

Today is the birthday of Khaled Hosseini ( (born March 4, 1965), novelist and physician. He is best known for his novel, The Kite Runner, which sold more than ten million copies and was later made into a movie.

Khaled Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

I love libraries, so here is a direct request from Khaled Hosseini's website: "Illiteracy rates in Afghanistan are among the highest in the world and even those people who can read and write often lack books, supplies, and a place to develop their skills and deepen their knowledge. Relief International - one of the many organizations working with people in Afghanistan- has the Afghan Libraries Program, with a goal of creating libraries that children can access easily and safely, allowing them to learn important life skills. To learn more visit:".

Happy Birthday to You!

A Happy Birthday salute to Peter Dimianovich Ouspensky (March 4/5, 1878 - October 2, 1947), mathematician, author, journalist and student of G. I. Gurdjieff. He founded The Society for the Study of Normal Man. He was keenly interested in the fourth dimension and is often referred to as a mystical philosopher.

"In all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we consider as dead) love is the motive force which drives the creative activity in the most diverse directions." - P. D. Ouspensky

"Possibly the most interesting first impression of my life came from the world of dreams."- P. D. Ouspensky

"Man is a machine, but a very peculiar machine. He is a machine which, in right circumstances, and with right treatment, can know that he is a machine, and, having fully realized this, he may find the ways to cease being a machine." - P. D. Ouspensky

"It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning." - P. D. Ouspensky

"The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief that one is already conscious."- P. D. Ouspensky

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