Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. Today is the holiday celebrating his legacy and his life. He was slain on April 4, 1968. He is best known as a civil rights leader and peace advocate. In the style of Gandhi, he is also noted for his belief in non-violent protest, even when confronted with physical force. U.S. Federal law mandates the celebration of most public holidays on the Monday closest to the original date.

Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace by King Gustav of Sweden in 1964. In 1977, he was posthumously awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by the (then) President, Jimmy Carter.

Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

“On Clothes” A Poem By Kahlil Gibran

I was in secondary school when I discovered the poetry of the Lebanese-American, Kahlil Gibran. By the time I read his work, “On Clothes,” my identical twin brother and myself were already staunch bare-practitioners and ever since that moment, I have been an avid fan of Mr. Gibran and his words. He remains one of my favorite poets of all-time even today.

This poem, “on Clothes,” continues to resonate with me. Not only does Kahlil Gibran discount the superficiality of clothing, he extols the virtues of nudity and simplicity. His work, in its entirety, follows below.

Continue reading “On Clothes” A Poem By Kahlil Gibran

A Penny For My Thoughts? On ReNude Pride

There’s an old American adage or proverb that states “A penny for your thoughts?” This quote is sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin and refers to the penny as cash-currency and at the time of Mr. Franklin was a substantial coin. However, inflation ensued and today it takes 100 pennies to equal one dollar ($USD) so in terms of actual value, a penny is almost useless.

Continue reading A Penny For My Thoughts? On ReNude Pride