Nicolaus Copernicus (1473.02.19)

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COPERNICUS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/19:  A mathematician and astronomer who formulated a planetary model in which the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our solar system, Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this date in 1473.  Copernicus may be looking to the sky though we hope you will be listening to the radio for the Copernicus birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/19 at 8 am.

Thomas Paine (1737.01.29)

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THOMAS PAINE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/29:  An English American writer and political theorist whose works paved the way for the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine was born on this date in 1737.  Few people have spoken to all the ages, to all people and nations, and apparently to some dogs, and you can join the Paine birthday on Crosscurrents, 1/29 at 8 am. ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Thomas Paine as quoted:

“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas PaineA Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ”
― Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
― Thomas Paine, An American Crisis

 “But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime. ~~ Thomas Paine, Virginia Papers

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.  ~~~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense

 

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929.01.15)

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ON CROSSCURRENTS, 01/15:  A minister and community activist who sought equality and human rights through peaceful protest, Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  We hope you can join us for a celebration of Dr. King’s life through songs of civil liberties on Crosscurrent, 1/15 at 8 am.  (radio link: http://www.krnn.org)

     Quotations to inspire, give hope, and continue the struggle……
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“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.”

Paul Revere (1735.01.01)

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PAUL REVERE ON CROSSURRENTS, 01/01:  A silversmith who is legendary for his efforts to warn colonialists during a fabled midnight horse ride only a portion of which is true, Paul Revere was born on this date in 1735.  You are invited (with or without a horse) to start the new year by celebrating Revere’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 01/01 at 8 am.

 

Wright Brothers First Powered Controlled Flight (1903.12.17)

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On December 17, 1903, two brothers of Dayton, Ohio, with an absence of prescribed engineering teaching challenged gravity in their odd flying craft above the dunes of North Carolina’s distant Outer Banks.

We take flight for “Walking The Blues Away” on KRNN Juneau fm 102.7 Saturday 12/16 at 5 pm on the eve of the Kitty Hawk triumph.  Find out how blues music can celebrate the wonderful flight.

 

 

Fiorello La Guardia (1882.12.11)

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LAGUARDIA ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/11:  Crusader all his life in the interests of the underprivileged and the oppressed, the three-time mayor of New York, Fiorello La Guardia was born on this date in 1882.  The mayor is hosting Gavin and Wyatt in his office.  John will be hosting a La Guardia celebration to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 12/11 at 8 am.

Veterans Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday (2017.11.11-12)

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In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae