convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change,
start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones
that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some
The next time you think up an excuse for not completing a task or project,
think of Maya Angelou. The next time you tell yourself that some wrong
committed against you just wasn't fair, think of Maya Angelou. Or when the
world seems too complex or overwhelming—when you're sure you can't make it
through another day—think of Maya Angelou.
She was 86 years old when she died in May, and she lived every day of her life
without an excuse—knowing life wasn't going to be fair to her. It never
overwhelmed her, even when she was the victim of child-rape.
She was an African-American author/poet/journalist, actor, dancer, playwright,
English professor, a civil rights advocate, a prostitute, and even a streetcar
conductor in San Francisco, who was born into poverty and who never saw a wall
she couldn't climb over, walk around, or run right through.
She wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
, a book everyone should read,
if for nothing more than its insight into a life white people, especially white
men, cannot fathom. I know, I know, you've read it . . . No. You. Haven't. You
just tell people you have in order to sound hip and cool. You're never going to
be hip and cool, but at least if you read the book, you'll have a vague idea as
to what hip and cool looks like from a distance. If you do read this book, I
know you'll want to read the next six autobiographies Maya Angelou wrote. Still,
you won't be hip and cool.
Angelou's life was extraordinary, and her death proved to be a great value to
both Dianagram and Headless Horseman, who each received eight points: five for
the hit and another three for the duet.
"For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again."
—"On the Pulse of Morning"
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