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A Place to Start June 5, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

Many of you have expressed shock and outrage and sadness and grief at recent events.

You know that Black Lives Matter ~> that ALL lives matter.

And perhaps you want to be more involved in efforts to level the landscape and achieve the dream expressed so eloquently by Martin Luther King, Jr. half a century ago.

If so, here’s A Place to Start ~ an incomplete list of resources and organizations for fighting racism and supporting justice and equality put together by MoMA.

Another list of resources and organizations that support of justice and equality has been collated by Poets & Writers.

One world.  One people.

Let’s remember that we are all in this together.


Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Rainee - June 5, 2020

Some amazing resources Nancy. I love the feet in the pool. A real statement.

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

Thanks, Rainee.

BTW: I borrowed that image from Carolyn’s blog, Nuggets of Gold. I pilfer things from her on a regular basis:


joyroses13 - June 5, 2020

Feel free to “pilfer” from me all you want! 🙂 Love good things being shared!

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

Thanks, Carolyn!

Rainee - June 6, 2020

Thanks for the link Nancy. I am now following 😍🌻

2. Jill Weatherholt - June 5, 2020

Oh…Mr. Rogers…so much wisdom. I miss him.

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

He exuded kindness and compassion, understanding and empathy. We need more like him.

3. Kate Crimmins - June 5, 2020

Love the pool pic. Doesn’t need words.

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

“A picture paints a thousand words” . . .

4. Ally Bean - June 5, 2020

Always good to focus on peace and harmony. Mr. Rogers did that well.

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

His actions conveyed the essence of complex ideas and ideals using few words. Kindness matters.

5. philosophermouseofthehedge - June 5, 2020

Mr Rodgers – and Peanuts – a revival would be good.
All lives matter. Until we can all agree that first word is important, it’s going to be rough waters.

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

Agreed! The sooner we roll up our pants and wade in, the better.

6. Behind the Story - June 5, 2020

Thank you, Nancy, for providing the list of resources. I love the photo of Mr. Rogers with the policeman. Were swimming pools segregated all over the country? (We didn’t have a community pool. We swam in the nearby lake.)

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

I don’t know that swimming pools were segregated everywhere. My parents invited a black child to stay with us every summer and our next door neighbor invited his twin brothers to stay with her family. We took them all to our swim club right around 1969.

7. joyroses13 - June 5, 2020

Glad this pic is being shared! Like you said, it says so much! Thanks for sharing and helping to spread the love, not hate!

nrhatch - June 5, 2020


BTW: The first time I saw this clip on TV, I viewed it as Mr. Rogers reaching out across a social divide (e.g., a homeowner inviting a service provider to kick back & relax) without ever thinking about the racial issue.

8. L. Marie - June 5, 2020

Thank you for this, Nancy!
Mr. Rogers was great! I cried through the watching of the documentary of his life. What an amazing legacy.

nrhatch - June 5, 2020

I enjoyed the documentary and also the biopic starring Tom Hanks. Both were pleasing views.

9. judithhb - June 6, 2020

Yes Nancy – as MitziGaynor sang, You’ve got to be carefully taught.

nrhatch - June 6, 2020

It’s come a long way from the South Pacific:

Erica/Erika - June 11, 2020

Very poignant and relevant, Nancy. We had tickets to see James Taylor together with Bonnie Raitt in Victoria this April. Of course “postponed”

nrhatch - June 11, 2020

Hope the concert is rescheduled at a time when you can attend ~ sounds like a good one.

10. anotherday2paradise - June 7, 2020

South Africa was totally segregated when we moved there in 1970. I’ve been shocked since we came to the US to see that racism still exists in such a blatant way. I love the photo with Mr Rogers. Let’s hope some lasting good comes out of these protests. Life is too short for such nonsense.

nrhatch - June 7, 2020

Maybe we’ll finally realize a grand awakening with peace and equality for all.

11. Markus + Micah - June 10, 2020

We need more Mr. Rogers in this world!

nrhatch - June 10, 2020

He strikes me as always having been mindful about his actions and his words . . . even taking off his shoes and putting on his cardigan were mindful and deliberate. He was present in the NOW.

Markus + Micah - June 10, 2020

Funny you mention this as it is the subject of our latest post. Mindful people are gifts. We learn from them and see more of life, don’t you think?

nrhatch - June 10, 2020

I’m a big fan of mindful living. When I’m peeling carrots, I’m peeling carrots. “Chop Wood. Carry Water.” It’s worth the effort it takes to retrain our mind to be present . . . since we can only find happiness in the NOW.

12. Erica/Erika - June 11, 2020

Nancy, “One world. One people.” Well said. Thank you for the resources. Mister Rogers and his kindness and wisdom always brings tears to my eyes. ❤️

nrhatch - June 11, 2020

Thanks, Erika. Mister Rogers epitomizes kindness and compassion ~> good things to emulate.

13. roughwighting - June 12, 2020

Great links and oh, how I remember that Mr. Roger’s episode, which was replayed nicely in the Tom Hanks film about the wonderful Mr. Rogers. It seems so simple, so true. One World. One People. Why is it so difficult for all to understand? May human nature shift during this pandemic, and more realize the best way to live is as ONE.

nrhatch - June 12, 2020

I understand why our inherent selfishness might get in the way of pure altruism on occasion . . . but I don’t get how people can “hate” enough to intentionally hurt others. It boggles my mind.

That said, we loved the Tom Hanks film (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and the Mister Rogers documentary ~ Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018). There’s an earlier documentary, Mister Rogers and Me (2011) that we haven’t seen.

BTW: If you’re a Tom Hanks fan, Sully (2016) was great, as was Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

roughwighting - June 12, 2020

YES – I saw all of those Tom Hanks movies. He’s too good an actor to resist. I thought he did a tremendous job as Mr. Rogers. xo

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