January 14: Work

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January 14

You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.
~John Barrymore. John Sidney Blyth (1882 – 1942), better known as John Barrymore, was an American actor of stage and screen.

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
~George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics.

January 13: First Amendment

January 13
First Amendment 



I have reached the conclusion . . . that under the First and Fourteenth Amendments criminal laws in this area [obscenity] are constitutionally limited to hard-core pornography. I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so.

But I know if when I see it; and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.

~Potter Stewart, Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964) (concurring)



The First Amendment guarantees liberty of human expression  in order to preserve in our Nation what Mr. Justice Holmes called a “free trade in ideas.” To that end, the Constitution protects more than just a man’s freedom to say or write or publish what he wants. It secures as well the liberty of each man to decide for himself what he will read and to what he will listen. The Constitution guarantees, in short, a society of free choice.

~Potter Stewart, Ginsberg v. New York, 390 U.S. 629, 649 (1968) (concurring)




The freedom of speech and of the press, which are secured by the First Amendment against abridgment by the United States, are among the fundamental personal rights and liberties which are secured to all persons by the Fourteenth Amendment against abridgment by a state. The safeguarding of these rights to the ends that men may speak as they think on matters vital to them and that falsehoods may be exposed through the processes of education and discussion is essential to free government. Those who won our independence had confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning and communication of ideas to discover and spread political and economic truth.

~Justice Frank Murphy, Thornhill v. Alabama, 310 U.S. 88, 95 (1940)


January 11: Rest

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January 11

Come to me, all of you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
–Matthew 11:28

November 9: Matthew Chapter Twenty in Blank Verse by Day Williams

“For heaven’s kingdom is much like the farmer
Who went at dawn to hire some men to work
Out in his vineyard, and agreed to pay

Them wages of a silver coin a day,
Then sent them to his vineyard. Now about
Nine in the morning he went out and saw

Some others standing round the marketplace
And doing nothing. He told them, ‘You go
Also and work out in my vineyard, and

I’ll pay a decent wage.’ So they went. He
Went out again about noon and at three
O’clock and did the same thing. At about

Five o’clock he went out and found still others
Standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you
Been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

‘Because no one has hired us,’ they replied.
He said to them, ‘You also go and work
Out in my vineyard.’ When the evening came,

The vineyard owner told his foreman, ‘Call
The workers and pay their wages, starting
With the last hired and going to the first.’

The workers who were hired at five o’clock
Came up and each received a silver coin.
So when the first to be employed arrived

They figured they’d receive more. But each one
Also received a silver coin. When they
Received their coins, they started grumbling at

The farmer. ‘These men who were hired last worked
Only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you’ve made them
Equal to us who’ve gone through the hard work

And the heat of the day.’ But he replied
To one of them, ‘Friend, I did you no wrong,
For didn’t you agree to labor for

One silver coin? Take it and go. It’s my
Desire to pay the late-comer the same
As you. Is it against the law for me

To give away my money if I want? Or are
You envious because I’m generous?’
And so the last will be the first; the first

Will be the last.” As Jesus was about
To go up to Jerusalem, he took
Aside the twelve disciples, telling them,

“Listen, we’re going to Jerusalem.
And there the Son of Man will be betrayed
To the chief priests and legal teachers, who

Will condemn him to death, and will turn him
Over to Gentiles to be mocked and flogged
And crucified. On the third day he will

Be raised to life!” And then the mother of
Zebedee’s sons came up to Jesus with
Her sons and, kneeling down, respectfully

Asked for a favor of him. “What is it
You want?” he asked. She said, “When you are King,
Permit my sons to sit upon your right

And left.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus
Told her. He turned to James and John and asked,
“Can you drink from the cup that I will drink?”

“We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them,
“Indeed you’ll drink out of my cup, but it
Is not for me to grant the ones who’ll sit

On either side of me. These spots belong
To those for whom my Father has prepared them.”
When the ten others heard of this, they were

Indignant with the brothers. Jesus called
Them to a meeting where he said, “Among
The heathen, kings are tyrants and their high

Officials exercise authority
Over them. It must not be so with you.
Instead, whoever wants to become great

Among you must become your servant, and
Whoever wants to be the first must be
Your slave− just as the Son of Man did not

Come to be served, but came to serve and give
His life so many others will be free.”
A multitude came after them as they

Were leaving Jericho. Two blind men were
Sitting beside the road, and when they heard
Jesus was passing by, they yelled, “Have pity

On us, you Son of David!” Though the crowd
Rebuked them and told them to hush, they yelled
Louder still, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy

Upon us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What
Can I do for you?” Jesus answered. They
Said, “Lord, we want our sight.” He had compassion

On them and touched their eyes. Immediately
The men received their sight and followed Jesus.

–From New Testament in Blank Verse by Day Williams

November 7: Matthew Chapter Eighteen in Blank Verse by Day Williams


About that time the followers came up
To Jesus, asking, “Who’s the greatest in
Heaven’s kingdom?” He called a little child

And had him stand among them. “Believe me,”
He said, “unless you turn to God from sin
And you become like little children, you

Will never enter heaven’s kingdom. So
The man who makes himself as humble as
This little child is greatest in the kingdom

Of heaven. And whoever welcomes such
A little child in my name welcomes me.
But for whoever leads a little child

Astray, it would be better for that man
To have a millstone hung around his neck
And to be drowned in ocean depths. Woe to

The world because of pitfalls! For such things
Must come, but woe to him responsible
For their appearance! If your hand or foot

Makes you sin, lop it off then toss the limb
Away. It’s good for you to enter life
Mutilated or crippled than to have

Two hands or two feet and be thrown into
Eternal fire. And if your eye leads you
Astray, gouge it out and throw it away.

For it is better that you enter life
With one eye than have two eyes and be thrown
Into the fire of hell. See that you don’t

Despise one of these little ones. For I
Tell you that their heavenly angels always see
My heavenly Father’s face. What do you think?

If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one
Wanders away and it is lost, what will
He do? Will he not leave the ninety-nine

Upon the hillside and set out to find
The one that wandered off? And if he finds
It, I assure you that he’s happier

About that one sheep than he is about
The ninety-nine that did not wander off.
In the same way your heavenly Father is

Not willing any of these little ones
Should perish. If your brother sins against
You, go and show his fault to him, between

The two of you; and if he hears you, you
Have won your brother over. But if he
Won’t listen, take one or two others with

You, so that ‘everything that’s said may be
Supported by the testimony of
Two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses

To listen to them, tell it to the church;
If he won’t pay attention to the church,
Then treat him like a pagan or a tax

Collector. I tell you the truth, whatever
You bind on earth is bound in heaven, and
Whatever you permit on earth will be

Allowed in heaven. Also, I tell you
If two of you on earth agree about
Anything you ask for, my Father in

Heaven will do it for you, for where two
Or three are gathered in my name, I will
Be there among them.” Peter then approached

Jesus and asked him, “Lord, how many times
Shall I forgive my brother when he sins
Against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus said,

“I mean, not seven times, but seventy-
Seven times. Therefore, heaven’s kingdom’s like
A king who wanted to conclude accounts

With servants. As he started settling them,
A man was brought to him who owed ten
Thousand talents. Because he could not pay,

The master ordered that the man, his wife,
And children all be sold as slaves, and all
He had be sold to pay the debt. The servant

Fell on his knees before the king. ‘Be patient
With me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay it all.’
The servant’s master, filled with pity for

The man, erased the debt and let him go.
But when that servant left his master’s place,
He found a fellow servant owing him

A hundred denarii. He grabbed him by
The throat. ‘Pay back your debt to me!’ he cried
To him. His fellow servant fell upon

His knees and begged, ‘Be patient with me– I
Will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead,
He went and had the man imprisoned ‘til

He paid the debt. When other servants saw
What had occurred, they were distressed and went
And told their master everything that had

Occurred. And then the master called the man
In who had been forgiven. ‘Wicked wretch!’
He said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours

Because you begged me to. Now shouldn’t you
Have taken pity on your fellow servant
As I took pity on you?’ In a rage

His master turned him over to the jailers
For torture, ‘til he had paid back all that
He owed. And this is how my heavenly Father

Will treat each one of you if you do not
Truly forgive your brother, as you ought.”

–From New Testament in Blank Verse by Day Williams

November 6: Matthew Chapter Seventeen in Blank Verse by Day Williams

And after six days Jesus took with him
Peter and James and John, James’ brother, and
Led them up a high mountain by themselves.

There he was transfigured before them, and
His face was shining like the sun; his clothes
Became as white as light. Then Moses and

Elijah came to talk with Jesus. Peter
Told Jesus, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us
To be here. If you like, I could put up

Three shelters–one for you and for Moses,
And for Elijah, one.” While he was still
Speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them,

Then came a voice out of the cloud that said,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I
Am well pleased. Hear him!” When the followers

Heard this, they fell face downward to the ground,
Terrified. Jesus came and touched them. “Get
Up,” he said, “don’t be afraid.” When they

Looked up, they saw no one but Jesus there
As they were going down the mountain, Jesus
Cautioned them, “Don’t tell anyone what you

Have seen until the Son of Man has been
Raised from the dead.” The followers asked him,
“Why then do teachers of the law say that

Elijah must come first?” And Jesus answered,
“Elijah truly shall come first and will
Restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah

Has come already, but they did not know
Him, but have done to him all that they wished.
In the same way the Son of Man is going

To suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples
Understood he was referring to John
The Baptist. When they reached the crowd again,

A man came up to Jesus, knelt before
Him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son.
He’s mentally deranged and suffers much.

He’s always falling in the fire or in
The water. I brought him to your disciples,
But they could not heal him.” “O unbelieving

And perverse generation,” Jesus said,
“How long shall I remain with you? How long
Shall I bear with you? Bring the boy here.”

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came
Out of the boy, and he was healed from that
Very hour. Then the followers approached

Jesus in private, asking, “Why is it
We couldn’t drive it out?” “Because you have
So little faith,” said Jesus. “For if you

Have faith as tiny as a mustard seed,
You can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here
To there’ and it will move. You will find that

Nothing will be impossible for you.”
One day while they were still in Galilee,
He said to them, “The Son of Man is going

To be betrayed into the hands of men.
They’ll kill him, and on the third day he will
Be raised to life.” And the disciples were

Distressed. Then when they reached Capernaum,
The Temple tax collectors came to Peter
And asked, “Your master doesn’t pay the tax,

Does he?” “Of course he does,” he answered. When
Peter came in the house, the first to speak
Was Jesus. “What do you think, Simon?” he

Asked him. “From whom do this world’s kings collect
Duty and taxes−from their citizens
Or conquered foreigners?” “From foreigners,” said

Peter. “Then citizens are free,” said Jesus
To him. “But so that we may not offend
Them, go down to the lake, throw in your line,

And open up the mouth of the first fish
You catch – you’ll find a coin. Take it ashore
And pay them with it for my tax and yours.”

–From New Testament in Blank Verse by Day Williams

November 5: Matthew Chapter Sixteen in Blank Verse by Day Williams

The Pharisees and Sadducees approached Jesus
And tested him by asking him to show
A sign from heaven to them. He replied,

“When evening comes, you say, ‘Red sky at night,
The weather will be fair,’ and in the morning,
‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky

Is red and overcast.’ You know how to
Interpret the appearance of the sky,
But you can’t read the symbols of the times.

A wicked and unfaithful age insists
Upon a sign, but it will not receive
A sign at all except the one of Jonah.”

Then Jesus walked away from them. When they
Had crossed the lake, the followers discovered
They had forgotten to take bread. “Watch out,”

Jesus warned them. “Be on your guard against
The yeast of Pharisees and Sadducees.”
They argued this among themselves

And said, “It is because we didn’t bring
The bread.” Aware of their discussion, Jesus
Asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking

Among yourselves about not bringing bread?
Haven’t you understood it yet? Don’t you
Remember the five loaves for the five thousand,

And afterwards how many basketfuls
You gathered? Or the seven loaves, the four
Thousand, and all the basketfuls you gathered?

Why don’t understand I was not talking
Of bread to you? But be on guard against
The yeast of Pharisees and Sadducees.”

And then they understood that he was not
Instructing them to guard against the yeast
Used in bread, but against the teaching of

The Pharisees and Sadducees. When he
Came to the area of Caesarea
Philippi, Jesus asked his followers,

“Who do the people say the Son of Man
Is?” They replied, “Some say you’re John the Baptist,
And others say Elijah; and still others

Say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But who do you say I am?” he asked them.
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ,

Son of the living God.” “God has blessed you,
Simon, the son of Jonah,” Jesus said,
“For this was not revealed to you by man,

But by my heavenly Father. Now I tell
You that you’re Peter, and upon this rock
I’ll build my church, and Hades’ gates will not

Overcome it. I will give you the keys
Of heaven’s kingdom; what you bind on earth–
That will be bound in heaven, and what you

Set loose on earth will be set loose in heaven.”
Then he impressed upon his followers
That they should not tell anyone he was

The Christ. From that time onwards Jesus started
To plainly tell his followers that he
Would have to travel to Jerusalem

And bear much suffering due to the elders,
The chief priests and the teachers of the law,
And finally be murdered and be raised

To life on the third day. Then Peter took
Him to one side and started to rebuke
Him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This never shall

Happen to you!” Then Jesus turned and said
To Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You’re
A stumbling block to me; you do not have

In mind the things of God, but things of men.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If
Anyone would come after me, he must

Deny himself, take up his cross and follow
Me. For whoever wants to save his life
Will lose it, but whoever loses his

Own life for me will find it. What good is
It for a man to gain the whole world, yet
Forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give

In exchange for his soul? Because the Son
Of Man will come within the glory of
His Father with his angels, and then he’ll

Reward each man for what he’s done. Trust me,
Some standing here will not endure death’s sting
Until they see the Son of Man as king.”

–From New Testament in Blank Verse by Day Williams

November 4: Matthew Chapter Fifteen in Blank Verse by Day Williams

Some Pharisees and teachers of the law
Came from Jerusalem and questioned Jesus,
“Why do your followers destroy our old

Traditions? They don’t wash their hands before
They eat!” “Tell me,” asked Jesus, “why do you
Break God’s command for your tradition’s sake?

Because God said, ‘Revere your father and
Your mother’ and ‘Whoever curses his
Father or mother must be put to death.’

But you say if a man says to his father
Or mother, ‘Help you otherwise might have
Received from me is now a gift to God,’

He is not to ‘revere his father’ with
It. Thus you nullify the word of God
For your tradition’s sake. You hypocrites!

Well did Isaiah prophesy of you:
“ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but
Their hearts are far from me. They worship me

In vain; their teachings are but man-made laws.’ ”
Then Jesus called the crowd to him and said,
“Listen and understand. What goes into

A man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but
What comes out of his mouth, that’s what makes him
‘Unclean.’ ” Then the disciples came to him

And asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees
Were outraged when they heard this?” He replied,
“Each plant my heavenly Father has not planted

Will be uprooted. Leave them; they’re blind guides.
If a blind man leads a blind man, they’ll both
Fall in a pit.” “Explain the parable

To us,” said Peter. “Are you still so dull?”
Jesus asked. “Don’t you see whatever goes
Into the mouth goes in the stomach, then

Out of the body? But the things that come
Out of the mouth come from the heart, and these
Can make a man ‘unclean.’ For from the heart

Come evil thoughts, lust, murder, slander, theft,
Adultery, false testimony. These are
What make a man ‘unclean;’ but eating with

Unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ” Jesus
Then left that place, retiring into Tyre
And Sidon’s district. A woman from that

Vicinity, a Canaanite, approached
Him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have
Mercy on me! My daughter’s suffering

Horribly, for a demon has possessed
Her.” Jesus made no answer, and so his
Disciples came to him and urged, “Send her

Away, for she keeps crying after us.”
“I was sent only,” Jesus answered, “to
The lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord,
Help me!” she said. He answered, “It’s not right
To take the children’s bread and toss it to

Their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even dogs
Beneath the master’s table are allowed
To eat the crumbs that fall.” Then Jesus said,

“Woman, you have great faith, and your request
Is granted.” And her daughter was restored
That moment. Jesus left that place and went

Along the Sea of Galilee. He then
Went up a mountainside and sat down. Great
Crowds came to him and brought the lame, the blind,

The crippled, those who could not speak and many
Others, and put them at his feet; and he
Healed them. The people were amazed when they

Saw dumb men speak, the crippled well, the lame
Walking about and blind men seeing. They
Marveled and praised the God of Israel.

Then Jesus called his followers to him
And said, “I have compassion for these people;
They have already been with me three days and

Have nothing left to eat. I do not want
To let them go home hungry, or they may
Collapse along the way.” His followers

Replied, “Where could we get sufficient bread
In this deserted place to feed a crowd
Like this?” “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus

Asked. “Seven, and a few small fish,” they said.
He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he picked up the seven loaves and fish,

And when he’d given thanks, he broke them and
Gave them to the disciples, who in turn
Gave pieces to the people. Everyone ate

‘Til full–four thousand men, besides the women
And children. Afterward the followers
Collected seven basketfuls of pieces

Left over. After Jesus had dismissed
The crowd, he went aboard the vessel and
Crossed to the area of Magadan.

–From New Testament in Blank Verse by Day Williams