If there’s anything more pernicious than the notion that one ought to be ennobled by one’s suffering, it’s the notion that not being ennobled by one’s suffering represents a personal moral deficit.

Like, okay, my horrible trauma unaccountably failed to transfigure me into a saint, and somehow that’s my fault?

Jan. 29, 1919: The 18th Amendment’s Ratification is Certified

On this day in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution’s ratification was certified, ushering in the Prohibition era.  

The culmination of nearly a century of activism, Prohibition was intended to improve, even to ennoble, the lives of all Americans, to protect individuals, families, and society at large from the devastating effects of alcohol abuse.

Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals, made a mockery of the justice system, caused illicit drinking to seem glamorous and fun. But the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.

Head on over to Ken Burrns’s site to explore a timeline of the Prohibition era. 

Photo: New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition, circa 1921 (Library of Congress)

Okay, so this super pretty lady is Lola Montez (1821 - 1861). She was an Irish dancer born under the name Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert who was the lover of King Ludwig I. of Bavaria. However, that’s not badass enough for our lovely Lola. She had her own little army of students called the Lolamannen (‘Men of Lola’) and single-handedly caused one of the biggest turmoils the city of Munich has ever seen. And how did she do that? Well, basically by being her good old provocative self and starting a war between the university fraternities of Munich. The turmoil and the war led to several government officials and professors being fired and unfortunately the people of Munich were so upset with Lola that she eventually had to leave the city. I would recommend reading up on her because I barely scratched the surface with her awesomeness to be honest. Oh and did I mention that King Ludwig ennobled her? Because he did. And that’s how a simple dancer form Ireland became the Countess of Landsfeld.

The incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather than degrading" so that “he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.”
—  ― Viktor E. Frankl
Would we really be driven to darkest despair by the news that life doesn’t exist beyond Earth?… Perhaps just the opposite — it would sober us, brace us, teach us mutual respect, point us toward a slightly more human way of life? Perhaps we wouldn’t talk so much nonsense, tell so many lies, if we knew that they were echoing throughout the cosmos? Maybe a single, other life would finally gain the value it deserves, the value of a phenomenon, a revelation, a specimen unique to the entire universe?
—  Cosmic Solitude – Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s beautiful meditation on how the prospect of being all alone in the universe can ennoble our humanity. 
Fasting is all about detachment. It is the detachment from food, drink, sexual intimacy, vain speech. By restraining our physical self, we ennoble, purify and exalt our spiritual self. Through fasting we are forced to detach ourselves from our physical needs, desires, and pleasures.

Yasmin Mogahed


“The incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather than degrading" so that “he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.”
—  ― Viktor E. Frankl
One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.
—   Meister Eckhart

“What is a building for poetry?”: John Ronan Architects’ Poetry Foundation in Chicago

Chicago-based firm John Ronan Architects’ design for the award-winning Poetry Foundation headquarters, pictured here, revolved around answering the question “What is a building for poetry?” The building is conceived as layers of materials—zinc, glass, and wood—that compress and then separate to create different spaces. “The idea is that this spatial narrative unfolds as visitors move through and between these layers,” says Ronan. “We were trying to achieve a transcendent materiality where we take very humble materials and then ennoble them in some way—not unlike what a poet would do with words.” In collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, John Ronan will also be discussing his views on the direction of Chicago architecture on October 4 during the opening weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. He joins over 100 other architects, artists, and designers featuring work at the event. 



Carry Moonstone when you need to feel balanced or are changing aspects in your life. Brings calmness through awareness. Provides the energy to sustain you through stages of growth. A highly intuitive stone allowing self expression and creativity to flow. Carry to provide protection while traveling and as a bringer of good fortune. Use to promote ease of pregnancy and childbirth, to enhance fertility, relieve PMS, to eliminate insomnia and circulatory disorders. Moonstone eliminates that which is not needed, gives only truth. Moonstone is the key to the door of the subtle realms. Giving purity and Divinity, it softens and enhances our capability for giving and receiving, and ennobles our emotional life. It opens up the Heart and allows the energy to heal the lower Chakras. Moonstone is nurturing and harmonious, and when the moon is waning it helps one to look into the future. When held in the mouth, things that should be done are clearly impressed on the conscious mind, while those that should not be done fade from the memory. Blue Moonstone creates a balanced, whole and unified energy field, absorbed in divine light. Assists men to open to their feminine and brings harmony into the hormonal imbalances in woman. Pink Moonstone assists in unblocking the Heart Chakra allowing Love to stream forth.

Moonstone Gemstone Meaning:

Passionate love that will fly you to the moon

It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. Moonstone is a highly valued gemstone for these reasons:

  • Brings good fortune

  • Assists in foretelling the future

  • Enhances intuition

  • Promotes inspiration

  • Brings success in love as well as business matters

  • Offers protection on land and at sea

The Moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. The most powerful time to use the moonstone is in a full moon. It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone. Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the Moonstone is said to perceive that which “is”. Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.

Healing Properties of Moonstone:

Moonstone is used by healers to stimulate the functioning of the pineal gland and balance internal hormone cycles with nature’s rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman’s stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self.

Sources of Moonstone:

There are two Moonstones. Adularia Moonstone is an almost transparent pale gray or silvery white or blue shimmer. It is mainly found in Sri Lanka, Burma, India and Madagascar. Albite Moonstone is in the feldspar group. It is semitransparent with a pale, shimmering reflection. It may be a little dull. It comes mainly from Canada.

Chakras: Base, Earth Star, Heart, Link, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Universal Gateway, Third Eye, Crown

Astrological Sign: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio

Zodiac: Cancer, Sagittarius (Ancient)

Birthstone: April, June, August, October (Ancient)

Planet: Moon

Element: Wind Element

Energies: Love, Power, Healing, Luck

Anniversary Stone: 13

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“He’s brought a lot of joy into the family. A grandchild immediately ennobles a lot of people. He makes me into a Granddad, he makes my son into an Uncle and he makes my daughter into an Auntie. He’s really lovely, we’re all really proud of him- he’s a good looking boy”
-Paul McCartney, feeding his first grandson, Arthur Donald, in 1999.

Photographed by Mary McCartney

Happy Birthday Arthur!