1 (a): to come together in a body; (b): to cluster around a focus of attraction
2 (a): to swell and fill with pus; (b): grow, increase

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Gather (v.): Old English gadriangaedrian “unite, agree, assemble; gather, collect, store up,” used of flowers, thoughts, persons; from Proto-Germanic gaduron “come or bring together, unite,” from Proto-Indo-European ghedh- “to unite, join” (related to: good).  Change of spelling from -d- to -th- is 1500s, reflecting earlier change in pronunciation (as in motherweatherfather).



"Music is gathering. Taking our scattered thoughts and senses and coalescing us back into our core. Music is powerful. The first few chords can change us where no self-help books can."

Jane Silberry (b. Jane Stewart, Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, musician, recording producer, and poet)

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"Theater is a public space. It is a spectacular space. It is a gathering place." 

Theresa Rebeck (b. 1958, American playwright, television writer, and novelist; work has appeared on and off-Broadway stage, in film, and on television)

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"Sound as medium has an incredible elasticity. So, of course, it is tempting for artists of other fields to try something with sounds. Why not? We are living in the age when there is no limit in gathering all forms of art and music to mix it together if you so desire."

Yoko Ono (b. 1933, multi-media artist, anti-war activist, who became known worldwide when she married John Lennon)

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"All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you." 

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets")

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"She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind."

Toni Morrison (b. 1931, Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-award winning writer, playwright, editor, and literary critic; best known for "The Bluest Eye," "Tar Baby," "Song of Solomon," and "Beloved")

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"You can't run a government from one single person. What instead matters is that leadership be about gathering around extraordinary individuals and getting the best out of them." 

Justin Trudeau (b. 1971, prime minister of Canada, considers himself a teacher, father, advocate, and leader)

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"To be an effective leader and make sound decisions, you must be able to gather data by seeking out diverse perspectives and be willing to consider points of view other than your own."

Elizabeth Thornton (1940 – 2010, British-Canadian writer of 31 historical romance novels from 1986 to 2010)

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“She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”

Toni Morrison


There are many levels and dimensions to love and self-love.  The more we develop meaningful relationships with ourselves and with others, the more we increase and exercise our capacities to connect, inspire, and create.

So, it is…when it comes to the nature of our friendships.  Kinships develop from our acquaintances, alliances, and various platforms of collegiality, especially as it relates to our work, or through the kind assistance and service of strangers.  True brotherhood and sisterhood are those steady relationships with whom we share authentic understanding and relatedness.  They have the capacity to discern our characters, and they do their best to support and sustain us when we need them the most.

Although our soulmates can become sometimes be concerned with some of our choices, they are willing to suspend judgment in search and capture of their truth.  And depending on the nature of our relationships, these loving advocates can be gentle and/or direct in waking us up out of our spells.  Truth is their primer, the beacon that guides all of us to grow and evolve.

Sojourners, let us gather the harvest after we’ve planted and natured the seeds of our prosperity.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya



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