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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

An Open-Heart

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Having an “open heart” does not mean being “happy.” It does not mean being spiritual or wise or anything at all. It means to have an open attitude toward ourselves.

It is easy to confuse spiritual openness with the personal sensation of the emotion of love, in and around the heart. We are not looking for something so pretty! We want action, and the action we want is love-in-action, the extending of the hand of friendship toward our own being. It means not repeating our historical attitudes toward our own faults. It means giving ourselves a second chance, over and over again. It means seeing our true limitations and imperfections, and accepting them with kindness instead of war.

This morning, bow down to yourself. It is not a selfish or egotistical thing to do-you are bowing down to your real self, with all its whole and broken pieces.

Jason Shulman: The Instruction Manual For Receiving God: Page 52

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017



We are a collection of citizen volunteers concerned about the unresponsiveness of our government. We represent various ages, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, political orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. We value inclusive democracy and inspired volunteerism. Be part of the movement to heal Pennsylvania politics! As our marchers approach the State Capitol, a push from supporters across Pennsylvania will show legislators that we ALL stand together for an accountable, transparent and participatory democracy. We want to end bribery, end gerrymandering, and encourage participation through automatic voter registration Learn more about our bills here.

Friday, May 19, 2017 Citizen Civics Day: Visit/Call/Email your state legislators
This is the last day before legislators return to Harrisburg, contact them right where YOU live: visit in person, call, email, tweet, Facebook–the more they hear from you, the more likely this vital legislation is to get called for a vote!

CALL OR EMAIL your legislator’s district office. Identify yourself as a local constituent, tell them you support our three bills, and ask if your rep or senator is willing to cosponsor them. Tell them why having an accountable, honest, representative government is important to you as a nonpartisan issue; tell them that you will be watching for their co-sponsorship and their vote.

TWEET at your legislator (or comment on their Facebook page):
[For State Reps:]
[Rep’s name or Twitter handle], I support the March on Harrisburg. Pls pass HB 39, HB 722 & HB 193 to #endPAcorruption!
[for State Senators:]
[Senator’s name or Twitter handle], I support the March on Harrisburg. Pls pass SB 132, SB 22 & SB 608 to #endPAcorruption!

Not sure who your state reps are? Find out here:

March, visit, call, email. Learn more

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

Impeach pin

….But in Nixon’s case, the list of actions that together were deemed to constitute impeachable obstruction reads like a forecast of what Trump would do decades later — making misleading statements to, or withholding material evidence from, federal investigators or other federal employees; trying to interfere with FBI or congressional investigations; trying to break through the FBI’s shield surrounding ongoing criminal investigations; dangling carrots in front of people who might otherwise pose trouble for one’s hold on power.

It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the national interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a Congress of the president’s own party to initiate an impeachment inquiry. It would be a terrible shame if only the mounting prospect of being voted out of office in November 2018 would sufficiently concentrate the minds of representatives and senators today.

But whether it is devotion to principle or hunger for political survival that puts the prospect of impeachment and removal on the table, the crucial thing is that the prospect now be taken seriously, that the machinery of removal be reactivated, and that the need to use it become the focus of political discourse going into 2018.
Laurence H. Tribe May 13 at 3:01 PM Washington Post

Friday, May 12th, 2017



Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley

Ultimately, when truth and error have fair play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter. Ben Franklin

@ShadowingTrump brings together 18 policy experts into a Shadow Cabinet of superhero scholars, advocates and former public officials that debunk Trump & his Cabinet when they don’t lead but mislead. President Trump has legal legitimacy to be president but he lacks moral legitimacy when he incessantly fabricates, distorts, denounces, misdirects, cherry-picks & self-enriches.

@ShadowingTrump is a comprehensive, one-stop portal of Citizen Secretaries who will comment agency-by-agency not just on small lies but on false narratives in the service of political ends, on issues both in headlines and within the bureaucracy. Unrebutted distortions not only confuse us but also produce bad policies. Trump only cares about vanity, money, headlines and his family. To counter this, the Shadow Cabinet will be:

Deciphering Trump’s “twistifications” (Jefferson’s word),
Suggesting progressive alternatives, and
Explaining why his contempt for the media, judiciary, science & dissent reflects a creeping authoritarianism.

Finally, a significant action to save our democracy. Join me in following them @ShadowingTrump

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Secret To Success in the Whitehouse


I am so impressed with Chris Whipple, the author of the book, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the men who have been the president’s closest advisers, whose actions and inactions have defined the course of our country. As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely.

Through extensive interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, Whipple helps us understand presidential history showing how James Baker and Leon Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster.

Because of Chris Whipple, I read with great interest this article in today’s New York Times: In House Health Vote, Reince Priebus Sees a Much-Needed Reprieve.

He is quoted in the article: It’s been the most dysfunctional White House in memory, and a lot of it is on Reince. Priebus has made rookie mistake after rookie mistake, and he started by making the biggest one of all: not insisting he be the first among equals. Fatal mistake. I’m not sure anybody could make that demand, but he didn’t even really try. At some point, the president is either going to embrace failure or pick a grown-up, like a C.E.O. or maybe Mattis, as his chief.


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The Right Place At The Right Time- Always


Once we sense and know God’s Presence here, this world becomes something holy, and we become something holy- something we already have.

This seed passage works in reverse. Start with this: You are already holy and watch the world be holy. Everywhere you look, you will see the glow of rightness, of being in the right place at the right time. If you continue this for a whole day, you will end up at the beginning of this see passage: Know God’s Presence here. This is a good thing.

The Instruction Manual For Receiving God by Jason Shulman Pg 128

Monday, May 1st, 2017

None Of Us Are Free Until All Of Us Are Free


Dear Louise,

Today is the big day. We will rally to recast the dominant story around economic justice toward a more radically inclusive one that elevates the voices of Black and Brown workers. We will march to put at the center the experiences of our Black, Latinx, Trans, Muslim, and refugee family and all that sit at the intersection of multiple identities. We will strike to expand #SanctuaryforAll so we’re all safe, Indigenous, Black, Brown, immigrant, and Native born.

By joining together on #MayDay and #beyondthemoment we can win justice for all. Watch our latest video.

Marcha por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes – May Day March!
May 01, 2017 • 3:00 PM South Water and Hot Metal Street (near South Side Works) Intersection of Hot Metal Bridge & S Water Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213. See you there!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Proof Is In The Pudding

Ivanka and Dad

Oh My! They are doing it again. This situation with Flynn (which is without a double collusion) is important to the White House for one thing and one thing only to divert attention from what is actually happening there.

Oh My! On My! What is actually happening is that Americans across the US were proven wrong about their hopes that daughter, Ivanka, could be the only sane voice of reason in the White House on Tuesday when she finally opened her mouth at the W20 Summit: Inspiring women: Scaling Up Women’s Entrepreneurship where German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland also participated in the discussion.

Oh My! She told the audience: I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media that’s been perpetuated….. but they are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man… He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity. Ms. Trump went on to insist her personal experience and those of the thousands of women who have worked with Mr. Trump for decades did not tally with the media’s criticism.

Oh My! Oh My! Clearly she is not our savior and even worse it’s an additional layer of proof that all we have in the White House is a very poorly run family business. Where will it end?

And I shutter to say it out loud but let’s be honest about signs of an inappropriate father/daughter relationship. Trump told GQ last year that his daughter was: really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….

Oh My! Oh My! Oh My! Where will it end? And how? And when??????? I’m betting that in the end it won’t happen because of Flynn or misplaced family relationships; it will be related to the tax returns.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Quotes From Our 2017/5776 SILK-ROOT EARTH DAY SEDER


The good man is the friend of all living things. Gandhi

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources,cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage,
for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Theodore Roosevelt

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not
given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree,
give it water, and make it survive. That’s what makes the difference. Wangari Maathai

Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength
that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson

La-shanah Ha-baah shalom: Next Year peace and the end of suffering.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Counting The Omer

Counting The Omer
Day 9: Today is the energy of loving-kindness of Chesed in the disciplined strength of Gevorah. Today notice how your criticism of others might apply to yourself. What advice could you give someone who is critical? Look at the areas in your life where let negativity run rampant. For today, observe the negative patterns as they occur and be gentle with yourself.

Counting The Omer Sefirat Ha’Omer takes place during the forty-nine days following Pesach anticipating the receiving of the commandments on Shavuot. Over the seven weeks we have the opportunity to break open the negative shells klipot from within us to release the Light in a systematic reflection of our divine attributes. More information here.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Quotes from our Freedom Seder


The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan

We should seek not a world where the black race and the white race live in harmony, but a world in which the terms black and white have no real political meaning. Ta-Nehisi Coates

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. Jim Morrison

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. ~Susan B. Anthony

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. Margaret Mead

When we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Martin Luther King Jr

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Demand His Taxes


We’re marching around the country to ask Donald Trump:
What are you hiding? Release your tax returns and commit to a fair tax system for the American people. We do care what information you are hiding about your business deals, your ties to foreign countries, your debts, your conflicts of interest, the benefits of your policies for your own self-interest. You work for us, and we demand answers.

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