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Sunday, March 26th, 2017

The Politician of My Day: Chuck Schumer

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Friday was a big day and night. I listened. I heard. I watched. I breathed deeply. I prayed. And finally, when I watched Chuck Schumer on Rachel Maddow, I felt the first real hope for right over might; a person in power of reason and substance who we can follow and support.


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Life Is The Practice

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Do not do a spiritual practice as if your life depended on it. Practice as if it is your life. Let it be empty. Let it be light. Let it be sweet. Let each moment be a mystery that brings you to the next moment.

Empty means without preconception. Without preconception means you are free to follow the natural course of life. The times you feel the most sweetness in your life are those times that are empty: You look at the baby and feel life is wonderful; you watch a dancer and are glad you are human; you learn something new and are completely satisfied by it in and of itself.

Our greatest spiritual practice is not yoga or prayer or meditation. It is life itself. And how we practice life tells us all. If you practice life in order to someday get good enough at it to really live, then you separate yourself from life in a profound way. But if your definition of life is that it has waves of up and down, joy and hardship, ease and discomfort, and if each day you practice empty of preconceptions, ready to wee what life brings, then you will be worthy of the concert stage. The instrument will be your own body, mind, and spirit. The audience will be all of the Buddhas and ordinary people who enjoy watching humans be themselves.

Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual For Receiving God; page 103


Monday, March 13th, 2017

The Russians Are Coming

Not My President

And the North Koreans too.
Also:
The Dakota pipeline
The Southern border wall
Non-affordable healthcare
Higher interest rates
Continued Global warming
Increasing anti-Semitic incidents
Many more marches and demonstrations
The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump


Monday, March 6th, 2017

Pussyhat Global Virtual March- March 8th

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Join the Pussyhat Global Virtual March in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8! Whether you are marching, striking, or wish you could, you can take part! Anyone, anywhere who supports women’s rights is welcome!

Here’s how to take part: Put on your Pussyhat! Make a sign saying where you are from and what you are for (it can be global, local, or personal)! Post on social media using #pussyhatglobal.


Monday, February 27th, 2017

Rosh Hodesh Adar 2017

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Dear Holy Spirit of All Ancestors,

Let us be renewed by this month of Adar

Just as it is Pisces, the sign of the fish, may we be full of blessing and fruitfulness.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Its metamorphosis as the universe’s archetype of transformation

The steadiness of her climb from new to full, not clambering to reach her pinnacle, Instead daily, bit by bit, bringing another portion of herself to light.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Toward goodness and blessing

Toward the joyful

Toward liberation and challenge, as well as

Toward patience and consolation

Toward becoming ever more human beings.

Let us commit to supporting ourselves and each other.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

Toward life and peace

Toward observing our blindness

Toward struggling with our goals

Toward forgiving ourselves and each other.

May this moon’s journey direct us in our capacity to change and grow

As an opportunity

To understand what is intended for us.

Many thank for inviting us to share

This holy moment of the New Moon.

N’vareykh et eyn hachayim Matzmichat p’ri hagefen Unkadeysh

et rosh hachodesh Ba’arigat p’tiley chayeynu L’tokh masechet hadorot.

Let us bless the source of life that ripens fruit on the vine as we hallow

the Rosh Hodesh festival, weaving new threads into the tapestry of tradition.


Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Project SilkDenim Junior

Maya's Drawing

SilkDenim JR 3

SilkDenim JR 4

SilkDenim JR 5

I should have predicted that after I introduced my granddaughters to my favorite program, Project Runway, they would want to take advantage of their Bubbe’s resources and try some projects of their own. Last time they were in Pittsburgh at Chanukah, after failing miserably at clothing, we cut simple patchwork blocks and successfully made smallish wall hangings.

Last week in New Jersey, we had our first real clothing success. Not being in the studio with all of its resources took some creativity on my part, so when the girls were unwilling to give up any of their current clothing and I could find neither a Goodwill or Joanne’s in the area, I succumbed to Wal-Mart. But, when not even this Wal-Mart had yard goods, I ventured into girl’s clothing and bought six different color basic tees and two clearance logo tees. After dissecting these pre-made garments, the girls designed, cut and rearranged the materials to create one-of-a-kind Silk-Junior Tees. Adorable? Can’t wait to see where we go from here.


Monday, February 20th, 2017

#BlackLivesMatter

Fredrick Douglas

Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Donald J. Trump

Hearing this silly thoughtless statement, I decided to increase my own knowledge of Frederick Douglas. I just finished reading Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas and I joined The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI).

The Library of Congress named the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave one of the eighty-eight Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Douglass’s first autobiography exposed slavery and helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement. I found it shocking and revolting and yet amazed by Douglas’s honesty, strength, and fortitude.

To honor Douglass’s 200th birthday, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives will print and distribute one million hardcover copies of a special Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative and ask the recipients of this special Bicentennial Edition to create service projects addressing current social justice issues in their communities. Such important work, I’m proud to contribute and wish them great success.

Today, this opinion in the Times suggests some great suggestions for DJT to get himself up to speed.


Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

What Did The President Do And When Did He Do It?

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Howard Baker’s question sliced to the core of Watergate: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Repeated over and again in the senator’s mild Tennessee drawl, those words guided Americans through the tangle of Watergate characters and charges playing daily on TV to focus squarely on Richard Nixon and his role in the cover-up.

It’s time to use and augment Baker’s famous question.


Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Connect The Dots; Not The Tweets

Out of Despair

Oh My where to begin? How to keep this simple and clear? I humbly suggest both a reading and a viewing.

I’ll start with the American Experience documentary Oklahoma City. It’s not easy to watch the reliving of the horrific bombing of the Federal Building but the film is so instructive about the rise of White Supremacy, its influences and its evils. It brings me directly to Stephen K. Bannon, our so-called President’s Whisper-In-Chief who is nothing but evil and dangerous- a perfectly scary example of a white supremacist.

For reading, It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a book as good as Daniel Gordis’ Israel: A Concise History of A Nation Reborn for getting behind, beneath and around every reason why a Jewish State is imperative for Jews.

Read, view, put the information together as I have and then commit to the huddle nearest you ready to take actions to ensure freedom and democracy for all.


Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

A Little Inspiration To Move Onto The Huddle

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Resist Tues

Build Bridges

Trump’s America is not America: not today’s or tomorrow’s, but yesterday’s. Charles M. Blow

In the end, however, he will fail. He will fail because however shrewd his tactics are, his strategy is terrible—The New York Times, the CIA, Mexican Americans, and all the others he has attacked are not going away. With every act he makes new enemies for himself and strengthens their commitment; he has his followers, but he gains no new friends. He will fail because he cannot corrupt the courts, and because even the most timid senator sooner or later will say “enough.” He will fail most of all because at the end of the day most Americans, including most of those who voted for him, are decent people who have no desire to live in an American version of Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, or Viktor Orban’s Hungary, or Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Eliot A. Cohen

The Republican Fausts are in an untenable position. The deal they’ve struck with the devil comes at too high a price. It really will cost them their soul. David Brooks

We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American. David Frum

Your daily reminder that none. of. this. is. normal. Tuesdays With Toomey @‏TuesdaysToomey

Impeach Donald Trump Now for violating the US Constitution. Sign the petition

Sign Up For A Huddle Near You


Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change

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It’s not life that causes suffering, it’s our story about life, our interpretation, that causes so much distress. Pema Chödrön

When my Dad died, I was sad, depressed and debilitated. As fate would have it, I ran into Pema Chödrön by way of her audio tape: The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. It was heaven-sent, a clear prescription of how to ride the wave of my emotions and move forward out of my loss.

Our sense of who we are is a very restricted version of who we truly are. Chödrön’s prescription is to use direct experience, who we present at this very moment, as the doorway to our true nature. By fully being in this moment of time, sounds, smells, sights, feelings, we contact the unlimited openness of being.

All of our habitual patterns are efforts to maintain a predictable, limited identity. When we keep revisiting the memory of something distressing, or rehashing and obsessing the story line, or seeing ourselves as victim; emotions fuel our static identity.

In fact, our identity which seems substantial and static, is in fact very fluid and dynamic. There are unlimited possibilities to what we might think, what we might feel, and how we might experience our reality. We must take actions to free ourselves from the suffering of this fixed identity and instead choose to connect with the fundamental change and mystery of our being.

The first step is learning to stay in the present with a meditation practice. In the present, we see how persistently we felt sorry for ourselves and do not consider alternative possibilities of long term happiness.

The next step is to interrupt the negative thoughts without denying or repressing them and accept the nature of the mind to let thoughts arise and leave. If we neither suppress our thoughts and emotions nor run with them, we find ourselves in an interesting place of neither rejection or justification but instead, embracing what is. There’s no need to respond habitually. No need to fight or flee. We can feel your true hearts and engage without an agenda.

We are in dynamic situations with unimaginable potential. The more we stay present, the more familiar this process becomes, and the easier it is to do it in the midst of everyday challenges. We will continue to face uncertainty and change. It is inherent in being alive. We are neither doomed nor completely free. We create our future with every word, action, and thought. We have all that we need to simply relax and be with the transitional, in-process quality of life. It is our engagement in the process of awakening.


Monday, January 23rd, 2017

After The March: Stop Trump’s #SwampCabinet

Resist Tuesdays

MoveOn.org is organizing every Tuesday for the first 100 days to attend a Stop Trump’s ‘Swamp Cabinet’ Rally at your Senator’s local office with a clear message: Stop Trump’s #SwampCabinet

Trump claimed he would “drain the swamp” out of Washington, but instead he has only nominated individuals that will foster corruption and destruction. Go to your senator’s local district office and tell them why Trump’s cabinet is not what America wants or needs.

To attend a “Stop the #SwampCabinet” office visit locally, enter your zip code here and find one near you or join me tomorrow at 12:00 at Crazy Mocha, Station Square to go onto Pat Toomey’s office.



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