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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Moral Obligations To Strangers- Unite The Families


Our immigration laws are a nightmare. The 800,000 Dreamers are one group but there are many more residents in our country who are not being at all included in the current discussion. Two cases in point:

Democracy Now has been following the case of Ravi Ragbir, an over two decade undocumented immigrant with US citizen wife and children. The story is both heart wrenching and revolting, certainly because of his treatment, but more so because there is no conceivable path to legalization and citizenship within our current system. That situation has lead to his current condition, Ravi being arbitrarily removed from his home and family- taken into detention.

José Ángel N., who was here in Pittsburgh recently reading from his book, Illegal, tells the story of living an American dream characterized by constraint, deception, and humiliation. It is poignant and personal, well told and easily felt, a precarious situation at best, as he ponders his life as an illegal with a citizen wife and child.

Both men are two of the 11.3 million US immigrant residents who have no path to citizenship. A Shunda! Here are 7 Ways You Can Help Undocumented Immigrants Right Now.

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Five Secrets to Lasting Love


The following Languages of Love are our means of communicating and demonstrating our love. Most of us can easily rank one or two of these above the others both to give and receive our love. Which mean the most to you? Which are you going to try to improve?

1. Words of affirmation
Words have meaning. If this is your language hearing I love you and other verbal compliments are what you value the most. On the other side, negative or insulting comments cut deep and won’t be easily forgiven.

2. Quality time
Giving the ones you love your undivided attention and more quality time is what matters on this one. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful to loved ones who value this form of love.

3. Receiving gifts
Don’t mistake tangible gifts for materialism, but as a way to feel cared for, appreciated and loved. People who thrive on this do not deal well with and absence of everyday gestures let alone forgotten or ignored special occasions.

4. Acts of Service
Anything you can do to ease another’s burdens is always appreciated. Lending a hand, taking helpful action without being asked speak a meaningful and thoughtful love. If you’re not willing to show your appreciation by doing a loved one a favor, you’re saying you don’t value them.

5. Physical touch
Nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch. Everyday physical connections, hugging, handholding, pats on the back or any type of re-affirming physical contact is feels great not just physically but also emotionally. A favorite of mine is group hugs.

Learn more here.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Whole Program Of Creation Is To Bring Us Back Into Contact With God


Why am I here?
Because you want to be.
What? This life? This suffering? This distance from the REAL?
Yes. Because within you is the eternal program of repair. Do not ever forget that left to your own devices, left to your natural inclinations, your body desires to heal, your mind desires to heal, and your spirit desires to heal. To be broken is the only way to understand wholeness. To be separate is the only way to return to the One. Your whole life is about repair and return. Whether you sit in meditation facing a wall or pray in the sanctuary to God, your soul already knows that all brokenness leads to home, that “brokenness” and “home” arise together, like sun and sky, like river and water. All of creation was made for this purpose. Everything else is commentary on the search for the eternal.

Jason Shulman;The Instruction Manual For Receiving God;Page 29

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Gateway To A Spiritual Path

everyday-life suzuki-

THE TWELVE GATEWAYS according to Dan Millman














Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018








Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Notes of Appreciation


Hi Louise,
The tallit just came. Oh my goodness! It is so beautiful and so Jonah! Rick and I are thrilled. Actually, we are more than thrilled—we are so moved by your work. Thank you so much. The denim tote is adorable.
Thanks, Bobbi


Dear Louise,
I received my original SilkDenim Bag on Friday and I have already used it twice. I love the bag and the creativity that went into its formation. Thank you so much.! And please know I will think of you every time I use my tote.

These potholders awesome! Wonderful craftsmanship and they are great to use. Amazing design to slide your hand in the pocket. A funky way to stylishly recycle. Even my husband liked them! Can’t wait to purchase more. They would make great gifts! Kisber

This quilt is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! I enjoy reading under it, watching TV under it and sleeping under it. It’s visually interesting and has garnered many positive comments from family and friends. The quality is great and the comfort it offers is incomparable. I want another one! James

Thank you! We received your quilt and table runner today. Both are beautiful! The colors are a surprise, since each is different from the sample shown on Etsy. We love the way they turned out! They match our dining room and bedroom even better than we hoped. March

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A Racist is a Predator is a Bigot is Not Fit For Office


Did you see Roy Moore’s wife defend herself against hatred last night? Do you understand when someone speaks in that manner, it is a poor guise to truth.

Look at the issues and vote- Your life depends on it.

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

The Nationalist’s Delusion- A Must Read


The specific dissonance of Trumpism—advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel, policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are racially motivated—provides the emotional core of its appeal. It is the most recent manifestation of a contradiction as old as the United States, a society founded by slaveholders on the principle that all men are created equal….

One hundred thirty-nine years since Reconstruction, and half a century since the tail end of the civil-rights movement, a majority of white voters backed a candidate who explicitly pledged to use the power of the state against people of color and religious minorities, and stood by him as that pledge has been among the few to survive the first year of his presidency. Their support was enough to win the White House, and has solidified a return to a politics of white identity that has been one of the most destructive forces in American history. This all occurred before the eyes of a disbelieving press and political class, who plunged into fierce denial about how and why this had happened. That is the story of the 2016 election….

Yet at its core, white nationalism has and always will be a hustle, a con, a fraud that cannot deliver the broad-based prosperity it promises, not even to most white people. Perhaps the most persuasive argument against Trumpist nationalism is not one its opponents can make in a way that his supporters will believe. But the failure of Trump’s promises to white America may yet show that both the fruit and the tree are poison.

The Nationalist’s Delusion: Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination. ADAM SERWER NOV 20, 2017

Saturday, November 25th, 2017





My Thanksgiving Retreat allowed me the space and time to summarize the biggist learnings of the year:

1. Self-care. First and foremost one needs to take care of oneself as that is the only way to be free, willing and able to assist others.
2. Boundaries. An important aspect of self-care is, acknowledging, understanding and accepting limits and not overextending in ways that are detrimental to self and others.
3. Emotions. Emotions. Emotions. They are there always- and they need to be brought to the surface and acknowledged.
4. All change comes from within or the only person one can change is ones-self and with that, change of others will follow.
5. Before any thought, comment or action, take a deep centering breath and maybe even two!
6. Blessings and gratitude are the first step of awareness. To truly enact the benefits of this awareness, right action must follow.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Voters of Alabama: It’s Time To Stand Up


If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Desmond Tutu

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Thomas Jefferson

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. Robert Reich

One does not have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and absence of understanding are sufficient. Charles M. Blow

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest it. Elie Wiesel

I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. Lily Tomlin

It’s time for you, Alabama, to take a good look at yourselves and decide whether you really want to be represented at the highest levels of government for six long years by a grim theocrat who was removed from his chief justice position once for insisting on displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom, and then suspended years later because he refused to accept the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage and now has clear multiple allegations of sexual harassment and mis-conduct. The man known as the Ayatollah of Alabama isn’t likely to burnish the reputation of your state as a sane and safe place. Stand up! We are counting on you!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The Viking River Cruise: A Review

Amsterdam Fun

Basal Graffiti

Breisah Church

Love Locks in Colgne

Swiss Choclates

Rhine Castles

WWII School Bag

After a great night’s sleep in my own bed, I declare myself a contented alumni of The Rhine Getaway Viking River Cruise- an organization that is well organized, friendly, considerate, tasteful, all with the aim of continued loyal patronage.

There’s so much to say- ask for specific details as to your interests- today I will give you my top ten experiences ala David Letterman. See more on my instagram.

10. Helping Steve to discover Graffiti.
9. The foods particularly, the breads, cheeses and chocolates.
8. A hike in the Black Forest on a portion of the El Camino. This would have ranked higher if it had been longer and less rushed.
7. Getting to know the smaller German cities and towns: Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Speyer, Strasbourg, and Breisach and Kinderdijk in the Netherlands with its windmills.
6. The art museums in general and particularly seeing Chagall’s early work 1911-1919 contextualized in an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basal and separately the grounds of the Riehen in Basal.
5. The transportation system in Basal.
4. Purchasing marijuana in a Amsterdam cafe.
3. Sailing along the Rhine Valley with a great view of vineyards and castles.
2. Meetin a quiltmaker from Colorado Springs who was a 60 year ago graduate of Mastbaum Vocational High School also where I had my first teaching job after Drexel plus the variety of interesting people aboard the ship.
1.Touring Jewish Amsterdam with a private guide after also viewing the Ann Frank House.

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

An Open Letter to the Democratic Leadership in SWPA


An Open Letter to the Democratic Leadership in SWPA – Congressman Mike Doyle; Allegheny County Chair, Nancy Patton Mills; Westmoreland County Chair, Lorraine Petrosky; Greene County Chair, Maddie Loring; Washington County Chair, Linda Andrews – and State Party Chair Marcel Groen:

The 18th District Campaign Coalition, the Joint Midterm Committee of Rise Up Mt. Lebanon and 412 Resistance, and Progress 18 PA (formerly Mondays With Murphy) have been working since January to aggregate the grassroots energy across the four counties in the 18th District in preparation for an all-out effort to put a Democrat in this seat in Congress. Both the presence of a dramatically activated base as well as the circumstances that have precipitated this special election make this race, with the right Democratic candidate, truly winnable.

Though the abrupt resignation of Congressman Tim Murphy has changed both the procedures and the timeframe for this effort, the members of this coalition stand ready to mobilize on behalf of a strong nominee, one who is willing to take a stand on priority issues and inspire the volunteers and voters crucial to this effort.

Specifically, we believe only a nominee who will co-sponsor H.R. 676 (Medicare for All), will robustly support efforts to combat climate change, and will stand up for unabridged reproductive rights, racial justice, humane immigration policy, strong unions, sensible gun legislation, and full civil rights for the LGBTQ community will get the Democrats and Independents to the polls.

Most importantly, we ask that you remain mindful that you and the committee members are acting in this as proxies for the people of this district. It is our hope that we can work together to win the first national-level special election since the debacle of 2016 and set the standard for the 2018 midterms.


Progress 18 PA: 515 members
412 Resistance – 697 members
Peter’s Township Citizens for Democracy: 90 members
Pennsylvania Together: 2,000 members statewide
La Resistance: 512 members
Mt. Lebanon Rise Up: 300 members
Upper St. Clair Progressive Network: 268 members
Democrats for Action, Responsibility, and Truth (DART): 112 members Order of the Phoenix: 7,500 members in SWPA

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