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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

If Only She Were Here Today

emma-goldman

The most violent element in society is ignorance.

The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.

Conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism. … Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.

The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

Emma Goldman(1869 – 1940), anarchist, political activist, writer


Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Impact Investing

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We always start with the first bottom line, if a company is not successful, there can be no impact. Nancy Pfund, Founder of Double Bottom Line Partners

In Home Depot the other day, we were approached by a gentleman wanting to introduce Solar City to us as a way to purchase solar power for the home. Tandem to meeting him I heard this amazing talk on the Commonwealth Club on Impact Investing.

The speaker, Nancy Pfund, created the world of profit and positive investing where financial success goes hand-in-hand with social change by achieving high venture capital returns working with companies that use economic, social and environmental impact.

One of her organizations is Solar City. Two others: Pandora and Patagonia. All of the companies they invest in have built social impact into their business plans from the very beginning with the intention of generating social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. It makes sooooo much sense. I want to participate however I can!


Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Some Answers To Back and Neck Tension

Back muscles

This morning I did my favorite internet teacher’s Slow Flow Yoga For Chest, Shoulders and Back. After that if you need more go onto Yin Yoga for Upper Back Knots. If you prefer weight training here are some exercises that achieve the same results.

For people like us who spend lots of the day at a machine or a desk, these movements are vital- don’t sell your body short!


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.



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