Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gratefulness is that fullness of life for which we are all thirsting.

A Network for Grateful Living
Gratefulness is that fullness of life for which we are all thirsting.
Br. David Steindl-Rast.

So many things to be grateful for....

There are many things to be grateful "for" but, as I ripen with the seasons of life, the many reasons blend into a sacred mystery. And, most deeply, I realize that living gratefully is its own blessing.
I am grateful to be alive.
I am grateful to be virtually pain free.
I am grateful to have a nice apartment.
I am grateful for my eyes. 
I am grateful for my ears.
I am grateful for my friends.
I am grateful for my unity community.
I am grateful for my brain.
I am grateful for my heart.
I am grateful for my arms and hands.
I am grateful for my legs and feet. 
I am grateful for all my organs. 
I am grateful for my largest organ, my skin,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Republican Sick Agenda

Charter schools are following this agenda, only 42% graduate compared to 82% in Public schools in S.C. Front page news in Post and Courier. They were established to keep students segregated and were originally private. However, Republican pols started giving them taxPayer money
Now, Betty DeVos wants to give them more and allow public schools to dissolve

Summer starts Wed. early AM

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins at 12:24 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.
That’s the summer solstice, when the hemisphere will dip toward the sun, basking in its warmth for longer than any other day.

It offers the perfect opportunity to ponder the explosive ball of plasma that makes our very existence possible. Above, last year’s solstice in Santa Monica, Calif.

Evening wraps by N. Y. Times

Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Our reporters are watching closely in the last hours of the most expensive House campaign in history — and quite possibly the most consequential special election since Watergate.
Jon Ossoff, the Democrat, and Karen Handel, the Republican, are competing in the runoff in the Sixth Congressional District, in the suburbs north of Atlanta.
The seat has been Republican for a generation, but a Democratic surge against President Trump could change that. It’s being watched as a sign of what’s in store nationwide. We’ll have live coverage as the results come in.
Mike Belleme for The New York Times
2. Do Senate Republicans have the votes to pass a health care bill?
That’s the question of the hour, since they could try as early as next week. Republican senators have been meeting behind closed doors to draft their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. We took a look at where key G.O.P. senators stand on the issue.
The Trump administration has not said whether the government will continue paying subsidies to keep costs down for people with Obamacare. If it doesn’t, middle-income people could see their rates jump.
Lonnie Carpenter, above, a self-employed roofer, said it would have been “tough to survive” without his insurance after a back injury.
Bryan Woolston/Reuters
3. The death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was returned from North Korea in a coma, above, drove a new wedge between Washington and Pyongyang.
Three other Americans are still imprisoned in North Korea. President Trump condemned the North for its “brutality,” but he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stopped short of announcing fresh sanctions.
U.S. Navy, via Associated Press
4. The bodies of seven American sailors were flown home as the U.S. and Japanese authorities ramped up their investigations in the fatal collision of a cargo vessel and the U.S.S. Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan.
The biographies of the sailors who died in Saturday’s collision, above, illustrate how much the American military relies on recruits from immigrant communities.
William Widmer for The New York Times
5. Federal agents are using surveillance equipment adapted from military use in Iraq and Afghanistan to patrol the Mexican border. Experts say technology can create a virtual wall that’s as effective as a physical one, at far lower cost.
And within Mexico, human rights lawyers, journalists and activists have been targeted by spyware that an Israeli company sold to the government for use against criminals and extremists.
Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times
6. Our videographer embedded with Iraqi troops on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State in Mosul.
Iraq’s second-largest city had been controlled by the militants for two years. The soldiers we followed were greeted as liberators by residents. One family even named a newborn after the unit’s 33-year-old commander, Major Sajjad al-Hour, above.
Ben Solomon, who shot the video, describes the experience in this essay.
Patricia De Melo Moreira/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
7. In Portugal, more than 60 people were killed in a raging wildfire this week. Our correspondent drove into the countryside to interview survivors and firefighters, passing burned-out cars and melted road signs on his way.
Deadly blazes have become increasingly severe and routine in Portugal, spurred by poor land management and hotter, drier summers because of climate change.
Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times
8. There’s an opera renaissance underway in Paris.
The Opéra Comique, one of the city’s oldest performance sites, is hoping to attract new audiences by reimagining what modern opera could be.
Its latest production, the Baroque opera “Alcyone,” hasn’t been performed in Paris in 246 years — and the new version includes avant-garde staging, and even acrobats.
Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
9. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins at 12:24 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.
That’s the summer solstice, when the hemisphere will dip toward the sun, basking in its warmth for longer than any other day.
It offers the perfect opportunity to ponder the explosive ball of plasma that makes our very existence possible. Above, last year’s solstice in Santa Monica, Calif.

I want to get near to the heart of the world as I can...

“As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can".”
~ John Muir 

Tom Pinkson's photo in Bondurant, Wyoming
 — feeling thankful.

A Late but Great Father's Day Story

From the time I was in second grade, I wanted to be a teacher. But our family was a paycheck-to-paycheck family. By the time I was a senior in high school, we didn’t have the money for a college application, much less the money to send me off to school. I was sixteen, angry and miserable.

After one especially bitter battle with my mother, I threw some clothes in a bag and ran out of the house. Hours later, Daddy found me on a bench at the bus station downtown. He sat down beside me, and asked if I remembered the time after his heart attack.
I remembered. I’d been 12 years old, and I’d seen how fast a family could be turned upside down.
Daddy said it was the worst time in his life. Worse than when the doctors thought the lumps on his neck were cancer. Worse than when his best friend died. Worse than when he was in a terrible car crash and smashed through the windshield and tore his shoulder open.

“Your mother was at home when they took the station wagon,” he said in a low voice. “And then they said they were going to take the house. She cried every night.”

He paused for a long time. “I just couldn’t face it.”

Sitting there on the bench in the bus station, he told me that he had failed and that the shame had nearly killed him. He wanted to die.

What happened? I asked.

Daddy sat silently for a long time, caught somewhere in his memories of those awful days. He still didn’t look at me. Finally, he took my hand in both of his and held it tightly.

It got better, he said. Your mother found work. We made some payments. After a while, I went back to work. We had less money, but it was enough to get by. We got caught up on the mortgage. You seemed to do okay.

Finally he turned and looked at me. “Life gets better, punkin.”

And he was right. Daddy and I headed home. It was a winding path, but I eventually made it through college and started teaching school. And once one door opened, so did another and another. Life got better.

I’ve carried that story in my pocket for decades. It was how I made it through the painful parts. Divorce. Disappointments. Deaths. When things get tough, I still hear my daddy’s voice, telling me to hang on. It’s a part of him that will always be with me.

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies who are trying their hardest. Happy Father’s Day to every daddy who sets the example every day of what it means to care for the people you love. Happy Father’s Day to every daddy who tells a child, “Life gets better, punkin.”



Theda Parks
June 18 at 3:08pm
Ron Alexander: Perhaps try the direction of Myrtle Fillmore. The first thing she did was apologize to her body.. and then started talking to it. She said "I did not become discouraged at their being slow to wake up, but kept right on, both silently and aloud, declaring the words of Truth, until the organs responded." The Story of Unity (I think it's Chapter IV) carries her words, and we know the amazing things she did for herself. Holding you in prayer. XOXO

How to be of service:

Bentinho Massaro @BentinhoMassaro Jun 18
Empty yourself. Let God's Intelligence operate through you. Be of service to others today.

Security in freedom?

There is no security in freedom only endless falling toward the hands that tossed you into the world.
Bernadette Miller(

Monday, June 19, 2017

Two Ways to be fooled:

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to believe what is true.

The only one thing of absolute importance and that is


Boredom is a lack of attention.

The Miracle that shifts your perception...

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.

Quality more important than quantity

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.

A brief summary of health care in America

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist
Senate leaders have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep their health care bill secret, and the media has been too accommodating of the secrecy.
The Senate is rushing to pass a health care bill within the next three weeks — a bill that would rewrite the rules for one-sixth of the economy and directly affect tens of millions of Americans. Yet prominent media coverage of the story has slowed to a trickle in recent weeks.
I understand why it’s happened. Republican leaders have taken the radical approach of writing a major bill behind closed doors, with no hearings, public markups or any of the usual legislative process. It’s hard to cover a story without public developments. Meanwhile, the Russia scandal has offered almost continuous fireworks, with Jeff Sessions’s testimony being the latest.
But the media is still making a mistake. It’s our job, after all, to distinguish between the obvious and the important. Russia is both obvious and important. The health care bill is hidden and important.
“Why is this barely getting coverage in major news outlets?” Rick Hasen, a legal scholar and political scientist, asked yesterday on Twitter. “One would think real possibility of 23 million people losing health care coverage would warrant page 1 coverage in major papers, networks.”
Similarly, Jeff Stein of Vox tweeted a chart showing that mentions of “healthcare bill” on cable television have plummeted in recent weeks. The topic also received relatively scant coverage in the run-up to the House’s surprise passage of a bill last month — a bill estimated to increase the number of uninsured by 23 million.
And Chris Murphy, a Democratic senator from Connecticut, tweeted (albeit not specifically to the media): “My advice today: focus 10% of your attention/outrage on Sessions testimony, 90% on the secret health care bill that is speeding to a vote.”
All along, Republican leaders have gambled that they could get away with operating behind closed doors, knowing that their bill is deeply unpopular. And so far, they are winning that bet.
Some of the most powerful health care groups opposing the bill have responded meekly to the lack of public hearings, as I wrote yesterday, while much of the media has been distracted by shiny objects elsewhere.
It’s not too late for everyone to do better.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Miracles come in moments

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

Monday, June 12, 2017

92 and far from through, GO JIMMY😀

"His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment."

Repubs have 45 by the ...

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist
The biggest priority for today’s Congressional Republicans is shrinking the size of government so they can cut taxes for the wealthy.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, managed to win the presidency on an agenda that promised robust government programs in health care, retirement and other areas.
Something was going to have to give, and it’s long been clear that the something would be Trump’s campaign promises. Trump doesn’t actually care much about the working class and has quickly abandoned his earlier commitments.
But he remains less ideological than Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan — Trump cares more about “winning” than any coherent philosophy — and so there has still been uncertainty about how ideologically far Congress would be able to lead Trump.
The Russia scandal suggests that the answer may be: Very far indeed.
Paul Starr, the sociologist who wrote a Pulitzer-winning history of health care, has written a piece in The American Prospect making this point. “Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony may have seemed like a boon to Democrats, but it has another effect that has been little commented on,” Starr writes. “Donald Trump is now totally dependent on congressional Republicans to avoid impeachment and therefore has no choice but to be a cheerleader for their policies and to sign whatever legislation they send him.”  
Starr continues:
“This is exactly why at the Senate hearing where Comey made his devastating charges, Republicans pretended not to see the evidence of obstruction of justice. For the time being, they have no interest whatsoever in initiating proceedings against the president that would consume their agenda. They know they have Trump in a position where he has no real choice except to do what they want.”
Currently, Congressional Republicans’ biggest wish is a reduction in health benefits for the middle class, poor, sick and elderly in order to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.
The House has already passed a bill. The Senate is trying to make progress this week — behind closed doors, without any of the public hearings that typically accompany major legislation. Republican leaders hope to rush a vote before the July 4 recess.

On being appreciative by paying ....

Being unappreciative might mean we are simply not paying attention.

Smile, you are looking

Monday morning shiny mirror:

You could never hurt another...

    Good morning, truly love yourself:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The sacred is all around us and small human rituals can

The sacred is not in heaven or far away. It is all around us, and small human rituals can connect us to its presence.

“There is no power so impressive, so strong for success, so powerful in life building, and so certain in its everlasting benefit to mankind in general, as this one great human attribute, appreciation, or the power of universal recognition. Then each life is great in itself and increasing in its greatness with others. Then life and love and God are one.” 
- Julia Seton, M.D., The Science of Success

More positive reach for the critical mass to create a better future

Positives are happening now - critical mass starting to change our future for the better🙄
Lisa Holliday
3 hrs
Copied from a friend. If you are feeling weary, this is the antidote. Not sure the author(s).
You know, it's a truly insane roller-coaster of a time, and I understand that it is making a lot of people dizzy and sick and the change fell out of a lot of peoples' pockets. But it's also pretty amazing. This morning the president got nailed as a liar and obstructor of justice while the whole world watched. A bunch of Mormon women have switched party alignment and gotten behind undocumented immigrants. Indivisible's 6000+ branches are building the foundation for big change in the midterms. The world is uniting to move forward on climate change without the US federal government; inside the USA, states and cities, 279 cities representing almost 60 million people at last count, are also going along with the Paris accords. France elected a climate-conscious guy. The United Kingdom is rejecting the Tories. The judiciary system keeps rejecting the Muslim ban and a number of Republican voter-suppression and gerrymandering schemes have been overturned.
Rachel Maddow is the queen of Cable TV, beating out a declining Fox, because people are hungry for what she has to tell them. Kamala Harris, the second black woman ever in the Senate, is warming up the frying pan and gently nudging Jeff Sessions into the oil. Whatever you think of the Democratic Party as a whole, a bunch of them are doing good work right now. Nevada sent the first Latina senator ever to the pallid senate, and Catherine Cortez Masto is standing up for everything from reproductive rights to public land. Maxine Waters isn't a queen; she's an empress right now, speaking so much fierce truth to so much corrupt power (and nudging giant white boys outta her way with panache). There are some real heroes out there. People who are in the limelight and everyday people doing their work quietly.
And it's turning out to be not as much fun to be right wing as they thought it would be. They haven't yet destroyed the ACA and they're finding out just how unpopular trying to do that is (and people need to ramp up telling their reps to defend it). Franken says Republicans are scared, caught in a lot of dilemmas, and with today's extraordinary hearings, they may be more so, not sure how to align themselves with a crumbling administration. Jared Kushner is in hot water. There are about seven investigations into this Russian/collusion business, and we don't have to waste time on people who think it's imaginary any more. Jason Chaffetz saw the writing on the wall and quit, and a bunch of Republicans are on the lam from their constituents. Bill O'Reilly was forced out. Hannity lost a ton of his advertisers when his bullshit about Seth Rich fell on his own head (that's what it's like on rollercoasters). Roger Ailes died in disgrace after being forced out by a bunch of women supporting each other in testifying that he was a grotesque monster and Fox was a gulag-brothel. What the Republicans sought to clothe so elegantly is out in all its squalid nakedness now: the lies are naked, the cruelty is naked, and the destructiveness is naked. That's helpful; we're done having to make the case that they serve the billionaires and the banks, serve whiteness and patriarchy. The lines are clearly drawn.
This is a historic moment. I keep hearing people predict the future, often glumly, with the false certainty that is pernicious to any real engagement. Here's what you have to remember. The future is not written; it's ours to make, but if we do nothing we will get nothing or worse than nothing. In this moment of utter turmoil, civil society must be the counter to a rogue administration. A crisis, says one dictionary, is “the point in the progress of a disease when a change takes place which is decisive of recovery or death; also, any marked or sudden change of symptoms, etc.”
Together we have the power to shape the future; together we are more than a counterweight to the crumbling power of the Trump administration that fails to understand the nature of power. I see a lot of beauty in the principle and the passion of the people around me and beyond right now; I see a citizenry (and that means everyone who lives here whatever their status) rising up. I don't see the future, but I see extraordinary possibilities.
With Annabel Park and Bob Fulkerson