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Bubbe Wisdom by LouiseSilk
Unraveling the Threads of Life
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An Open-Heart
by LouiseSilk
May 17, 2017 | 171 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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
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#thisiswhatdemocracylookslike
by LouiseSilk
May 16, 2017 | 139 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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
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Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.
by LouiseSilk
May 14, 2017 | 243 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

...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

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@ShadowingTrump
by LouiseSilk
May 12, 2017 | 196 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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



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Quilter Extraordinaire
by LouiseSilk
May 10, 2017 | 241 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
She said she had a lot of t-shirts. I told her I'm okay with that.

I'm used to lots of shirts. I have a well honed system for taking a huge pile of shirts and extracting the logos to condense them into a magnificent, functional, memorable quilt.

Still, she had more shirts than I have ever had presented to me on any previous occasion. I would venture to say representing a huge investment of time and money.

The result, a totally unique solution, one double-sided queen-size quilt for each of the four members of the family.
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The Secret To Success in the Whitehouse
by LouiseSilk
May 05, 2017 | 270 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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.

Interesting?

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The Right Place At The Right Time- Always
by LouiseSilk
May 03, 2017 | 273 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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
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None Of Us Are Free Until All Of Us Are Free
by LouiseSilk
May 01, 2017 | 326 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Dear Louise,

Tomorrow 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 and 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.

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The Proof Is In The Pudding
by LouiseSilk
Apr 28, 2017 | 494 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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?

Oh My! 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! 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.

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Quotes From Our 2017/5776 SILK-ROOT EARTH DAY SEDER
by LouiseSilk
Apr 23, 2017 | 702 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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.
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