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2 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
How often do you change your fixed perception of a situation in a significant way?   It happened to me a number of years ago when I saw the musical Wicked for the first time. It was literally life changing. There is a well established, pretty universally accepted "norm" and it is shattered. Never looked at The Wizard of Oz the same again.   Recently, I had a similar experience with the film, "I, Tonya." To see things from her perspective, very enlightening. Sonia sent me a ...
9 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Recy Taylor, Listen, Me Too
Bears repeating: But it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factor...
16 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Starlings, Shakespeare, Flocks
Individually, most people think of starlings as pesky little birds that destroy crops and dirty car windshields. They were first introduced into the United States around 1880, by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts, who wanted to recreate Shakespeare's Garden in Central Park. Needless to say those 60 or so proliferated, much to the chagrin of many wild bird lovers.   But these odd iridescent beings actually create one of the most beautiful sights in nature.     Those amazing ...
23 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Santa Claus, Letters, Zip codes
One thing I love is being an Audible (www.audible.com) member, where I get books on audio. Sometimes, as a member, they give us some free audio. This holiday season they sent a collection, that included an "audio documentary" that was so uplifting, adding to my "there is so much good in this world that we know nothing about" theme that I am living. Anyway, up in Schenectady, there is an old GE plant that still operates with a very much reduced staff from its heyday in the 60s...
30 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
From HuffPost April, but timeless:   On Sunday, native New Yorker Jackie Summers posted a photo on Facebook and Twitter that appears to show a Jewish man and woman sitting on a New York City subway car next to a Muslim woman in a hijab holding a baby. The caption Summers wrote on Facebook reads: “A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: peop...
37 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I'm writing this, the voting is going on in Alabama. I'm concerned that the outcome will be difficult, when you read this, you will already know. So, as always, its healthy to remember ALL the great good that goes on in the world.   From MSN-Melissa Chan: When bullets rang out at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, Jonathan Smith could have fled. Instead, the 30-year-old father of three raced back toward danger to help about 20 strangers—ma...
44 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Malala_Yousafzai, Taliban, Oxford, Pakistan
From the HuffPost: Five years ago, a member of the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head for speaking up for girls’ rights to an education. The Pakistani teenager miraculously survived and has since given her all as an advocate for girls’ right to an education. On Monday, the anniversary of the shooting, Malala attended her first class at the University of Oxford.   “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education,” Yousafzai tw...
51 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
What do you do when an organization is doing "good," but they also are doing something you don't support? Let me first say, that I can often not see the "big picture" and I am also often an A#%hole. I was sent two emails, asking me to "adopt" a child in poverty by two people I trust. Thanks to wonderful Gotham members Sonia and Gail, I went to Charity Navigators and looked the adoption site up and it has good reviews. Great, its legit. The "issue" for me is that this organiz...
58 days ago 3 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Fifty-four years ago on this day, a police officer, army veteran, father, husband and a man working two part jobs in addition to being a police officer, was shot and killed in the suburbs of Dallas, TX while investigating a murder. Everyone remembers the victim of that murder, lets take a moment to remember a man doing his job, supporting his family, married to his high school sweetheart... Officer J. D. Tippett. From Wikipedia: Tippit was born near the town of Annona in Red ...
65 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Twenty-Six letters. Seven colors in a rainbow. Isn't it amazing what human beings can do with just a few musical notes, or colors or letters. Create joy, bring back forgotten memories, enlighten nations. We can do so much with so little, the human heart and brain are miraculous things.     There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. - Einstein  ...
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