Minimum wage provides the working poor a fighting chance for a decent life.

Mashed Potato Bulletin

raise minimum wageBoth times in fairly recent years federal minimum wage was increased with the cooperation of Republican leadership. In 1996, the Republican-controlled House under Newt Gingrich, the minimum wage was raised from $4.25 to $5.15 over a 2 year period. The next wage increase took place a decade later, in 2006-2007, when Democrats won back control of the House. They found support for the increase in then President, George W. Bush. This instance raised the minimum rate to its current level of $7.25 per hour.

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We are all one and we are together in this journey of life.



Photo Copyright Chris Lorenz 2013

Perhaps there are no strangers, only friends

Who have not met each other yet it seems.

Perhaps we are the branches of a mighty tree

That’s hung with all our many colored dreams.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps….


Perhaps each life is but a single note

That altogether makes a symphony

Perhaps we are the sound of one accord

That rings throughout all of eternity.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…..


Perhaps each note is all the notes combined,

For one and one are still one in the end.

Perhaps each stranger is ourselves alone,

In need of someone who could be a friend.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps……


Perhaps we can remember who we are

And know there is no other way to be

Perhaps one day we’ll truly come to know ourselves

As branches of one great, and mighty tree.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…..perhaps.


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Healing Humanity

There is nothing really for me to say. We are all made of star dust and we are all children of the Universe. The richness of life is the beauty of our differences.

May our differences bring joy, not fear,

May our differences make us stronger,

May we all turn from the need of power and control, from greed and jealousies.

May we all raise our voices  in love to The One.

May we remember how to be compassionate and forgiving.

—By Barbara Mattio

Greatness is what you give.

Greatness is what you give.