For our Wounded Warriors

I have never supported war but I do support and respect each wounded warrior coming home. Male and female, injured in body and soul. We owe you so much and there is such gratitude for what you sacrificed. I realize you have seen some horrible things and it is very hard to forget. Some of you aren’t even sure who you are now. I hope all war ends but I hope and pray more that you will all heal from the physical, mental, and emotional wounds you have received. You all have given so much and have suffered. There is much that can be done to help you. Each of you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because we are in your debt. I don’t know how to help but would be willing to so; today I am going to remind our government and we the people, that war doesn’t stop. History shows us that. So helping you will allow us to make your healing easier.

This is for all the unknown soldiers, from all Wars.

Old War Dreams – Walt Whitman

In midnight sleep of many a face of anguishOf the look at first of the mortally wounded, (of that indescribable look)

Of the dead look on their backs with arms extended, wide

I dream, I dream, I dream

Of scenes of Nature, fields and mountains,

Of skies so beauteous after a storm, and at night the moon so unearthly, bright,

Shining sweetly, shining down, where we dig the trenches and gather the heaps,

I dream, I dream, I dream

Long have they pass’d faces and trenches and fields,

Where through the carnage I moved with a callous composure, or away from the fallen

Onward I sped at the time — but now of their forms at night,

I dream, I dream, I dream

Sisterhood Award (Redux!)


My new friend Morgan at BookNVolume has given me my second nomination for this wonderful award for Sisters of the Blogosphere!  Thank you, Morgan for the nomination and the touching words.  I don’t know how I could have changed your life, but I trust it was for the better!

Once again, I am privileged and proud to be able to count myself as Sister-in-Arms with so many wonderful, diverse and interesting women blogging on so many different topics and from so many varied points of view.  We, my Sisters, make the world go round — and may make it think in the bargain!

The rules for receiving this award are as follows.
1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer 10 questions.
3. Nominate 10/12 blogs that you find a joy to read (women bloggers, though this is one rule that can be bent a bit)
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

My answers from the first award are unchanged:

  1. Your favorite color …. red
  2. Your favorite animal … panda bears
  3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink …. Diet Coke
  4. Facebook or Twitter ….. Facebook
  5. Your favorite pattern ….. paisley
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? giving
  7. Your favorite number … 7
  8. Your favorite day of the week … Friday
  9. Your favorite flower …. Iris
  10. What is your passion? ….. really?  Just ONE?  Equality for Women and Safety from Abuse for All and No One Going Hungry


My nominees, this round :~)

  1. AuroraMorealist
  2. Angel
  3. PainHidingAbuse
  4. miladynotes
  5. Brenda
  6. ClanMother
  7. Willowdot21
  8. Michelinewalker
  9. Leanne T
  10. Makeda
  11. Toemail

Right flubs Gettysburg story – twice

I can not care at all about Fox. They are always twisting the truth the way the tornadoes twisted their ways through the midwest. Our President does look up to Lincoln and Lincoln was a human being who would find no fault with President Obama.

The Fifth Column

The Maddow Blog

On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, conservative media launched a bizarre new smear of President Obama.

It’s not exactly a secret that President Obama looks to Abraham Lincoln as a political hero. When Obama was inaugurated, he used Lincoln’s Bible, and when it came time to place items of significance in the Oval Office, Obama chose a Lincoln bust and the Emancipation Proclamation.
With this in mind, on the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the right has chosen an odd story to complain about.
Fox News is manufacturing outrage over Obama’s decision not to attend the commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and baselessly speculating that Obama’s resentment over the nation’s unfinished business “in bringing the country and its races together” may be the cause. […]
Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade discussed with Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger whether it…

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Occupy Wall Street Abolishes $15m of Americans’ Debt

Occupy Wall Street stands up and helps Americans.

Social Action 2014

Rolling Jubilee, an Occupy Wall Street activist group, has purchased and abolished 15 million dollars of Americans’ personal debt for only $400,000. The main reason for Rolling Jubilee’s perplexing actions was that they wanted to ignite a push in healthcare reform while empowering Americans to negotiate with debt buyers and collection agencies. Tabetha Wallace and Lissette Padilla discuss how to exercise your rights

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My Pretty Universe

I like your universe!

I Want Ice Water!

Perhaps the worst aspect of living as an “urban hermit” is having my enjoyment of the world outside limited mostly to what I can see through the “windows” of my TV and computer screens. Thankfully, after the really rough start my day had, there are sites like My Pretty Universe I can lose myself in to restore my sense of wonder…

Just a “few” of the many great images at My Pretty Universe on Tumblr

I want ice water.

More from the Visual Treats volume

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Rumi – The Dancing Cry Of The Soul!

This beautiful dance is called Whirling and was started by Rumi. It is the dance of esctasy and becoming in connection with the Beloved.

It Is What It Is


The Dancing Cry Of The Soul


Love is the dancing cry of the soul, calling the body to worship
Like a shining whirlpool, or a spinning mayfly
So is love among the skies.

I leap across the mountaintops, madly singing the song of all songs 
I float through the ether, intoxicated, thrilled 
I think only of your love, your calling to me 
And I dance the thousand dances of love, all returning to you.

It is not the play of children, nor the detached unity of wise sages
Unreal! Unnecessary!
Where is the beauty?

When I, like a glowing comet, may flash around your sun 
Laughing, singing, with the joy of loving you!

Wine makes drunk the mind and body
But it is love which thrills the soul
When I approach you, I feel the mad pounding of love
The singing wonder
The joy which opens blossoms on…

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Justice for Aprina Paul

Ms. Paul deserves justice

Social Action 2014

Alix Shabazz reports on the horrific death of a young Black woman in Wisconsin.

Aprina Paul 

Aprina Paul

FAMILY, FRIENDS and supporters of Aprina Paul are still seeking justice in the horrific death of the Black 18-year-old, whose remains were found burned in a backyard fire pit in Evansville, Wis., on October 30.

Nathan Middleton, a 29-year-old white man who lives in the house, told police that he picked up the Madison College nursing student after meeting Aprina on Craigslist, smoked marijuana and had consensual sex with her, before waking up the next day to find her dead body.

He claims he panicked at this–but then carefully cleaned his home of all evidence of Aprina being there and proceeded to hide her body. Middleton told police that when his fiancée went into town to buy supplies to make s’mores, he put Aprina’s body in the fire pit, covered it with…

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