September 25, 2015

Messages of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope and Healing

Have We Forgotten Who We Are?
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Have We Forgotten Who We Are?

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. ~Emma Lazarus   I know I am not alone in feeling heartbroken at the pain and devastation being inflicted on families at our southern most border this week. Plain and Simple: each of us, unless we are 100% Native American, are descendants of Immigrants. I am the descendant of Irish and Italian Immigrants. My Irish grandmother left her homeland with her three sisters at the age...
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Where Is Our Collective Voice?
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Where Is Our Collective Voice?

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. - Malala Yousafzai   These are crazy, confusing, uncertain times. The very institutions dedicated to protecting us are being systematically dismantled. We watch children as young as 18 months , ripped from the arms of their asylum seeking parents, only to be carted off to make shift detention centers in abandoned Walmarts. There they are kept in cages, see sunlight for a mere two hours a day, sleeping on mattresses with space blankets for warmth. We see citizens, children, gunned by crazed killers with only prayers as response. We watch...
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Do You Believe in Magic?
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Do You Believe in Magic?

It's important to Remember that we all have Magic inside us. ~J.K. Rowling   When was the last time you experienced Magic? I'm not talking about the pulling-a-quarter-from-your-ear slight of hand that Uncle Bill uses to entertain at family gatherings.  Or that read-your-card trick that amuses and delights at a street fair. I'm talking about the Everyday Magic that transforms an ordinary moment into something extraordinary.      The Everyday Magic that allows us to travel through time, the Magic that convinces us that the physical world we inhabit is really just a microcosm of a larger reality.   There...
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How Courageous are You?
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How Courageous are You?

  Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne   Who is the most courageous person you know? If you come from a family of military men and women, whose expressed bravery to protect our country is a given, undoubtedly you are in awe of their ability to put their life on the line. Perhaps it is police officers and firefighters whose willingness to confront danger that you respect most. As Americans, courage is in our DNA.  It was courage that allowed our ancestors to travel by ship to an unknown land and begin life anew. ...
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What Would You Do If You Knew Your Neighbors were Going Hungry?
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What Would You Do If You Knew Your Neighbors were Going Hungry?

Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry. ~Pope Francis   Every day food companies in the USA throw away over 5,000 tons of nutrient rich, fresh produce. According to a 2016 Guardian report  roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away at an annual cost of $160 billion- approximately one third of all food goes wasted! More than enough to feed every hungry child in America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture  reports food wastes are actually going up, not down. There is locally grown, nutrient dense, healthy food...
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How Often Do You Leave Your Comfort Zone?
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How Often Do You Leave Your Comfort Zone?

  If we can be brutally honest:  probably not very often. Who among us wants to encounter additional fear, stress and discomfort on purpose?. It's much easier to stay in our own bubble of safety, security and certainty. Where life is predictable. Where we know what's expected of us. Day after day, we drive the same route to work. We frequent the same same grocery store, week after week, because we know exactly where to find the milk, butter and eggs. We visit chain restaurants that have the same decor and the same menus. We associate with people who look...
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Question: What Do 42 Million Americans Have in Common?
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Question: What Do 42 Million Americans Have in Common?

Answer:  They did not have enough to eat this month.   Let that sink in for a minute. One of every eight people in the United States of America is food insecure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. So maybe not hungry enough to be starving but hungry enough to be worrying about where their next meal will come from. Some twenty-one million children receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. For many kids, this is the only hot meal they get all...
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What’s on Your Plate?
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What’s on Your Plate?

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates You value your health and that of your family but have a limited grocery budget and perhaps even more limited time for meal prep. News stories are filled with the latest on GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones and most recently, PLASTIC, all part of the US food supply. So who can you trust to tell you the truth about food safety? This week I have been listening to The Food Revolution Summit, hosted by father and son duo, John and Ocean Robbins. Perhaps it's the rebel in me but...
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Is Your Glass Half Empty? or Half Full?
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Is Your Glass Half Empty? or Half Full?

What's your first thought when you wake in the morning? Happiness that you are here to experience another amazing day on Planet Earth? Or the vision of impossible tasks on your to do list for today? Do you wake with JOY? Or are your first words a curse, as you struggle to hit the snooze button? Do you grab your cell phone off the night stand, absorbing world news as you dress in the morning, your brain being bombarded with negative noise? Is your commute time accompanied by talk of partisan politics and traffic woes as you sit surrounded by...
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Shouldn’t Every Day be “Earth Day”?
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Shouldn’t Every Day be “Earth Day”?

  The Earth is what we all have in common. ~Wendell Berry    This Sunday, April 22, marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day. In 1969, a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara brought together the unlikely alliance of farmers and city dwellers,  land owners and migrant workers, Republicans and Democrats. With the shared goal of the importance of preserving the beauty of an unspoiled Earth, divergent intentions were set aside without rancor.  Earth day was born. Within a year, proponents of Earth Day had created the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered...
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