Monday, September 29, 2008

Are We in Nazi Germany?

In follow up to my last post, I am heartbroken to report this story.


Please pray.

Please work for unity within your own town.

Please educate yourself and those you love to overcome prejudice and hatred.

Please keep Dayton in your thoughts as we struggle to form a loving, healing, unifying response to this atrocity.

Indeed, we have met the enemy.....and it is us.

(Ed. Note Sept. 30th In today's update, there is apparently no evidence that this was a hate crime. Thank goodness! However, it does bring to light the need for more unity, tolerance, patience, and understanding during these trying times. (And a hesitancy to repeat what we hear or read - or even believe it(!) - until all the facts are known.) )

FDR said it correctly, "This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

Go hear to see more insightful, relevant wisdom from his 1933 Inaugural Address.

Thursday, September 25, 2008



A lot of us here in Ohio are in an uproar over this week's mass propaganda campaign. The DVD "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" was inserted into our newpapers and mailed to us FOR FREE! (see the NY Times site and this one for more info)

Smacking of blatant fear and war-mongering, I am not taking this lightly. Outrage barely begins to describe it!!!

Needless to say, this is one more thing about our country that I AM NOT BUYING!

There are SO many things WRONG with this attempt to polarize voters that it leaves me shaking my head in disgust and despair. WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OURSELVES?????

So...if you're in a swing voter state and you received one of the 28 million free copies that were sent out...please write and let me know your thoughts. Even if you didn't receive a copy, please do your part to participate in non-violent protest of some sort to let the people behind this crap know we will not fall into their trap.

I've been really trying hard to maintain my sense of peacefulness, hope, optimism, joy, gratitude, and balance during these past few months. When I got home last night and saw this in my mailbox, I must admit, the scales tipped towards righteous anger and indignation.


So, today I will continue to focus on love, peace, justice, tranquility, equality, truth, happiness, generosity, etc. I will channel my frustration into loving nonviolent works of service...

Damn you John McCain, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and your war-mongering cronies!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Endings and Beginnings

In a way I'm glad we have examples of fiscal years rather than calendar years. This provides an option for a different perspective on finances. A new beginning, of sorts.

In my last post I mentioned that my initial experiment has gotten a bit off track as the year has progressed. This is, of course, mostly due to the fact that my spending as not adjusted to the new reality of my greatly reduced income. And while the things on which I choose to spend money have indeed changed, I still slip back to my old ways of rationalizing, grasping, acquiring unnecessary stuff.

So, I'm counting this month as another ending (of my 'old' ways) and a new beginning. Fiscal regrouping. Back on the horse of simple abundance and less materialism. Wise choosing from my higher self.

Will you join me?
More be-ing. Less do-ing.
More in the now.
Less in the past or future.
Enjoying what I have.
Indulging in the goodness of life.
Not necessarily more as better.
Living with less 'stuff' but far richer.
Will you join me?

And, just for reinforcement, here are some harvest photos from the new source of richness our lives this summer. Enjoy :-)

"Beauty is food for the soul."
~by Christine at BlissChick

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