INSTIGATE CURIOSITY

Take me, for instance. I’m driven by this unrelenting thirst for knowledge and it is this very thirst for knowledge that I want to shell out in the same way that the miserable person doles out their misery. I want to instigate curiosity the way they instigate conflict. I want people to question how the subconscious mind works, try to understand the workings of our solar system, learn of ancient cultures and practices, expand on their perceptive horizons, etc. In other words, rather than drag someone down to my plane of misery, I want to pull someone up to my plane of curiosity.

Source: Melvin Udall

Notre-Dame de Paris—”Our Lady of Paris”

Photos of Notre-Dame explain in images what words cannot describe.

Tears and sobs express the grief of the onlookers.

Spoken words falter. Crowds sing in unison “Ave Maria” throughout the streets of Paris.

Ave Maria!
Maiden mild!
Oh, listen to a maiden’s prayer
For thou can’t hear amid the wild
This thou, this thou can’t save amid, despair
We slumbers safely tear the Mother
Though we be man outcast relived
Oh, Maiden, hear a maiden’s sorrow
Oh, Mother, hear a suppliant child!
Ave MariaAve Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Mari, a gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum…

AMEN

Here’s WHY Women’s History Month is in March

Source: NEW HAVEN REGISTER

Every March, we look forward to taking the time to celebrate the power of women. From everyday women to the celebrities we admire, we’re always up to get schooled on girl power. So, when it comes to Women’s History Month, we have some questions, like why is it in March, and how did it even come to be in the first place? We’ve answered that (and more) below.

In March of 1910, the Second International Conference of Women was held in Copenhagen, according to the University of Chicago.

In the United States, 17 countries were represented by nearly 100 women who advocated for their gender through various clubs, unions and socialist parties. They also formed demonstrations that pushed for voting rights, in addition to better working conditions and pay for female-dominated trades, like the textile industry.

At the gathering, it was decided the next year would mark the world’s first International Woman’s Day (later changed to “womens'” day) and it was officially celebrated on March 8, 1911.

However, according to the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHP), by 1978, a California-based organization (the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women) became frustrated with the lack of information about women’s history available to the public or in grade school curriculum. Branching off of the initial celebration, they initiated the creation of Women’s History Week, starting March 8. It was an instant hit.

Then Woman’s Day grew from a day to a week. 

Due to its popularity, over half a century later in 1975, the United Nations officially began sponsoring International Woman’s Day — with the UN’s General Assemblydeclaring that the day would be held “to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

However, according to the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHP), by 1978, a California-based organization (the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women) became frustrated with the lack of information about women’s history available to the public or in grade school curriculum. Branching off of the initial celebration, they initiated the creation of Women’s History Week, starting March 8. It was an instant hit.

“Over one-hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the country and an annual ‘Real Woman’ Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries,” says the NWHA website.

And a week became a whole month.

In 1979, NWHP member Molly Murphy McGregor was invited to The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. There, after sharing the success of the celebratory week, the national leaders in attendance wanted to bring back a version of Women’s History Week to their own communities. Because of the wide-ranging interest, efforts began to secure judicial support.

Success came in February 1980 after President Jimmy Carter declared in a presidential proclamation that the week of March 8 was officially National Womens’ History Week; congressional support soon followed, according to the NWHP.

As a result of its country-wide recognition and continued growth in state schools, government and organizations, by 1986, 14 states had gone ahead and dubbed the third month of the year Women’s History Month. A year later, this sparked congress to declare the holiday in perpetuity.

Now, let’s fast forward to 2019.

The NWHP always declares an annual theme. This year’s is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Non-Violence.”

“This year, we honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society,” a representative with organization said. “For generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools and communities. They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace.”

ALWAYS BE CURIOUS. ALWAYS ASK WHY?

Dorothy Parker, satirist and poet says, “The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”

Pablo Neruda. Chilean Poet, wrote, The Book of Questions,  “Is the sun the same as yesterday’s or is this fire different from that fire?

Albert Einstein said, “To see with one’s own eyes, to feel and judge without succumbing to the suggestive power of the fashion of the day…is that not glorious? Is it not a proper subject for congratulations?

WHAT IS TRUMP’S WORKDAY LIKE?

Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, President Trump began doing what increasingly passes for his workday: looking at the television and tweeting about it. “So great to watch & listen to all these people who write books & talk about my presidential campaign and so many others things related to winning, and how I should be doing ‘it,’ ” he tweeted. “As I take it all in, I then sit back, look around, & say ‘gee, I’m in the White House, & they’re not!’ ” This statement is as close as Trump comes to a governing philosophy. Still defiant and tweeting several hours later, the President went on to brag about the thousands of additional troops being sent to the southern U.S. border to combat an “attempted Invasion of Illegals.” Never mind that there is no such invasion, or that the troops will be there to spread concertina wire and not to fire bullets at the nonexistent rampaging hordes; if Trump says it’s true, it must be. After all, he became President.

SOURCE: The New Yorker

PLEASE READ THE 28th AMENDMENT. Ask WHY?

Please read 28th amendment

Please Read, and forward.   This will only take 1 minute to read!

 28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting.

It will take you less than a minute to read this. If you agree, please pass it on. It’s an idea whose time has come to deal with this self-serving situation:

 OUR PRESENT SITUATION !

Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.

Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans.

Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.

Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.

 For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.

And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.

I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States …”

This is an idea that should be passed around, regardless of political party. 

Congressional Reform Act of 2017 

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. And, no more perks go with them. 

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 

3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans do. 

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people (i.e. NO MORE INSIDER TRADING!!!).

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves. 

Serving in Congress is an honor and privledge NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work … not get all kinds of freebies. 

Just hold your finger down then hit forward and send it to everyone you know.  Let’s help get the country straightened out.

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Type a message…amend

Do You Have an Abortion Story to Tell?

billmoyers.com wants to hear it.

Want to Share Your Abortion Story? Here Are Some Tips

If you’re moved to share your story after hearing the powerful stories in #NoChoice, there are several issues to consider. 

BY RENEE BRACEY SHERMAN | JANUARY 22, 2018

Storytelling is a long-held tradition in many communities to pass on collective wisdom, memories, tales and experiences among loved ones and future generations. Abortion storytelling has been around as long as abortion itself, about 4,000 years, and at one time served as a way for people to find out which roots or herbs can induce an abortion or find a provider, particularly under heavy restriction. Now, abortion storytelling is becoming more common in media, pop culture and communities as a way to eradicate stigma and build compassion for those who choose to terminate a pregnancy.


Marge Piercy, Valerie Peterson and Danielle Lang from the new 'No Choice' video series

No Choice

BY BILLMOYERS.COM STAFF | NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Abortion is a common experience, yet there’s a lot of silence around it due to the shame and stigma our society puts on people who’ve had abortions. To build understanding, more of us are speaking out. Your story is an undeniable truth and might radically shift how someone who had an abortion reflects on their own experience, the stigma they faced and to help challenge the stereotypes and misinformation others have heard about people who have abortions. After hearing the powerful stories in #NoChoice, you might feel ready to share your own abortion story with loved ones or on social media. Here are a few things to think about as you make the decision to share:

SOURCE: billmoyers.com

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Special thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. and all those who came with him and before him.
*MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.“I had a Dream”


*MALCOM X, “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”


MARTIN LUTHER, “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”


HARRIET TUBMAN, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”


SUSAN B ANTHONY, “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”


MAYA ANGELOU, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”


GLORIA STEINHEM, “We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther
Malcom X
Harriet Tubman
Maya Angelou & Gloria Steinem