Inspired by the non-results of the Super Committee, I got an idea. Let's all give Congress a break from having to announce their failure to lead and govern our country, for failing to abide by their oath to serve we the people, and for failing to work together to build consensus. No, we don't have the ability to exercise a no confidence vote. Yes, we can vote them all out of office. Instead, let us demand they resign from office if they continue to choose not to govern. We could line the streets in silent protest of their failure. Go outside and just stand there, representing the result of their work...nothing. It's peaceful. We the people don't get hurt, pepper sprayed, tear gassed, bones broken by batons, or arrested.
Let's pick a day and and time to show solidarity with and thanks for each other, and send a silent message to Congress. How about Thanksgiving Day at 2pm? Wherever you are, stop what you are doing, go outside and stand in silence for 5 minutes. Together, we are powerful and empowering; divided we are weak and will fall.
Someone wondered if another day rather than Thanksgiving Day would be better. What better day than Thanksgiving Day? On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate communion (we commune together) with each other by coming together and breaking bread. We share our lives, our thoughts, our souls, our food, our beliefs, our company. We celebrate the history of sharing and social justice when Native Americans saved the Pilgrims from starving over the winter. This is part of the foundation of the United States of America.
We share the land on which, and the country in which, we all live together. As one people, we can share together in sending a message of our own. We want our leaders to lead with what is best for us, the people. We want leaders who lead by positive example, by coming together to lift us all up, rather than only lift up the few, as they push the rest of us down. Thanksgiving Day is a time for sharing, so why not share our hope for a better, more socially just and ethical America? Why not share in sending our leaders a message that Americans want them to lead with respect for each other and for us? Why not share in sending our leaders a message that Americans want them to lead effectively?
Why not have Thanksgiving Day be a living symbol of empowering each other to share and lead ourselves and our country to a higher level of social justice, rather than just a symbolic day in history? What better day than Thanksgiving Day to celebrate and give thanks for the freedom we have to share and send a message of hope for more socially just and inspired leadership?
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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works."
Know your rights. Never take things at face-value; do your research.
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to get my books published (one, a children's book, the other, a book of poetry and essays)
to travel, shoot (both photos and videos) and write.
to have my photographs and artwork in the permanent collections of some museums, and published in National Geographic.
to record an album and make a movie.
most importantly, to help people find safety, comfort and peace in this world.
"Humans, in all our arrogance and pride, consider the earth, with its vast lands, oceans and living beings, to be under our dominion. Under this circumstance the earth becomes, at best, a well-treated hostage; at worst, a place to tyranically plunder and destroy. We are only one small part of the incredibly rich and diverse planet we call home, and should therefore responsibly share, not rule over, that which gives us and all other living beings life." - Patrice Palmer
One in Three Women and Girls
Are you, or do you know, the 1 in 3?
That's the ratio of women and girls who will be raped or experience violence or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Women's rights are also human rights. I'm calling on everyone to please go to the UN sitehttp://saynotoviolence.org/and add your voice to the global action to Stop Violence Against Women.
The United Nations website on Violence Against Women (VAW), under the auspices of UNIFEM has more information:
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
Please Help a Writer and Photographer Follow Her Dreams
My Beautiful Pets
"The crazy part of my mind is like a mischievous pet I have to keep watch over, or it might behave badly while I'm not paying attention."— Margaret Sartor (Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s)
"Life can be difficult, yet when you meet resistance with resilience, you turn challenge into opportunity." - Patrice Palmer
"The view in the rear-view mirror can cause a driver to get in a wreck. Keep your eyes on the road ahead to see the curves and forks that challenge your drive through life. Your timing on the brakes and accelerator determines your finesse in negotiating those challenges, and is improved by your knowledge, experience, confidence, and integrity. The challenges encourage growth, creation, and finesse in driving your life." – Patrice Palmer
"Words witness, honor, and preserve the lives of those who have touched our lives in some way. They also have the immense power to bind us together, creating community and a positive future where none had existed before." – Patrice Palmer
"If you get hit by life or walk into a wall, be flexible, embrace the change, and keep hugging yourself as you roll downhill. When you get to the bottom, you'll be able to get up and walk back to the top." - Patrice Palmer
The Gypsy in Me - Travels Through Life
Some places I've been, so far...
United States - 27 out of 50 states
Indonesia - Java, Bali and Lombok
People I'd Like to Meet...
if politics, time, geography, and language were not issues: the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Sergio Vieira Mello, June Jordan, Richard Feynman, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Carl Jung, Gandhi, Karen Blixen, Beatrix Potter, Einstein, Tesla, Marie Curie, Tschaikowski, Monet, Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Mary, and Mary Magdalen for starters.