In Memory of The Many

“Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After the American Civil War, a battered United States was faced with the task of burying and honoring the 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in the single bloodiest military conflict in American history.” Family loyalties were torn- Family against Family and Neighbor against Neighbor.

a man knows a man

Present Day
One Nation – One Flag

Lest we forget those who
fought for liberty-justice

In Memory of The Many

Today, we Recognize the Brave.
Respect the Forgotten.
Remember the Lost.
Honor the Unknown

Some came home – whole in body, mind_ Spirit
Some came home brokenhearted-Injured.
Some came home missing limbs.
Some came home missing friends.

In Honor of All
For those died in the field:
The unknown, the lost_
forgotten.

Though you now abide in the
Grand Silence – your sacrifice
is remembered.

We are Free … Because of the Brave
This is a day for memories. Where
we were – what that horrific
battle represented.

Today is not for presidential speeches.
parades – beer fests, BBQ’s, or
celebrating the beginning
of summer vacation _
National sports
games.

T Oaks candle vigil

This is a time for reflection… 

After the horror of the days of a war long past
This is a day to express our common grief
of that particular war – Perhaps a
day to reflect on the healing
for our nation. There is a
sickness hovering … there
is a lust for greed – for
power.

Am I alone in hearing the
the beat of the drums
of war?

Am I alone-in my fear that we will
be forced to revisit the very cause
of the great rift in our nation
that left the many hundred
thousands – to their destiny
– Grand Silence

I fear we are called again to
fight for justice liberty, civil –
human rights… Can this
fight be avoided?

Thank You
 

The words are inadequate expression of
our sorrow. Your brave legacy lives on –
If only briefly in our tears.

The Sound of Freedom
The thrumming of our heart,
our memories_ tears.

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If one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.—1 Corinthians 12:26

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The Government Was Never Meant to Become The Family Guardian. Period.

Democracy has all but vanished due largely to the bizarre, foolish and reckless directives drafted, endorsed and supported  to meet the preferences and priorities of the ultra conservative biblical priorities of the Republican Leadership.

 

The President and the Republican party have abandoned their promise of being accountable to the American people to the Constitutional System, Limited Government, Separation of Powers, and the Preservation of the rights of the people which were intended to be preserved; uncompromised for future generations.

Women have the right to vote: Before 1920, few politicians paid any attention to the issues affecting women, but all of that changed when the 19th Amendment was passed. The 19th Amendment guaranteed that women could influence government decisions by voting.

  • That being said: Women are no longer the property of their husband. That being said Women are not the property of the United States Government.
  • Let’s discuss the Republican led endeavors to impose upon or interfere with the Constitution’s fundamental principle of an individual’s liberty and/or privacy. 
  • Something is seriously wrong when Republican held state legislatures are interpreting laws as written by Congress to suit individual privately held religious priorities. 
  • We are not personal chattel – Or State Property if you will; property to be bought, traded, bartered, regulated and sold. 
  • Something is seriously wrong when the language of legislation is deliberately written to intentionally menace,  subdue, discourage restrictive indeed to and punish her. This is a direct threat- this is judgmental. It is demeaning. Legislation like this deems women are chattel. 
  • Something is seriously wrong when women are particularly singled out by Republicans to become targets – subjected to hate campaigns, threats of violence_subjected to punitive-restrictive attempts to criminalize our private and  personal reproductive rights.
  • Religion, Patriarchy and Biology: Patriarch is a title. A male, a ruler- often authoritarian. Often a tyrant – who oversees, denies or grants rights – the choice of a mate, the circumstances of the mating and who shall occupy and govern a woman’s daily life and home, and how youngsters will be raised.

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Beyond the Skin and the Mask

Love is without form; an indefinable manifestation
of the exquisite compassion of the heart, an inner
essence of unique and remarkable capabilities
that circulates throughout the body through
the thin thread of red running through
our veins.

Man is always in a state of becoming:
love transitions us from the old to
the new, reaching out_ in and to.

Love envelopes, unfolds, transcends.
It’s inconsistent, illogical, indefensible:
evolutionary, revolutionary;
u
ndeniable. Ever evolving. 

Love doesn’t bind or limit or know
of gender attractions.

Illogically Love grabs hold of us;
by its very nature it holds on
to see us through the dark
night of the soul

Love is greater than words
from the lip, sweeter than
honey and wine

‘Lovers don’t suffer love
They savor it’

 

heart-flame

‘Love doesn’t bind or limit…’

Special thoughts to be savored and shared
Sharing Sacred Ground Collection-©-
2011 – Rachel Wolff

Everyone Should Be Treated Fairly

My LGBT family and friends

You have the right to experience
unconditional love.

I stand with you as a friend and ally 

I see the goodness in you_ 
I love you_ 
bless you_ 

You are loved, wanted, needed.

You have the right to be seen -
have your voice heard.

You have a place- you have a purpose.
You have the right to feel safe and cared
for in your family home. The places
you shop, study, play_ pray. 

You have the right to speak up,

the right to be seen 
the right to be heard
treated with care
kindness_
respect.

I want you to know this- deep in your heart...

I want you to know  you are cared for.
I want You to know  you are needed.
I want you to know You are wanted.

No one has the right to tell another person how they should feel:
You have the right to express feelings of affection to

your lover, husband, wife

You have the right to health care.

You have the right to marry your sweetheart.
You have the right to safe housing.
You have the right to job security.

You have the right to feel safe and secure on the street,

in a shopping mall; at your work, on the bus…
those places you eat, sleep, play,
worship_study.
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~Hearth and Home~

A House
A house is a structure of form; a space;
a relationship with space.
A structure of form;an architectural
design on a street: An address.


A conceptual layout of space with a roof: It has walls, floors, a stove, sinks
and drains. Closets; a flow plan.
It’s an ideal we seek.


A Family
 
‘A family is made of people who are bound together by birth, by law,

or by love.

‘A family consists of two
Or more people who live together or are
related by ancestry or marriage.
And we all come in different
sizes and shapes.’
 

~Hearth and Home~
 
A home is where we live our intimate
lives: It’s a bonding place between
two or more
 
It’s more than nooks and crannies
closets and drawers; it’s more than

a place to lie our head and
place our stuff
and clutter
 
A home is a sanctuary_ with a
fire in the hearth radiating
warmth and light
 
A home is a cheerful place
filled with family and
friends and games
and jokes and
laughter
 
It is a place of security; a place
of trust and respect:  It is a
place to hug and dance:
A place to love and
kiss and laugh_
to cry and
mourn
 
The home is a place of peace.
A quiet retreat: The hearth
the center point; that
welcoming place we
yearn for at the end
of a day or a
journey
*

Hearth and Home-©
Dedicated to ‘Eric and Nick’ and
All same gender couples who have adopted children or who desire to make a home for children; and Let’s Reach 1 Million People Campaign
Rachel Wolff – 2012

The hearth
The center point; that
Welcoming place we
Yearn for at the end
Of a day or a
Journey

We The People are from one and we are many

This book is an excellent resource for
Building Unity In Our Community

We The People, are from one, and we are many. We come from chains oppression and segregation_ diverse in heritage_ color, culture, customs and spiritual traditions yet we deserve to be seen as living breathing entities_not treated as a means to an end to a political agenda and party platform.

Unity in the community is necessary: We must be about building unity in our communities. We must be mobilizing community assets if we are to
restrengthen America. Remember. We are more than color, gender, sex, sexual identity, race, religious creed, dogma, or a bureaucratic statistic. We are one_ we are all sacred -We are all worthy.

The goal of the next president must be raising the level of humanity. The next president must fully understand that current politicians from both parties come firmly attached to enormous hidden sources of wealth, and the older politician will not easily give way – will whine, and throw temper tantrums and do everything within their power to cling to the old political way of getting things done.

All temper-tantrums must be quickly addressed and firmly quashed!

Power is addictive: Since the beginning of time money has bought political votes. Money buys (undeserved) enormous personal power and privilege. Over time, politicians become attached wallet to wallet. Attached to power, privilege, prestige.

If one person in a community is threatened- everyone is threatened: Therefor I want the next president to understand the necessity of meeting the needs of every citizen.

The Heart of America: I want my president to remain committed to forging ahead with discovering new and more effective ways that will bring bear the fruit of positive change to/for America and all Americans. Thus restoring neighborhoods and communities is more than just necessary-it is a vital component to the healing of the heart and soul of America.

Healing the heart America: Strengthen families and revitalize neighborhoods. The first classroom is the home. The first teachers are the parents: Healthy families teach respect for others. When we teach respect we affirm the inherent dignity and worth of every human being. When parents act responsibly children learn that everyone is responsible for their actions.

The next president must be utterly fearless: The new president will carry the burden of knowledge-understanding that ‘we are many… and we are one.’ The next president must have a strong inner wisdom: Understands this nation needs healing.

Uplifting Humanity To The Next Level:
The first order of business for our new president will be
to address the need for a national healing ceremony

The next president be able to demonstrate a wide range of emotions: Must demonstrate love, enthusiasm, eagerness, happiness, positive expectation. Must be optimistic- must have an innate desire to spread hope.

The next President must be one of integrity: A person who can show a modicum of inner joy and self worth. One who has a sense of humor. One who can share the warmth of their heart. Someone who understands the value of personal privacy, as well as understand our individual need for personal autonomy.

Spirituality vs Religious zealous: I prefer the next President have a spiritual background_ a faith that is broad in concept – a faith that has room for many perspectives. An inner faith that connects their human experience with mine.

Voting: It is our duty and responsibility to vote: I prefer that our next President understand that everyone has the right to be seen heard and understood. That everyone has the right to have their voice heard.

Peace: The next president must actively work to make peace a reality: A person who knows and understands the meaning and life and will celebrate that desire with us.

Personal Faith: Our next president must have faith in self, and our nation. And will leave office at the end of term with dignity and honor – assured that America is stronger, healthier – a knowledge the nation is better as a result of their leadership.

Voting: To vote is our duty, and responsibility and Pete Buttigieg has already demonstrated many of the innate leadership abilities necessary to heal America from the trauma and drama created by the current president.
He has my vote.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg with husband, Chasten

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/pete-buttigieg-biography-views-democratic-presidential-candidate/

It’s winter. You’re a homeless youth living on the street.

Reality: For a gay youth living on the street there will be anxiety, isolation, tears, challenges, confrontations, depression, diseases, hardship, loneliness, poverty, violence. Self harm.  

The Importance of Diversity

Being Gay and Political Bigots

Political bigots call for hateful laws

And legislation denies LGBTQ

Existence and identity

Where are the stewards who stand

For Civil – Equal – Human rights?

Everyone is an immigrant on Earth

Everyone leaves footprints in the

Sand and legacies for the future

Each of us are intangibly

Connected

Humanity reminds us to teach

The Golden Rule – But immoral

Religious fanaticism divides

Humanity to keep Gays’

Oppressed – their life

Filled with distress

Prejudice and

Judgment

No – not everyone enjoys equal

Rights- simple human rights

Are denied by political

Bigots and fanatical

Citizens who spawn

Hate chaos and

Disorder

By law – in home and community

So many Lives are destroyed

My friends are denied

Justice, kindness

Love, peace, joy

And mercy

Instead they are treated

With intolerance – cruelty

By law: in home – community

Brutality and hate are

Supported – nurtured

Society closes its’

Eyes and ears

In pain our Gay youth

Seek relief in death:

Society Blinks – A child is lost

Mourned; but their

Cause of death

Ignored

A mother gives birth but the Spiritual

Law and the greater community also

Are responsible for creating a

Healthy-giving living

Environment

Every child needs to feel accepted

Safe and secure, they need to be

Encouraged; they need inspiring

People around them to be the

Best they can be; children

Need to be told_ being

Gay is okay.

The Importance of Diversity

Rachel Wolff – 2013