The Beauty of the Butterfly

A friend of mine posted this quote by Maya Angelou, and I was so touched by it that I had to make a pictogram. In your darkest days, may you always remember your beauty and strength within.

Happy Mother’s Day

Whether you are a mother biologically, matrimonially, or inspirationally, I pray that you are pouring into a child instead of taking out. I may only have one biological mother, but I was blessed to be given a second mother early in life. In addition, I had my grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, cousins, and many other great women who molded me into the lady who I became today. Whether near or far, I know it was their actions and prayers that got me to this point in life. The greatest legacy that we can leave is by positively inspiring and impacting the next generation. I pray that we all are helping our legacies. 

Trumpcare #UnAffordableCareAct

This proposed Trumpcare plan must be created for Top 10% of this country. Who will be able to afford this if the states don’t cover it? Definitely not me…

From Vox:

States could also opt out of Obamacare’s essential health benefits requirement. This is the core set of medical services that the Affordable Care Act requires all insurers to cover. It includes 10 types of coverage:

  • Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children

By removing all of these essential services, the Mango Mussolini may believe he has trumped the political system. Let it be known, however, that this is only the beginning. When you mess with affordable care this much, there will be a major price to pay. Your supporters will become your greatest enemies. Lest we forget Eric Cantor…

These services are essential for a reason. Don’t create a sick and deprived nation. You can read the full article on Vox. 

Juan Ramón Jiménez Quote

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.—Juan Ramón Jiménez


Just another reminder to always march to the beat of your own drum. 

Trumpkins Run Amok

Hey Trumpkins…what say you? Do you feel hoodwinked?

In the words of the great Malcolm X:

“Oh, and I say it again, you’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been hoodwinked. Bamboozled. Led astray. Run amok!”

  • Travel ban – nope
  • Trumpcare – nope
  • The Wall – you know that’s not happening 

I would love to hear what all the Trump supporters have to say now. #Hoodwinked #Bamboozled

Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste

This was my Facebook post that I decided to share here. I can’t stand ignorance, especially from elected officials who decide on our children’s futures. 



Senator John Eichelberger, I wonder if you consider pushing the rural kids from your district a waste as well. This is one of the most ignorant things that I’ve heard this year, and that is saying a lot. As the chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee, I see that you need some quick lessons for success. First, don’t equate inner city with minority. That’s an illogical fallacy. If you are too lazy to look up the term, it’s similar to an alternative fact. Please note I said similar…not the same. I don’t know if my the majority of my neighbors would like to be called minorities. Second, what gives you the right to assume that only minorities would succeed in vocational programs instead of collegial curricula? A race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality, etc. does not determine academic and vocational success. The success is based more upon the ability to use multiple learning styles, a culturally responsive curriculum, and school districts willing to teach for success. It is time to remove your rose-colored glasses. It is just as easy to use your reports to disparage rural school districts and push students to become farmers and mechanics. Instead of doing that, why don’t you visit each school district to discover and then implement the factors for success?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Top-lawmaker-Push-to-send-inner-city-minorities-to-college-is-a-waste.html?mobi=true

La Cristina Dice: The Mother/Daughter Tree

I imagine that my mom, my daughter and I are all part of a tree. My mom is the roots, sturdy and strong, keeping us grounded. She is for the most part unseen, but the rest of the tree wouldn’t exist without her. 

Please read this beautiful post from La Cristina Dice about the connection between mothers and daughters. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 
http://lacristinadice.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-motherdaughter-tree.html?m=1

Keep Fighting #RESISTANCE

I saw this on Facebook, and I needed to share here. We will not lose. Please share.  

Hey activist friends: despite the headlines, you are making a difference. In the words of #Banksy: “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful. Because of you:

1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (#VeteranAffairs).

2. Court ordered partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.

3. #Greencard holders can get back in country.

4. #Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.

5. #Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air. #ACA

6. The #ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).

7. HHS, EPA, #USDA gag order lifted.

8. #EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.

9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.

10. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing, as is protest fatigue. Marathon, don’t sprint. #RESIST

The Hypocrisy of Our Nation

I saw this on Facebook last night, and I had to share. Unfortunately, I do not know the original author so I cannot give credit. Yet, it was so powerful and truthful that it had to go beyond my Facebook Page. I hope that you will share this message as well. If I find the author, I will be sure to come back and update this post. 

Let’s talk about hypocrisy. 

If you voted for Trump because of Hillary’s email “problem” but are not upset that the Trump administration is using a private email server and unsecured phones, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe Jesus was a persecuted refugee fleeing Herod, but support the ban on Syrian refugees, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe life begins at conception, but support defunding the countries number one source of prenatal care, planned parenthood, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe the mainstream media lies but believe Trump when he spouts verifiable lies, you are a hypocrite. 

If you dismiss the AP, Reuters or NPR as biased media but accept everything Fox news says, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think all life is sacred, but do not support reasonable gun control, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think children are the future, but support reducing funds for SNAP, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in education, but dismiss evolution or climate change as hoaxes, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the sovereignty of the United States, but support forced incursions on Native American lands, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we need to drain the swamp of Washington but support Trump’s cabinet picks, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the Constitution, but support indiscriminate detainment and torture, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe our troops lives have worth, but support Trump’s claims to foreign countries natural resources, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that unborn black babies lives matter, but black lives don’t matter, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we deserve life, liberty and happiness, but support taking away healthcare from millions of Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that the practice of your religion is more important than the practice of no religion or a different religion, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in equal rights under the law, but don’t support marriage equality and non discrimination for LGBTQ Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are glad that California or New York do not decide national policy for you, but insist on forcing your red state policies on others, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the first amendment, but call people who peacefully protest the President as hooligans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are an American but think dissent is disrespectful, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think that anything that has happened over the last week is normal or acceptable, then you have not been paying attention.

**Not written by me. Sharing is encouraged.**

 

For a country that was founded and built by immigrants and refugees, I cannot believe where we stand now. What is this country coming to?

Read Draft Text Of Trump’s Executive Order Limiting Muslim Entry To The U.S. (EXCLUSIVE) – The Huffington Post

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