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Well this is just about the best thing I’ve read in ages….
Copying just enuf to get you over there….  Trust me.
I laughed but it is also chock full of good ideas.
I read just enuf to know what is going on and only from reliable sources…

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WATWB: Pema Chödrön on Fear and Fearlessness

Lifting the heart is why I participate in We Are the World Blogfest.

Fear is one of the issues most of us are dealing with…
Most of my techniques to deal with fears are Buddhist teachings,
and the faith I have from growing up in a Methodist/Catholic family
where people were quite resilient and positive.

The idea of turning to ward the fear is HUGE, and possibly if we all could learn to turn into the fear we would not be so very unconscious and fleeing from our world’s problems.


There are more messages like this out there.
You simply have to open your eyes and heart.

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SoCS: Admit it!

socsbadge2016-17The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:
admit.”  Write, no editing, 15 minutes.
Visit to see what others are writing and try it!!

Admit it!  You are worried about our country!
I don’t care if you are a Republican or Democrat, if you are not worried then you haven’t got a pulse.  (Did I just call Trump supporters zombies?)  My friends from both sides of the aisle are all talking about what is happening in Washington!
I have to admit I am not usually political but I cannot stop checking in
several times a day to the Guardian or the Washington Post to see what is happening NOW…  and NOW… and NOW!  I admit, I’m stressed by the crazy man and his cohorts.
I have trouble focusing at work and find myself wandering around the studio.
I’m afraid of where this is heading and if it will stop!
Last night before bed I heard the voice of reason.
(Admit it — you’ve not heard that voice in our government lately.)
It spoke to what I’d want to say if I were in a Town Hall.
Without further ado, I give you the voice of reason, because I’ve got nothing…

“As with many of my fellow Americans, I don’t consider myself partisan politically – never have. I am a registered independent voter and have been for most of my life. With that in mind, I submit the following:
None of what is happening at the top of government now is normal. None of it. And no one should normalize it. No one.
We have a President who lies without a second thought. Big bold lies that are easily disproven. That is not normal.
We have serious allegations around obstruction of justice by that President. That is not normal.
We have an FBI director fired for insisting to continue pursuing a serious investigation into the sanctify of our republic. It has never happened before in our history. That is not normal.
We have a hostile foreign power attacking and undermining our electoral process. That is not normal.
We have an Attorney General under a serious shadow of association with said foreign power, with indications that there is much more to this story than we yet know. That is not normal.
We have Federal judges, our closest foreign allies, and the free press under scurrilous attack from the President and his enablers. At the same time we have despots praised. That is not normal.
We have an Administration fanning the flames of division over race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. That is not normal.
We have an overhaul of our entire health care system being written in secret on a rapid time frame. That is not normal.
We have a sordid confluence of the President’s business interests and his political power. That is not normal.
The list could go on and on.
What concerns me even more than any of these items is the fact that they are largely being met by a shrug or excuses from most Republican elected officials. Even many Democrats seem overwhelmed and are inclined to let some of this just ride. That may be how politics works. But this is bigger. It’s about our nation.
We are shifting the goalposts for our democracy. We are failing to be outraged by the outrageous because there is something even more outrageous that always seems to hit the news cycle. And that is dangerous.
What gives me hope is we have had waves of abnormality in our country’s history. And we’ve had times when what we would consider now to be not normal, like segregation, was considered normal. What has centered and saved our country time and again is civic engagement. I believe that most people in this nation don’t think any of this is normal. And they could very well vote out those elected officials in both parties who are normalizing these outrages.”   Dan Rather, posted without permission…

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I am so sorry! 

I have not been getting notices of comments,
so when I got one this morning and
then saw a zillion I was shocked!
I appreciate my readers and blogging friends
and don’t think for a
moment I was ignoring! 

Peace offering below, a posie…

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I am reading about State versus Federal laws and Sanctuary in the Oregon Humanities magazine this morning.  I hang my head as to what Our country has become.  Maybe it always was this but I did not know, but I always thought we were better than this.

Saying a prayer for the sanctuary of all people, every where.
Let them be safe, loved, and find joy.

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SoCS: All or Nothing

I am glad I am sharing life with Mitchell…
We have kittens for our anniversary present to ourselves,
and it is not quite what we anticipated.
We imagined they’d be in the bathroom for a couple days,
then be able to be  introduced to Sammy, their guide to life-in-the-studio
(and to drive him crazy and keep him young — or wait, was that us?).
Nope.  They have a host of issues which the foster mom (grrrrr) did not disclose.
Massive explosive runs!  BOOM!
She taught them to pee on paper  (AAACK! what was she thinking???)
Urinary track infection
(feeding them tuna fish didn’t help, stupid stupid stupid foster mom).
Ringworm is the worst of them, and so three weeks they are to be quarantined.
Fortunately, I had almost cleared a room for a large project in the studio,
and it doesn’t start for a couple of weeks, so they are out of the bathroom
and into their very own 300sf room with a view!

What do people do when you express a modicum of displeasure about
the many non-disclosed issues?  Offer to take them back

Nope, we are ALL OR NOTHING
people when it comes to loving.

We love them, we’ve bonded with them, and we’ve paid for their issues,
set up their space, and so, there you are, we have to deal with their STUFF.
And that is okay.  Mitchell said this morning,
“Perhaps, with the peeing outside the litterbox, it is a good thing they needed to be quarantined.  Kept this from happening in our offices.”
Looking on the bright side is my cheery husband’s disposition,
and I give thanks for that as well today.
Some people would be cranky, but we both adjusted to this turn fast.
We have shifts now, Him in the morning, him doing morning clean up and meds.
Me in the afternoon, exhausting with play and doing afternoon cleanup.
I have and old chair that I am going to paint and that is going into the room
with the plastic step-stool so we can both go in for the evening shift for
cuddles and the third round of medicine and cleanup.

Oh, and there will be kitten photos from time to time.
So sorry you have to deal with that!

socsbadge2016-17The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:
all or nothing.”  Write, no editing, 15 minutes.
Visit to see what others are writing and try it!!


©D. Katie Powell.  My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back to zenkatwrites.  Art (unless stated) is also by me; please link to dkatiepowellart.

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SoCS: Language

Timed writing, word is language.
All I have on my mind is kittens!
We have new additions to our family!

Okay, they have a language, one I need to learn.
I’ve heard the mews and heard him growl —
I thought it was stomach troubles because it is the funniest trilling growl!
Fierce protector of his toys.  They are all his toys!

Their language is silent… a look, a way of walking that says it all.
Tail up, he saunters, cockily, when he is confident and on his way into trouble.
When we first introduced them to the holding cell (aka the bathroom until they have a checkup and can be introduced to Sammy) he went for the water, quickly,
but his whole body language as he turned his back was al about a fear.
Tail turned under.  Tail arched under when he walked.
He soon got over it when he saw that she had found a lap spot and was going to sleep,
and tail up, he climbed up Mitchel’s pant and stretched out.
S-T-R-E-TC-H-E-D out.  And fell asleep.
The only thing that got Mitchell off the toilet (remember they are staying in the studio bathroom until their checkup) is his terrible hunger.  We ate at 9pm…
Two hours he sat in bliss with two kittens on his lap.

Her language right now is one of caution, then love.
She is not as gregarious as he is, but that may change as she gets acclimated.
She rolls over and looks at you adoringly for tummy scratches.
No mistaking that request.  And pure love, she doesn’t do that (like some other kitties we’ve had) to then grab your hand to have a play-time.
She wants love, lots and lots of love.
She head bats your feet, your legs, and the toilet if you are sitting on it.
It is a clear message if you speak cat language.

They are a bonded pair from two litters, and they have the sibling thang down.
He is a bit more fastidious (though stepping in his poop and
dragging it everywhere last night didn’t tell belie that fact)
and when she comes out he grabs her and turns her over
and does a thorough bath to make sure all parts are clean.
Hey, boy, how about your own heinie?
He is the boss of her today, but again,
after I saw her confidence on the ride home, that may shift.

That’s all fifteen minutes.  Gotta run.
I can hear them crying and this time it is the language of Get me outta here!

socsbadge2016-17The  Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “language”
Write, no editing (I am dyslexic and do spellcheck).


©D. Katie Powell.  My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back to zenkatwrites.  Art (unless stated) is also by me; please link to dkatiepowellart.

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