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Sun Dec 28, 2014 at 04:45 PM PST

Another New Year: Brothers and Sisters

by mapamp

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”
― G.K. Chesterton
Chesterton is a voice of nagging to me, but I know he is right. There are times when one might reconsider and take stock of life and decide to start afresh. As much as I know I’m not a fan of resolutions, I still make them. Some I live up to and some I don’t. But if I did not make resolutions, I would have nothing concrete for me to live up to and to consider for the upcoming year.
Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meet-up for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
And, yes, a new year will be upon us very soon. Come join me beyond the orange!
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I love Children’s Literature. There is so much to be learned about life and living in the simple pages of books that has stayed with me for my lifetime. Various forms of religious literature, often, do not say nearly as much as a book made for a child.

That said—feel free to follow me under the orange to see some of my favorite quotes! And…feel free to add others in your comments.

Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
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Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
This is a repeat diary. I have not seen Brothers and Sisters posted, yet, this evening; so I decided to post my diary from last year. I originally wrote the following as a vigil for Street Prophets. Much has happened to me since I initially wrote this. One thing that has not changed is the fact that I still believe in Santa.  

I was the last one of my age group to "know" about Santa. I believed until sixth grade, and I still believe.

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Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:15 PM PST

Brothers and Sisters: Being You

by mapamp

This is All Saints Sunday in the Christian tradition. Usually, I am at 8:30 am service to ring a bell for each person named that has died and moved on to a new space; but today I was in a hotel room in Altoona, PA. Our family went to visit my son at Penn State yesterday. We saw the football game, enjoyed visiting with our son, and listened to his dreams of the future. He is dual majoring in Public Relations and Economics, with a specialization in Sports Journalism. He writes for the Daily Collegian. He is excited for his future.  He is following his dream and being the person he wants to be.

On a weekend to honor the dead, we enjoyed anticipating the future of life.

Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
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Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 04:55 PM PDT

Brothers and Sisters: Forgive?

by mapamp

Brothers and Sisters, what I am about to share may be triggering for some. This is about forgiveness—specifically forgiveness of my date rape many years ago. Generally about forgiveness, period.

Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos. We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
I am a Christian believer. Forgiveness is a big deal in Christianity, but I also feel forgiveness is a big deal for anyone. I am generally a forgiving sort of gal. I rarely hold onto things. It doesn’t mean that I am a doormat. It means that I know there are things that need to be forgiven for me to move on in my life and for me to be at peace.

There was something, though, that happened years ago that I have only recently forgiven and am working on making peace with. The aforementioned date rape. I will not be super-detailed, but I will describe and set the scene a bit under the orange floweret.

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Sun May 19, 2013 at 05:05 PM PDT

Brothers and Sisters: Set on Fire

by mapamp

Imagine losing your greatest leader to the powerful. Imagine that the powerful were afraid that this leader taught a message of love and care for people that were not usually loved nor cared for. The political leaders felt that the people were listening too intently to the message of care for the prisoner, care for the widow, care for the homeless, care for the sick. Love for little children. Acceptance of women. This person was a radical who needed to be shut up and shut up completely. Then imagine that these rulers conspired to bring false charges to put this man to death and were looking for the others who followed him to do the same to them.

Now be one of those followers fearing for your life. You secretly meet together to support each other, but none of you has the wherewithal to put the message of love for all out on the street the way your leader did. Some of you have seen your leader after his death and still doubt whether it was real. Men and women are together and trying to decide how to carry out this love without getting killed.

And then, in a room together while celebrating a religious holiday…

Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos.  We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but may want to share joys and concerns, or simply take solace in a meditative atmosphere. Anyone who comes in the spirit of mutual respect, warmth and healing is welcome.
The rest of the story below the orange thingamajig!
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM PDT

Pittsburgh-get together?

by mapamp

This will be short and sweet. Is there anyone in the Pittsburgh area that would be interested in a get together. I see opportunities for others in other areas to get together, and am suddenly wondering if any fellow Burghers or Western PA folks would be interested in a meet and greet, dinner out, or some such thing.

That's it!

Thanks!

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For those of you who are parents of children attending public school in Pennsylvania or are teachers in Pennsylvania, please read the following that I just received from my local PSEA representative:

Please review the information contained below and if you would so choose, contact your local senator to voice your concern over House Bill 1307.

Next Tuesday morning, the Senate Education Committee plans to fast-track legislation by amending House Bill 1307 with provisions that could end collective bargaining rights for school employees in financially distressed districts.  In an effort to fast-track the legislative process, members of the Senate Education Committee will attempt to amend the financial distressed provisions of SB 1450 into House Bill 1307. This means the bill would not need to be considered by the House Education Committee and would be one step closer to Governor Tom Corbett’s desk.

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Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM PST

Facebook Friends?: Happy Hour

by mapamp

This is a Street Prophets open thread. Feel free to come on in and discuss the day at hand, or offer thoughts, or just hang.

Tonight I am thinking about people who are relatives and/or friends I have on Facebook. Below the orange thingy, you will see some comments from those who are proud to be Republicans:

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Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM PST

It's cold-Hot chocolate is good

by mapamp

This is an open thread. Feel free to stop in and share the news of your day.

I have spent the day indoors, avoiding the snow and ice that was outdoors. Dinner is done here--chicken stew. I took a chicken, spiced it up this morning, threw it in the crockpot with veggies, and let it cook all day. It was a satisfying meal for a cold day.

I also spent the day online looking at available scholarships for my son to apply for, as he is looking to go to college in the fall.

Now, I am watching college basketball and watching the bottom line on ESPN saying that Joe Paterno is seriously ill. Friends and family have gathered in the hospital with him for a final farewell.  

Also, watching the line from South Carolina--watching Newtman make his comeback.

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM PST

Bourbon and Johnny-Happy Hour

by mapamp

Sometimes I just need some Jack Daniels and Johnny Cash.

This is an open thread. Come on in and tell us about your day.

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Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 12:34 AM PST

Kind and Generous

by mapamp

This is a thank you to all of you who worked so tirelessly to help with the subscription drive.

Onomastic, you are a blessing. Thank you so very much. I am going to use Onomastic's diary from yesterday to list those wonderful others who contributed to be sure I don't miss anyone:

I've been thinking a great deal about what has happened since that diary was posted. The people I've met, and now can't consider life without. nomandates, Erich, Clem, jayden, betson08, Cedwyn, Yasuragi, Susan from 29, tmservo433, and our own indefatigable Nurse Kelley.  She's been collecting small donations, paying for subscriptions, and keeping us updated, while recovering from shoulder surgery. Our Secret Santas, and gift givers. elfling and our tech team, whacking newly discovered bugs in the system into the ether, so we could keep rolling. Kos, MB, Patriot Daily Clearinghouse News, and everyone who wrote diaries, comments of support, and who contacted us through the dkos messaging system.

Thank you!

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