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The only thing real is consciousness and personal connection

We all know there's been agitation, angst and frayed feelings within some communities on DailyKos.  Unfortunatly this has resulted in people I felt comfortable communicating with becoming estranged. Some have recently left DailyKos feeling they are no longer appreciated here.  Others aren't comfortable with the way things have changed and evolved here over the years.  Others don't like the fact there is no top-down moderation of the entire site (how Sisiphian would that job be?  How on earth could anyone or an entire team moderate the comments of everyone here?)

Specific communities will always get raucous such as any about gun rights or IP discussions (no, I'm not talking about computer stuff when I write IP).

But far, far more common here than the fiery discussions and disagreements that take place are the heartfelt writings of those reaching out to share their lives.  

I'm guilty of this.

Lately I've been reflecting a lot about just this and how much love and care I've received here.  I've also gotten to know people initially within the greater DailKos community who I later met in real life.  Several of these people have become such good friends that I always try to find the time to meet up with them over and over.

I used to write more frequently about this than I have for months now.  But events here on DailyKos within communities that I am part of...and things that have happened in the personal lives of many of our fellow Kossacks have brought me right back to the only thing that truly matters in life...the real and honest connections we make.  I am so amazed at how many like-minded people I've come to know through DailyKos.

This is why I believe "meat-space" is so vital.  Meeting up in person is how we truly get to know each other and cement the connections we start to make here by way of pixels on our computer screens.  You can only know someone a little bit online.  

In other words, meeting in person is the only way to go that makes it real!

At times we are left with gaping holes deep down to our core, especially when a loved one is sick or dies.  I've been thinking a lot about Dave in Northridge, Commonmass and others I know personally who are hurting lately.

Only time can heal.  We grow older and hopefully wiser, but we're still the same as we always have been.  My questions for you today are ones of reflection:

I want to know in which communities you feel the most comfortable and safest to really be yourself and share your life?  Where do you go within the ginormous number of communities in DailyKos to feel the consciousness of empathy and compassion?  Where do you go here for true connection with caring people you can trust?

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For anyone who missed it please see all the fantastic photos of the NYC Kossacks largest meet-up yet. It was on the REC list several hours yesterday. Thanks, sidnora for another amazing event. sidnora has been doing this for NYC long before New Day and has really mastered the off-site email notification system to rally her group.

Photo Diary: NYC Inauguration Party with Special Guest Star Onomastic!

We all LOVED the great recap and photos of these two terrific photographers:

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Please leave a comment if you're registered
and attending NN13.
Tell us what state you hail from.

Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the Fold

:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

Every region needs a meat-space community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.

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THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

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:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Indianapolis Kossacks: Kosmail CityLightsLover

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC.: Kosmail eeff

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy, 23 members

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
GreenMountainBoy02 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont), 116 members

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove, 20 members

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano, 8 members

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl, 16 members

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: kj in missouri

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash, 23 members

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231,
Current diary: After a "Brief Delay" Pgh. Area Kossacks Gets Rolling

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error, 19 members

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking
Current diary: Twin Cities Kossacks-when should we meet? Poll included!

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Organizer:  chancew
Current diary: Dallas Kossacks, I need suggestions!

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Shockwave

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005, More than 80 members

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011, More than 54 members

New York City Founded by Eddie C, More than 58 members - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks Event Organizer: Azazello, 90 members

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011, 46 members

Nashville KosKats Founded by ZenTrainer, Formed: Jan 30, 2012, 28 members

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011, 85 members

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 18 members

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 25 members

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude, 13 members

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente, Formed: Aug 29, 2011, 15 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail asterkitty to sign up

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, 33 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, 12 members
Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.
Okla-homies, let's get together (new regional organizing group)

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Paradise Chico Kossacks
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Friday, January 25th

Paradise Kossacks First Meet-up

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Ikkyu Japanese Restaurant
5225 Skyway • Paradise CA

ORGANIZER: Send smileycreek a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Darryl House
2. Mrs House
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. Chantedor
Maybees:
Caddisfly
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Logo for Three Star Kossacks group.  Font used is Cooper, selected especially to emphasize the Nashville-area Congressman who deserves to be primaried.
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Saturday, January 26th

Three Star Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Noshville
1918 Broadway • Nashville

ORGANIZER: Send Land of Enchantment a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Sandy on Signal
2. South Dem
3. marykk
4. LSvendsen
5. jnhobbs
6. Land of Enchantment
7. markm667
8. sow hat
9. sow hat guest
10. khowell
11. khowell guest
12. Al Fondy
13. JKTownsend

Maybees:
Patrick is Lucky
raincrow
wildhypothesis
zakandsantos

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Virginia Kos

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Sunday, January 27th

Virginia Kossacks Pot Luck Meet-up]

TIME: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Liz Dexic's home
Fairfax County side of Herndon (near Dulles Airport) • 20171

ORGANIZER: Send JamieG from Md or Liz Dexic a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Liz Dexic (Herndon 20171) [salad - either green or pasta type]
2. JamieG from Md (Leesburg) [baked spaghetti]
3. Diana in NoVa [Tiny cheese pizzas]
4. Gordon20024 (from Roanoke) [dessert/Amphora Diner]
5. a gilas girl (via Metro)
6. oortdust (from Arlington)
7. VirginiaBlue (Mechanicsville)
8. stevenwag [bread and cheese or wine]
9. barbwires [caesar salad with anchovies, bottle of wine]
10. STI (Ashburn)

Maybees:
teacherken
agrenadier
Sturunner
Sturunner's wife
gmfbard
angelajean
Pademocrat
Virginia Victory
noweasels
louisev

Latest diary: VA/DC/MD meetup in Herndon on Sunday

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Pittsburgh Area Kossacks
Saturday, February 2nd

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks' First Meet-up

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: TBD
TBD • Butler, PA

ORGANIZER: Send dweb8231 a kosmail to attend or join Pittsburgh Area Kossacks. We welcome Kossacks and guests from Western PA, Northern WV and Eastern Ohio.

RSVPs:
1. dweb8231
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Diva waiting for linked diary]
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KOSCADIA banner
Saturday, February 2nd

Koscadia Kossacks' Meet-up

TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Bushwhacker Cider
1212-D SE Powell Blvd • Portland, OR

ORGANIZER: Send Horace Boothroyd III a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Horace Boothroyd III
2. loggersbrat
3.
Maybees:
BlueJessamine
Latest diary: [Diva waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, February 9th

First Time Ever DKos Florida Kossacks Meet-up!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fort Cooper State Park
Recreation Hall
3100 South Old Floral City Road • Inverness
$3.00 per car entry fee
Pets welcome but not inside hall
NO alcoholic beverage allowed in state park
Food for event will be covered potluck

ORGANIZER: Send Vetwife a kosmail to attend and volunteer for potluck.

RSVPs:
1. Brian1066
2. Caedy (FLSNMom's sis)
3. DaNang65
4, FLSNMom [Pasta e fagioli w/turkey bacon, focaccia bread]
5. gulfgal98 [pasta/vegetable salad]
6. JaxDem
7. KayeB in Florida
8. lady blair
9. ObamOcala [mac-n-cheese, maybe ice cream]
10. OleHippieChick [hummus, pita bread, fresh baby greens]
11. pamelabrown
12. PHScott
13. puzzled
14. Ricochet67
15. rnmihayden
16. Russ Jarmusch
17. Subo03
18. Taxmancometh
19. THScott
20. Vet
21. Vetwife [chicken, potato salad, punch, chocolate mousse]
22. whatGodmade [fruit salad, drinks, cups]
23. YaNevaNo

Maybees:
 just bob
FLSNMom's daughter

Latest diary: Saturday Feb 9th? OK? Fl Meetup
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Tuesday, February 12th
Watching the 2013 State of the Union Address

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION:  cooper888 and gotmooned's place in Sacramento (Natomas)
Directions will be provided by private email to those who RSVP.
ORGANIZER: Send tgypsy a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. Kestrel
2. tgypsy
3. cooper888
4. gotmooned
5. Sychotic1
Maybees:
Latest diary: Calling all Sacramento area and Central Valley Kossacks!
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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Saturday, February 16th
Northern New England Meetup in Portsmouth, NH

TIME: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION:  Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
775 Lafayette Road  • Portsmouth

ORGANIZER: Send nhox42 an email to RSVP at nhox42@yahoo.com

RSVPs:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
3. nhox
4. commonmass
5. The Marti
6. Nautical Knots
7. Nautical Knots's spouse
8. Clytemnestra
9. parsonsbeach
10. parsonsbeach's spouse
11. mayim
12. Jane
13. bjedwards
14. dvcm
15. lurker
Maybees:
vacationland
Debbie in ME
leolabeth
annieli
icicle68
knockbally
CtheO
CtheO's spouse
vacationland
simple
Latest diary:
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Graphic Mash by Papa Manzano
Saturday, March 2nd!!
Lone Star Spring Texas State-Wide Meet-Up in Austin

TIME: 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Opal Divine's Penn Field restaurant and bar
3601 S. Congress Ave • Austin

ORGANIZER: Send nomandates Kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. nomandates                    
 2. teknohed
 3. papa monzano
 4. Chrislove
 5. Chrislove's BF
 6. glorificus
 7. politik
 8. anotherdemocrat
 9. Odysseus
10. suesue
11. blue armadillo
12. texasmom
13. texasdad
14. htowngenie
15. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
16. afisher
17. manoffire
18. Wino
19. Mrs. Wino
20. VinaMist
21. doraphasia
22. Urban Owl
23. Texdude50
24. icelus
25. mr pea
26. entrelac
27. Mr. entrelac
28. JayRaye
29. cosette
30.

Maybees:
1. Mosquito Pilot
2. Over the Edge
3. yoduuuh do or do not

Latest diary: Lone Star Meet-Up in Austin on 3/2: Location & Other Announcements
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DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

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New England Kossacks All Day Meet-up
Saturday, March 9th

ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a kosmail to attend.



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TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION I: SolToro in the Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard • Uncasville, CT
RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:


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TIME: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
LOCATION II: Mystic Pizza
56 West Main Street • Mystic, CT
RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:

TIME: 11:00 - ? PM
LOCATION III: TBD
[Address] • [City]

RSVPs:
1. Clytemnestra
2.
3.
Maybees:

Latest diary: New England Kossacks - March meet up

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Sunday, March 10th

SAVE THE DATE: SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for a gilas girl

TIME: TBD, expect lunch, then excursion, then early dinner
LOCATION I: TBD for lunch
Address TBD • San Francisco
LOCATION II: TBD for excursion
Address TBD • San Francisco
LOCATION III: TBD for early dinner
Address TBD • San Francisco

RSVPs:
1. a gilas girl
2. navajo
3. side pocket
4. dharmasyd [lunch]
5. Meteor Blades
6. Glen the Plumber
7. remembrance
8. smileycreek
9. paradise50
10. Cali Scribe
11. Mr. Scribe
12. slouching
13. no way lack of brain
14. norm
15. boatsie

Maybees:
edrie
lineatus
jakedog42

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SFKossacks:
1. side pocket [First Lieutenant]
2. mrs. side pocket
3. kimoconnor
4. citisven
5. paradise50
6. smileycreek
7. Glen the Plumber
8. remembrance
9. jotter
10. Mrs. jotter
SFKossacks:
1. Lusty
2. mrsgoo
3. norm
4. Cali Scribe
5. lineatus
6. cooper888
7. slksfca
8. boran2 (Honorary)
9.
10.
Native American Netroots:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. shanikka
4. no way lack of brain
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Lone Star Kossacks:
1. nomandates
2. texasmom
3. texasdad
4. doraphasia
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cheers & Jeers:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Kossacks:
1. Shockwave
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. murphy
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Miscellaneous registered Kossacks and their regions:
1. loggersbrat (Oregon)
2. ramara (Arizona)
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Hopefully we can put together whole tables for them.
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?

Originally posted to Connect! Unite! Act! on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST.

Also republished by SFKossacks.

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