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A Flash Serial — Unfettered

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Somewhere in America……….

She took her arrows and bow and walked outside. Sat down and started writing in her notebook knowing it would draw them in.

     Sure enough the sonic rumble could be heard in the distance.  The sound was something like a high-pitched weed wacker in the sky. Just as the drone passed 15 feet above her head she quickly raised her bow aiming for the seam.  It fell to the ground.

     She put her bow down and walked over.  It was jumping a bit. She placed a rose-colored boot on the tail.  All you could hear were jumbled voices as a camera lense whirred.  People gathered around and started to clap and laugh bending down to look.

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Somewhere across town…..

He walked out his front door.  The grass was hot. It felt like the clouds were wet blankets hanging in the air.  His spitfire was parked in the street. He looked into the sky then hopped into the snug two-seater convertible stick.  He opened up the throttle as he hit the highway.  That’ s when the winds started.

     ‘ If not for my 6 foot 2 frame I would lift of this concrete highway,’  he thought. The sonic screams started in the east, he could feel them crawl up his back.

     He shifted to 7th gear and let the car loose.  The car could do 110, if it felt like it.  He started laughing. Danger always had that effect on him. Two drones flanked his shoulders.  They liked to criss-cross over his head – Why? just, because they could..  He waited for the right moment and did a Rockford, slamming on the brakes while spinning the steering wheel.  The spitfire twirled into a complete reverse.  The two drones over head slammed into one another bursting debris over the empty highway.   He did not look back as he pressed the pedal, to the metal..

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Meanwhile over the bridge…..

     Crowds sat outside the justice building so thick the steps disappeared their placards thrown into a sloppy pile as they waited.   Inside the lawyer was finishing up his brief….

“The question is, are we going to allow the bulk collection of American citizen’s activities in their own back yards from the sky above through the use of drones or, will we be faithful to the constitution and the fourth amendment.”

He tightened his ponytail sat down and closed his briefcase.

THE END

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 The Bill of Rights in the National Archives

http://www.wikipedia.org

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And what of the Fourth Amendment?

 By Leonard Pitts / Miami Herald

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 03:42 PM.

 Perhaps you’ve heard of the Fourth Amendment.

That’s the one that guarantees freedom from unfettered government snooping, the one that says government needs probable cause and a warrant before it can search or seize your things.

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Freedoms are meant to be used. I thank all the soldiers who fought and sacraficed so much for them.

Theodore's World

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Silver Sliver

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4th july 046

 

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A writer sits by the river with a sliver of an idea and writes about the mighty and the honest about the evils of the time and the kind people who came before, that fought the war for truth peace justice and the american way.  Their almost gone now but the lesson of their fierce love of freedom rings across this land….. remember why they fought ww2 ….for freedom from tyrants (from within and without) the same reason Washington and his barefooted soldiers walked in the snow to Trenton N.J. —for peace, to have the ability to pursue happiness.

A writer, sits by the river, with the sliver, of an idea.

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Photo by BJHC August 2014

This post Is dedicated to two ww2 veterans still alive and still fighting the good fight…..

John and Jean Crawley

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Full Definition of TYRANT 1 a : an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution b : a usurper of sovereignty 2 a : a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally b : one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power See tyrant defined for English …

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FORECLOSURE Aid, The Answer To Reversing The US Economic Downturn (and maybe the world’s downturn as well)

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The problem across the US is lack of revenue. 

Foreclosures are still happening at a unprecented rate. ( families are thrown out, houses sit and decay( I am judging this by my own neighborhood and what I have read), who benefits? short-term,the large investment banks through foreclosure fees)

Foreclosures are at the heart of this financial crisis because HOMES were used by the large investment banks as the key component of the so-called toxic derivatives  (risky) ponzi-like investments that they sold nationwide to investors.

What we are seeing now is the attempted cleanup of those investments  by banks by foreclosing and collecting the foreclosure fees RATHER than readjusting  the sub- prime loans (mortgages)

Why are the banks who offered these credit card loans  ( high interest loans, loaded with fees) not readjusting the loans as President Obama hoped, by lending them money from the government with low-interest rates ?, ( his mistake was not to make the loan of the money dependent on the use of the money i.e. only to readjust mortgages)

because they can make  more money collecting foreclosure fees. ( as one bank official said)

 

SOLUTION!

This is not my idea I heard it on NPR (National Public Radio) long before the general public knew of the crisis but experts saw the impending problem and were offering solutions.

It was an official from the Reagan administration and the Carter administration.  They said- offer a 4% mortgage readjustment across the board, to anyone that has a mortgage, those caught up in the crisis and those who were not.

VIOLA it is the answer, fair play- a democratic solution! banks were helped ( bailout)

now citizens should be helped and the resulting revenue will easily turn the economy around,

why?

because communities would stabilize, citizens would stay in homes and the flow of money from those homes  would be going into every nook and cranny of this great land.

The only party that would take a small hit are the banks that created the crisis, –long-term the banks will prosper as would the communities themselves.

HOW?

All citizens who have been foreclosed upon or are in the process of being foreclosed  or are in the pipeline of subprime loans to be foreclosed upon, need to organize into a lobby

yes, a lobby which is a group that forms to discuss a single issue with congress, and lobby to have all citizens be offered a 4% mortgage rate.

Think of all the jobs that will be created,  paid for by the banks ! One expert early on said there are not millions of these bundled mortgage loans not billions but trillions.

So it can be done, all we need is one person to start this process ?

PEACE and any volunteers?

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A great advocate below from www.wikipedia.org see for more info –

ACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America) is a Boston, Massachusetts (US) based, national, HUD-certified, non-profit, community advocacy organization. NACA’s primary goal is to build healthy neighborhoods nationwide through affordable home ownership. The organization was founded by Bruce Marks, a former Federal Reserve Bank of New York official, in 1988. The non-profit’s two major programs are its Purchase Program, labeled “America’s Best Mortgage”, and its Home Save Program, highlighted by NACA’s wildly popular “Save The Dream” events.

Save the Dream and American Dream Tours

To reach and help a maximum number of suffering homeowners, the telephone and internet based Home Save Program developed its “Save The Dream Tour” concept, taking the Home Save program on the road, effectively setting up mobile servicing centers on its tour stops. The first “Save The Dream Tour” event was held July 19–23, 2008 in Washington, DC at the Capitol Hilton Hotel. More than 20,000 homeowners attended. Each event averages five days and routinely sees 30,000 homeowners seeking mortgage help.[9]

Representatives of the major servicers who have signed agreements with NACA are also on hand at Save The Dream events, providing same-day solutions for many homeowners on-site. Major breakthroughs with government backed investors such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been realized, with their representatives in attendance at Tour events also.

By the end of 2011, NACA had produced 55 “Save The Dream Tour” events, having visited especially hard-hit areas such as Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, South Florida and Los Angeles more than once. NACA’s eleven-day “Save The Dream Tour” event in Los Angeles, California January 20–30, 2011 was the largest foreclosure prevention and mortgage modification event in U.S. history.[10] Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed homeowners, volunteers and NACA staff at the event, expressing his astonishment and appreciation for the work NACA is doing and emphatically inviting NACA back for a fourth L.A. Save The Dream Tour event.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaking to homeowners at NACA Save The Dream Event

The event even drew the attention of the Hollywood motion picture community, with an admiring film crew creating a brief documentary of the event, talking with both homeowners and NACA staff members, including CEO Bruce Marks, about their Save The Dream Event experiences.

Save The Dream Los Angeles documentary

NACA began 2012 with its first ever “American Dream Convention” January 10–15 in Atlanta, GA. Every NACA staff member from all 40 offices across the country was in attendance for three days of training, plus a massive combined “Save the Dream” and “Home Purchase” event, with live, face-to-face counseling taking place all six days.[11] The combined event provided to be so successful that the organization renamed their tours “American Dream” events and now bring both the Home Save and Purchase programs to each event. Reportedly, NACA plans to conduct a record 42 “American Dream” events in 2012.

Bruce Marks, NACA Founder and CEO speaking to homeowners at a NACA Save The Dream event.

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Go Ahead, Make Me

I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Comment to a group of reformers. His point: Until they lead the way, they shouldn’t expect leaders to follow.

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The Third Rail In This Economic Recovery – Foreclosures!

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Money borrowed by banks at 0 percent from Govt

but banks won’t lend unless 29.99 percent

you are a risk

we need to protect ourselves—

we  alone, are allowed to gamble

take risks with depositer’s money ….. bundle dreams and sell them down the river

make money off fees

short-term payoff,

long-term— — —

empty houses

2 per street

people on the street, their homes sitting empty

communities crumbling

no residents

no revenue

banks won’t re-adjust

even if the government says ” It is a must, that’s why we bailed you out gave you money to lend, gave you money at zip interest! “

we’re not interested they say

the fees are our horn of plenty, our horn of plenty

please lend us more money (Mr. Government, at zip percent )

We will remember you at x-mas time! We promise and big banks always remember…..

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My neighborhood once solidly middle class now has on avg. 2 empty houses per street, this in a community where you rarely saw a for sale sign for fifty years. And houses are still falling homeowners are still being thrown out onto the street while their homes are empty and begin to decay. 

This is happening across the United States Of America.

Tomorrow the SOLUTION, it is so easy it makes me cry!

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Below article from www.altnet.com

Investigations  –

Very Bad Things Happen When We Depend on the Same People Who Caused the Foreclosure Crisis to Track Its Destruction

There is not a single federal agency that has tracked foreclosures comprehensively, a massive information gap that prevents the work of journalists, advocates and policymakers alike.
August 5, 2012  |  
 
 
 It’s a simple set of questions: “How many foreclosed properties are there in the country? What zip codes are they in? What factors sent people’s homes underwater?” For policy makers, journalists or anyone trying to size up or address the years-old housing crisis, these questions present the natural place to start. But their answers don’t quite exist.  
In Chicago, for example, the city’s official vacant property count, which relies on the banks’ reporting, hovers just under 5,000. The Chicago Tribune estimates 18,000. Housing activists say there are well over 100,000.   
 
See www.altnet.com for full article

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POEM – An Inconvenient Truth For The Policymakers At Investment Banks

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Push us out of our houses

push us out of the park

Push

push

push

what you hear is the squishing of

the middle class

by

investment bank policies

re-adjust?

trust us

we will do all we can—

so many on the street

finally more on the street, than  behind closed doors

push

push

now we push back

like,

Adams

Franklin

Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

 

And you can’t do that if you have no place to live

Push

push

push

the sound you hear is,

the squishing of the middle class.

Push back.

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Dedicated to all the Occupy Wall Street Protesters

 

 

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Non Lethal Projectile – Poem

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Non,

lethal,

projectile,

sounds like a secret code

Non-le-thal — Pro-jec-tile

but it’s not-

it is what our govern-ment

with no LAMENT

shoots…

at our returned veterans

who have the bent

to hold a sign

with arms by their side

that says

veterans for peace

non lethal projectile – (it only draws blood from the mouth)

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www.veteransforpeace.org

www.congress.org

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Dr Scholls UFOS And The Mysteries Of Life

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A pair of ” Classic”  forest green suede schools arrived at my front door.   For 15 years my formative years I wore Dr Scholls sandals no socks summer, 3 pairs socks winter and if need be… a pair of converse sneakers graced my feet occasionally.

Around 28 the wooden platform shoes became harder and harder to find so I grudgingly gave them up.

 

Looking down at the box my now calloused feet jumped, I grabbed the box throwing packing here and there until a pair of wooded beauties lay before my eyes.

I slipped my foot into the shoe not unlike cinderella before the ball then the other and almost immediately I began to spin, twirl on my heels and click that wood together —it was as if my feet were laden with waiting memories.

The spin reminded me of  slipping on the wooden slats  of a bench 11 at night trying to get a better look at my first and only UFO, as I craned to see, it swooshed to just above my head and stepping back my wood scholl get caught in one of the slats…

The swirl reminded me of twirling around after hearing Bruce Springsteen- yes that B. Springsteen yell ” Get them out of here!”  All you could hear were my scholls’ clomping erratically down the hall, he was quite volatile in those days pressure of BTR I suppose… Me and my two springsteen seeking  cohorts vamoosed our way around the college until we managed to get to the Gym hoping that we wouldn’t be asked for tickets —  we weren’!

And finally the click. Scholls’ wooden bases naturally hit each other so you could make a heil hitler click at a moments notice!   I was reminded that whenever I and my friends got ourselves into a fix I would click the heels together and say ” There’s no plaace like home there’s no place like home” ala ruby shoes of Judy Garland,

I could bore you with more but I  have to get out of the house and see what adventures I can scurry up! 

Do something today that you did long ago and try to remember who you were and all that youthful exhuberance, it still comes in handy as the sun fades for our generation.

 

 Try to leave the best parts of you behind when you go.  ( we are all going to go, some sooner some later so face it!)

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The July Fourth Definitive Imbibement

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It was cold it was dark, the troops had been at it for years this was their last chance to surprise the hessions  and turn the tide of the war, this is a little known secret -but on that voyage across the Delaware, as every tuber of the Delaware knows is no easy feat —anyway, on that crisp night into morning voyage George, Washington that is, had pressed secretly in his vest a little imbibement to keep his back straight as his crew manuevered between the chunks of ice

 and I have his secret recipe in my posession… … … 

madeira wine ( or any inexpensive red)

blueberries  fresh squeezed, ( or rasberry liquer)

ice cold delaware water ( or 7 up)

mix

and chill by dragging aside a wooden row boat in the dead of winter (or pour over chipped ice)

optional sprig of  fresh lavender swished in glass

 

drink until you reach Trenton…

 

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Remember freedom doesn’t come easy but once you achieve it you are home free!!!

 

HAPPY FOURTH TO ALL

 

TUBERS! No imbibing while tubing you will have enough to keep track of  -did you ever hear of the cousin of the Lochness monster? the Franklin-a sarus?… yes yes so watch out!
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FROM WIKIPEDIA BELOW-
Early American history
Full-length portrait of a young man seated at a table. He wears a finely tailored dark suit, knee breeches with white stockings, and a wig in the style of an English gentleman. He holds a quill pen in his right hand, and is turning the pages of a large book with the other hand.

John Hancock

 

Madeira was an important wine in the history of the United States of America. No wine quality grapes could be grown among the thirteen colonies so imports were needed with a great focus on Madeira.[3][4] One of the major events on the road to revolution in which Madeira played a key role was the British seizure of John Hancock’s sloop the Liberty on May 9, 1768. Hancock’s boat was seized after he had unloaded a cargo of 25 pipes (3,150 gallons) of Madeira and a dispute over import duties arose. The seizure of the Liberty caused riots to erupt among the people of Boston.[5][6]

 

Madeira was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, and it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence.[3] George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams are also said to have appreciated the qualities of Madeira. On one occasion, Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, of the great quantities of Madeira he consumed while a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress. Chief Justice John Marshall was also known to appreciate Madeira, as well as his cohorts on the U.S. Supreme Court. A bottle of Madeira was also used by visiting Captain James Server to christen USS Constitution in 1797.

 
 
 
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Friday Photo / Painting Combo

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It takes a woman’s help to get the job done…

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PEACE

 

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Reflections On The Idea Of WAR

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War is a bore

A snore

Not much in store

War is a waste of time

Spent on your dime

Filled with grime

War – what are we fighting for?

Nothing in store… but more gore…

WAR???????

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Poem – “Astounding Story”

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ASTOUNDING STORY

C. O. a. M. 2003

His art became his cross to bear

his venus fly trap

he surrounded himself with those he could control

in the end they controlled him

saying ” It’s time.”

(time to make us more money)

he listened, his center gone

his compass tilted

pointing in a circle

then it came — — —

and he was free to go.

(and she was at peace.)

 

 

 

H or W

Heal or wait

heal or wait

I have to heal… … …

my life is of import as well.

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My miracle. my letter- nothing yet.. but to walk with my hand,

 as before -empty..

deepens your path-

your light-

to do what was needed,

is a gift you give yourself… … …

afterall on the other side there are

no cars

no rings

no houses-

only what you have done

and your intentions…

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Americans For Peace Now Comments On Gaza Flotilla Incident

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Below is a statement from Americans For Peace Now,

 

APN Deeply Dismayed by Israeli Raid on Gaza Flotilla

http://capwiz.com/peacenow/utr/1/OVMAMQDGRT/GMRGMQDHJD/5295181466

APN mourns the loss of life on board the Marmara, and wishes full recovery to the injured, both IDF soldiers and the international activists.

Commenting on the Gaza ship disaster, APN President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “The fact that Israel finds itself in this difficult situation today underscores the extent to which Israel’s continued policy of blockading Gaza is untenable and increasingly indefensible…this policy does not serve Israel’s interests

  

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday,

“The situation in Gaza is unsustainable and unacceptable.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
June 1, 2010

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We as a global society cannot let the Middle East Peace process fail this time, we need to redouble our efforts to bring about a true and lasting peace for all in the region.

 There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e., the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the state to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our being.

 Gandhi

PEACE

 

 

 www.peacenow.org

 

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UN Meeting To Discuss Attack of Civilians On Aid Convoy Headed To Gaza

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The technique of collective punishment such as the blockade on Gaza that the Israeli government is currently using against the citizenry of Gaza, serves no purpose other than to exacerbate the crisis.

Collective punishment is the punishment of a group of people as a result of the behavior of one or more other individuals or groups. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions. In times of war and armed conflict, collective punishment has resulted in atrocities, and is a violation of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by resistance movements (e.g. destroying whole towns and villages where attacks have taken place).  FROM WIKIPEDIA

  

The United Nations is currently meeting to discuss the incident.

 

FROM www.voanews.com – Voice Of America

Middle East Raid on Aid Flotilla

VOA News 31 May 2010

Israeli Navy soldiers intercept one of several boats headed towards the Gaza Strip, in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, 31 May 2010
Photo: AP

In this image reviewed by the Israeli military and taken aboard an Israeli Naval vessel, Israeli Navy soldiers intercept one of several boats headed towards the Gaza Strip, in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, 31 May 2010

The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss an Israeli naval raid on an aid flotilla.At least nine passengers were killed, and dozens of others were injured, when Israeli commandos stormed ships bringing aid to the Gaza Strip early Monday.  The flotilla, led by a Turkish ship, was in international waters about 60 kilometers off the coast of Israel when it was intercepted.Israel says seven soldiers also were wounded in the violence.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret at the loss of life, but said Israeli troops acted in self-defense.

Israeli Government Spokesman Mark Regev says the activists had weapons and were prepared to attack the commandos when they came aboard the ship.  But representatives of the Free Gaza Movement, which organized the flotilla, described the raid as an attack on civilians, saying the activists did not have violent intentions.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the raid an act of “state terrorism.”  Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Israel and canceled three planned military exercises with Israel to protest the incident.  

The aid ships, carrying more than 600 pro-Palestinian activists and 10,000 tons of supplies, left for Gaza Sunday and defied a radio warning from the Israeli navy not to approach the region.

Organizers from the Free Gaza Movement and a Turkish human rights group said the convoy was carrying medical supplies as well as cement and other building materials, which Israel has banned from entering Gaza because of what it says are security concerns.

Israel has taken the ships to a nearby port to begin deportation procedures for the activists.  It says that after inspection, the humanitarian aid will be transferred to Gaza by land.

 From Voice Of America

  

PEACE

 

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Poem – “Spheres”

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SPHERES

 

The spheres shifted-

it was about a gift,

karmic debt?

angelic request?

wrapped in earthly love

but at the core a glove

of enlightenment

of opening

from the universe to you

I just carried it-

buried it… … …

I was the messenger

talking the only language you understood-

I leave the shroud of earthly love

on the ground behind me,

by finding a way

I discovered so much more

more  than you who hold tight to everything, will ever know-

 

my spheres have shifted

I have been lifted. 

 

 

 Note, From Wikipedia

Shroud usually refers to an item, such as a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. The term is most often used in reference to burial sheets, winding-cloths or winding-sheets, such as the famous Shroud of Turin or Tachrichim (burial shrouds) that Jews are dressed in for burial. Traditionally, burial shrouds are made of white cotton, wool or linen, though any material can be used so long as it is made of natural fibre.

  

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Poem – ” Walking Up “

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WALKING UP

 

Walk up

drive up

boat up

gallop up

canoe up

my sign posts, laid out

do I need to shout?

walk up

and knock on that door

or life will become a snore

so walk walk walk up-

before our time is up up up.

 

no pressure

just a friendly gesture…

 

( Will you pull…the cover from your eyes. ..Old hat my friend, a very old hat)

 

 

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