How do you know when the new day comes? #FightAndWrite


I have not verified the following story, but I saw it on Unvirtuous Abby‘s Facebook page.

There is a story from the Hasidic tradition of the Rabbi, who was asked one day by a student,

“How can one tell when the new day has come?”

The Rabbi reversed the question and asked his student,
“You tell me how you can know.”

The student guessed, “Is it when the rooster crows to signal a new dawn?”

“No,” the Rabbi answered.

“Is it then perhaps when one can discern the silhouette of a tree against the sky?”

“No,” he was told.

“The surest way to know when the night is over and when a new day has come is when you can look into the face of a stranger, the one who is so different from you, and recognize him as your brother. See her as your sister. Until that day comes, it will always be night.”

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Even introverts can pick up the phone and join the resistance #FightandWrite


I called all the Republican (majority) members of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions regarding the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

Kind of feels like a whirlwind in the news right now, almost like a midnight blizzard, and because I watch & read so much news I didn’t know where to start. But for me, my thinking was, she might be one of the weakest cabinet picks, plus it’s because of the lack of education that our nation is in this divided place to begin with. 

As an introvert, I try to avoid phone calls. But I read an article about how phone calls are the number one way to “bug” a congressperson and decided to go with that, along with making some rad post cards (pictured above).

I learned that in order to find the DC phone numbers for most of these public servants, you might have to hunt. It’s kind of obvious they don’t want you calling. They’d rather you email, because it’s easier FOR THEM. Hey, when I walk into my office and I see the voice mail light blinking, I’ll admit, loathing and frustration immediately wash over me. I hate retrieving voice mail. Isn’t it easier to text? I put my cell phone number on everything! Anyways, most of their DC voice mail boxes were full. But I was able to leave a message maybe at one of their state offices. I tweeted about it as I did this too, not only so I could keep track of where I was on the list, but also because maybe it will encourage someone else.

Are you like me? Have you been quick to anger about politics but never been convicted enough before this last election to make your voice count? Come out of the comment sections of facebook and get to work. Write about it too! 

PS the rad Bernie painting above is by Steve Weed.

Where is my hope? #FightandWrite

Challenged by this quote today. I can’t honestly say most of my life choices haven’t been motivated by fear. 

Ps 121 calls me to lift up my eyes to what is big and strong and ask where my help comes from. Intellectually I know my help comes from God… The eyes of faith see that God is bigger and stronger. The feet of faith say “let’s walk.” 

I pray to walk in hope. 

I made what was supposed to be a small lap blanket into a huge queen-size bedspread in 16 days #FightAndWrite

During Christmas when I went home to visit my mom, I started wondering if I would branch out from my normal winter knitting and crochet of scarfs into an afghan. I don’t know what an afghan is. If I had to guess, I would say it’s a lap blanket?

Well I can’t follow a pattern, and I figure a blanket is just one huge scarf. And even if I could follow a pattern, I did not want anything I’d have to count and keep track of. So I literally googled “Easiest Afghan Pattern” and was led to this site:

World’s Easiest Afghan

After New Years, I got the itch, so I decided to make one and went to three different yarn stores to find something that looked study and warm. I found Lion Brand pound of love and picked out the grey, white, and yellow. Off I went.

If you’ve followed my blogs, you know I have concerns about the direction of the United States, and that those concerns got worse with the election of President Trump. You also may know that I’m an active Twitter user and maybe from that could guess that if I’m at home, I watch a lot of cable news (now that the Hallmark Christmas movie season is over) and could probably use something else to do while I obsess over my worries.

So I grabbed my “L” sized crochet hook and got to work.

Because I didn’t know what I was doing when I started it, I started it waaaay too big. I made up the stripe pattern and here we have it.

In 16 days this was done and it’s nice and warm. I love it. It’s my anti-Trump blanket. Also, it kind of looks like scrambled eggs.

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