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Maria Stepanov Sommerfield
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A number of other artists covered this song, but it was originally Joni Mitchell's. For your Saturday listening pleasure.
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nice one!
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Find out what life has been like since the troopers left the Galactic Empire, following the death of their beloved Darth Vader, and re-located to Seattle, WA.
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On the eve of WWII 67.4 percent of American's thought we should keep out political refugees (mostly Jewish).

What is even harsher is 61% did not think we should take in 10,000 Jewish children who were political refugees from Germany.

"Today's 3-year-old Syrian orphan, it seems, is 1939's German Jewish child."   Let's learn from history.  
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Protect Americans first. 
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This is a really, really good one.  Don't miss it!
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You are very welcome!
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"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
--Luther Burbank
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There are some great quotes in this article.  Which is your favorite?
Highlights from Pride and Prejudice, The Hunger Games, the Bible—and all of Harry Potter
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The first characters were based on the author’s feelings and fantasies. The more the author got immersed in the subject, the more accurate his pictures became.
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And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
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Who knew how true those words would become. "Silence like a cancer grows."
(More and more noise, less and less conversation.)
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A Brave and Startling Truth 
- by my favorite poet Maya Angelou

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space 
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns 
To a destination where all signs tell us 
It is possible and imperative that we learn 
A brave and startling truth 

And when we come to it 
To the day of peacemaking 
When we release our fingers 
From fists of hostility 
And allow the pure air to cool our palms 

When we come to it 
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate 
And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean 
When battlefields and coliseum 
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters 
Up with the bruised and bloody grass 
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil 

When the rapacious storming of the churches 
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased 
When the pennants are waving gaily 
When the banners of the world tremble 
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze 

When we come to it 
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders 
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce 
When land mines of death have been removed 
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace 
When religious ritual is not perfumed 
By the incense of burning flesh 
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake 
By nightmares of abuse 

When we come to it 
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids 
With their stones set in mysterious perfection 
Nor the Gardens of Babylon 
Hanging as eternal beauty 
In our collective memory 
Not the Grand Canyon 
Kindled into delicious color 
By Western sunsets 

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe 
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji 
Stretching to the Rising Sun 
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor, 
Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores 
These are not the only wonders of the world 

When we come to it 
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe 
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger 
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace 
We, this people on this mote of matter 
In whose mouths abide cankerous words 
Which challenge our very existence 
Yet out of those same mouths 
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness 
That the heart falters in its labor 
And the body is quieted into awe 

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet 
Whose hands can strike with such abandon 
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living 
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness 
That the haughty neck is happy to bow 
And the proud back is glad to bend 
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines 

When we come to it 
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body 
Created on this earth, of this earth 
Have the power to fashion for this earth 
A climate where every man and every woman 
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety 
Without crippling fear 

When we come to it 
We must confess that we are the possible 
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world 
That is when, and only when 
We come to it. 
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This is a picture of The Statue of Liberty being assembled in NY City.  Paris and all of France we are with you .  You are in our hearts and thoughts.  

CORRECTION:  " This is not NY City, but rue de Chazelles in Paris, where the Statue of Liberty was built in 1879."  Thanks +Martin Vogel 
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Look what I just found.  This is from Maurice Sendak.  
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  • Digitally Exploring the Online Universe
    Mom, Write, Social Media Mixologist, Programmer, and Certifed Systems Administrator, present
    A do a little of a lot of things. I do a lot of stuff online.
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Seattle, WA
Digitally Exploring the Cyber Universe

 I have been digitally exploring the online Universe since 1997.  I am using Google+ as a blog as well as a creative outlet

  • I enjoy making memes
  • I try and write funny stories
  • I write about technology
  • I write about books
  • I like meeting new Plussers from all over the world and engaging with them
  •  I am actively  trying to help create a peaceful global community on Google+
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A little bit about me you might like to know:

I am a mother of three small children and a wife of over 10 years; this is one of the most important parts of my identity and while I don't often write about my family this does not mean they are not an extremely important part of my life.  I have a degree in computer science, and am a certified systems administrator.  I love technology and the internet, and have been actively participating in social media before anyone even came up with that term.  I am a very avid reader, and I am fairly athletic.  I enjoy running and yoga as well as any outdoor activity.  I study mycology as a hobby and have been a ballroom dancer for many years, although lately I don't have a lot of time for dancing.   I have recently become a vegan and am experimenting with a plant based diet.

I do my best to be engaging and I really value all my readers.  Thank you for checking out my profile, I hope to meet you in cyberspace.  

Digitally exploring the online world since 1997

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it's tempting but I know I shouldn't brag.
  • San José State University
    Computer Science BS.
  • Gunn High School
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