Archive for July, 2019

“Beauty is the illumination of your soul”

How many years of beauty do I have left?
she asks me.
How many more do you want?
Here. Here is 34. Here is 50.
When you are 80 years old
and your beauty rises in ways
your cells cannot even imagine now
and your wild bones grow luminous and
ripe, having carried the weight
of a passionate life.

When your hair is aflame
with winter
and you have decades of learning and leaving and loving
sewn into the corners of your eyes
and your children come home
to find their own history
in your face.

When you know what it feels like to fail
and have gained the
to rise and rise and rise again.

When you can make your tea
on a quiet and ridiculously lonely afternoon
and still have a song in your heart
Queen owl wings beating
beneath the cotton of your sweater.
Because your beauty began there
beneath the sweater and the skin,

This is when I will take you
into my arms and coo
you’ve come so far.
I see you.

Your beauty is breathtaking.

~ Jeannette Encinias


Thank you to my good friend Teri Smith Freas for sharing this with us

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No Worries – He’s Not Your Son


For the past year, Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President of Emmerson Collective (and wife of the late Steve Jobs) has worked tirelessly to shed light on—and fight—this administration’s inhumane immigration agenda.

Lawyers have helped block some of the cruel practices at the border, nonprofit organizations have reunited thousands of families, and news organizations have done essential reporting on immigration.

There is no caring or empathy for the effect these severe, heartless, depraved actions are having on the people involved, after all, a little boy like the one above is not their son . . .

The raids began this past weekend, and I ask you to please take a moment to join me in advocating for justice for immigrant families. Share information with your communities, support organizations on the front line, call your Members of Congress —every action matters.

If the administration is only going after criminals as they claim, then they wouldn’t be announcing it ahead of time. They only make the announcement to terrify people and cause them anguish. This administration and all those who support their actions, endorse governing through fear and hatred and it is just plain wrong.

There are lawful ways to manage immigration constructively and humanely and I definitely support effective policies and a strategy for solutions.

Jamming people in cages (cattle cars?), denying them basic human needs and separating them from their children are appalling acts of injustice . . . all being carried out under the flag of the United States of America.

If this does not represent you and the America you stand for, then please, do your civic duty. Emmerson Collective has identified 4 ways you can help . . .

1  Show your support for the organizations, lawyers, advocates, and doers who are helping lead the fight.

Several groups listed below provide services such as legal representation and essential aid for immigrant families at the border and across the country:

2    Contact your Members of Congress.

    • Encourage your Senators to pass real solutions to the humanitarian crisis at the border, like the Central America Reform and Enforcement Act S. 1445.
    • Call on your Representatives to restrict funding to Border Patrol and ICE, which were responsible for family separation, the recent deaths of children in custody, and other abuses. Dial 1-877-790-7557 to be connected now.
    • Sign this petition calling on Congress to defund immigrant jails and family separation.

3    Stay on top of the latest immigration news with top-tier investigative journalism.

Visit The Atlantic, ProPublica, and The Center for Investigative Reporting for more information and to subscribe to their news alerts.

4 Volunteer legal services.

We The Action, a digital platform that makes it easy for lawyers to find and volunteer for critical, impactful, and urgent legal needs, has volunteer opportunities available to help parents and children who have been separated at the border. Lawyers can sign up to access projects here and nonprofits who need lawyers can sign up here.


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Teaching the Caterpillar to Fly

The caterpillar crawls and eats and eats.

And grows, shedding its skin, but little more.

Crawl, climb, eat. Crawl, climb, eat.|

Of all of our lives, can we not soar?

One day, two caterpillars looked

as a beautiful butterfly sailed by.

Of course, one said to the other:

“You’ll never get me in a butterfly, high.”

Gratitude, laughing and smiles.

But no clear understanding or view

of these ironies and implications.

What was The Answer you knew?

Resistance. Perspective. Change.

All of these and more are involved.

Yet, insight is limited. And self-perspective too.

My mother was a moth – this problem is solved.

One must STOP in the caterpillar journey.

For transformation, what we can become,

one must change to a much gooey mess,

to undergo metamorphosis and change.

Is the potential understood? Is it realized?

We just don’t know. Yet it does.

The Call of The Wild. And the need to Become.

Gain the wings, lose the teeth and the fuzz.

It is about letting go, trusting the process

of growth and experience and your view.

It is Becoming. You are more than you are

with things you already had.

And you knew?

The colors are on the butterfly.

And already within what we were.

Can we all learn from this? Can we help?

These changes will most surely occur.

Author Unknown


Thank you to my beautiful daughter for sharing this with us.

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