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Turn To Your Silent Army

There is a Jewish prayer we say at bedtime, after the Shema, that gives me great solace. It sounds better in Hebrew, when you say it in that sing-song-y way I learned as a child, but here it is translated:
  • To my right is (the angel) Michael; 
  • To my left is (the angel) Gabriel; 
  • In front of me is (angel) Uriel; 
  • Behind me is the angel Raphael; 
  • And above my head is the Divine Presence. 
Do you ever think about the concept of angels? It's not just a Jewish thing. Many of us have heard, at one time or another, to "call on our angels" for support in difficult times.

Conceptually an angel is a Divine creation that is sent down to Earth--or rather, perhaps, out, from the spiritual plane to the material one--to take care of a specific task.

I remember vividly one day as I was crossing the street, and a bus nearly ran right into me, how "something" pushed me out of the way. And I "know," in that way we know things without having proof of them, that God sent down an angel that day to save my life.

In the human realm, we have so many angels in our lives. But because we are physical, formed beings, it is difficult for us to take our material blinders off. The truth is, every person we encounter has touched our lives for a spiritual reason that has nothing to do with why they seem to be there.

I know a lot of people think life is more or less meaningless and we should take what we can get while we are here. But I do not think that, I think we've all lived many prior lives, and that we come back and back again until we fix whatever harm we caused in the past. So sometimes, unfortunately, other people exist for us solely to make us learn our karmic lessons.

But most of us, I think it is safe to say, aren't completely horrible people. You can find at least some good in every individual, even if it is tainted here or there; and beyond that God is inherently loving and merciful.

It is in that spirit of mercy that He has put into your life an army of quiet supporters, some of whom you know and many of whom right now are nothing but distant strangers. Those people have been placed here, at various signposts throughout your life, to help you make your way on this difficult journey.

I have a Christian friend who explained to me, once, that Jesus experienced the worst feeling in the world when he felt separated from God. I believe that, because I've felt it, too; disconnected, alienated, cut off, like life is meaningless, and you are an atom floating all alone in the universe.

If you are feeling that way, I hope you don't run away from the pain but instead jump headlong into its headlights. Inside the suffering there is an answer to be had, it's about getting very close to what matters most to you in your life, and normally that is the thing that is hardest for you to confront and the thing which you are most of all tempted to run away from.

God knows what you are feeling. He has already prepared the path for you.

Be open to your supporters. They will help you along the way.

All opinions my own.

Presentation On The Importance Of Professional Standards In Communication (Audio & PDF)

On September 13, 2016 I presented "Advancing Federal Communications: Research Findings, Implications & Next Steps" in a webinar that was free and accessible to the public.

For those who are interested, the audio recording of that presentation is still available (see below) along with the other original materials associated with the release of the research document.  

A large group was responsible for the development of this paper; I was the co-lead writer along with Jeff Brooke, former Chair of FCN, now of MITRE.
Please note that the Federal Communicators Network is a grassroots volunteer organization and all the work done by its volunteers is independent of their places of employment. As always, all opinions are the writer's own.
To make it easier for those who prefer not to click on a lot of links, some of the key slides from the presentation appear below.




This blog post is not shared on behalf of the Federal Communicators Network.

Nevertheless, I wanted to share some information about joining.
  • Membership is free.
  • You become a member by signing up for the listserv.
  • Membership is open to U.S. federal government employees and contractors with a government email address.
  • As a courtesy, state, local, and tribal government employees are also welcome.
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Goodbye Corruption

Yesterday the rabbi asked us to think of the one thing that most defines 2016 in our minds.  Immediately my husband and I turned toward each other and exclaimed, in a low shout, "Trump!" 

With tremendous gratitude to God, here is a transcript of the president-elect's remarks from the campaign video above, released October 27, 2016.

Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal


Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people.

The Washington Establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exist for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself.

The Establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. For those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don't have your good in mind.

Our campaign represents a true existential threat like they haven't seen before.

This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we the people reclaim control over our government.

The political Establishment that is trying to stop us is the same group responsible for our disastrous trade deals, massive illegal immigration, and economic and foreign policies that have bled our country dry.

The political Establishment has brought about the destruction of our factories and our jobs as they flee to Mexico, China and other countries all around the world.

It's a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.

This is a struggle for the survival of our nation, and this will be our last chance to save it.

This election will determine whether we are a free nation or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a a small handful of global special interests rigging the system. And our system is rigged.

This is reality. You know it, I know it, they know it, and pretty much the whole world knows it.

The Clinton machine is at the center of this power structure.

We've seen this firsthand in the Wikileaks documents, in which Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special friends, and her donors.

Honestly, she should be locked up.

The most powerful weapon deployed by the Clintons is the corporate media - the press.

Let's be clear on one thing: The corporate media in our country is no longer involved in journalism.

They're a political special interest. No different than any lobbyist or financial entity. With a total political agenda, and the agenda is not for you, it's for themselves.

Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe.

They will lie, lie, lie, and then again, they will do worse than that. They will do whatever's necessary.

The Clintons are criminals, remember that. This is well documented. And the Establishment that protects them has engaged in a massive coverup of widespread criminal activity, at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation, in order to keep the Clintons in power.

They knew they would throw every lie they could at me and my family and my loved ones. They knew they would stop at nothing to try to stop me. Nevertheless I take all of these slings and arrows gladly for you. I take them for our movement, so that we can have our country back.

I knew this day would arrive. (It was) only a question of when. And I knew the American people would rise above it and vote for the future they deserve.

The only thing that can stop this corrupt machine is you. The only force strong enough to save our country is us.

The only people brave enough to vote out this corrupt Establishment is you, the American people.

Our great civilization has come upon a moment of reckoning.

I didn't need to do this, folks, believe me. I built a great company. And I had a wonderful life.

I could have enjoyed the fruits and benefits of years of successful business deals and businesses for myself and my family. Instead of going through this absolute horror show of lies, deceptions, and malicious attacks.

Who would've thought.

I'm doing it because this country has given me so much. And I feel so strongly that it's my turn to give back to the country that I love.

I'm doing this for the people and for the movement. And we will take back this country for you.

And we will make America great again.


All opinions my own.