There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds.


“Not, the closed door.”

So, I had to ask, had her view of the statue changed?

“I feel it’s tarnished,” she said. “We’ve tarnished it.”

Could it be cleaned up, I wondered?

“It can,” she said, standing amid a cheering crowd of protesters. “We’ve got a lot of people, with a lot of rags.”




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08/02/2017 03:59 pm ET | Updated 4 days ago
White House Distances Itself From The Poem On The Statue Of Liberty

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”



While being questioned about President Donald Trump’s immigration efforts, White House aide Stephen Miller on Wednesday denied that “The New Colossus,” the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, had any meaning because it was added after the statue was erected.


During the daily White House press briefing, Miller expanded on a new Senate bill pertaining to immigration reform that would favor English-speaking applicants.


CNN’s Jim Acosta questioned Miller about whether that bill is “keeping with American tradition” and cited the most famous portion of “The New Colossus”: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Miller brushed off Acosta’s reference, arguing that the poem written by Emma Lazarus was “added later” and has no significance.


“I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty and lighting in the world; it’s a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that you’re referring to was added later. It’s not actually part of the Statue of Liberty,” Miller argued.


It’s true that “The New Colossus,” which was never intended to be a statement of political policy, was added to the Statue of Liberty in 1903 and that the statue itself was dedicated in 1886. But they are widely associated with each other: The poem was written to help raise funds for the statue’s pedestal and is currently featured on a bronze tablet in the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty. Sections of the National Park Service’s website about the statue are devoted to the poem and Lazarus.

The poem was often cited earlier this year as Trump tried to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

During a rally against the travel ban, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the poem “a statement of values of our country.”

“It’s a recognition that the strength of our country is in our diversity, that the revitalization constantly of America comes from our immigrant population,” she said.


In a 2011 poll by the Roper Center, 61 percent of Americans said they felt the Statue of Liberty’s message should apply to immigration policy.


There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds.

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Protecting LGBT Youth & Providing Solutions – YouTube Falls Hard for ‘In a Heartbeat,’ a Boy-Meets-Boy Story, Nytimes


… to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.


Celebrities have taken note. Ashton Kutcher posted an article about it on Facebook. “This speaks for itself, even without dialogue,” he wrote.


Dr. Sean Griffin, a professor at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, said he believes it can be especially meaningful to adolescents who are figuring out their sexuality. “It turns a situation that is often fraught with extreme emotions — excitement, anxiety, fear, and potentially shame and embarrassment — into one that is ‘cartoony’ by literalizing the runaway heart, thus making it a bit more amusing,” he said.


Nick Davis, an associate professor of English at Northwestern University who has written about sexuality and gender in film, said it was gratifying to see such a variety.


“It’s mind-blowing to me,” Ms. David said in an interview, adding that people want to see gay-themed stories “in a positive light.”


“Even back then I knew it was going to be something special,” he said in an email. “If an audience doesn’t connect with a film and its characters on a basic story level, it fails,” but this film, he said, “resonates a truth.”



Esteban Bravo and Beth David, makers of the animated short “In a Heartbeat.” Credit Jeremy Edelblut


It’s hard to forget your first childhood crush — and the anxiety that accompanied it. (Do you like me? Circle yes or no.) That heart-pounding, sweaty-palmed infatuation is nothing new in children’s animation, but two students decided to tell the tale in a different way, creating an animated short film that is drawing the interest of big production studios.

The filmmakers, Beth David, 21, and Esteban Bravo, 24, made the short for their senior thesis while at Ringling College of Art and Design, where they recently graduated, in Sarasota, Fla.

“It’s mind-blowing to me,” Ms. David said in an interview, adding that people want to see gay-themed stories “in a positive light.”

Mr. Bravo, who is from Mexico City, was similarly stunned by the response. “It’s really surreal,” he said, adding later, “I hope I give a good name to people from my country.”

Their animation tells the story of Sherwin, a redhead who has a crush on Jonathan, described on the film’s Tumblr page as “the most popular boy in school.” Sherwin is afraid to show his emotions, but no matter — his heart volunteers for the mission, literally jumping out of his chest and bounding toward the boy who caught his eye. The heart wants what the heart wants.

A scene from “In a Heartbeat,” where a character’s heart has a mind of its own.

It’s a tale that is very personal to viewers, who have responded en masse, and to the filmmakers, too. Mr. Bravo is gay, and Ms. David — while she doesn’t necessarily like to label herself — says she considers herself “a member of the gay community.”

“Even back then I knew it was going to be something special,” he said in an email. “If an audience doesn’t connect with a film and its characters on a basic story level, it fails,” but this film, he said, “resonates a truth.”


The release of “In a Heartbeat” might seem particularly timely given recent headlines. President Trump has announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, and his Justice Department has asserted that civil rights law doesn’t protect gay employees from discrimination. But the filmmakers say that their intent was not political when they posted their short online at the end of July.

“If anything we’re just glad that we’re getting to release it right now because I feel, and we both said, it’ll help change some people’s perspectives around the amount of controversy and hatred that’s been going around lately,” Mr. Bravo said. “We just hope that this helps to change, or begin changing, what people think about people in this community and try to understand them better.”

Perhaps one secret to the charm of “In a Heartbeat” is its simplicity: The story is told without words, just music and animation.

“I think audiences do like discovering something that’s not built to bowl you over, but just kind of unexpectedly does,” Mr. Davis said.





God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

II Tim 1:7 God


From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings


What was the last thing left inside Pandora’s Box?


The homeless man who writes poetry states in the beginning of the video that hope is a bane.  But at the end he writes: Damned is the man who abandons himself. These six words show that the worse the situation is, never, ever should a man consider it lost.

Friedrich Nietzsche: Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of men.

Hope is left inside.  But how do we interpret the meaning?

I think “hope” is only a bane, a curse, if one thinks that that hope within will never be satisfied, the promise will never really show up. Then that hope can be something that just is a sense of always seeing the feast and never being able to eat it. As we see hope, I think, it is that connection to Truth that in itself IS the feast and an awareness that the one who PLANTED that hope is not a tease, but the Christ-Truth that is here to save us always.
Laura Moliter

Yes mate I like the way that after all the crap has come out of the box along comes hope to make it better, it´s a nice story.




“Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” (Hebrews 12:1, Contemporary English Version)

We have a responsibility to move forward, to progress, and to make a difference. We are being called to a higher goal than merely slogging through the days, settling for less than what is freeing, right, and healing for us and for all. Don’t think for a minute that you are not one with a mission, for indeed you are. And it is a divine intention that is powerful as well as individually satisfying.

This “large crowd of witnesses” Paul speaks of here are those inspired prophets and spiritual seekers who have actively testified to Truth with their very being. These biblical leaders as well as those in our own era, are proof of the Principle—that Truth of God as All, as good, and as Love.

Will we merely leave what they have given us untended, unexpressed, because we don’t believe we are good enough, ready enough, or motivated enough? Or will we trust that what these inspired ones have declared and proved is our model going forward, and that our gratitude for this gift is that we keep it alive?

What is it that slows us in this race, this confident journey forward in doing good, as God guides us individually? The “sin” that won’t let go is our buying into a belief that we are separate from God, attracted to evil, full of guilt and shame. Let’s drop that baggage. It is the lie about you and it is the lie about God. He made you to shine, to bear witness to His Christ, His ongoing purpose to shine light in the darkness and awaken humanity to their true goodness, harmony, and freedom!

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist


One With Wisdom by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.


One With Wisdom

Whenever there is injustice or suffering afflicting neighbors or a community it can be tempting to think, “I am just one person, the problem is so big – what can I possibly do to make a difference, to make it better?”

Every ministry of good deeds can begin with one individual who has a deep commitment to principle and love: fairness, justice, compassion, generosity, selflessness. This is the spiritual wisdom that is one with divinity. It inspires thought and guides ideas to action. This is the wisdom that can make all the difference.

“There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength…Wisdom is better than weapons of war…” (Ecclesiastes 9:14-18)

Photo credit: Levi XU on Unsplash

Spotlight Edition – Alex Cook – Calling All Healers/Helpers


 “Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity”.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Retrospection and Introspection, p. 70).


Hi there Rob!

How are you these days? I hope the US is treating you well. 🙂
Would you be interested in sharing a fundraiser I am doing for the YOU ARE LOVED mural project on your blog? I’m working on a project that would enable me to paint 5 murals in homeless shelters and 5 more in under-served schools. I am trying to share it as broadly as possible, and it seems like it might be a good fit with your usual content and interesting to your readers.
Here’s the link:
Thanks for considering it!