Thoughts for today, #384 …. “EMPATHY …. ALL Life is Sacred”!!


~~June 10, 2016~~ 


I totally understand the huge difference between the death of an animal and a huamn being.

However, we humans have forgotten that we all are connected to the same sacred energy that makes us alive.

Caring for animals’ lives doesn’t lessen or take away caring for children.

They both go together because the issue here is the personal, innate knowledge that ALL life has value.

If the human race abuses animals, what is there left to stop humans from abusing other humans?



“If you do not understand the Golden Rule, which is the most important law in the universe, then you are in trouble.

All other rules in your holy books combined — are not as valuable as the ONE Golden Rule.

Take two minutes to learn the most crucial law in life.

Killing another human comes with the highest penalty, regardless of how you justify it.

All life is sacred.”

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

The Writings of Suzy Kassem


DCI-Palestine has been documenting Palestinian child fatalities and injuries at the hands of the Israeli military and settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since September 2000.

In the West Bank, child fatalities generally occur in the context of military incursions, demonstrations against Israeli settlements or the separation barrier, or as a result of settler attacks against Palestinian children.

In Gaza, the majority of child fatalities are the result of Israeli attacks and full-scale offensives, which cause a high number of civilian casualties. Some are the result of indiscriminate shooting at the Gaza border fence.

Since 2005, six major military offensives in Gaza have killed at least 1,000 Palestinian children.


Like fatalities, injuries in the West Bank occur as a result of military incursions, demonstrations and settler violence.

Injuries are frequently sustained when children are arrested, transferred and detained ininterrogation centers or prisons.

In Gaza, injuries are most commonly the result of flying shrapnel produced by Israeli strikes or shooting at the border fence.

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We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 


We ALL are ONE!!



IOTD …. Image of the day, #497 …. “Earthquake in Ecuador …. “!!


~~April 18, 2016~~ 



Death toll jumps to 272; more than 2,500 injured

Rescue crews searched desperately through rubble for survivors of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador.



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IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”



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We ALL are ONE!! 


Remember? Matthew Shepard ….. Never forget!


~~October 12, 2014~~

Today we memorialize the death of Matthew Shepard, 17 years ago today. He died from injuries sustained in a hate crime several days earlier, having never woken up. He was left for dead, lashed to a fence in the bitter cold of a Wyoming winter.

What some people don’t know is this was not the first time this poor young man had experienced the horror of violent crime. Three years earlier, on a class trip to Morocco, he was beaten and raped. Almost to much to comprehend the torture this man endured during his short adulthood.

Today he would be just a few months shy of his 38th birthday.

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Matthew Shepard

(1976 – 1998)

Since 1998, the legacy of this remarkable young man’s life has challenged and inspired millions of  individuals to erase hate in all forms. Although his life was short, it  continues to have a great impact on both young and old alike.

The story of Matthew Wayne Shepard begins on December 1, 1976 when he was  born prematurely to Judy and Dennis Shepard in the small city of Casper, Wyoming. Matthew attended school in Casper until his junior year of  high school when he finished his primary education at The American School in Switzerland. His experience abroad fueled his love for travel. He took the opportunity to explore Europe and learn multiple languages including German and Italian.

Matthew was an optimistic and accepting young man. He always put his  family and friends first and had a special gift of relating to almost  everyone. He was the type of person that was very approachable and always looked to new challenges. Matthew had a great passion for equality and always stood up for the acceptance of people’s differences. Throughout his life he expressed his love for acting by becoming very  active in community theater both on and off stage.


Matthew’s college career took him to a number of different  universities and later ended up studying political science, foreign relations and languages at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He was extremely interested in politics and was chosen as the student representative for the Wyoming Environmental Council.

Shortly after midnight on October 7 1998, Matthew Shepard, met Aaron James McKinney and Russel Arthur Henderson in a bar. After Shepard admitted he was gay, they talked him into leaving with  them, at which point they drove to a secluded location outside Laramie, stole his wallet, tied him to a fence, pistol-whipped him senseless, and left him for dead in freezing weather. He was discovered 18 hours later, his unconscious body initially mistaken for a scarecrow.


Matthew died on October 12 at 12:53 am at a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. His entire family was by his side for the last few days of  his life. His funeral was attended by friends and family from around the world and gained the appropriate media attention that brought Matthew’s story to the forefront of the fight against hate.


Matthew was promptly made an example of by the Right Reverend Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, who claimed divine  retribution had killed Shepard for the sin of being a homosexual.  

Phelps and his flock picketed Shepard’s funeral on 17 October 1998,  holding signs proclaiming “GOD HATES FAGS” and similar slogans, later  installing a “memorial” on the church website which proclaims: Matthew Shepard has been in hell for 2102 days. Eternity – 2102 days = Eternity.

This tragedy helped the world wake up to the fact that hate and discrimination still lives in our communities, our schools and our  families.

Although his life was cut short, the impact of his spirit is great.


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The Matthew Shepard Foundation

Was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son.


Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his  dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate  with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied  educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell  Matthew’s story.


To encourage respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.


To “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, and Acceptance”  through a variety of educational and outreach programs, and by  continuing to tell Matthew’s story.


To persuade people to think differently, behave differently, and inform others of the importance and value of diversity.

We ALL are ONE!!!


~~Matthew Shepard’s Story~~

~~Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012~~

This video was produced for the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. The Matthew Shepard Foundation competed for a share of $2 million in grants. The Foundation ended up receiving $250,000 thanks to our many supporters. For more information on the Foundation visit and