Friday, October 28, 2011

Women Who Fought for My Freedom in Democracy

This is an article I wrote for EzineArticles some time ago but in light of current circumstances I believe it requires re posting. The article explains the historical reasons that I, as a female, feel so strongly about protecting the rights the Founding Fathers guaranteed in the Constitution over two hundred years ago. When those rights were put into the Constitution, the Founding Fathers intended them only for a small group of people that held the power in the new "republic" - white men over the age of 21 who owned property. If those rights had not been put into the Constitution and courageous females had not stood up in protest despite despicable treatment by men and women alike, we might still be disenfranchised and dis empowered. Democracy cannot exist if those who pretend to serve "the people" abuse the rights that insure the democracy, whether you agree with all of it or not, continues to exist. 

Women Who Fought for My Freedom

My family history is filled with men who served this country in the name of freedom, beginning with an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War and was scalped. I don't remember him but I do remember my grandfather and uncle. My grandfather fought for freedom in the trenches of Europe during the Great War to return home to a country that abandoned him during the Great Depression. My uncle returned to Europe to fight to free Europe from the control of Adolph Hitler and his ungodly extermination camps. I honor my ancestors who have served in the name of freedom. In school, I learned how important their service was because of the safeguard to my freedom. I learned about George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and the Sons of Liberty. As an adult, however, when I think about my personal freedoms that I enjoy each day, I think about the women who fought peacefully until those freedoms that were written about in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution became a reality for me.

I loved my grandfather and uncle and remember the personal stories of how they suffered in the two Great Wars. Sometimes, however, freedoms can be attained without resorting to war when a person lives in a democracy. I would like to mention a few of the women who fought peacefully from 1776 until 1920 to insure that the precious freedoms so important to the Founding Fathers become a reality for the Founding Mothers also. These are: freedom to own property, receive a first class education, work in my chosen profession and receive equal pay for equal work, protect my children from child labor and domestic violence, make decisions about sending our sons to war and to have no taxation without representation. I have all these freedoms because a group of women were willing to be harassed, jailed and tortured, ridiculed and put on a Red List and even risk their own personal safety without retaliation to secure freedom from enslavement and the right to vote.
Therefore, I would like to honor a few of the women listed in the Timeline of Women's Suffrage at
Elizabeth Cady Stanton-worked in the Underground Railroad and cofounded the Women's Suffrage Organization.
Susan B. Anthony- Co-founder of Women's Suffrage Movement. She was arrested for voting in the 1872 election and had bail of $1000. Despite an eloquent plea she was denied a trial by jury and convicted of the crime of voting. She was fined $100.
Harriet Tubman- Also known as Moses of her people. Risked her life and was severely beaten many times for leading her fellow slaves into the Promised Land. After slavery ended, she lived in New York and continued to work for civil rights and women's suffrage.
Jane Addams- Founder of Hull House, Peace Activist and served as Vice President of the Women's Suffrage Organization. She was put on the Red List in the 1920's because of her efforts to alleviate starvation in Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Soviet Union. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933.
Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were suffragettes who were arrested for protesting in front of the White House on the Night of Terror in November, 1917. They were jailed and tortured for two weeks until a journalist wrote about their plight and they were released.
Margaret Sanger was a sex education author and female advocate for birth control. She opened the 1st women's birth-control clinic in Brooklyn, NY in Oct. 1916. The clinic was shut down ten days later, but Ms. Sanger kept the case in front of the courts until a federal court decision in her favor allowed her to open the second clinic in New York City in 1917.
These women were left out of the history books I studied when I went to school in the 1960's. I always took my freedoms to vote, own property, receive an education, work in the career of my choice for granted. Like many others I was taught that these freedoms were earned by the bravery of those men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as well as the hundreds of thousands of others who died on the battlefields in all of the wars fought since 1776. I am grateful to all these men for protecting the democratic government that we do have in this country, but I am grateful there were those who really understood the meaning of democracy which is rule by the people and were willing to risk "their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor" in peaceful protest to insure all the people have a part in that government.
Brenda Duffey Author and Peace Activist
Article Source:

Article Source:

Monday, October 24, 2011

James Redfield Global Unity Prayer October 25th

Global Prayer Project

Prayer, Meditation & Discussion

with James & Salle Redfield

via Live Teleconference, Webcast & Skype


Tuesday, October 25

8-9 pm Eastern/US


Our dial-in teleconference number has changed,
and you can now connect via Skype!

If you can't join us, please hold a supportive prayer vision for the world at that time...

This week's prayer visualization

Let's come together for another prayer-visualization that we may recognize Unity Consciousness in our own inner lives around the world. According the best scholar on the Mayan Calendar, the completion of the Calendar -- from an internal point of view (Unity Consciousness) -- will be fully available to us this Friday, October 28, 2011. And while this consciousness is not fully imposed, seemingly this internal shift is being felt by many people in very similar ways, based on many anecdotal reports.

Part of this inner recognition has been building since the spring, beginning with the rising sense by young people that they must do something about the state of the world, and the amazing response by communities as they dealt with recent natural disasters, coming together as never before seen, in an effort to help each other. Now this sense of openness to helping is extending, we believe, in a growing inner knowing, or intuitive guidance, that feels a certain way that people can recognize.  

First, we seem to be losing the stressful left brain preoccupation with manipulating, lying, or otherwise trying to get ahead with our egos at someones else's expense. Somehow we can't seem to concentrate on those obsessions as before. And delightfully, we seem to be experiencing a rebalancing, confusing at first, to listen to our intuitive thoughts to do something helpful for the world -- thoughts that miraculously lead to helpful deeds and information coming back to us at just the right time, so that our our security needs are filled by listening to guidance, synchronically. 

The point is, we must recognize these shifts in our inner thought patterns, and begin to intentionally practice this new ability with a more enlightened ego. And again, this may be the only way to prosper in a world changing so quickly around us. 

Join us in a Prayer Visualization aimed at uplifting others as they make sense of these inner changes and realize their own experience of Unity Consciousness.  

Follow-up discussion

How to practice following intuition.
You may join in one of 3 ways:  

Call 941/926-6155  /  Conference ID: 608434#

Note: Other local numbers are now available in the US, Canada, UK & Australia. Check here to see if a local number is available in your area:

The phone line will open 5 minutes before the call starts. Participants will be responsible for their own long-distance or international phone charges. Once connected, enter the Conference ID. Please greet everyone with your name and location, then press *6 to mute yourself so the noise level will be kept to a minimum as others greet the group. After the call, press *7 to be unmuted, and then say good bye!

Live Webcast @


Skype ID joinconference / Conference ID 608434#

Launch Skype. Display the Skype dial pad. Enter the Skype ID joinconference and click CALL. When the call connects, re-display the dial pad and enter 608434#. Once connected, please greet everyone with your name and location, then press *6 to mute yourself so the noise level will be kept to a minimum as others greet the group. After the call, press *7 to be unmuted, and then say good bye!

Our twice-monthly gatherings have been making a powerful difference, both in people's individual lives and the world at large. Many of you have written us saying that the energy generated from this network of spiritually-minded participants is "indescribable," and we look forward to continuing this healing circle of focused prayer. Like all prayer experience devoted to helping others, many participants have felt the results in their own bodies and received guidance for their own lives.

Research tells us that the more people praying together, the more powerful the prayer and the greater the level of energy felt by the participants. We invite you to join the largest regular prayer network in the world. If you would like to take an active role in maintaining a circle of positive intention across the globe, while going deeper and heightening your own spirituality, join us on Tuesday, October 25.

We suggest you secure a quiet and comfortable place for yourself for an hour, so you can best share your prayerful energy, and give and receive the healing energies offered. Many enjoy inviting friends and family to join them, amplifying the power of the group.


James Redfield

Salle Merrill Redfield

James and Salle Redfield

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Message from the Peace Troubadour

Message from James Twyman – Peace Troubadour
Beloved Friends...

There are two extremely important things I want to share with you. I hope you'll take just a couple of minutes to read this, and perhaps even share it with your friends. The first message involves a concert I'll be performing live from Assisi, Italy on October 26th, and the second involves one of my dearest friends and mentors, Neale Donald Walsch.
Assisi Live Concert ~ Live Online October 26th, Noon Eastern US Time

As many of you know, I am currently leading nearly 50 people on a walk through the countryside of Italy, arriving soon in Assisi, the home of Saint Francis, for a very important spiritual event. The leaders of the 12 major religions of the world are coming to Assisi to commemorate the first "World Day of Prayer" which took place 25 years ago. There is only one thing mission from this prayer event - Prayer! Though the event 25 years ago focused on the leaders praying the peace prayers from each of their traditions, this year they will not be allowed to pray, either publicly or privately - only give speeches.

Did you read that? They are commemorating the "World Day of Prayer," but won't be allowed to pray!

When I first heard this I was sad and worried. Now I feel a very different emotion - hope and great joy. I am hopeful because there are so many people who are responding to this call to allow the leaders to pray together, and I feel joy because I know that we will be the ones to make sure it happens. On October 25th I will be performing a concert in Assisi and will share the 12 peace prayers with people from around the world. Then on the 26th, I will perform that concert again, from Assisi, live online for the world to watch and share. I ask that you not only join me, but also pass this message to everyone you know, helping them understand the importance of this event. The concert will only be around 45 minutes, but in that time you'll feel the energy of Assisi, and of this important peace gathering.
Please join us! Simply go to:

This could very well be a pivotal moment in creating peace. I hope you'll be there with us!

Neale Donald Walsch The Storm Before the Calm

I was recently sent a great deal of promotional material, asking me to let people know about Neale's new book called "The Storm Before the Calm." I thought about sharing it all, but then a different idea came to me. I decided to simply share my own personal experience with Neale, and why I think this book is so important. Then, I hope you'll click on the link I've provided and check it out for yourself.

Neale is not only one of my dearest friends, but one of the greatest mentors in my life. He has shown me what it means to be a true spiritual leader, and I am forever in his debt for that. He has also shown me what it means to be a fully activated human being, and it's this energy he put into his new book which I know you will love.

"The Storm Before the Calm" explains what is happening in the world today and how you can be part of a creative solution. I remember when Neale first started writing it. He was more excited than I've seen him in years, and I know why. This is an IMPORTANT book! That's why I felt it was better to simply tell it to you straight. Check this out! Just go to this link and you'll understand for yourself why everyone is so excited.
Click HERE for more information.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thougts from a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

"As I walked toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."

These words from Nelson Mandela remind us all of the simple truth of what it is to be a Peacemaker. Peacemakers are not rich, powerful or full of physical strength. They have the inner fortitude and strength to do what is needed to break free from the prison chains we all have that keep us in the trenches of warfare everyday - whether in South Africa, Afghanistan or even Hometown USA - the inability to forgive those who have caused us either great bodily or emotional trauma or simply cut in front of us in the line at the supermarket.