The Helpers Are Helping

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Editor’s Note: My dear friend from high school, Marcy Franck, is currently in Greece bringing supplies and a heartful of human caring to Syrian refugees in Greece. Her trip was originally supposed to include a stop in Turkey, until the failed coup and its fallout. She wrote in her first post about the trip, “I fear that being surrounded by people whose needs surpass what I can give will damage my already broken heart beyond repair. But I’ll remind myself I’m here to stand beside them in a world that seems otherwise unwelcoming. If they are strong enough to live though this, I am strong enough to stand with them for a little while.” Below are her second and third blog posts, combined. — Amanda P.

First Day at Refugee Camp: Friendship Bracelets

By Marcy Franck

Kids flung/swung/twirled: 25
Percentage of body sunburned: 33
Liters of water drunk: 4.5
Favorite greek songs sung with local cafe owner: 1
Friendship bracelets attempted: 12
Friendship bracelets finished: 1/2

"Mustafa, the overnight bracelet-making maestro. That's my hand holding one end, and his friend holding the other." Photo by Marcy Franck.

“Mustafa, the overnight bracelet-making maestro. That’s my hand holding one end, and his friend holding the other.” Photo by Marcy Franck.

Today I had no idea what I was doing. I was the new kid, plopped into a place where there are systems and norms that I didn’t know. So mostly I tried to watch and learn.

Watching and learning was fun until I needed to participate and realized I have good intentions but limited ability.

Take, for example, this friendship bracelet. Another volunteer in my group brought some thread to teach the kids how to make bracelets. It was one of those things where you see someone do it and think it looks easy, then you realize you have no idea how to replicate it. Most of the younger kids fell into this category, so I was in good company.

Mustafa really wanted me to make his bracelet. “My friend! My friend! You, you!” And then he’d point at me, then point at his bracelet-in-making, then point at me again and say “You!”

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

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A public work of art outside of City Hall in Philadelphia - everyone was invited to contribute. Photo by  Amy Jacobs.

A public work of art outside of City Hall in Philadelphia – everyone was invited to contribute.
Photo by Amy Jacobs.

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By Amy E. Jacobs

There is a phrase popular among progressive activists for use in chants and hashtags: “This Is What Democracy Looks Like.”  It is a call to remember that protests, resistance, and speaking truth to power are healthy aspects of a society whose government is intended to reflect the will of the people.

This phrase was echoing in my head over the past few days as I watched thousands of people swarming the streets around City Hall, camping in FDR Park, and banging on the fence outside of the Wells Fargo Convention Center.

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Warm Fuzzies and Cold Realities

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Marcy Franck, newly arrived in Chios, Greece on July 24. Photo by Marcy Franck.

Amanda Painter’s dear friend from high school, Marcy Franck, is currently in Greece bringing supplies and a heartful of human caring to Syrian refugees in Greece. We’ll be posting her updates over the course of the next week. Here is the third installment as we catch up with her postings on Facebook.

All Along

Posted by Len Wallick


Mercury’s ingress to Virgo tomorrow will begin a long period in which Mercury will traverse the length of two full signs within the boundaries of one. The implication: it may be a long journey through the rest of this season, especially if you live in the U.S. Len Wallick suggests you may want to prepare and pace yourself.

Democracy Now! — Friday, July 29, 2016

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made history by becoming the first woman to accept a major-party presidential nomination. However, protests continued to break out on the DNC floor as chants of “No more war” could be heard throughout the final night. Democracy Now! met up with one group of delegates from California just after they walked out.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, July 29, 2016

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You’re under enormous pressure, and you’re turning it into power. There is one simple truth you must face, which is that you are now in a position where you establish or at least observe the basic terms of reality. Give them the space to agree or disagree and you will discover that you have far more in common than you thought.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for August, 2016

Posted by Eric Francis


This is a separate post with just the extended Planet Waves monthly forecasts for August 2016, covering all 12 Sun signs and rising signs. Extended horoscopes, and weekly horoscopes by Eric Francis are available on this website to Core Community and Backstage Pass holders. They are also emailed directly to all subscribers, including basic subscribers.

Finding Uncommon Ground in Politics

Posted by Eric Francis


This week, Eric reflects on the two main political party conventions. The Republican candidate is a racist and misogynist who’s using the tactics of dictators. The Democrats’ nominee is a proven hawk, although she also supports women’s reproductive health rights, and is the first major-party female candidate for U.S. President.

Does the Door Say ‘Push’ or ‘Pull’?

Posted by Amanda Painter

Earth/Sky by Tom Patti at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA. Photo by Amanda Painter.

Mercury in Leo is making a square to Mars in Scorpio. One way to read this is that whatever desires and goals you came face-to-face with in early June (when Mercury opposed Mars) are speaking to you again. Amanda Painter asks if you feel like you’re trying to push a door that says ‘pull’, or vice versa, when it comes to desires and goals.

Democracy Now! — Thursday, July 28, 2016

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The Democratic National Convention has entered its final day. Tonight Hillary Clinton will make history when she becomes the first woman to accept a major party’s presidential nomination. On Wednesday, night her running mate Tim Kaine, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the nation to back Clinton over Donald Trump in November.