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Betsy Bee

"Religious Freedom, Kindness, Simplicity, Gratitude and Green Living"

Tempe, AZ, USA
female, age 114
single, 3 children
Speaks: english
Joined Jul 17, 2008

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The Irish Revolution which led to the Independence of most of Ireland started with the "Rising on Easter 1916."  Ireland had been occupied for centuries.  During the occupation there were abuses.  The Roman Catholic Irish were in many ways denied the right to worship as they pleased.  Dreadful economic measures taken against the Roman Catholic Irish contributed to millions of deaths from starvation during the Famous Irish Potato Famine -- while the occupying power removed from Ireland, for economic gain, enough food to feed the Roman Catholic Irish 18 times over.  In this case, the Roman Catholic Irish were denied the right to life and they were denied religious freedom, which is fundamental to the dignity of man.

The image below is a memorial in Dublin to the victims of the 1848 Potato Famine.

This memorial represents a small part of the suffering of the great famine.  It does not show the diaspora of the Irish to many parts of the world in order to survive.  The diaspora of the Irish throughout the world was another source of great suffering to the Irish people.....and all of this pain came from trying to impose a religion not of their choosing upon a subject people through privation and economic hardships.

[1916 commemorative plaque in the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital Parnell Street Dublin]
The above image is a memorial in Dublin to the 1916 Easter Rising.

Leaders of the Rising called themselves Irish Republicans.  Their movement was designed to create an Irish Republic.  These leaders were the first Irish Republican Martyrs and they did and many others did die for their cause.  Since the Independence of all of Ireland was not established and Roman Catholics were still denied many fundamental freedoms, there have been more Irish Republican Martyrs in a prison based 1981 Hunger Strike and elsewhere. 

As in my February Care 2 profile on part of this struggle which took place in the Highlands of Scotland, I have to ask why and I must say that somewhere in this sad world, I feel sure that people are denied the right to worship or not as they please.

My profile video for this month contains footage of the 1916 Easter Rising, photographs of leaders of the Rising, and the song, Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhale in Irish Gaelic.  This version of the song was written by P. H. Pearse, one the leaders of the Rising.

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Hometown Savannah, GA 
Birthday March 10, 1900  
Languages english  
About Me Sincere seeker, a mystic and an artist.

I know the continued presence of life on our planet depends upon the humble honey bee.

I know that my true joys in life come from giving and receiving love, on loving and being loved.
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Pets senior rescue cat  
Activist Aspirations Rabid
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Ancient Esoteric, Mysticism/Earth Religions  
Eating Habits All Natural, Almost Vegetarian, Locovore, Abundant water, Raw as much as possible  
Wild Fact About Me Choosing simplicity & gratitude in this moment.

Faith that having confidence in success insures success.

Former cloistered nun.

SDS during the Viet Nam War. I used to drive a Mustang Mach 1 with a 351 Cleveland Engine.
My Philosophy I value myself by living with integrity. I live in fervent love for Our Mother Earth.
What Gives Me Hope DAWN...all the sunrises I have seen & hope to see.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by I have no interest in being a politician but I would be a devoted assistant to Senator Bernie Sanders if I were asked.
What/who changed my life and why Learning about the female Buddha, Kwan Yin, while studying Asian art history.

Reading: 'A Whale for the Killing" by Farley Mowat. In this book about a humpback whale, Mowat describes touching one of these precious animals in the water. Mowat writes "His skin was so warm." I swam in the middle of a pod of humpbacks off the north shore of Bermuda. I touched a humpback mother and her calf. It was a moment of enlightenment, a moment of knowing that we are all connected WHEN I touched the warm skin of these animals.

"Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason" by Caroline Myss

Dedicated people I have met on Care 2.
What Bugs Me Cruel Persons, Judgemental attitudes, Rudeness in all its forms, LIARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Forwarded emails, Chain E-Mails  
Passions Art/Painting/Drawing, Living fully in the present, Green living, Intentional living, gratitude, Spiritual growth and Spiritual guidance, environment, Sacred Wells, MY GRANDCHILDREN!!!!, KNOWLEDGE/WISDOM  
Inspirations The sounds of moving water, a gentle breeze, The United States Founding Fathers, the beauty of nature, Kindness in the face of hate, thunderstorms, forgiveness  
What Scares Me Toxic People, Heartlessness, Toxic Corporations  
Role Models Farley Mowat, Edward Abbey, Bobby Sands, James Connelly, Grace O'Malley, Evangeline Adams, Joan of Arc, John Muir, Grant Lewi  
Quotation "May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need."
(Buddhist mentality - the bodhisattva heart)
"Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the person with whom you are angry to die." Buddha

"These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of

"All other animals except the human, acquire things because of need. Humans only are motivated by greed." Farley Mowat

"Dreams do come true. Without that possibility nature would not cause us to have them." John Updike

"Slow down and enjoy life." Eddie Cantor

"Logic will take you from A to Z. Imagination will take you everywhere else." Albert Einstein

"Learn to be silent, Let your quiet mind, listen and absorb." Pythagoras

"Do not believe what you have heard
Do not believe in tradition
Do not believe in anything spoken of many times
Do not believe in written statements
Do not believe in conjecture
Do not believe in authority, teachers, or elders.
But after careful observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it." Buddha
Interests recycling, Ecology and Sustainability, Astronomy, Astrology, Moon Rise, Sun Rise, Mind/Body/Spirit, museums, Spirituality/Philosophy, Mythology / Folklore  
Books When God Was A Woman, The Golden Bough (Frazer), Virgil's Bucolic on Bees, Art history books, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Aesop, The Elder Edda Viking Saga, Current events: historical fact based, ancient cultures  
Music Southern can't get any better, Celtic folk, War Protest Songs, The Moody Blues, Charlie Daniels Band, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Blue Oyster Cult, Phip Ochs, The Doors, Jethro Tull, wiccan/pagan, bagpipes  
Movies PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, Eight Below, Dr. Strangelove..., Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, AVATAR !!!!!!!!!!, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Crucible, Braveheart, The Bear, Thelma and Louise, The Crow, The Birds, Dead Man Walking, The Green Mile  
TV Shows No TV  
Favorite Foods Dark Chocolate  
Favorite Places Vermont, Quebec, Arizona, Nova Scotia, The Outer Planets, Ireland, Wales, Scotland  
Can't Live Without dream magic, Internet recipes, loving and being loved, friends and family, all pollinators, spiritual growth, Quiet time to reflect and think, freedom, water, shelter  
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