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Deborah J.

"Building Bridges, Not Walls"

Western Galilee, Israel
female, age 65
married, 2 children
Speaks: english, hebrew, spanish
Joined May 13, 2007

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אם אין אני לי, מי לי?

וכשאני לעצמי, מה אני? 

ואם לא עכשו, אימתי?

If I am not for myself, who is for me?              

And if I am [only] for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?

  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hillel the Elder (Ethics of the Fathers 1:4)

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Joined May 13, 2007 Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic 
Here for Meeting Friends, Support a Cause 
Group Host of none yet
Groups Bohemian Festival, I Remember BROOKLYN, New York..1940's thru 1980's...Memories !!, The Creative Green Café, Voluntary Simplicity, Women of the Well, yiddish
Hometown Los Angeles, CA 
Birthday Jan 05, 1953  
Languages english, hebrew, spanish  
About Me Lover of arts and letters, sometime citizen-journalist, professional Holocaust archivist, recovering perfectionist, grassroots activist, feminist/populist/socialist, sentimental intellectual
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Pets 3 outdoor cats, beloved rescue Labstaff - RIP 08/12 :-(  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Progressive Judaism  
Eating Habits mainly locavore, high fiber, low-glycemic, ovo-lacto-pesco vegetarian  
Wild Fact About Me My extraordinary sense of attention to detail is both a curse and a blessing.
My Philosophy "Doing is Becoming"
What Gives Me Hope Discovering people who care; the courage of those who stand up for justice and speak truth to power
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Assure food sufficiency and basic security for all ages, then boost education (including lifelong learning) focused on skills for holistic problem-solving.
What/who changed my life and why Half a lifetime ago: Choosing to live in a kibbutz - an intentional society based on mutual aid and shared resources.

Recently: Gary Yourofsky's video on going vegan for the sake of the animals and the environment - I've started on this path and feel more at peace with the planet.
What Bugs Me dangerous drivers, apathy, waste, ostentation, homophobia, racism, bullying, arrogance, injustice, hypocrisy  
Passions gaining/sharing knowledge, singing in harmony, quiltmaking, knitting  
Inspirations those who overcome adversity, those who stand up to tyrrany, teachers, my parents, my daughters, folk artisans  
What Scares Me hopelessness, cruelty, violence, greed, abuse of the weak, war  
Role Models Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum, Ivan Illich, Paolo Freire, Janusz Korczak  
Quotation Live simply so others may simply live.
Interests colors, books, connecting with simpatico people, healthy food, journaling, art/craft/design/illustration, reading about other countries/cultures, discussing politics, coaching for literacy, learning languages  
Books David Mitchell, Neil Stephenson, Primo Levi, Alexander McCall Smith, Italo Calvino, Kage Baker, Francine Prose, Etgar Keret  
Music Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor, Kaveret/Gazoz, klezmer, Irish harp, marimba, zydeco, madrigals, Martin Carthy and all British Trad, Joni Mitchell, Russian folk and classical, Bach, Mozart  
Movies Men in Black, The Fifth Element, Mrs. Doubtfire, Tootsie, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., all Disney animated features, Chocolat, The Policeman Azoulay, Singin' in the Rain  
TV Shows documentaries, The Colbert Report, Storage Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race, Babylon 5, The Simpsons  
Favorite Foods fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, hummus and tehina, pasta, dark chocolate  
Favorite Places online, between the pages of books, my imagination, the seashore, undeveloped land nearby  
Can't Live Without solidarity-fellowship-sisterhood, time for myself, fresh air and enough sleep, quality tools and materials, my sentimental memories, pets and wild animals  
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    I read where it snowed in your part of this wide world, Deborah. Isn't that something truly serendipitous??!! Wishing you and yours, warm toes and even warmer hearts!
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    Thank you (((Deborah))) for the gift of your words. Be well there where you be my friend.
    Nov 16, 2013 12:49 PM

    Kathryn R. (0)
    Beautiful vibrant quilt work, Deborah! I so very much like both your signature pattern "Winding Ways" and the Japanese design work on the quilts for your parents! My Mama is a quilter and my sister and I have spent many happy, happy hours assisting her with her quiltwork. I wouldn't trade any of the times we have spent together gathered around Mama's quilting frame for the world. Thank you, once again, for the gift of your Care2 friendship.
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