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Emma’s Revolution + Discussion – Feb 5, 2011




Award-winning, Activist Songwriters
Tulsa, February 2011

L-R: Sandy O & Pat Humphries. Photo: Tom Wolff

emma’s revolution

Saturday, February 5th
Fellowship Congregational Church
2900 S. Harvard Ave.

7pm: Benefit Concert for Open Table UCC in Owasso
$18 in advance/$20 at the door

2pm: Non-Violent Advocacy Discusssion
Free and open to the public

Advance concert tickets at

Rev. Melinda Foster at


“Following the wave of suicides of young people who have been bullied and the links between hate speech and the tragic Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, an Owasso church dedicated to social justice and peace is teaming with an internationally-known folk music group to work on solutions.

Emma’s Revolution members Pat Humphries and Sandy O bring a sense of humor and hope to their music. They are inspired by Pete Seeger and others as they continue the legacy of music for social change. The award-winning folksingers from the Washington, DC area have toured internationally. The concert is a benefit for Open Table UCC in Owasso, a new open and affirming community of faith.

Pat Humphries and Sandy O use the power of music to promote peace and justice, the environment, human rights, and women’s and LGBTQ issues. They will lead a discussion and workshop on how to advocate for change without resorting to violence. Tulsa area experts from the following organizations will join them to describe their efforts to work for change in such areas as bullying prevention, local food insecurity and community development in North Tulsa:

A Third Place Community Foundation
Children’s Consortium of Tulsa
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Community of Hope United Church of Christ
Fellowship Congregational Church
Oklahomans for Equality
Open Table United Church of Christ
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Tulsa
United Campus Ministries at the University of Tulsa.”

about emma’s revolution

Smart, funny and informative. Like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars.

With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, emma’s revolution creates new standards in the art of social justice. Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near.

emma’s revolution is the duo of activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Based in the Washington DC area, the duo won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for
“If I Give Your Name”, “Peace, Salaam, Shalom”
is sung around the world and has been called the “anthem of the anti-war movement.” emma’s revolution’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!”

In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” emma’s revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of healthy irreverence to concerts and peace & justice, labor, human rights, environmental, LGBT and women’s rights events around the world. Touring over 200 days a year, emma’s revolution has performed at hundreds of events from Canada, Chile, Korea, Scotland, England, Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua, Cuba and throughout the US spreading their message of peace and justice. emma’s revolution consistently delivers performances that are an uprising of hope and harmony so powerful audiences leap to their feet.


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Status Update

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Ages Since My Last Post

It seems like I’ve forgotten this blog. I haven’t, but I’ve not posted much lately. There used to be frequent written content, then I posted quotes, then photos. Then, nothing.

Why So Little Content?

My computer died. It must have been months ago. I was left to ‘borrow’ computer time from a family member in another residence. So, I have had very little time for posting.

Why Did I Not Get A New Computer?

I discovered that I accomplished so much by not having a computer! I had no excuse to stay awake if I could not sleep. I had no excuse not to start my day right away when I woke up. And, I had no way to spend hours online and lose hours I might be doing other things. Hmmmm.

So, What’s Been Going On?

Well, I started a new job (before the computer died, I think). I enjoy it more than I might have imagined, enough to work even more than my usual scheduled hours. I also spent  a few summer months playing in the yard, creating my ‘magic garden’ (also known as ‘the enchanted forest’).  It is still a work in progress, but it is further along than the posted photos show.

Now It’s Cold Outside!

I lost the past month, in many ways, by working lots of overtime. It was fun, but I realized too late (a few days ago) that I missed the last good days for working in the yard. Even so, I’m thinking of getting out again this afternoon! Yippee for sunny afternoons and days off work. 🙂

What Is The Focus?

It is hard to say what the focus is. I started this blog to talk about music, my songs. Then, I talked about Country Bunny Bath and Body products which became Jordan Essentials Bath*Body*Spa. Then, I talked about stained glass, and equality issues for LGBTQ people. After ‘meeting’ Carol Boltz and her blog, and learning about Ray Boltz’s coming out story, I wrote about the two of them often.  And, I wrote on occasion about politics. A year or so ago, I wrote about Nathan Pacheco and his beautiful voice. I hope you have had the opportunity to hear him sing! More recently, I’ve posted photos and recipes and quotes. There does not seem to be any one single focus!

Talking to Myself

I used to write, because I felt like I had something to say to people who might be interested in the same things. I’m not feeling that need to speak out as much right now. Or maybe, I’m just too busy with other things.  There are so many important issues in the world. There are so many sources of information. I think most of what I write about can be found elsewhere. But, I will still write now and then.

So, What’s Next?

Since, I don’t seem to have much time for blogging these days while I’m caught up in non-blogging activities, it looks like I’ll probably just keep the door open with quotes, photos, and recipes, and links to people, places and issues.

I appreciate the people who have visited this blog, read and left comments,and those who have read and not left comments. It’s been fun. I hope you will check back now and then to check out photos, quotes, recipes, and links. And, I’ll enjoy it if you leave a comment now and then.

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Lt. Dan Choi

Lt. Dan Choi, Openly Gay And Excited To Rejoin Military In Face Of Possible DADT Repeal (VIDEO)

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Spirit Day

It’s the end of the day, and I just learned about wearing purple for Spirit Day.  My life is so busy these days I’m out of touch with most things, but this is worth mentioning (in case someone else has not heard of it). 

What Is Spirit Day?

Today is Spirit Day, the day that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is asking people to “Go Purple” to call attention to the deaths of six teenagers who committed suicide after reportedly being taunted because they were gay.

People are wearing purple today for Spirit Day, the grassroots event to honor LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth and show them that life is worth living even in the face of bullying.

The movement began with high schooler Brittany McMillan in the wake of multiple teen suicides and gained support from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and Facebook, which also launched an anti-bullying campaign.

Nearly 67,000 people said they were ‘attending’ Spirit Day on the event’s official Facebook page.

Find out more about this day, how it can make a difference to millions of teenagers and which celebrities are participating.

More About Spirit Day

Top Searched Spirit Day Questions:
1. Why are people wearing purple today?
2. Who created the October 20 Spirit Day?
3. What does today’s Spirit Day support?
4. Who does Spirit Day honor?
5. What should Spirit Day show LGBT youth?
6. Who did GLAAD partner with for Spirit Day?
7. What is the idea behind today’s Spirit Day?
8. What celebrities are celebrating Spirit Day?
9. Does purple represent ‘spirit’ on the LGBT flag?
10. Why is Facebook working with a gay advocacy group?
11. How can I turn my Facebook and Twitter pictures purple for Spirit Day?

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Blue and Yellow at Night

The blue and yellow chairs were left behind by the same person who left the bench under the magnolia tree. What luck for me. 🙂 I took her cast-offs and decorated my enchanted forest.

What About Those Trees?

Since you asked, 😉 , they were growing on the upper side of my yard, and I pulled them out of the ground and transplanted them to create the enchanted forest. There will be more photos of trees later, when it begins to look enchanted. 🙂

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A Few Quotes

from Yahoo news

“We are surprised and shocked at the extreme radicalism being displayed [by Jones] right now on this issue.”  –  Stephan Baar of the Christian Community of Cologne.

 “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems.” – Top commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus

 “It’s regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distressful, disgraceful plan, and get the world’s attention.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

 9/11 – “cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community.” – the Vatican

  “idiotic and dangerous” – Attorney General Eric Holder

 “Burning the Quran is wrong on every level. It puts troops in danger, and it violates a founding principle of our republic.” – Mitt Romney

 “I do not think well of the idea of burning anybody’s Koran, Bible, Book of Mormon or anything else.  I don’t think there is any excuse for it. I don’t think it’s a good idea.” – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour

 “Any type of activity like that that puts our troops in harm’s way would be a concern.” – White House spokesman Robert Gibbs

 “I appeal to people who are planning to burn the Quran to reconsider and drop their plans because they are inconsistent with American values and, as General Petraeus has warned, threatening to America’s military,” Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman

 “boneheaded and wrong” but, “He has a right to do it.” – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

  “I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book.” – Angelina Jolie

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Appropriate Quote for Today

The quote today is appropriate on many levels. The birthday girl lives this saying. Like Walt Disney, she is creative and she actually DOES things with her creativity. She doesn’t just think about being creative, she IS creative. She can get more done in an afternoon than most people can do in a month. So, here’s the quote:

Walt Disney said,

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

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