Monday, May 7, 2007


"......We understand you're having problems choosing

whether to do the work of God

or the work of a political activist......

we suggest you can do both."

from the movie Amazing Grace

Eisenhower Park at Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island
(also where Amistad the movie was shot)

Walking along America's Cup Avenue

America's Cup Avenue

Thames Street and Americas Cup Avenue intersection

Just before we take off to begin our Darfur Walk

Signing the "Fidelity Out of Sudan" Petition

Passing out posters and volunteer jobs at Touro Park

Touro Park Organizing

Four Women Who Rock - We Made the Posters for The Walk at my house in Portsmouth, RI
Left to Right Beth Milham, Mikki Green, Gail Hollingworth & Sandra Hammel

Beth Milham busy at work

Table of Contents:

1. Darfur Genocide Points

2. The Newport Daily News article of the Newport Darfur Walk & Gathering during Global Days for Darfur

3. The Newport Daily News – my Letter to the Editor about Global Days for Darfur

4. My Darfur speech presented to the Gathering April 28 in Newport, Rhode Island


Darfur Genocide Points:

* Divestment Campaign of companies in Sudan who are essentially funding President Omar al-Bashir’s genocide on his own country’s people in Darfur is in full swing nationwide. The following organizations are working together in this campaign:

· www.fidelityoutofsudan.com

· www.standnow.org

· www.sudandivestment.net

· www.savedarfur.org

* Regarding Sudan, a Biden-Lugar Letter was written and sent to President Hu of China:

·     As of April 26, 96 Senators had signed the
  Biden-Lugar Darfur letter to President Hu of China!  
                 At that time:
*    Not-signed for Darfur: Senator Ted Stevens (Alaska) 
*    Not-signed for Darfur:  Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) 
*    Not-signed for Darfur: Senator Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)

* I am a registered voter in the state of Rhode Island and United States Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed and freshman Senator Sheldon Whitehouse signed the Biden-Lugar letter to President Hu of China regarding Darfur.

* You can ask President Hu to take the humane action regarding the Darfur Genocide, too:


* To ask for action to stop the Darfur genocide, you can be connected to your governor, President Bush, your U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative by calling 1-800-GENOCIDE


On April 28, 2007, as a part of the week long Global Days for Darfur, I organized the Newport Darfur Walk & Gathering Saturday. As disappointed as I was that all three network news stations said Newport was either too far away from their Providence office, that they were typically under-staffed on weekends, that they only covered “breaking news” or "we can't cover everything"…. We did get great coverage from our local community newspaper,

Sandra Hammel, Joe Baker, Newport Daily News Political Writer

& TJ Kirkpatrick, Staff Photographer

The Newport Daily News April 30th, Monday’s paper on two pages, complete with two colored pictures. I loved the picture with all of the signs. And on Friday, April 27, The Newport Daily News published my Darfur “Letter to the Editor”. Below you will find both.

Click on images to enlarge.


April 30, 2007

Article retyped here about the Global Days for Darfur event in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Darfur Walk & Gathering

Here I have typed the entire article from The Newport Daily News:

Quote at the top of a huge picture (picture takes up almost the entire top half of the page showing all the posters, with accidentally all the correct wording of a variety of messages we need to get across): “One voice won’t stop genocide, but that’s no excuse to remain silent.” Sandra Hammel, a retired Portsmouth music teacher who organized Saturday’s protest.

Headline: Rally heard around the world Lead in to the article: Local protesters echo global call for an end to the killings in Darfur by Joe Baker Daily News staff.

NEWPORT- The hardy group gathering Saturday around the front steps of the Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex was a stone’s throw from the balcony where the Declaration of Independence was read following its adoption and just down the street from Touro Synagogue, the recipient of President George Washington’s famous letter disavowing bigotry and intolerance.

About 50 people donated their weekend afternoon to participate in what they hope is another historic public disavowal of man’s inhumanity to man. The rally was Rhode Island’s sole event in a weeklong, nationwide series of demonstrations intended to focus attention on the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. During the week, similar demonstrations are scheduled in more than 300 cities U.S. cities and in 40 countries around the world.

Toting signs and wearing demonstrative T-shirts, the local group gathered at Touro Park and wound its way through downtown Newport to Washington Square, where organizer Sandra Hammel urged them to action.

“Bad things happen when good people do nothing,” said Hammel, a retired Portsmouth music teacher. “One voice won’t stop genocide, but that’s no excuse to remain silent.

More than 200,000 (well I stated 400,000, media often picks up their numbers from very old press coverage and then don’t keep up on the accurate reports) people have been killed and more than 2 million (there again, I stated 2.5 million) have been displaced from their homes

(continues DARFUR B3) Exacted quote at top of this section: “It’s time to let people really know what’s happening in Darfur.” Francis Andersson, resident of Narragansett.

since the conflict began in 2003. The Sudanese government has resisted efforts to allow in a 20,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force to help bring an end to the armed conflict.

Hammel got involved in the issue three years ago after seeing a news report about genocide in Rwanda. While researching that, she learned about the situation in Darfur, where Arab militia groups, supported by the Sudanese government, have been waging war against African rebels. Although she admitted that it is sometimes frustrating trying to get more people involved, Hammel said she can feel the tide turning. (These are not my words, he took some poetic license in a different way than my poetic words actually were, but he did do a wonderful job…so I give him some slack).

“This, what we have behind me, is new,” Hammel said of the group marching through the streets of downtown Newport. “This is very galvanizing. It motivates you to become more active.” (What I really answered to his question of “Don’t you get discouraged?” “No, I would do this if I was the only one doing it. Because I believe in it. Well, yes, sometimes it is a little discouraging. Some people don’t know it is even going on. But this will be galvanizing to these people today. People sit at home and don’t know what they can do. But when they see that there are others who care about this, it gets a momentum going. It is like when I taught school and started a choir. I had to beg the boys to be in it at first. But eventually after it was successful and everyone saw it, everybody wanted to join in. It is human nature. People will want to be a part of this. When they see others stepping up and it taking on a momentum, others will join. We talked along the walk. The reporter asked excellent questions, overall. And I think he did a comprehensively great job. Now, back to the article…)

Among the marchers was Suzette Lefevre, who made the trip from Plainfield, Conn., with her husband, after learning of the event on the Internet.

“I was with my husband, sitting on the couch, watching CNN, and we were eating really good food, and we saw a report (on Darfur),” Lefevre said. “I said I’m sick of watching this stuff and not doing anything.”

Making the trek over from Narragansett was Francis Andersson, who owns a construction management company.

“I wanted to show my moral support. We certainly don’t want another Rwanda,” Andersson said. “It’s time to let people know what’s happening in Darfur.”

The group actually picked up some people as they marched through the streets of Newport. A group of Boston University students visiting Newport for the day decided to tag along. One, Margaret Hartley, was vice president of the university’s Darfur coalition.

A group of students from Blackstone Academy, a charter high school in Pawtucket, also joined the march.

“People really need to know about this,” Michael Murphy, 16, a junior at the school. “No one is helping them.”

Hammel urged the demonstrators to contact their elected officials, especially U.S. Senator Jack Reed, D-R.I., who is on a Senate committee considering legislation aimed at divesting taxpayer dollars from companies doing business with the Sudanese government. The Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives already have passed individual bills calling for state divestiture. The respective chambers must pass the legislation already approved by the other and they need to be signed by Gov. Donald. L. Carcieri to become law.

“Our presence can empower us to make genocide a word only in the history books yet to be printed.” Hammel said.

The end of the article.


Click on image to enlarge.

The pictures that are interspersed amidst the post are of the Newport Walk & Gathering taken by activist, Don Mallinson.


My Speech

Newport Darfur Walk & Gathering

April 28, 2007, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Start: Touro Park

Walk up Pelham to Bellevue, down Memorial, to America’s Cup Avenue to Washington Square

442 Darfur events

in 307 cities

in 47 of our 50 states


In over 40 countries around the world

The Newport Daily News sent a reporter and photographer.

Thanks to

The Newport Daily News

Here is my speech delivered on April 28, 2007:

Historical Town

This is a historical town. Newport. We have a history here rich in examples of how varied human behavior expresses itself. The good, the bad. Just every day average people.

Native Americans- Genocide Right Here

This land was once the homeland of people such as the Wampanoag, Coweset, Nipmuc, Niantic, Pequot and Narragansett. The truth is we stand on land that once had an entirely different social structure than the one that came from immigrants.

Slave Trade

Newport, Rhode Island played a leading role during the Colonial Period in the Slave Trade.

By 1776, several thousand African slaves lived and work in this New England seaport.

In Colonial times, slaves comprised nearly one third of the total town population

with one in three Newport families owning at least one slave.


When Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism in Europe

and expelled if they refused,

some eventually came to Newport.

In the spring of 1658, fifteen Spanish Portuguese Jewish families arrived in Newport

who formed the beginnings of what eventually is the congregation of Touro Synagogue.

The establishment of Touro Synagogue played an unique role in Colonial American History

as well as democracy.

George Washington wrote a letter titled: To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island.

Today, we stand here in this historic New England seaside town, as empowered “We the People”.

In this 21st century we have a Genocide going on

and where is the attention?

On the Darfur people?

who are the victims?

Victims, not only of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir,

but of the world’s complicity.

Our being silent is used as a tool in the arsenal of Bashir.

But we gather here to say with our presence

Genocide is Not Okay with Us.

Genocide in our time

MUST Be Noticed,

Must be Reported by our media,

Must have the leaders of free nations use their political clout

To End the Darfur Genocide

And actually put some meaning to the words

Never Again

Words we love to use

At the languishing end of each genocide that this planet has hosted.

There has been no acceptable genocide.

Bad things happen when good people do nothing.

Genocide is not only a word, it is crying of the whole human race.

There is nothing redeeming about being silent when speaking up is the humane thing to do.

The honor and integrity of the human race relies on it.

Complicity is not a policy.

Complicity comes from a lack of will.

It comes from an administration that has lost its moral compass.

It comes from a world too wrapped up in its self-importance to stop and contemplate

just what human disaster will we condemn, if not genocide?

Choosing to live in a world where it is okay to murder, torture, rape and starve to death a group of human beings truthfully

means we live in a world with a moral vacuum.

Just exactly when is genocide not okay with us?

Just exactly which ethnic group of people can genocide be used to rid the earth of them

and Just exactly which group of people can we turn our backs on and the definition of genocide fits our values?

A Moral Nation Needs to Stand Up for Right

And Know that Genocide flourishes when there is no accountability.

Stopping Genocide is a Choice.

What does it say about us If We Choose to Allow Darfuri families to live this 5th year of genocide as a way of every day life?

Where there is a Will there is Always a Way

Where there is No Will there is Never a Way

One voice won’t stop a genocide, but that is no excuse to be silent.

We CAN make a difference.

Get on board with we activists who have been working for the last few years.

Join a group. Join my group. Go online to www.savedarfur.org

Don’t leave this up to me

Commit a minimum of 15 minutes a week to doing something to help stop this genocide.

If not you, then who?

Don’t leave this up to me, to the few who have been carrying the torch with so little help.

Get on board.


400,000 have been murdered

2.5 Million are homeless

We are not told the numbers of rape, including girls as young as 4 years old

We are not told the number of tortured victims, with eyes gouged out and arms and legs chopped off

The story is not being given the attention it should by our media

Let’s make some noise so that they will.

First Genocide with the Internet as a networking source

But this is the FIRST genocide not only of the 21st century,

but in the time of the internet with very affective dissemination of news and information

And it is the FIRST genocide with nationwide conference calls among we activists.

We THE People have power to stop THIS DARFUR GENOCIDE

· Get informed

· Tell your family, your friends, your co-workers, your employees and your bosses about it.

o Your President,

o Your US Senators, Your US Representative need and many want to hear from you on this issue.

ü When I met with Rep Patrick Kennedy on 9/11 last fall, he relayed how important it is for the elected officials to hear from their constituents on what issues are important to their hearts. Because it gives them more confidence that what they choose to support will have our support.

ü When I met with Senator Jack Reed, October 10 (the day after he returned from Iraq) last fall, his grade on Darfur was a “C”. We would like him to be more supportive of legislation regarding Darfur.

China and Sudan

· Both Senators Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have just recently signed the Biden-Lugar Darfur Letter to President Hu of China

· You see, China could use their leverage with President Bashir of Sudan to give him the message that the world needs to see the Darfur people treated with decency and respect and

· Chinese companies, such as PetroChina and Sinopec, who are in the business of extracting Sudan’s oil for the worldwide market, in turn provide Bashir with the money to purchase the bombers and helicopters that are killing the people of Darfur.

· China could have pressure put upon it by President Bush to help stop this Genocide.

· We can tell President Bush that THAT is exactly what we want him to do.

v The President at 202-456-1111 or call 1-800-GENOCIDE and you’ll be put through to your Governor, your President, Senator or Representative after you put in your zip code.

· You don’t have Freedom of Speech unless you exercise it.


· Have you heard of Divestment?

· Divestment from Sudan?

· There is a nationwide campaign about it.

· The state of Rhode Island has passed two bills as of April 5th, that will merge and go to Governor Carcieri to be signed – it is a Targeted Divestment from Sudan bill

o Insuring RI pension monies will not invest in companies in Sudan that are funding the genocide.

· If you go to one of three sites

· You can get an education about Divesting from Sudan and join in the campaign.

o www.Fidelityoutofsudan.com

o www.genocideintervention.net

o www.sudandivestment.org

They are all working together on Divestment from Sudan

Added after the speech: This is an on-going campaign, so please go to the website and sign the petition. Get your family members, friends, employees, bosses and neighbors to sign the petition. www.savedarfur.org has just begun, as of May 1, 2007, to make divestment a focus of their efforts.


Sudan and Oil - Follow the Oil Money

The government of Sudan continues to draw on its oil revenues to provide arms and funding for the genocide.

An American Investment Company, called FIDELITY, through its mutual funds, not only has been a major investor in oil companies operating in Sudan, but it has been significantly increasing its holdings.

Fidelity’s holdings of PetroChina $1.3 billion, making it the largest holder of PetroChina on the NYSE.

Join us and tell FIDELITY to stop investing our money in companies helping to fund the genocide in Darfur.

I have moved my money from Fidelity for this reason.

5,000+ Signatures (these 5,685 Petitions are being delivered to the Fidelity Headquarters in Smithfield, Rhode Island by 50 StandNow students from Brown University and Providence College, as well as myself, Wednesday, May 9, 2007)

There is a petition that volunteers have today that we ask you to sign. The Nationwide Fidelity Out of Sudan Campaign expects to get at least, 5,000 signatures to present to the offices throughout the U.S. in the month of May. I and other activists, hopefully some of you, will go to the Smithfield, Rhode Island FIDELITY office and present the petition.

Twenty states are working bills through their legislatures on bills to divest their state pension funds from companies that are known to help fund the coffers of Bashir. Ten have already passed Divestment bills.

70% of the Sudanese government’s budget goes to military purposes.

Please, go to one of the websites and get more informed on Divestment

This is one action We CAN make that will be effective in putting less bullets, bombers and helicopters in the hands of a government that is inflicting genocide on its own people

Will it work?

Divestment worked in South Africa.

We need our government to use their pressure, political will and moral compass to help put an end to genocide

But THIS Divestment Action is something we can do with or without the government.

So DON”T think there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO. There is.

We CAN make a difference.


Your Mutual Funds

So you can contact your elected politicians, divest your mutual funds from Fidelity, PetroChina, Sinopec, and mutual funds that hold these stocks.

Ask your 401K plan administrator to avoid Sudan oil investments.

To be Clear

The reason to divest is that

Sudan and its Government-sponsored Janjaweed militia have committed pervasive violations of human rights in Darfur, Sudan since 2003. The link between the Sudan oil industry and the revenue of the Government of Sudan is well-established and the money made goes to increased arms and funding of the genocide in Darfur.


Rolls Royce pulls out of Sudan - 4/19/07
The British firm Rolls Royce announced its decision April 19 to leave Sudan citing "increasing international humanitarian concerns about the situation in Darfur." Rolls Royce will begin withdrawing from current contracts in
Sudan and cease pursuing news ones. Rolls Royce has had a history of selling oil-engineering equipment to the genocidal Government of Sudan.

Rolls Royce has been a top target of the Sudan Divestment Task Force movement that I have been telling you about today.

We CAN make a difference.


Call-in Day for Jack REED

STAND NOW (www.standnow.org) is a college and high school group of activists who have organized many successful efforts in educating, acting and campaigning to end the Darfur genocide

In a conference call with the Brown University, PC and Roger Williams leaders of STAND this week I was asked to ask you to help with a CALL IN Day this coming Wednesday, May 2 to Senator Jack Reed. There are flyers being circulated about this.

Simply call

1- 800 - G E N O C I D E then press in your zip

and you will hear the points needed to be made to be effective,

prior to being connected

The Sudan Divestment Authorization Act, Senate 831 authorizes states and local governments

to prohibit the investment of State assets in any company that has a qualifying business relationship with Sudan.

This bill would protect Universities, cities and states that divest from Sudan.

This bill is currently in committee.

Senator Jack Reed is on the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over this bill

This is a time sensitive bill.

Ask your Senator, Jack Reed, to move this bill out of committee as soon as possible.

He needs to know we want him to pass and to co-sponsor this bill.

We CAN make a difference.


Lobbying Senators and Reps

I am asking citizens to join me in a honorable action of lobbying Senators Reed and Whitehouse as well as Rep Kennedy. I have contacted each of their respective schedulers for their RI Offices and am waiting for confirmation of the date and time of our meeting. The period is at the end of May and early June when they are on recess.

Go on the www.savedarfur.org website and type in your zip code

And register with me there

There is plenty you CAN do.

We CAN make a difference.


Time is Up

We Need Action.

We Need Now the Deployment of the already authorized UN Peacekeeping force.

We Need Now the Strengthening of the understaffed African Union force already in Darfur

We Need Now the Enforcement of the No-Fly Zone in Darfur already established by the UN

We Need Now to give safety to Aid workers in Sudan and bordering Chad, some of which have already been murdered

We Need Now to Increase Humanitarina Aid and Ensure Safe Access for delivery.

These Actions can be found on website after website.

Save Darfur.com is the one I have events that I am working on registered and you can sign-up there to join me in any one of them.

We CAN make a difference.

Let’s be the ones who can say:


Let’s be the ones who can say:




in the history books yet to be printed.

Let’s Be the Difference.

I am Sandra Hammel, Standing UP & Standing Out in the Fight against Genocide

I live in Portsmouth


1 – 800 - G E N O C I D E

and the website:



Thank you on behalf of the victims of Silence. The perpetrators and governments around the world don’t realize we will not take complicity for the answer to genocide, Anywhere.

Thank you on behalf of the people of Darfur.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans


I stayed up all night "holding the hands" of members of the most fabulous actor's website in cyberspace. We were there for the website's last minutes. The link went out one hour and 25 minutes, approximately after it was supposed to go out. We part with sorrow, but with our senses of humor well in tact. We had some laughs and had some melancholy. We "sang" some songs and kept it alive on life support to the very end. We didn't want it to go out without the humanity that it encouraged and maintained for the nine years that it "lived". So, we were there with one another.

The website was the brain child of a woman of integrity, just a fan of Ioan Gruffudd, really. Her name is April and she deserves our gratitude and admiration. But so, too, do the wonderful members deserve a gold medal, who as far as I could tell in the two short weeks that I posted and read their posts - are the cream of the human race. This only reflects well on Ioan, my William Wilberforce of Amazing Grace, as it is him that drew us there. The website was born
April 6, 1998 and it died May 1, 2007,by my eastern standard USA time at 4:25 a.m.


You’re My Heaven sung by Wynonna Judd

My heart goes out to Ioan who found fault with the site which in reality supported him to the last breath of its existence. The site was as much for him, as it was for his highly regarded and intelligent enthusiasts - his fans.

It is difficult to think about Ioan in the same way as I did, before I learned of the situation. I have tried my very best to support all sides. But honestly, I am thoroughly confused that a website that essentially is his best "publicist" couldn't have been salvaged by talking about the misunderstandings, find clarity and negotiate, so that Alice Evans, his fiance, would feel comfortable with www.ioanonline.com.

I saw nothing on the site by way of the members attitudes and expressions that was disrespectful essentially. Perhaps something, somewhere could have been construed as hurtful or distasteful to
Alice. But sometime in our lives, it would be beneficial to learn how to talk out the things that we allow to divide us and that we allow break our chances of getting along, instead of mending and healing. We all live in this universe. And until the universe is no more, there will be spats, misunderstandings and different perspectives.


People Get Ready I don’t know who is singing this wonderful version. The pictures have nothing to do with my post. But the song is so peaceful, I thought it fitting.

The song that I wanted, Peace in this House, from Wynonna Judd’s CD “Her Story: Scenes From a Lifetime” wasn’t found on Youtube, yet. But, I did find the lyrics to her song:
Peace in this House

Hey kids turn off the tv, no i don't want to watch the evening news so come on over here and sit down next to me, and let your momma look at you, and you and you.your beautiful faces that i wanna keep safe as long as i can, i'm telling you right now, there's gonna be peace in this house, there's gonna be peace in this house. there's gonna be some tender talkin and sweet little nothings that add up to the somethings we can do without,there's gonna be peace in this house some belief in this house. every good thing that ever happens, happens from the inside out
i'm telling you now, there's gonna be peace in this house
did i tell you today that i love you, you're the reasons for everything i do and sometimes i think the only hope for this world is the love in you, and you and you.
let's try to be patient
let's all play nice
cause everyone's gonna get a slice of this pie
there's gonna be peace in this house
there's gonna be peace in this house
gonna be some tender talkins
sweet little nothings that add up to the somethings we can do without
there's gonna be peace in this house
some belief in this house
every good thing that ever happens
happens from the inside out

i'm telling you now, there's gonna be peace in this house

A sense of justice, fairness, clear-eyed welcome and a good dose of humor would just be a good thing to actually give a try. How in the universe do we ever expect Peace on Earth if we can't discuss our differences?

I wrote many lo-ong posts at April’s out-of-this-world’s website for Ioan Gruffudd, www.ioanonline.net, but this is one that I wrote near the day’s end of the last day of the website:

Thumbs up! I'm Here UNTIL the Lights Go Out... Your Grace Has Been Amazing

I just signed in for the first time today.

There's that familiar: Thank you for logging in ilovemylife
when entering www.ioanonline.com in cyberspace that is so nostalgic.

I tried to open another window just now so that I could see it again, but for some reason that little comforting message didn't appear in the new window.

Oh, well. But I did see: Welcome ilovemylife
so that was good enough for me.

Well, here we are......

I am staying on this site until my computer screen does whatever it does when this
Gift from the Goddess of Admiral April disappears from my sight.

I believe that means I'll be sitting here until
3:00 in the morning. But that's what I'm doing. Wouldn't have it any other way.

'sides I have spent some nights here over the last 7 days all night long.

I'll be over at the Gallery most of the night, popping over here and about until the fateful minute.

I have committed to myself not to write any more words to Ioan or his Alice tonight. That is done. Here I spend time with you, people I didn't know in any sense two weeks ago. And yet we share empathy, melancholy and are mourning a loss tonight.

Yes, we will survive.

You might be familiar with that old Helen Reddy song: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar..." Great words for our time of sharing this evening or whatever time of day it is for you wherever you plant yourself on this earth.


We are the Garden. We are the Garderners. We are the Flowers. There are no weeds in our
Ioanonline Garden.

I know we have all been saying Thank You to April and all of her dedicated crew. It seems so little to say . . . Thank You. And yet that's all we have. And we in our own ways love you April and the crew....

But what a beautiful thing to have come together and rally behind our leader and see all the emotions being laid out here for the world to see really.

I am a big fan of YouTube, as some of you may have caught onto with all my music links here in my posts, but some of the posters there are bigots, full of hatred, mindless and seemingly not human.

But it is obvious this www.ioanonline.net community with its admirabe, gifted, principled and able leader, APRIL, we here have set the standard in cyberspace as to how to"act" and how to be human.

I am proud to be a small part of this community. It is a blessing to my already blessed life. I genuinely do feel as my online name says: I Love My Life. I walk around my house and it just bursts out of my mouth all of the time. When someone asks me "How are you?" I sincerely mean it when I say with gusto and enthusiasm "I am great, just great!" And here you have just added to my wonderful life with the sharing and caring and humanity that has shown up at the “party”.

Thank you. Each one. I am proud to share the universe with you. And I am especially proud to be a woman. We really do rock. We really do possess the power to change this world and
Make It A Better World as William Wilberforce wanted his life to be about. It is so fitting in a way that Ioan so beautifully fleshed out Wilber's life for us to see.

We will carry on. We will see why one day this all happened. We are really an example to the world how to behave in times of stress and our little online/human behavior crisis.

Last Saturday I led a group of common every day human beings in the historic little seaport town of Newport, Rhode Island carrying the Darfur Genocide posters from one historic sight to another historic sight for my speech. The movie Amistad about the slave trade was filmed on the very sight that I stood to give my
Darfur speech on Saturday. George Washington sent a letter to the Touro Synagague, one block from this location of Washington Square. We can make a difference in this world. One person can make a difference.

So, I thank you each one for the graciousness that has shown up and continues tonight, today, whatever it is where you lay your head... we are a wonderful example of what it means to be human.


What I Did for Love and what I found on Youtube was this by Shirley Bassey with that song on it but it starts with When You’re Smiling, which isn’t a bad song for us all.

Here it is:

Save it and look at it after www.ioanonline.com goes out to cyberspace never, never land….can we
hope just be dormant(?) ... and then after a much deserved and needed long rest, find phoenix is a truism.


What I Did For Love
Kiss today goodbye,
The sweetness and the sorrow.
Wish me luck, the same to you.
But I can't regret
What I did for love, what I did for love.
Look my eyes are dry.
The gift was ours to borrow.
It's as if we always knew,
And I won't forget what I did for love,
What I did for love.
Love is never gone.
As we travel on,
Love's what we'll remember.
Kiss today goodbye,
And point me t'ward tomorrow.
We did what we had to do.
Won't forget, can't regret
What I did for
What I did for...
Love is never gone
As we travel one
Love's what we'll remember
Kiss today goodbye.

And point me t'ward tomorrow.

Point me t'ward tomorrow
We did what we had to do.
Won't forget, can't regret
What I did for love.
What I did for love.

What I did for love


Words and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an' pretend 'cause I've heard it all before And I've been down there on the floor No one's ever gonna keep me down again Oh yes I am wise But it's wisdom born of pain Yes, I've paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong I am invincible I am woman You can bend but never break me 'cause it only serves to make me More determined to achieve my final goal And I come back even stronger Not a novice any longer 'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe As I spread my lovin' arms across the land But I'm still an embryo With a long long way to go Until I make my brother understand Oh yes I am wise But it's wisdom born of pain Yes, I've paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to I can face anything I am strong I am invincible I am woman Oh, I am woman I am invincible I am strong I am woman


I love you.
Thanks for it all.

Sandra, ilovemylife

P.S. I really appreciated what StevieT said above.

And Kazq - I loved singing Auld Lang Syne with you.

And Fishforit, I'll check out your link later - as I was having trouble getting it but I'm hoping that even after the theatre here goes dark - I can still access your link.

You all rock!

Light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning




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