Just to clarify…

August 27, 2014

shalomNot all Israelis are Jews.
Not all Jews are Israelis.

Israel is home to followers of all faiths and creeds…Atheism, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Humanism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Paganism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism….

Israel welcomes all people – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.

An attack on Israel is an attack on its multicultural citizens. It is an act of aggression – an act of war.

An attack on synagogues and Jewish owned businesses is blatant anti-semitism.

Neither should be tolerated by any rational, thinking person.

Oh, and in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a proud daughter of the GSOT, a Jewish American, and I ‪#‎StandWithIsrael.

#IsraelUnderFire #IDF #IronDome #StandWithUs #StopHamas

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Make it Stop!

August 25, 2014

Several months ago, I started receiving collect calls from an unnamed federal prisoner. I simply ignored the first few calls and sent them to voice mail. Ultimately, I listened to a message and opted out. I’ve blocked the number, so I’d have to do some research to see if there have been more calls.

On 8/20 I received an email via CorrLinks:
“This is a system generated message informing you that the above-named person is a federal prisoner who seeks to add you to his/her contact list for exchanging electronic messages. There is no message from the prisoner at this time.”

1) I don’t know anyone in prison;
2) I definitely do not know this individual;
3) Absolutely NOTHING on my website or any of my marketing materials even hints at a knowledge/practice of criminal law in any capacity; and
4) My website and marketing material clearly state; “Our services are NOT provided to the general public.

I used the link to block ‘all federal prisoners from contacting me via electronic messaging’ using their system.

Today I received a direct email from the prisoner’s Gmail account -

Dear Ms. Starr,
What type legal services do you provide. Also, do you provide legal services to people Incarcerated? I may need assistance on minor Legal Issues and Administrative Service type Issues. Can you email me more information or send through the postal system.

(oh, yes, the original email was sent in red type)

Are you f-ing kidding me?

make it stopIt’s enough that I have to field daily calls from the general public seeking ‘paralegal assistance’ in divorce, custody matters, probate, DUI, possession, etc. who:

a) genuinely believe the disclaimer doesn’t apply to them,
b) do not grasp that I specialize in bankruptcy,
c) insist that they know ‘for a fact’ that paralegals can do ‘anything’ [Well, we can ... but only under the direct supervision of an attorney ;) ],
d) all they want is a little ‘advice’ [Sheesh! They're killing me!],
e) they don’t want to pay a lawyer for a simple [fill in the blank].

Do I really have to fend off someone convicted of possession/distribution of child porn too??

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Worldwide Simultaneous Shema ~ One Voice

August 25, 2014

With everything happening in Israel, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Some people got together on Facebook and created an ongoing event – “Worldwide Simultaneous Shema ~ One Voice” to bring everyone together in prayer and thought for all the people of Israel and her valiant defenders.

Now, more than ever, Israel needs your prayers and support.

The Shema, found at Deuteronomy 6:4, is a universal declaration of the belief in one God. As we recite these simple, yet powerful words, we cover our eyes to focus on their meaning.

Shema Yisroel, Adonai Elohaynu, Adonai echad.
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.

At Noon EDT – any day, every day, wherever you are – stop for a moment and pray for an end to the ‘conflict’ and the safety of Israel and all her defenders!

 

#IsraelUnderFire #IDF #IronDome #StandWithUs #StopHamas

 

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One word, just one thought, at one moment…Shema

August 22, 2014

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The “Worldwide Simultaneous Shema ~ One Voice” is a Facebook event that was created to bring everyone together in prayer and thought for all the people of Israel.

When I first saw the event posted, my slightly quirky brain went all Whovian. I was being asked to think one thought, at the same time as everyone else, in order to restore peace.

Remember “Last of the Time Lords”

The Master: Faith and hope. Is that all?
Martha: No. ‘Cause I gave them an instruction. Just as The Doctor said. I told them that if everyone thinks of one word, at one specific time -
The Master: Nothing will happen. Is that your weapon? Prayer?
Martha: —right across the world. One word, just one thought, at one moment, but with fifteen satellites.
The Master: What?
Jack: The Archangel Network.
Martha: The telepathic field, binding the whole human race together. With all of them, every single person on Earth, thinking the same thing at the same time. And that word is “Doctor.”

One word, just one thought, at one moment…

At Noon EDT – any day, every day, wherever you are – stop for a moment and pray for an end to the ‘conflict’ and the safety of Israel and all her defenders!

#IsraelUnderFire #IDF #IronDome #StandWithUs #StopHamas

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Marlee’s Heart

August 20, 2014

This is Marlee, the 3-year old daughter of one of my Solosez colleagues. She has two heart conditions – pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA/IVS) and hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS).

Marlee

Tuesday morning she had her 7th heart surgery. The surgeon was able to install a 19mm valve, which is about 20-30% larger than the family had hoped for. The larger the better, because that governs how long it will last. This size could last 5-10 years, depending on how she grows.

According to her father, David Hiersekorn:

“Marlee had a rough night last night. Nothing medically dangerous. They’re trying to find the right balance of morphine to control the pain without inducing to much nausea. She can take sips of water so far – a couple ounces at a time. Nothing more, and no food.”

“… please also consider posting a “hand heart” picture of you and/or your kids. Marlee can’t read the comments, but she can see the photos and know that a bunch of people send their love. You can join the FB group “Marlee’s Heart” here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/marleesheart/. Please post the hand hearts in there.”

My challenge to each of you, on behalf of Marlee and the Hiersekorn family, post a ‘Hand Hearts’ picture to Marlee’s Heart.

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