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To Awaken the Masses

Happy New Year

Hi Folks, did you miss me?  I haven’t blogged much in the past couple years, but I’ve made a resolution to start anew.  I may change the name of my blog from OSuzyQuilts, eventually, but for now, I’ll keep the name for auld lang syne.

To start off the New Year – 2017 was so Odd – I hope 2018 is more Even 🙂 – I’ll share a few links that I have found to be especially enlightening.

Links of Interest

I’m sharing links I feel all Americans should see – and at the end of each description – the actual time of each video, so you know what your time commitment will be. The title is the link to the video.

Wealth Inequality in America

If you have ever wondered why the rich get richer and poor get poorer, or even if that’s a thing – this video is a must watch for you.  20 million people have viewed this YouTube video from November, 2012.  I’d like to see this number rise to double that by the end of this year.  Share if you feel the same.  It won’t take much of your time.  The video lays out in precise detail exactly how extreme wealth inequality in the United States is, BUT remember – this video is from 2012, so it’s sure to be a bit worse by now. 6:23 

Corruption is Legal in America

Do you think our representatives actually represent us?  Well, you might be in for a surprise.  Watch this video and find out exactly how congress votes on laws and issues and what “the people” actually support.  5:50

How to Fix America’s Corrupt Political System

Simply stated, as the description of their video states – The vast majority of Americans are fed up with money corrupting politics — but how do we fix it?  5:28

And, for funzies, since I’m in the Land of Lincoln, I thought I would share the various versions of the Gettysburg Address, especially remembering the famous phrase – “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  

So, that’s good for a start.  Enjoy.  Comment, and share any links you think I should feature in my next post.  




Dear 1%’ers:

Dear 1%’ers, the 62 richest people in the world who have more wealth than 3.5 billion people (half the population) of the planet, huge multi-national corporations, and all other insanely rich people:

Some will call you Scrooge.  Perhaps that is so.  I wonder, if you could imagine yourself living the Christmas Carol story, would you change?  Would you see that your greed and your hoarding  has detrimental effect not only on the way people see you and the way you view the world, but the potential negative affect on your personal relations and, not just the question of your own very soul, but the question of doing what is in the best interest of all people and the world? 

You are living in a bubble and the jig is up.  We, the 99%, know what you are doing and we know what you have done.  We know that you have pushed for profit over people, the environment, and the welfare of the very planet we all inhabit.  We know of the greed, power, and corruption of our government bought with lobbyists, pay for play, and massive donations to your establishment candidates.  We see your wars for profit and that you try to instill the fear in us of the “enemy.”  We now realize the enemy is the greed, power and money you possess and hoard and continue to grow your already insanely ridiculous wealth to the detriment of the economy, our well-being, and the well-being of the world, while billions live in poverty as you float around the ocean on your fancy yachts and sit in your gilded mansion being waited on by servants.

We see your ownership of the media and stomping on our first amendment rights by confining us to a virtual cage in “free speech zones”.  We see the militarized police state.  We see your owned media bias with blackouts of: important world events, the TPP, a very important Presidential campaign, and more. 

In a way, we are glad you are rich.  We are happy to see people in the world having wealth.  It used to give us hope we could one day climb the ladder of success and out of our poverty or middle class.

But, we now realize how very seldom that happens – as titled – 1% or less – and we also see how things are rigged.  Not just from you pulling the strings – but by advancements in industry and technology.  We are losing our very livelihood to machines.  What choices do we have left?

This letter is an appeal to you – an appeal to look into your heart and consider the implications of all you do to the 99%, our clean water, clean air, our health, our environment, and our very livelihood.  Search your very heart and soul that you may see the future of the human race and this planet depends on you and the decisions you make in the next few years.

I ask that you stop the madness of this election that you have brought on.  Yes – we know the machines are rigged and that Hillary is in your pocket.  We know Trump appears to be crazy and narcissistic – but that he will bow down to your desires when faced with your golden paychecks.

Now is the time to stop the madness.  Give the world the President of the United States who will be the bridge between you and the 99%. You know who that is without my even spelling out his name here – we all know who that is.  Together, we can all build a world that will not only work for all of us, but also for our children and grandchildren and future generations.

The time has come.  The world needs you to STOP THE MADNESS, search deep into your hearts and souls and ask yourself – am I helping to create a better life for everyone on this planet, not just for me, my family, or my bank account? Am I making the world a better place for all, not just for right now, but for well into the future?

We are not asking that you give up all your wealth or power.  We are asking that you use that wealth and power for the highest good of all concerned.  Some call that “love”.  LOVE for your fellow humans.  LOVE for Mother Earth.  And, ultimately, when you live your life to those ends, you will find a very happy place in your heart and soul – one that finds joy in giving that is truly meaningful.  In finding the humanity in yourselves, your light will shine and help others in the world find their humanity, too.

Thank you in advance for reading this letter, for contemplating the ideas put forth here, and for taking action to make whatever changes you see fit within yourself and without to help the world be a better place for all.

I do not want you to think that I condemn your ways.   I do not.  I believe, perhaps, you are only doing what you have been taught, what you may believe is a good and decent way.  I am asking that you take the time to re-evaluate your world view and ask yourself – is this way the best for the world?

I am not asking you to give up your insane wealth, either.  What I am actually asking from you is something none of your millions or billions can buy.

What I am asking of you is to take time out of your busy life, in your gilded mansions to go out into the world – meet the common man; step out of your penthouses, mansions and luxury apartments, in disguise if need be – come meet us – the 99%.  Come see that we are good and decent people who want to work, want to earn our own way, want to provide for our aging parents, sick spouses, and young children.  We need you to help us make a world that works for ALL of us.  Now is the time.

Let’s do this together.  We will help you.  Be our friend, and we will be yours.  Together, we can build a better world, a peaceful world, a sustainable world, a healthier environmentally sound place for us all – where everyone has their basic needs taken care of – food, clothing, shelter, energy, healthcare – and the rest is innovation, technology, imagination, and a world of peace and harmony we have all dreamed of.


The 99%



Dear 99%

Dear 99%’ers:

In the past few weeks, I have mulled over the idea of a letter to the top 1% richest people in the world, or even the 62 wealthiest who have more wealth than half of the world, or 3.5 billion people!

It occurred to me that maybe, instead of seeing them as the “enemy”, we could solicit their help.  Perhaps I’m wrong. but there will always be this part of me that says these people are human beings and deserve a certain amount of respect and common decency, even though some studies show they truly are out of touch with the common person.

My next post may be my own feeble or grandiose attempt to connect with them on some common level.

I encourage each and everyone of you to pen your own letter.  I sincerely hope mine is but the first of millions or billions, not just in the US, but around the world.

Please remember to stick with the issues, be as kind as you can, and remember to Feel the Bern – or in other words – don’t name call or pick on personality issues.  Instead, stick to facts, real statistics, and the issues facing, not just our country, but the world.

And my #1 issue – #StoptheTPP, #StopTISA, #StopTTIP – because, I believe these trade agreements are truly not in anyone’s best interest but multinational corporations.

Thank  you for your activism!

Sue Maxon


All the Democrats hating on Trump.  All the Republican hating on Hillary and Bernie.  Half the Dems hate Hillary.  Half the Dems  hate Bernie.  Half the Republicans hate Trump.

The Republicans fear democratic socialism, Bernie and fear Hillary, too.  One-half of the Dems fear Hillary, do the other half fear Bernie? Do all Democrats fear Trump?

Fear and hate – the two strongest emotions in the world.  Fear and hate only breeds more fear and hate.

What about policy and integrity?  Why don’t we speak of these?   Are we not all Americans?  Are we not all people of one world, one planet?

Change happens when the fear of staying the same is greater than the fear of change.

Which fear is greater for you now?

For me, it’s of things staying the same, as they have for thousands of years.  When will we be done with hate and killing for being a different skin color, sex, nationality, or any of the other reasons?

So, I try to look to our commonalities.  I seek to see the humanity in us all.  I work to love everyone – even if I disagree with their viewpoint.

My vow, from this day forward, focus on our sameness, our similarities.  And when our differences attempt to separate us and hinder our togetherness, I will hold up compassion, discuss to understand, and above all, show love and respect for my fellow human beings.

If we all do that – will it matter who our next President is?  If we all try to understand, sympathize and empathize, then will we be able to see LOVE MATTERS. Would it change the world?


I do not fear or hate Trump.  I find his policies and stance on issues to be poor choices that do not promote love, but divisiveness. I do not see by his words, past actions, and character that he is a man of integrity.

I do not fear or hate Hillary.  She aligns more to my thoughts on policy and issues, but I do not believe she is trustworthy due to her past actions, and I believe she does not have integrity.

Still today, my views and positions align the most with Bernie Sanders, and I find by his actions, his speech, and his life works that he has integrity.

He was and is my only choice – not just for me – for US!  Not just for democrats – but for Americans and even the world.

Because Bernie’s message isn’t just about policy and issues – his message is understanding and love.

I choose to be like Bernie – to do my best to show love, compassion, kindness and understanding to all my fellow human beings.

And, it’s not because I idolize him or see him as a hero.

It’s because I see in him more of what I’d like to see in myself.

Bernie makes me want to be a better person.




Vote for whoever to stop whoever or Stop the TPP

Hi, how you doin? <in my cheesy Joey Tribbiani voice>
Has the cacophony of this election and its constant barrage of bs between long hidden videos and audios (why now?) of Trump and Wikileaks daily dumps (why not before!?) made you want to pull you hair out, grab your metaphorical torch and pitchfork to take our country back, or made you wonder “WTF we are missing with the shit show that is being presented?”
Do you ask yourself daily, besides voting for whoever to stop whoever, what else can I do?
Well, I’ll let you in on something you can do right now, and it takes like about 2 minutes. Seriously, 2 minutes, if even that long. Just click this link and share this post everywhere you can.
This has to do with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). IDK if you noticed, but Bernie Sanders got an almost 3 minute standing ovation at the Democratic National Convention (and it took me looking at 10 videos to find this, interesting…)  His speech at the DNC, which was practically his stump speech, the last item he mentioned was the TPP. Now, if you already know how bad this “free” (not “free”) trade deal is, you can just click below, type in your zip code and be on your way to sending your Senators and House Representative a letter stating that you oppose this “free trade” deal.
If not, continue to read on, and I hope I can convince you to still take those less than 2 minutes to let your representatives know how you feel.
Now, if you are already further activated, you can protest, march, call your representatives, make road signs, and/or pass this on to all of your friends, relatives, political activists, co-workers – anyone really, as many haven’t even heard of it, but those who have – the majority oppose it.
Proponents of the TPP like to pretend that it and similar agreements are all about “free trade,” and that production and service sector jobs alike will end up located wherever they’re most “efficient.” You and I know that’s a load of manure.
Jobs get moved offshore under pacts like the TPP to wherever workers are the most exploited and environmental regulations are the weakest. This offshoring has nothing to do with efficiency, and everything to do with big corporations taking advantage of governments’ willingness to suppress labor, environmental, and pro-democracy advocates.
Far from improving labor and environmental rights in Vietnam and elsewhere, the TPP would give elites even greater opportunity to profit off of continued repression. The TPP must be stopped.
Enough is enough: Urge Congress to speak out for human rights and to oppose the TPP today.
Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the unpopular TPP for a vote in Congress during the Lame Duck session immediately after the U.S. election. We need your help urging Congress to speak out the TPP before then. Please take action now.
Many thanks,
Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director

Less is more, 2016 sucks so far

I started this really long post about my year so far and decided to condense it.

Lost job first week of January.  Been looking ever since, many interviews, no offers.

I researched presidential candidates for about a month and made my choice the weekend before the Illinois primary.  I’ve never felt this strongly about a candidate or learned so much about politics, democracy, republics, fascism, communism, oligarchy, plutocracy, trickle-down economics, free-market, capitalism, mainstream media blackout and bias, conservatives, liberals, neo-cons, Benghazi, the Humanitarian Party, fracking, the upper 1%, income inequality, LGBT issues, Texas’ attack on Roe vs. Wade, etc.  Can you guess which candidate I voted for?

Hubby started getting sick mid-February.  1st full week of March off work, sick every day, by Friday, GI specialist and endocrine team worried due to increased liver enzymes and jaundice.  Next week, went to work Monday, the 14th, Tuesday morning in ER feeling extreme pain and just unwell.  Jaundice 12.1.  Released after 5 hours, antibiotic, pain meds, follow up with PCP. Stayed home from work Tuesday, half day Wednesday, off Thursday, He followed up with PCP and he said, why did they release you, go back.  Thursday, March 17 pm returned 2:00 to emergency room, released 7:30 pm, did a CT scan, more blood work – found a mass on his kidney, colitis, enlarged prostate.  Half day Friday at work and brought home short term disability papers.

Monday, the 21st, dropped those off to PCP who said, you look terrible, go back to ER, threw up in parking lot on the way out.  Went to ER, they finally admitted him, Billirubin now 20, ran MRI of liver, next day did liver biopsy, two days later did ERCP procedure to unobstruct major bile duct, which wasn’t obstructed.  Still jaundice Friday, the 25th, said they could do no more, transfer to liver specialist in St. Louis.  Finally got down there Sunday,  they hemmed and hawed mainly we found out by Wednesday, the 30th when he was released, because the images and liver biopsy slides were not immediately forwarded to them.  They did colonoscopy, couple small polyps, not cancerous, no other procedures, released.  Liver team was supposed to follow up with appointment, I called them Monday, the 4th, had slides and had scheduled appointment for May 17.  I said that’s not going to work, he’s getting weaker and sicker by the day.

Many calls on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 5th and 6th, to liver team and to GI doctor here, and by Wednesday, he was so weak, I had to take him back to St. Louis because liver team had to conclude their investigation that there was or was not liver damage and/or sign off on having the surgery for mass off kidney, which Urologist here in Springfield believed may actually be causing all his symptoms, it’s an extremely rare renal cancer called Stauffer’s Syndrome.

St. Louis did a few other images and tests and as of Thursday decided it wasn’t the liver, let’s see what the urologist says, get that mass off your kidney to be sure.  He sat in hospital all weekend, not much going on, liquid diet, saw urologist Monday, and was released Monday evening the 11th.

We have appointment next Monday, the 18th, with liver team and urologist in St. Louis, and hope to have a date scheduled for the surgery, as right now, we see the surgery as the beginning of the end, that he can’t start “getting better” or “recovering” until the mass is gone.

He’s home, weak, careful of what he eats so he doesn’t get sick or blocked up – and taking a variety of pills to address the symptoms, not the cause.  If needed, we have serious pain meds, but so far, hasn’t needed the super serious ones.

I still have to get our taxes done, as it’s been crazy for me going to hospital, staying at Dad’s when he was in St. Louis, driving a lot, and otherwise worrying WTF is going on and when we will have an answer and what will it take to get that.

That’s my F’ed up year so far, how about you?



Secrets/Tips – Cutting Part 2

More on cutting dirty little secrets and tips – Volume 2.  We continue at #7.

7.  Scratched or nicked a ruler or template with the rotary cutter.  Did I say these things are sharp and/or dangerous?   So, your grip slipped, and the rotary cutter made a nice nick or cut on the edge or top of your ruler.  Have you NEVER done this?  Let me know your secret!!!  I have a 16 1/2 X 16 1/2 inch lapboard I use to crop blocks evenly, but the corner by the “1” is a bit trimmed away.  I try to accommodate for it, but it’s a bit of a bother.It’s my bad for, you know, cutting the ruler. Agh!

Also, with the rulers, sometimes your rotary cutter or arm develops mind of it’s own and skips up from the fabric onto the top of the ruler.  I dont’ know how this happens.  I’m just glad that so far my fingers have not been in the wayTip:  Try to start an inch into the edge of your square – cut backwards to cover that inch and then forwards to your square.   As far as the rotary cutter developing a mind of it’s own, I don’t have a solution for that other than it must be a user error.  How so, I’m not sure.  Enlighten me!

8.  Dropped the rotary cutter open accidentally onto the floor (and luckily didn’t take off part of your toe!)  I don’t know how these rotary cutters get so slippery sometimes, but I have done this a couple times at least.  I check the tile floor afterwards, and one time had no marks, another time, there was a 1/2 inch small slice in the tile.  Dang!  Did I say these things were sharp?  Tip:  I don’t know what to say except keep a good grip on these cutters or just use scissor and maybe always wear steel toe shoes when cutting?!

9.  Lost the rotary cutter (hopefully closed) under a pile of fabric.  You are cutting several pieces at once or several fat quarters or strips or blocks, and set the closed rotary cutter down between cuts, shift things around and suddenly – Where did that thing go?  Hopefully, you closed it, so when you shift through everything to find it,  you don’t cut yourself.  Tip:  Always close the rotary cutter after each cut.  And set it  somewhere other than on your cutting surface. 

 A few more cutting tips to follow, have you learned anything so far?