Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pop Clips » 28 December 2013

Tuli Kupferberg’s New York Times obituary described the Fugs as “the most literary rock group of the 1960s, with songs suitable for the locker room as well as the graduate seminar (“Ah, Sunflower, Weary of Time,” based on a poem by William Blake); all were played with a ramshackle glee that anticipated punk rock.” Other Fugs songs, such as “Kill for Peace” expressed the band’s fierce antiwar sentiments, mingled with a generous dose of absurdist theatricality. Now, Tuli has his own US Postage Stamp!

3 men in custody for beating Ukrainian journalist after dashcam records car chase - Mashable ::: Activists and journalists say video footage recorded using a dashboard camera has assisted Ukrainian police in apprehending three men suspected of assaulting a prominent investigative journalist back on Dec. 25th. Two other men have also been taken into custody for allegedly coordinating the attack.

Ariel Zangla in The Daily Freeman reports that 
Robin Hood Radio in Connecticut may come to the rescue of Kingston Community Radio, buying WGHQ (920-AM) from Pamal Broadcasting.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Drifting on a Friday morn...

One of my facebook friends posted this on the day after Christmas:

"The old/new year period is the perfect time to reflect on what is important in life. It's the time to get rid of what isn't beneficial and make space for new beginnings. It's a time for rest and renewal. A chance to start over with a clean slate."

How true those words ring!

About ten years ago I read a short story about a woman who saved gifts she determined to be "special" - they ended up in drawers and closets and when she passed away her loved ones saw the gifts they had given as they lovingly removed the deceased woman's posessions to send on to other fates. They were sad that she never used or wore the items they had given. Thanks to everyone who has given me a gift this 2013 Christmas. As I prepare to go though another day, already I have donned some of that gay apparel! I felt sadness and a touch of guilt as I opened my presents on Christmas day as I thought about those who have nothing. And then I felt the joy of receiving gifts. What have I done to deserve these things?

For many people in the US hit by an ice storm earlier in the week, and for those brave survivors half a world away in Tacloban, this was a rough Christmas, one I'm certain has given rise to many personal and spiritual awakenings. Which scenario would be the worst Christmas ever? Living a frozen land with no electricity, or living in a tropical paradise decimated by a fierce cyclone with nothing?

One could argue the cold ones could don extra clothing and blankets and gather in places they could build fires. There is no escape from the heat of the Philippines. No home or job to go to. Survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda, every man. woman and child is an island of sorrow, loss, frustration and hope.

Although news reports there say life in Tacloban is getting back to normal, the fog of uncertainty hasn't lifted for anyone who has yet to hear from friends or family members whom they haven't had contact with since November 8.

Readers, if YOU lost everything - your home -your job - your neighborhood - your earthly posessions including your mobile phone and identification papaers - how long do you reckon it would take YOU to re-enter society?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#Wordless Wednesday Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

How Did Shakti Bhatt Die?


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A very oft-googled question... many of those who ask get directed here to my blog. So, how did Shakti Bhatt die? Bhatt was a young writer/editor who passed away somewhat mysteriously "after dinner" in Delhi on 31 March 2007. Time really flies. It seems like yesterday when I got word she was gone.

First of all, why the big secret? The blogger responsible for "The Chasing Lamb" had this to say "It would be better if you did not direct any more enquiries about the death here since it feels uncomfortably public to me." Really?

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Shakti Bhatt won't be forgotten - there's a facebook page and an annual book prize named in her memory. She was 27 when she passed away, and I think people are naturally curious when someone who has a public presence leaves this mortal coil. A simple statement explaining the cause of death would have sufficed. Instead, speculation sometimes approaches JFK-conspiracy-level.



Another blog published an "OBIT" which contained the statement "we'll post an update once we're clearer." Apparently, they never reached any point of clarity. Some have suggested poisoning or other foul play. Others ask questions about Bhatt's husband. As far as I can see, he is very lucky to have found a seperate "soul-mate" in a short space of time (yes, others have accomplished that feat as well!)


Sridhar/Thayil is the collaboration between vocalist-actor-producer Suman Sridhar and Bhatt's husband, guitarist-poet-novelist Jeet Thayil. The story goes the pair met at a theatre backstage in Bangalore in late 2007, and soon their songwriting took inception with scribbles on napkins in coffee shops. Rolling Stone Magazine India calls them "two of the most uninhibited people that ever came together to play with music." I like that. WITH music!



Sunday, December 22, 2013

#YolandaPH and other Sunday Morning Things

The sad story of Typhoon Yolanda has no ending. Another innocent is lost to violence, An old high school classmate surfaces. Age is inevitable. Christmas is coming.


What can I say about this next article? The Holiday Winter times always magnify tragedies.


Old Cliche Time -"Hang In There!" ::: I received an email from a high-school classmate - a fellow who usually only messages out when there's a class reunion coming up or there are pictures of other classmates to share. This one was different. More than a dozen paragraphs. Musings and concerns over a physical malady that will require an operation.

It wasn't hard for me to come up with encouraging words and also cite Rolling Stone Keith Richards' recently celebrating a 70th year on the planet. And the there's Yoko Ono, topping the dance charts at the age of 80.

Last but not least, a story for the season from Robert Mirabal.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

#Mipsterz Mania Hits The Planet!

Horn-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, Jack Daniel's shirt and scarf : typical symptoms of "hipster epidemic" that rages across the globe. Now young urban Muslims have paired the trend with the Islamic religion. It's the Mipster style.

The translation of this biber article provided by Google is --- interesting, to say the least. The original article in German is available here.

From Nour Khelifi and Diva Shukoor (das biber Photo)

There is no escape : Whether Starbucks, MuseumsQuatier Kärtnerstraße , they are not to be overlooked with its horn-rimmed glasses and jute bags. Religion does not protect against this epidemic, including Muslims from hipster hype infested . They call themselves " Mipster " . Are strongly represented Mipster in the U.S., in many parts of Asia (Japan, Malaysia) and in the Gulf States . Meanwhile, there are they even here in Austria .

Shirt on the head

Mipsters let their values ​​and their faith in their style incorporated . For horn-rimmed glasses then comes a full beard. A 80 -year T -shirt will prompt a headscarf. Try to reconcile interests such as music, art and fashion with religious elements. The aim of the Mipster is to live their beloved lifestyle while paying respect to Islam . Think and act sustainably - which stands at Mipstern on the agenda. Even in Islam makes environmental protection a major role. By shopping for example, in second-hand shops instead of the big fashion houses, they act as if the meaning of Islam and the hipster movement.

Fashion they see as a means to an end . Mipsters want to change the perceptions of Islam and playful in a positive way... I wonder what Tavi Gevinson thinks of this?
Generation Shakers du 18 décembre 2013 « le phénomène des Hijab-fashionistas #Mipsterz »


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Keith Richards at 70


Monday, December 16, 2013

No One Is Watching You Now

Going through some of my old music tapes Monday night - I found this one - hauntingly beautiful, it speaks to me of sadness and an empty place in a heart, that can never be repaired or refilled.

Forgive & Forget

Cynthia Occelli is one of my wonderful internet friends whose struggles have taken her all the way to a leadership position as a self-help advocate. She has a remarkable story to tell (just Google her- she's amazing!) but one of her "teachings" if I may use that phrase involves something that can really gnaw at the human soul and psyche. Regret. Sometimes we find ourselves in life situations for which (at least momentarily from the vantage point where we sit at that time) we have precious few answers/solutions/alternatives. We gingerly walk through those points in time worrying, hoping, praying. We do our best.

"Forgive yourself for all the ways you disappointed yourself." You cannot look back on dark points in your past and think you could have done something to change the situation and beat yourself up wondering why you didn't. Especially when you know in your heart that you have "...done the best you could with what you knew."

"You cannot create something positive using the negativity of yesterday."

Cynthia is currently conducting a "21-day fast from negative self-judgement and criticism." Day 16, which addresses FORGIVENESS, is not only a "keeper" but a "sharer."

Friday, December 13, 2013

But For A Wrinkle In Time...

Once upon a time, many Decembers ago, there was a country whose beloved leader was slain. A healing HAD to happen. It came in the form of music when a foursome of British pop stars known collectively as The Beatles went viral in the United States. The rest is history. Click the image to read my original post from 2009.

Some information circulating of late is just a little incomplete.Had JFK lived, the Beatles would have never made it outside of Europe and the UK & Territories. The U.S. void after Dallas needed desperate filling and who knew a simple phonograph record flown to an American DJ in WASHINGTON DC would flip the country's mood and trigger a counterculture + revolution of which we are still feeling the fallout...

Also: check out my 2cents on a related matter... I'm way down in the "comments" area!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#TracingPH #YolandaPH #Haiyan Victims Dead & Alive

UPDATE DECEMBER 11 2013 ::: Google gives up #YolandaPH ::: "Person Finder is no longer managing records for Typhoon Yolanda. All records will be deleted on 12/20/2013."

UPDATE 27 NOVEMBER 18:44 ::: You need to read this excellent article that explains why Tacloban died. "They had simply failed to imagine a storm so large." Tomorrow, I will resume "normal blogging" whatever that is. Never forget Tacloban in your hearts and in your prayers.

Field Blog from Tacloban - A little girl in a whit...



You may have arrived here after relentlessly searching the likes of Google and Bing. Welcome! Madonna once sang “Life is a mystery... everyone must stand alone...” Simple, pure and true words - paraphrasing the fact we are born and we must die. It is the journey along the way, the people we meet or who meet us thru things we have written or accomplished, that is the most telling. The Bible offers an example of that in the story of Jesus carrying the Cross. Each one of us carries a burden of one kind or another, as we move toward our final destiny.

UPDATE 24 NOVEMBER 08:11 ::: 5,200 dead 1,600 missing. Haiyan also damaged or destroyed 1 million homes, displacing more than 3 million people.

Canadian rescues Filipina fiancée from typhoon; marries her

Filipino typhoon survivors cheer Pacquiao triumph – San Jose Mercury News

WARNING ::: Disturbing content --> A look at what happened to some of the typhoon victims who were unable to defend themselves.

HENRY CURTIS blogs a few Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

UPDATE 24 NOVEMBER ::: As the USA gets ready for Thanksgiving later this week, I'll borrow a quote from a news article: “Material things don’t matter. Family is what matters.” Friends, the Blessings you have today could be gone in a flash. Deseret News journalist Jesse Hyde and photojournalist Ravell Call have spent the past week reporting from the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. This is their final report from the scene.

Still searching for news about people and places, friends and family in Tacloban and surrounding areas? Don't stop until you find what you're looking for. It may take time. If you are a prayerful person, pray for those whose earthly lives ended November 8th.

UPDATE 22 NOVEMBER :::ABS-CBN PHOTO GALLERIES

Want to know who have evacuated to Cebu City? Check this site ---

UPDATED NOVEMBER 21 ::: The devastation across Tacloban City is almost unbelievable. For many of us, there is not much we can do to help outside of donating to the Red Cross or other charity. Banks are re-opening with limited transactions. Many good people who survived did so with the clothes they were wearing. They lost identification cards and papers. Is that not like losing your soul?


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- See more at: http://familylinks.icrc.org/yolanda-typhoon/en/Pages/Home.aspx#sthash.QehTo5o9.dpuf

When I toss a little uneaten food in the garbage, I know it is impossible, but wish there was a way I could have sent it on to a hungry soul trapped there in PI. In the U.S. even the poorest among us have so much and so much more to be thankful for. In Tacloban there are still bodies to retrieve and identify along with shell-shocked people who need aid and care. If all you can do is say a prayer or send a good vibration out to those folks, do it now.

Again, if you are looking for friends or family and so far nothing has turned up, be patient. Look for them on social media. There are "facebook stations" that have been set up in some areas where people can log in to their accounts for a few precious moments to simply let the world know that they survived. It may be weeks yet before everyone is able to do so. You saw how bad things were on TV, so just send them your prayers and be patient.

Today I changed the post date from November 11 to November 21, so this article will stay "on top" and be the first that one encounters when landing on this blog.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 20 ::: It's been nearly two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan murdered Tacloban City. The disaster is far from over.

Bloggers, please help support the ongoing Philippine relief operations. I know many of you have already done your part. But please, thousands of people have lost their homes, friends and family members. They have no bed to sleep in, no job to go to. Many have no identification papers, no mobile phones, hoping each day to see or hear from someone they know or love. More support is needed for rebuilding Tacloban City and for the rehabilitation of the survivors.

I encourage you too to spread the word by actually writing a post about it. Just one post wouldn't ruin your blog (and it's not even because it's out of topic).

You are a blogger. You can do more than just tweeting. This is one of those cases where 140 characters doesn't do justice.

Offer what you can. Even if you have just 5 readers a day, that's five other people who might do something too! And what if you get a hundred views a day, or thousands (calling those A-list bloggers)?

Here's an opportunity for you to raise your little blog up a notch: you can actually do something that's even greater than getting a bunch of "hits." You can hep people survive.

Surreal Photo of Typhoon survivors at a religious procession | via



UPDATE NOVEMBER 19 ::: Moved more important links up; added youtube video of ATMs repopening in Tacloban City.

Person Finder: Typhoon Yolanda

Mobile version is available. In PI? You can also search with SMS by texting 2662999 (Globe), 4664999 (SMART), 22020999 (Sun), or +16508003977 with the message Search [name]. For example, to search for Joshua, text Search Joshua
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The Philippine government’s official website provides updates of the impact of Haiyan and relief activities. Those looking for missing relatives or friends can seek help through the Google Person Finder and the Philippine Red Cross tracing form. Meanwhile, the government has uploaded a list of deceased persons in the typhoon-ravaged provinces.

The following list from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council was recently released, containing names of over 12,500 people injured. (Download the PDF file here)


UPDATE NOVEMBER 17 11:15am NY Time ::: It's been more than a week now since Haiyan hit the Philippines. I'm preparing to get back to "normal blogging" (whatever that is) sometime this week. I have updated my WordPress blog, so feel free to check in with me there.

As far as the typhoon goes. I've done all I can do for now, and many of the world's nations are pitching in to help the folks there in PI. From here going forward, for those seeking news of "lost" friends or relatives, it's a waiting game. I mentioned in my WP post that the first place to look for "signs of life" is on social networking sites, especially if the person(s) was active on facebook or regularly updating a blog. If you believe in God, pray for them.   Sent from my BlackBerry®

If you have the capacity to give, please do. Google has a list of places accepting financial contributions: http://bit.ly/1bnGEuN 

UPDATE 9PM NOVEMBER 14 ::: Added #TracingPH

US Cellular providers Sprint, AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines through November 30 for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.Check you carrier for official details.

UPDATE THURSDAY NOV 14 :::  MANILA - ABS-CBN has compiled a list of survivors in areas affected by super typhoon "Yolanda."
The list is based on the updates from DZMM, Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM) and Google People Finder.
To access the complete list, go to the ABS-CBN Tulong Page, click on the Find Tab and then click on List button.


UPDATE 9PM New York time November 12
GMA News has compiled video clips of Typhoon Yolanda survivors caught on our cameras in Iloilo, Aklan, Mindoro, Samar and Leyte. If you're looking for someone who may have been affected by Yolanda, watch the videos to spot any familiar faces.

You may also see screengrabs of the same faces by viewing this Facebook album.

  UPDATE NOVEMBER 12 - Hold onto your heart when you click this link.

TO donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Philippines Appeal, visit www.dec.org.uk, call the hotline on 0370 60 60 900, or go to any high street bank or Post Office. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000. Stay up to date with developments at www.twitter.com/decappeal or at www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee

Obama Mandela Speech TEXT and VIDEO

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests - it is a singular honour to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogise any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone's soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during world war one, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success. Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. Like America's founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.

Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. "I'm not a saint," he said, "unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."

It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humour, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend. That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still. For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith. He tells us what's possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.

Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, "a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness" from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and coloured South Africans the anger born of, "a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments … a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people".

But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channelled his desire to fight into organisation, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity. Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. "I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination," he said at his 1964 trial. "I've cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don't. He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper's bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.

Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiselled into laws and institutions. He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history. On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, "prisoners cannot enter into contracts". But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skilful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.

Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa – Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small - introducing his jailors as honoured guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family's heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba's passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life. But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?

It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a president. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people - known and unknown - to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba's legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba's struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

The questions we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers. But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu. Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.

We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world - you can make his life's work your own. Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities - to others, and to myself - and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba's example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength - for his largeness of spirit - somewhere inside ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach - think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

What a great soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.


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Monday, December 09, 2013

Get Yourself A Plan(ner)!

Welcome!

The season of sweaters, football, hot cocoa, cozy nights by the fireplace, and yes, s.n.o.w., is upon us. Ever since I was small, I've always believed that the "new year" begins in September, "when the kids go back to school." And if you think about it, "harvest time" may be the greatest time in our lives - reaping the bounty of summer as we anticipate the coming festive days of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. So much happens within about 90 days!

As you celebrate and appreciate fall and winter with family, friends, co-workers and classmates, I'd like to thank YOU for supporting this blog and my other claims-to-fame. I immensely enjoy all I do in life, and hope you do too.

One of the best things I have done this year is to keep a handwritten diary, er, it's maybe more like a chronicle of events going on with me: a place to write self-reminders, make goals, jot down notes and important bits of data. I use a large monthly-planner and lug it around in my computer bag.

"The power of positive thinking" and the road to fortune presented in books like "The Secret" can be activated in your own life with a planner! Starting in December 2012 I prepared my planner by copying info from last year's planner and then going month by month into "the future" to strategically place notes, reminders and motivators! Whenever I had a quiet afternoon, not less than once a month, I would sit on the sofa with my planner, look back at where I was and what I did and then look forward to where I wanted to be later on down the road. The act of imagining your future really does help "bring it on!" So, now is the time 2014 planners start arriving on store shelves. Around where I live, you can even find them at the Dollar Store! I suggest you get one, and try this technique!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Racism: Alive and Well in America's Justice System

This week I attended a screening of Gideon's Army. Watch the documentary if you get the chance. It is worth every minute of your time.

How is it that a white man who kills two people and has a laundry list for an arrest record gets 5 years in jail, while a black woman (who also has an arrest record, not quite as long as the man's) doesn't kill anyone but gets put away for 18 years? Just asking!* answers below...

* The man's family has money. The woman is poor.

Friday, December 06, 2013

#MadibaInspires #RIPNelsonMandela

"For all my comrades mourning in this intense moment of losing the revolutionary warrior Nelson Mandela, can we rejoice in efforts to continue his legacy to dismantle white supremacist capitalism and the military/police state which dictates our political and social value? Can we mourn a revolutionary with intentions to continue their revolutionary struggle, so they can truly rest in power?" ~ Sharmin Hossain

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionarypolitician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movementfrom 1998 to 1999. ~wikipedia


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Thursday, December 05, 2013

#Shame on Kim Kardashian for keeping 90 percent of Proceeds From Philippines Charity Auction

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

@TheRevAl vs. #knockoutgame


In no uncertain terms, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling out many self-appointed black leaders, activists and journalists for thus far being unwilling to directly address the senseless "knockout game" violence terrorizing innocent Americans. Project 21 members are also thanking those others who are courageously speaking out against the unacceptable mayhem.

Reverend Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, and Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, have joined forces with hip-hop legend Russell Simmons and Jewish leader Rabbi Marc Schneier, Chairman and President, respectively, of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, in speaking out on knockout game violence and the targeting of Jews.

Rev. Sharpton, Mr. Simmons, and Mr. Morial have each recorded messages of solidarity with the Jewish community and all victims of this outbreak in violence and are encouraging people to join them through social media by spreading the following message: 



End the #knockoutgame #sayNO2KO join the @FFEUny to end the violence +bigotry. Knockout #gameover
 
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