Empathy Calling From Above

Calling From Above – Bassnectar

Empathy, by Lorin Ashton

Love, love, love, love, love
I find you’re something…
Love, love love love love,
I find, I find
Love, love, love, love, love
I find you’re something wonderful
Love, love, love, love, love
I find, I find
I find you’re something…
Pulma Gary Payton, Live in your rotation
all your plexy clad Im stepping back up on your station,
keep style elevating, you feelin the sensation
To a higher zone, you are not alone
i know no perimeters, frequency, no limiters
we multiply integers, we back and forth so limitless
I’m positive, negative combined with infinity
you can grab a vine on a line, this is synergy
Love, love, love
Anything you feel
Love, love, love
I can feel too
anything you feel
I can feel too
To a higher zone (hands high) *repeat
Hands high, hands high (love, love, love, love)
Anything you feel
Hands high, hands high, (love, love, love, love)
I can feel too
Hands high, hands, high, hands high (love, love, love, love)
Anything you feel
Hands high, hands high (love, love, love, love)
I can feel too
Hands high

Empathy, by Bassnectar

 

 

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Amazon Womyn

Families & PeopleTo honor all the womyn-born-womyn who love womyn, whether we be lesbian, bisexual, straight allies, celibate, two spirit ….

For the womyn who bleed, birth and menopause in the dominator culture of patriarchal oppression, lies and hatred.

To honor the 40th and final Michigan Women’s Festival, and it’s transformation to a new form in the coming years.

To honor all womyn rising to our full power, glory and potentials.

To the integral blossoming of the Life-Sustaining Society.

To womyn’s sacred art, spirituality, love, wisdom.

To our gorgeous bodies, in all their many forms, that give, work, succor, nurture, heal, inspire and create divine love, joy and bliss.

Amazon Womyn Song!

Amazon Womyn, Fly! 

Amazon Womyn Gonna Rise Again!

We got the FEMALE!

No more hate in my name!

No more greed in my name!

No more death in my name!

No more rape in my name!

No more war in my name!

No more genocide in my name!

Amazon Womyn, Fly! 

Amazon Womyn Rise!

We got the POWER!

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Changes in Artful Flow

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I’m thankful for a new friend I met through Facebook networks this week. Meganne Forbes is a Visionary Watercolor Artist in California. She graciously allows me to post her painting (above). I find her work inspiring and very beautiful.

The Artful Life Studies

Next week I begin my second semester of studies at beautiful Merritt College campus in the Oakland Hills. I will continue work in Botanical Drawing with Sheila Tobin-Metcalf, who also heads up the Pollinator Project and Art Club, and in Ceramic Sculpture with Susannah Israel, who is “one of the most fascinating artists working in the field today,” according to the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. Also enrolled in a Painting class, plus Cross-Fitness Training to augment swimming/yoga/walking/dancing regimen.

Honu, by Lotus

Honu, by Lotus

That said, I’ve also had struggles in the past day concerning two class cancellations due to low enrollment and disappointment, course & schedule changes around that. Energetic detours aside, I feel super excited about getting back to work in the studio and continuing work on projects, including Pollinator Project and Our Hands series.

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“Our Hands” Series – #1: Monarch-Time-Machine Matrix, by Lotus (inside of hand)

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“Our Hands” Series – #1: Monarch-Time-Machine Matrix, by Lotus (outside of hand)

Blog Post Schedule Change

Needless to say, my blog posting schedule will be changing with school beginning again. It’s been a productive summer with almost-daily blog posts, and I’m happy about this! I intend to post about once a week through the end of the year, while giving myself permission to change my mind about this as I get into a new schedule flow.

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“We Come from the Earth, We Return to the Earth, and In Between We Garden” Plaque, by Lotus

I am also in the process of saying “good bye” to one of the best summers of my life and these lovely, long, lazy days of contemplation and creativity in the warm sun. What a great summer with plenty of personal growth! Oh them changes! I affirm that the Universe works in mysterious ways, and I trust the journey and the Great Mystery.

Change, by Tracy Chapman

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Talking About A Revolution

Talking About A Revolution, Tracy Chapman

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Karma: The Fiercest Poem You’ll Ever Hear!

Talking about widespread, systemic racism and its potential revolutionary consequences is a conversation that makes many of us seriously uncomfortable but that we very much need to look at, talk about and attempt to move toward peace and justice. And so it is.

This morning, I pick up and share this FIERCE poem about racism and revolution from Films for Action — a community powered learning library and alternative news center for people who want to change the world.

Dominique Christina performs “Karma”.

“She is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in the four years she has been competing, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. She is also the 2013 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion (NUPIC), and 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion.” ~Films for Action

 

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Self-Care’s Strong & Tender Wisdom

Landscapes & NatureShared with generosity by Helene Van Manen and her iRetreat blog, consider these inspired 12 Steps for Self-Care:

  1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.
  2. Say “exactly” what you mean.
  3. Don’t be a people pleaser.
  4. Trust your instincts.
  5. Never speak bad about yourself.
  6. Never give up on your dreams.
  7. Don’t be afraid to say “No.”
  8. Don’t be afraid to say “Yes.”
  9. Be kind to yourself.
  10. Let go of what you can’t control.
  11. Stay away from drama and negativity.
  12. Love.

Signs & Symbols

Also consider don Miguel Ruiz’s excellent Four Agreements, based on ancient Toltec wisdom:

  • Be impeccable with your word.
  • Don’t take anything personally.
  • Don’t make assumptions.
  • Always do your best.

 

I’ll add a few Nuggets of Wisdom from my Medicine Bag:

  • Let go of perfectionism and shoulds.
  • Love your flaws and mistakes.
  • Embrace obstacles & adversities as learning opportunities; learn well how to re-frame experience in support of self care.
  • Set good boundaries around your commitment to yourself & your best practices in self-care.
  • Open, honest, transparent communication fosters mutual understanding, intimacy, cooperation and trust.
  • Instead of saying “I’ll try,” choose “I’m willing” or “I’ll do” or “I don’t want to.”
  • Keep your agreements to yourself and others to grow trust and well being.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry.”
  • Ask for support when you need it from appropriate people.
  • Ask for 100% of what you want and be willing to hear “no” and compromise.
  • Do no harm. Keep this in mind when choosing honest disclosure; choose good timing and lovingkindness over being “right.”
  • Criticism and blame destroy love and closeness.

Anthem, by Leonard Cohen. Gather in love and beauty “… when so much of the world is plunged in darkness and chaos. Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

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Playing with Fire

Science & Technology

Fire Dance

How to play with creative fire in the Burning Times is an interesting question. Part II of today’s musicology life-lesson involves a listen to fiery Jim Morrison and The Doors.

Touch Me

Light My Fire

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Rapture Riders on the Storm

I continue my forays into popular music history / herstory today; and, as a result, I’m riding the rapture on the storm and workin’ the mojo with Blondie (Debbie Harry and friends). I also feel inspired by the old-to-new mashup video (included below) with Jim Morrison and The Doors. It also features a cameo appearance by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was the subject of my recent Art History final term paper. In the process of researching his story and writing the paper, I grew my admiration and love of Basquiat and his body of creative work.

The song “In the Flesh” reaffirms the intrinsic value of up-close and personal relationships versus those carried out primarily long distance and/or in the cyber vortex, all the while knowing from experience that absence does make the heart grow fonder. Here’s to love and artivism in all its many forms and dimensions and figuring out what works best for us individually and collectively in cooperation! Hear ye, hear ye! *grin* Enjoy!

The Hardest Part

Living in the Real World

Rapture Riders – Blondie & The Doors

In the Flesh

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Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror, a Primer

Understanding-ISIS-COVER-242x400“The US is back at war. A new version of what was once known as George W. Bush’s “global war on terror” has become the central component of American foreign policy. The US/NATO assault on Libya in 2011, thousands of troops on the ground in Iraq, plans to keep combat troops in Afghanistan, drone wars rising in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere—and now new air wars are underway against ISIS and others in Iraq, Syria and perhaps beyond.

In this newest addition to Interlink’s wide-ranging Understanding Global Issues series, Phyllis Bennis answers the basic questions facing so many people struggling to figure out what the US war is all about: What is ISIS? Why are they so violent? Should Obama have kept troops in Iraq? Is ISIS the same as al-Qaeda? Can you really go to war against terror? How should the US respond to ISIS? What dangers lie ahead?” ~Institute for Policy Studies

“Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the advisory board of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She continues to serve as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.

Co-sponsored by Peace ActionTeaching for Change, and Jewish Voice for Peace – DC Metro ChapterBennis discusses her book and answer questions posed by Busboys & Poets’ own Andy Shallal in the video below, with lots of time for audience Q&As too.

Without jargon, in her usual easy-to-use Frequently Asked Questions format, Bennis sorts through the hype to get to the root of this newest version of Washington’s continuing global war on terror.” ~IPS

With her customary lucidity and talent for judicious interpretation, Phyllis Bennis provides an authoritative introduction to all that is now known about ISIS. It is more than a ‘primer,’ offering an indispensable account of the complex turmoil afflicting the Middle East.

Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law & Practice at Princeton University, and former Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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The Great Love Affair: It’s My Way

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It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery. However many of life’s large, captivating principles and small, captivating details we may explore, unpuzzle, and learn by heart, there will still be vast unknown realms to lure us. If uncertainty is the essence of romance, there will always be enough uncertainty to make life sizzle and renew our sense of wonder. It bothers some people that no matter how passionately they may delve, the universe remains inscrutable. “For my part,” Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ~Diane Ackerman, from A Natural History of the Senses

It’s My Way, Buffy Sainte-Marie:

It’s My Way

(I’m cutting my) own way
through my own day
and all I dare say is
It’s my own

(Got my) own seeds
Got my own weeds
I’ve got my own harvest
that I’ve sown

I can tell you
things I‘ve done
and I can sing you
songs I’ve sung
But there’s one thing
I can’t give
for I and I alone can live

The years I’ve known,
the life I’ve grown.
Got a way I’m going,
and it’s my Way.

I’ve got my own stakes
in my own game
I’ve got my own name
and it’s my Way

I’ve got my own Kith
I’ve got my own Kin
I’ve got my own Sin
and it’s my Way

I’ve got my own peace
I’ve got my own wrath
I’ve got my own path that only I can go
I’ve got my own sword in my own hand
I’ve got my own plan that only I can know

Don’t be crying Don’t be sighing
Your day will come; your day alone
Years you’ll know and a life you’ll grow
You got a way to go and it’s all on your own

I’ve got my own World
I’ve got my own Life
I’ve got my own Strife
and it’s my Way

I’ve got my own wrong
I’ve got my own right
I’ve got my own fight
and it’s my Way

I’ve got my own Prayers
I’ve got my own Fears
I’ve got my own Tears
and it’s my Way

I’ve got my own Joy
I’ve got my own Load
I’ve got my own Road
and it’s my Way

Put down the story of what I’ve known
Your bound for glory all of your own Put down the story of what I say
You’re bound for glory
all on your own one day

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