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Happy New Era!

 

The New Year is a special time for Buddhists of my ilk, but this year I had bigger fish to fry as you can see from my previous post. So midnight last night came and went with only wince or two at the local rednecks who keep confusing firecrackers with firearms. Did they not see that After School Special on firing bullets into the air? What comes up must come down. Somewhere. But I digress.

I’m always glad when the holiday season is over. As a person born and raised a Christian with the most fabulous Christmases concocted by my parents, and then being a Buddhist for the last twenty-five years or so – things can get muddled up. I even did the Kwanza thing for a little while, but that I found that it wasn’t for me.

I wrote a blog post some years back about celebrating holidays in general and I think I’ll repeat it here from memory because it illustrates my feelings on the subject quite well.

1. New Year. You should make resolutions and affirmations and set goals on the 1st day of every month. It helps to check in and see if some of those things have changed, or been attained, and you don’t get to beat yourself up if you haven’t followed through. Just start anew and continuously refresh yourself every month.

2. Valentine’s Day. Celebrate love – of every kind – on the 14th of every month. Why only one day of one month every year? And don’t confine yourself to commercialized commodities – the most valuable thing you can ever give to another is your time. And for that matter, celebrate Black History or as I call it Black Future Month every month. Learn something new about Black movers and shakers both past, present and future.

3. St. Patrick’s Day. Well what can I say? Wear green a lot all the time, every month and run around kissing everyone Irish you know. Ease up on the drinking thing, its stereotypical and silly and merely a cash cow for establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.

4. Easter. Celebrate your risen Lord once every month. I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

5. April Fool’s Day. Well have fun every month! Do something goofy every month and let your inner child out to play.

6. Cinco de Mayo. Get your Mexican happiness on once every month. Why not? Send out love and appreciation to Mom at least once every month. Mom’s are Mothers 24/7 so the flow of love should go accordingly.

7. Same goes for Dad’s. And if you are like me likeminded to observe Juneteenth, well get your hooray on for the Black Independence Day each and every month of the year.

8. Same goes for July 4th and and for Francophiles like me July 14th. Once or twice a month throw a BBQ or whatever for the country of your choice.

9. I can’t say much about Labor Day – snagging a three day weekend once every month might get you fired. As for “Patriot Day” – if you need a special day once a year to remember everyone who died in the twin towers then….

10. Try to get the truth out about Columbus instead of celebrating that genocidal slaver poor excuse for a mariner. CA, HI and NV have opted out, maybe you can get your state to do the same. CA celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day and South Dakota celebrates Native American’s Day. Maybe we can celebrate those two things once every month instead.

11. Halloween. Seriously. We need to dress up and have some fun at least once a month. I see nothing wrong with this.

12. Thanksgiving. Don’t get me started on this. Again truth needs to be told on how it actually was. We can still  have a day where we gather together and give thanks, but it should be based on truth and not comfortable lies. Why not give thanks for what you have in your life once every month?

13. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Puhleeze. I know spending is great for the economy but goodness me! There are bargains to be had all throughout the year. Find them and don’t confine yourself to killing yourself at Walmart once a year.

14. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza etc. Celebrate those themes of family, renewal, kindness, peace, giving and love at least once a month. Keep those warm and fuzzy feelings going all. throughout. the. year.

And if I missed any holidays or observances close to your heart, then ok, but I think you get what I’m saying. Don’t let things be confined to just one day. If you are going to celebrate and observe: do it alla dang time!.

Peace.

Be With You.

And Also.

With You.

Every Day.

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Merry Winter Solstice Everyone!

I’m excited and happy that I’m alive to welcome the beginning of the next Baktun, the next 5,125 years cycle of the Mayan Long Count Calendar:

The Fifth Sun Cycle.

Many non-Mayans have believed – and cashed in on to be perfectly honest – that December 21st, 2012 is the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Since Mayan calendars are all wheels or circles, there is no beginning and there is no end as we usually perceive such things – there are nesting circles and spirals and as one era or count “ends” it simply rolls into the beginning of the next count cycle.

Let us be absolutely clear that the Maya tell us their calendar does not end on 21 December 2012.  Rather, a long Mayan calendar cycle of just over 5,125 years finishes, and on the next day a new great cycle of 5,125 years begins.  If you are interested in the fine details, this 5,125 year cycle is equal to the following Mayan units of time: 13 Baktuns, or 260 Katuns, or 5200 Tuns, or 1,872,000 Kin (days).

The breathtakingly harmonic calendar works as wheels within wheels within wheels that keep turning.   The great cycle ending on Winter Solstice 2012 began in 3,114 BC and is called the Fourth Sun by the Maya.   There were three Suns before the Fourth Sun and there is another one coming…the Fifth Sun.

To get more specific, the Fourth Sun actually ended on 16 August 1987, a day marked by the worldwide ceremonial event known as Harmonic Convergence, and we have been in a sort-of 25 year gestation period leading up the Fifth Sun.  On 21 December 2012 we finish this transition period and on 22 December the Fifth Sun is born, a new 5,125 year era that will be governed by a balance of male and female energies.  The Fourth Sun was governed by male energy.” (source)

I know not everyone is as space-happy and starbound as I am, but with my twin obsessions interests of space and anthropology, I for one cannot deny the spiritual and scientific import of the documentation of space-time from these fiercely accurate time-keepers. I’ve ever been open to world views and quests of the spirit from those that came before us. Never do I dismiss what they have to say simply because they did come before and are “ancient” in our linear perception of time. Back in the day, I celebrated the Harmonic Convergence in my own way, and I intend to celebrate this particular solstice in like fashion.

I decided nearly a year ago on New Year’s eve that I would turn on and tune myself during 2012 towards listening and understanding and making sure that I keep myself open to all the possibilities that this new era could bring. Quantum Physics have already touched on the power of human mind and thought and shown us that much of what IS exists due to the interaction, focus and attention of human perception.

I choose to be a part of the endless spinning of planets, galaxies and stars. We are indeed stardust and I try to remind myself of that everyday. That there could be hope for balance, for truth and Awakening in the dawn of this new era brings me comfort and peace.

To at least make the effort to align myself, my pure self, my essence my Spirit, my inner energy with the advent of a chance to renew, to regain, to come home, to settle, to instill within myself the strength of cosmic distance and the intimacy of space and time – well that makes my heart sing and makes diamonds out the tears I’ve shed for us on this little blue-green marble.

I will take my few moments and joyfully greet the sun as it rises tomorrow. I will pace the frigid dust of this desert and give gratitude and thanks as I breath in the crisp Winter air on that morning. I will dance in my own way on the next day on the Birth Day, on the first day of the Fifth Sun Cycle.

“…the arrival of the Fifth Sun will not be an “Aha” moment and that changes will be gradual.  After 21 December 2012 four periods of thirteen years each through which we will grow into the Fifth Sun.

We will have thirteen years of infancy in our new way of being on the Earth (2012 to 2025), followed by 13 years of toddler-ship where we are just learning how to walk (2025 to 2038).

Then we will have 13 years of adolescence (2038 to 2051) followed by 13 years of young adulthood (2051 to 2064), and then we will have matured into our new way of living in harmony.” (source)

I would love to be alive to experience all of those footsteps along the pathway to fully realizing the potential of the Fifth Sun. I’m realistic about my health and the personal choices I make, and some key elements of those don’t add up to me living to the ripe old age of 96. However, I could make some key changes that would lead me to extending my life, and who knows that the future might bring. Our children and their children will be here to experience all of these things and I give Blessings to us All that we might see and live as much as we each possibly can.

As you hold your family tight and celebrate the joys of this special time of year, send out a thought, a prayer – take a moment from the hectic speed of days – and capture even just a little part of the heavenly harmonics that will sustain you and yours well into this New Baktun, this Happy New Era this exciting new age of Balance, Birth and Potential.

Understand that while there might be barriers like the speed of sound the speed of light to us touching the farther reaches of our galaxy and our universe, there is nothing that blocks the way and the velocity of the speed and power of thought and prayer.

When the light of Earth’s star bathes my face and tickles my smile I will send my thoughts my prayers to you and may you feel them and bathe in them like the warm rays of Sol and know that I am thinking of you and love you and that I share with you my Joy, Hope and Happiness for our future.

MyPrayersToYou

Blessings.

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Go Palestine!

PalestineStatehood

I’m rooting for ya!

Palestinian UN Bid Gets Thumbs Up.

But THEN!!

Israel continues its bullying ways.

There’s more

Reactions to this on Global Research site.

The Fine Print from AlJazeera.

aaaaand we all know which way the US voted on this *facepalms*. This was a missed opportunity to put politics ASIDE and do the RIGHT THING for once. Israel doesn’t need backing from anyone. They seem to be doing just fine bombing women and children “back to the stone age” all by themselves. Its way past the time we extricated ourselves from that whole thing.

I guess that was asking too much.

There’s more but you know how to use google I’m sure.

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For those of you who dunno:

1. I’m not anti-semitic. I’ve kept my mouth shut on this for YEARS because as a Black person, the second you say something bad about Israel suddenly you hate Jewish people. See the vid on my previous post to know exactly where I’m coming from on this issue.

2. No, I’m not Muslim. I’m a Buddhist actually. But why can’t I just be a human being who wishes that intense human interactions could be conducted fairly and without bullying and bloodshed?

3. Yeah, I voted for Obama and I’m pissed off at him and my government and they need to come correct on Israel like yesterday. Those nekulturny dunderheads over in Norway or Sweden or wherever the heck it is that awarded him the Nobel PEACE prize…*shakes head sadly*

Uh HUH

and this is what was really going on

http://abagond.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/operation-pillar-of-cloud-israel-continues-to-destroy-gaza/

If you don’t know, now you know.

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Just want to thank all you Fam and Friends who got out there and ROCKED THE VOTE! Who all saved the day: Record numbers of Black voters, young voters, WOMEN, and the Latino voters who are a force that every politician needs to reckon with from here on out.

Really great day for my LGBT peeps too so YAY!!

That is the Sweet. Here comes the Bitter.

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Very bad taste in my mouth. I’m a Black Woman in America. I’ve had to deal with racism in so many different ways all the time, every day. Nothing new. Unlike those squigits talking about “post racial America” I figured there would be a backlash to Obama’s election the first time around and I was right, but I wasn’t expecting the racists to be so unashamed about it. That was the only surprise.

Actually no. I was surprised that they went and created a whole political party/faction around their racism and even won major seats in our governing body running primarily on their racist agenda and little else.

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I want to share with you some of the stuff that got thrown around in the last four years. Maybe you missed it, maybe you’ve forgotten some of it. I think we need to remember and never forget. Because until this country deals with its deeply rooted origins of white supremacy and racism we will not make it.

~That young Black man shot by police officers on the eve of Obama’s inauguration. Nothing new there, Black men are shot and killed by the Po-Po all the time in this country. Business as usual no matter who is president.

~Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates arrested in his own home. Suspicious behavior called in by a neighbor. Gates got off lucky. Black, male and “suspicious” is a death sentence these days.

~Just ask Trayvon Martin. Profiled, hunted down and shot point blank. Murdered because he was Walking While Black.

~New York has a wonderful Stop and Frisk Program going on right now. Blacks and Latinos are being targeted nearly exclusively. Watch THIS VIDEO to see exactly what is going on there. Apartheid much? More on this LINK HERE.

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http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/what-is-white-privilege/

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~A Spanish magazine features The First Lady of the United States of America as a partially nude SLAVE on their cover.

~RNC attendees throw peanuts at a Black camerawoman and shout “this is how we feed the animals” at her.

~That racist agenda I was talking about? There are so many examples, but Tim Wise gathered nearly all of them in one place. If it walks and talks like a duck… Happy perusing! He’s got even more if you’re not sure I’m telling the truth on this.

That is called Southern Strategy. It is old and nothing new. In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of gaining political support or winning elections in the Southern section of the country by appealing to racism against African Americans.

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This is what you do with a Black male to keep him in his place. You never acknowledge him being an adult. You infantilize him. You always call him “boy”. And if he still gets too uppity you chop off his foot or castrate him and lynch him from the nearest tree and then set his body on fire when you’re done.

Did you hear GOP elected officials, surrogates and pundits calling Obama “a child” and saying things like “let the adults handle things” or refer to his policies as “infantile”? Well I heard them, and those words were not chosen idly.

Obama being hung in effigy via a noose got so commonplace I barely twitched an eyelid. Many got creative and started hanging empty chairs after the RNC, and this past Halloween brought those wannabe lynchers out in droves.

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What was your response to seeing the President of the United States showing his long form birth certificate? Were you slightly miffed that all “that birther nonsense” had gotten that far? Click below and experience what that was like for Black America to see the leader of the free world being asked to show his papers.

http://angryblacklady.com/2011/04/27/heartbroken-at-the-suffocating-racism-and-outraged-at-the-apologists/

http://emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/white-americans-really-need-to-shut-up-and-listen/

If this is still confusing to you, then this will help make things very clear:

http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/04/icymi-goldie-taylor-on-americas-first-black-president-and-his-papers/

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The GOP and its members tells people like me things like this:

Black kids better off during slavery than they are today because back then they had a two parent family.

Slavery was actually a blessing for Black people!

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And now we come to the response of white America to the results of Election 2012. We got The Donald calling down a Jihad on Democrats. We got people on facebook and twitter talking about how they are going to ditch out of the USA and move to Canada. Or Australia. Might want to research up a bit before ditching, cuz Australia: “for all you Americans talking about moving here, our PM is a single atheist female, we have national healthcare and mandatory voting.” Best tweet evar.

Speaking of twitter here are just a few of the torrential gushing of racist posts in reaction to Obama’s win.

Another comment I copied from the web:

My homegirl Noelle said one of her co-workers facebook status this morning was:

“I guess fried chicken will be free all day today. Congrats”

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Like I said, America has a serious problem and it didn’t just crop up because we had the audacity to elect a Black president that first time. Or this time around again. There is the institutionalized and systemic racism and there is the racism of the citizens themselves.

I am in less danger than say Doover or my son – I might survive walking down the street or being deemed “suspicious”. I might survive my next doctor’s visit, or I might be considered trash and ignored and be LEFT TO DIE. Little Black kids playing and driving their go-carts COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED simply because the color of their skin made them a target.

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You don’t get to skip off from responsibility like that woman did, nearly killing those children and not even getting a ticket much less arrested. Something needs to be done to get this country turned around and living up to its true potential.

I know there are civil rights groups and what all that you can turn to to help with this huge project.  You were a bunch of damn hypocrites to think all was right in our world because look we did a good thing and elected Barack in 2008. You can’t even cry the same game this time around, because the alternative was so disgusting, pretty much anyone damn else would have been the better option.

You should thank the GOP and their Southern Strategy machinations for bringing the racism out into the foreground. Now you can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist anymore. That its really “not that bad actually”. You have to begin to understand what the real America is. I know its heartbreaking. Trust me, I know. You want to believe that the America you THINK should be or WISH should be is – but the reality is much more sobering. But they say that the Truth shall set you Free. So why not start there?

Be warned. This sort of thing will happen a LOT when you confront a white person with their own racism:

“…whites’ chronic misunderstanding of the nature and mechanisms of racism so we hear racists calling out minorities for being racists for calling racists out on their racism”.

Don’t get caught in that web. Refocus, bring things back around. Think of it like AA – once you acknowledge the problem – that is the first HUGE step and you are ready to get to work and change your life, other peoples lives and hey our country and maybe the world?

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Early Vote Ballot

My early vote ballot came in the mail yesterday.

YAY!!

I was getting a bit antsy because I’d heard that early voting was open in Arizona and I was like I KNOW I signed up for it soooo WHERE is mah ballot!??

Some peeps might have issues about voting by mail and the supposed “fraud” that occurs with absentee ballots. Well whatevs. All I know is voting by mail allows people like me – who aren’t always sure if we are going to be actually physically able to get to the voting place – and people like my parents who were overseas for years and for the women and men in the military overseas – to participate in our country’s politics and policies.

HuffPo sez My Prez is leading in Early Voters so WOOT!

I’ll be spending the rest of today working on getting everything filled out properly. There are a lot of propositions on the ballot I gotta figure WHAT HECK THEY MEAN – wade thru all the legal jargon and politspeak.

Why they can’t just say: A vote no on this prop means the proposed amount of money does not go here; a vote yes means it does.

Instead you get a page and a half of confusing words and phrases. Usually if I can’t figure out what the right way to vote is on a proposition, I abstain. Better to do nothing than to accidentally do harm – let the chips fall where they may.

I’m sorry if that seems whatever it seems, but I DO try my best. Some of this stuff is just buried beneath crap or written in ways to mislead, so well as soon as people learn how to write a proposition in PLAIN ENGLISH, I’ll be voting on more stuff. IJS!

But at the very MOST – I get to put my vote down for the Obama/Biden 2012 ticket and that does this ole heart a WORLD of good :)

Vote Early!

Remember how it felt… and go out and VOTE:

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Welp.

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Register To Vote

Today, Tuesday September 25th, 2012 is National Voter Registration Day!

So Go Ahead and

http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register-to-vote

JUST DO IT!

For a country with real ease and freedom when it comes to voting (compared to countries around the world that is – don’t get me started on the voter purges and voter ID crap that’s sprung up this election) We sure don’t vote any where near our national numbers.

I always wondered what the demographics would look like and what our past voting record might have looked like if 90-100% of Americans were registered voters. It is said that 75% of those registered WILL actually vote. So the results would be very interesting to say the least.

Are you a woman? Get registered and get out there and VOTE!

Black person in America? Get registered and get out there and VOTE!

Love to complain about politics and your president? Get registered and get out there and VOTE! Earn the right to complain!

OK that about covers MY demographics (haha!) and didn’t you notice how wonderfully nonpartisan I was? All in keeping with the spirit of the day ;)

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Can’t Get This Song Out Of My Head

No One by Alicia Keys

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Feeling Better Now

Thanks Michelle!!

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Uno

Dos

Tres

LOL ok but DAYUM!!


 

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1. Win a buncha US Opens and Wimbletons and Grand Slams and whatnot.

2. Have a sister pretty much as awesome as you are.

3. Be the most amazing female tennis player of All Time.

4. Win Wimbleton (again) right before hopping on over to the 2012 Olympics.

5. Completely skunk the competition and come away with a Gold Medal and…

DANCE BABY DANCE!!

errbody dancing so get over it already

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YAAAAY!!!!

I’m so happy and PROUD I just can’t STAND it!!! I’ll let Gabby do the hip hip hoooray split leap I was doing in my head as I was jumping up and down and screaming and yelling and clapping OMG!! YAYYY!!!

Gabby’s final score for the Gold: 62.232

Silver to Komova: 61.973

Bronze to Mustifina: 59.66

(after a tie-breaker with Gabby’s teammate Aly Raisman. boohoo ok I want to know how that worked out, I’ll update here if/when I do find out). [OK update on the tie-breaker] The Russian won the bronze because the tie-breaker combines their top three scores of the day. Her 16.1 on the uneven bars to Raisman’s 14.333 made the the difference.

Gabby WON!!! Just plain FABulussss!! And this coming after putting in such a strong and beautiful performance to help Team USA snag on the Team Gold:

I’m just so thrilled and excited and I was pushing and pushing and pushing with my brain and my thoughts and my prayers and all my VIBE for Gabby to grab that individual all-around GOLD the second I heard she made the team.

And OMG and she DID IT!!!

I just hope there will be scores and scores of little Black girls hopping up on that beam and wishing and dreaming and getting totally INSPIRED by what Gabby has done today.

And done with authority and talent and a beautiful fierceness and determination. She set the tone with her vault and put herself in the lead and never looked back.

Congrats Gabby!! WTG!!!

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For Dad

Guess who’s a Tusconan?

Check It Out! He manages to do what I canNOT – run around out here in the sweltering Summer heat of the desert hehe!

This guy is going to run forever it seems! This will be his fourth Olympics :)

Bernard Lagat: Going for GOLD!

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I really like it when Kenyan runners join up with Team USA. Makes for guilt-free cheering on! I used to feel a little bit bad when I knew I wasn’t going to be cheering exclusively for USA – but now really I’m (mostly) over it. I tend to go with whoever my favorite athletes are no matter who’s team they happen to be on.

Case in point. I always cheer for Brasil when it comes to male soccer, but stick to the USA when the women are playing. I’m a die hard Usain Bolt fan so go Jamaica GO! Naturally I’m all-the-way USA when it comes to women’s gymnastics, but I tend to root for the Russians in rhythmic gymnastics. (they are poetry in motion makes me think of Russian ballet) Swimming? USA all the way!

Here’s lookin at you, Bernard: Go Go GO!

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Go Lia Go!

The fantabulous Lia Neal gettin her game face ON! She has swam her way to London making her the second African-American female swimmer to make it to the Olympics like EVAR. You GO Girl!

I can’t remember the last time I was in a pool but hey I’ve got swimming ribbons, medals and trophies from when I was in the 5 years old and under age group all the way to high school (when I quit swimming competitively for good after freshman year). I even had a Michael Phelpsian type breakdown before eventually going on to win a place on the Kenyan National Swim Team. That is one of the things I’ve done in my life that I’m the most proudest of. As an expat you not only had to have the best time, but you had to beat out the national contender in your age group by a mile in order to be chosen. Hard thing to do, but I did that amazing thing when I was barely 13 years old!
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