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How has your life been these past few weeks?

Has your world been shattered into millions of pieces?

Have you come to the True and Accurate realization that the government and its judicial systems were not created for you?

Have you watched the country of your birth reject you and force you to face up that you are entirely worthless and not worthy of even the air you breathe?

Did you have to go to work, face the world, your neighbors, your daily life with a mask on your face and armor surrounding your heart each and every day since?

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Did the president’s words raise your spirits yet make you weep inside because even he was shackled by circumstance and could not say everything he wanted to say?

Do you doubly fear for the Black males and yes even the Black females in your life?

Do you wonder if your Black child will make it back home safely each time he steps outside that door?

Did you march? Have you cried? Did you write? Did you petition? Did you protest?

Has the fabric of your everyday existence changed in any way over the past few weeks?

Did you find out some startling things about the “friends” on your Facebook and your Twitter and your Real Life?

Did you ever lose track of the fact that a child is dead, murdered and went on trial for his life and got no justice? Does it haunt your dreams at night?

Do you have that helpless feeling in the pit of your stomach?

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All this and more and yet you had to keep breathing, keep walking, keep working, keep doing, keep stepping, keep that mask plastered on your face, bite your tongue, hide your true feelings because the world around suddenly showed its True Face and you realized that even more loss would rain down upon you and yours if you showed any emotion.

What happens next?

How are you going to live your life?

Did you check in with those of color in your life and showed your simple support by just a kind word, a gesture, an offering to spend time or just simple Let Them Know that you are there for them?

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Is this the America you want to live in? Raise your kids in?

Things will only get worse if action is not taken. Silence equals consent. Inaction renders you part of the problem. Stand up. Speak up.

Combat injustice, racism, hatred, misogyny, discrimination, bigotry each and every time they rear their ugly heads in your life.

You live in America. These things touch your life each and every day. Begin to notice them. Speak out. Stand up. Stop the madness.

How Have YOU Been These Past Few Weeks?

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To whom it may concern,

I write elsewhere, and have been for sometime, as you probably could have told from my lack of new posts. I do so because I needed a different space to tackle different problems. I write here today because the world has changed, or rather it has been the same, I’ve only lately – past 6 or 8 months – let myself realize the hard truth of how the world actually is. These past few weeks were the clincher.

I had to speak up.

Living well, teaching your children well, and being a good person simply isn’t enough anymore.

Do what you can. When and where you can. Be a part of the solution.

Stand up. Speak up. Take action. No matter how large or small. Do something.

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I’m voting for Obama this time around for many of the same reasons I did the first time around. What are those reasons? (In no particular order, really):

1. He’s a black guy with roots in Chicago, the city I was born in. I can relate.

2. He’s of African descent – Kenyan no less, where I spent years of my life as a kid. I can relate.

3. I’m a dyed in the wool Democrat and will vote that way until my dying breath.

4. The candidate in opposition seems almost nightmarish and yes a bit cartoonish too, like you can’t believe what comes out of his mouth is actually real.

5. I want a president I can be proud of on the foreign policy front. Both Bushes cut a swath of disrespect, hatred and ignorance across the the wide world of geo-politics. Don’t want to go there again.

6. First Lady Michelle. Nuff said. ’bout time we had a FLOTUS with some damn oomph. Last time we came close was with Hillary. The Bush wives? Sitting around in your pearls and polishing the Lincoln China does not a first lady make.

7. Plain and simply I want to stick it to those people who are having serious racial issues about a black guy being in the white house. It would be fun to make them have to confront those issues again for four more years :)
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Most of you know by now that for me, it isn’t so much about “saving the planet” but more about saving ourselves. I’d like at this time to take it to the next level. The only thing that is needed in order to make the revolutionary change that is needed for our survival is for each and every one of us to make a very important mind-shift. Once that is achieved, you can go out and spread that mind-shift like a contagion and insure for us not only our species survival but put us back on the path to evolving into our next incarnation.

Because yes, that is the key thing: Due to our current mind-set and the behaviors and actions subsequently taken under that aegis, we have effectively taken ourselves out of the evolutionary running.

The first step is to read the book: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Then read it again. Then get everyone you know to read it. You’ve probably heard about books that “will change your life”. Well this is the real deal. If you are able to, make that crucial mind-shift after you’ve read this book.

Here’s a small taste. Most you won’t be able to understand what I’m saying, (and you won’t really until you get ya read on) and that’s ok because I hope that that inspires you to get cracking on that book.

1. Humankind, that is us, that is Homo Sapiens Sapiens is not the pinnacle, the evolutionary end, the end product, the ok we can all stop now cuz OMG we are HERE! (jellyfish anyone?) <–read the book you’ll know what I mean ;)

2. Our destiny is not to own the earth, or conquer nature, or to erradicate, subjugate anyone or anything that gets in the way of our “progress”.

3. The world was not created to be our oyster. Meaning the planet was not created for us to use as we see fit.

4. We were not created to be the rulers of the earth.
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Why must we be the ones to do all the teaching? I’m struggling through some tough stuff right now and I tell you I’m just plain tired. I’ve asked myself this question often enough during my life and I’m officially figuratively – and literally perhaps too – stepping down from the teaching pulpit.

See its always women who have to do the teaching about how people are supposed to treat women. Its always the brown people throwing multicultural seminars and events. I think its high time and well past the time that those that are doing the mishandling and oppression step themselves up and start taking responsibility for teaching what is the right thing to do.

I know there are puh-lenty of men out there who don’t mistreat women, who don’t consider women to be second class citizens, who don’t agree with policies like unequal pay for equal jobs etc and so on. But that is NOT enough. You need to step up and take it further. It is not enough to simply exist on the side of what is good and right. It is time to actively teach your sons these things and make sure they understand them, and know that they too need to stand up in turn and keep the cycle of education and action going forward.
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We sometimes forget that the March on Washington (1963) culminating in Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech,was primarily about economic equality. Civil rights and freedoms yes, but what good is freedom when you can’t put food on the table?

So I ponder these things today and wonder (like I always do) if my Birth Mother was there on that historic day.

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Save The Planet?

ok NO, see.

Look people. The Earth is going to be just FINE.

Its US we need to be worrying about. Notice Earth Day came and went without a peep from me. United Earth Planet Association (the cool nick for this blog) isn’t so much about saving the planet.

I’m as Green as I can manage, and wish I was tooling around Tucson in a Tesla, but I do all that not to save the Earth, but to help save Human Beings. If we trash the planet – oops oh well, its the only one we got and we all can’t go live on the Space Station.

If we trash the planet: it will recover. WE might not be around, but Momma Earth can take a lickin and keep on tickin. So if we become United as Human Beings and take care of the place in which we live, we might have a fighting chance of not going the way of the dinosaurs.

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I’m Vaping, Dude

I’ve had a lot bottled up and have about 12 blog posts lined up in my mind… but hey these days I do what I can when I can.

This post had to be done in order to mark down the when and where of me starting (again!) down the road towards a nicotine free life.

The plan has been (for awhile, actually) to start out by hopping off cigarettes and on to ecigarettes – electronice cigs – and go from there.

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Yes They DID

 

One Baddie Dictator Out,

(na na na na, na na na na, hey hey GOODBYE)

LOTS of Freedom: IN

 

Here’s hoping!

Good Luck Egypt, and Congrats!!!

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I’m WAY excited!

Thanks to Obama’s back to school/Education Loans WHATEVER thingy I was able to get ALL my courses paid for: WOOT!

I’m studying Health Information Technology and later towards the end of my Assoc Degree I can even branch off into Medical Transcription/Billing.

I’m so pleased!

This is going to allow me to (finally!) get a gig that is on the cutting edge of what’s needed. Since the health care industry is going to be revamped with an eye on high tech and digitizing information.

What’s not to love?

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I Blame Obama

For the first time since I moved to the Zona 6 years ago, I got pulled over by the cops.

Yah, I know.

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While I might or might not one day reach the pinnacle of poetic stylings such as MutaBaruka, who penned the original Dis Poem, I find that this is the only way I can express myself to today.

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The shooting at the holocaust museum and the subsequent reactions have reverberated around the world and back again. I had some pretty strong feelings about it myself naturally; and I even chastized CNN for concentrating so much on the killer and notsomuch on the victim(s) and even the museum and what it stands for.

My buddy Rick Sanchez (who’s show on CNN coordinates nicely with my lunch hour) put forth the idea that we should at least focus a bit on the shooter, so that we could learn about what makes him tick, how he came to be able to do what he did etc whatever; I guess so we might educate ourselves?

Ok, no see. First of all. America has a pretty sick history with glorifying our bad guys. I just did not want to see this idjit getting equal press with the good guys. Especially because his life was initially saved by Black EMTs and though listed as being in critical condition, he just might pull through to reap the benefits of a higher public profile. I’m just sayin, like. When and where do we draw the line?

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This is my post in response to and as a reaction to watching CNN’s Black In America. I missed part of the first night, but was able to see all of the second. I’m glad that CNN decided to show this again, as I aparently missed it when it was shown last year, I guess.

Anyway I have to say most of the segments were pretty painful to watch. It isn’t a wonderful feeling to see people talking about experiences that echo those from my own life. So in order to help process those feelings and get them off my chest, I’m going to write, write, and write!

It may not be pretty, it may not be cohesive, it may not make sense to you, but hey that’s what blogs are for isn’t it? I get to have my say and you get to read it. Only if you wanna ;)

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I’m just saying, like.

Whether you’re a disgruntled Democrat or a rebellious Republican…

You must understand that Barack Hussein Obama is not messing around.

What he envisions for America will come true.

If you do not understand what I’m talking about, take a gander at this guy’s life story. This human being did not get to where he is by accident. Whatever he wants in his life: he gets.

Whatever he invisions for himself, his family, our nation: will come to fruition. Mark my words.

I’m calling it as I see it, and if it turns out I’m wrong, then I’ll own up to it.

But I’m not wrong.

And you will see.

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When I reach a point of ouchyness I am lucky that certain things come into my life to help me get back to The Real Me. I have always believed that human beings are here to be happy. The lot of mankind is not to suffer. So when I’m suffering I tend to get caught up in a loop. But like I said lucky for me: I get what I need when I need it.

As I’ve been packing up my library in readiness to move, I get to visit with books that I haven’t read in awhile. I have actually been searching for one particular book: Stranger in a Strange Land; but have yet to find it. (most likely I’ve already packed it up!) Lately I’ve been in a turmoil about many things link with my up and coming move and I have reached out to get help sorting it out. But until my next therapy appointment, I have to figure out how to get through each day.

And wow! As I was helping Teh Kitteh find her favorite toy I unearthed Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. You may know him by his singular book Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Both books are here on my books list too.

So I sat down and decided to read this book. I got to remember that so much of this book was very Buddhist and I also got to remember how much I enjoyed testing my mind in trying to grasp the principles. And since I have last read this book, I have encountered The Secret (also listed here) and I was struck by how similar many of the concepts in this book were to those in The Secret.

Like I have listed the Earthseed phrases, I will list here the phrases that are discovered in this book’s Messiah’s Handbook Reminders for the Advanced Soul.

While you may not get the full power of these phrases, they fit together with the storyline of the book, for those that have read this book will understand why I still want to share them :)

I have bolded the phrases that rang like a morning bell in my soul

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