Sunday, November 2, 2014

A day to honor the deceased. 

Please do not listen to the slick ads, about how Monsanto cares about farmers. Get informed & always, if unsure, follow the money trail.  All these out-of-state corporations support tainted seed monopolies & keeping you in the dark about what is in your food.  Join me in Voting YES on measure 92. Really should be a no brainer-- if you want to be a part of the grand experiment of GMO's, then having them labeled allows you to stock up in confidence.
* This is THE most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history. 

Oregon Voters:

If you are amongst the confused about Measure 90....
"Big money, about $4.5 million at last count, is flowing into the pro-Measure 90 campaign from conservative business and industry interests, leading to speculation. Stephan Michael, state director of The Main Street Alliance of Oregon, asks, 
“Why would out-of-state billionaires spend millions supporting this campaign? Good question. Perhaps it’s because of what they can get out of a victory.”
Sara Logue of the Protect Our Vote Coalition says the measure “essentially guarantees the two best-funded candidates would reach Oregonians’ November ballot.”
Measure 90 provides voters with more choices in the primary but that is offset by fewer choices in the general election when it really counts." (Eugene Weekly)

I know... it is often hard to get inspired by the choices, as the actions blur-- but I was taught this in High School & it has been a useful philosophy-- Vote against the candidate you think will do the most harm.
I have had to *hold my nose* to vote-- voting against the worst of the choices.
 Not voting, is akin to voting for the worst candidate. 
People fought long & hard to have the right to vote, lets honor them & keep the worst of the lot out of office.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Got to start somewhere...

I work in the field of social services & see an uptick of the issue of suicide, since Robin Williams took his own life.  You never know what might just be the last straw for someone struggling. Add on the senseless killing in Ferguson, MO. & wars & warring, worldwide- it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Things are rapidly deteriorating & life is just harsh & cold & too many bad things happening.
We can't fix everything right away, as much as many of us wish we could. I for one feel lost in the wake of it all.  But we can start in our own circles, doing what we can to make a difference in whatever capacity you see fit.  We can create ripples of kindness & turn all this madness around.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Peace Now!

I don't understand war, as I don't think it resolves anything. 
If only we could fast forward to a time when war is obsolete. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rest in Peace, Dr. Maya Angelou

Rest in Peace, Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou was born to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She passed to her Heavenly Reward quietly on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, grandnieces, great-grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnephews and a host of beloveds.

From the time she was a child, Dr. Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus. The birth of her son when she was seventeen did not prevent her from continuing in pursuit of her dreams for a creative career. From her start as a singer in San Francisco’s Purple Onion and Hungry I in 1953 to the installation of her portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 2014, she was continuously on a dramatic, musical or political stage.

She was a dancer, a singer, an actress, a poet, a writer, a magazine editor, a playwright, a film director as well as a college lecturer, full Professor and a fearless, outspoken activist. She never let her various vocations inhibit her activism or her willingness to speak out against injustice and inequality. She performed in a number of major productions. She was in both the 1954 International Touring Company and the subsequent movie of Porgy and Bess. She was also in the 1977 television series of Alex Haley’s Roots and in the 1995 film How to make an American Quilt. She was in too many other productions to name. She directed the films Georgia, Georgia and Down in the Delta.

Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1970. She went on to write thirty-three other books including autobiographies, poetry and essays. A number of her works were best sellers and were published in number of languages.

Throughout her life Dr. Angelou’s activism never flagged or waned. In 1959, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, she headed the New York office of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Next, she worked for the Arab Observer News Magazine in Cairo, Egypt, which was the premiere English language magazine in the Middle East. Later she moved to Ghana and met Malcolm X. She returned to the United States to work for him, but he was assassinated four days after her arrival in New York. She continued to be voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that fettered the human spirit. Her life and her body of literary work trumpet the importance of love, tolerance and forgiveness. She was a warrior for truth, justice and love.

Heartfelt thanks

Wow! It's June 3 & this gynormic balloon is still going strong. More importantly it came attached with a son who made a surprise visit, for Mother's Day weekend.  Can't express how much it means to me, to be honored & cared for in this way.
Thank you Cims.