Black Love Day…2016!!!

This warrants a repost today, for 2017…so, share the love!
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Today marks Black Love Day! Here’s a bit of info, for those who are wondering what it is and what it celebrates:

BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine’s Day with the wholistic goals of encouraging: 1) Black self-love instead of self-hatred; 2) Racial healing to stop White supremacy, racism and entitlement; 3) The return to Love to heal all relationships for increased peace to stop violence!

BRIEF HISTORY: BLD was founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA), and CEO of PositivEnergyWorks. Founder of Optimum Life Breathology, Transcendence Breath Worker, Sound Healer, Speaker, Storyteller, Author, Host- “The Sage-ing Baby Boomer Show”.

Yearly, Black Love Day has grown in popularity similar to Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. It has become recognized on many college campuses, notably FAMU, Morgan State and Howard U. as well as in many communities.

Black Love Relationship…

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Winter is still coming

I saw this post, and had to share it. Haven’t seen this blogger in a while; it’s good to see his return to the blog-o-sphere!
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Random act of kindness

With all of the worldly woes, it is refreshing to read about random acts of kindness such as these.

“So shines a good deed in a weary world…” ~ Willy Wonka

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” ~ William Shakespeare

The Journey of My Left Foot (whilst remembering my son)

Thursday 20th October

Today I have been rendered absolutely speechless, lost for words, taken aback, by the unbelievable kindness of a friend of mine.

Having met a couple days ago in our local coffee shop, where she admired an agate necklace I was wearing, we chatted about her hobby of beading; she said she loved to make her own jewellery, including more intricate designs of beadwork

Today we met again, and as I approached the table in the coffee shop, I saw that she had laid out numerous beautiful necklaces. Made of semi-precious stones, they looked exquisite: agate, opal, turquoise, quartz, amethyst, tourmaline…….a veritable treasure trove.

I was under the impression that I was going to admire them, pick one out for myself, and pay half her ticket price. (The tickets detailed the stones used and the cost a shop or gallery would be expected to pay, followed by their…

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day – 2016!

Honouring my Native American heritage today – Indigenous Peoples’ Day! Washington state is one of four that recognize this day. Here’s a bit of information for those who are unaware of what this day means. From Wikipedia:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day[1] (also known as Native American Day) is a holiday celebrated in various localities in the United States. It began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, promoting Native American culture and commemorating the history of Native American peoples. The celebration began in Berkeley, California, through the International Indian Treaty Council, and Denver, Colorado, as a protest against Columbus Day. The latter is observed as a federal holiday in the United States, but it is not observed as a state holiday in every state, and most retail enterprises stay open.[2] Indigenous Peoples’ Day is usually held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with the federal observance of Columbus Day.[3]

In 1977 the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, began to discuss replacing Columbus Day in the United States with a celebration to be known as Indigenous Peoples Day.[4] Similarly, Native American groups staged actions in Boston, Massachusetts instead of Thanksgiving, which has been celebrated there to mark collaboration between English colonists and Native Americans in the first years. In July 1990, at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance in Quito, Ecuador, representatives of Indian groups throughout the Americas agreed that they would mark 1992, the 500th anniversary of the first of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, as a year to promote “continental unity” and “liberation.” [5]

After the conference, attendees from Northern California organized to plan protests against the “Quincentennial Jubilee” that had been organized by the United States Congress for the San Francisco Bay Area on Columbus Day 1992. It was to include replicas of Columbus’ ships sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge and reenacting their “discovery” of America. The delegates formed the Bay Area Indian Alliance, and, in turn, the “Resistance 500” task force.[6] It promoted the idea that Columbus’ “discovery” of an inhabited lands and subsequent European colonization of these areas had resulted in the genocide of indigenous peoples by decisions of colonial and national governments.[7][8]

In 1992, the group convinced the city council of Berkeley, California, to declare October 12 as a “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People”, and 1992 the “Year of Indigenous People.” The city implemented related programs in schools, libraries, and museums. The city symbolically renamed Columbus Day as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” beginning in 1992[9] to protest the historical conquest of North America by Europeans, and to call attention to the losses suffered by the Native American peoples and their cultures[10] through diseases, warfare, massacres, and forced assimilation. Get Lost (Again) Columbus, an opera by a Native American composer, was produced that day.[11] Berkeley has celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day ever since.[12] Beginning in 1993, Berkeley has also held an annual pow wow and festival on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.[6]

In the years following Berkeley’s action, other local governments and institutions have either renamed or canceled Columbus Day, either to celebrate Native American history and cultures, to avoid celebrating Columbus and the European colonization of the Americas, or due to raised controversy over the legacy of Columbus.[13] Several other California cities, including Richmond, Sebastopol, and Santa Cruz, now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.[13]

At least four states do not celebrate Columbus Day (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota); South Dakota officially celebrates Native American Day instead.[3][14][15] Various tribal governments in Oklahoma designate the day as “Native American Day”, or have renamed the day after their own tribes.[16] In 2013, the California state legislature considered a bill, AB55, to replace Columbus Day formally with Native American Day but did not pass it.[17]

(Author’s Note: Wikipedia has not been updated to reflect this, but Washington State should be listed here; to my knowledge, Columbus Day is not celebrated as a holiday in this state.)

My maternal great-grandmother was of the Blackfoot tribe; my paternal great-grandmother was a member of the Choctaw Nation. My heritage also includes the Crow Nation. I know that I’m not accepted by my Native American cousins; still, that doesn’t stop me from acknowledging my multi-cultural heritage, and standing with my brothers and sisters of all nations.

Please enjoy these songs. Blessed Be…Namaste.

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China vs Japan – Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

Learning about different cultures is the best way to know people…especially if you can do so in person, and not from television!
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ChinGum

We sometimes become confused after watching China and Japan. So here is the interesting list difference which proves that how both countries ( Japan and China ) are not same.

Food

China vs Japan - Differences Between The Two Countries Aka Differences Of Oriental Cultures.

In China – Peking duck, dim sum, fried rice, century egg and turtle soup

We know only five tastes. Feature of Chinese cuisine is the presence of as many as eight: in addition to sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and salty all Chinese will call you more fragrant taste (well prepared dish has a special flavor), fresh (unlike the taste of rice and bread) and gold (similar to the taste of kumquat ).

In Japan – sushi, rolls and sashimi

The main delights of Japanese cuisine are the dishes of raw fish, the most popular of them – it’s sushi and rolls. During cooking, the fish are not subjected to heat treatment to preserve its natural taste. Also in Japan…

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United Nations International Day of Peace – 2016

From my Brother’s NoteBook

“Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine Harmony.”
– The Dalai Lama –

It’s sad to see the strife, discord, and hatred deliberately sown by so many…

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dalailama“Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine Harmony”  ~The Dalai Lama

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“The planet does not need more ‘successful’ people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with ‘success’ as our culture is the set.”
-Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso
The 14th Dalai Lama
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Reign 17 November 1950 – present
Predecessor Thubten Gyatso
Prime Ministers
Tibetan བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ།
Wylie bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho
Pronunciation [tɛ̃ ́tsĩ càtsʰo]
THDL Tenzin Gyatso
Father Choekyong Tsering
Mother Diki Tsering
Born 6 July 1935 (age 81)
Taktser, Amdo, Tibet
Signature 14th Dalai Lama's signature

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Truth 

Yep – this, right here…deep wisdom.

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

This is an excellent article…empathy is certainly needed.
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ALK3R

Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για baby crying

In the fall of 1979, Yalda Modabber had just moved from Iran back to her birthplace in Boston. Her timing was bad: Just weeks later, a group of armed Iranians took more than 60 U.S. citizens hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran. As a result, her fellow students bullied her ruthlessly.

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