Monthly Archives: June 2017

In 1964

In 1964, the Hollies performed at the Paramount Theater in NYC, their first American gig. They and nine other mostly unknown bands were backing up the headliner, Little Richard. Here’s what Graham Nash had to say about him:
“An incredible showman. He’d pound that piano as if it were a tough piece of meat and throw his head back and wail. And that band of his kicked ass, especially his guitar player, a young, skinny kid with fingers out to there.
One night I was standing in the wings as Richard came off the stage and he was livid, his eyes bugging out like a madman, screaming like a motherfucker at that poor kid. “Don’t you ever do that again! Don’t you ever upstage Little Richard!” They got in the elevator, slammed the gate, and I could still hear him ten floors above, taking this kid’s head off. “You hear me, motherfucker! Fuck you—playing your guitar with your teeth!”
He was called Jimmy James then, but you don’t need me to tell you it was Jimi Hendrix. Probably the only guy who could steal the spotlight from Richard.
~Graham Nash, “Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life”

I wasn’t feeling fantastic today

I wasn’t feeling fantastic today, but my soul NEEDED to go to church. I’m always happy when I go and always get a few nuggets that speak to me. God is good!
Today’s takeaways:
Do not lose your faith because of the people around you, but build a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Don’t look around, look up!”
“It is never too late to look up to Jesus Christ. His arms are always open to you. There are generations before us and after us depending on us to follow Christ so that we can be an eternal family of God.”
(Elder Yoon Hwan Choi)

Domingo Triste

Domingo Triste….
Definitivamente la amistad es uno de los tesoros que mas hay que cuidar, si bien todos tenemos “muchos amigos” al final solo contamos con aquellos que en realidad nos conocen y aprecian de verdad, y que apesae de tantas ocupaciones y distracciones sabemos que estan en las buenas malas y peores, que te rescatan en momentos que sientes morir tanto fisicamente como emocionalmente. Tengo la fortuna de contar con un AMIGO extraordinario MT Lucas Angel Mendoza quien me ha dado muchisimo mas de lo que El mismo cree, y quien por hoy sufre mi corazon al ver que sufre sin yo poder hacer nada…pero tambien que sabe que estoy cada segundo a su lado y no lo soltare…atesoremos a nuestros amigos y no pasemos por alto las inquietudes que puedan tener, estresemonos juntos, riamos, lloremos, hablemos con verdad, enorgullezcamonos por lo que son y logran, sepan perdonar y solo asi podras decir un dia …. cuento con un AMIGO EXTRAORDINARIO
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Outsiders vs Insiders

Outsiders vs Insiders
“The revelation of “[a] God humiliated even unto the cross,” as Pascal put it, flies in the face of what most Jews of Jesus’ time, and of what most people throughout history, have expected God to be. In this light, we can discern the thematic centrality of the cross in Jesus’ many teachings that reverse common expectations about God.
For example, few people in Jesus’ day would have expected God to “justify” a tax collector who was too ashamed to “even look up to heaven” (Lk 18:13) instead of the righteous Pharisee who fasted twice a week, gave a tenth of all he earned to God, and thanked God he was not like “robbers, evildoers, adulterers” or “this tax collector” (vss. 11-2). Similarly, few if any expected God to welcome into his kingdom “tax collectors and prostitutes” before religious leaders whom everyone held in high esteem (Mt 21:31; cf., Lk 7:38-50). Indeed, because the God he revealed was so contrary to what people expected, Jesus repeatedly taught that those whom most assumed were “outsiders” would find themselves “inside,” while those whom most assumed were “insiders” would find themselves “out” (e.g., Mt 7:21-3; 22:1-9; 25:31-46). All of these anticipate the great reversal of the cross, where God entered into total solidarity with “outsiders” by becoming a crucified “outsider.”

Can you think of a time where how you felt about yourself has directly impacted SO many areas of your life

Can you think of a time where how you felt about yourself has directly impacted SO many areas of your life?

I’m not going to lie, the way I’ve been feeling this month is the complete opposite of this picture.

Old habits started creeping back– too much alcohol… to many sweets… the feeling of not being good enough… and depression.

So many factors in my personal life have contributed to all of the above.

But, it’s up to US on whether we decide to change our behavior or keep going down a path we don’t want to find ourselves in.

So, I’m taking control of ONLY what I can and deciding to let the universe figure out the rest.

I feel good today. I have a plan on how I’m going to get back to a place where I feel more ME. Do you?


#happypride! I love this new flag that Amber Hikes, the black queer executive director of Philly’s Office of LGBT Affairs, created this year. I’m nearly 40 and this is the first time I’ve felt this extra tug to talk about how I’m part of this (which is why I’m sad some don’t want this). At age 18 I was at Sarah Lawrence so excited to meet others who identified as queer, specifically bisexual, but I quickly felt pretty shut out by the possibility of announcing it. SLC was the first time I’d been in a majority white environment & i was an international student & I struggled with finding my people. A friend named “Julie” (Yulya Trinidad) there who also was a scholarship kid & also didn’t fit in there, a brilliant lesbian who grew up in the LES projects, took me to my first Pride weekend downtown in 1997 and I was full of so much joy. It’s hard sometimes for people my age to talk about this all–in the 90s most people I knew were queer & none of our parents knew & it wasn’t something we felt compelled to announce. But I’ve had young people in recent years esp, WOC esp, who’ve done the research on me and know what I’ve identified as and they’ve wanted me to talk more about this. (Someone dug up something from 1997 when I discussed being “pansexual as the true state of my bisexuality” even!) They’ve said it matters to them so I want to be open with this too. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with being of too many marginal identifiers in this country but I’m grateful for living in a time when they can be discussed as part of each other. Thus, this flag. I’ve loved many men & women in this life & found it a great joy to be part of these communities & i am so grateful for the work those who came before me did & those after me do. Much love to all celebrating this, extra sweet this year as it coincides with Eid. #morecolormorepride #happypridemonth #pride2017

My Large Color pencil portrait series

My Large Color pencil portrait series
It took me 3 years to draw all of them with color pencils on paper
Why do I repost my art? :
It could be as simple as : dont have anything to post so il just share some more of my old work.
But there is so much more to it ( at least for me ) . I very careful to post always the best and the newest work that i create ( without spamming everyone feed ) – with something that people would like to see and enjoy . Although i think im doing good work pretty much daily i still do have my favorite work that im most proud of – in this case it would be the large realistic family portraits series that i have done.
All the social pages are designed today to feature the newest work – and all the work that im most proud of gets berried deep down in the feed where almost no one sees it anymore ( speaking as a user my self , i rarely scroll longer than 50-80 posts in a new profile that i discover ) And as everyone knows ; people who are active online get more and more followers -including me- so all the new followers would never see the old content if i would no re share it .
I do so many different mediums and all kinds of projects that i would like to show everything. But what i would like to be remembered by are the things im most proud of – thats why i reshare my art =) During all these years i have been sharing tons and tons of my art but also all the ideas i have about the things i create/ and the world surrounding art. I think thats a important part of my artistic journey . because that way i feel more connected with all of you lovely people =D

You can find us over here being super gangster going to bed at 6:45

You can find us over here being super gangster going to bed at 6:45 ….
Bahaha okay technically she is snugging and watching cartoons and I’m catching up with my challengers in my June group, which btw is open for another week if y’all want in.
Feeling over come with emotion because this is my life daily, resting when I need a gosh darn break, hustling because I have a passion for what I do, and getting to rock this life with some of the coolest babes I’ve ever met!
From social media strangers to instant connection and growing friendships with amazing Momma’s who have the same goals and desires as I do.
Ever just wanted to feel where your at in life to feel “right” to finally feel support, and passion, purpose, and downright bad – assery … you have ? Why haven’t you reached out girl! You know I’ve been TRYN TO TELL YA, I need some help on my team so we can change the freaking world, one babe at a time! So you gonna get deets right?
Living that NO BOSS LIFE extra hard today and feeling fab.

The Brown International Advanced Research Institute

The Brown International Advanced Research Institute, 2017
My colleague, the political scientist Ashutosh Varshney, and I mounted a summer workshop on “Ethnic Conflict and Inequality in Global Perspective” as one part of this year’s Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) program. I am very proud of this collaborative effort which is among the most gratifying tasks that I undertake here at Brown University.
Our workshop participants were younger scholars in the social sciences haling from nearly two-dozen developing countries on five continents. They came to Providence for two weeks of intense intellectual exchanges which provided a thorough exploration of the concepts and empirical evidence produced by contemporary scholars that relates to conflict, inequality, and ethnicity around the world, with a particular focus on examining context-specific data while producing insights that generalize to other cases. The 21 lectures which they heard over the course of the program were supplemented by panel discussions on pressing contemporary cases, and by the participants’ individual research presentations.
Our BIARI institute on ethnic conflict and inequality is, to my knowledge, the best program of its kind being consistently produced anywhere in the world (this was our fourth consecutive year and our workshop now has more than 100 alumni scattered all across the developing world!) Here are a few photos depicting our program in action.

Breaking barriers: working and loving while blind : a memoir DB76081

Breaking barriers: working and loving while blind : a memoir DB76081
Altschul, Peter. Reading time: 6 hours, 50 minutes.
Read by Jack Fox.
Autobiography of blind musician, composer, and social worker Altschul. Describes his youth in New York state, education at Princeton University and the New England Conservatory, and career and marriage. Also discusses his experience obtaining dogs through the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 2012.
Download Breaking barriers: working and loving while blind : a memoir
Breaking Barriers by Peter Altschul – Reviewed by Patty Fletcher
Happy didn’t quite qualify me. I downloaded, and read the entire thing in a day and half. It was wonderfully spectacular!
Reading about Peter, and learning all about his life, was a treasure.
When you read someone’s book, especially if it is one they’ve written of themselves, you really get a look inside, and get to see what makes them tick. Turned out, some of what I thought of Peter, wasn’t quite on the mark, and once I read him, I understood him some better.
As I finished his work, and filed it away, I wondered, “So, when he read my book, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, did he understand me any better?”
I like to think that is the case. Here, in the case of Peter’s book, I have to say, I understood him way lots, and to the good.
I enjoyed learning of his hit and miss romance, job search etc. It made me feel better to see that someone who seemed to always have it together, and was so very smart, could have troubles and trials, like the rest. I loved also, reading of his attending a convention, and how he dealt with things.
I enjoyed the descriptions of his Guide Dog experience. I enjoyed learning the similarities, and differences we have as Guide Dog handlers. That’s just how I am. Some people like to compare cars, I like to compare dogs. Why not? That’s what I drive… 4-On-the-Floor, and slick for sure!
Download and Enjoy this most awesome excellent book.
This review was recently published in the ‘Indie Publishing News Magazine’
Created, and Maintained by, Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House