“After being appalled at the levels of Violence being directed at Gay people in the world and stunned so much of it originated from Christian ministries, who took their hate from the United States after they began to lose favor with the public at large here – I made a Video and posted it on you tube.
I hope you all feel free to post and use this video where you believe it will do the most good! It is hard to look and see what many of our Gay brothers and sisters, MY Gay brothers and sisters have to endure in places like Russia and Uganda!
It was hard to hold back my feelings and my tears: I am no where near a professional film maker, that is obvious, but thank you! I had to speak my mind! http://youtu.be/3XOLTEyILK4
Published on Feb 9, 2014
Sochi 2014 Olympics and the violence and hatred being directed at our Gay brothers and sisters around the world!
People in Russia because of Vladimir Putin are now hunting, killing and torturing Gay people for sport!
Please share this video as far as you can and support the Human Rights Campaign! 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20036.
Maybe now some may get the point!! It’s everywhere … someone has to speak!!
“Red Sails In The Sunset” was a big hit in the USA in 1935, topping Your Hit Parade for four weeks and selling more than a million copies of the sheet music; many recordings were made, including by Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka, but most notably by Bing Crosby.
18 Red Sails in the Sunset
Fresh and touching rendition of this timeless ballad.
As the weekend and today winds down, after all this celebration, it’s time to come back to reality to get ready for the new week that is upon us.
As I was thinking about this last post of the day, this timeless ballad came to mind.
I listened to it and looked for a version that I liked.
This song transports you to a different world. Let yourself be taken to a world of calm, peace and no hurry. Imagine ….. the ocean, the smell of salt, the winding caressing your face, the slowness of the ride (slow motion), the back and forth of the boat.
Right into the sunset … in the beautiful company of yourself, the ocean, the wind and a wonderful world of Nature that surrounds you.
Relax, take it all in and enjoy the ride …. even if it is imaginary!!
As some of you may know, there was a special celebration in our household last night. We celebrated Maryjane’s birthday.
During these kind of celebrations, gifts make their way to the “honoree”.
These gifts signify, in part, a demonstration of the relationship between the “giver” and the “receiver”. It’s a means of saying that one is important to the “giver”.
Among the many presents that Maryjane received last night, there is one that really stands out.
The picture noted above is a hand-made painting with “illustrations” that have much significance to someone who is from Puerto Rico. These depict many of the important aspects of Puerto Rican history, monuments, folklore, customs and icons.
This is a “labor of love”.
This piece of art has been painted on a Spanish tile …. the background was prepared and painted with various base coats and eventually became the ocean. Each “Illustration” was carefully researched, googled and painted over the base.
~~FINISHED PIECE ON THE ARTIST’S WORK STATION~~
This piece took time and effort to be completed – and it had to be completed before the birthday celebration. When I asked the artist told me that it took her four days of daily and persistent work to finish the piece on time.
It shows a dedication to detail with an intention to finally portray the importance of the relationship between the “giver” and the “receiver”.
I would like to take this opportunity to explain what the meaning behind these “illustrations”.
The structure on the Lt. side of the painted tile is “El Morro” Fort.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro also known as Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Location of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Puerto Rico
American Military Occupation (1898–1961)
El Morro and many other Spanish government buildings in Old San Juan then became part of a large U.S. Army post, called Fort Brooke. In the early 20th century, the U.S. military filled up the esplanade, or green space in front of “El Morro” with baseball diamonds, hospitals, officers’ quarters, an officers’ club and even a golf course.
During World War II the United States Army added a massive concrete bunker to the top of El Morro to serve as a Harbor Defense Fire Control Station to direct a network of coastal artillery sites, and to keep watch for German submarines which were ravaging shipping in the Caribbean.
A lighthouse, rebuilt by the U.S. Army in 1906–08 is the tallest point on El Morro, standing 180 feet (55 m) above sea level. Flagpoles on El Morro today customarily fly the United States flag, the Puerto Rican flag and the Cross of Burgundy Flag, also known in Spanish as las Aspas de Borgoña, a standard which was widely used by Spanish armies around the world from 1506–1785.
National Park (1961–present)
In 1961, the United States Army officially retired from El Morro. The “fort” became a part of the National Park Service to be preserved as museums. In 1983, the Castillo and the city walls were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. In honor of the Quincentennial of the voyages of Columbus in 1992 the exterior esplanade was cleared of palm trees that had been planted by the U.S. Army in the Fort Brooke era, and restored to the open appearance this “field-of-fire” for El Morro’s cannon would have had in colonial Spanish times.
Parking lots and paved roads were also removed, and the El Morro lighthouse repaired and restored to its original appearance. El Morro was used as a film set in the 1996 motion picture Amistad. Steven Spielberg used it to represent a fort in Sierra Leone where African slaves were auctioned in 1839.
African slave labor was used in addition to local labor to help build the castillo. El Morro was a defensive military fortification and a major component of San Juan’s harbordefensesystem. Puerto Rico as such was considered by the Spanish crown as the “Key to the Antilles”; no enemy ship could navigate its waters without fear of capture.
Puerto Rican hibiscus is the Puerto Rico State Flower. Puerto Rican hibiscus is also commonly known as Thespesia grandiflora, Maga grandiflora, Montezuma and flor de maga. Puerto Rican hibiscus is cultivated mostly as an ornamental tree for the beauty of its flowers although it is also valued for its timber.
The Puerto Rican hibiscus (Maga) is different from the common hibiscus. The Maga is a tree which grows tall. Maga tree or Puerto Rican hibiscus tree is an attractive small to medium sized tree, with dark green foliage and large dark pink or red flowers. Puerto Rican hibiscus flowers are cup-shaped and are 7.5 to 9 cm and 9.0 to 13 cm, broad with five overlapping petals. The Puerto Rican hibiscus flowers are borne singly on long petioles from leaf bases.
Puerto Rican hibiscus stand singly on long petioles from leaf bases. Puerto Rican hibiscus are produced intermittently throughout the year in warm climates. Puerto Rican hibiscus grows near San Juan in north-eastern Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican hibiscus is endemic to the humid forests of Puerto Rico.
Facts About Puerto Rican hibiscus
Puerto Rican hibiscus flowers between 5-7 years of age.
Puerto Rican hibiscus leaves are Heart-shaped, shiny green, usually ranging in size from 5 cm to 20 cm (2 to 8 inches) long.
Puerto Rican hibiscus Fruit Capsule is a flattened indehiscent leathery sphere.
Puerto Rican hibiscus seeds are the grayish brown seeds, 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Both the capsules and the hard seeds are buoyant and can be dispersed to very long distances by sea water.
Puerto rican hibiscus flowers depends on bats and birds for dispersal.
~~MARYJANE WAS BORN IN THE SMALL MOUNTAIN TOWN OF AIBONITO~~
Río Piedras is a district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Founded as a separate municipality in 1714, it has been the home of the University of Puerto Rico’smain campus since 1903, earning the town the popular name of Ciudad Universitaria (University City). Rio Piedras was recognized as a municipality until 1951 when it was incorporated into the municipality of San Juan.
Río Piedras’ origins go back to 1714 when a settlement along the shores of the Piedras river was recognized by Governor Juan de Rivera. Originally known as El Roble, it eventually adopted the name of the river that crossed its territory (Río Piedras in Spanish).
On May 12, 1903 the University of Puerto Rico was founded in Río Piedras. The university was a central part of the development of Rio Piedras, both in housing and economically. Even though the campus covers a very small portion of the territory, it is considered the unofficial symbol of the old town. Currently, the Río Piedras Campus is recognized as the main campus in the University of Puerto Rico system. The Botanical Gardens of the University are also located at Río Piedras.
Following the annexation of Rio Piedras, the city of San Juan, and its surrounding area now including Rio Piedras, quadrupled its former size.
On the Rt. hand side of the painted tile you see the depiction of Old San Juan, El Jibarito, the banana tree, the Loiza masks and the typical Puerto Rican musical instruments.
Old San Juan (Spanish: Viejo San Juan) is the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico and is the historic colonial section of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Old San Juan is located on a small and narrow island which lies in the north coast, about 35 miles (56 km) from the east end of Puerto Rico, and is united to the mainland of Puerto Rico by the three bridges. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by San Juan Bay or “Bahia de San Juan” which lies between the city and the mainland. On a bluff about 100 feet (30 m) high at the west end of the island and commanding the entrance to the harbor rise the battlements of Fort San Felipe del Morro, in which there is a lighthouse.
The “Caño de San Antonio” lies also in South Coast and extends to the Southeast where the island of Old San Juan connects to the mainland through Santurce by three bridges, “Puente Dos Hermanos” (Ashford Avenue), “Puente G. Esteves” (Ponce de León Avenue) and “Puente San Antonio” (Fernández Juncos Avenue).
The city is characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. Near Fort San Felipe del Morro is the Casa Blanca, a palace on land which belonged to the family of Ponce de Leon.
A Puerto Rican (Spanish: puertorriqueño) (Taíno: boricua) is a person who was born in Puerto Rico. People born and raised in other parts of the world, most notably in the continental United States, of Puerto Rican parents are also sometimes referred to as Puerto Ricans.
Puerto Ricans commonly refer to themselves as boricuas.
In Puerto Rico, the Jíbaro culture has its origins in the Native Taino culture and the term Jíbaro usually refers to “La Gente de la Montañas” (the people of the interior mountainous regions of Puerto Rico) and emerged in the 16th century with the blending of the Pre-Columbian Native Taino and Spanish European cultures in the central mountains of the island of Puerto Rico. Some elements of the jíbaro culture are still visible today. For example, when Luis Muñoz Marín founded the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in 1938, the party adopted the jíbaro hat, the pava, as its symbol. The PDP seal shows the pava with the words “Pan, Tierra, y Libertad“, which translates to “Bread, Land, and Freedom”. Also, every Christmas, Puerto Ricans use the Jíbaro instruments, music, and cuisine to celebrate these festivities.
The first known use of the word “jíbaro” occurred in 1814 in Diario Económico de Puerto Rico. In that paper there is a letter to the editor dated 17 June 1814 signed by “El Gíbaro Paciente” (The Patient Jíbaro). It is used in the context of an indigenous Puerto Rican character.
~~Modern usage of the word~~
Since at least the 1920’s,the term Jíbaro has a more positive connotation in Puerto Rican culture, proudly associated with a cultural ideology as pioneers of Puerto Rico.
The term occasionally also has a negative connotation. A jíbaro can mean someone who is considered ignorant or impressionable due to a lack of a more European style of education. Despite this negative connotation, the image of the jíbaro represents an ideology of a traditional Puerto Rican: hard-working, simple, independent, and prudently wise.
Colloquially, the jíbaro imagery serves as a representation of the roots of modern Puerto Rican people, and symbolizes the strength of traditional values of living simply and properly caring for homeland and family.
A vejigante is a folkloric character in Puerto Rican festival celebrations (mainly seen in Carnival time). Traditional colors of the Vejigantes were black, red, white, and yellow. Today, vejigantes wear brightly colored, ornate masks of all colors and a costume with bat-likewings. The term vejigante derives from the word vejiga (bladder) and gigante (giant), due to custom of blowing up and painting cow bladders. The masks are often linked to many festivals that continue today, especially in Loíza and Ponce.
In the 12th century St. James the apostle was believed to lead the Catholic militia to win a battle over the infidel Moors. St. James is the patron saint of Spain and on his saints day, when people celebrated the Victory of St. James over the Moors, the vejigante represented the Moors with whom St. James fought.
Back then, the vejigante symbolized the Devil in the battle between good and evil. This processional in Puerto Rico has taken on a new face because of the African and Taino influence. The Tainos were believed to be excellent mask makers. Vejigante masks are usually meant as “fright” masks.
One of Puerto Rico’s notable exports is its music, which is probably the predominant Caribbean music heard in the United States.
Some of the instruments used in traditional Puerto Rican music originated with the Taíno people. Most noteworthy is the güicharo, or güiro, a notched hollowed-out gourd, which was adapted from pre-Columbian days. The musical traditions of the Spanish and Africans can also be heard in Puerto Rico’s music.
The most popular of these, and one for which greatest number of adaptions and compositions have been written, is the cuatro, a guitar-like instrument with 10 strings (arranged in five different pairs). The name (translated as “the fourth”) is derived from the earlier instrument having four (or four pairs of) strings, but for aims of century 19, around year 1875, already it was custom to make it with five pairs of cords as we know it today.
Also prevalent on the island are such percussion instruments as tambours (hollowed tree trunks covered with stretched-out animal skin), maracas (gourds filled with pebbles or dried beans and mounted on handles), and a variety of drums whose original designs were brought from Africa by the island’s slaves. All these instruments contribute to the rich variety of folk music with roots in the cultural melting pot of the island’s Spanish, African, and Taíno traditions.
I hope that I have been able to convey, without boring you, why this piece of art is so important … both to the “giver” and the “receiver”. It’s a treasured possession that is priceless to those who know how to value it.
As you might understand this is a subject close to my heart.. Being a former homeless man myself I have seen and experienced these things described in above song myself.
Let me give you an example. You probably all have seen people selling street papers like the Big Issue. In my town they sell “straatnieuws” (streetnews) and I have done so myself as well. Now imagine you stand in front of your local supermarket. It is raining, you haven’t slept all night, you are hungry and frankly…you smell a bit. The there comes a suit out of the store and you offer him your magazine just to be greeted by “get a job”
think about it………
Yes…. you just got told to get a job while you are making an honest living.
This, amongst other things, is what the homeless people of this world hear on a daily base…
With the Red Army Choir belting out the Russian Anthem in the background, intrepid activists today protested at the Russian Embassy in D.C. Signs held read “Love Not Hate. Stop Killing Us”, “Discrimination is Incompatible with Olympics” and Scott Wooledge’s masterful “Silence = Death” on the Russian flag. Caution and Danger tape combined with rainbow flags were affixed to the front driveway gate of the Embassy.
The LGBT community of Russia is not safe from the laws and lies of Vladimir Putin. Today’s message is we stand in solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. #CheersToSochi. Tell the Russian Government and the International Olympic Committee that gay bashing is not an official Olympic Sport!
The International Olympic Committee is complicit with Putin ignoring all the human rights violations committed in Russia. This includes not only the LGBT community, but also against ethnic minorities and women, DIRECTLY violating…
Today is the actual birthday ….. years ago a wonderful soul/human being came into this world to attain growth, to walk her life’s path, to discover her purpose and to make others happy. She is very good at what she does. Some like to call her a “domestic engineer”, others call her “Mom”, a few called her “Abuelita” (Granny) and I called her “mine” and “my love”.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARYJANE.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for making life interesting, funny, adventurous and grounded.
We celebrated your special day in a big, joyful way. May there be so many more to come!!
~~MARYJANE’S PRESENT: A HANDCRAFTED WORK OF ART FROM OUR DEAR FRIEND C. ADVINCULA~~
~~A RAINBOW BOUQUET FROM “BALLS MALONEY”~~
~~NOT MARDI GRAS BUT IT LOOKS NICE~~
~~SHE NEVER WORE HER TIARA~~
~~AS ORDERED … “GET THE WINE GLASSES”~~
~~WELL SAID …. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! THE SET-UP~~
~~IN DETAIL … THIS IS A PAINTED SPANISH TILE … REPRESENTS LITTLE DETAILS FROM PUERTO RICO. MARYJANE WAS BORN IN A SMALL TOWN CALLED AIBONITO AND I WAS RAISED IN RIO PIEDRAS .. OUR HOMES BACK THEN~~
~~OUT ARTIST FRIEND …. C. ADVINCULA~~
~~WONDERFUL FRIENDS: DOC & MIGUI~~
~~YUMMY CAKE ….. NOTICE THE CANDLES~~
~~AND THEN … THE TEQUILA SHOTS BEGAN … IN THE TRADITIONAL MANNER: LICK THE SALT, LEMON AND SHOT~~
~~MAIN TABLE … GIFTS AND CAKE~~
We ALL celebrate this day TOGETHER!!
“You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”
You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always be around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever you’ll stay in my heartI feel like this is the beginning,
Though I’ve loved you for a million years,
And if I thought our love was ending,
I’d find myself drowning in my own tears
You are the sunshine of my life,
That’s why I’ll always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever you’ll stay in my heart
You must have known that I was lonely,
Because you came to my rescue,
And I know that this must be heaven,
How could so much love be inside of you?
You are the sunshine of my life, yeah,
That’s why I’ll always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever you’ll stay in my heart
Love has joined us,
Love has joined us,
Let’s think sweet love
While flags were being waved and athletes marched in Sochi, gay rights activists in St. Petersburg and Moscow were being detained and insulted by authorities. Police have refused to comment on the detainment of 10 LGBT activists who waved rainbow flags and tried to sing a Russian anthem in Red Square as well as four protesters in St. Petersburg. The Russian LGBT community has been put under grave pressure both by widespread neo-Nazi violence against LGBT people and a harsh anti-gay law pushed by the Russian government which criminalizes even vocally supporting gay rights.
The Olympics celebrates the best in what again ?
Oh you didn’t know? – Celebrate Humanity is the name of the advertising campaign used to advertise the Olympic Games it has been in use for both the winter and summer Olympics since in 2000. I don’t mean to spoil all the fun, but the Olympics celebrates humanity…