Lively and LaBarbera Team Up for Anti-gay hate fest

Scott Lively …. can’t he be stopped?? He’s behind all this hate and discrimination!!!


By Cathy Kristofferson, February 19, 2014

livelyrussia1Today Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera announced the formation of their new organization – the Coalition for Family Values – who purpose appears to be to foment homophobia worldwide of the variety currently making headlines in Uganda, Jamaica and Russia. Together this Friday they will hold a press conference to praise Russia’s so-called pro-family laws and to urge other countries to follow Putin’s lead.

Both Lively and LaBarbera head organizations the Southern poverty Law Center designate as hate groups. Scott Lively is currently charged with Crimes Against Humanity for the persecution of Uganda’s LGBT community directly resulting from his actions in Uganda. Of Russia’s recent passage of anti-gay legislation Lively remarked “I indirectly assisted in that and it’s one of the proudest achievements of my career.

LaBarberaJAMPeter LaBarbara traveled to Jamaica in December to help further whoop up the already raging homophobia there…

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At the end of the day ….

~~February 19, 2014~~

“At the end of the day” …. how many times do we say and repeat this phrase?

To me it’s a way to measure how the day went, how we performed, what we achieved and how close we are to our goals. 

Browsing through the internet, I found these quote and graphic which gives us ideas of what to think “at the end of the day”.


~~Did I do enough?~~

~~Being together~~

~~You are still an artist~~

~~Goals and dreams~~

~~No excuses, no explanations, no regrets~~

~~I’d say “holding you together~~

~~Completely up to you~~

~~To make it better~~

~~Be content and proud~~


We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!!

Kitaro – Estrella


Written and produced high in the mountains of Colorado, these haunting melodies are a resplendent expression of the beauty to be found all around us. Highlights include Estrella, Harmony of the Forest, Spirit of the Water, and Stream. Sure to be a hit with fans everywhere, Thinking of You is more than an album; it is a moving, eye-opening tale of wonder that that could only be told by Kitaro. Released in 1999.


We ALL are ONE!! 

Just a thought ….. or rather .. a fact?? Wendell Berry ….


~~February 19, 2014~~

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Wendell Berry (born August 5, 1934) is an American novelist, poet, environmental activistcultural critic, and farmer. A prolific author, he has written dozens of novels, short stories, poems, and essays.

He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is also a 2013 Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berry has been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

Wendell Berry
A New Harvest, with Wendell Berry, Henry County, KY, 2011 - photograph by Guy Mendes.jpg

Wendell Berry and solar panels on his farm in Henry County, KY, December 2011. Photo by Guy Mendes.
Born August 5, 1934 (age 79)
Henry County, Kentucky
Occupation Farmer, writer, academic
Nationality American
Education University of Kentucky (B.A; M.A., English, 1957)
Genres Fiction, poetry, essays
Subjects agriculture, rural life, community


Berry’s nonfiction serves as an extended conversation about the life he values. According to him, the good life includes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local economics, the miracle of life, fidelity, frugality, reverence, and the interconnectedness of life.

The threats Berry finds to this good simple life include: industrial farming and the industrialization of life, ignorance, hubris, greed, violence against others and against the natural world, the eroding topsoil in the United States, global economics, and environmental destruction.

As a prominent defender of agrarian values, Berry’s appreciation for traditional farming techniques, such as those of the Amish, grew in the 1970s, due in part to exchanges with Draft Horse Journal publisher Maurice Telleen. Berry has long been friendly to and supportive of Wes Jackson, believing that Jackson’s agricultural research at The Land Institute lives out the promise of “solving for pattern” and using “nature as model.”


Author Rod Dreher writes that Berry’s “unshakable devotion to the land, to localism, and to the dignity of traditional life makes him both a great American and, to the disgrace of our age, a prophet without honor in his native land.” Similarly, Bill Kauffman argues that “Among the tragedies of contemporary politics is that Wendell Berry, as a man of place, has no place in a national political discussion that is framed by Gannett and Clear Channel.” 

Historian Richard White calls Berry “the environmental writer who has most thoughtfully tried to come to terms with labor” and “one of the few environmental writers who takes work seriously.”

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The Problem With Our Food System: According To Wendell Berry

“I could hardly contain my excitement when I came upon this powerful, astute and somehow poetic portrayal of the problems with our food system – a topic I love to write and debate about, although never so eloquently or succinctly. Therefore, I want to share with you this short excerpt from the book Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community. It is a series of essays written by the award-winning author and agricultural activist Wendell Berry.


In the first essay, entitled Sales Resistance for Beginners, Berry writes:

The Food System is firmly grounded on the following principles:

a. Food is important mainly as an article of international trade.

b. It doesn’t matter what happens to farmers.

c. It doesn’t matter what happens to the land.

d. Agriculture has nothing to do with “the environment.”

e. There will always be plenty of food, for if farmers don’t grow it from the soil, then scientists will invent it.

f. There is no connection between food and health. People are fed by the food industry, which pays

no attention to health, and are healed by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.

g. It follows that there is no connection between healing and health. Hospitals customarily feed their patients poor-quality, awful-tasting, factory-made expensive food and keep them awake all night with various expensive attentions. There is a connection between money and health.




The Problem With Our Food System – Wendell Berry

Published on Nov 16, 2013


“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”
― Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House


We ALL are connected through NATURE!!


We ALL are ONE!!



Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is A Rock Star

Respect Justice RBG!!

Erin Matson

Recently, Justice Elena Kagan gave a speech honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is moving and wonderful. You can watch it here.

The speech gives those of us who identify as feminist a lot to think about. In particular, I noticed the reoccurring theme of the strategic approach Justice Ginsburg used in her career before becoming a judge: the way she chose which issues to work on, prepared immaculate arguments, and waited for the perfect moments to act.

Toward the end, Justice Ginsburg herself speaks, touching on how rewarding it is to work on something larger than yourself, in her case, the cause of working toward equality for women. We are so lucky to have this rock star in the highest court.

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The hands, the head and the heart ….. Use them!


~~February 19, 2014~~

laborer is a person who does one of the construction trades, traditionally considered unskilled manual labor, as opposed to skilled labor. In the division of labor, laborers have all blastinghand toolspower toolsair tools, and small heavy equipment, and act as assistants to other trades, e.g., operators or cement masons.

The 1st century BC engineer Vitruvius writes in detail about laborer practices at that time. In his experience a good crew of laborers is just as valuable as any other aspect of construction. Other than the addition of pneumatics, laborer practices have changed little. With the advent of advanced technology and its introduction into the construction field, the laborers have been quick to include much of this technology as being laborers work.


craftsman or artisan is a skilled manual worker who makes items that may be functional or strictly decorative.

Craftsman may also refer to:

Master craftsman, an artisan who makes crafts.

Craftsman Book Company, publisher of technical references for construction professionals

Craftsmen Industries, marketing company

American Craftsman style, an American domestic architectural and interior design


An artist is a person engaged in one or more of any of a broad spectrum of activities related to creating art, practicing the arts, and/or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only.

The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers (less often for actors). “Artiste” (the French for artist) is a variant used in English only in this context. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is certainly valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.



Saint Francis of Assisi (ItalianSan Francesco d’Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco (“the Frenchman”) by his father, 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher.

He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Francis’ father was Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant. Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210.

He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order).


Prayer of St. Francis by Ryan Cayabyab


Uploaded on Sep. 29, 2008

A very meditative song … watch the video and meditate on the lyrics.

I don’t particularly promote any organized religion. I think that the rendition of this song is a beautiful one. The lyrics are indeed inspiring.

My hope is that they can inspire you along with the initial photo/graphic reflecting the meaning of a laborer, craftsman and an artist. 


~~ …. an instrument of your Peace …. ~~

bronze sand

We ALL are ONE!! 

Something to think about …..


~~~February 19, 2014~~

This is so true!!

~~I am owning what I allow~~


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We ALL are connected by SPIRIT!!! 


We ALL are ONE!!