At the end of the day …. “A Beautiful Spirit Transitions”!!


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~~February 27, 2014~~ 

A beautiful spirit made the transition early this morning, as a soft rain fell over Orlando, Florida.

Joe Catino, son of my friend Rose, both of them two of the sweetest, strongest and brightest souls I know, brother to Gina, beloved uncle to Leilani and to the little nephew who will never see him on this side of the Veil, but will hear earfuls of Uncle Jojo stories as he grows up, and beloved of Kawon, another beautiful and pure soul, lost his brief but ferocious battle with cancer early today.

To his very last conscious moment, he kept his sense of humor and playfulness, and reflected back on those around him the deep love that surrounded him.

Go in Beauty, Joe, just as you walked in it throughout your life.

~~Gringuis Paleothodoros~~

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~~Rest in Peace~~

Joe Catino … you were a bad-ass trouper through all you went through. Like your Mom, you were always thoughtful of everyone around you when you were the one in pain, the strength and courage was admirable.

I am honored to have gotten to know you.

I want to thank all who have been there for us through it all you guys are truly amazing, love you all.

~~Lyd Med~~

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~~Graphics by: Marisol Santos~~

His physical form isn’t here anymore. He will always be with you, in your heart and your memories. He will always be within reach ….

Thinking so much about you!!!

Holding you and yours so close to my heart!!

~~Horty Rexach~~

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“One of the most enduring metaphors for the spiritual path is the transformation of the lowly catepillar into a butterfly.  Out of its own substance, the ground-hugging grub weaves the medium for its metamorphosis — the chrysalis within which it evolves into a beautiful creature with wings.  The human being undergoes an equally dramatic transformation, unfolding the path to liberation from within the depths of the soul and emerging, after great struggle, as an expression of divinity in the world.”

Source: http://whenthesoulawakens.org/the-path-of-transformation_268.html

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~~To Joe …. from Mom~~

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In human context, a family is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence/shared consumption. Members of the immediate family may include a spouse, parent, brother and sister, and son and daughter. Members of the extended family may include grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, nephew and niece, or sibling-in-law.

~~Gina, Rose, Joe~~

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Dani and Lizzy – Dancing in the Sky (with Lyrics)

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Published on Sep 10, 2013

Photo montage put together to the song Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzy.

Such an amazing song.

Really strikes a chord after a recent loss.

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We ALL will remember you, JOE!!

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Some humor today …. maybe???


Here's a look at the entire world:

~~February 27, 2014~~ 

~~Full Credit~~

http://www.atlasofprejudice.com/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/what-americans-really-think-about-the-rest-of-the-world

~~Above is a look at the entire world~~

From the creator of the The Atlas Of Prejudice comes maps of the world according to stereotypical American prejudices. Equal parts funny and sad, these maps also give insight on how the rest of the world views U.S. Americans.

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~~Looks like we still haven’t gotten over the Cold War or the movie Borat~~

Looks like we still haven't gotten over the Cold War or the movie Borat.

~~Ah yes, the good ol’ Malibu Ocean~~

Ah yes, the good ol' Malibu Ocean.

~~Basically, South America sounds like a TLC line up~~

Basically, South America sounds like a TLC line up.

Obama’s birthplace and Osama’s grave right near each other?

Coincidence, these Americans think not.

Obama's birthplace and Osama's grave right near each other? Coincidence, these Americans think not.

~~Basically, the Caribbean is a bunch of themed parties~~

Basically, the Caribbean is a bunch of themed parties.

It’s true, when I visit Australia, I expect to get picked up from the airport by a croc wearing man riding a kangaroo.

It's true, when I visit Australia, I expect to get picked up from the airport by a croc wearing man riding a kangaroo.

~~And of course, what we think of ourselves~~

And of course, what we think of ourselves:

All credit for pictures/graphics: http://www.atlasofprejudice.com/

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Kerry Likens Uganda Anti-Gay Law to Anti-Semitism and Apartheid


Extreme discrimination … both!!

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John KerryRepost from Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday likened new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germanyor apartheid South Africa.

“You could change the focus of this legislation to black or Jewish and you could be in 1930s Germany or you could be in 1950s-1960s apartheid South Africa,” Kerry told a group of reporters. “It was wrong there egregiously in both places and it is wrong here,” he added.

Kerry said the legislation signed by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday was “atrocious” and expressed concern at mounting discrimination against gays in 78 countries around the world. Continue Reading

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A little note and another sneak preview!


This is from my cyber lil’ sis!!!

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Hey Everybody!

For some reason I am not able to comment on your posts. 😦

I hope this problem will be resolved tomorrow because it’s frustrating!

Anyways, I thought it would be nice to show you a bit more of my poetry book because I received the proof yesterday! 🙂

I amediting it for the last time and making some final adjustments.

Next month, it will ready to be published! 🙂

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This is just amazing, holding my own book! 🙂

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One of the poems inside my book, it’s great to see it printed! 🙂

Lots of Love,

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“The Lego Movie” ….. interesting parallels to real life!


~~February 27, 2014~~ 

The previews looked interesting. My oldest grand-daughter wanted to see it. Therefore, yesterday we embarked on this adventure. It was the movie and dinner …. “Mina time”.

~~Let’s see how I put this review together.~~

The Lego Movie (stylized as The LEGO® Movie) is a 2014 American computer animated stop-motion adventure comedy film directed and co-written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and starring the voices of Chris PrattWill FerrellElizabeth BanksWill ArnettNick OffermanAlison BrieCharlie DayLiam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

Based on the Lego line of construction toys, the film tells the story of an ordinary Lego mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as a hero prophesied to save the Lego universe from an evil tyrant. The film was released on February 7, 2014.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phil Lord
Christopher Miller
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Story by
  • Dan Hageman
  • Kevin Hageman
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Based on Lego Construction Toys
Starring
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Pablo Plaisted
Editing by
  • David Burrows
  • Chris McKay
Studio
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Roadshow Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Release dates
  • February 1, 2014(Los Angeles premiere)
  • February 7, 2014(United States)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million
Box office $278,329,929

~~Plot~

The wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect the “Kragle“, a superweapon, from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but warns Lord Business of a prophecy where a person called the “Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.

~~The wizard Vitruvius~~

~~Lord Business~~

~~The Special~~

Eight-and-a-half years later, Emmet Brickowski, an ordinary construction worker, comes across a woman, Wyldstyle, who is searching for something after hours at Emmet’s construction site. When he investigates, Emmet falls into a hole and finds the Piece of Resistance.

~~Wildstyle~~

Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences vivid visions and passes out. He awakens elsewhere with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back in the custody of Bad Cop, Lord Business’ lieutenant with a split “Good Cop” personality.

Full Credit/Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lego_Movie

The Lego Movie tells the story of Emmet, a conspicuously average member of the ultra-peppy Lego society: yellow head, curved hands, job in construction (what else?) and super-positive attitude. Everything is awesome until he is anointed by an underground resistance movement as the “Special” – the one person who can save the world from the secret scheming of its nefarious leader.

The film’s exuberant, kid-friendly larks – Wild West! Robot pirates! Unicorn kittens! Batman! – are laced with satirical digs at surveillance culture, built-in obsolescence and police brutality, as well as inane positive thinking. Its opening sequences show a world in which a pliant, consumerist populace, mollified by overpriced coffee and dumb TV shows, is exploited by cynical leadership; political and corporate power are conflated in the villainous figure of “President Business” (Will Ferrell).

Most fascinating is President Business’s masterplan and our heroes’ response to it: he hopes to make the status quo a permanent reality by literally gluing everyone in place. A society doesn’t get more stuck than that. Emmet, meanwhile, must learn to stop slavishly following “the instructions”, improvise and think the unthinkable.

The way forward is found in the hybrid, the mutant, the absurd – the different.

Toy Story … a still from The Lego Movie featuring President Business, played by Will Ferrell.

~~“Kragle“, a superweapom – the evilLord Business~~

Bad Cop tracks down Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Virtruvius, who are rescued by Wyldstyle’s boyfriend, Batman.

In other words, the crux of the drama is not whether the world will be saved or destroyed.

It’s whether “Do not touch” will triumph over “You can still change everything”.

It’s that small shift – from staking everything on the preservation of the familiar to embracing the unknown – that makes The Lego Movie remarkable.

And this is where the comparison with Occupy comes in.

The value of that movement wasn’t in its ability to present a viable alternative model for the organisation of society. Clearly, it hasn’t done that. Its value was in its insistence that it’s worth exploring the options.

The Lego Movie does something similar. We’re not proposing it as a work of leftist agitprop – it remains, after all, a giant billboard for a multinational company – or suggesting it offers a viable blueprint for post-neoliberal civics.

But, like Occupy, it asserts that it’s OK – exciting, even – to consider how society could be structured differently. It invites us to imagine other worlds.

Business throws the Piece of Resistance off the edge of the universe, sets his headquarters to self-destruct, and leaves with the Kragle while leaving Bad Cop behind. Vitruvius’ ghost tells Emmet that even if the prophecy is not real, Emmet can still save the world. Emmet, tied to the self-destruct mechanism’s battery, flings himself off the edge of the universe to save his friends. Inspired by Emmet’s sacrifice, the Master Builders escape and rally with the help of Bad Cop. Soon, Lego people across the universe build creative weapons to use against Business’ forces, with the Master Builders leading the charge.

Emmet finds himself in the real world, where the events of the story are being played out within the imagination of a boy, Finn. His father, known by Emmet as “The Man Upstairs” from his visions, chastises his son for ruining his father’s Lego set by mixing characters with the wrong play sets and originating hodgepodge creations, and proceeds to glue his perceived perfect creations together permanently.

Realizing the danger his friends are in, Emmet wills himself to move and falls off the table, gaining Finn’s attention. Finn returns Emmet to the Lego set, where Emmet builds a massive robot to assist his friends before confronting Lord Business.

In the real world, Finn’s father looks at his son’s creations again and finds himself impressed. Realizing his son based the evil Lord Business on him, the father has a change of heart and allows his son to play with his Lego however he sees fit.

With the world saved, Emmet celebrates with his friends, and Wyldstyle, whose real name is Lucy, becomes his girlfriend.

However, alien Duplo beings beam down, announcing their intentions to invade, due to the father allowing Finn’s little sister to play with his Lego set as well.

It’s not really surprising, then, that the Hollywood logjam of spectacles of despair should be broken by a kids’ movie. The Lego movie is a celebration of the untrammeled imagination, the urge to have fun jumbling ideas together and finding meaning in the mess, however unconventional. It’s a quintessentially childlike sensibility, and one we could all use a bit more of.

“I know things seem bad right now but there is a way out of it,” the movie insists.

The fact that a sequel is already in the works suggests that Emmet and his pals will now be faced with a challenge far more formidable than ending the world: making a new one.

Source/Full Credit: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/11/lego-film-subversive-countercultural

The LEGO® Movie – Official Main Trailer

Published on Oct 31, 2013

“The LEGO® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opened in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared.

Dare to be different!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

John Steinbeck ….. 112th birthday!!


~~February 27, 2014~~ 

Today’s Google Doodle is one big, interactive birthday card to Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck, who would have turned 112 today.

Google Doodle John Steinbeck

After clicking on the Doodle, users get transported to a click through animation that highlights his greatest works, starting with The Grapes of Wrath.

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Clicking the image prompts illustrations based on the Pulitzer Prize and Nation Book Award winning novel to appear on the screen along with famous quotes.

Google Doodle John Steinbeck

~~Other books featured include Cannery Row~~
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~~Of Mice and Men~~

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~~The Pearl~~

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~~Travels with Charlie in Search of America~~

Google Doodle John Steinbeck travels with charlie Steinbeck died in 1968 at 66.

Full Credit/Source: http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/27/john-steinbeck-google-doodle/

Read more: John Steinbeck Google Doodle for The Grapes of Wrath Author’s Birthday | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/27/john-steinbeck-google-doodle/#ixzz2uXrzk9mU

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John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). As the author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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Steinbeck in Sweden during his trip to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962
Born John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr.
February 27, 1902
Salinas, California, United States
Died December 20, 1968 (aged 66)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, war correspondent
Notable work(s) Of Mice and Men (1937)
The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
East of Eden (1952)
Notable award(s) Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1940)
Nobel Prize in Literature (1962)

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~~Early life~~

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. He was of German, English, and Irish descent. Johann Adolf Großsteinbeck, Steinbeck’s paternal grandfather, had shortened the family name to Steinbeck when he emigrated to the United States. The family farm in HeiligenhausMettmannNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, is still today named “Großsteinbeck.”

His father, John Ernst Steinbeck, served as Monterey County treasurer. John’s mother, Olive Hamilton, a former school teacher, shared Steinbeck’s passion of reading and writing. The Steinbecks were members of the Episcopal Church, although Steinbeck would later become an agnostic. 

Steinbeck lived in a small rural town, no more than a frontier settlement, set in some of the world’s most fertile land. He spent his summers working on nearby ranches and later with migrant workers on Spreckels ranch. There he became aware of the harsher aspects of migrant life and the darker side of human nature, which supplied him with material expressed in such works as Of Mice and Men. He also explored his surroundings, walking across local forests, fields, and farms.

~~Nobel Prize~~

In 1962, Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for literature for his “realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humor and keen social perception.” The selection was heavily criticized, and described as “one of the Academy’s biggest mistakes” in one Swedish newspaper. The reaction of American literary critics was also harsh. The New York Times asked why the Nobel committee gave the award to an author whose “limited talent is, in his best books, watered down by tenth-rate philosophising”, noting that “The international character of the award and the weight attached to it raise questions about the mechanics of selection and how close the Nobel committee is to the main currents of American writing.

We think it interesting that the laurel was not awarded to a writer … whose significance, influence and sheer body of work had already made a more profound impression on the literature of our age”.Steinbeck himself, when asked on the day of the announcement if he deserved the Nobel, replied: “Frankly, no.” 

Biographer Jackson Benson notes, “This honor was one of the few in the world that one could not buy nor gain by political maneuver. It was precisely because the committee made its judgment … on its own criteria, rather than plugging into ‘the main currents of American writing’ as defined by the critical establishment, that the award had value.”

In his acceptance speech later in the year in Stockholm, he said:

“The writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit — for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.”

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John Steinbeck (Doodle-Google)

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~~Death and legacy~~

The Steinbeck family graves in the Hamilton plot at the Salinas Cemetery

John Steinbeck died in New York City on December 20, 1968, of heart disease and congestive heart failure. He was 66, and had been a lifelong smoker. An autopsy showed nearly complete occlusion of the main coronary arteries.

In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated, and interred (March 4, 1969) at the Hamilton family grave site in Salinas, with those of his parents and maternal grandparents. His third wife, Elaine, was buried in the plot in 2004. He had earlier written to his doctor that he felt deeply “in his flesh” that he would not survive his physical death, and that the biological end of his life was the final end to it.

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The day after Steinbeck’s death in New York City, reviewer Charles Poore wrote in the New York Times: “John Steinbeck’s first great book was his last great book. But Good Lord, what a book that was and is: The Grapes of Wrath.” Poore noted a “preachiness” in Steinbeck’s work, “as if half his literary inheritance came from the best of Mark Twain— and the other half from the worst of Cotton Mather.” But he asserted that “Steinbeck didn’t need the Nobel Prize – the Nobel judges needed him.”

Steinbeck’s incomplete novel based on the King Arthur legends of Malory and others, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, was published in 1976.

Many of Steinbeck’s works are on required reading lists in American high schools. In the United Kingdom, Of Mice and Men is one of the key texts used by the examining body AQA for its English Literature GCSE. A study by the Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature in the United States found that Of Mice and Men was one of the ten most frequently read books in public high schools.

At the same time, The Grapes of Wrath has been banned by school boards: in August 1939, Kern County Board of Supervisors banned the book from the county’s publicly funded schools and libraries. It was burned in Salinas on two different occasions. In 2003, a school board in Mississippi banned it on the grounds of profanity. According to the American Library Association Steinbeck was one of the ten most frequently banned authors from 1990 to 2004, with Of Mice and Men ranking sixth out of 100 such books in the United States.

~~Bibliography~~

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An Introduction to John Steinbeck

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Uploaded on Dec 9, 2009

A short video introduction for John Steinbeck.

This can be useful for teachers to pique the interest of their students in reading his work.

We ALL are ONE!! 

To start the day ….


~~February 27, 2014~~

A bittersweet moment. A day when a beautiful soul left his human form to go to his origins. Back to Source.

~~ROSE~~

My baby boy left us this morning. He went in his sleep, surrounded by love, kindness, and peace.

RIP Joseph Catino.

A piece of my heart died today.

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~~A Picture Of You~~

I only have a picture now,
A frozen piece of time,
To remind me of how it was,
When you were here, and mine. I see your smiling eyes,
Each morning when I wake,
I talk to you, and place a kiss,
Upon your lovely face. How much I miss you being here,
I really can not say,
The ache is deep inside my heart,
And never goes away.I hear it mentioned often,
That time will heal the pain,
But if I’m being honest,
I hope it will remain.I need to feel you constantly,
To get me through the day,
I loved you so very much,
Why did you go away?The angels came and took you,
That really wasn’t fair,
They took my one and only Son,
My future life. My heir.

If only they had asked me,
If I would take your place,
I would have done so willingly,
Leaving you this world to grace.

You should have had so many years,
To watch your life unfold,
And in the mist of this,
Watch me, your Mom grow old!

I hope your watching from above,
At the daily tasks I do,
And let there be no doubt at all,
I really do love you.

 Full Credit …. © Deborah Robinson

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/my–year-old-son-collapsed-and-died-a-picture-of-you#ixzz2uXPYRBfr
Family Friend Poems

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Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an angel

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We ALL will remember JOE!! 

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We ALL feel for YOU and YOURS!! 

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We ALL are ONE!!

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