La ceiba de Ponce by Francisco Oller

Awesome Puerto Rican painter, artist!!!

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La ceiba de Ponce by Francisco Oller La ceiba de Ponce by Francisco Oller

Francisco Manuel Oller y Cestero (17 June 1833 – 17 May 1917) was the only Latin American artist to have played a role in the development of the Impressionist movement.

Artist: Francisco Oller

Completion Date: 1888

Style: Impressionism

Genre: Landscape

Thank you to Horty for giving me this artist, and a new name for my art research. Your next artist is Fernand Leger.

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“Frozen” ….. fear campaign mounting!

~~March 13, 2014~~



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~~Is ‘Frozen’ The Gayest Movie of the Year?~~

Hide your kids! Anti-gay conspiracy theorists warn that the critically-acclaimed cartoon is actually homosexual propaganda.

Frozen might just be the most talked-about kids movie since Toy Story, but it’s not all accolades and awards for the Oscar-winning animated flick. There is a fear campaign mounting against the film, warning conservative parents and grandparents to keep their impressionable young children away from what some believe is a musical advertisement for the gay agenda.


It seems to have started with Kathryn Skaggs who, according to the title of her blog, is “A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman.” After being dragged against her will three different times by three sets of grandchildren to see Frozen, Skaggs couldn’t “Let It Go” any longer. After the third viewing she was convinced: This beloved movie, with its top-notch animation and its catchy theme song doesn’t just have homosexual undertones (what Disney movie doesn’t?) but is 108 minutes of pure gay propaganda!


“It is apparent that the very best talent within the industry was called upon for every facet of producing and bringing Frozen to the big screen: illustrators; animators; writers; composers; singing artist; actors; etc., in order to woo its intended audience, parents, into a frozen-state, which would then allow liberalism to indoctrinate children,” Skaggs wrote in lengthy blog post last month. Most of the reactions to Skaggs’ claims that the evil geniuses at Disney had duped Christian parents across the country into allowing Frozen to brainwash their children into supporting the “normalization of same-sex sexual behavior” — or worse, turn them gay — have been criticizeddismissed and mocked the Internet over. Yet, as is often the case with outrageous, politically-charged conspiracy theories, someone was bound to bite.

“If I was the Devil, what would I do to really foul up an entire social system and do something really, really, really evil to five- and six- and seven-year-olds in Christian families around America?” Pastor and right-wing radio host Kevin Swanson asked on his show Monday. “I would buy Disney.”

He continued, “I wonder if people are thinking: ‘You know I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my five-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.’ I wonder if the average parent going to see Frozen is thinking that way. I wonder if they are just walking in and saying, ‘Yeah, let’s get my five-year-old and seven-year-old indoctrinated early.’ You know they’re not, I think for the most part they’re oblivious. Maybe they do pick up on pieces of it, but they just don’t get up and walk out.”


Like Skaggs, neither Swanson nor his co-host Steve Vaughn, offer much in the way of specific examples of lines, scenes or even themes in the movie that prove their point. In fact, the only proof of “gay messaging” Skaggs provides is the suggestion that the main character Elsa’s magical power is a metaphor for homosexuality: She is ostracized by the public and even her family, just like the “demonization of homosexuals by society.” Elsa’s non-magical sister Anna’s shotgun wedding to someone she barely knows is meant to illustrate how “heterosexuals diminish marriage.” And, of course, the happy ending wherein Elsa’s family and community finally accept her for who she is sends the message that gays (Elsa) are not the problem, but rather society is the problem for rejecting them.


(Did Skaggs really say that?)

National Catholic Register writer Steven Greydanus (who actually questioned Frozen’s gayness back in January) not only saw the rejected Elsa as a symbol for oppressed gay people, he also points out that Elsa, unlike her boy-crazy sister, shows no interest in dating, so clearly she is a lesbian. If that’s not enough, following the closing credits “Elsa’s giant, male-voiced snow monster, wandering through her abandoned ice palace, picks up her abandoned tiara and places it daintily on his own head, smiling as it discovers its true inner princess.”

Disney has a long history of fielding accusations of using its children’s movies to advance one liberal agenda or another — whether it’s gay rights,environmentalism or socialism. However, there seems to be something aboutFrozen that has attracted more than the usual amount of controversy for a kids’ cartoon.


Frozen is a feminist movie, claimed some critics, because neither of its female protagonists are rescued by a handsome prince in the end but, rather, they save themselves. Frozen is not so feminist, others argued, because Elsa’s climactic “coming out,” if you will, includes an arguably sexy makeover. Others still took the time to call Frozen racist, accusing Disney of “whitewashing” the indigenous people of Scandinavia, where the animated film is supposed to take place. And this was all before John Travolta epically flubbed singer Idina Menzel’s name, creating a fictional person and immediately overplayed meme, at the Academy Awards.

Those fearing Frozen’s homosexual agenda might want to consider the agendas of its critics. Kevin Swanson, for example, declared that “decadent homosexual activity,” marijuana legalization and abortion rights were to blame for the floods that devastated Colorado last summer. And despite insisting in her Frozen post that she is “not anti-gay” nor “here to judge homosexuals,” Kathryn Skaggs has dedicated a large number of her blog posts to advocating for “traditional marriage.”

Then again, if you’re legitimately concerned about a Disney movie turning your children gay, you might be just the choir Swanson and Skaggs are preaching to.


I saw this movie with my oldest grand-daughter. It was the third time she had seen it. I belong to the LGBT community. If there was any “gay propaganda” message in Frozen I should have picked up on it. There was NO such thing.

This fear is only in the minds of those who are so afraid of the imagined difference they “see”.

“Warning conservative parents and grandparents to keep their impressionable young children away from what some believe is a musical advertisement for the gay agenda”. This is pure malarkey and plain, old BS.

~~Is this for you to get your minds out of the gutter~~

 Kathryn Skaggs “A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman“, National Catholic Register writer Steven Greydanus, Steve Vaughn and Pastor and right-wing radio host Kevin Swanson.



FROZEN – Let It Go


We ALL are ONE!! 



European Parliament resolution Calling for Action against Ugandan and Nigerian Anti-Gay laws

Yes, again ….. Where is the USA???


The Condemnation of Uganda and Nigeria | where is the U.S.A.?

By Melanie Nathan, 13 March 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 2.43.25 PMToday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning new laws to imprison lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals in Nigeria and Uganda. The resolution calls on the European Commission and Member States to take immediate action in the fields of political cooperation, aid, and asylum:

European Parliament resolution on launching consultations to suspend Uganda and Nigeria from the Cotonou Agreement in view of recent legislation further criminalising homosexuality (2014/2634(RSP))
The European Parliament,–   having regard to international human rights obligations and instruments, including those contained in the UN conventions on human rights and in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing human rights and fundamental freedoms and prohibiting discrimination,

–   having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of…

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MEDICAL CORNER …. World Cancer Day … March 13, 2014!

~~March 13, 2014~~

World Cancer Day offers us a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. From a global level, World Cancer Day is focusing on the myths below.

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World Cancer Day, a day with renewed pledges and reiterations sans ‘pragmatic solution’ is being marked today, March 13, 2014.

The day is dedicated to increasing public awareness of cancer and dispelling misconceptions about the illness. In many countries, several symposiums, rallies and public awareness campaigns are held to promote ways to ease the burden of disease and raising quality of life for cancer patients.

More to a concern, global health authorities say it is expected that annual cancer cases will rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 within the next two decades.

According to World Health Organization, Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumors and neoplasms.


The story of World Cancer Day started on February 4 intending to increase global awareness of cancer. World Cancer Day originated in 2000 at the first World Summit against Cancer, which was held in Paris. At the meeting, leaders of government agencies and cancer organizations from around the world signed the Charter of Paris against Cancer, a document containing 10 articles that outlined a cooperative global commitment to improving the quality of life of cancer patients and advancement of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.


~~Risk factors~~

The WHO identifies tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity among the main cancer risk factors worldwide. Chronic infections from hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and some types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are leading risk factors for cancer in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer, which is caused by HPV, is a leading cause of cancer death among women in low-income countries.

Lung, liver, stomach, colorectal and breast cancers cause the most cancer deaths each year. The WHO states that more than 60% of world’s total new annual cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. These regions account for 70% of the world’s cancer deaths. According to recent figures, lung cancer accounts to 1.59 million deaths worldwide, followed by liver (745,000 deaths), stomach (723,000 deaths), colorectal (694,000 deaths), breast (521,000 deaths) and esophageal cancer (400,000 deaths).



The world health body says cancer treatment requires a careful selection of one or more intervention, such as surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. The goal is to cure the disease or considerably prolong life while improving the patient’s quality of life. Cancer diagnosis and treatment is complemented by psychological support.

According to Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), nearly 8 million people will die of cancer this year, and if left unchecked, the number of deaths will increase to 13.2 million per year by 2030.

We ALL fight the fight!! 

World Cancer Day 2014: Join the Global Movement


We ALL are ONE!!!


General Colin Powell Was Taking “Selfies” 60 years ago…


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How cool is this? The man was 60 years ahead of his time…

Colin Powell’s FaceBook Page

On Throwback Thursday, Colin Powell posted a photo he took of himself before selfies became popular. He was doing selfies before any of you, and by the way, I’m ripping all of mine to shreds because this is the selfie that trumps all others.

He writes:

“Throwback Thursday – I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen! The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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Awesome Awards!

Awesome!! Thank you ….. Humbled and honored!!


Hurray! I have received some awesome awards once again! 🙂


Vijay—> has nominated me for The Liebster Award!

Thank you so much my amazing friend! I am honored and grateful! You are a great friend!

The Rules:

•You must link back to the person who nominated you.

•Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.

•Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

•You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.

•You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

The ten questions:

1. What inspired you or motivated you to begin blogging?

I needed a outlet for the feelings that were building up inside of me for so long.

2. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

That’s a hard one! I have several family members, my love and a couple of great friends who are all deserving of that…

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10 things you need to know today: March 13, 2014

Always an update!!

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Deal.  Deal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Week

Obama says Russia will pay for meddling in Crimea, China unveils satellite photos of possible airplane debris, and more

1. Obama vows consequences unless Russia backs down in Ukraine
President Obama expressed support for Ukraine’s new premier on Wednesday and said the U.S. would “apply a cost” to Russia if it doesn’t back out of Crimea. Obama plans a final diplomatic push to get Moscow to loosen its grip on the Ukrainian region before voters there decide Sunday whether to break from Ukraine to join Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with his Russian counterpart on Friday. [The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal]

2. China unveils satellite photos showing possible airplane debris
China posted satellite images on a government website showing what could be debris from theMalaysia Airlines jet that vanished on…

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To start the day ….


~~March 13, 2014~~ 

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
~~Mae West~~

~~On a cowboy frame of mind~~

To help you make is a great life, here’s a list of suggestions or guidelines to follow!!


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