April is for Pow Wow’s


Getting to know our history!!!

tahtonka - A Journey Through Global Culture




Top: Grand Entry, Middle and Bottom rows, our friends, dancers and drums.

For the past twenty years or so, this time of the year has always meant that every weekend would be spent at a Pow Wow, somewhere.

For those of you not familiar with the word, a Pow Wow, is a cultural celebration put on by Native Americans all across America.

The best place to find one,  is in your local newspaper, or online, under any of the myriad of Pow Wow listings.

Some of the finest ones that we have been to and taken part in over the years, were at Colleges all across the country from Maine to Minnesota and from California to Florida,  they are a joy to be involved in and to witness.

Most of these Native Cultural Events run from Friday thorough Sunday Evening.

The sights, sounds and smells found at a Pow Wow, are a delicious, delightful feast for…

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“Butterfly Light Award” …. from KENTUCKY ANGEL’S TRAIN WRECKS!

~~April 11, 2014~~

I found a new friend in this wonderful web we weave. Her name is Angie. You can find her at http://kyangel17.com/. As noted below, she received this “award/badge” from another fellow blogger.

-In her own words-

“Isn’t this beautiful?  Today I was awarded this badge by my friend, Don Charisma at http://doncharisma.org/2014/04/10/the-butterfly-light-award, the charismatic man who created my Angie’s Place logo.

He was awarded the badge by Belinda, at http://idiotwriting.wordpress.com/about. 

Thanks Don. This is beautiful and cherished. I’ve wanted to be one of your “awardees” for a long time. Thanks for putting me on the list.

I’ll only name one person, and anyone else who stops by my post is welcome to pick up a butterfly and post it, along with a paragraph about the subjects mentioned.



You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. YOU MAY NOT lump this award in with other awards.

You must individually name and re-award at least 1 or more bloggers.  You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback on their about page.

You must link back to Belinda’s blog at http://idiotwriting.wordpress.com/about

You must write a short paragraph titled either “How I’m Spreading Light”  OR  “How I’m A Positive Influence

Display Belinda’s beautiful “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.

~~How am I a positive influence~~

I started this blog a bit more than one year ago. At that time I had no idea where it was going to take me. I was armed with knowledge gained in a lifetime and a real desire to help, educate, entertain, support and inspire those who visited “It Is What It Is“.

 My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I’m open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. I sincerely try to bring light and comfort into every post that I write. I bring light into the events that affects us as human beings: Nature, Environment, Animals. Be the voice of the voiceless. Desire to inspire.

Our mission should be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one …. since we ALL are ONE!!

Realize that the future looks bright and promising!!!

I will present this beautiful “award/badge” to two very dear friends, wonderfully incredible human beings and exceptional bloggers.

My Wings me

Just Patty” ….http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

Patty is a Dutch poet and writer. This month has been bittersweet for her. She has seen the publication of her poetry book “My Wings” and a young adult fantasy novel in Dutch that will be published on the 14th of April!

It’s entitled ‘Drägan Duma – Zij Die Hoort’ (Drägan Duma – The Listener).

It’s a bittersweet month because in spite of these important turning points, there’s a sadness in the month of April.

“For my brother Gerard …. 

Although it’s been 19 years ago since the bullets took you away from us, I still miss you so much. Some wounds just don’t heal.

…. See you in Heaven”

My wish is to “see” her smile when she reads this post. 


Xena …. http://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/

Xena loves butterflies. So, who else would be a great recipient of this beautiful creation? She’s a wonderful human being who champions causes that are fought in the legal arena. She works continuously and keeps us informed of events that may otherwise be forgotten. She literally “fights” for the underdog and those affected by miscarriages of justice in spite of the many attacks that she finds herself under.

My wish is to “see” her smile when she reads this post. 

These are, in my humble opinion, two wonderful women whose heart can be “seen” in the writings they post in their blog. I feel honored to call them my friends.

They are excellent candidates for this beautiful recognition.

Enjoy, dear friends. I hope you accept. 


~~Butterfly Flying in Slow Motion~~


~~Published on Oct 25, 2012~~

This is a long UltraSlo slow motion video of a butterfly taking flight in the garden. relax and watch this longer that normal eye candy slow motion film and enjoy.

We ALL are connected through this wonderful web we WEAVE!!

We ALL are ONE!!


Google Doodle …. Percy Williams 115th birthday!

Percy Julian's 115th Birthday

~~April 11, 2014~~

Today, Google celebrates what would have been the 115th birthday of Percy Julian, a chemist whose research led to chemical birth control and immune-suppressing medications.

Julian was born in Alabama on April 11, 1899, at a time when his city of Montgomery didn’t provide public education for black students post-middle school. Despite this, Julian persevered and ended up both attending and excelling at Indiana’s DePauw University. He later returned to the university to work on synthesizing plant products into medicine, where he found much success; some of his accomplishments include creating a synthetic cortisone to inexpensively treat arthritis and discovering a treatment for glaucoma.

Julian received many honors in (and after) his lifetime, including being the first black chemist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

He passed away in 1975.

Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) was a U.S. research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, and a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones progesterone and testosterone from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol. His work laid the foundation for the steroid drug industry’s production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills.

He later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the Mexican wild yam. His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs.

Julian received more than 130 chemical patents. He was one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry. He was the first African-American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the second African-American scientist inducted from any field.

Percy Lavon Julian
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Julian circa 1940–1950

BornApril 11, 1899
Montgomery, AlabamaDiedApril 19, 1975 (aged 76)
Waukegan, IllinoisOccupationChemistSpouse(s)Anna Roselle JohnsonChildrenPercy Lavon Julian, Jr.
Faith Roselle Julian
(1944– )ParentsElizabeth Lena Adams
James Sumner Julian

~~Early life and education~~

Percy Julian was born in Montgomery, Alabama as the first child of six born to James Sumner Julian and Elizabeth Lena Julian, née Adams. Both of his parents were graduates of what was to be Alabama State University. His father, James, whose own father had been a slave, was employed as a clerk in the Railway Service of the United States Post Office, while his mother, Elizabeth, worked as a schoolteacher. Percy Julian grew up in the time of racist Jim Crow culture and legal regime in the southern United States. Among his childhood memories was finding a lynched man hanged from a tree while walking in the woods near his home. At a time when access to an education beyond the eighth grade was extremely rare for African-Americans, Julian’s parents steered all of their children toward higher education.

Julian attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. The college accepted few African-American students. The segregated nature of the town forced social humiliations. Julian was not allowed to live in the college dormitories and first stayed in an off-campus boarding home, which refused to serve him meals. It took him days before Julian found an establishment where he could eat. He later found work firing the furnace, waiting tables, and doing other odd jobs in a fraternity house; in return, he was allowed to sleep in the attic and eat at the house. Julian graduated from DePauw in 1920 Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian. By 1930 Julian’s father would move the entire family to Greencastle so that all his children could attend college at DePauw. The father was still working as a railroad postal clerk.

After graduating from DePauw, Julian wanted to obtain his doctorate in chemistry, but learned it would be difficult for an African-American. Instead he obtained a position as a chemistry instructor at Fisk University.

In 1923 he received an Austin Fellowship in Chemistry, which allowed him to attend Harvard University to obtain his M.S. However, worried that white American students would resent being taught by an African-American, Harvard withdrew Julian’s teaching assistantship, making it impossible for him to complete his Ph.D. at Harvard.

In 1929, while an instructor at Howard University, Julian received a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship to continue his graduate work at the University of Vienna, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1931. He studied under Ernst Späth and was considered an impressive student. In Europe, he found freedom from the racial prejudices that had nearly stifled him in the States. He freely participated in intellectual social gatherings, went to the opera and found greater acceptance among his peers. Julian was one of the first African-Americans to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry, after St. Elmo Brady and Edward M. A. Chandler.

After returning from Vienna, Julian taught for one year at Howard University, where he met his future wife, Anna Roselle Johnson (Ph.D. in Sociology, 1937, University of Pennsylvania). They married on December 24, 1935 and had two children: Percy Lavon Julian, Jr. (August 31, 1940 – February 24, 2008), who became a prestigious civil rights lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin; and Faith Roselle Julian (1944– ), who still resides in their Oak Park home and often makes inspirational speeches about her father and his contributions to science.

At Howard, Julian became involved in university politics, setting off an embarrassing chain of events. At the university president’s request, he goaded a white chemist named Jacob Shohan into resigning. Shohan retaliated by releasing to the local African-American newspaper the letters Julian had written to him from Vienna. The letters contained accounts of Julian’s sex life and criticism of individual Howard faculty members. Then Julian’s laboratory assistant, Robert Thompson, charged he had discovered his wife together with Julian in a sexual tryst. When Thompson was fired for filing a lawsuit against the University, he too gave the paper racy letters which Julian had written to him from Vienna. Through the summer of 1932, the Baltimore Afro-American published all of Julian’s letters.

Eventually, the scandal and accompanying pressure forced Julian to resign. He lost his position and everything he had worked for.

At the lowest point in Julian’s career, his former mentor, William Blanchard, threw him a much-needed lifeline. Blanchard offered Julian a position to teach organic chemistry at DePauw University in 1932. Julian then helped Josef Pikl, a fellow student at the University of Vienna, to come to the United States to work with him at DePauw.

In 1935 Julian and Pikl completed the total synthesis of physostigmine and confirmed the structural formula assigned to it. Robert Robinson of Oxford University in the U.K. had been the first to publish a synthesis of physostigmine, but Julian noticed that the melting point of Robinson’s end product was wrong, indicating that he had not created it. When Julian completed his synthesis, the melting point matched the correct one for natural physostigmine from the calabar bean.

Julian also extracted stigmasterol, which took its name from Physostigma venenosum, the west African calabar bean that he hoped could serve as raw material for synthesis of human steroidal hormones. At about this time, in 1934, Butenandt and Fernholz, in Germany, had shown that stigmasterol, isolated from soybean oil, could be converted to progesterone by synthetic organic chemistry.

~~Legacy and honors~~


~~Nova documentary~~

Ruben Santiago-Hudson portrayed Percy Julian in the Public Broadcasting Service Nova documentary about his life, called Forgotten Genius. It was presented on the PBS network on February 6, 2007, with initial sponsorship by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and further funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Approximately sixty of Julian’s family members, friends, and work associates were interviewed for the docudrama.

Production on the biopic began at DePauw University‘s Greencastle campus in May 2002 and included video of Julian’s bust on display in the atrium of the university’s Percy Lavon Julian Science and Mathematics Center. Completion and broadcasting of the documentary program was delayed in order for Nova to commission and publish a matching book on Julian’s life.

~~According to University of Illinois historian James Anderson in the film~~

His story is a story of great accomplishment, of heroic efforts and overcoming tremendous odds … a story about who we are and what we stand for and the challenges that have been there and the challenges that are still with us.”







~~Black History in Oak Park: Who was Percy Julian?~~

~~Published on Feb 5, 2013 – Summary~~

Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) was an American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine; and was a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones, steroids, progesterone, and testosterone, from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol. His work would lay the foundation for the steroid drug industry’s production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills.

Around 1950 Julian moved his family from Chicago to the village of Oak Park, Illinois, where the Julians were the first African-American family. Although some residents welcomed them into the community, there was also opposition by some. Their home was fire-bombed on Thanksgiving Day, 1950, before they moved in. After the Julians had moved to Oak Park, the house was attacked with dynamite on June 12, 1951. The attacks galvanized the community and a community group was formed to support the Julians.


We ALL are ONE!!

To start the day ……

~~April 10, 2014~~

Friday is the day between Thursday and Saturday. In countries adopting Monday-first conventions as recommended by the international standard ISO 8601, it is the fifth day of the week. It is the sixth day in countries that adopt a Sunday-first convention, as in the Abrahamic tradition.

In other countries, Friday is the first day of the weekend, with Saturday the second. In Saudi ArabiaAfghanistan and Iran, Friday is the last day of the weekend, with Saturday as the first day of the working week. Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait also followed this convention until they changed to a Friday–Saturday weekend, on 1 September 2006 in Bahrain and UAE, and a year later in Kuwait. In Iran, Friday is the only weekend day.

In the USA, it’s the day to release all that’s happened during the week. It’s a day of celebration, fun, gatherings.

HERE IT IS!! A gallery … for those who work.

For me …. it’s always Friday!

~~Friday – Rebecca Black – Official Music Video~~

~~Uploaded on Sep 16, 2011~~

This is the one and only official version of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” music video.

We ALL look forward to FRIDAY!!

We ALL are ONE!!

10 things you need to know today: April 11, 2014

The update/summary for today! Here you have it ….

The Fifth Column

A torch is passed.  A torch is passed. (AP Photo/CBs, Worldwide Pants Inc.)

The Week

Kathleen Sebelius resigns as Obama’s health secretary, Stephen Colbert is tapped to replace Letterman, and more

1. Sebelius resigns as health secretary
Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as health secretary after taking heat for months over the troubled ObamaCare website rollout. Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas, touted the health law as a success after a surge of sign-ups before the open-enrollment period ended March 31. On Friday, President Obama is expected to announced that he is nominating Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to fill the job. [The Associated Press]


2. Stephen Colbert picked to succeed David Letterman
Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman as the next host of The Late Show, CBS announced Thursday. The handover will take place in 2015, although Letterman has yet…

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Costa Rica mountain hummingbirds

This is a beautiful post on these beautiful creatures!!!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Costa Rica is called Juan Castro Blanco National Park. It gives an idea of especially the plant life of the mountainous area around Bosque de Paz where we arrived in the afternoon of 17 March 2014, after the great potoo and red-winged blackbirds of earlier that day.

Feeders around Bosque de Paz attracted many hummingbirds.

Violet sabrewing male, 17 March 2014

These included violet sabrewings; like the male on the photo.

Green-crowned brilliant male, Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

And green-crowned brilliants. The photo shows a male.

Green-crowned brilliant female, in Costa Rica, 17 March 2014

And this photo shows a female.

Green hermit female, 17 March 2014

And green hermits. On the photos, females.

Green hermit female, on 17 March 2014

Green hermit female, Costa Rica, on 17 March 2014

And purple-throated mountain gems. This species lives only in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

And stripe-tailed hummingbirds.

Scintillant hummingbird male, 17 March 2014

A male scintillant hummingbird on a branch. One of the smallest hummingbird species.

Magnificent hummingbird female, 17 March 2014

This photo shows a female magnificent hummingbird.

A list of Bosque de Paz bird species is here.

More Bosque de Paz birdlife…

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At the end of the day …. The Piano Guys Series #2!

~~April 10, 2014~~

Last night I started a series to end the day showcasing “The Piano Guys“. As many of you know, these are very talented musicians who started posting their music videos on youTube.

The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon SchmidtSteven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson. 








~~Coldplay – Paradise (Peponi) African Style~~

-ft. guest artist, Alex Boye) – ThePianoGuys-



~~Uploaded on Jan 9, 2012~~

-The story behind the song-

Each time we write/arrange a tune we take a journey. We have to admit — this journey took us a lot further than we expected. Retracing our steps reveals several factors that made this a reality. As we started arranging it we had serious writer’s block. Perhaps some of the worst we’ve ever had.

In fact, one day instead of writing we went around the entire studio with a can of WD-40 and coated every piece of metal to ensure that we were a squeak-free studio. Then on a whim we decided to back away and take an entirely new approach to the song — an African approach. It may seem random in retrospect, but at the time it was an exciting way to restart the arrangement.

It was working, but our journey still was on foot until we called in Alex Boye, one of the most talented people we’ve ever met. Alex has this contagious energy that gave new life to the song and to us. He sings the tune in 4 different languages: Swahili, English, Yoruba (his mother’s native language), and Alex’s own African “scat” (we’ll call it … Scafrican). Most of the words you hear are translated from the lyrics in the original Coldplay Tune. We’re huge fans of Alex — We bet you are now too!
Follow Alex on Facebook here:http://www.facebook.com/alexboye.musi…

When we had finished the arrangement we all agreed that listening to it was like taking a journey to somewhere remote and ruggedly beautiful. How were we to depict this with a cello, African percussion and, most difficult of all, a grand piano?

We took a risky, but oh-so-valuable turn when we called in helicopters to air-lift us and our instruments where none had gone before! (Please excuse the Trek reference). Since no one had ever done this before where were we to go for advice? Well, we can tell you that Home Depot didn’t have a lot of answers (how disappointing) but we did clean them out of their strongest cable they had.

We don’t mind telling you that when that helicopter began lifting our brand new-never-before-played grand piano into the air we couldn’t help close our eyes and cross our fingers. We consider a blessing of Heaven that it worked. I guess we figured that if it didn’t, maybe it could still be a viral video — “PIANO MOVE FAIL“.

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!

We’d like to thank from the bottom of our hearts, Duane Fielding who offered the helicopters and SkyHawk http://www.skyhawkhelicopters.com for not dropping the piano.

Half-way through the first day of shooting we discovered that, as typical guys, we had forgotten to bring ANY food or water to this remote location. We had two options: one, wrestle a mountain rodent and harvest cacti or two, starve. Duane, our head pilot, took pity on us. He took off (literally) and moments later landed in a Wendy’s parking lot, ordered 5 of everything (sadly, he couldn’t use the drive through) … took off again and brought us chicken sandwiches and hamburgers via airmail.

Thank you Duane! Flying in your helicopter was a dream come true for us despite the lack of doors.

We ALL are ONE!!