Sunday, January 21, 2018

Conscious Life Expo 2018, LA (Feb. 9-12) (KPFK), Xochitl, Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an extraordinary environmental-rapper will perform "One Day" -- the first single off his debut hip hop album, Break Free, plus a few other surprises!

Deeply rooted in the Aztec tradition, Xiuhtezcatl shares this personal indigenous wisdom in this special keynote address. He will share the importance of returning to a sacred way of living with the earth through a rousing PowerPoint presentation plus live music performance. This will be an exhilarating and inspiring event!

We are all indigenous to this sacred Earth.
Our interconnectedness, what we do
in one part of the world, affects all.
In this riveting  presentation, Xiuhtezcatl covers:
  • disappearing cultures around the world
  • the loss of many of the world's languages
  • ancient teachings for turning the tide in our current crisis. 
    Xiuhtezcatl shares his connection with the natural world and its influence on him as a young, globally-respected leader. The journey we are on starts with healing ourselves and staying connected to our cultures.
    Earth Guardians' Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 17, is a climate activist, hip hop artist, and author. At the early age of 6, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world, from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York City, to being the break-out presenter at the UN Climate Change Conference in 2015 and wowing the assembly with his environmental rapping performance and talk.

    Xiuhtezcatl has been educating his generation about the state of the planet they we are all inheriting. His message has inspired youth to join the front lines to combat some of the greatest issues of our times that are impacting our communities and our future.

    Earth Guardians has grown to hundreds of youth-led crews and has been featured in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, Aljazeera, The Guardian, Vogue, Bill Maher, The Daily Show, Skavlan, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and many more media outlets.

    Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the U.S. president's youth council. He is the 2015 recipient of the Peace First Prize, recipient of the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award, 2016 Captain Planet Award, the 2016 Children's Climate Prize from Sweden, as well as the 2017 Univision Premio’s Ajente de Cambio Award.

    Conscious Life Expo L.A., Feb. 9-12, 2018
    See many of the speakers who will be on hand this year. (DISCOUNT TICKETS)

    US government shuts down. Blame Trump

    Associated Pres (; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    The Trump administration is failing us. It is threatening to shut down the government... Oops, too late. It is now shut down, and some national parks are closed.

    Geysers yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming - Visitors could still ride snowmobiles and ski into Yellowstone National Park Saturday to marvel at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown.

    But across the country in New York, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration -- the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island -- were closed. The Interior Department had vowed to keep open as many parks, monuments, and public lands as possible during the shutdown, which began at midnight Friday on the East Coast.
    By mid-day Saturday, the pattern was spotty, and some visitors were frustrated. "My initial reaction is, they really kind of screwed up our day. We had a great day planned," said Dan O'Meara, a California firefighter who wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
    Visit them before it's too late!
    "But the next thing is, you know -- it's troubling that the people we voted in are not doing the job that they're supposed to be doing. So it's very frustrating," he said. In Yellowstone, cross-country skier Carol Weaver was unhappy with lawmakers, even though the trails were open for her and a group of friends making a two-day visit.
    Weaver, from Bozeman, Montana, worried about what would happen if the impasse is lengthy. "This is our public land, and we should be able to use it any time we want," she said. "Congress better get its act together. They've been so irresponsible the last year, as well as the White House." More

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    POEM: "A Man Like Me" (Thelma Reyna)

    Poet Laureate Thelma T. Reyna (Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2016, Golden Foothills Press), Huffington Post (May 23, 2015) edited by Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly

    She has gotten used to her men's clothes,
    and intends to spend the rest of her life in them.
    “I have decided to die in these clothes.”
    “Egyptian Woman Dressed Like Man for More Than
    40 Years to Provide for Family” (Huffington Post*)

    They never asked me why I grew no beard, no
    whiskers on my chin, why my face is skinny like a
    girl’s. Never looked to see where I went to
    pee, never saw me squat behind dirt piles, apart from
    trenches dank with stench. Never asked why I
    grunted when they spoke in my direction, my
    turbaned head wordless and low.

    I sat on earth for meals with them, their beards
    tangled with dust and sweat. We molded bricks and
    fired these as our ancestors did, each hour of toil
    measured in milliemes and piastres, our leather hands
    counting coins when the sun shimmied itself to sleep
    and we shouldered tools at dusk on different paths
    to villages and rest.

    Abu Daooh to my daughter Houda. I say my name as I
    undress: Abu Daooh when the clothes fall from my back and
    legs, from my small breasts flat and sad. I say my name to me
    alone in bed, to pillow, walls, and windows black. I had no
    school, never held a book, but had a husband
    once, and held him in my arms, and when he died, I
    kept his clothes.

    LIVE EVENT: Reading Tea Leaves After Trump
    Pasadena, Los Angeles, Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM

      Are you making fun of me?
    • LIVE: Meet the artist, Altadena Poet Laureate Thelma T. Reyna.
    • Behold: Protest Performance Art and author book signing!
    • Meet ten local poets chosen to perform sections of the new book!
    • Thursday, Jan. 25th, 6:00-8:00 PM
    • Wright Auditorium (FREE)
    • Pasadena Central Library
    • 285 East Walnut Street
    • Pasadena, CA 91101 
    • (626) 744-4066
    Reading Tea Leaves After Trump (T. T. Reyna)

    *Egyptian woman dressed like man for more than 40 years to provide for family

    Update on U.S. Secret Space Program (audio)

    Corey Goode (, 1/19/18); Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly

    Corey Goode and a blue avian ET
    Corey Goode has been identified as an intuitive empath (IE) with precognitive abilities. He says he was assigned to an IE support role for a rotating Earth Delegate Seat (shared by secret earth government groups) in a "human-type" ET Super Federation Council. He joined co-host Jimmy Church to discuss recent developments with the secret space program and what this means to Earth's future, and the disclosure process. More + AUDIO

    Will the U.S. government shut down? (video)

    Melania Trump (Late Show w/ Colbert); Associated Press (; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

    Government shutdown deadline nears; Senate sets one last vote (
    You gonna rat me out to Mueller, Bannon?
    Fearless Leader Trump would never allow a government shutdown. If he did, what would he do with his time, go to Mar-a-Lago (Mara's resort in batsh-t crazy Florida) and host parties? No. The nation must move on, its leadership pods continue, and democracy and fairness win the day. Maybe Nancy Pelosi will save us! After all, where are Trump's co-conspirators, the Democrats, in all this? They're in the room, now just a weak "opposition party," just as the Republicans (the right wing of our one-party system) once were.

    Heroes of Hope: Concert, Brunch...for KPFK (
    Latino art live in LA for Pacific Standard Time (
    "Doggie Hamlet" by Ann Carlson (

    How the Arboretum changed my life (Nyerges)

    January 25, 2018: How the LA County Arboretum changed my life with Christopher Nyerges
    Christopher Nyerges is the author of ten books, including Self-Sufficient Home, How to Survive Anywhere, Enter the Forest, and Guide to Wild Foods. He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for seven years. Christopher will share how his interest in ethnobotany got sparked at the LA County Arboretum working with Dr. Enari, who helped him write his first book. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits). More
    Mischaracterized on "Doomsday Preppers"

    MARC: "The Yes Brain" (UCLA workshop)

    The Yes Brain with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
    The Yes Brain (
    Join us at MARC for a talk inspired by Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson's latest book, The Yes Brain.
    When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity.

    This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a "No Brain response." But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a "Yes Brain."
    When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They’re better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings.

    They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient.

    Daniel J. Siegel, MD is an internationally-acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind (2nd ed.), The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child, Brainstorm, and his latest book, Yes, the Brain. 

    Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers -- The Whole-Brain Child (Random House Delacorte, 2011), and No-Drama Discipline (Random House Bantam, 2014) -- each of which has been translated into over 20 languages.  She is a psychotherapist and the founder/executive director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, where she offers parenting consultations and provides therapy to children and adolescents..

    MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center)
    MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that are designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. Past workshops include Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley; Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin; An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel; The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin; Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more.

    *NOTE: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this workshop for FREE. To register, please use the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu and use your UCLA email address.

    Trump cheated on pregnant wife with pornstar; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    President Donald Trump's legal team reportedly paid a former porn star, Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 for her silence after an alleged sexual encounter while he was married to Melania Trump. 
    "Just be a 'good' wife, you st*pid b*tch."
    Clifford, 38, who goes by the adult-film name Stormy Daniels, said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in July 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
    No, we're perfectly happy and Christians.
    In October 2016, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen organized a payment to prevent Clifford from discussing the alleged encounter with Trump, according to the report. It is unclear whether Trump was aware of the payment.
    Cohen told the Journal that Trump and Clifford deny that the incident occurred and called the allegations "outlandish" and a "false narrative." More

    Women's March II (Sat., Jan. 20-21, 2018)

    WM; Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Ananda M. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    As the 2018 Women's March ( we stand together in solidarity.

    We are in solidarity with our allies, partners, and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

    The 2018 Women's March is a planned rally and follow-up to the 2017 Women's March, scheduled to take place on January 20 and 21.

    Demonstrations and marches are expected nationwide, primarily on January 20th. Emerging themes of the 2018 events are voting and women running for office. More
    • Women’s March L.A. 2018
    • Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
    • Pershing Square Park, DTLA
    • 532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 
    • O.C. 2018: Hear Our Vote 
    • Saturday Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
    • Downtown Santa Ana (address TBA), Santa Ana, Orange County, CA 92711
    • 2018 Women's March on NYC Tickets, Sat., Jan 20, 2018 at 11:00 ( Women's March Alliance presents 2018 Women's March on NYC on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in New York City, NY.
    • Here's what you need to know about the 2018 Women's March events ( If you plan to go to one of the Jan. 20-21 rallies, or just want to know what's happening, here's the skinny about 2018 Women's March events. 
    • Women's Marches and Meetups ( womensmarch2018) In 2018 the Women's March will convene and mark the beginning (information and resources)...
    • Women's March (

      Olympian wishes child molesting Team USA doctor a "life of suffering" (AP).
      Case settled at elite "162-year-old institution with a secret history of rape and cover-up."