Friday, January 24, 2020

Freedom Jam

Someone once said, "When words fail, music speaks..." (I dare you to remember who said that without looking it up.)
Therefore, since I find myself at a loss for words lately, I'll share a song I wrote with Herman in 2011.

Sending love and light.


Monday, January 20, 2020


In case you haven't figured this out yet, I'm not very good at self promotion. There is so much I could say about MLK, but instead choose to live my life in service, whatever form it takes.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Thursday Thoughts for 1/9/2020

Originally posted these thoughts last week, on my original facebook profile, which was reluctantly created (if memory serves) some time in 2009. I am reluctant to go back and check, because if I do, I will probably get distracted. I know myself at least that well. But I digress.

We are now in the 2020 election year, so it is time for me to begin my campaign for President of the United States in earnest and with purpose.

No one wins in a war, and peace begins within.
I have found peace within and would like to pay it forward...

I am grateful.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to wish me a "Happy Birthday" and a special thank you to everyone who has donated to my birthday fundraiser (for Center for Domestic Peace.) 

Just as importantly, thank you to everyone who spent yesterday helping someone or at least not hurting someone or something, unless it was in self defense. How you interpret the term "self defense" will likely depend upon your life experiences. After all, our life experiences color or clear our perspective.

My favorite birthday gifts:
- a handwritten love letter from my husband
- a video of our daughter trying to coax my grandson to wish me a happy birthday and to say "I love you"
- a casual (and yummy) dinner with friends who support my candidacy for POTUS, even if they seem a bit perplexed by it.
One asked "What do you think your chances are?"
My answer:
"Pretty slim, but better than if I didn't give it a go."
Or something like that.

We need systemic change. Systemic change is only possible with robust civic engagement. When we have a third of the population sitting out an election, that tells me that a third of us are unable to get to the polls, we feel there is no point, or it is a "combination of the two." Or, could it be that a third of the people do not see themselves reflected in the people currently in power? 

I know I certainly don't.

And, I don't see myself or most of the people I know reflected in the current Democratic candidate pool. I appreciate them all for standing up, even the old white guy billionaires with the "white knight" complex.

The people with money always see themselves reflected, because it takes a lot of money to run for office. Why does it take so much money to run for office? Because the people in power, with the money, make the rules; because our society equates money with success.

What I am here to tell you is, there is a point and this is that time.

When voices are being silenced, when citizens are being prevented from voting because of skin color, this is when people who still have a voice need to speak on their behalf.

This is that time.

When people cannot get to the polls because they have no transportation, this is when we need to carpool, or "get on the bus." When one party is actively suppressing votes of the other party, that is a time when the good people have to abandon that party and register for the other party.

This is that time.

The change we need and want is only possible with fresh perspective and participation of a larger portion of our population. We cannot sit idly by while American citizens are being denied the right to vote. It is un-American and a danger to our democracy.

When we speak truth to power and power turns a deaf ear, it is time for the people to become the power.

We, the people cannot become the power when some of our people are being denied the right to vote.

We, the people, cannot sit this one out.

This time, I have more to offer than my vote. 

I know what it feels like to feel alone, abused and abandoned. I know what it feels like to be betrayed. I know what it feels like to speak and not be heard.

I also know what it feels like to get up to try again when you are tired and I know what it feels like to open your heart to love again after a betrayal. I know what forgiveness feels like.

There comes a time when we need to stand up, fight back, and win.

This is that time.

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#RocktheBoat #rockthevote
#FeeltheBeat #LoveWins #Supermajority

Saturday, December 28, 2019

How Deep.Is Your Love?

Placing this link at the top of my post, so it is easy to find. I have given this enough thought, time to transfer to action. My love for our country is deep as my love for the health of our planet.

Please donate at least $1.
Goal is to gather enough donations and media attention to get to the January/February Democratic debates.

Thank you in advance, and please feel free to share the link far and wide.

As we approach a new decade, may we do so with courage and creativity, and the knowledge that we have survived so much, we can keep moving forward, even when we are still.

Change begins within. 
Action inspires hope.

At this point, we have nowhere to go but up.
We can do this!


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Check Your Voter Registration Status

My modern interpretation
of a well known Plato quote. 
I cannot stress enough how important it is for as many US citizens as possible to exercise our right to vote. Voting is not only our right, it is our civic duty.

As a person who is currently working more than one job to make ends meet, I understand how exhausting it is to tread water.

Please do not give up on the good.
Seek the good.
Share the good.
Be the good.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Northern California Gifting a Tree Project

Dear Friends,
I found this in my facebook memory feed, and thought it worth another share.
Imagine if this type of program was duplicated all across America and the world.
We can do this.

"PLEASE SHARE!!! We are doing the Gifting a Tree Project again this year. What does that mean? Buy a live tree at one of the participating nurseries listed here, take it home for the holidays to enjoy then return it to the same nursery by Jan 17th. We will be picking up the gifted trees and distributing them to fire survivors (from any of the local recent fires over the past 4 years) from a location in Santa Rosa, last weekend of January 2020. Anything left over will be taken to Lake County for distribution there. Thank you for your participation and happy holidays. Call or text with questions. Kathy Blair 707-972-2084

Participating Nurseries for 2019/2020:
         ****All nurseries participating have a
                        707 area code****
Urban Tree Farm, Santa Rosa 544-4446
Sunshine Living Christmas Tree Farm, Penngrove 664-9335
Star Gardens, Middletown 987-0998
Prickett’s Nursery, Santa Rosa 539-3030
Prickett’s in Healdsburg 433-8904
Harmony Farm Supply Sebastopol 823-9125
Harmony Farm Supply Penngrove 665-6345
Cloverdale Nursery 894-6654

Thank you to all the nurseries and all the tree gifters! We are truly grateful!!!!"

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Questions About Homelessness

I'm in favor of a hand up as opposed to a long term hand out, but the proposed cuts feel more like kicking someone when they are down. I cannot support that. Cutting services to people in need hurts us all.

Why are we not identifying vacant buildings in every city and every neighborhood, and pooling our resources to house our fellow citizens in need? If you own a building and it lies vacant and in disrepair, sell it to a non-profit who can put it to constructive use.

We have enough collective wealth and wisdom to solve these societal challenges. We can do better.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

By the People, for the People and the Planet

I believe that love is the strongest force in the universe.
I also believe that the health of our planet and the moral duty to preserve, protect and restore it for future generations should guide every decision we make as a nation.
For, as the United States of America was created
by the people, for the people, we should also be for the planet.

We must improve our ability to work together, to tap into our collective wisdom, to work with respect for and in partnership with nature to ensure we all have a functioning, hospitable place to live.

Now is not the time to take a "wait and see" attitude. Now is the time to step up our efforts.
There are no gigs on a dead planet. 



Saturday, November 30, 2019

America's Watershed Moment

Please pardon typos. I'm on my phone

There is lots of talk lately about a "Green New Deal" -- it's being promoted by Senator Bernie Samders and the grassroots organization that helped elect AOC. I admire and respect bold ideas, yet am not a fan of the top down, government mandated programs, for several reasons. For more information, please refer to the blogs I created to document the Evergreen mess, or contact me for a discussion. There are many lessons to be learned from our collective experiences. 

Oftentimes, the best ideas originate in neighborhood communities and "one size fits all" does not necessarily yield the best result. Maybe for a few, but not all, and often not most.

That said, I support the concept of a "Green New Deal," but feel it may not be holistic enough. Our environment is in crisis mode, and water is key to our survival.
There are plenty of scalable solutions out there, already working. What we need to do is shine a spotlight on them, provide incentives and support neighborhoods who choose to avail themselves of these ideas and projects.

For one example, please take a look at this story about rooftop farms:

It's one tool in the toolbox.

We need a watershed approach to governing. There has never been a better time than now.


Thursday, November 28, 2019


Saturday, October 26, 2019

"The seed on good soil..."

In case you missed it, Barack Obama gave a beautiful eulogy for Representative Elijah Cummings :

I was struck by many of his words, but for personal reasons, his opening lines resonated most:

"The seed on good soil, the parable of the sower tells us, stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. The seed on good soil. Elijah Cummings came from good soil. And in this sturdy frame, goodness took root..."

And, as evidenced by the videos below, as we build the forest floor, the ground gets more fertile.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Rep. Katie Porter Asks Questions That Need to Be Asked

I see the many benefits of facebook, I really do. I have spent many hours in conversation with people on it, as well as other social channels.

What I do not understand is how and why a CEO of any company would not want to see their product(s) through another perpsective, through another lens. Despite the humanitarian, empathy aspect, it would help create a better product. Better products create better companies.

--- MT

Katie Porter:

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Party Crashers on You Tube

Hello All:

I just found mention of this, so am sharing:

Currently at 603 subscribers, please check it out. If you feel inclined to join the effort for safer schools and safer communities, subscribe and show support as well.
Now is the time to become more engaged.
We cannot be a government " the people, for the people..." without people.

Thank You,

Monday, October 14, 2019

What Keeps Me Up At Night: My Privilege

I haven't been able to sleep very well these past few nights, haunted by the image of a young, woman being executed in her home as she played a video game with her eight year old nephew.

It is a frightening feeling, but I do have a family and a job to get to, and I need my sleep.  So, I get out of bed looking for something to take my mind off this latest horror. I think of white privilege, and what it means and feels like for white people who are struggling to make ends meet, people who do not feel or understand that privilege. People who are not me.

I think of Sandra Bland. Like me, she was once feisty and full of fire and not afraid to speak her mind. Unlike me, she was black. I remember a time when I was pulled over for a broken tail light, The cop, in an unmarked car, had been following me down the highway, slowing down then speeding up, scaring me out of my wits because I thought he was someone trying to run me off the road to rape and murder me. When he finally flashed his lights and pulled me over, I was so relieved he was a cop, I broke out in tears, and then I got angry. I got so angry, that when he came to my window, I shouted my anger and a woman's truth and a woman's terror through those tears.
I did not get a ticket, I received an apology.

But that was a different time and a different place, a different  cop, and I was and am a different color.

I look at the headlines and how people and the media are reacting to this latest tragic loss of a young black life at the hands of a cop. I see the battle lines being drawn. The people who will try to use this tragedy to further their own agenda. For a moment, I second guess my impulse to write about this, then again reach for my phone.

I wonder about Atatasia's young nephew, eight years old, playing video games with his loving aunt one minute, and then she is gone the next, shot dead by a policeman through her bedroom window. This is a tragedy. A series of events that went horribly wrong. Relating to the effect of my own brother's death and how it affected me, I feel concern for this child's future.

I find some solace in another writers' words. Shaun King provides me with a moment of relief as I read his facebook post. This child will be OK. He has a community and people looking out for him.

I am grateful for my ability to express myself tbrough the written word, and when that is not enough, the power of a song.

I am grateful for my life experiences, good and bad, for they have shaped me into the person I am today and guide me to where I need to go, to achieve a higher purpose.

That said, at this moment, this is all I have time for, as I have to get to work. And for that, I am grateful.


p.s. While I am proud to claim my Italian ancestry, I celebrate Tony Bennett,  Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra, Amerigo Vespucci, and many more before I celebrate Columbus.
If you are arguing about the loss of Columbus Day, your priorities are in the wrong place. Check your privilege.

(Please pardon typos. I have limited access to a laptop, and write this from my phone. If you came here expecting a well crafted blog post, this is obviously not that. Most of my personal writing leans toward stream of consciousness with a quick review for most obvious typos. Have a great day. I wish you love, peace and good music. )