Friday, October 23, 2020

The Final Debate : Observations

I took a personal day to start the lengthy and emotionally charged task of going through and clearing out a large storage space. I notice how my things are now mixed in a box with my husband's, as if either of us has ever been not part of the other, as if any of us can be separated in this world. After all, we are all connected. Pardon me as I repeat myself. 

After a day of many hand washings, I cross paths with his latest musical project. Name not revealed to protect the creative process and to prevent the vaporware syndrome. Best to just let it happen, you will find out about it when it is finished. 

As for this election, I already voted. We voted together. 

Yesterday, I found myself commenting on a thread of a distant cousin by marriage, after said cousin revealed she is Trump supporter. I was surprised, but not too surprised. It provided clarity on one thing and confusion on another. Her mom also commented. These are otherwise talented and pleasant people. Anyway, here is my comment: 

 "I understand that we are a country and a world made up of many opinions and perspectives, and that more of us are turned off to "politics" for many reasons. I want to protect Medicare, Social Security, the USPS, our fellow citizens' voting rights and a woman's autonomy over her own health. I see Republican officials doing everything they can to take these things away. Plus, I don't think anyone with a gold toilet should be running for public office, let alone be POTUS. As far as labels are concerned, I find them limiting. 
See you on the other side of this mess. May peace with you, and God Bless America."

If you are interested, here are my thoughts on the debate: 

According to the online Oxford Dictionary the word politician has two definitions. I was only able to copy and paste one. However, I was able to screenshot both: 

    a person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of or a candidate for an elected office.
    "a local politician"
    Similar:
    legislator
    Member of Parliament
    MP
    representative
    minister
    statesman
    stateswoman
    political leader
    lawmaker
    public servant
    elected official
    office-bearer
    senator
    congressman
    congresswoman
    assemblyman
    assemblywoman
    politico
    pol
    • US
      a person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization.


Friday, October 2, 2020

AP Fact Check

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Whistleblower : Women Are Being Sterilized Without Informed Consent

When we see people doing wrong, we need to speak up. 

Too often, wrongdoing is disguised as being "for your own good."  

Article

Missed Opportunity: SB 145



 Why, oh why, do we make things so difficult? 

I find myself puzzled by this law that Governor Newsom just signed into law: SB 145. 

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB145

If the intent of the law is to address cases where two people are close in age, then why not make that clear, and address the 10 year age gap?  

How is a 14 year old of any gender or sexual orientation supposed to give consent to someone that is 10 years their senior? And we, as a society, absolve them of accountability? 

We need to fix this "oversight." 

Suffice it to say, civic engagement is necessary for laws that reflect the will of the people. 

Contact your elected representatives, and let them know how you feel about this. I certainly will.

Enough of this absurdity. 

Sincerely, 

Mari 


Image Source: LA Times article:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-11/sb145-sex-crimes-law-gavin-newsom-lgbtq-rights


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It's About US

Synergy.

Teamwork. 

Combination of the two, plus me and you. 

Come on, folks, we can do this!

I hope you are feeling what I am feeling:

 

Energetic, not apathetic.

Cautiously optimistic. 

Grateful for Kamala Harris' supportive parents and family. This is a moment in time to be celebrated, but now is when we get to work.  

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/9/9/20856837/kamala-harris-criminal-justice-reform-plan-mass-incarceration

Thank you to everyone who donated to my campaign.  I am planning to check the rules before I do anything with the funds. Current plan is to donate to the Biden/Harris effort and/or down ticket Democrats. 

Ox,

Mari 




Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Don't Worry -- Vote

Ok, kids, we know what we have to do, now all we need to do is do it.

Oh, and don't worry -- it (worry, that is) lowers your immune system. We need you to stay healthy, so you can to help us make some "good trouble."

Ox,
Mari




Thursday, July 23, 2020

Universal Truths, Labors of Love

Hey Everybody!

Hope this note finds you well. Thank you to everyone choosing to reduce the viral load in the air by covering your nose and mouth.

Take a break from the stress and let's work together to bring more kindness and beauty into this world, through music. Now, more than ever, we need music.

Thanks for listening.

Ox,
Mari


https://www.littlekidsrock.org/benefit/


Update: Did you miss it? 
It will be streamed for free, on 
Thursday, July 30th, 2020 ! 





Sunday, July 19, 2020

Recent (And Not So Recent) Blog Posts

Updated the blog roll. A few posts down on the "Beat," is a screenshot of its stats from several years ago. Depending on how closely you follow world politics, you may find it of interest.

Keep shining your light, wherever you may be.
Eventually, the truth we'll show for all to see.

Ox,
Mari

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Rest

Rest. It is not always relaxation.
Sometimes it comes after a hard day's work, sometimes it comes after a life well lived. A life, well lived is usually not thought about while doing the living, it is considered after the living is done.

When a man such as John Lewis takes his final rest, perhaps that means it is tine for the rest of us to get to work.

We all have to start somewhere.
Let's start where we are, and go from here.

Ox,
Mari










Friday, July 17, 2020

We Need More Than Symbols; We Need Courage

I was having an online conversation with an old friend who played on my first "solo" CD a while back. We were talking about politics, because he posted some meme about voting by mail. It saddens me when I see people posting misinformation, regardless of which "side" it originates. 

Anyway, we started bantering back and forth, and pretty soon, I found myself sharing beyond the subject, and sharing how I feel about politics and music, so I figured I would give it a little edit and share here:

"...the myth about this whole "left wing vs. right wing" BS is just that, BS, meant to divide us and keep a certain class in power. DT got elected because he talked about the so called "elites" and played on that fear and division. How is he not an elite? He has gold toilets. That is what I don't get about how he became the "savior" of the everyman. My impression is many of the people who voted for DT are not big Trump fans, just as many of the folks who voted for Obama were not fans of the man (though he certainly possesses many admirable qualities) - many were voting for change, and realized the symbolism of having our first black President.

Many of us are sick of getting the shaft by the "machine" -- and the media controls the narrative, which explains the negative feelings many of us have about the media. However, there is a difference between media driven by profit  -- and journalism, which is driven by a desire to find the truth. It is very similar to a musical or artistic endeavor driven by profit or one that is driven by the need to express oneself. Again, this is how I see it. Your perceptions may vary.

When all is said and done, it boils down to what we value. Who we elect to the highest  office in this land is a mirror to our "collective soul."

Thanks for reading. 

ox,
Mari