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 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Confederate Monuments

One of these days I will get back to writing. For now, I will be amplifying voices that need to be heard.


It is high time we stopped honoring abusers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Tuesday Is Another Primary

Hello Again,

If you are passionate and confident about your current choice for President, no need to read any further.

However, if you are ready for change and want to rock the vote in a literal sense, write this name in on your primary ballot:
Mari Tamburo

At this point, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Please share this message. If we really want to get money out of politics, we are going to have to make some noise and get some results without it.

Ox,
Mari







Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Supreme Court Triple Play

My time last night was spent tending to an immediate survival matter, but I would like to mark yesterday with some words from one of my community college professors, Scott Lankford:
"Triple play in just one day -- LGBTQ Rights upheld, Sanctuary Cities laws upheld, and now a crucial provision of the Clean Water Act upheld too.  At least one branch of government is still left standing."

Indeed.

With Love,
Mari

Friday, June 5, 2020

Taking Care of Each Other Means Taking Care of Our Environment

Please understand that when things seem so overwhelming, we can shrug our shoulders and just want to give up.

Bad news can crush us, or it can inform and inspire us to do better.

We cannot eat, drink or breathe money.

Our lives depend upon healthy air, water and soil.

Please contact your elected representatives.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/06/04/trump-sign-order-waive-environmental-reviews-key-projects/

Thank You,
Mari

Thursday, June 4, 2020

About that sidewalk...

For me, it was never about the sidewalk. I became so involved with that, because I could not understand how a small handful of people got to decide what was best for other people and broke a bunch of laws and bullied to get their way.

So, even now, when people tell me "what's done is done" I tell them - "No, it is not done. It will be done when the people responsible for creating the mess - fix it."

Unfortunately, we can't fix something we do not admit is a mistake. This is true of many situations.

But, what if we approached life as a we approach learning a song -- if we looked upon mistakes as lessons?

As opportunities?

The sun rises every day.

May the good in your heart rise to meet the sun, and shine all over the world.

Love,
Mari

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Fund Arts and Humanities In Our Schools

I have some ideas about how we can improve education:
We can start by increasing funding for arts and humanities and civics classes.

Teach the art of cursive writing, start teaching critical thinking and deductive reasoning, life skills, etc.

First and foremost, we would all benefit from teaching kids how to be kind and nurture their creativity. We can and should do this in public schools. Why parents need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to ensure their children a quality education doesn't make sense. Of course, that is always an option for people who can afford it,

Can we start with basics?
Reading, writing, artithmetic, yes.
How about basic meal prep, and showing kids where their food comes from?
While we are at it, can we stop building gigantic schools far away from kids live?

Give them more space and time to play, green schoolyards?
Self defense martial arts, for everyone.
Art, dance, music, poetry.

You know, the things that make us human, that allow us express our emotions.

We don't have to reinvent the wheel, but it's pretty handy to be able to change a tire. 

These are just general ideas, obviously.

No policy reform is going to fix all the ills of society, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't at least try.

Ox,
Mari

Leadership & Solidarity

Saturday, May 30, 2020

God Is Good (Literally)

This song came to me a while back. To commemorate a recent Supreme Court decision, I've decided to share it here:

https://youtu.be/fMAKOfNEic0

Ox,
Mari

P.s. If you are not sure which Supreme Court decision this references, do some research, and dig a bit deeper.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thoughts on Pharmaceutical Advertising

It has been my long held belief that drug advertising needs some changes.

One change I support is full disclosure. That is, instead of showing people walking hand in hand amongst a field of flowers while a narrator quickly states the side effects, the ad should show actual side effects.

 https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-information-consumers/impact-direct-consumer-advertising

Just my opinion, of course.
Yours may vary.

Sincerely,
Mari

Thinking and Feeling

Most recent post is on the Mari Mack blog.  I thought I had posted it here, but...

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Patriot Act

My thoughts on the Patriot Act:

The Patriot Act is sanctioned, legalized racism, It is fear of the "other" wrapped in a flag.

I am aware that good and bad exists in this world. That awareness comes from life experience, from bearing witness to both beauty and ugliness.

I choose to seek out the beauty and prefer to celebrate the good. Sometimes when we cannot see the light, in the darkest of times, is when we need to be the light.
And that light must come from within.

Ox,
Mari



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