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



Related:

https://jia.blog/listen-i-wanted-quar-gossip-too/

https://socalrecord.com/stories/537792897-independent-women-s-law-center-weighs-in-with-amicus-brief-on-women-workers-hurt-by-ab5

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Who We Choose to Represent US Reveals Our Values

People everywhere just want to be free.
To me, to be free means to be your true self.
If you have already chosen your primary candidate, OK.

However, if you have not yet voted in the primary and find yourself feeling unseen, unheard, confused, still fed up with the status quo, scared and/or lost -- especially if you are thinking of not voting, or have never voted before, I suggest you look at my social media posts and/or listen to my music to understand a bit about who I am and what I represent.
If you feel I represent you and your values, write me in for President.

In November, regardless of how the primary turns out, let's remain committed to bring more kindness, beauty and fairness into this world.

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

ox,
Mari

Friday, May 8, 2020

Choices

"Until we get money out pf politics, nothing will change..."
These words from a coworker ring in my ear. On some level, I do agree with him and on a other, more visceral level, I see and feel things change every day. I do my best to direct my rage about the injustices in this world toward positive action.

Everyday I awaken, I give thanks for strength and determination. I give thanks for family, friends and the ability to see challenges as opportunities, the courage to say "enough."

What we give attention, we amplify.

Let us amplify the good in ourselves.

Ox,
Mari

p.s. Got masks and/or money to spare?
Please consider donating to
Navajo Nation. Their community is in need.
https://www.nndoh.org/donate.html

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Justice and Consideration

Grateful for everyone who sued to restore voting rights to NY citizens.
Please do not squander this opportunity.

Vote in the primary.

The only way to be heard is to raise our voices.

Ox,
Mari

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Write Me In

If you find yourself frustrated enough that you don't want to vote, write me in.

It is harmless during the primary.

First, do no harm.

Have a peaceful day.

Ox,
Mari

Http://marimack.bandcamp.com

Friday, May 1, 2020

Recommended Read: "No Visible Bruises" Rachel Louise Snyder

Dear Readers:

It is rare that I recommend a book before reading it, but there are exceptions to every rule. That said, I am recommending a book based upon a recommendation.

Grateful for curiosity, compassion and courage.
Grateful for journalism.

http://www.hillmanfoundation.org/hillman-prizes/2020-hillman-prize-book-journalism

Ox,
Mari

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Spiral of Life

The path to service, as in life, is often a spiral. We keep coming around to a similar lesson, learning a bit more each time we pass it, until we reach the place where true change begins: within.

If it is your destiny, if you truly hear the calling, nothing will stop you.

So many of us have already discovered what truly matters in life. Many of us are finding out now. Some of us will not learn in this lifetime.

The love lives on, as does the music.

Ox,
Mari

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

NY Should Go Forward With Primary

I received news last night that NY has decided to cancel it primary, after previously postponing it to June 23rd. 
In my opinion, this sets a very bad precedent. While it is understandable why this decision has been/will be made, this strikes a death blow to the very root of our republic and with regard to free speech and the write in vote, our First Amendment rights.

While it is true that I am still a registered candidate in the primary, my motivation for voicing my opinion on this matter is much the same as it was regarding that ridiculous sidewalk project: principle. 

If our country has come to the point that we are willing to give up our rights to vote, we can no longer say we are by the people and for the people.  

If you, as an elected official, can allow this decision to stand, you should step down. 

Please, America, raise your collective voice. 

Respectfully, 
Mari 




Thursday, April 23, 2020

Something's Got to Give

I am feeling so raw right now, as I guess many of us are. All I ask is that you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling.

To feel is to live.

To feel fear is necessary to survival, but to overcome your fears is necessary to grow into who we are to become.
This is true of a person, a country, a people, a world.

Ox,
Mari

Sunday, April 5, 2020

If You Are Going Out, Please Cover Your Nose and Mouth

"If you are going out, please cover your nose and mouth." 

Thank you. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

New CDC Recommendations

Sharing a tweet from Dr. Matt McCarthy:
Feels a bit validating (refer to this post about public health issues) but that is secondary to the relief I feel that more of us will be taking precautions.

Please don't wait ten more days. Start wearing a mask now. At the very least, wear a scarf or bandana when you have to venture out. It will prevent you from spraying tiny vapor droplets all over the place.

There is a reason sushi chefs do not speak when preparing sushi. Think about it.

 Be Well,
 Mari

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Music

As I prepare for another 40 hours of cashiering at the Good Earth, I figure I might as well share a link to my music. We (Arne, Pat and Yours Truly) recently recorded an acoustic version of a Rolling Stones tune, "Salt of the Earth" - I uploaded it to bandcamp, then tweeted Keef's official Twitter account, before I realized that he autoposts from his Instagram, and probably doesn't even do that himself, either. LOL. Good thing I can laugh at myself! We humans tend to take ourselves too seriously about insignificant things, and trivialize what truly matters. Maybe this pandemic will change that. Time will tell.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. I guess it is because I care. I have tried to stop caring, but it's just not in my DNA. At least I have managed to stop being anxious, paralyzed and/or discouraged and can thank my survival instincts and/or my lucky stars for that. I guess that sidewalk mess was full of lessons. For some of us, that is.
People who already think they know everything usually don't learn much of anything new.
Anyway, we just keep plugging in order to stay sane. Sanity is overrated, imho. Give me good crazy, which is where the music can lead us.
Refer to the "Grace and the Grasshopper" story from a few posts back.
As promised, here is the bandcamp link.
https://marimack.bandcamp.com

Hope you enjoy it. Stream for free, unless you can afford to support the music. Until enough of you can do that, I'll see you on the checkout line. Ill be the one with a purple t-shirt wrapped around my face.

Stay home, please. Thank you for not hoarding.

Ox,
Mari



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

3/18/2020 : More Gratitude

As I write this, I am listening to the rain outside. Grateful for this rain.
Gtateful for this moment of clarity.
Grateful for every moment of this life.
Grateful for all the lessons.
Grateful for kindness.

On a side note, a few months ago, as I was trying to convince my husband to fully embrace my attempt to run for President, I consulted  the I Ching, asked if I should continue to run. I threw an 8 and a 24.

Grateful for curiosity.
Grateful for open minds and open hearts.

I wish you peace, love and enough.

Ox,
Mari







Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/17/2020 : Gratitude

Grateful that I am able to serve a useful purpose by working at a grocery store. I will take a few monutes to write to you each day.

I had this idea that makers around the world can collaborate to 3D print ventilator parts. Aure enough, I checked, and they have started an open source project! 

Since so many kids are home from school, now is a wonderful time to teach them how to plant and tend a garden. It can be as simple as a plant in a cup, or as elaborate as a victory garden.

Please be sure to include a milkweed plant for the monarchs. 

Be kind to each other. 

Ox, 
Mari 

I'm still running for President. Congress creates legislation. The President should represent the people. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Thoughts On Thr First Joe Biden / Bernie Sanders Debate

In short, I am glad I voted for Joe Biden in the California primary.
He is willing to work together. Bernie's ego seemd to be out of control.

I wish I had the time to write everything I am feeling at this moment, but I have to get ready for work as a cashier. Yes, I would like to stay home and rest, but I have rent to pay.

Ox,
Mari

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Public Health Issues

Dear Friends:

As you may or may not know, I have been working at a natural grocery store since October, while running in place for POTUS. Since Senatot Warren dropped out, and both top contenders are in the high risk group during this pandemic crisis,  I have decided to stay in the race. Although I am, for the most part, an unknown,  i feel as if I would be abandoning my civic duty to withdraw at this time. Things can change at any moment.
We all have skills that may be helpful to the common good. The question we all have to ask ourselves is: "Where will those skills be of best use? "

That said, I will be sharimg more observations and ideas as we enter this new phase of living together on this changing planet.

Here is one:
Observations: we breathe on each other and over surfaces. If potential carriers of Covid-19 are asymptomatic, there is no way of knowing who can spread the virus in the community, so if you must be in public, we are going to have to develop new habits.
Perhaps we should require masks for everyone in the food industry. These should be the same grade as used by surgeons in the operating room.

To that point, perhaps eachnof us should be wearing a mask, scarf or bandana over our nose and mouth. It will stop is from touching our faces, and that is an improvement, isn't it?

Please feel free to share any ideas you come across that you think might help All I ask is that you link back to and/or credit the source. The answers are out there. We just need to know where to look.

 The more people of different and diverse backgrounds and perspectives engaged in the process, the more creative and complete the solutions will be. It doesn't have to be perfect. Let's start where we are.

I will do my best to share what I find, and will include source links. 

Try your best to be calm. It helps your immune system.

Love,
Mari

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

One Step At A Time

Hello Again:

In case you missed it, here is Joe Biden's speech from March 10:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?470244-1/joe-biden-holds-campaign-event-philadelphia

We have to right this ship before we can get to where we need to be.

We have a long way to go.

Ox,
Mari

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Who Are We, America?

As I write this, I find myself feeling a mixture of familiarity and determination. Familiarity, because I felt this way about ten years ago, as I was preparing to release my first album, "Can't Go Back." It was 2010, and the album had taken a long time to make, for various reasons, ranging from trauma to financial restrictions. In a few short months, we would receive a letter from the Marin County DPW, announcing a meeting about a sidewalk planned for what used to be our street, a semi-rural road in Homestead Valley. It rocked me off my foundation for a bit, a foundation I had needed for a long time. Thankfully, I learned a lot from that experience, after all, that is what we are supposed to do, isn't it?

But I digress.

What has me awake, when I should be asleep?
California AB5. It is bad legislation that requires a full and immediate repeal.
Seriously, this is the biggest bunch of BS I have seen in a while. And these days, that is saying a lot.
Read more in this thoughtful article:
https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/29/1914395/-Welcome-to-Ms-Kavin-s-Neighborhood-Today-s-Lesson-The-ABCs

Yesterday, dealing with another batch of life's inevitable letdowns, I was feeling unmoored.

Today, I feel like a bird falling from a tree limb, at that point where you either fall, or take flight. Want to join me?

Ox,
Mari







Sunday, January 26, 2020

ActBlue Donate Link

Update (2/15/2020)

Honestly, since the DNC eliminated the individual donor requirement, I don't see the need for an Act Blue account. I never wanted or needed your money for this campaign.

What I seek are volunteers and some true, passionate ethical journalists who want to help bring back a sense of honesty, decency to our public discourse. I don't claim to have all the answers and I don't claim to be a perfect person.

What I know I can do is represent the majority of the citizens of this country with an open heart and and open mind.

I share this thought with you and for you:

“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” This popular quote was crafted by a group of Aboriginal rights activists from Queensland, Australia in the 1970s. It is often attributed to Lila Watson, a member of the group, who insists that it was a collective endeavor.
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mari2020

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.
https://marimack.bandcamp.com/track/freedom-jam-mix-9

Sending love and light.

Ox,
Mari

Monday, January 20, 2020

MLK Jr.

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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