31 Dec 2016

2016



At the beginning of the year I wrote "... the one word that keeps attracting my attention is SELF... 
a person's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.
I feel as if I've lost my-SELF and I'm trying to find it back but sometimes are harder than others. And this year I want to claim my essential being back to me. I'm happy to do the vision board because though he word I wanted to choose was CONFIDENT, the universe directed me to choose SELF. May 2016 help me reclaim, rejuvenate and re-balance my essential being: my-self."

2016 wow, God you're amazing. You're my essential being, without You I feel lost. Throughout the year even before I opened my mouth to welcome You to permanently sit in my heart, YOU brought me to find confidence in my being but YOU rebalanced my life, YOU brought clarity to my purpose. You sit in my heart and guide me to walk on that path that I pray will glorify your amazing LOVE and GRACE.

Thank you 2016, you're the year that made me stronger in my faith. I'm so grateful to you for bringing me closer to my Creator.

Thank you Lord, for your pure love, for being close by myself, waiting for me to say "Yes, my heart is open for you. I open the door of my heart to you Lord." you took hold of me and I know you won't let me go. Now You sit in my heart overflowing me with Love. You open my eyes to see the world in a Biblical way. Even in the moment of social uncertainty, I saw your glory working.

I want you in my heart forever. I want to worship and be the vessel of your purpose for me.


P.s: A big thank you to my ladies and gentlemen that are following me on this journey. There is no coincidence for our acquittance. I learn from each one of you. Lord has a bigger plan for all of us. We have to believe and keep on praying for His guidance to show us how to arrive at our purpose.

May 2017 be our fearless, strong and courageous year in our Mighty Lord.

30 Dec 2016

CHRISTMAS 2016


On Christmas even after the evening mass I was so excited for the following morning. To celebrate Christmas, to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ but as I was still up capturing pictures of the tree and the atmosphere of the night before Christmas, my girl woke with high temperature.

But all in all Christmas was wonderful because when your focus is not directed to how the world celebrate Christmas but to celebrate the birth of the Lord, my saviour everything else is trivial. AOI wasn't feeling well but I prayed for and asked God to have her feel better by the evening and that happened. God is good! I exult His name.

...I began to feel the magic of Christmas in my city on Christmas even. This was thanks to my church. My church managed to create a magical moment the night before Christmas and even my two-year-old recognised the beauty in that moment.
Towards the end of the service most of the lights in the church were turned off and we all lit a candle. Holding tight to the flame we sung Silent Night. My daughter’s sweet trembling toddler voice sung with passion. I realised that the magic of Christmas is always encapsulated in a light.
Light is what we all need to see the love in this world. The three kings had to follow a light to find baby Jesus and it was a light that showed the way to the shepherds to the manger.
I love how Saskatchewan snow creates a magical world during Christmas but I will also love to let my children experience the magic London Christmas lights can create in the air. {Christmas 2013}

Until this Christmas I was looking for the fulfilment of Christmas in the world but not in Heaven. I always knew that we celebrate the birth of Jesus but misinterpreted the meaning of the light. Jesus Christ is the light. Love and our saviour. I'm thankful for his coming into the world to save us.

I have few words to explain the love I feel inside thanks to my Lord. I pray to be a better person as Jesus wants me to be.












26 Dec 2016

7 Years Blogging Wisdom


Yesterday my little blog celebrated seven years.

7, one of my daughter's favourite numbers (she is five so that can change again).

Seven years of blogging.

Wow, so much has happened since the first time I wrote my first post entry. I was sharing my journey towards motherhood undercover. Since then Lord has given me two beautiful children. Now he is straightening our family.

I want to thank all my readers for following along with my journey. If you have been following me for these past seven years then you've noticed how much my able online space has evolved. I've had amazing opportunities through this space. When I first started to blog on this platform I wanted to be incognito but this same place has helped me come out of my shell.

I've found blogging to be therapeutic to me. I've met amazing ladies and for a very scaredy person as I can, opening up to the world was a challenge.

But blogging has thought me that when you let go of fear good things happen.

You see, now I know that Lord was working in His mysterious way when I started this blog. That along the way everything that has happened hasn't happened by coincidence but He had a bigger plan for me.

In September I started the Alpha course which brought me closer to my Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father, now I have a better relationship with Lord through the Holy Spirit.

It was during the course that my purpose in life became clearer. I've been praying about it and I want Lord to lead the way for me and my family.

God wants us to be fearless, to be strong, watchful, stand still and be quiet in Him. He loves us so much, He will never let us fall. All we have to do is have faith and believe that we are victorious in Him. 


For the next chapter of my blogging and my personal life I want Lord to hold my hand firmly, to fill me with His Holy Spirit so I can be fearless as He wants His children to be. To be a testimony of His beautiful glory.

I hope to use this platform the way He wants me to: exploring deeply my purpose in life.

May God bless you all and reinforce us with His Holy Spirit so that we will be fearless, still, watchful and quiet people, in His holy name, to glorify Him.

16 Dec 2016

MULTICULTURAL CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

It's that time of the year to start thinking about Christmas gifts. This year more than ever I want to make gifts that promote my love cultures.

With what is going in the world I thought that I will focus on gifts that will contribute back to the community and raise awareness about the beauty that is in First Nation and African cultures. I want to purchase locally made gifts, books by writers that I appreciate the work they're doing to raise multicultural awareness. This year I want focus on shopping from indigenous and african artisans, handmade products and small businesses. This will be done in the hope that the gift I purchase will be helping a person and not a big company with hidden sponsors that discriminate against other cultures. Most importantly, as a multicultural mother I want to raise two proud and confident multicultural kids so, I hope to promote diverse cultures in my household.

I believe the items on this list is timeless. I hope it helps someone else buy a thoughtful gift for their loved ones.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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1. I found this lovely blanket, All My Relations by B.Yellowtail, in 8TH GENERATION online shop. 8TH GENERATION is the creation of Louie Gong (M.Ed) an artist, educator and public speaker who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community. He merges traditional Coast Salish art with icons from popular culture and influences from his mixed heritage to make strong statements about identity. 

The name "Eighth Generation" references the inter tribal value of "Seven Generations", which suggests that we consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.  By naming my business Eighth Generation, I embed respect for the previous generations all my work and recognize that my successes are a result of our collective effort.  Eight is also a lucky number in Cantonese because, when spoken, it sounds the same as the word for prosperity. 


Although he is best known for his highly sought after, hand-drawn custom shoes, Louie has received international recognition for a body of work that - like his mixed heritage (Nooksack/Chinese/French/Scottish) - defies categorization. A former Child and Family Therapist, Louie started addressing racial and identity professionally in 2001. 


"If we can remember 20 different ways to order our coffee, we can remember more than just six terms for describing our identity."

I think like him when it comes to race and identity.


2. I stumbled open @hamamatafrica over the summer and I've seen her story evolved rapidly in front my eyes. She is on a mission to build a school for the children of her hometown Bongo in North Africa and she's already written a children's book but what really captured my attention is her love for taking care of her beautiful brown skin. So I was so happy to learn that she is doing a skin products. Hamamat Africa Skin Care Feed your skin the way nature intended. Freshly Made in Ghana, West Africa. 

All products are made of ingredients that posses the power to heal, sooth and rejuvenate the mind, skin and spirit. By harnessing there ingredients Hamamat African Skincare products not only heal and beautify those who use them, they also help to empower and enrich the lives of many children through the zuzuandsasa and africaeatnow.org reading project. Where ten children between the ages of 5-7 years are taught how to read fluently in villages throughout African Continent. 

3. I authored Wasting Away in the hope to inspire every woman and girl to love their identity. I'm proud to be part of the movement to make a difference in the world. The book is set in Italy and it tells the story of a mixed race girl that doesn't want to fit in one box. She questions her identity in a world that seek to fit you into a box.

Living in the romantic city of Verona, Italy, would be a dream for any girl but not for sixteen-year-old mixed race Susanna Danso. She hates her life because she can't fit in. At school the bullies call her "Mandolino", with such a nickanme Susanna pictures a huge butt. Her aunt, a model's agent, criticizes her appearance. Susanna learns to live with the bullying and criticizing but deep inside she hurts. Everything changes when Brad Lawson, a popular hockey player in school, pursues her. Susanna feels accepted. But Brad has a secret. After he dumps her, she learns the truth. Her world flips upside down, she questions her identity - always too dark or too light with a too-big butt. With a broken heart, Susanna convinces herself that winning back Brad is the only key to her happiness. But he prefers skinny girls that look like models. Susanna is determined to become skinny, to lose her mandolin butt. She starts to eat healthily, soon her eating habits turn into an obsession to eat less. Everyone around notices her weight loss but Sussanna doesn't accept her image in the mirror. She never thin enough. When things start to slip out of hand Susanna has to battle between the need to be healthy and the desire to be thin no matter the cost to fit in. She begins a long journey towards self-acceptance. Will Susanna survive the battle? Will she find the answers to her identity quest? Wasting Away is a gripping story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt not good enough.


4. In 1889, Thomas Kay opened his first mill in Salem, Oregon where his eldest daughter, Fannie, learned the textile business. When she married retail merchant C.P. Bishop, a complementary combination of merchandising and manufacturing expertise emerged - a solid foundation for what was to become PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS. In 1895, the company’s woolen mill began making bed blankets and robes for the American Indigenous community. In September of that same year, the first products emerged from the new finishing department and the tradition of Pendleton Woolen Mills began.

5. SHENATIVE is a local shop that I came across last year at an expo. Founded by Devon Fiddler, and Chief Changemaker, it was started out of a dream. The company intention is to empower Indigenous women and girls.

Devon herself has lived and felt the many struggles and stereotypes that many young Indigenous women feel. From being growing up in feeling the racism, and sexual objectification that society perceives upon Indigenous women. Devon grew up shy and timid, and followed the negative stereotypes often perceived by society. She almost started to believe that there was no hope, and that things can’t change. But she found it in herself to beat the odds, and go against this stereotype.

Devon graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aboriginal Public Administration and went straight to work assisting First Nations entrepreneurs start their businesses. Devon had no previous entrepreneurial experience when she started this job. Devon was in awe of some of the Indigenous entrepreneurs she watched flourish outside of her job, and was inspired.

So out of her childhood dream of becoming a designer, her taste of entrepreneurship and her negative experiences growing up as an Indigenous woman, the idea of SheNative was born.
SheNative was to be a brand of her taste, minimal in design including an Indigenous cultural element. SheNative is a high-end fashion brand about women helping other women.

SheNative donates time, energy and a percentage of profits to help empower Indigenous women and girls. We show other Indigenous women and girls that anything is possible and we don’t need to be what others perceive us to be. SheNative has a secondary education mission to change publics’ perception of Indigenous women and girls.

This SheNative launched #WeAreDene, a collaborative line with sweetmoon photography. The images focus on northern Saskatchewan stories and feature Dene syllabics translated by an English River First Nation Elder, Margaret Reynolds. 
As part of our mandate of giving back, this limited edition line will sponsor a $500 Post-Secondary Scholarship for a woman in the Arts. Application details on their website. 


6. MANITOBAH a shoe and accessory company founded by Metis Sean McCormick. The social business enthusiast is proud to honor his Canadian Aboriginal Heritage by crafting his products in Winnipeg, Canada and creating a sustainable industry for the Metis and First Nation people.

As an Indigenous-owned company, our vision is to build a vibrant, global brand that makes a significant impact in Indigenous communities.

Their philosophy is supporting Indigenous communities, sharing success with others, keeping tradition alive and celebrating Indigenous values and history.


7. FATOU and the KORA, is the newest publication of my favourite children storyteller. Fatou and the Kora takes place in West Africa as well--in a place full of beauty and wonder called Dakar, Senegal. As a writer and a publisher, I feel very drawn to stories that accurately represent the Diaspora. I like to honor the ancestors before and within me who surely had thousands of beautiful stories to share, but were not given the opportunity to do so in written form...or whom chose not to because many of the traditional West African stories and tales are shared orally.

In this story, the main character, Fatou, is a griot--or a generational oral storyteller. It's her gift...a fact that proves to be a bit problematic, as girls in her region of the country are not permitted to play the kora.

8. ESSIESPICE is the creation of Essie Bartels, a Ghanaian lady living in USA.

"For one little girl, the journey started in her mother's tiny kitchen in Ghana where her love affair with spice was ignited. Her flavorful journey continued all over the globe, spurred by her insatiable appetite for travel. She played with exotic palates; she tested cuisines, she concocted condiments. As her experiments with spices grew, so did the demand for her homemade sauces which all boiled down to what you now find in this jar: bottled up joy handed down through three generations to spice up your life. That little girl was Essie, and this is Essiespice"

Essiespice sauces and spice blends have been crafted in small batches using traditional West-African spices and cooking methods with influences from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and Europe. They draw on the uniqueness of each place but also the seamless fusion of the different spices that complement each other. Our products are:
  • Made with the utmost care and quality
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • NO MSG
  • Contain No Artificial Coloring
  • Contain No Artificial Preservatives
  • Contain No Fillers
  • Vegan (Except our Coco-For-Garlic which contains honey harvested from bees)
 
9. EDZERZA GALLERY founded by Alano, a Tahltan multimedia artist and entrepreneur based in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He has had numerous group shows and solo shows in Canada and abroad and is one of the key artists in the contemporary northwest coast art movement.
Alano cemented the reputation of his growing company during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he designed the outerwear for the Dutch Olympic team.
He is the owner and director of Edzerza Gallery, Edzerza sports and Edzerza Artworks and has been running his own business since 2007. Recently, Edzerza Gallery has moved from the downtown Vancouver location to a fully operational online store and gallery, edzerzagallery.com. The Edzerza Artworks business plan and proposal has been set up since starting the gallery. Ongoing activities have included art production, sales, wholesale and as of late focusing on online retail sales.
Edzerza has taught and volunteered with the youth organizations KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association), the Freida Diesing School for Northwest Coast Native Art, and NYAC (Native Youth Arts Collective) as well as been a judge for the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship for young Native artists. In 2009 he was the recipient of the 2009 30 & Under Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
“My mandate as a young business owner is to not only to continue to succeed in running my own business, but to grow and be able to and show other artists native and non native alike that we all can create successful business from our talents.”

10. KEMIKIDS founded by Yvonne, was inspired by the creators love for beautiful, good quality and exceptional clothing and accessories at affordable prices. Also, her desire to inspire women to feel great about themselves - hence the slogans, You Are Enough, MAMA QUEEN etc!

11. VOSQ Clothing Co. was founded in concept, on the grounds of the Pechanga Indian Reservation. The theme then was to create a brand the owner's family and ancestors would be proud of, as well as a brand that my friends and community could relate to.

Vosq Clothing Co. is based in Southern California.

Their goal is to craft quality Men's Apparel that Empowers People through Creativity & Perspective to challenge their own fears and abilities. While their roots are rural, their ambition is global. They seek to rejuvenate the narrative of the Native American Community through quality products and community outreach. Especially in a manner, that people of all Indigenous backgrounds can relate to, take pride in and appreciate.

Vosq Co. draws inspiration from a variety of sources: Craftsmanship, Technology, Psychology as well as the Action Sports and Counter-Culture movement that spawned "Streetwear." 

12. NANAMFUMU is a Ghanaian-Zambian hybrid word for royalty. Curated by two women to promote culture, fashion, and literature to enhance our inner royalty. This their first curated headwrap that they're offering this holiday.

6 Dec 2016

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ADVENT CALENDAR BOX

This year, like three years ago, I decided to use my homemade advent calendar. Last year we were away for the holidays so we couldn't keep up with our tradition. This year TOI is looking forward for having Santa come to visit. I also telling them that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place. He doesn't care much about the gifts because, lately, all they want is white paper and pens to draw for TOI and writing and drawing stories for AOI.

I opted to create my own three years ago because all the advent calendar that are in the stores are just chocolate fill calendars. There's no deep thought behind them. 

For an advent calendar as to be purposeful. Just like three years ago the activities are simple, like “Watch a Christmas movie”, “Give a hug”, “Have a merry Chocolate”, “Christmas tree decoration” “Homemade Pizza” or “Tell the story of Jesus”. I think by doing so we can teach the children that Christmas is about sharing and being together more than only gifts.

Today she opened a box and found four mini kinder chocolates. She shared and put one on the side for daddy then she told me to read the note she found in the box.
I’m not very crafty so when I have to do something I find the quickest and easiest way to make them. Making these advent boxes took me about a day and half.






you can find the full tutorial here




5 Dec 2016

THE RISING PEOPLE ARE WINNING


December 4, 2016:
What a wonderful day to stand on the right side of history. The side God is choosing #waterislife#godstandswithstandingrock#standwithstandingrock .

BREAKING NEWS:
Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing "The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights."

This is the first victory that God is granting His children who didn't give up on faith in Him. He will stand with all the water protectors as the next phase of the fight begins. We won't stop believing in the power of prayers until the construction is completely halted!
I knew He was going to make a way where there is no way. His miracles are awesome. Our God is awesome. He never fails His children when they call onto Him.


30 Nov 2016

Thank You November




thank you November for being you.
We celebrated the fifth year of my darling daughter.
full moon for showing me how my Lord is so awesome
He is in heaven above for us to look up to Him in awe and in faith.
The power of prayers is so powerful.
for showing me my purpose in life through the Alpha course
which reconnected me to God and Jesus and through the Holy Spirit my relationship
with the One has taken me to a peaceful place.
I'm on a new powerful and beautiful spiritual journey.
for introducing new friends to me.
I feel blessed and honoured to be welcomed to share in the true beauty of Canada,
the indigenous culture. for opening my soul.
I hope to give back as much as I've received.


26 Nov 2016

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE

started like that

Have you heard of the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek? I cried watching the movie.

You don't have to go in the past to learn about the atrocities that happened at Wounded Knee Creek thanks to the American soldiers. I'm watched the movie and the echoes to what is happening 9 hours south of Saskatchewan in Standing Rock was deafening.

Obama still plays the part of the perfect assimilated president. White House living in lala-land. Silent and rubbing their bellies from the pardon turkey.

I woke up in the middle night for the usual motherhood duties: making sure the kids are okay. I couldn't sleep so I checked my IG account and in the short time I went to bed things have already changed.

A bit of back story.

On November 20th the army committed yet another atrocity.

Sunday night’s no-holds-barred offensive by police from multiple agencies against unarmed water protectors opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline on Highway 1806’s Backwater Bridge — in which at least 167 suffered injuries — sent two elders into cardiac arrest, left a 13-year-old girl injured by a rubber bullet to the head, and now, one woman will almost certainly lose her arm. 

Sophia Walinsky stood among the crowd of around 400 water protectors as the police launched an all-out assault, firing ‘nonlethal’ projectiles, tear gas, mace, LRAD sound cannons, and concussion grenades — one of which reportedly exploded on her left arm, tearing through flesh and exposing bone, and leaving her facing possible amputation. 

She is reportedly being cared for in a hospital in Minnesota, and at the time this article was published, the fate of her arm was still unknown.

I was heartbroken but carried on with life. The events in Standing Rock hasn't left my mind since the moment it came to my attention. 

So when I woke up and found this letter circulating on IG, it felt like the prelude of a massacre about to happen.





ended like this 

The date of the massacre? 29 December 1890, the echoes of the Wounded Knee massacre is too much. But we have faith. Let prayers be our powerful shields!


ALMIGHTY I PRAY UNTO YOU
LORD FORTIFY THE WATER PROTECTORS
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT KEEP THEM WHOLE
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT BE THERE WITH THEM
LET THEM STAND STRONG IN THE POWER OF PRAYERS,
SO THEY WONT ARM THEMSELVES WITH WEAPONS
YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN, THEY HAVE
HOPE AND FAITH IN YOUR MIGHT POWERS, OH LORD.
LORD, LET THE HOLY SPIRIT SOFTEN THE HEARTS OF THE
POLICES FORCE AT STANDING ROCK,
SO THEY SEE THEIR BROTHER AND SISTER IN THE WATER PROTECTORS.
WE CRY UNTO YOU LORD
YOU SAID YOU WON'T FORSAKE US WHEN WE CALL ONTO YOU!
WE'RE CALLING UNTO YOU DAY AND NIGHT!
IN YOUR MIGHTY NAME WE HAVE ALREADY WON,
BECAUSE WE HAVE FAITH.
NO MORE MASSACRE WILL HAPPEN AGAINST THE NATIVE AMERICANS
AND THEY ALLIES AT STANDING ROCK!

24 Nov 2016

WHY NOT CELEBRATE THANKGIVING


I'm not american and I don't celebrate thanksgiving but this year I have even more reason not to encourage in the celebration of this holiday. I wanted to validate my decision so did a quick research to find out why if I was living in America I shouldn't celebrate this holiday. 




It was unlikely to have been called a Thanksgiving at the time but the name caught on and there were occasional celebrations of the event over the course of the next centuries – usually after settlers had either fended off an Indian attack or cruelly massacred a Native American settlement themselves.
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Mahtowin Munro, co-leader of United American Indians of New England, which organises the annual protest march, said most people are taught a “fantasy history” that ignored or downplayed the widespread slaughter of her people and the theft of their traditional lands, the damming of their rivers, and the deliberate slaughter of bison. 
“As indigenous people, we’ve been taught by our elders to give thanks every day,” she said. “We are a people who have survived genocide. People able to gather with our families is very important to us.”
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Now if you're on social media you can visualize how up to date Native Americans' human rights are discriminated against by the official. How the government is not taking any direct opposition against the mistreatments of Native Americans and their allies at the frontline standing up for the right to have clean water, standing up for all of us to have clean water and keep oil in the soil so it doesn't impact on the environment.  But the authorities are mistreating all these water protectors.

We should know history, to be thankful for the right cause and not celebrate what was invented to celebrate evil.

#standwithstandingrock #waterislife #keepitinthesoil #followyourlight

22 Nov 2016

SPEECHLESS

I don't even know what to do any more. It's heartbreaking to see pictures and read about what the officers from Morton County Sheriff's police are doing to unarmed water protectors.

Last night, water protectors near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, attempted to clear Highway 1806 of burned-out military vehicles and wound up under an all-out assault by heavily militarized police, who used tear gas, mace, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, and water cannons — in temperatures well below freezing — in an attempt to clear them from a bridge.
By midnight, at least 160 people reported suffering injuries, and medics on scene confirmed a 13-year-old girl had been shot in the face, according to Unicorn Riot, which did not say whether the shot was live ammunition or a rubber bullet.
statement released by the head medic of the Oceti Sakowin camp shortly before midnight said 167 people, including three elders, had suffered injuries, and that seven people had to be hospitalized. Emergency medics performed CPR on an elder who went into cardiac arrest, and though they were able to resuscitate him at the scene, he remains in critical condition. Further, as the medic noted, police intentionally targeted the water protectors’ heads and legs during the attack. 
Emergency medics from both the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes attended to the injured, wet, and freezing water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin Camp and in the gymnasium, with hundreds suffering hypothermia, blunt trauma and open wounds from nonlethal projectiles, and contamination from CS gas — tear gas — deemed illegal under international law during war, but acceptable for use by police.
According to a joint statement by Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth, and Sacred Stone Camp on the incident:
“Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening.   The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806.  Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds.
“National Lawyers Guild legal observers on the frontlines have confirmed that multiple people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head with rubber bullets.”
Due to the sheer number of serious injuries, the local Cannon Ball community graciously opened its school gymnasium as a makeshift emergency medical facility.
Around 400 people were kettled — encircled by police from both sides — on the Backwater Bridge, as police seemed to use every nonlethal weapon at their disposal against the peaceful water protectors.


Read more at more at

...two elders (were sent) into cardiac arrest, left a 13-year-old girl injured by a rubber bullet to the head, and now, one woman will almost certainly lose her arm. 

Sophia Walinsky stood among the crowd of around 400 water protectors as the police launched an all-out assault, firing ‘nonlethal’ projectiles, tear gas, mace, LRAD sound cannons, and concussion grenades — one of which reportedly exploded on her left arm, tearing through flesh and exposing bone, and leaving her facing possible amputation. 
The photos are speaking volumes. I'm so disappointed in the American government and the human right services. The forces are lying, saying there were putting fire off, but the little bonfire the protectors started to keep themselves warm, were turn into puddles. Rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons were they gift to the protectors.  

The offices haven't produced any evidence against the water protectors because the water protectors are not doing anything wrong, they are protecting a very important resource for all our lives: WATER and LAND! 





12 Nov 2016

BASKING IN THE NOVEMBER SUN


The sun beams on us, loving on so. 
Saskatchewan, November, no snow falling on sun. 
I cuddle them time, like global warming on earth. 
My love you them is so strong 
sometimes if feels like bursting.
My soul, my existence.

9 Nov 2016

END OF DEMOCRACY

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I'm a bit tired but very happy, because I have the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit looking after me and all those who are faithful in this moment of decay in USA.

Trump won the 2016 elections. The red of Trump wins is epidemic on the American map.
The day another big power collapsed.

This is the end of a world as we know it. America was the go to supreme country. It went through the world behaving like a god, killing people left and right. After the civil rights movement and a minor victory people went to sleep. But many Americans woke up when police brutalities were on increase even in broad day light. #BLACKSLIVEMATTER sparked many movement that stood up against injustice for the not privileged.

Trump promised to take America to the good old days.

There was nothing good about America before Obama. At least Baraka Obama brought good things to America, such as healthcare and USA was viewed by some (not me) as a 'post-race' country thanks to him. The only thing I currently don't like is the way he is handling the Dakota Pipeline crisis, leaving people struggle with police brutality.

Yet, I'm not worried about America because its time has come to bow down. It will only rise from the hashes like a phoenix when Native Americans, Blacks, Latinos, LGBTQ and White will join together as a true nation without discrimination.

Having Trump as president will only help those, who thought that the country was great, to acknowledge that bigotry reigns and USA is not a 'post-race' country. Trump will incite so much terror in people that they we will all stay awake.

Staying awake, during this new order in America will only make people come together and embrace diversity. As the country goes through a period of uncertainty, I would like to remind everyone that the bigots will standout so that when the 2020 elections is on people will understand the terror the president bring to its citizens in hope that there will a better candidate.

I pray for USA!

5 Nov 2016

INTERVIEW WITH TAMARA PIZZOLI

Finally the weekend is here. I'm so happy about this. 

After a busy week with hubby away for work and being worried about what is happening in North Dakota I'm looking forward the weekednn because hubby is back and I'm going on a treat where I can pray even more for those standing up against injustice at Standing Rock front line. 

In the meantime I would love to share with you this interview I had with D.tt Tamara Pizzoli, author of Tallulah: The Tooth Fairy CEO. I’m so glad to be able to talk to D.tt Pizzoli. I wanted to get to know her better because as a fellow writer I believe it’s good for our readers to know that we’re humans doing what we love. So, let's begin.

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ME: To break the ice. What is your guilty pleasure dessert?

TAMARA: Cominciamo bene! Depending on the day it would either be cheesecake or chocolate cake. I'm actually eating chocolate cake right now. It's my second breakfast today.


ME: Can you tell me more about yourself? Origin, date of birth and passions (if you want).

TAMARA: Sure, I'm originally from Killeen, Texas. It's a small town about an hour away from Austin, Texas. I was born there and raised in the same home until age 16. That's when I moved to Dallas and began attending Southern Methodist University. I stayed in Dallas after college and did my Masters and Doctorate degrees in Education and then moved to Rome at age 25. I've resided in Rome off and on ever since 2007. Bday is October 6. I have lots of passions--all the passions. A few include my family, living well, loving well, art, literature and literacy, education, vintage shopping, the kora, griots, storytelling, fairy tales, wine, children's books, spiritual journeys and lessons...I could go on and on.

ME: Wow, you started university early. You're so clever.


ME: Right now, I’m listening to Luca Carboni’s La Mia Ragazza. What do you like listening too? Who’s your favorite Italian and non-Italian songwriter?  

TAMARA: I am in Italy, but I am not of Italy. Lol. I really don't have a favorite Italian song or songwriter. That always surprises people. Now as far as what I like listening to, it really depends on the scenario, task and/or my mood. For affirmations (I'm into them) and just general I own my life and this is all awesome: Lil' Wayne. I also listen to Lil' Wayne before big business meetings and if I have to do anything conflict-related. For when I want to feel divinely feminine and beautifully complex: Erykah Badu. For when I don't know what the hell to do: Negro spirituals. Any time an incredible milestone happens (this can be a professional accomplishment or a birthday): Juvenile's Back that *** Up. 

My partner is a musician so I really love watching and enjoying his creative process and sitting in on the sessions when he's creating music.

ME: Lil' Wayne, interesting. I've never listened to his music, I will check it out.


ME: Before going to live in Italy what did you think of the place? How has that thought evolved in time?

TAMARA: I think I just saw Italy as a nice place to visit before moving here. It was on the bucket list, for sure, but I never really gave it much thought other than that. Now it's home. It feels familiar and smells familiar.


ME: Parliamo del tetto! Everytime I see a picture of the roof of your house, it feels as if it’s inviting me to perch there and breath in the city. What that spot represent in your life? Hope you will invite me to the tetto one day, just kidding? (Laughs)

TAMARA: Ah, il tetto...That spot represents so much for me. One of my favorite Lil' Wayne quips is "No Ceilings!" And I adore that. If we can all just get outta our own heads, outta our own boxes or the boxes we allow others to place us in-- and into the sky. It's such a powerful concept. And to be honest...I found that spot, as well as the rest of my home, while in hell. By that I mean, I was going through hell in my life just over two years ago, one of the most terrible times. I'd just separated from my ex-husband, and found myself in an unexpected custody battle. I've never really talked about this before publicly...but I'm of the opinion that there's no wisdom in keeping lessons to yourself. So anyway, there was a short time when I was in Rome right after the separation, and kind of going from hotel to hotel, staying with friends in Rome and my mom in Texas, back to hotels, etc...because I couldn't find the house that was right for my boys and me. My lawyers at the time were pressuring me to just pick a place, any place, but I refused because I knew it had to be the right home...not a house or just some flat, but a home. I found our home on this site called wantedinrome.com, and I had to wait for it. I had to lobby for it, and I had to wait for it. Ah, but it was worth it. God, it was worth it. So yeah, that spot on top of the roof represents so much--triumph, trusting my gut, the treasures that are to be found in hell, spiritual lessons, gratitude, faith, manifesting, evolving--so, so much. Almost every one who comes to visit me goes up to that roof and sits. And the home itself pulls out the most beautiful energy in people who visit. I've had friends pray here, chant, sing, meditate, play music, write, paint... everything. It's a home you can have a conversation with. I even gave birth to my son Zen in it in July - right on the bed. And of course, you are welcome to visit. I mean that.

ME: Thank you so much for trusting my platform to share this part of your journey. I feel the magi in the place. It's so inspiring because it shows that God's time is the best. Patience is a virtue and it gives lot of wonderful gifts. I'll surely come to visit because I can feel that beautiful energy by just hearing you talk about your house.

ME: Where is your favorite place to write?

TAMARA: On my couch.

ME: Why do you write the books you do?

TAMARA: I write books that are asking to be written. I'll explain. I believe that each good idea that we have, and we all have them, is just kindly asking for permission to be brought into reality. So I try to honor my ideas by acting on each one that I deem to be a good one. I don't wait for anyone to endorse my ideas. I don't wait for money or the right time. I figure out a way and manifest it. I just get started.

ME: Let’s talk about Tallulah. I love her, her hair, her lifestyle and especially her career choice. My children and I fell in love with her from the cover. Why did you choose to write about Tallulah?

TAMARA: Oh, I love Tallulah too. The idea for Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO came from my eldest son, Noah. He also inspired my first book, The Ghanaian Goldilocks. Earlier this year Noah, who was six at the time, lost one of his front two teeth. He'd planned to put it under his pillow that night but was never able to because he lost it before bedtime. I'm really sentimental about things like this (I keep his teeth) and, visibly saddened and frustrated, asked him what he was going to do with no tooth to put under his pillow. Noah is now seven, and he's one of the most rational, logical people I know. He simply replied, "It's alright. I'm just gonna write her a note and explain what happened." I thought his response was brilliant. And once I put Noah and his brother Milo to bed, I started writing the story. It was written in just a couple of hours. Physically Tallulah was inspired by two of my life muses--a close friend and guide in my life, Dominican-Italian actress Iris Peynado and Iris Apfel. I could have named the book Iris the Tooth Fairy CEO I suppose, but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Tallulah's a great name.

I will also say that I consider myself to be an image activist. I think that the battle is really for our minds, beliefs and perceptions. In the work I create, I attempt to challenge the status quo in storytelling. Why wouldn't The Tooth Fairy be a Black woman with an afro and head of a billion-dollar corporation? Of course she is! Why wouldn't Goldilocks be a young boy in Ghana with a golden-tipped afro? Of course he is!

ME: You're amazing.


ME: I would love to hear about your series In Nero. In Nero is a creative series that spans several mediums: art. film and literature.The title, of course, has its roots in Italian. In Nero literally translated means "In Black," but here in Italy the term is applied to a variety of circumstances: to work under the table, for example. When I moved here and began to speak and understand Italian well, I was taken aback by how much the term "nero", or black, is used negatively in idioms: to be angry, to work too hard..even the boogie man is referred to here as "Il Uomo Nero"...or The Black Man. 

It's my opinion that people pay attention to art. They pay attention to compelling stories. So this is where the image activism comes in again: So far In Nero includes: an on-going short documentary series highlighting the lives of Black people living in the eternal city. We've completed the first installment of In Nero: Black Girls in Rome." Now we're executing the second installment of that series as well as filming the first of In Nero: Black Men in Rome. We have active plans to branch out to other cities both in and outside of Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AznUhel2LqQ

A fictionalized web series with the same title, loosely based on my experiences as a Black woman in Rome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lZLA6PRaW8

An exhibition of high art painted by Master Italian artist Elena Tommasi Ferroni and curated by me, entitled In Nero: Fairytales and Histories Reimagined and Retold. 
(The online exhibition can be viewed at www.thenefgallery.com)
An upcoming anthology of reimagined fairy tales and fables based on the In Nero art exhibition.

ME: Are you working on any other project?

TAMARA: Tons! I have a lot of wonderful ideas knocking on my imagination's door and I'm giving them all attention and care. Some include a story illustrated by Elena and written by me inspired by jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater and a series of West African fairy tales that Elena is also illustrating. And of course I have two sequels to Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO in the works. All the whimsy, all the wonder. Let me know when you plan on stopping by the house. The wine and the chocolate cake will be here waiting. :)



ME: I love chatting with you. I believe we could spend hours chatting. You're my kind of person and I feel fortunate to have connected. Can't wait to stop by the house when I'm in Italy next time. Bacioni. 

TAMARA: I'm so happy to know. I'm grateful to know you too. And I adore your name. It's very regal. 


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