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. 


2 Nov 2016

THE RISING PEOPLE


The land of the oppressor free is finally uncovering it true terrorist identity on social media.
All around us there are signs of a suffering earth, yet because of greed the oil companies want to run pipeline on the land of the first people who inhabited the land centuries before the sailer got lost and was found.

"The Dakota Access pipeline, a $3.8-billion, four-state project designed to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, has become a rallying point for American Indigenous groups and others determined to block the pipeline" The Guardian
They (the United State government) took the Native American's land, buried their hearts at Wounded Knee, took their culture, paraded it as circus and wore it as fun costume at halloween.

The oppressors brought Africans as slaves to build their empire. When they were done, they made a film, the Africans became the laughing stoke of the nation viewed as evil in the society, thus the birth of a nation was born. During civil right movement, the oppressors first killed those, like Malcolm X, who wanted to liberate the mind of the black people. There were those who started the civil right movement in a calm and collected way, because if the black people used violent demonstration the oppressor will prove its point. When even Martin Luther King couldn't use his polite manners to talk to the oppressors he started to voice his frustration. They had a sniper in the mild of the crowd during his last speech to gun him down. The leaders of a generation dead.

Native Americans forced onto reserves, assimilated and deprived of their identity. Rubbed of their land continuously with many treaties.

Now, the Native Americans are holding their hearts at Standing Rock with social media watching. We're witnessing the new era of warriors, standing up for our water and environment. Standing up for their rights as human beings. Yet, unarmed Native Americans were beaten by the police, their faces pepper sprayed, ripped out of sweat lodge ceremonies, arrested and kept in dog kennels.
"Critics say the police have used unnecessary force on activists.
 They have contrasted the police treatment of North Dakota protesters to the recent acquittal of seven members of an armed militia who led a 41-day standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon over federal land ownership.
Some Native American activists have critised the acquittal saying the Oregon protesters were given special privilege because they were white.
Native Americans in Standing Rock say they are committed to being unarmed.
Despite this police, on 28th October, used attack dogs on activists, sprayed pepper spray, and sot rubber bullets - hitting some of the protesters in the face." BBC

Is this the land of the free, the guardian of democracy? History is on repeat, but which side are you going to fight for? Bystanders are part of the problem.

Are YOU praying for those good hearted Americans (Native, Latino, Black, White and Gay) that are standing up for justice, because you know what? Democracy doesn't exist anymore in the land of the oppressor.
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