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Dear Diary: Love Doesn’t Just Exist In Fairy tales Love is everywhere

love-is-everywhere21By Cindi Silva,WWH/CJE – Hello my brothers and sisters at Worldwide Hippies/CJE I am here to remind you that love is all around  us! Love is available to us at all times 24/7 just like the internet – ha ha – even though sometimes we may overlook love or miss it completely as we find ourselves caught up in the struggles and catastrophe of every day living. When you can see that you are working to hard and starting to lose grip on what’s really important take a step out of time and watch your trials and tribulations dissolve by themselves . . . here is an example of what I mean . . .  after reading this you know what to do! Go out there; create joy; and spread it around! Peace and love to you all, Cindi Silva
Dear Diary: Love Doesn’t Just Exist In Fairy tales
Love is everywhere
It’s 2:00 pm on Tuesday,
August 21, 2012
as I write this down
I’m only writing it down because
I don’t want to forget
the special details and highlights
of what started out as an ordinary day
with struggles and challenges
and quickly escalated to troubles
in the way of many inconveniences
as they rapidly lined themselves up
like beads sitting in a jeweler’s tray
waiting to be strung
looking back at it they weren’t that big a deal
yet at the time  . . .
I had enough beads in my jeweler’s tray this morning by 10:00
to start stringing a necklace
by 11:40 I had enough beads and had completed stringing my necklace
which was beginning to seem like a noose tightening around my neck
after getting the wrong day down for my son’s school registration
after we rushed to get ready and made it to registration barely on time;
because I forgot to fill out the registration paperwork the night before;
after going to the pharmacy while we still had the car rental
because there was an expired date on my child’s prescription
I picked up over the weekend
which was actually a mistake and the meds
hadn’t expired yet;
the pharmacy didn’t want
to change labels or correct it; they acted strange;
maybe they were embarrased that they made a mistake
they should have been happy it wasn’t a worse mistake
I was happy; so I let it go
yet I did feel like the noose had tugged at my neck
after I rushed to the bank; only to find out there was
barely enough money available to pay for the
extra day on the car rental which was rented
to move my oldest child back to college;
after buying gas to fill the tank up to 5/8 of a tank
the amount the car rental had when I first picked it up
to avoid over filling the tank required cash and two trips inside
to the retail clerk since I wanted the benefit of my cash
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Idiocy: As American as Baseball and Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie – Will Demanding a Plan Really Work?

imgresBy Cindi Silva, CJE/WWH – Chris Rock, Adam Scott, Tony Bennett and other entertainers are putting pressure on congress to put an end to gun violence by joining forces with http://demandaplan.org; will this work?  Does anything that goes to congress work? Once a bill makes it to congress will both houses work together so it can go through? Will bipartisan politics get out of the way for once and let congress do its job?  I don’t know. I do know something needs to be done. I invite you to click on the demand a plan link and sign the petition if you think it might work.

Personally, I don’t think we need any weapons at all. If I had my choice there would be no more nuclear power plants, no more wars, no germ warfare, no weapons at all designed with the intent to kill. All killing is senseless including genocide, homicide and suicide, but it really isn’t up to me.

Get ready for this, my brothers and sisters, because here comes an example of why we need to do something now; and fast. This happened to me just now. I couldn’t wait to come home and write about it. This eyebrow raiser falls under two categories. One you’ve probably heard before, “Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm” and a new category that you would only know if you know my friend Donna, “Things That Make Your Butt Itch.” Crude, I know but it is often fitting. Donna and I worked together for a public entity in the San Francisco Bay Area top heavy with tiers of management. Each layer of Management made more than the previous layer of management.  The lowest rung of the management tier made $100,000. The lowest levels of management didn’t even have workers to manage. Pointless rules, policies and procedures were constantly written and never adhered to and were enforced at the “discretion of management” … .

So here you go … hippies, think about this …

For over four years now most every day after school my son and I have been going to the school at the end of our block and playing baseball or basketball usually around 4:00 or 4:30 for an hour or more.

Tonight while playing basketball (btw my son said I was a combination of Chris Paul and Andrew Bogut – not bad, eh) the school janitor came over and told us that the principal said people that didn’t have any reason to be at the school shouldn’t be there during school hours.

When I looked at him puzzled and said school was over before 2:00 pm today and usually out by 3:00, so we weren’t there during school hours. He said, “I know.”

He told me the principal said we could leave and come back at six when the school was closed, but he was instructed to lock the school gates at six, and would be locking himself in the school yard, and when he did this his truck would be locked outside. He shrugged his shoulders. I looked at him quizzically and he smiled and said, “I know.”  He apparently didn’t think the new rules made much sense either. Continue reading Idiocy: As American as Baseball and Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie – Will Demanding a Plan Really Work?

News Tickler – Promiscuity Profiling …Alert: New Dating Service Controversy – Segment on Anderson Cooper’s Show

funny-how-to-pick-up-chicks-comic-picsBy Cindi Silva CJE – I just watched a segment on Anderson Cooper’s show about promiscuity profiling although it wasn’t called that. It was treated as a new concept but one that has been going on for ages. Women have fought to get rid of these stereotypes and profiling forever. Get ready, y’all cuz here it comes …

Promiscuity profiling (just googled it to see if it would come up in a search, it didn’t) I did however just see a show that taught me how to do it. So, if I understood it correctly there are now male dating coaches for men who haven’t already figured out how to – can pay to learn how to hook up with promiscuous women with the intention of a one time hook up.
This concept … I guess you could call it promiscuity profiling … how to spot a promiscuous woman based on hair color, free spirted nature; tats and other non-convent like appearance.  Really? This is considered a skill that male dating coaches are selling to single awkward guys out there that want to hook up without having it go anywhere by teaching them the way women should look when they want to have sex but more specifically one hook-up.
Cooper’s guest said the men should hook up with these women that wanted the same thing and then later when his students wanted to get married they were to look for a different kind of woman – which he apparently also teaches them non-promiscuity profiling … I wonder if that includes wearing convent like apparel and behavior?
No one in the audience thought that teaching men to manipulate women was a very good idea. The question was raised how is this different than the books written to teach women how to manipulate men into marrying them.  Really?!
Isn’t any type of profiling wrong on all levels … and one more thing … Ben Franklin was right … a fool and his money are soon parted. Peace. Until next time, you know what to do! Create joy! Go out there and spread it around!

Hippie Digest: Book Nook Poet of the Week – Remembering Janis Joplin – Recalling the heyday of hippies

2013-1-18-janis_joplin_color-533x389Remembering Janis Joplin On What Would Have Been Her 70th Birthday

A fond, heartfelt birthday greeting goes out to the late Janis Joplin, who would have been 70 years old today. Joplin, who died in that unfortunate by-product of heroin and other bad news libations binging in 1970, still remains one of the most, if not THE most prominently influential female artist in all of rock and roll history. She didn’t just influence scores of women rock and roll singers who followed her; her influence split the genders, transcended them, and she was equally revered and innovative to the soulful, dulcet crooning of front men like Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon, and Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell.

She belongs to a very scant group of musicians who put their heart and soul out there for the world to absorb and empathize and groove with. Joplin was one of the few who really sang like she felt; there was a tortured kind of gruffness in her bluesy vocal stance that made her that rare one-of-a-kind, once in a zeitgeist kind of figure, who died as she lived, whose recklessness and feckful approach to being a true hippie and a true artist of the blues and pained devil scorned woman created a musical figure of the highest order. In short, the influence of Janis Joplin still remains a hovering force in any band, woman or man, musician or solo artist, who sings in a manner in which they expose every hidden facet of their true being. More…

Book-Nook-PicWorldwide Hippies Book Nook Poet of the Week Frank DeBoever
Meet our good friend and poet of the week Frank DeBoever from Detroit. Thank you for watching Worldwide Hippies Book Nook Poet of the Week and a special thank you to Frank for allowing us to share his poetry with you. Until next time, you know what to do! Create joy; go out there and spread it around! Peace …

Cindi Silva, wwh/cje

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Brooker: Recalling the heyday of hippies
Last week, just for fun, I did a Google search of contemporary news sites for the word “hippie,” and while I’m aware that the term lives on in our everyday lexicon, I was surprised to see how much it persists in more formal discourse.

I found dozens of recent citations, many in headline form. A right-wing website asked, “1st ‘Pagan Hippie’ in Congress?” The more liberal Wired wondered about Obama’s recent nominee for secretary of defence, “Is Chuck Hagel a Hippie?”

From the New York couple recently arrested with explosives – “They’re hippie types,” said a neighbour – to the pansexual bono-bos of the Congo described by CNN as “hippie apes,” it’s clear that the word remains an all-purpose epithet that can be either a compliment or a slur, depending on who uses it.

It’s a distinction worth considering today, which marks the anniversary of an event many consider the birth of the hippie generation: the great San Francisco Human Be-In of 1967. That warm January day, some 30,000 mostly young people converged on the polo fields of Golden Gate Park for what was sub-billed as “A Gathering of the Tribes.” They listened to counterculture figures like Dr. Timothy Leary, comedian Dick Gregory and beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and to music by the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. They also are said to have consumed large quantities of LSD; according to contemporary accounts, it was distributed by a man who parachuted onto the scene. The widely reported event – latterly dubbed the first day of the Summer of Love – introduced the concept of “psychedelic” to suburban North America, and it was there that Leary first exhorted his disciples to, “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Read more…

100 Thousand Poets for Change–The Movement

By Cindi Silva,WWH/CJE – For those of you who haven’t heard  the Occupy movement isn’t the only movement for change going on right now.  There are many forms of activism currently going on  worldwide in this important time in history. Unfortunately not everyone can relate to the work of activists through protests and signs. As activists for change we must use every peaceful means of raising awareness available to us to get more people on board so change can take place.
 Today I’d like to talk about a powerful movement of change sweeping the world through poetry and art that was started last year.  A growing number of Poets with strong voices are joining together to raise our awareness and remind us we are interconnected as one family. These poets come in many styles and packages: academias, street poets, spoken word poets,  good poets, and musicians are joining the 100 Thousand Poets for Change movement that was started in March 2011 by my friend Michael Rothenberg, a well-established  environmental activist, poet and publisher.  I met Michael Rothenberg on Facebook last year.  Recently I interviewed Michael to find out more about the upcoming events scheduled for September 28, September 29 and September 30 at 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100 TPC) headquarters in Santa Rosa, California as well as other events scheduled for September 29 to be simultaneously  live-streamed in 115 countries  in over 800 locations. This does not include other  underground events happening simultaneously that aren’t confirmed by 100 TPC.
 I asked Rothenberg why he started 100 TPC. He told me he had tried doing something like this before with the Gulf war. He put it out there and no one joined him. He felt it might have been because it was limited to one area. This time 100 Thousand Poets for Change is open to many areas. I also asked him what his message was. He said it was of one communication, peace and sustainability.
I wanted to know more about how 100 TPC got started.
“We aren’t communicating enough, we get locked into our corners, ” said Rothenberg.  He added that he didn’t like the way things were going.
In March 2011 he was talking to a friend on Facebook and told them that he wanted to connect poets, encourage them to hold events to take place simultaneously around the world as activists for change. His friend suggested that he start it on Facebook. Within one week over ten poets came forward to organize events. By the next week it was 20. Rothenberg told me he would have been happy with the initial ten but the numbers kept growing. He is very happy with what is happening and seemed surprised at how quickly the movement he started has grown.  He was delighted last year when he was contacted by Stanford and they told him Stanford wanted to archive the work he is doing with 100 TPC because it is a historical event. Continue reading 100 Thousand Poets for Change–The Movement