Monday, February 29, 2016

Great Donald Drumpf Trending Tweets!!

Trending on Twitter


“At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole,” Oliver said on Sunday’s episode. “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s become frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it.”

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Let's Make Donald Drumpf Again!!!


“At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole,” Oliver said on Sunday’s episode. “It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s become frighteningly bigger, it’s no longer wise to ignore it.”

Trump's name is actually Drumpf!!

Watch this video. 
Please don't vote for that sociopath.

 Who's a Sociopath and how to protect yourself.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016



Wow normally I never watch the Oscars but having PVR made it a lot more fun.

That said Super Impressed with all the difficult issues that were dealt with tonight from #‎TooWhiteOscars‬ to Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (SpotLight- Best Picture) and Lady Gaga with Vice pres, Biden asking everyone to take a pledge and Leo's win with a Shout Out for Climate Change, the Indigenous and everyone whose voice is smothered by big corporations. Inside Out won and that's a great movie about emotions and all the changes that come with puberty. 

There's  lot of really good movies I would like to see now. But like Chris Rock asked those people, I had never heard of most of the nominated films.

I am glad Mad Max, while it won all those awards, didn't win, Best Picture because it was just too violent and wouldn't send a good message to the world. And Sam Smith, became the first openly gay man won and Oscar and gave a shout to the LGBT community.

Talk about Diversity.
I was impressed by it all...although I saw much more gore and violence than anticipated, I think I might watch next year. One thing for sure, I am much more inspired about my creative efforts. When you see such amazing work its hard not to be.

And for all it's pomp and glory, I was feeling rather dark and gloomy today but hopefully there is hope for this world and the films are a big part of it as they are the messengers.

So thank you to all the artists, and everyone that it takes to make a film. Well done. Amazing!

Congrats Duane Howard on Going to the Oscars!!

Arriving at the Oscars. 
Looking very handsome in a beautiful suit.

Duane E Howard with this photo journey of his trip to the red carpet ‪#‎Oscar2016‬ wearing a tuxedo designed by the talented Dorothy Grant.
Captured by Holly Carinci, HollywordsPublicity
Duane Howard (born 1963) is a First Nations actor who is known for his role as the Arikara chief Elk Dog in the 2015 film The Revenant. He has also appeared in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007), Pathfinder (2007), and other films.

Howard was born in the Nuu-chah-nulth (meaning "along the mountains and sea") First Nations territory, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.and Duane Howard.[1] He spent his early childhood in Port Alberni, Canada, and moved to Vancouver at the age of 14. At age 23, Howard conquered a drug and alcohol addiction and began working as a substance abuse counselor with at-risk youth in Vancouver.

The Revenant stars B.C. First Nations actor alongside Leonardo DiCaprio
B.C. First Nations actor Duane Howard stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in the highly anticipated film The Revenant.

"I was not intimidated but more or less like self-conscious," said Howard, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth actor, who now lives in Vancouver.

Native American actor Duane Howard overcomes all 'challenges' in his 'Revenant' role
For First Nations actor Duane Howard, a veteran screen and stunt performer, the cold chaos of "The Revenant" wasn't an ordeal but the fulfillment of a 30-year personal journey.

The Revenant's Duane Howard outfitted by Haida designer for Academy Awards red carpet

It's a designer's dream to dress a celebrity for the Academy Awards, but most designers couldn't step up to the challenge of stitching together an outfit on one week's notice.
That's exactly what happened to Haida designer Dorothy Grant, who was asked to outfit The Revenant actor, Duane Howard.

First Nations actor from Vancouver Island plays key role alongside DiCaprio in The Revenant

Duane Howard has a three-strike rule. But in his case, the third strike is not a bad thing.
“Anytime someone comes to me once, twice then comes to me a third time, it’s like, ‘OK, I have to act on it now,’” said the Vancouver Island-born actor.

The rule came into effect last year when, after a year away from acting, he was coaxed back into it by friends who told him -- on three different occasions -- that a big Hollywood production was looking for indigenous actors. In particular, one was needed for a pivotal role.

The movie was The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Downtown Eastside survivor Duane Howard plays lead indigenous role in The Revenant 

"That Duane ended up with the lead native role on The Revenant is nearly as miraculous as his survival on the streets," his IMDb bio states. "The actor had decided to take a break from the business a year before the audition call for the part of 'Elk Dog' came out, and it was upon hearing of the role from his former agent, that Duane returned to acting after initially accepting a stunt position on the film."

B.C. First Nations 'The Revenant' actor 'choked up' at DiCaprio speech

First Nations actor Duane Howard admits he "choked up" when "The Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio dedicated his Golden Globe trophy to indigenous communities around the world.

Howard and his friends were watching in Vancouver when DiCaprio took the stage on Sunday to claim the best dramatic film actor award for his role in the 19th century survival epic.

DiCaprio shared the award with "all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world."

Wild Salmon Caravan Gathering- March 5

Join us for an afternoon of skill sharing and network building.

Sharing arts based leadership tools and information for effectively engaging communities in the upcoming Wild Salmon Caravan

Light meal provided – All are welcome

Saturday March 5th 1:30 - 4:30PM
Britannia Community Centre
CFEC upstairs 1655 William St. Vancouver
Unceded Coast Salish Lands & Waters

The Wild Salmon Caravan is a celebration of the spirit of wild salmon through colourful and lively expressions of the arts and culture to raise awareness of their ecological, social and cultural values.


Saturday, February 27, 2016


 First They Came for..

"First they came for the writers, but I didn't speak up because I was not a writer. Then they came for the students, but I didn't speak up because I was not a student. They came for musicians, but I didn't speak up because I was not a musician. And then they came for the greeks, the muslims, the trade-unionists, the christians, and the jews. The travellers, homosexuals, the journalists, the artists, the doctors, the philosophers, the economists, the anarchists, and the politicians, the nerds, europeans, the americans, the communists, the hackers, illegals, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't any of them. And then they came for me and there was no one left to speak up for me.

#writer #students #musicians #greeks #muslims #trade-unionists #christians #jews #travellers #homosexuals #journalists #artists #doctors #philosophers #economists #anarchists #politicians #nerds #europeans #americans, #communists #hackers #illegals #environmentals #scientists #protestors #activists #farmer #mothers #fathers #children #sick #hungry #poor #indigenous #black #white #apathetic #me

"First they came ..." is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt and responsibility. 

When will YOU speak UP?
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LOVE TO ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE who will #VOTEforBernie and make a difference in this messed up world!! As a Canadian I am begging you!!! HE'S YOUR JUSTIN TRUDEAU! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

The Big Miracle!

Big Miracle- the book tells the true story of three gray whales trapped beneath Arctic ice in the fall of 1988, and of Operation Breakthrough, the collaborative efforts to free them by oil company executives, activists, Inupiat people, the U.S. military, and Soviet ice-breakers.

Big Miracle -the movie-is a 2012 British-American family drama film starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The film, directed by Ken Kwapis, is based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose, which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.

“[W]e came to tell the world about a common occurrence,” he wrote “the routine stranding of three whales under a patch of ice. The only thing that made this stranding extraordinary was that it happened just 20 miles from a satellite uplink earth station. Had the facility been located far away, these whales, like dozen of others each year, would have died ordinary deaths.”

 The movie shows how all of the participants in the rescue used or tried to use the media for their own purposes, including Greenpeace, which had to bring in more people to answer phones as calls came in from all over the world and the oil man portrayed in the film by Ted Danson. Rose writes: Read more at

The $500,000 ARCO spent on Operation Breakout was one of the best investments it ever made. A $20 million public relations campaign couldn’t have bought a tenth the goodwill ARCO earned helping free the three trapped whales. It seemed to be perfect timing. ARCO cashed in at a critical juncture in the history of the slumping Alaskan oil industry. No oil company in Alaska ever received more favorable press coverage than ARCO did during its two week investment in Operation Breakout. Usually the rich whipping boy of the environmentalists, ARCO now worked side by side with Cindy Lowry and Greenpeace. In the game of P.R. Pac-Man, ARCO swallowed any hint of criticism by pouring tremendous resources into a rescue destined to save three animals endangered by nature, not man’s insatiable carving for fossil fuels.

Of course, ARCO’s work on behalf of the three whales stranded in Barrow did nothing to clean up its share of the more than 11,000 acres of North Slope Arctic tundra the Environmental Protection Agency said were ruined by oil drilling.


Have you HEARD Bernie's Speeches from the last 30 years?

30 Years of Speeches
Watch this amazing video that a talented volunteer put together showing 30 years of speeches.
Posted by Bernie Sanders on Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Pt 3- Great Songs that Have Inspired Me!

I just replied to a friends post on Facebook after I shared this video.

 They live outside the US in Mexico and haven't vote for years but they are planning to. This was my comment.

Please do vote and vote for Bernie Sanders. Since we neighbour with the US(I'm referring to me-in Canada), it's very scary that Trump is even running. I don't want to think about what would happen if he succeeded. I thought it was all a joke but now I am doing everything I can to encourage people to vote for Bernie. I don't want a WW3 and I don't trust Hilary as she's be bought and sold and she covered for her husband...she has a history of covering things so that is untrustworthy right there. I believe Bernie is the only one who has an actual good soul.

And this a my blog post from a few days ago. Vote for Bernie and Remain Engaged!! He can't do it alone, no president, prime minster or single person can. We have to do it together...grassroots people!

I was listening to old songs on Youtube today while I was painting. There were the most amazing songs from my youth....that many of the kids today have never heard.

Love this one so much.

I wish someone would write a modern day version. I was going to do it a while back...I'm not a song writer or much of singer... but I love to sing along to this while I paint and dance around the house!!

Share this with your kids(teens) maybe if you explain it, it might inspire them.

MUSIC has POWER...let's use change the world!!!

I DON'T watch the videos (they are usually not very good)

...just LISTEN to the WORDS.

"We Didn't Start The Fire"

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide...

Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
Rock and Roller Cola wars, I can't take it anymore

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on...

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it


This has actual images so don't watch if it upsets you but listen to the words. This is what I was listening to when I was 9, 10, 11....See the other posts about what I am referring to. Re: power of music, activist, youth, voice, grassroot movements, injustice, corruption


If you ever wondered how I became an activist well it stems from the fact that when I was a little girl, I was 10, in 1972 when the Vietnam war was all over the news. (and I was a Canadian, living in Canada). We only had one channel CBC and I saw a lot of things that were horrible images and a lot of protesters on TV.

I remember saying- crying to my mom- "why can't they bring them home"...I get all shivery and teary thinking about it.

M.A.S.H the TV show (about the Korean war) was also on TV and it gave a real face to the war. That must have being the origins...

We also had draft dodgers, a lovely woman and her husband come and work for my mom and dad in the restaurant and gas station we owned. She tried to teach me a song her mandolin - Moonshadow. They had a great big St. Bernard. I will never forget that.

The video show images from the Vietman war, don't watch if it upsets you too much(close your eyes and don't let kids see this.). But the song GIMME SHELTER is powerful. LISTEN!!

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES(I consider them graphic, sadly things are so warped people see this on on the tv and web all the time and many are numbed out and de-sensitized)

Two things here, as I suggested earlier, just listen to the words, don't look at the images, but also remember...there was a time not so very long ago when all film, video, television, movies were all in BLACK AND WHITE.. With our rapid advance in technology I believe it's something many of us for and for the kids they are unaware.

When you talk about the power of a song, when this came out, there was no internet and I living in Canada- with no relatives from Australia. I didn't really know much about it and the issues they had involving the indigenous people who lived there. This song let me educated me, enlightened me. The Power of a Song!! Music is Power- use it! But use it wisely!



Pt 2- Great Songs that Have Inspired Me!

Instead of Heaven- they say dragon- I looked it up and some say it references heroin.

Pt 1- Great Songs that Have Inspired Me!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Check out Raffi's Video for his Song #WaveofDemocracy

Considering everything that has happened recently in the US election I am very concerned about what happens.

I truly believe Bernie Sanders is the best choice. The man has a soul!!! I am not sure about the others.

Raffi has released a wonderful new video & song - Wave of Democracy. I hope you will share it, especially if you know any expats or have American relatives. GO BERNIE GO!!


 Published on Youtube

Raffi has written and recorded songs inspired by the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, and the Dalai Lama. He has now written the song “Wave of Democracy" to mark a time when Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bold, positive and principled run for president is inspiring millions. Reclaiming democracy from corporate domination of congress and the media will take, as Sanders says, a growing movement for 'We The People’ democracy. Raffi, like the departed Pete Seeger, is a passionate democracy defender. He calls on all to sing and share this song, to join the wave of democracy and, most importantly, to vote. Feel the wave!

In Raffi’s words: The world needs the America that Bernie Sanders envisions, a nation for the people—fair and just. Fighting climate, not endless wars. A nation that honours its young, nurtures their families, and earns the respect of the global community. Here's to a wave of democracy: a spirit of dedication, engagement, and democratic action. Here's to voting in a progressive era of responsible government and sustainability.

* * *

The Washington Post described Raffi “The most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world,” and the Toronto Star called Raffi “Canada’s all time children’s champion.” As well as gaining Gold and multi-platinum sales awards, Raffi is an author, entrepreneur, ecology advocate and founder of the Centre For Child Honouring. A recipient four honorary doctorates, Raffi is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of B.C.

Wave Of Democracy
(Inspired by Bernie Sanders)
words & music by Raffi
© 2016 Homeland Publishing

Recorded by Ken Burke on Salt Spring Island, BC,
for Troubadour Music Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Music credits:
ukulele, guitar, piano and voice : Raffi
drum sequence: Ken Burke
backing vocals: Sabrina Aven
youth vocals: Jolene Curran

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Help Save The Toads in B.C.

Save the Toads!!

A story about hope
Toad People is an inspiring new documentary film project produced by the Wilderness Committee about people in communities across British Columbia who are taking action to save the wildlife in their backyards.

The 30- to 40-minute film tells the story of fingernail-sized juvenile western toads that migrate every year from the wetlands where they were born to the forest where they live, and the community members who have come together to help them make that journey safely. We call these wildlife defenders Toad People

Read more here