50 Days to 50 Years: Day 50, Life’s Embrace

12 06 2016

This is 50-Day 50 collage

“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really: Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

“I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live.”
— Deuteronomy 30:19

I find it fascinating that I last posted on this blog exactly a year ago today. It seems fitting that I have chosen my odyssey of “50 Days to 50 Years!” as the series to revitalize it.

As I approach my 50th revolution around the sun, I have chosen life, and will always choose life. Many times along the road I have had opportunity to choose otherwise, and it is because of the encounters, life circumstances, and deaths in the midst of my journey that I have chosen to embrace the time leading to my actual birthday with celebration, rather than somberness.

You see, I really never expected to see 50. I was a suicidal teenager, and had crafted an elaborate plan to end it all when I finished high school. Thanks to a lot of prayer and a real encounter with death when I was 16, I was fortunate enough to revise that plan.

Then in my early 20s, I was caught up with eschatology (the study of the “end of days” or “end times”), so I just knew that Jesus would return and the world would end before I was 30. Thankfully I distanced myself from those energy draining pursuits well before my 30th year, and amazingly, life went on, and so did I. I still believe Jesus is coming back, I just focus more on what he wants me to do in the here and now, rather than obsess about times and seasons that are not in my control.

Then there are those who were not as blessed as me; mainly my two sisters, Barbara and June.

Barbara died from a massive seizure in 1992; she was only 36. In 2008, June lost a long battle with cancer at 49, months before her 50th birthday.

So I have reason to live, and reason to celebrate. In the 50 days leading up to August 2 (my actual birth day), I plan to document my celebrations, with various bucket list items, things I have always wanted to do, and most notably, 50 friends and family that I will spend time with over these 50 days to acknowledge their contribution to making my life worth living.

So here’s to 50! All it entails, the highs, the lows, the challenges, and the triumphs, I fully embrace with open arms, and rejoice to see the day. Anything else is not an option.

I hope you enjoy traveling with me, as I embrace the change of season, the change of life, and the turn of a new decade.

This is 50…

 

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“In My Orbit” has expanded into new worlds!

10 04 2013
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“In My Orbit” has expanded into new worlds!

The Girl has been busy with some new projects, one of them has been mounting a new column on Washington Times Communities. This is a wonderfully innovative online community of writers, and their global reach gives an expanded platform for my writing.

I’m very excited! Feel free to click the link and take a read at my column, and the other voices that make up the site.





Election 2012 Post-mortem: Still looking for the Silver Linings

7 11 2012

This is the last post I expected to write on November 7, 2012. But life, often gives unexpected results.

As opposed to 2008, when I went to bed early already knowing the outcome of that election (and wrote about those “silver linings” the next day), this time around, I was much more optimistic that Americans wanted to oust this fraudulent leader. A friend even invited me to an election night party with other like-minded Conservatives, and I was excited to go and have a room full of people to potentially share in victory. So I prepared to stay up late, but be happy in doing so.

The stay up late part came to pass, the happiness and victory, not so much. President Obama was re-elected for a second term, and this grieves me beyond measure. After watching the demise of the America I thought I knew last night, I did what I do in good times and bad: look for God’s perspective on this. For my life, this is best found in God’s word.

So my comments will be interspersed with scriptures that come to mind or that fit the focus of my thoughts. Take it for what it’s worth. I will start off my rant with railing at the storm clouds first, because that’s always the first thing you. But take heart, after gazing at the dark clouds, if you look deeply enough, you can still find silver linings.

In honor of PBS funding and Big Bird being saved by an Obama re-election, this rant is brought to you by the Letter “D”.

It is Disastrous and Disgraceful that a Leftist media protected and propped up this President in order to ensure he be re-elected. Former-Hurricane-now-reduced-to-SuperStorm-Sandy is the most recent example, but they are legion. The most egregious is Benghazi, which I have written about, and will continue to write about until justice is done for Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives because of the incompetence of this President.

Concerning this corrupt and gangrenous entity called the mainstream media, Isaiah 5:20-21 came to mind, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

Describes the MSM to a “T”. But what they do not know is that any shred of credibility they may have had left is now completely gone. I portend that their Demise will continue to be swift and Decisive–more than we know. I plan to dance on the graves when this happens. The collective lot of them are a Disgrace to Democracy.

It is Disheartening that American people refused to watch both the Republican and Democrat conventions, the debates, or read anything the candidates were saying and critically compare their messages. More important, the refusal to look at the false and inaccurate claims on both sides and weigh the information accordingly. Some of these people are culled from my Facebook and Twitter interactions, but if this is even a microcosmic representation of a cross-section of our population, then we are in a world of hurt as a country. Laziness and Ignorance really do great harm.

It is Disturbing that a sector of Blacks are perfectly fine with having a Black President for the sake of having a Black President. No care about his lack of character, his ability to lie, blame, and obfuscate, along with his inability to keep his promises. Again I go back to the aftermath of Former-Hurricane-now-reduced-to-SuperStorm-Sandy as a shining example of who this President is and how he operates. President Obama showed up, made promises, took lots of photos, pretended to “feel their pain” , and then left to continue campaigning. Yet the people of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut continue to hurt, continue to be without food and power, and most frightening, as the weather turns colder, remain homeless. FEMA is failing in its execution of emergency aid to a degree that exceeds Katrina. But this crop of voters is still blaming Bush for the bad economy? Well, you can’t blame Bush for Sandy, or for the next four years. It’s all on our “first Black President” Obama.

Even with all this evidence, some Blacks still laud Obama as a hero and hold him up as a shining example for the Black race. How Delusional is that?

It is beyond me that some Blacks are content with 14.3% black unemployment, preferences of another race group’s voting power over their increasingly dwindling one, and black genocide in the form of highly-funded and unfettered abortions among minorities. I doubt that I will feel any sympathy toward them when they come to see that they have been bamboozled. What I do have is Hosea 8:7: “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.” Matter of fact, they should read the whole chapter, as it is a frightening reality on what America has become and what may be in store.

So glad I got that off my chest. Now on to that flash of light in the darkness.

God is in Control. Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” I navigate in lots of worlds, and in my Christian world, lots of people were fasting and praying for the outcome of this election; I believe God’s will was done. What that means for me as a Christian is that I continue to pray for President Obama and our nation, according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

What it also means is that I do what I can to fight and stand for what is right. And much about this administration is not right. I am also praying Luke 8:17: “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” I will work for this revealing to unfold, and for believers to know their role and place when it does happen.

I gave 2 Corinithians 4:8 to another Christian Conservative who was very disheartened at last night’s results: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not defeated, crushed, but not in despair.” For those who believe like me, if we pray and we seek, we are going to see God’s intended plan for this time, and hopefully make a difference for righteousness–no matter what the circumstances.

Black Conservatives have become more visible and vocal. I’m not just talking about Herman Cain, Congressman Allen West (who continues to fight for his seat), and the “acceptable” ones they trot out on Fox and CNN. I’m talking about all the grassroots brothers and sisters I have found (and who have found me) on Twitter, Facebook, and some organizations of which I have recently become a part. These fired up folks represent and fight with reasoned thought, penetrating words, facts, and their presence. We will no longer be ignored.

I know I have increased in my conservative thought and activism over the years. It started in 2000, crystallized in 2004, and became more strong in 2008. Now on the other side of 2012, I am no less fired up, and no less motivated to see Leftist memes about Black monolithic thinking destroyed. Not every Black supports everything this President does just because he is Black. His policies and practices are the problem, not his race. I and other Black Conservatives will continue to trumpet this, and hopefully join together to make our stance known. A fellow Black Conservative, Demetrius Minor said it best on Twitter: “The racial division will only continue to widen under Obama. Conservatives: We need one another. Let’s unify.” Amen to that. Let’s demonstrate Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Finally, Grassroots activism is still alive and well. Now that this national election is over, I can turn my attention to local affairs of city and state, which is where leaders are built and real change can occur that affects the national level. While I still plan to point out the falsehood and hypocrisies of this Obama administration, I’m shifting some of my to focus the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Antonio Villaraigosa has overseen the decline of Los Angeles business and it’s economy, while feathering his nest for whatever place he will be rewarded with in the Obama administration. Many of the candidates running to replace him willingly aided and abetted Mayor Eleven Percent, and I plan to point this out, while promoting candidates who truly want to reverse the damage Villaraigosa has incurred on this city through his negligence, neglect, and power mongering. Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Please don’t misunderstand me that I want a theocracy or only “religious” people in elected office. I take the textbook definition of “righteous” which says, “morally upright people.” I know moral atheists and immoral believers, and I’ll take the moral atheist any time. If you hold to a worldview that embraces, uplifts and seeks to further the good of a people and a community, then you are righteous in my book. On the converse, are leaders like Obama and Villaraigosa who use people and communities as a tool for the furtherance of their own agenda–and damn the consequences.

We need “righteous” leaders locally and regionally, so we can have better choices nationally.

I’ve said my peace.





CareerCampSFV is a week away! See what people are saying about CareerCamp

15 09 2011

CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) is coming up, so I wanted to show some highlights from our last CareerCamp back in July, in the Santa Clarita Valley (CCSCV). We had a grand time and people were energized, empowered and inspired in their careers!

The below video link, created by CareerCamp Founder and Chairman Emeritus Douglas E. Welch shows the testimonials of attendees and speakers from CareerCampSCV.

The jobs news is bad, folks–initial jobless claims jumped last week to 428,000–the highest this quarter. But we at CareerCamp International don’t dwell on this! The beauty of the CareerCamps is that it equips individuals to take control of their skills and assets, and in doing that, take control of their future–so they can  build the career they deserve.

Registration is still open for CareerCampSFV on September 24, but may not be for long–don’t miss out on this effective and unique Career Event!

Video: What are people saying about CareerCamp?.





The Turning of the Tide

2 08 2011

Water Surge by Michael Drummond/Public Domain Pictures.net

It is indeed that, as I turn 45 today. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how I went from a teenager who didn’t think she’d live past high school, to middle life. I have never needed drugs to go on mental trips–they simply come to me from everyday life.

My sea-change of life somewhat parallels the sea-change in the Christian world, and I’ve written about it on my Examiner.com page. Give it a read! It’s my birthday, after all.

And it looks like Congress, the Senate and the White House decided to give me a birthday present of “resolving”? the debt-ceiling debacle before the deadline, ensuring the United States does not go into default. Yeah… Uh Huh.

My favorite quote of the post-mortem on this deal comes from Jim Geraghty on the Hugh Hewitt Show yesterday. Jim expressed his own lukewarm feelings on the resolution, and said something to the effect that every time it looks as though we have government spending locked up and under control, they pull a Harry Houdini on us. Well said.

I have the feeling that this so-called Super Committee will have as much affect as the Debt Commission. Lots of time and money spent on coming to conclusions and solutions, which ultimately end up in the political round file.

But for now, neither side is giving high-fives or breaking out the champagne. Quin Hilyer’s piece in The American Spectator pretty much sums it up: “The Deal Sort of Stinks… But Only ‘Sort of’“. Erick Ericson, never a glass-half-full fellow to begin with, headlined his RedState Morning Briefing with “We All Lose.” Tell us how you really feel, Erick.

The far Left is particularly in a tizzy.  The favorite quote on their side comes from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who called the deal, “A sugar-coated Satan sandwich.” Cleaver’s a poet, and he didn’t even know it!

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones trips over a familiar leftist canard: People are too stupid to realize just how important government is in their lives, and we just have to be more persuasive, dammit! It’s Public Opinion, Stupid. He blames the progressives for not turning the tide of public opinion to support liberal agendas:

“We just haven’t persuaded the public to support our vision of government. Until we do, the tea party tendency will always be more powerful than we are.”

Oh, please. We have seen your vision of government and we don’t want it. And every attempt to ram it down our throats simply causes us to stiffen our backs even more. This is why the pendulum is swinging in the Tea Party direction. Get over yourself, Kevin.

But ultimately, it’s Nick Gillespie, Reason Magazine blogger, who hits it out the park: “The Debt-Ceiling Debate is Dead! Long Live the Debt! Or, Will ObamaCare Cover What Krugman’s Smoking?”

Spectacular headline aside, he pretty much echoes my feelings on this entire debacle:

“In fact, the real reason to be bothered by the whimper with which the debt-ceiling squabble seems to be ending is this: It doesn’t address the real issue, which is the debt load of the country.”

Or as I would say it, kicking the can to the next generation. I have no children of my own, but I feel sorry for my nephews and nieces; they will ultimately pay for all this malfeasance.

Happy Birthday, to me!





In My Orbit…

28 07 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl has been immersed in the Reinvention of her life, particularly where Yoga is concerned. The C-1 class instruction at  CorePower Yoga continues to go well, and I learn something new with each class, even though the sequence and structure are much the same. I guess that’s the beauty of teaching something in and out for a period of time–it helps you grow and refine. Part of the cycle of life….

On top of subbing the Friday Power FLow class at Santosha Space, I am mounting a class on Mondays and Wednesdays called Soul Flow: Power Yoga set to Soul, R&B and Gospel music. It involves the typical struggles of starting something new; trying to build a committed following. But the concept is one that I can make my own and will allow me some creativity–so I’m taking advantage of this opportunity!

And the Christian version of Soul Flow is also going well. This Thursday evening Yoga class at the Congregational Church of Northridge continues to build a following, and I have several committed fledgling Yogis. Another proving and learning ground.

Can you believe after eight weeks of intensive Level 1 training and the subsequent Extension period, that I’m gearing up for more training? Indeed. I bit the bullet and signed up for a Power Yoga Level 2 intensive at CorePower Yoga in Irvine. Trevor Tice, the Founder and CEO of CorePower will be spearheading this particular endeavor, and it’s another golden opportunity to expand on the exceptional Level 1 training I received while it is still fresh in my head and body.

Had anyone told me a year ago that I would be training and scratching out a living as a Yoga instructor, I would have laughed in their face. I’m learning all over again that in this life, one must expect the unexpected.

After the last few years, it’s nice to have some restored vision and passion.





In My Orbit…

28 06 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So my worlds have collided in a good way. I taught my first C-1 class at CorePower Yoga Sherman Oaks. It was a good experience, and I hope the students felt the same. And I get to do it again next week! How cool is that?

Starting this Friday and through the month of July, I will be subbing a Yoga class for my friend Patty Rae at Santosha Space in Atwater Village. If you’re in the Los Feliz/Silverlake/Atwater Village area and want a good workout, come on by! Class starts at 10:30 am for those who like to sleep in.

I also completed my Yogis of Faith series on Examiner.com. If you have not read or commented lately, I invite you to join the conversation–and if you enjoyed the articles, please “Like” them! It does so much for my Google rating.

This evening, it’s off to CAAN Connect, an annual event hosted by Columbia College Chicago’s West Coast Alumni Association & Network. Now in it’s fourth year, this event connects entertainment alumni with industry insiders who can open doors and introduce us to key connections in the industry.

I found it an invaluable experience to polish and present my pitch, not to mention the great contacts I acquired. I plan to volunteer this time out, but there’s still the opportunity to schmooze, no matter what I’ll be doing!

One of the contacts I made at the previous CAAN is the lovely Jenny Januszewski, artist extraordinaire. Jenny will be pitching the short film she directed, The Shadower: a 3D Film about Love and Circumstance.

Above- and below-the-line talent from five film schools and nine countries were represented in the project, and everyone donated their time for this vision. Financial backing is needed to complete the film, so if you love film and love supporting independent vision, consider giving at the The Shadower‘s Kickstart website, or “Like” the The Shadower Facebook page.

For a “behind-the-scenes” look at the film project, go to the Kickstarter site or the Facebook page and click on the video.








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