My Friend…Kristoff

I was shocked and saddened by Kristoff’s passing…He had so much more life ahead of him to experience! However, the loss of his son, and the resulting depression was a tremendous burden to bear…No matter how strong a person is, depression can be difficult to overcome…

Depression is a mental anxiety that can be relentless…and it requires patience, love and attentiveness from loved ones and friends…always!  You take each day, one day at a time…and just when you think you’re on the mend, there’s a “trigger” which catapults you back to that moment, and it becomes a constant struggle to maintain your place and purpose in the world…I’m sure that was the case with Kristoff…the love and goodness of his spirit could not come to grips with his loss….

I met Kristoff back in the 80’s when I worked in the entertainment industry.  He would come into the agency alone or with his father.  We always had great conversations and shared many laughs together.  We became fast friends.   I marveled at Kristoff”s “old soul” aura.  He was so kind and exuded warmth to a fault.

He never flaunted his celebrity or consciously drew attention his way…He was quietly humble, yet sure and articulate when he spoke.  He was always genuine…always down to earth.  Kristoff had this way about him where he made you feel like you were the only person in the room…and he never became ruffled when he was approached by people while having a meal.  He’d ask them to sit down and include them as if he’d known them for years!

I left the industry at the close of the 80’s, and still our paths managed to cross from time to time throughout the years.  One of those times, about 10 years after we met, I happened to see him sitting at the restaurant bar where I was meeting some friends for dinner.  Kristoff looked up and saw me and his face lit up. “Charlene! Have a seat!” I laughed, amazed, and said, “You still remember me after all these years?! And he said,  “Of course, I remember you! What have you been up to?!” He patted the chair next to him.  That was Kristoff…

Rest in Love, Dear Friend……

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Make That “Change”…

Remove the “C” from “complaint” and make that “change!”  There is power in change…and you hold the power to make that change.  The remarkable ability to create is given to each one of us…Stop complaining and create change!  You are the change that can turn this world into a wonderland of all things good and positive.

Positivity and goodness are endless….and because they are endless, the harvest is far reaching and rich in abundance for everyone. Life sucks only if you allow it to suck!  People create the lives they live….people touch others with the energy they release into the world.  Change! Be the change, make that change! Don’t settle for less and don’t accept the negativity and darkness of those who refuse to use the transformative power of positive change!

Focus…2019 is a moment in time dedicated to the magical transformation of “change.”

Make that change!  This is your moment of NOW…January 6th… six days into 2019…What have you created to date? The stage is yours……

January 1, 2019…Focus.

January 1, 2019….A new day, a new year, a new beginning.  There is something wonderful about new beginnings…everyday we wake up, we are given a new beginning.  We seem to convince ourselves that each day ending and each day beginning is a continuous string of events….it isn’t.  Because we believe it goes on and on with the establishment of our daily routines, we miss the uniqueness of the moments taking place before us in the course of our lives….

Stop sleep walking through your lives and realize that each moment is a new beginning… Recognize, and discover that once again, you are a part of special times and special moments, like 2019, and the first day of January… Change your life…Change the world…

Happy New Year….

 

 

2018…What Will This New Year Bring?

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If we are what we eat…are we what we think? What are your thoughts for this first day of the New Year? Are they good? Bad? Indifferent? Are they chilly, cold, detached, like the present weather conditions we are now experiencing?  Thoughts are things…thoughts can manifest…What will this New Year bring?  What will we manifest in 2018?

This is the first day of bringing forth our best thoughts, words and deeds.  This is the beginning of us manifesting our greatest good…our “best” selves.  In this year of 2018, we must rise above anything and anyone who challenges the evolution of our greater good into our best!

You hold the power of change…you hold the power to create what will be around you…place your canvas before you, and build a New Year which will transform future generations for the betterment of humanity!

What will this New Year bring?

That is entirely up to YOU!

Welcome to 2018…take the helm…..

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New Year’s Eve 2017…Time For Another Year-End Clearance…

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Here we are again…another year ending.  Time for reflection. Time for the yearly recap…Time for another year-end clearance.  Every December 31st the ritual begins.  Out with the old, in with the new…the new…the new.  Is it really going to be a new year? Or just a rehashing of the old year brought into the New Year?

Looking back on the year 2017, and remembering some of my adventures on my journey through the past twelve months, I recall an incident which occurred on December 5th.  A co-worker instigated what was called later, a “verbal altercation.”

The saddest part of what I witnessed was that the person he approached was blamed for the incident he escalated due to his agitation, lack of focus and insensitivity to their feelings.  It came out later that he was indeed not on the same page as the person had told him.  I watched him become increasingly defensive when that was brought to his attention.

I watched as this young man rallied his coworkers to defend his behavior.  They did, painting him as the victim and the other person as the abrasive and loud perpetrator who attacked and embarrassed him, without reason.

The crowning blow of this travesty was their director.  She never asked the person who was really the victim their side of the story.  The true victim sent an email to the director saying that she had a conversation with the young man, there seemed to be some confusion, and asked to discuss the incident with her… The director ignored her email and approached the young man who initiated the “verbal altercation”, the coworkers, and others, outside of the department, never once approaching the recipient of the young man’s agitation and escalation, and began to build a “stereo-typical” event of character displays always present, in people of color.

The young man, who is a supervisor, had a conversation with me and disclosed that he was under a lot of pressure and overwhelmed by his duties, and didn’t have time for much else, which distressed him.  He admitted to me that he wasn’t on the same page as the coworker he confronted, however, there were things that were mentioned by the person, like their job description, which he felt was inappropriate.  He had mentioned his job description and saw nothing wrong with it, but found fault with his coworker using it to clarify a job duty in their “conversation.”

The coworker, who was going to resign due to lack of work next year, tendered their resignation after a meeting with the director, who would not listen to the employee’s story of what happened, and started to ‘create justifications’ involving the person as changes in their behavior!

The person who resigned was a person of color, and an older female.  The young man involved was not a person of color.  This story is detrimental to our year-end clearance…

My credentials include being a Legal Redress Chair for the NAACP, and a Board Member of the ACLU. As such, my training has given me specific criteria in determining human and civil rights violations.  I also witnessed in this workplace, a female coworker, not of color, create dissention between her and several coworkers and a director of an adjoining department, and she was given the benefit of the doubt, and mentored by the same director who shutout the older female person of color, until the director of the adjoining department barred this employee from working on any projects from her department, shutting down the workflow to the offensive employee.

This incident culminated last December 2016.  The director gave the disruptive employee time to look for another job, keeping her through Christmas, and when she found a job in early January 2017, she allowed the employee to resign, rather than being fired.

The employee of color resigned on December 7th, two days after the alleged verbal altercation she was named as having instigated, without any support from her director or her “team” which she  faithfully supported.

Out with the old…in with the new.  If we do not examine ourselves and truly work on real change, by changing the old which define our actions, as well as ourselves…new years will never be new…just rehashing the old, destructive elements which divide and conquer humanity; laying waste to any possibilities of peace on earth…goodwill toward all…and a planet attempting to heal from ongoing wars and the constant onslaught of depletion and pollution of her resources.

Clear out the old…this is the moment of your “year-end clearance.” Hold back nothing.  Clean the slate, don’t just “clear it.” Be true to yourself and work on breaking old habits and destructive beliefs, and work on and welcome change… Until we genuinely work on ridding our hearts, minds and spirits of that which “steals, kills and destroys,” new years will come and go without much more than ritual fanfare…without much hope…with ongoing excessive, old baggage being rearranged under the guise of “new.”

Walk into the New Year…don’t trip into it…don’t fall into it…your year-end clearance is now…Tomorrow is a new year, Embrace it with a renewed you! It all begins with you…

On second thought, JUMP!!!

God has given all of us the gift of free-will…with free-will, we can create…Let us create a new future, beginning with this new year…

Peace…Love…Change…Brotherhood of Humanity…Protect our Planet…we are ready…we are receptive…

Enter, 2018…we are NEW, we welcome you!!!

God Bless us all…everyone and everything which gives us the ability to be Bringers of Light and Change…and Love.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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Peace On Earth…Goodwill Towards Men…

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Christmas Day, December 25, 2017…What does it mean, “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men?” In all of Christmases past, have we ever practiced the true meaning of these words? Why is it only a phase that comes out but once a year?  Why isn’t it goodwill towards every human being on earth; men, women and children alike? Can we also extend this goodwill and peace toward our planet and all living things supporting life in any capacity of betterment?

We must return to the message and the purpose which gave birth to this phrase….Peace on Earth…Goodwill towards men…

How far have we ventured away from any possibility of Peace? From Goodwill towards anyone, including ourselves? Do we know who we are…where

we’ve been and where we’re going?  Have we gained any insights at all into our connectivity to one another? Goodwill towards men…

Rediscover compassion…love…brother and sisterhood…humanity…peace…goodwill…environment… Mother Earth….

Father Time is ticking…will this be our last Christmas to understand? Putting off tomorrow what needs to be practiced today…is having its consequence.

Give with all of your heart and soul…Love…Peace…Goodwill, to everyone and preserve our home…our Earth.  Christmas Day, December 2018, hangs in the balance.  Everything begins with you.

Peace on Earth…Goodwill Towards All!

Merry Christmas, Baby.

Easter Sunday…

untitled (2)Happy Easter! Today is the promise of salvation…yours and mine.  Let us give thanks…love…compassion…joy…forgiveness…

Let us remember that without Easter Sunday, we would be forever lost in darkness…Let us remember that we are loved unconditionally…let us remember that we too, must learn the art of loving unconditionally…

Let us remember that without the Gift…there would be no Promise… Let us remember that today gives us life everlasting… Let us remember…He is Risen!

Easter Sunday…Renewal…Redemption…Resurrection…We are loved….

Coming Into Our Own…

Since my last post, I have been standing back…observing…and keeping a silent and constant vigil for the restoration of our country and the salvation of the goodness that runs through the veins of many, and holds the heart of what America is truly all about, together….

We are witnessing an era in the history of mankind about to come to a close… It will come with many sensational transformations and many steps back into the Dark Ages of our nation’s formation…unless we understand the meaning of “We the people…” and coming into our own…

One thing I have noticed time and time again about human nature is some people refuse to believe what is right in front of them.  They live in a perpetual state of denial, and this fatal flaw will lead to the ultimate downfall of civilization as we know it.  At this moment, there is an “Enemy of the State” in the White House, wreaking havoc with our nation and our place in the world…and the blind quest for power and greed has overshadowed the imminent danger of this intruder!

He has come to steal, kill and destroy…and all anyone can see is the selfishness of their own pieces of agenda placed within the whole of his deceitful and scandalous plot to dismantle and demoralize democracy and the contributories to its continuance.

Every second of everyday, we dunk our souls in the fountain of gullibility spewing from some political grifter’s lips, believing every licentious platitude, as if they were promising manna from heaven…in deliverance of the now distant and unreachable “American Dream.” Much too drunk on their fodder to understand that the American Dream is not the attainment of the material, but the principles and values that give us passage to attain the dreams that we dream!

Freedom…gives us the ability to dream…and pursue life, liberty and happiness in formulating our dreams to fruition.  This is guaranteed to us by our own abilities to uphold and enforce our blueprint: the Constitution of the United States, reinforced by our “spiritual gifts” of Truth…Honesty…and Integrity.  Without these, we are just sheep going to slaughter…on the “faith-healing” of fools!

“Coming into our own” is the light switch of real democracy! We the people give meaning to laws, government, and any “body” of any kind that needs the presence and cooperation of “people” to make them viable and operable…without “we the people” in full understanding of our being to make anything “work”, everything would come to a full halt!  Lies…manipulation…promises…smoke and mirrors are all tools to keep we the people from realizing the real and true power of democracy!

Coming into our own has been a slow and painful process of discovery and truth…however, lights are coming on everywhere, and we must not step back into the darkness, or let #45 and his minions continue to dismantle our democracy with their lies…manipulation…promises…deceptions…smoke and mirrors…distractions…demoralizations…character assassinations and talks of walls and bans!

This is not leadership, nor is it the “American Way” of the good in those of us that understand what the ideal of America is all about.  It is that good that has penetrated the darkness of those who still don’t get America…such a great loss for them! They will implode on their darkness, as long as we continue and strive in… coming into our own!

A New Day Dawning…

Yesterday, I wrote this piece and posted it on Facebook… I felt that I should post it on my blog for those who follow my blog, and to ask all to share it.  It is time for everyone to take a moment and reflect upon what is really happening in our country, and come to terms with the realization that our lives will never, ever be the same again.  We are all being called to service…there are no longer shades of gray.  We all know what we must do…have courage…our angels will rush to defend!!!

Today is a new day with a very real, realization…life has changed, and will continue to change with each passing day…our lives as we know them to be are in “dismantle mode” by the present regime that has taken over our nation’s capital and seeks to destroy and deprive us of our hard-won freedoms and humanity, while desecrating and negating the Constitution which created a path to the dream of America…It is by no means perfect, and it is in desperate need of an overhaul…but not by a deranged and soulless dilettante who fancies himself a leader, followed by a legion of mindless, vessels, all too willing to do his bidding, while nipping at his heels to be favored for a chance to claim fifteen minutes of fame to push forth their own mad agendas in wreaking more chaos and havoc upon our country and the world.

We must continue moving forward in unity…ever vigilant in keeping America the “land of the free…and the home of the brave.” We must never again cast our pearls before swine…believing that they will handle them with care and value their worth…every individual with a conscience and a heart are one of those pearls being trampled beneath the feet of the swine disrupting democracy while threatening to further pollute and assist the global deterioration of our home and planet…

Our greatness is our ability to be our best at our worst times…isolation is our enemy, and abandonment to those suffering in the world, due to man’s inhumanity to man…lead us to abandon ourselves, if we abandon those who are suffering due to ignorance and self-aggrandizement by those among us who care not for the value of life…nor the privilege of choice, in doing the right thing, and championing Truth, because in the end, truth is our only salvation.

“Lies,” are “Lessons in Evil Substantiated.” Let us not continue to substantiate the endless ocean of lies coming from the present Republican administration in support of their “Master of Lies.” Many of them have placed the “power and control” of their Party, before the Nation and the People they swore an oath of allegiance to…
Seeds of lies and corruption will never bear honest, robust fruit. Never, ever let anyone convince you that you will survive by partaking of “rotten anything”, as you will surely perish!

Together…from town to town…city to city…state to state…country to country…around the world, continue to stand in solidarity and RESIST, at each and every given opportunity, and create opportunity to proclaim:

“You will honor We the People…you will bend to the will of the people…we believe and practice Truth…Freedom…Justice…Liberty… Human Rights…and any individual’s right to “be”… We will take up our armor of Morals…Values…Commandments…Freedom of Speech…and the Constitution of our Nation…and we will wield the Sword stained with the blood and dignity of our Forefathers…our Ancestors…our Veterans…our Mothers…Fathers…Sisters…and Brothers…our Children…all Sacrificial Lambs fallen by insurgents, prejudices, discriminations, bigotry…hatred…and we will defeat you…We are the real and true Spirit and heart of America…who were one-time Immigrants…who built this country, and who are bent on healing the wounds and ceasing the pain caused to those who were here before us, and those who will come after us…We will RESIST the tyranny of any person, place or thing, because WE are the RESISTANCE, We…the people, in all of our diversity, the fabric of America, and we…will not stand for your virulent branding of “45” upon our chests, arms, wrists, backs, foreheads, or minds…Not today…not ever! “Never again!!!!”

Does America Deserve Trump?

When evil doings are allowed to prevail over truth, assisted with the full cooperation of our governmental systems, not only has our systems failed, along with them exit sovereign integrity everywhere.

The exchanges made to uphold tangible objects over morality have damned humanity forever…

America was envisioned as a place free from persecution, oppression, prejudices of any kind, discrimination, religious restriction, and proclaimed a land of second chances for those who went askew of the laws in their native lands, and a land of opportunity with the fulfillment of dreams to all who sought a new life upon entering her shores…

Equality. Liberty. Freedom…at last. Not so…not so!

Lest we call near extermination and Reservation encampment of our Native American brothers and sisters, equality, liberty, and freedom…still denying their rights to their land by authorizing the encroaching  pipelines, without a thought to their survival, health or welfare…

Equality…liberty…freedom…is that what we call the enslavement, gratuitous lynching, legalized genocide, continued denial of Civil and Human Rights to our Black American brothers and sisters, and their enslaved African Ancestors, brought here from their country, in chains?! We did not learn from the Holocaust of Nazi Germany?! Another has risen and been in continuous operation…because of “difference of appearance” among the status quo…

How do we account for the mistrust of Japanese Americans, who came to and settled in America to have their dreams of equality, liberty and freedom realized? Their loyalties were recognized by placing over 100,000 in internment camps…stripped of their dignity and the lives they built for themselves, here…due to Japan’s actions in WWII…The operative word completely overlooked…”Americans.” Japanese by heritage…yet, Americans!

Executive order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, changed lives forever… Sixty-two percent of the internees were American citizens.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act, which apologized for the internment and authorized a $20,000 payment to every surviving internee… it was admitted that the government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.”

This travesty began February 19, 1942…lasting until March 20, 1946…

February is Black History Month…

Emmett Till…Trayvon Martin…Michael Brown Jr. …Tamir Rice…Sandra Bland… and the endless stream of men, women and children  who have become a part of Black History… because race prejudice is still alive and ongoing in the “land of the free.”

Does America deserve Trump?

“Number 45” has demonstrated an all too familiar pattern with his Republican constituents and cabinet picks who embody the tradition of “race prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership.”   Let’s also add “devoid of any political leadership or political leadership skills.”

It is one thing to change the political face of a governing party…what we are witnessing are the deep seeded roots of dysfunctionalism and destruction born out of hatred, insecurities, greed and a quest for power so intense, that the “Republican Regime” is willing to sink a nation and further induce chaos in a world that is on the brink of exploding…

We must rise above the pettiness…we must look at our past…we must remember…we must not be complicit and turn a blind eye to the “elephants” trampling our liberties and our freedom…we must defend our brothers and sisters under siege…Look in the mirror…they are us, and we are them…they are our family…they are our children…they are human beings…we are humanity first, and Americans, second.

Without our humanity…there are no Americans…without humanity, there are no Canadians…British…French…Italians…Danish…Egyptians….Irish…Africans…All continents would perish…

Somewhere…somehow, we have managed to have enough love to keep us here…somewhere…somehow…we must find enough love to save what makes us beautiful and worth saving to those who have already given their lives before us…who have left their dreams behind for us to maintain…and protect to longevity.

The greatness of America is in the diversity of her people… the richness of America is reflected in the collective contributions of her immigrant population and Native American infusion.

Does America deserve Trump and the Republican Regime?

Let us not sink into darkness by allowing the worst of us to convince us that we must take the road back to antiquity….

RESIST.

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