All Saints

November 2nd, 2014

I enjoy attending lecture series of  legends and greats in their art.  The other night I attended a “Live Talks” food and wine event at Beverly Hills’ All Saints’ church. The inside has always been so clean and lucid, a natural approach. There was a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and recipes. While there, I listened to a great chef that I have followed for many years, Marcus Samuelsson. He spoke of his latest cook book, Marcus off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. The book is full of yummy instructions on how to create his masterpieces. There are a variety of dishes that all can relate to. The book is beautifully crafted with images and little personal stories. It is a great reference.


Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and Former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. Did you know that he is the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times! Wow, what a great accomplishment. And, speaking of accomplishments…as a mother, my greatest are my children. I speak and build for them. Nothing can measure up to the love of a child. They help one FOCUS and GROW through all the trolls that lurk and live to offend trail-blazers. Jealously is a green-eyed and sometimes black -eyed monster and I have light-brown, touché.

Nevertheless, he had a great turn out. He was very gracious and complementary.  And, I can’t wait to see and speak with him again. His other cook books include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, New American Table, and a memoir entitled, Yes! Chef.

Incidentally, Lourdes wants to be a chef and Mr. Samuelsson is a great male for a young girl-child to follow. I am very interested in keeping up with his Three Goats Organization in regard to providing clean water to many Africans that desperately need the natural resource. I know from personal experience, building a foundation isn’t an easy task, especially when road-blocks are presented to determined individuals.

Until next time, Bless-up

The Creole Mafia

November 2nd, 2014

creole mafia

My family and I experienced a great day of Homer’s Epic readings via The LA Odyssey Project. It was at the beautiful Central Library. The children were involved in a shadow puppet show and Odyssey crafts. It was a special treat to run into the great actor, writer, and producer Roger Guenveur Smith of “Creole Mafia” which illuminates the post-Katrina legacy of an endangered community. I have longed admired his selection and delivery of work. He was such a treat to speak with. He is such a gentleman, a rare breed.  I look forward to “The Creole Mafia” appearing in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for a review of the show.

This relates to a eye-awakening exhibition of legend Archibald Motley , LACMA. The whole viewing took my breath away.

The Octoroon girl, 1925 oil on canvas

The Politics of  the HUMAN race

Wave of Flags

September 11th, 2014

It’s a great honor to be an American. I love my country and instill this pride into my children. The United States of America has a great mixture of culture(s). It’s up to her citizens to continue to help nourish this beauty.

Incidentally, for the seventh year Pepperdine University has dressed its Alumni Park, in Malibu, in stoic flags to help honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 TERRORIST attacks.

Nevertheless, each flag reflects the victim’s innocent spirits, nationality and represents the nearly 3,000 lives lost on this invasive day. The installation of the flags will be on display until Monday Sept. 23, 2014. Consequently, the public art was conceived and led by the University’s chapter of the College Republicans in 2008.

“As it has annually since September 2001, the Office of the Chaplain, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Office of the President  hosted a brief memorial service at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Heroes Garden, a sanctuary that overlooks the Pacific Ocean on one of the highest bluffs on the Malibu campus. The garden serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. The former is a thoughtful reminder that we shall all never forget that day, and to always be thankful for the great country we live in.”

We enjoyed a very peaceful and memorable day in the midst of this memorial…


So Mote it Be…


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August 27th, 2014

I came across a GREAT magazine the other day on “Religious Freedom”. I found this discovery pertinent to a violation towards one of my children.

Liberty and JUSTICE for all…


August 24th, 2014

Several yeas ago, about 1997, I took a trip to London and discovered an exhibit on Lucy, the infamous Australoithecus afarensis. Though I wish I could find those pictures for this post, I felt it necessary to write this piece without my images-for the moment. Incidentally, based on findings out of Ethiopia, the journey of scientific evolution strongly suggest humans derived from a missing link…a sort of monkey-bone connected to hominid(s). Though this fact may be shocking for some; my question is, if Angels are believed to be true (a supernatural force), why can’t the notion of Lucy remain an option to those that choose to combat the book of Genesis? The later preaches and or conveys, that apes were created the same day as humans. This statement sounds like Biblical Creationists and Evolutionists are in some sort of agreement. It’s a start. I mean Jesus can still continue to be a savior for those that wish’ to believe, and at the same time, scientific fact can still be appreciated respected by those that see Lucy as a sort of savior?.! After all, we all derived from a creature’, if you will, that morphs out of and into a female phenomenon known as the cosmic; some calling this Big Bang universe G-d. However, I don’t entertain this idea of a male beginning. Yet, at the same time, the language of religion has always been an issue for me. I can remember sitting in church, as a youth, feeling so angry about the tone. I suppose tolerance is the key? But, please note-we are all apart of Mother-Earth, this we can agree! I mean we all didn’t just appear here out of dust. Well, we did in a sense-Star-Dust. But, you get the point.


Fight on…

Hypocrites and Parasites breed bigotry and hate to psychopathic offspring. I choose a higher path.

A Memoir in Movement

June 14th, 2014

Carmen De Lavallade & Geoffrey Holder

I first had the pleasure of meeting the great Geoffrey Holder as a child. I can remember him being very involved in the Caribbean community that my mother and her peers succeeded in pushing forward. His energy, then, came across as a gentle giant. Therefore, I was pleased to discover an art exhibition that the California African American Museum currently has on display of him and his elegant wife, Carmen De Lavallade.

In fact, as a child, I knew him through his music composition/Calypso and his 1970’s 7up ads. And of course, who can forget him as Baron Samedi – in the Bond movie Live and Let Die. I recall his infamous laugh. It always ROARED across sound waves.


After walking through the collection I can, without question, say that it is dedicated to their LoVe. It’s FULL of photographs, images, paintings, sculptures, custom designed gowns, and Tony Awards, just to name a few things. In fact, when one walks up to the display of gowns a true impression is given of just how small and delicate this wonderful dancer’s form help birth a master artist.

In fact, De Lavallade began studying ballet at the age of 16 and after graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School. Her beauty is timeless and his class is evident.

In addition, there are four short films and tons of books and newspaper articles which transfer over as a rich his/her-story that will be left as a golden legacy. It’s evident that their individual and joint-bond help CreaTe a union in the arts that will last for eternity.

A most notable piece that struck me was a painting Holder did of his wife in 1980,oil and canvas. It was captivating.

The exhibition was originally curated by the DuSable Museum of African American HIStory and expanded by the CAAM (California African American Museum). It runs through July 6, 2014. I recommend viewing this very special genre of art. The impression will last forever in my memory and I appreciate  its tribute.

Arts of Palm

May 21st, 2014

Beverly Hills is hosting a Display of Public Art

Behind Florida and the Caribbean, California is known for its towering Palm Trees. Incidentally, being that Los Angeles is a desert, it’s beneficial that Palms don’t drink a lot of H2o or tear up the sidewalks along major streets. So the question remains, “How did Angelinos get to experience the landscape of such beautiful trees known to symbolize victory, peace, and fertility?”

Well, back in 1932 Los Angeles had the opportunity of hosting the Tenth Olympiads. This prompted City Hall to launch a 10-year plan to set thousands of Mexican fan palm trees, native to Sonora and Baja, along major boulevards as a beautification project. In addition, land and home owners started to plant alike, such as Canary Island date palms. Pretty soon, California tourism was known for these statuesque beauties.

However, these lovelies, Mexican fan palms, don’t provide much shade from the burning California sun. Thus, in 2006 city councilors approved a policy not to replace the MFP once the older ones eventually need revamping.  The substitute trees, when new projects are launched within the city, consist of mainly QUEEN Palms. These types are native to South America, from northern Argentina north to eastern Brazil and west to eastern Bolivia.
What better subject to morph into a muse? Consequently, that’s what six renowned artists have done. They have created a temporary public art installation collection that includes sculptures, a mosaic and a book. All are available, as Public Art, to view until January 2015. The pieces are loose interpretations of palm trees. The project’s curator is Kate Stern.


Today, I had the pleasure of having some time in order to view this exhibition.

Not Socrates, The Other Guy by Brad Howe

I truly admire such an accomplishment by an artist. The reason being, to be encapsulated into time by having one’s creation publicly displayed is a mark most noteworthy.


Reckon by Brad Howe




Did you Know…

May 19th, 2014



The figure of Thomas Jefferson was originally started on Washington’s right side. After 18 months of carving the sculpture of Jefferson it had to be blasted off the mountain and restarted on Washington’s left side. An unforeseen crack in the granite forced the artist to turn the second Jefferson sculpture five degrees. Thomas Jefferson was not completed until 1936.

Mount Rushmore is also known as the President’s Mountain. It is located in the Black Hills of  South Dakota.  The sculpture cost $989,992.32 to build. Incidentally, the Mount Rushmore National Commission began a project in 1933 and it became part of the National Park Service. It took 14 years to complete Mount Rushmore.

The Tao of Physics

May 7th, 2014

I have recently finished reading a book by physicist Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics. The subject matters include the parallels between Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. The book explains the view of modern physics in that everything in the universe is connected and that everything is the consequence of the rest. The Eastern view that to free the mind from words and explanations is one of the main aims of mysticism. The author goes on to explain that both Buddhists and Taoists speak in a network  of words and or concepts-thus extending the idea of interconnection, the realm of the intellect. Furthermore, to transcend words and explanations means to break the bonds of karma and attain liberation.

An excerpt from the book reads as follows:

“Zen is a unique blend of philosophies and idiosyncrasies of three different cultures. It is a way of life which is typically Japanese, and yet reflects the mysticism of India, the Taoists’ love of naturalness and spontaneity and the thorough pragmatism of the Confucian mind. Zen is Buddhistic in its essence: the attainment of enlightenment, an experience known as satori. The enlightenment experience is the  essence of all schools of Eastern philosophy, but Zen is unique in that it concentrates exclusively on the experience and is not interested in any further interpretations. This very same experience transcends all categories of thought. Zen has no special doctrine or philosophy, no formal creeds or dogmas, and it asserts that this freedom from all fixed beliefs makes it truly SpiRitaL.”

The book further goes into physics and describes space and time in regard to Eastern mystics notions of states of consciousness and the theory of relativity. Incidentally,  in relativistic physics a new situation arises. The reason being, time is added to the three space coordinates as a fourth dimension. From here, the book moves into the link of space and time in regard to astronomy and astrophysicists. For example, in the fields mentioned,  the velocity of light allows observation of the evolution of StaRs by looking back into time. I like to call it the Ancient Future.

It’s a great READ and I highly recommended it.




Black Holes

April 17th, 2014

Guest Post:

Kerby Kuek Chinese Daoism Metaphysic Research Center


 The primordial essence or fundamental nature of the universe

The Cosmos and Mother-Earth are evolving Dao. The route is like the rotation of the sun and moon. The practitioners of Dao should understand the concept of the cycle to further understand the creation of the soul.

Through the observation of our inner self, we should know that it is our lust, desire, greed, etc that leads us to unbalance. For example, Lust is as huge as the sea; it can never be satisfied completely, and chasing it contributes to three poisons, in particular – tension, confusion and indulgence.

Consequently, the origin of Dao is similar to where water and mountain originated. For example, in relation to the physical form, such as in a person, the origin of Dao is just like from a mother’s womb, beyond that is “emptiness” and “quietness.”

That is why “emptiness” and “quietness” are so critical in the Dao practice. It is important to set our soul pure and free and let “quietness” take charge; search and seek our origins, end our soul and return to origin. Most importantly, it is vital that we take the right steps to cultivate our spirit and heart through our body, while we still have our temple.

Incidentally, I have written at great length about the origin of Dao in my book Dao De Ching Explained. Most Neidan books (Inner Alchemy) treat this 0 as the origin of soul and the wisdom of body. Ending soul and returning to the origin of Dao is returning to Wu Ji. Practicing Dao is that simple for the quiet mind.

Nothing on Earth is permanent and all creations are dependent on the life cycle of growth, maturity and decomposition. What goes up will eventually come down and whoever is born will die one day; as below so above. To break this life cycle, one has to attain a state of higher self; all human beings who turned into sages and deities are good examples of this unique achievement.

Inner state with the right action leads to an ethical sphere that leads to this metaphysical transition. Dao is present in the spirited souls of all living beings and it can be cultivated through goodness.

All things embrace Dao and if we observe such a state we will discover that the world of formation is derived from formless, and we should know by now that formless is actually Dao. When we reflect, we discover that creation and destruction are part of “The Way”.

Thus, both the black hole and Big Bang theories are excellent examples of what Lao Tzu is trying to tell us in his ancient scripture Dao De Ching from “nothingness to somethingness” and revert from “form to formless.”

Thought of the week: S/he who does not trust enough, will not be trusted – Lao Tzu