Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Way of the Samurai

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From the film, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

When it rains and we are met by a sudden shower
Why do we run or try to shelter under trees?
Why do we try so hard not to get wet?
If you resolve yourself to the fact that you will get wet
Then you have no reason to get vexed
Even though you will get the same soaking
This understanding extends to everything.

-- Ghost Dog, translation of text from the Hagakure

Friday, December 12, 2014

Public Enemy: Prophets of Rage Documentary

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"This is a journey." "I got so much trouble on my mind." "Refuse to Lose!"

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson Docs: What Michael Brown's Friend Saw

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This is important information that I'm sure will come more to the foreground once we hear more about the developments in the Federal Investigation of the killing of Michael Brown, to see if Police Officer Darren Wilson violated Brown's civil rights.

Click on the link below to read about what Michael Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, saw during the confrontation between Brown and Wilson.

Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown's friend

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fashion and Compassion: Supporting Women in Uganda

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Here's my lovely Fashion and Compassion purchase.

Tag description: "The beads on this jewelry were handmade by vulnerable and HIV-positive women in Uganda using small strips of paper. Proceeds are invested into transformational development in AFRICA through out partner, ALARM."

Visit the website and support these courageous women! Fashion and Compassion

Obama on Immigration

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My favorite line from President Obama's immigration speech:

"They came to work!"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ferguson: Brothas Gonna Work It Out

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As we wait to hear the grand jury's decision on whether to indict police officer, Darren Wilson, in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, let's take a look at how the genius of art reflects and/or foreshadows real life events. All the great artists do it.

As the end of Public Enemy's music video "Brothas Gonna Work it out," tells us, this portrayal is based on an actual incident:

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Amelie's Sweet Potato Salad

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Gigi and I visited one of her favorite eating spots last Sunday, Amelie's French Bakery in NoDa, and I tasted some of their delicious sweet potato salad. That's the first time I've ever had it -- anywhere. It was so delicious that I wanted to know the ingredients so I can make that tasty dish at home. 

I emailed the restaurant to ask what were the ingredients they used in the salad. Here's my email to Amelie's:

I ordered some of your sweet potato salad yesterday and thought it was delicious! Could you tell me -- what do you put in it, other than sweet potatoes?

Here's the response from a nice lady named Stephanie:

Hi Alicia, the ingredients are: sweet potatoes, mayo, balsamic vinegar, celery, red onions. Good luck and happy cooking! :) 

My response:

Oh, happy day! Thank you for that. I will make the meal this weekend. :-)  

Look for a picture of my try at Ameilie's-style sweet potato salad.

Here's my picture:

My version of Amelie's sweet potato salad

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brazilian Music from the Heart: Waters of March

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Oh, how I love Brazilian music and this one "Waters of March" is a classic, written by Antônio "Tom" Jobim -- a musical genius. Here he is with singer Elis Regina, who gives a very subltle and sensuous delivery of the tune. This song, like many Brazilian and Latin numbers, includes the word "corazón." See if you can hear it and do you know what it means?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vote Early in 2014!

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Early voting in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County begins Thursday, Oct. 23rd, tomorrow!! Click the link below to see all of the sites where you can vote. There are no location restrictions (in the county) for early voting. Click the link below to see all of the sites where you can vote. Repeat -- there are no restrictions on location -- the site where you cast your vote -- during the Early Voting period. Early Voting Locations in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County. (Locations, Dates, and Open Hours)