Friday, January 19, 2018

POEM: "A Man Like Me" (Thelma Reyna)

Dr. Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D., 8/25/15 (Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2016, Golden Foothills Press), Huffington Post (May 23, 2015), Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

She has gotten used to her men's clothes,
and intends to spend the rest of her life in them.
“I have decided to die in these clothes.” *

They never asked me why I grew no beard, no
whiskers on my chin, why my face is skinny like a
girl’s. Never looked to see where I went to
pee, never saw me squat behind dirt piles, apart from
trenches dank with stench. Never asked why I
grunted when they spoke in my direction, my
turbaned head wordless and low.

I sat on earth for meals with them, their beards
tangled with dust and sweat. We molded bricks and
fired these as our ancestors did, each hour of toil
measured in milliemes and piastres, our leather hands
counting coins when the sun shimmied itself to sleep
and we shouldered tools at dusk on different paths
to villages and rest.

Abu Daooh to my daughter Houda. I say my name as I
undress: Abu Daooh when the clothes fall from my back and
legs, from my small breasts flat and sad. I say my name to me
alone in bed, to pillow, walls, and windows black. I had no
school, never held a book, but had a husband
once, and held him in my arms, and when he died, I
kept his clothes.

LIVE EVENT: Reading Tea Leaves After Trump
Pasadena, Los Angeles, Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM

    You guys making fun of me?
  • LIVE: Meet the artist, Altadena Poet Laureate Thelma T. Reina.
  • Behold: Protest Performance Art and author book signing!
  • Meet ten local poets chosen to perform sections of the new book!
  • Thursday, Jan. 25th, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Wright Auditorium (FREE)
  • Pasadena Central Library
  • 285 East Walnut Street
  • Pasadena, CA 91101 
  • (626) 744-4066
Reading Tea Leaves After Trump

*Egyptian woman dressed like man for more than 40 years to provide for family

MARC: "The Yes Brain" (UCLA workshop)

The Yes Brain with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
The Yes Brain (
Join us at MARC for a talk inspired by Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson's latest book, The Yes Brain.
When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity.

This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a "No Brain response." But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a "Yes Brain."
When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They’re better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings.

They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD is an internationally-acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind (2nd ed.), The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child, Brainstorm, and his latest book, Yes, the Brain. 

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers -- The Whole-Brain Child (Random House Delacorte, 2011), and No-Drama Discipline (Random House Bantam, 2014) -- each of which has been translated into over 20 languages.  She is a psychotherapist and the founder/executive director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, where she offers parenting consultations and provides therapy to children and adolescents..

MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center)
MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that are designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. Past workshops include Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley; Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin; An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel; The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin; Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more.

*NOTE: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this workshop for FREE. To register, please use the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu and use your UCLA email address.

Trump cheated on pregnant wife with pornstar; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

President Donald Trump's legal team reportedly paid a former porn star, Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 for her silence after an alleged sexual encounter while he was married to Melania Trump. 
"Just be a 'good' wife, you st*pid b*tch."
Clifford, 38, who goes by the adult-film name Stormy Daniels, said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in July 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
No, we're perfectly happy and Christians.
In October 2016, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen organized a payment to prevent Clifford from discussing the alleged encounter with Trump, according to the report. It is unclear whether Trump was aware of the payment.
Cohen told the Journal that Trump and Clifford deny that the incident occurred and called the allegations "outlandish" and a "false narrative." More

Women's March II (Sat., Jan. 20-21, 2018)

WM; Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Ananda M. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

As the 2018 Women's March ( we stand together in solidarity.

We are in solidarity with our allies, partners, and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The 2018 Women's March is a planned rally and follow-up to the 2017 Women's March, scheduled to take place on January 20 and 21.

Demonstrations and marches are expected nationwide, primarily on January 20th. Emerging themes of the 2018 events are voting and women running for office. More
  • Women’s March L.A. 2018
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
  • Pershing Square Park, DTLA
  • 532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 
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  • 2018 Women's March on NYC Tickets, Sat., Jan 20, 2018 at 11:00 ( Women's March Alliance presents 2018 Women's March on NYC on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in New York City, NY.
  • Here's what you need to know about the 2018 Women's March events ( If you plan to go to one of the Jan. 20-21 rallies, or just want to know what's happening, here's the skinny about 2018 Women's March events. 
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    Olympian wishes child molesting Team USA doctor a "life of suffering" (AP).
    Case settled at elite "162-year-old institution with a secret history of rape and cover-up."

    Forest Meditations: Enlightened Talaputa sings

    Wisdom Quarterly; Ven. Khantipalo, The Verses of Arahant Talaputa Thera;
    I. Thoughts before Going Forth
    1. When, O, when shall I live all alone
    in mountain caves, unmated with desire,
    clear-seeing as unstable all that comes to be?
    This wish of mine, when indeed will it be?
    2. When shall I, wearing the patchwork robes
    of ocher color, be sage, uncraving, never making mine,
    with greed, aversion, and delusion slain
    and to the wild woods gone, in bliss abide?
    3. When shall I, this body seeing clear —
    unstable nest of dying and disease
    oppressed by age and death, dwell free from fear
    in the woods alone? When indeed will it be?
    4. When indeed shall I dwell seizing the sharpened sword
    of wisdom made? When cut the craving creeper —
    breeder of fear, bringer of pain and woe,
    and twining everywhere? When indeed will it be?
    5. When lion-like in the victor's stance
    shall I draw quick the sage's sword
    of wisdom forged and fiery might
    quick breaking Mara with his legion? When indeed will it be?
    6. When myself exerting, shall I be seen
    in goodly company of those esteeming Dharma?
    Those with faculties subdued who see things as they are?
    Those who are 'Thus'? When indeed will it be?
    7. When indeed will weariness not worry me —
    hunger, thirst and wind, heat, bugs and creeping things,
    while bent on my own good, the Goal,
    in Giribbaja's wilds? When indeed will it be?
    8. When indeed shall I, self-mindful and composed
    win to that wisdom known by him,
    the Greatest Sage, the Four Truths won within,
    so very hard to see? When indeed will it be?
    9. When shall I, possessed of meditation's calm
    with wisdom see the forms innumerable,
    sounds, smells and tastes, touches, and mental phenomena, too,
    as a raging blaze? When will this be for me?
    10. When shall I, indeed, when with abusive words
    addressed, not be displeased because of that,
    and then again when praised be neither pleased
    because of that? When will this be for me?
    11. When shall I indeed weigh as the same:
    wood, grass, and creepers with these clung-to heaps,
    both inner and external forms
    the phenomena numberless? When will it be for me?
    12. When in the season of the black raincloud
    shall I follow the path within the wood
    trodden by those that see; robes moistened
    by new falling rain? When indeed will it be?
    13. When in a mountain cave having heard the peacock's cry,
    that crested twice-born bird down in the wood,
    shall I arise and collect together mind
    for attaining the undying? When indeed will it be?
    14. When shall I, the Ganges and the Yamuna,
    the Sarasvati and the awful ocean mouth
    of the Balava-abyss, by psychic might
    untouching go across? When indeed will it be?
    15. When shall I, like charging elephant unbound,
    break up desire for sensual happiness
    and shunning all the marks of loveliness
    strive in concentrated states? When indeed will it be?
    16. When, as pauper by his debts distressed,
    by creditors oppressed, a treasure finds,
    shall I be pleased the Teaching to attain
    of the Greatest Sage? When indeed will it be?
    II. Self-admonishments after Going Forth
    17. Long years have I been begged by you,
    'Enough for you of this living in a house!'
    By now I have gone forth to homelessness.
    What reason is there, mind, for you not to urge me on?

    18. Was I not, O mind, assured by you, indeed:
    'The brightly plumed birds on Giribbaja's peaks
    greeting the thunder, the sound of great Indra,
    will bring to you joy meditating in the wood?'
    19. Dear ones and friends and kin within the family,
    playing and loving, sensual pleasures of the world:
    all have I given up and reached at last to this,
    even now, O mind, you are not pleased with me.
    20. Mine you are, mind, possessed by none but me;
    why then lament when comes this time to arm?
    Seeing all as unstable this is now renounced:
    longing for, desirous of the Deathless State.
    21. Said he who speaks the best among humankind,
    person-taming trainer, Physician Great indeed:
    'Unsteady, likened to a monkey is the mind,
    extremely hard to check by one not rid of lust.'
    22. For varied, sweet, delightful are the desires of sense;
    blind, foolish common persons long have lain in them
    seeking after rebirth again, 'tis they who wish for ill,
    by mind they are led on to perish in hell.
    23. 'In the jungle you should dwell, resounding with the cries
    of peacocks and herons, by 'pard and tiger hailed:
    Abandon longing for the body — do not fail!'
    So indeed my mind you used to urge me on.
    24. 'Grow in concentrations, the faculties and powers,
    develop wisdom-factors by meditation deep
    and then with Triple Knowledge touch the Buddha-dispensation.'
    So indeed, my mind, you used to urge me on.
    25. 'Grow in the Eightfold Way for gaining the Deathless
    leading to Release and cleansing of all stains;
    Plunge to the utter destruction of all Ill!'
    So indeed, my mind, you used to urge me on.
    26. 'Thoroughly examine the craved-for groups as Ill.
    Abandon that from which arises ill.
    Here and now make you an end of ill.'
    So indeed my mind you used to urge me on.
    27. 'Thoroughly see inward the impermanent as ill,
    the void as without self, and misery as bane,
    and so the mind restrain in its mental wanderings.'
    So indeed my mind you used to urge me on.
    28. 'Head-shaven and unsightly, go to be reviled,
    among the people beg with skull-like bowl in hand.
    To the Greatest Sage, the Teacher's word devote yourself.'
    So indeed my mind you used to urge at me on.
    29. 'Wander well-restrained among the streets and families
    having a mind to sensual pleasures unattached,
    as the full moon shining clear at night.'
    So indeed my mind you used to urge me on.
    30. 'You should be a forest-dweller, almsman, too,
    a graveyard-dweller and a rag-robe wearer, too,
    one never lying down, delighting in austerities.'
    So indeed, my mind, you used to urge me on.
    31. As he who having planted trees about to fruit
    should wish to cut a tree down to the root:
    that simile you made, mind, that do you desire
    when on me urge the unstable and the frail.
    32. Formless one, far-traveler, a wanderer alone,
    no more shall I your bidding do, for sense desires
    are ill, leading to bitter fruit, to brooding fear:
    with mind nirvana-turned I shall walk on.
    33. Not from lack of luck did I go forth,
    nor shamelessness, nor caused by mind's inconstancy,
    nor banishment nor caused by livelihood,
    and therefore I agreed with you, O, mind.
    34. 'Having few wishes, disparagement's abandoning,
    with the stilling of all ill is praised by goodly men'
    so indeed, my mind, then you urged at me,
    but now you go back to habits made of old.
    35. Craving, unknowing, the liked and the disliked,
    delighting in forms and pleasing feelings too,
    dear pleasures of the senses — all have been vomited:
    never to that vomit can I make myself return.
    36. In every life, O mind, your word was done by me,
    In many births I have not sought to anger you.
    That which within oneself produced by you, ingrate,
    long wandered on in ill create by you.
    37. Indeed it is you, mind, makes us Brahmins,
    you make us noble warriors, kings and seers as well,
    sometimes it is merchant or workers become,
    or led by you indeed we come to gods' estate.
    38. Indeed you are the cause of becoming titans too,
    and you are the root for becoming in the hells;
    sometimes there is going to birth as animals,
    or led by you indeed be come to ghosts' estate.
    39. Not now will you injure me ever and again,
    moment by moment as though showing me a play,
    as with one gone mad you play with me —
    but how, O mind, have you been failed by me?
    40. Formerly this wandering mind, a wanderer,
    went where it wished, wherever whim or pleasure led,
    today I shall thoroughly restrain it
    as a trainer's hook the elephant in rut.
    41. He, the Master made me see this world —
    unstable, unsteady, lacking any essence;
    now in the Conqueror's Teaching, mind make me leap
    cross me over the great floods so very hard to cross!
    42. Now it's not for you, mind, as it was before,
    not likely am I to return to your control —
    in the Greatest Sage's Dispensation I have gone forth
    and those like me are not by ruin wrapped.

    43. Mountains, seas, rivers, and this wealthy world,
    four quarters, points between, the nadir and the heavens
    all the Three Becomings unstable and oppressed.
    Where, mind, having gone will you happily delight?
    44. Firm, firm in my aim! What will you do, my mind?
    No longer in your power, mind, nor your follower.
    None would even handle a double-ended sack,
    let be a thing filled full and flowing with nine streams.
    45. Whether peak or slopes or fair open space
    or forest besprinkled with fresh showers in the Rains,
    where frequently are found boar and antelope,
    there will you delight to a grotto-lodging gone.
    46. Fair blue-throated and fair-crested, the peacock fair of tail,
    wing-plumes of many hues, the passengers of air,
    greeting the thunder with fair-sounding cries
    will bring to you joy meditating in the wood. More
    Modern story
    For years a mysterious figure lurked in the darkness of a rural town in Maine, stealing from homes and running away. Nobody had ever seen the culprit and hardly knew whether it was a human or some supernatural demon committing the series of crimes. All they knew was that they were afraid and police were powerless to stop it. Who was behind it? Why was someone mysteriously entering people’s homes and stealing the most bizarre items? Read on to unearth the mystery of this incredible story. More

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    White parents sex tortured their 13 kids (video)

    PERRIS, California - Thirteen offspring, ranging in ages from 2 to 29-years-old, have been found shackled to their beds by their [possibly insane] white parents in what authorities are calling "foul surroundings."
    According to the Riverside County Sheriff's office, a 17-year-old girl escaped from her restraints Sunday morning and was able to get to a safe location. She then contacted 911 with a cell phone she had taken from the home.

    The teen told the 911 operator that she and her 12 siblings were being held hostage in padlocked chains at their Perris, California home by their parents.

    Perris Police Department dispatched officers to meet with the girl and get a better handle on the story.

    When they found her, officers were surprised to find out that the "slightly emaciated" 10-year-old was actually 17-years-old.
    White privilege: We ain't crazy till it's proven.
    After an interview with the teen, officials contacted her parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin at the home where the teen escaped.
    There, investigators say they found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in a dark and "foul-smelling" room

    Deputies say the parents were unable to explain to officers why they had restrained the children in such a manner.
    Deputies found 13 victims in all, 12 in the house, and the one who escaped to call 911. Some of the children actually turned out to be adults, ranging in age from 18-29, which stunned officers.

    Victims were transferred to the Perris Police Station, where they were interviewed and provided with care, food, and beverages. Six children were transferred to the Riverside University Hospital System, with the seven adults sent to Corona Regional Medical Center for an evaluation and medical treatment.
    Both parents were interviewed and arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9,000,000 each.
    California burns then washes away as mud

    At least 13 people remain missing after a larger number have been reported missing following the devastating mudslides -- which followed on the heels of California's worst fire in recent history after sudden flooding -- in Montecito in Santa Barbara and Ventura, Southern California. Among the missing are Morgan Corey, 25, and her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer Corey (

    • A reported 13 people remain missing following the devastating mudslides in Montecito.
    • According to posts on social media, friends of the family say a mudslide wiped out the family’s home in Montecito on Tuesday at 3:00 am.
    • Seventeen dead, 25 missing, and 300 were trapped in California mudslides.
    • 100 homes were destroyed.
    •  Hundreds still awaiting rescue. More video

    News of the Day: Why US is segregated (video)

    KPFA Berkeley; Colbert; CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    (Stephen Colbert) Donald Trump is the LEAST racist person in the world, says Donald Trump.
    The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our [U.S.] Government Segregated America
    "Stop pretending your racism is patriotism."
    (L&P, 1/18/18) Mitch Jeserich talks to Color of Law author Richard Rothstein about the REAL history of federally segregated U.S. housing law in the 20th century.  Our government meant to segregate housing far beyond the South, which has led to wealth inequality between race groups today. Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP… More + AUDIO

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's new book: Loaded
    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Joanna Manqueros
    You don’t just need one leadership voice — you need many
    (NY Times) We often equate developing a leadership voice with finding ways to appear more confident. We assume that our success depends upon mimicking someone else, increasing our self-promotion, or saying things louder than others. You don’t just need one leadership voice — you need many.

    Lessons from the urban crime decline
    (Business Insider) Over the past few years, the discussion of crime and violence in the United States has focused on police brutality, mass incarceration and the sharp rise in violence in cities like Baltimore, St. Louis and Chicago. Lessons of the Urban Crime Decline

    Grandparents shocked by reports of 13 starved grandchildren

    LOS ANGELES, California - The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children [who were chained for months at a time] say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago. "They were just like any ordinary family," said Betty Turpin, the 81-year-old mother of abusive father David Turpin. "And they had such good relationships. I'm not just saying this stuff. These kids, we were amazed [by their cult like behavior]! They were 'sweetie' this and 'sweetie' that to each other." More
    Bill Gates is strict about his kids' tech use
    Electronics (
    (Business Insider) According to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles, coauthors of the recent book Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber, it should be telling that people like Bill Gates set strict rules on tech use. Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — a red flag for the rest of us.

    When They Call You a Terrorist, January 25, 2018
    Cat Brooks with Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandelle

    Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded of Black Lives Matter talks about her new book,  When They Call You a Terrorist – A Black Lives Matter Memoir, co-written with Asha Bandele, Cullors challenges the "terrorist" label while providing a backstory to the group’s cause.   Image credit: @
    Trump's first year in office in review
    (UpFront) Trump’s 1st year in office and an update from Houston post-Harvey (iTunes)

    Today, a special show featuring 13 interviews from influential thinkers, strategists, and activists spanning the fields of racial equity, immigration, environmental justice, and more about the impact of Don Trump’s first year in office. UpFront asks them what the biggest impact to their work has been, where they see the… More