Friday, September 14, 2018

serpentine woes

In a recent post on our wonder | wander | women blog I was just bemoaning the roller coaster ride this September has been for us. We are only half done with the month and it's been incredible as well as exhausting.

Heracles and the Lernaean Hydra by Gustave Moreau

Last year I blogged here on Change Warrior about the double tragedy Filipino Americans mourn every 9/11. The challenges these beloved countries face bear down heavily on their citizens and the rest of the world.

Friday, August 31, 2018

sun & moon & stars rejoice

September 1 is Mahala's birthday and my labor day. Twin celebrations that have brought us a world of joy that expands and deepens with each unfolding year.

I love you!

Here we are - stalker mom staking out her prey.

We got bit by the travel bug.

Happy Birthday! 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

blood & gore

We Filipinos have been influenced by our Asian neighbors. Colonized for hundreds of years under the yoke of Spain. Occupied by the US and obsessed with all things American.

As mixed Chinese and Spanish mestizos with bloodlines and lineages still coursing through us - we are torn between the love that birthed us and the curse of our colonizers.

We reach past the birth of our nation. way back in time. Past our local creation narratives, imagining what might have been. To the spontaneous combustion that brought forth this land from the depths of our ranging seas.

Our heritage and history are long lost and largely mis-remembered or retold. Burned and buried in chaos and upheavals - natural or man-made. Attached to their loss or indifferent and ignorant, we hold these painful memories in our genes.

With a new generation of fascists on the rise in too many parts of the world, many protected by government clout and influence even - amnesty is declared over mass graves of countless genocides.

It is simpler for current leaders and legislation to sweep it under the rug in a haze of selective amnesia because if the truth were told no one could afford the cost of reparation.

None of these past atrocities can ever be undone but the fact that we sit and wait hoping enough time will pass to distance ourselves from it is counter productive and fatal for our future.

Forgive? Yes. Forget? No.

The Ghosts Spain Tries to Ignore - art by Marta Monteiro

In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world. ~ Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca, “El Duende

Listen to this lovely heart rending ode to our heroic masses by Luisa A. Igloria, Dear Federico.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Philippines: politics & pimps

You may have heard the adage, "money talks and bullshit walks".

Moving Forward: The Ati & Tumandok People of Panay Island

In our native home islands money driven bullshit reigns supreme. Economic issues drive folks to extremes. Paradise is being sold to the highest bidders.

Money and power fuel land grabbing. Rich folks buy locals out. Corrupt government officials abuse the law, selling what they have no right to.

Money, power or corruption are ever present in our lives. The local people, environment and way of life are all harshly affected.

Friday, July 27, 2018

protest art

The day after Donald Trump took his oath of office as the 45th president of the Unites States of America, the whole world took to the streets in the Women's March

Pussy hats at the Women's March protest

Across the country, organizers planned 248 marches in all 50 states. Set to take place on the same day as the main event in Washington, D.C. It was the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history and one of the largest in world history.

Five million strong, diverse individuals and groups on all seven continents came together to stand and be counted. Answering a call to those who believe in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

divine inspiration

Guru Purnima is a favorite festival celebration of mine. It pays homage to the full brilliance of a summer moon. The symbol of the fullness of a disciple's gratitude for their true teacher.

July 14 - Bison sculpture outside the

As vast as the tides contained within the ocean. So too is the depth of gratitude for the awakened state of being this blessing brings.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

another year, another birthday

My daughter Mahala is here in the US to celebrate my 62nd birthday with me. It is rare that we are around for each others' birthdays as we live apart most of the year.

At the Roman Gallery, Met Museum

This visit has been particularly packed full because she is only here for four weeks instead of her usual three months.

George Washington Bridge behind us.