Alright, so I know you can see lists like this everywhere, but I’m putting together my own. While I stumbled into a large selection of toys for 100 dollars, not everyone has friends who are leaving the lifestyle.
“Little Willie John was a soul singer before anybody thought to call it that.I don’t understand why people miss Sam Cooke so, and not Little Willie John… I don’t deny Sam was great, no, ma’am. I guess Willie John never made it to the Copa. People forget where you been, and get it stuck in their minds where you ain’t been.” - James Brown
“When someone works for less pay than she can live on - when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently - then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The “working poor,” as there are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.”—
Barbara Ehrenreich, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America”
I recently read this book, and while several observations and statistics stuck out to me, this quote, on the last page, I believe really sums things up quite well.
“The daily experience of the self is so familiar, and yet the brain science shows that this sense of the self is an illusion. Psychologist Susan Blackmore makes the point that the word ‘illusion’ does not mean that it does not exist — rather, an illusion is not what it seems. We all certainly experience some form of self, but what we experience is a powerful depiction generated by our brains for our own benefit.”—The Self Illusion– how our social brain constructs who we are (via explore-blog)
The Orb can be like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in my opinion. If you search them on the internet (and especially on Tumblr) you find several Mr Hyde posts, especially “Little Fluffy Clouds.” Like many creative bands, the song that makes them popular is the least interesting. I love The Orb because of the sounds created by their alter ego, like this song.
Peace. Hopefully, by now you know that I’m working on a fundraiser to help secure a space for my massage therapy practice Wild Seed Wellness at the Living Room Project in West Oakland. We still need to raise about $251 by JUNE 2 (3 days away!) to reach our goal of $3500. Moving to this space…
For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned residents of the southeastern Appalachia region, once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.
Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.
And that report, which was published in April in the peer-reviewed journal, doesn’t sit comfortably with some people who claim Melungeon ancestry.