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3 Must-Read Books for Black History Month

imagesBorn on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little, who later became known as Malcolm X was an iconic figure of the Civic Right movement. The story includes intimate details about his life, his pilgrimage to Mecca and much more. The African-American Muslim minister was a human rights activist, closely by the US government and other organizations for his perspectives on racism within America. On February 21, 1965, he was assassinated by Nation of Islam members Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler, and Thomas 15X Johnson .


cover-of-parable-of-the-sowerThe dystopian Californian road novel, written by Los Angeles based author, Octavia E. Butler, evokes images similar to those seen in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath with themes of mass migration and ecological turmoil. Throughout the novel questions about preservation of natural resources and scarcity of existing resources are points of conflict as the heroine of the novel, a multiethnic adolescent named Lauren Olimina, caravans from Southern California to Northern California. During her venture she challenges social, gender and racial norms.


the-adoption-papers-jackie-kayJackie Kay’s collection of poetry The Adoption Papers is a collection of narrative poems that weave together the perspectives of three people; a “birth mother,” an “adoptive mother” and an “adopted daughter.” During this opening poem, the child’s history is metaphorically presented as a commodity, she is a being without agency. Over the course of the book the adopted child’s status (a black adopted child that is also half Nigerian) is slowly revealed. The poems, demonstrate the mutual conflict experienced by both the adopted mother and the biological mother, as well as the tribulations of an adopted child.

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mrdlaMichael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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5 Endangered Species

Hi and welcome to the Sunday post, today we’re taking a break from literature to talk about endangered animals. As humans we share the planet with many types flora and fauna. The sad truth is that human activities such as deforestation, pollution and man-made disasters have affected many species’ natural habitat, from the oceans to the arctic some species are  on the verge of extinction. Whether you’re a fan of amphibians, fishes, or your fellow mammal, here are 10 endangered species that you should know about.

doc3980California tiger Salamander

First up on the list is the stocky, amphibian, the California Tiger Salamander. This little critter can be found in the California, in and around part of Santa Barbara, and range between 7 and 8 inches in length. In addition small eyes protruding from the top of its head, some of the striking features of this terrestrial critter include its coloration of white and pale yellow spots throughout its body.


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Next up is an adorable fish that inhabits parts of California and Arizona, the Desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius). Roughly 2 inches in size, the fish has a rounded body with a yellow tale. Its critical habitat includes includes Quitobaquito Springs, Pima County, portions of San Felipe Creek, Carrizo Wash, and Fish Creek Wash, Imperial County, California. The fish has been on the endangered species list since 1986.


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Short-Tailed albatross

Found in along the pacific northwest, the northern parts of Canada as well as Alaska, the white-bodied bird is stands has average length of 84-91 cm; a wingspan: 213-229 cm (7-7.5 ft); and a lifespan of 12-45 yrs. This species of bird is popular among sailors and is it is considered bad luck to kill them, as popularized in Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Whether or not you’re superstitious, one thing is for sure, we’d like to see more of this majestic bird.


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From reptiles, to fish, and feathered friends, many species are listed on the endangered species list, including mammals. The Bonobo (pan paniscus) is one such mammal. With a DNA make-up of 98.7%, bonobos are as close to humans as chimpanzee– if not closer. Today, these furry great ape cousins can only be found in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), however poaching remains a eminent threat to this animal’s extinction.


fin-whale-article-pageFin Whale

With a distinct dorsal fin, the Fin Whale’s largest threat is commercial fishing, despite being at the top of the food chain. For over a century these whale have been hunted for oil, meat, and baleen. Somewhere between 50,000 and 90,000 of these whale remain and they can be found in the Gulf of California, the Coral Triangle, as well as the Arctic.

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Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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3 Way to Do LA | Saturday Edition

Los Angeles is a pretty magical city, and as a native Angelino I’ve often been asked, “well what is there to do?” My reply is often, “well, what interests you?” After all Los Angeles is a international cultural hub, and as such, there is something for everyone. From festivals to weekly gatherings, farmer’s markets, dance parties, museums galore, and of course the natural landscape of the city itself. So if you’re new to  Los Angeles, and you find your self  wondering what to do? Here are three ways to do LA. Enjoy the city of angels. 8czknolki

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Whether you take Venice Blvd, walk down from Santa Monica, hop on a Lyft or make your way up from the Ballona bicycle path, Venice is a popular destination for locals and travelers alike. With hostels, eclectic Air B’n’B’s you can enjoy the pubs, restaurants, shops, canals and live shows for the day or through the weekend. On Sundays you can catch the Venice Beach Drum Circle which happens between mid-afternoon and sunset. Additional things to do include Muscle Beach, bicycle rentals, hit the skate park, art walk and check out the neighboring beaches of Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey. | 


20170225_2Farmer’s Market

Attending your local Farmer’s Market is one of the most delicious ways to see LA, not to mention it offers a great window into California’s agricultural network. If you’re into eating organic, want to eat local, or simply want to get away from the Sad American Diet (S.A.D.) then a farmer’s market is a great place to start. With multiple locations throughout Los Angeles, you can get your fruits, veggies,  breads, soaps, and more. However if you want to see where it all started, then I recommend visiting the original Farmer’s Market on Fairfax Ave. | 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036


20170225_3The Getty Center

Whether you have a few hours or an afternoon, the Getty Center is an international destination well worth a visit. With multiple permanent galleries featuring artwork spanning the ages the Getty is one of Los Angeles’ greatest treasures, also hosting special events, exhibitions and tours throughout the year. I recommend checking the calendar of events for the listing as there is always something happening. Additionally, the outdoor garden, offers one of city’s most iconic vistas. | 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is Now a LIVE Musical!

 

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Fun Home-- Alison BechdelWhat started off as a graphic memoir is now a LIVE musical; Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is now playing at the Ahmanson Theater located at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

The stage production, based on the life of LGBTQ icon Alison Bechdel, is an inmate look into the life of the author and her Pennsylvanian family. Bechdel herself is a renown cartoonist, best known for the long running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Her comics, and memoir have been well received by audiences and critics, having been awarded the a Stonewall Book Award as well as five Tonys for the play.

 

In Fun Home Bechdel (played by Kate Shindle) describes her relationship with her parents, her father Bruce (played by Robert Petkoff ) and mother Joan (played by Karen Eilbacher). From early early life( Alessandra Baldacchino as ‘Small Alison’), to high school and college (Abby Corrigan as ‘Medium Alison’) the story is set in the backdrop of rural America. One of the defining elements of this play is how Bechdel’s family, challenge and adapt certain gender codes  in the post-World War II era.

The Alision Bechdel’s Fun Home is will be on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre from February 21 through April 1, 2017; followed by JAMES LAPINE & STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S INTO THE WOODS beginning in April.

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Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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Samuel Beckett & Jean-Paul Satre | Flashback Friday

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Fun fact! While I attended John Marshall High School (Los Angeles), I played the role of Lucky from the Samuel Beckett‘s play Waiting for Godot (Esperando a Godot), and while in París I recited a few lines from the play –as well as a few lines from his short story Suite published in part by Jean-Paul Sartre, both of their tombstones were within ear shot of each other.

Perhaps my favorite part of playing the role of lucky was the monologue, simply a great piece of writing that I would dissect again while attending Humboldt State University.

Today, I appreciate the depth of Beckett’s work so much more; his noble peace prize, his global recognition, and the of course the fact that he has a special place on my book shelf. #Shelfie 😀

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The-Great-Moon-Contributors (1)Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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Know Thyself: Be the Valentine You Want to See in the World

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RECOMMENDED MUSIC, LITERATURE, CINEMA, & ART
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323.592.7649 | LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017

Happy V-Day folks! Now, if you’re like me, and find everyone but you is being showered by candy-coated hearts and flowers, never fear! The pressures of Valentine’s Day can wreck havoc on even the most stable of relationships, so consider yourself lucky for dodging the cross hairs of Cupid’s bow and arrow. Still, just because you’re flying solo, doesn’t mean that you have to skip out on loving some one truly important, yourself.

Relationships can be a tricky thing and if you haven’t mastered the art of self-love, then you may find yourself getting involved in serial monogamy, which could easily become serial marriage (and divorce!) if you’re not careful.  You may already know someone, it might even be you, that engages in this type of relationship; jumping from one person to another faster than you can bat an eye. Don’t fret though, we’re social by design and as the old adage goes, “there’s someone for everyone” and some people just need a little more time to figure out who that person is.

In the meanwhile, the best advice that I can give is “gnothi seauton” or “know thyself”. You can contribute more to a relationship through self awareness. After all, there’s no worse response to the question “what do you want to do tonight” than “I dunno, whatever you want to do.” The response is like nails on a chalkboard and can easily chip away at the foundation of a relationship, because nobody knows you better than you and the better that you know yourself, the more you can vocalize, suggest, and communicate what feels good, what works, and what you dislike.

Here are three simple ways to sweeten up Valentine’s Day
(And any other day too)
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Cook a homemade dish.

There’s something satisfying about cooking up a nice homemade dish. If you’re a kitchen alchemist, then you may already know that certain foods can serve as aphrodisiacs, which is good news for you and your sweetie. Especially if you’re already in the mood for love, lust and luscious good times.

#MyDayInLA: #xxx large & #extreme #vegan #burger. Praying to the #avocado deities and thanking the Earth for this lovely delight.

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Work out.

Not only does a good workout increase your heart rate, and improve your mood, but working out can help you build the foundation of a positive body image. You don’t have to become the next Mr. or Ms. Universe or land the cover of a body builder magazine– unless that’s your thing– but a good work out is essential for keeping the body at its optimum. A bonus is that regularly working out means that you’ll also be in good condition for your partner(s) when sex becomes an option.

#FunFact: I Love #BruceLee. | #PeacefulWarrior

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Love Languages.

Knowing your own love language is essential. If you experience love through gifts, and all your beloved does is tell you how amazing you look, then you may not feel the kind of love that you need. Remember you may both have different love languages and thus you may end up expressing your love differently. However, if you  don’t know what makes you feel loved, then you may end up quite unhappy without knowing why.

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img_20141031_102635Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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Plant a Garden and Give Your Valentine a Gift that will keep on Giving

Los Angeles, California: February 10, 2017 — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and so is spring, this year give Seed Genie’s organic and heirloom seeds, a truly wonderful gift.

Order custom packets with Featuring artist, Michael Ray De Los Angeles, choose from multiple custom designed seed packets for large- great for your personal garden or the ecologists in your life.

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PLANT SOME MAGIC IN YOUR BUSINESS WITH OUR ECO-FRIENDLY CUSTOM SEEDS

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Inspired by the ecologically-minded, efforts of Ron Finely, Tree People and muralist Peter Quezada, artist Michael Ray has designed this series of seed packets to draw attention to the need for non GMO seeds, and foods.

A vital aspect of The Seed Genie is their unique promotional medium for artists and business owners, seed packets. The works by Michael Ray, featured Seed Genie artist, are now accessible through seed genie’s site, and can be ordered online. For commissions, interviews, public speaking engagements and inquiries please contact Michael Ray at 323.592.7649.

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10659001_1570736056488961_8593111188044547665_oWriter, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”  You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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WebVideo Wednesday: Stone Monkey.

WebVideo Wednesday: Stone Monkey.

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“The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments.”
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WebVideo Wednesday: Stone Monkey.

 

“The present moment is the only moment available to us and it is the door to all other moments.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

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edda-visit-84Writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”  You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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