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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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Lest we forget

Anna Nicole Smith: November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007

Billie Holiday: April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959

Cabell “Cab” Calloway III: December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994

David Bowie: 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016

Ella Jane Fitzgerald April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996

Everette Lynn Harris: June 20, 1955 – July 23, 2009

Frank Sinatra: December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998

Guy Fawkes: April 13, 1570 – January 31, 1606

Hitler, Adolf April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945

Hieronymus Bosch: 1450 – August 9, 1516

Ian Curtis15: July 1956 – 18 May 1980

Jimi Hendrix: November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Kafka, Franz: 3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924

Lennon, John: 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980

Marx, Karl: May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883

Napoleon Bonaparte: August 15, 1769 – 5, 1821

Octavia Estelle Butler: June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006

Pablo Picasso: October 25, 1881 –  April 8, 1973

Queen Elizabeth I of England: September 7, 1533 –  March 24, 1603

Robin Williams: July 21, 195 – August 11, 2014

Sam Cooke: January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964

Tasmanian Tiger (1936)

Ulysses S. Grant April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885,

Virginia Woolf: January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941

West African Black Rhinoceros: 20111

Malcolm X: May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

Yamamoto, Isoroku: April 4, 1884 – April 18, 1943

Zheng He: 1371 – 1433


mrdlaMichael Ray is a California-grown, native Angelino, hailing from Virgil Village; and is an advocate for public green space, edible gardens, and animal rights. As graduate of Humboldt State University, this artisan has worked alongside the Humboldt Student Food Collective, the Campus Center For Appropriate Technology (CCAT), The Humboldt Circus, Broadchester Farms, Burkart Organics and  The California Environmental Legacy Project, creating ecologically conscious art in the forms of live theater, documentaries, paintings, zines, and essays.

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The Goblin King has moved on. David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)

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A sad truth: David Bowie has joined the world of the departed. An avant-garde legend, Mr. Bowie will now join the ranks of John Lennon, Oscar Wylde, Divine, and other people, who in my book, have pushed social consciousness forward through their art– blurring the lines of gender, pushing the boundaries of music, and wowing the world with amazing stage shows.

Although the news of death is often a slap in the face, this one stung like glitter in the eye. As I reflect on my own relationship with Bowie’s music, his art, and his place as a cultural icon known, I can’t help but feel a bit sad. Death itself is a part of life, and Bowie had cancer, FUCK Cancer.

Still, it feels like he departed too soon. I guess some of us are too beautiful for this world. Peace

An open Lettre to a Community Mourning The Recently Departed

An open Lettre to a Community Mourning The Recently Departed

This has to stop: the deaths from violence, social, cultural and political conflict, drug addiction,  negligence of self worth (including suicide) have to stop. The deaths are senseless deaths that have real, long lasting ramifications. This lettre is to my fellow community members who are currently mourning the loss of a recently departed loved one.

As I put pen to page, my thoughts, emotions and meditations into words, I recognize that some of you may currently be experiencing anger, hurt, guilt, remorse and even fear. Perhaps harboring these sentiments in the minutes, hours, days, since the beloved departed. To those of you who are hosting these feelings, I say “breathe. Breathe and let these lurking sentiments be silenced by your own empowered breath. Let your breath guide emotions out of the harbor of your heart and back into the ether of eternity.” I write this lettre out of Love, Love for my community, for myself and for the friends family and Loved ones of the departed.

Often times I have written without direction, but in this instance my vision is clear, my intention focused and the words which will follow will be relentlessly honest. Today I am call an end to the senseless deaths that have plagued our community. In a sense I am speaking to the survivors  of this recent traumatic event, I am speaking to the family and friends of the departed, I am addressing the individuals who have been imprisoned by the illusion of helplessness. This evening I am writing to the men, womyn, sons, daughters, transfolk that are still languishing in solitude; crippled by the belief that Love has abandoned them.

Over the course of my life I have experienced many losses but the losses that have shaken me to my core have been the deaths of friends and family members  who died from seemingly preventable circumstances. To be clear I consider cancer, gunshots, suicides and overdoses to all be preventable situations. Having seen death from so many different angles has been difficult (emotionally draining may be an appropriate description); it has been difficult for myself and for the communities that have been affected by the loss. Ultimately, no death is ever expected, despite the fact that death is an integral part of the cycle of life.

In light of the recent death within my community there are several insights that have  surfaced as a result of my own meditations. As you read these next words please consider them to be than dynamic guidelines through which we may be able to transcend needless suffering. The ideas that I am proposing are based on my observations and in my humble onion will be functional only if the community itself is willing to support the core ideal– we need to put an end to the senseless death which plagues our community.

First and foremost, we must educate ourselves about the nature of death; it simply is a part of this mortal coil. (There is no arguing death’s existence). However, death itself should not be seen as a means through which suffering, tribulation, or an idealized goal can be halted or achieved. The fact is this, there are many things which we may live to see  and there are some things which may continue for many generations before reaching a conclusion– something may never conclude. We may be fortunate to stand witness to monumental cultural shifts within our own lifetimes– the end of slavery, sex trafficing, transphobia, class warfare, eracism, sexism, cultural oppression for instance. Thus, as conscious , sentient beings we can work towards these changes, with the hope that they will c.ome within our lifetime. While focusing on the “larger” social issues remember that Love is always present and eternal. More importantly, remember that one may choose to celebrate Love at any given moment– without fear, judgment or guilt. To approach death fearlessly is to see it a the compliment to life, the flame that creates the ash from which the phoenix will be able to rise.

Secondly, the harboring of states of dis-ease and sacrificing of our Divine Body-Temple to low vibration energies (such as drugs or nonliving foods) is over. Yes, as of yesterday. Addiction within the community is a wellness issue that deserves our attention, as well as our support– “tolerance ” is not the answer and never was. That said, to my Loved ones in this community that are battling addiction or simply recovering, I urge you to seek support (emotional, physical, spiritual, mental); this also applies to those of you who know of community members that are in the recovery state. We are a community and we are here for one another; more importantly, when we stand together, we can meet each need without judgment, fear or a sense of helplessness. Between the many beautiful people that I have personally met, and those who I have only heard of, I can affirm that hope, help, and harmonious state of being available.

Lastly, I just want to say that I Love You.  Without knowing everything about you, I Love You and I look forward to our growth together. Moreso, I recognize that my freedom is tied to your freedom  and so long as the deaths within this community are link to homicide, to suicide to substance abuse and addiction then I will cannot (in good faith) claim unchained freedom.  In closing, want to say that I look forward to the day when we will be able to shake off the shackles of these traumas which have plagued our community; until that day arrives, I am here with you in spirit and solidarity.
Love

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