5.29.2014

6 OF SWORDS: MOVING TO A BETTER PLACE

 
The Six of Swords card suggests that my power today lies in transition. I have what I need and am willing to trust the process order to move on, seek refuge or new opportunity. I'm not willing to remain where my perceptions are invalidated but being vulnerable I must rely on guidance to move in a new direction or trust that I can make it or be led to security and new hope. 'Wherever you go, there you are.' I am empowered by perseverance and my virtue is survival. To keep moving, because the end of a long journey is in sight!

In a more positive vein, the Six of Swords can indicate recovery. This is especially true when you have just experienced a tough time or psychological blow. During the crisis, you felt numb and disconnected; nothing mattered at all. Now you are beginning to heal and pick up the pieces of your life. The travelers in our boat are at least moving forward. They are headed toward a new place, even if they are not yet ready to eagerly embrace those shores.

In fact, the Six of Swords can indicate travel and moves of all kinds. This could mean an actual change of scene, relocation or trip, but not necessarily. A journey can also take place on the inner planes as we move from one frame of mind to another.

ACTIONS
recovering
dealing with the effects of trauma getting over a tough time picking up the pieces starting to cope beginning to get your health back heading toward a more positive place feeling hope again
traveling
changing location moving from one place to another taking a trip experiencing a change of scene being uprooted going on a journey entering into a new frame of mind


5.28.2014

TEN OF PENTACLES

 

The Ten of Pentacles comes to bring news of wealth, abundance, life falling in to place, and connection to family. The ten of pentacles is a card of goals reached, and dreams come true. This is a day for celebration, for gratitude, and spreading the love.

The ten of pentacles brings forth a time of stability, financial sustainability, possibly even a miraculous event drawing to you an abundance of wealth. This card tells you that you have reached a place where you no longer need worry about money; you no longer need to worry about anything. You have the resources available now to do all you wish to do. Your dreams are coming alive, and you are fulfilling your destiny. This card reminds you to share the abundance, to spread the love, and to stay on your path. This financial success is merely a means to help ensure your path is paved, and the things you are meant to do, can be done. Also remember, that your path is not work or drudgery, it is your passion, it is your joy, it is fun! Play!

You have traveled a long way to get here; you have created, and re-created, in order to set your self up for this moment. It is here the life you are meant to experience. Enjoy it, enjoy all of it. Stay present in this moment and trust that all is taking you to your highest good. You are here to help awaken the world. Keep showing up doing what you do. You are serving the world and everyone in it, by living your life as an example of what is possible. And remember, Love, all things are possible. You are the co-creator of your life. Look at all you have done, and this is just the beginning!

If your question today is regarding love, the ten of pentacles tells you that great shifts are happening and you are about to have an experience unlike any other before. Love is coming in passionate force. Beautiful love, true love, authentic love. This love will help you heal from the past wounds; it will help you release them once and for all. This love will integrate into your life in ways you never imagined. If you are in a relationship now, it is about to move into a new chapter, a one with deeper connection, and renewed passion. If you are single, then get ready, love is here, knocking at your door. Be open to receive it, it is who you have been waiting for. Enjoy this adventure; do not get caught up in preconceived ideas of what this relationship is supposed to look like. Allow it to unfold naturally, to happen in its own sweet way. You do not need to stir the pot, trust the Universe, trust you are safe, and have fun!! Play!

If your question today regards your career, then hold on, love! Everything is about to shift into high gear. You will find the job you have been seeking. There is fulfillment here, a sense of accomplishment, and pride in yourself and what you are creating. And what you are creating is part of the change this world is seeking. You are on path! Remember to stay focused on what you want, and let go of the thoughts regarding what you are scared will happen. No more focusing on what you do not want.....it is a time for peace, for love, for abundance. It is time for you to accept that it is part of your path. And that the more you have to more you have to give. Spread the love!

POET AUTHOR AND AMAZING WOMAN: DR MAYA ANGELOU HAS DIED


Thursday, May 28, 2014
Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson



This world lost one of it's very finest voices today.  Maya Angelou (Marguerite Johnson) age 86. Maya was one of my most important and influential hero's in my life.  She was an incredible human being. Gender and color be damned, Maya was brilliant and when I first learned about her work in 1979 she was not well to the American population. A forward thinking teacher (Kathleen Steele) I had in college gave me her first autobiography.. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".


Maya's life is an amazing story. Her self absorbed mother Vivian, left her with her strong willed grandmother in Stamps Arkansas to live in the big city. Maya struggled to fit in as a child.  She was quite tall and felt gangly.



Maya had a vast and varied career, holding jobs such as fry cook, dancer, actress, poet, educator, and brothel madam. In the late 1950s, she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, where she met a number of important African-American authors, including her friend and mentor James Baldwin



She struggled with segregation and racism. Through out her young life, Maya didn't fall victim to hate and self loathing.


Writing all through her life and at age 40 "Caged Bird" became a best seller in 1969. It remained on the list for 2 years. This book was part one of what was to become a 7 part autobiographical series..I have read them all...How Maya never lost hope or faith in her early life was so very inspirational to me as a young girl. Maya was a strong woman, smart, determined and yet forgiving of those who wished ill upon her. Her forgiving nature is what impressed me the most.


Maya was chosen to recite her poem for the Clinton Inauguration and from then she became a very famous star.


After I finished reading her first book, I scrambled to read all of her other books that were released at the time (1980). I talked of nothing but Maya for quite a long time.  Then a few years later, my Mom called to tell me that Maya was on PBS that night. I finally got to see her speak on television and I was mesmerized.  She spoke exactly the way she wrote. Words and images flowed from her voice just as they did from her typewriter.

I wrote my very first fan letter in 1982 to Ms Angelou and mailed it to her at Wake Forest University..Sometime later, I received a charming reply from Maya. Sadly I didn't save the letters. But I will always remember how she inspired this young girl with her courage in the face of adversity. She absolutely changed this world for the better and I will never forget her. xoK

I highly recommend her books for anyone struggling with life...

THE OBITUARY OF DR. MAYA ANGELOU
Dr. Maya Angelou was born to Vivian Baxter and Bailey Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. She passed to her Heavenly Reward quietly on May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, grandnieces, great-grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnephews and a host of beloveds.

From the time she was a child, Dr. Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus. The birth of her son when she was seventeen did not prevent her from continuing in pursuit of her dreams for a creative career. From her start as a singer in San Francisco’s Purple Onion and Hungry I in 1953 to the installation of her portrait in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 2014, she was continuously on a dramatic, musical or political stage.

She was a dancer, a singer, an actress, a poet, a writer, a magazine editor, a playwright, a film director as well as a college lecturer, full Professor and a fearless, outspoken activist. She never let her various vocations inhibit her activism or her willingness to speak out against injustice and inequality. She performed in a number of major productions. She was in both the 1954 International Touring Company and the subsequent movie of Porgy and Bess. She was also in the 1977 television series of Alex Haley’s Roots and in the 1995 film How to make an American Quilt. She was in too many other productions to name. She directed the films Georgia, Georgia and Down in the Delta.

Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was published in 1970. She went on to write thirty-three other books including autobiographies, poetry and essays. A number of her works were best sellers and were published in number of languages.

Throughout her life Dr. Angelou’s activism never flagged or waned. In 1959, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, she headed the New York office of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Next, she worked for the Arab Observer News Magazine in Cairo, Egypt, which was the premiere English language magazine in the Middle East. Later she moved to Ghana and met Malcolm X.

She returned to the United States to work for him, but he was assassinated four days after her arrival in New York. She continued to be voice of humanity, speaking out against anything that fettered the human spirit. Her life and her body of literary work trumpet the importance of love, tolerance and forgiveness. She was a warrior for truth, justice and love.


5.27.2014

HALT AND CATCH FIRE PREMIERES SUNDAY ON AMC!


Halt and Catch Fire, known by the mnemonic HCF, refers to several computer machine code instructions that cause the CPU to cease meaningful operation. The expression "catch fire" is intended as a joke; the CPU does not literally catch fire, but it does stop functioning. It is also occasionally referred to as "SDI" for "Self Destruct Immediate".

AMC’s new original series Halt and Catch Fire debuts this Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c on AMC. Want to delve into the series before it begins? Here are ten ways to get ready:

1. PREVIEW: the FULL premiere episode, “I/O” on amc.com now.

2. Check out four sneak peek photos from the series premiere.

3. Take a look at a video interview with stars Lee Pace (Joe MacMillan), Scoot McNairy (Gordon Clarke) and Mackenzie Davis (Cameron Howe), then watch some Halt and Catch Fire trailers to get a feel for the series.

4. Learn the meaning of the show’s title with a video defining the phrase “halt and catch fire.”


5. See what happens when modern-day kids are asked to interact with computers from the Halt and Catch Fire era with this all new video from the Fine Brothers.

6. Meet the show’s main players in four character videos introducing Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark, Cameron Howe and Donna Clark.

7. Check out a gallery of character portraits from Halt and Catch Fire.

8. Join the Halt and Catch Fire Members Only Club for exclusive access to the latest news, videos, interviews with the cast, and the chance to participate in monthly prize drawings.

9. Get social! Follow Halt and Catch Fire on Tumblr, then like Halt and Catch Fire on Facebook, and follow Halt and Catch Fire on Twitter.

10. Download a Halt and Catch Fire Facebook Timeline image or desktop wallpaper.
Halt and Catch Fire premieres this Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c on AMC.



this is such a FUN video.....take a look at how far we have come with computers since the 80s....I began with a DOS machine, then 486 Win 3.1..these kids are being completely honest....

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VERNOR'S GINGER ALE: DETROIT'S DELICIOUSLY DIFFERENT DRINK


According to company legend, prior to the start of the American Civil War, while a clerk at the Higby & Sterns drugstore in Detroit, James Vernor experimented with flavors in an attempt to duplicate a popular ginger ale imported from Dublin, Ireland.


Vernor's Ginger Ale - 'Woody'the Vernor's Gnome has been the brand's mascot used from the turn of the century until 1987. He returned after a hiatus in 2002.


When Vernor was called off to serve in the war, he stored the syrup base of 19 ingredients, including ginger, vanilla and other natural flavorings, in an oaken cask. Vernor joined the 4th Michigan Cavalry on August 14, 1862 as a hospital steward, was promoted to second lieutenant on September 20, 1864, and was discharged on July 1, 1865.


The official name of the gnome mascot who adorns the bottles is Woody. The artist who first drew him was named Noble Fellows. Wouldn't "Noble Fellows" have been a much cooler name?



After returning from battle four years later, he opened the keg and found the drink inside had been changed by the aging process in the wood. It was like nothing else he had ever tasted, and he purportedly declared it "Deliciously different," which remains the drink's motto to this day.


In 1968, a Vernors advertising artist (Ron Bialecki) decided to grow out his beard and become the gnome (a.k.a Noble Fellows).
 

The Home of ’Vernor’s Ginger Ale,’ Detroit, Mich. The view shows the Vernor’s Ginger Ale storefront which was located in a 4-story brick building at 33 Woodward Avenue. The sign has eight hundred and sixteen lamps constantly moving, filling the glass with the finest drink ever. They sell the Extract; Anyone can make the ale. c. 1900 (Detroit Hist. Soc.)


He decked out a yellow AMC Pacer in Vernors swag, including a barrel, called it the Gnome Mobile, and became the unofficial mascot at James Vernor Elementary School.


Vernor’s Ginger Ale delivery trucks parked in front of the company bottling plant located on the west side of Woodward Ave just south of Woodbridge St. Mariners Church, located at the n.w. corner of Woodward and Woodbridge, can be seen in the center right area of the photo. c. 1925 (Detroit Hist. Soc.)


Graves of James Vernor, inventor of Vernor's Ginger Ale, and family at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, MI








NIGERIA KNOWS THE LOCATION OF MISSING GIRLS


Air Marshal Alex Badeh, center, Nigeria's chief of defense staff, speaks in Abuja during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the schoolgirls held by the militant group Boko Haram. (Gbenga Olamikan / Associated Press)

Nigeria's military says it knows where kidnapped girls are...Nigeria reportedly in secret talks with Boko Haram for release of schoolgirls..Nigerian official on kidnapped girls: 'We know where they are, but we cannot tell you'

"We can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back," he said after demonstrators marched to military headquarters in Abuja, the capital, a few days after trying to march to President Goodluck Jonathan's office. He met demonstrators and spoke to journalists.

Badeh offered no information as to how the military planned to recover the girls, other than to rule out force.

"We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?" FULL STORY HERE

THE QUEEN OF CUPS

 

The Queen of Cups card suggests that my power today lies in intuition and drama. I trust my intuition and nurture an environment of deep devotion, patience, and intense passion. I mirror my hearts desire and am never too busy to connect to those who trust, love and need me. "It's the thought that counts." Many can say "I would die for them" -- only I can live for them -- spoken with sincerity by a true "Drama Queen." I am empowered by embracing my emotions as a gift and unconditional love is my Holy Grail or gift.

ACTIONS

Loving
turns away wrath with caring
is unconditionally accepting
is sensitive to the feelings of others
dispels anger and hate
has infinite patience

Tenderhearted
is easily moved by another's pain
reacts with sensitivity and compassion
is kind and gentle with all creatures
can never turn away someone in need
feels what others are feeling

Intuitive
is always tuned to emotional undercurrents
senses the climate of a situation
is guided by the heart
trusts an inner sense of what is true
understands without having to ask

Psychic
is open to the unconscious
has a well-developed sixth sense
can have a telepathic bond with another
has a finely-tuned sensibility
is a natural medium

Spiritual
feels oneness with God and the universe
has reverence for all life
finds joy in communion
appreciates the deeper meanings of life
sees the world as a holy place

5.26.2014

TEN OF WANDS: JUST DO IT


The Ten of Wands card suggests that my power today lies in conscience. "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." I own responsibility for the baggage I have chosen to carry but I am ready to lay the weight of a burden or secret I have been hiding behind where it belongs in order to reconcile my conscience. Do I want to be right or alone? I am empowered by blind faith in fulfilling my purpose or greater good to "just do it," and I transform through in passion or direction in principle.

ACTIONS
overextending
trying to do too much
refusing to say "no"
taking all the blame
assuming another's debt
doing the lion's share
having to work overtime
shouldering all the work
being saddled with an extra load
feeling burdened
never having time to relax
feeling tied to a treadmill
being taxed to the limit
assuming responsibility
being held accountable
carrying out an unpleasant duty
cleaning up a messy situation
being left holding the bag
struggling
fighting uphill
doing everything the hard way
experiencing resistance
pushing against the current
having to work for every gain
finding that nothing comes easily
laboring


JOIN US AT THE ROCK N ROLL HAIR SHOW THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

 

Hey I am going to be filming the RocknRoll Hair show this upcoming Saturday night at the Detroit Pub...

Come out an support a great cause...preventing teenage suicide. We will be shooting at Jackie Wallace's BonCiDello Salon&Spa in the afternoon. The Slaon will be rocking hair and nails for the models (and me!) We can't wait to be hanging with the stylists and nail techs! I am hoping to get some cool nail designs! We can't wait for this weekend! xoK

THE BONCIDELLO SALON & SPA, is blessed with a very talented staff who are excited to participate in helping our local charities . Last year we were able to support a local family whose child had brain tumor by holding a hair show event at a local bar.

 
This year we are able to support the charity KnowResolve. This charity helps with suicide prevention in teens. The founder hosts talks at our local school educating the students about depression and suicide .

  CRISIS LINE 1-800-273-TALK

KnowResolve is an important non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and reducing youth suicide through outreach, advocacy and education. Their goals are to increase help-seeking behavior, connect teens and young adults to available resources, promote the development of healthy coping skills and promote relationship-building among students on school campuses.

The Boncidello Salon Team
 
The Boncidello Salon & Spa Team organized their 2014 RocknRoll Hair Show to raise funds and awareness for this very important teen suicide prevention campaign.


The evening will showcase four local bands with Boncidello Salon & Spa models rocking the runway with the hottest hair styles of 2014 between sets.

   ROQUEL  
(formerly of 34 Bliss)

STEVE PERRY SURPRISES CROWD LAST NIGHT!



Steve Perry performed publicly on Sunday (May 25) evening for the first time since the ’90s in an unusual setting. The former Journey vocalist made a surprise appearance at a concert by alternative rock band Eels during their show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN.

Together, Perry and Eels delivered faithful renditions of Journey’s hits ‘Open Arms,’ and ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’, the latter of which prompted a hearty sing-along from those in attendance. Whether they appreciated that they were witnessing a historic event of sorts or not, the audience ate up every moment of Perry’s appearance on stage.




Read More: Steve Perry Returns to the Stage, Performs Journey Classics Live

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 2014



Vietnam veterans saluted their fallen comrades on The Wall this morning. We remember.

5.25.2014

THE SUN: INSIGHT AND BRILLIANCE

 

If you find yourself worrying about stuff, or you're being at all negative about how things may turn out, STOP right now and SWITCH your focus.

Happiness is a state of mind! It sounds cliché, but it's true! If you want to feel happier and more positive then you must focus on something that makes you feel happy and positive! ... Come on, there's always SOMETHING to be happy about!!

Approach your life in this way and your whole demeanor will change, and you'll begin to attract good news, happy circumstances and more positive people.

Remember, even when it's really difficult, that it's always your choice whether you focus on the roses or the manure!

 ACTIONS
becoming enlightened
understanding
finding the sense behind the chaos
attaining a new level of insight
having an intellectual breakthrough
getting to the heart of the matter
realizing the truth
experiencing greatness
achieving prominence
being singled out for notice
having a personal moment of glory
setting an outstanding example
shining forth brilliantly
demonstrating distinction
becoming the center of attention
feeling vitality
becoming radiantly energized
bursting with enthusiasm
experiencing joy
feeling invigorated
getting charged up
enjoying great health
having assurance
feeling free and expansive
honoring your true self
knowing you can succeed
being confident
believing in your worth
trusting your abilities
forgiving yourself

GRIFTER MOM SANTE KIMES DEAD IN PRISON AT 79

 

One of the creepiest mothers of all time has finally died....glad she's gone.....Sante Kimes, the maternal side of a murderous mother-and-son grifter team, died on Monday in her prison cell in Westchester County, N.Y. She was 79.

Officials at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility confirmed the death.

Ms. Kimes had been in prison for a decade, serving a 120-year sentence for her role in a pair of gruesome murders that turned her and her son, Kenneth Kimes Jr., into vivid subjects for television writers and newspaper reporters. With her taste for Victorian evening wear and a long history of larceny, Ms. Kimes, the daughter of an Oklahoma prostitute, rocketed to notoriety in 1998 when she and Mr. Kimes were charged in New York with the murder of Irene Silverman, an 82-year-old widowed socialite, in a scheme to seize her $10 million townhouse on East 65th Street.

BOSTON EDISON HOMES IN DETROIT UP FOR AUCTION THIS WEEK!


This house has handsome Tudor styling and will be the first sold. 

One of the very finest of Detroit's old neighborhoods is the Boston Edison district. The Gordy Mansion is there and many other very well kept homes. There are 13 homes in various stages of disrepair up for auction to people who have the money and energy to take on a rehab project of this size.  They may win a cheap deal on a hoe but the repairs needed are not for the "faint of heart". It is exciting to see the beauty of Detroit real estate coming back to life. JOIN THIS SITE TO BID ON A PROPERTY


Exterior of 1737 Chicago is photographed in the Boston-Edison in Detroit.

The auction of vacant homes in Detroit — which aims to put empty homes that need repair into the hands of owners who'll do it — will open its new phase Tuesday in the elegant Boston-Edison Historic District. 13 homes will be auctioned online.


Jennifer Chiles, left, and Mike Jackson, both from Ann Arbor, walk into the main entryway at the house on 2081 Longfellow during the Boston Edison Auction Tour.


The house at 2081 Longfellow. Leaded glass here includes windows and French doors. Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press


Here, 13 houses will be auctioned online — one house per day — from Tuesday through June 8. It’s a collection of fine homes mostly built in the 1920s by Detroit’s celebs and gentry of the day.


“This was the place to live in its heyday,” said architect Rob Saxon, chief architect at the Detroit Land Bank Authority, which is running the sale. “There was everything from athletes, Ty Cobb and Joe Louis, to dignitaries to the auto manufacturers.” Other names on that list include Walter O. Briggs, Frank Navin, James Couzens, Henry Ford, Horace Rackham, Clarence Burton, S.S. Kresge, four of the seven Fisher brothers, plus their mother, Margaret Fisher.
 

The Auction

■ Each house is open for sale one day only, 9-5. Bidding is online.
■ Bidders must register with a credit card. If that bidder wins, $1,000 is charged immediately.
■ Winning bidders have three days to pay the balance of 10% down and sign a letter of Intent to Purchase.
■ Winners have 30 days to execute a contract for repairs or prove they can DIY.
■ Winners have six months to complete repairs, or nine months in a historic district.
■ Failing at any of these requirements means losing the money paid to date.
■ Only Michigan residents or business that work in the state can bid.
■ A complete list of houses and rules is at www.buildingdetroit.org.


5.24.2014

THE TWO OF CHALICES: FRIENDSHIP AND SHARING


The Two of Chalices card suggests that my power today lies in compromise. I am not alone. I offer and accept love, support, and happiness to connect with the pleasure and beauty of my hearts desire. There are two sides to everything and I don't always have to be right. I am empowered by expression and my gift is attraction.

Victorian Romantic Tarot, Two of Cups: "When this card comes up in a reading, if it relates to the inner journey, then it tells you to put your attention in the moment, to leave the past behind, and to let yourself be free to enjoy everything that comes your way....And finally, it may reassure you that the meaningful relationship in your life will strengthen and grow, developing into exactly what you need it to be!!.

 ACTIONS
making a connection
joining with another
celebrating a marriage or union
cementing a friendship
establishing a partnership
working together
sharing
helping and being helped
seeing commonalities
calling a truce
healing a severed relationship
bringing together opposites
letting bygones be bygones
coming to a satisfactory agreement
declaring peace
forgiving and forgetting
acknowledging an attraction
recognizing a bond that is developing
accepting your preferences
letting yourself be drawn in
moving toward
feeling a positive response
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