Ln's latest adventure

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My new Youtube channel

I have created a youtube channel so I could share videos I've taken of friends and friends have taken of me. There's lots of mantra music and a bit of mantra in movement there. Have a look when you get the chance.
The channel is named with my spiritual name, Gurubachan Kaur ,which, in gurmukhi, means the princess that brings the message of the teacher.
Tue, August 10, 2010 - 5:47 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Spanish residency/bureaucracy

Yesterday I had to turn in the paperwork to get my new 5 year residency card it was timely. Nowhere did it say I needed to arrive before 9 when they give out 35 numbers. So I got there at 12:30 and they said I could wait an hour to see if there was time before they closed at 2:30. There were 2 guys ahead of me that had been there since 9 am cause they didn't get numbers. Also there, sadly was an elderly Spanish couple that had also been standing there since then.
Sadly I say, cause there was a 50 seat air-conditioned waiting room with 5 people sitting in it, but we were told we had to wait outside in the entry way with no chairs in the heat. I sat cross-legged on the floor listening to one of my feminine power lectures on my ipod, I'd come prepared to wait.

But after a while I started engaging the folks around me in conversation. The Señora was so passive, "At least we live in a "free" country." A Spanish man my age that had also been waiting since 9 went on a rant about Spain as 3rd world country. People always look at me like I am crazy when I respond to their question about where I'm from by saying 'I'm Californian". I usually add I'm here because I want to be, not for a better economic situation. People here, and all over Europe have this fantasy about California based on films and television-I imagine.

In the end, all of us waiting got our "number" so we could be attended to and wait in the waiting room. Yey.

This adventure was after turning in an initial round of paperwork to get the approval for the renewal. Each round is also accompanied by a tax and "fresh" paperwork. Meaning even if I have shown my local residency registered, I need one that is less than a month old from the town hall.

I live south of Barcelona, in the area of Garraf on the above map. I also live a 5 minute walk from the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, so far this summer the only time I've gone to swim in the sea it was full of sea weed, trash and later I was told jellyfish. I'm going to try another beach this weekend.
Thu, July 22, 2010 - 8:58 AM — permalink - 2 comments - add a comment

Not on tribe much, but.....

you can see what I'm up to on my blog.
Sun, May 30, 2010 - 2:43 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Louisiana justice of the peace denied marriage license to interracial couple, worried they might have children.

I just came across the article below on thinkprogress.org/
The Louisiana judge sounds like my husband's 86 year old grandmother who was raised in Missouri.
I rarely give any thought to being in an "interracial" marriage. Fortunately, except for T's grandmother's concerns about our having kids (which isn't gonna happen) I've never witness anyone giving us any kind of racist vibe. I am grateful to live in a time (and place) where that
doesn't happen. To think, like gays in most of the US have it now, our "legal union" would be against the law, years ago or NOW where this Louisiana judge is. I hope he gets reprimanded big time.

Louisiana justice of the peace denied marriage license to interracial couple, worried they might have children.

The AP reports that Louisiana justice of the peace Keith Bardwell has refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple because he believes that such marriages don’t usually last very long:

“I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house,” Bardwell said. “My main concern is for the children.”

Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”

If he does an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

“I try to treat everyone equally,” he said.

The couple said they “will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.” (HT: Right Wing Watch)
Thu, October 15, 2009 - 3:20 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Earthdance Barcelona

I know probably none of the folks reading this (cept maybe Melanie) are in this part of the world to attend. But I just wanted to share one of the many things that I've been working on.

T-Bird (my husband) and I are busy organizing the Barcelona Earthdance International ™ event Sat. Sept. 26. It will take place at the at a friends beautiful Integral Yoga Center in St. Pere de Ribes. We've planned an afternoon of dancing, sharing vegetarian food and non-alcoholic drink with friends, there will be performances of dance and music. Finally, we will join our voices with the kirtan group from the yoga center finish the day with the Earthdance International Peace Prayer, joining people around the world in a collective wish for a peace-filled planet.

For the children there will be face painting and coloring in the garden and for grown-ups there will be a table to leave business cards or other information so we can support each other in as many ways as possible.

The entrance fee of 5 euros goes to cover costs of the event and any money over that amount goes to a registered charity, Save the Gambian Orphans. Everyone is asked to bring a vegetarian dish or alcohol-free drink to share (4-6 people) and their own plate, cup and silverware to reduce trash from the event.

For directions to the event visit : www.myspace.com/earthdancebarcelona

From the Earthdance website www.earthdance.org/

The Mission
Our mission is to promote peace by joining participants worldwide in a synchronized PRAYER FOR PEACE and to support humanitarian causes through the global language of music and dance.

The Goal
Our goal is to inspire participation from artists, musicians and peace-lovers worldwide to dedicate one day to support humanitarian efforts and help unite people from all nations in a day of peaceful celebration and harmony.

The Scheduele of Events:

15h* Opening Peace Prayer in Farsi by Simin - www.floristeriabrisa.com/
*Potluck Meal (don't forget to bring your own plate, cup and utensils),
*Face Painting and Coloring for Children

15:30 *World Fusion music spun by Dj T-Bird - www.djtbird.com/

19h *Bhangra Dance performance by Sat Guru Kaur - www.satgurukaur.blogspot.com/

*Dance Prayer for Peace by SheilaKaur - www.danzasheila.com/

*Musical Offering on Tibetan Bowls by Tania Preuss - altivolantis.blogspot.com/

*Kirtan led by Shawn McSweeney and The Integral Yoga Center Kirtan group - www.integralyogabarcelona.com/

* The Earthdance International™ Peace prayer - www.earthdance.org/

It was T who tweeked the logo for the event, nice work isn't it?
Sat, September 19, 2009 - 3:07 PM — permalink - 3 comments - add a comment

Creative answers to California's horrific financial state.....

I do find it hard to believe that Californians aren't out raising hell over all the programs that are going to disappear with the budget cuts. It's an assault on the middle class and poor. I got through college with Cal grants. What are all those college students supposed to do? Or the health care workers? Or the teachers?
Well, I found these articles on taxing medical marijuana and even decriminalization "uplifting". Next if they got all those poor souls that are in prison for possession out, Californians would be saving even more money.

Is Marijuana the Answer to California's Budget Woes?

By TOM MCNICHOL/SAN FRANCISCO Tom Mcnichol/san Francisco 2 hrs 37 mins ago

Proponents of marijuana legalization have advanced plenty of arguments in support of their drug of choice - that marijuana is less dangerous than legal substances like cigarettes and alcohol; that pot has legitimate medical uses; that the money spent prosecuting marijuana offenses would be better used on more pressing public concerns.

While 13 states permit the limited sale of marijuana for medical use, and polls show a steady increase in the number of Americans who favor legalization, federal law still bans the cultivation, sale, or possession of marijuana. In fact, the feds still classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, one that has no "currently accepted medical use" in the United States.

But supporters of legalization may have been handed their most convincing argument yet: the bummer economy. Advocates argue that if state or local governments could collect a tax on even a fraction of pot sales, it would help rescue cash-strapped communities. Not surprisingly, the idea is getting traction in California, home to both the nation"s largest supply of domestically grown marijuana (worth a estimated $14 billion a year) and to the country"s biggest state budget deficit (more than $26 billion).

On Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California legislative leaders a tentative budget agreement to plug the state's deficit, but it would involve making sweeping cuts in education and health services, as well as taking billions from county governments. Democratic state assemblyman Tom Ammiano has introduced legislation that would let California regulate and tax the sale of marijuana. The state's proposed $50 an ounce pot tax would bring in about $1.3 billion a year in additional revenue. Ammiano"s bill was shelved this session but he expects to introduce a revised bill early next year.

If the state legislature doesn"t act, perhaps California voters will. One group is preparing to place a statewide initiative for the November 2010 ballot that would regulate and tax the sale of marijuana for Californians 21 years of age and older. Tellingly, the group spearheading the measure calls itself TaxCannabis2010.org, stressing the revenue advantages of marijuana legalization. The group hopes to collect the required 650,000 voter signatures by January to place the measure on the November 2010 ballot.

"There"s no doubt that the ground is shifting on marijuana," says Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which promotes alternatives to the war on drugs. "The discussion about regulating and taxing marijuana now has an air of legitimacy to it that it didn"t quite have before. And the economy has given the issue a real turbo charge."

The legalization effort is getting serious consideration from surprising quarters. In May, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger publicly called for a large-scale study to determine whether to legalize and tax marijuana.

"I think it"s time for a debate," the governor said at a news conference. "I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs."

In California, medical marijuana sales are already taxed, and some communities are looking for ways to get a bigger slice of the pot pie. Residents Oakland are currently voting in a mail-in special election that includes a measure which would make the city the first in the country to establish a new tax rate for medical marijuana businesses. If the measure passes, Oakland marijuana dispensaries, which are now charged at the general tax rate of $1.20 per $1,000 in receipts, would see that rate raised to $18 per $1,000.

A Field Poll conducted in California this spring showed 56% of the state"s registered voters in support of legalizing and taxing marijuana as a way of offsetting some of the budget deficit. Several national polls have shown that more than 45% of American adults are open to legalizing pot, about double the support a decade ago.

Even the most ardent marijuana advocates aren"t expecting nationwide legalization anytime soon. Instead, any action is likely to come on the state and local level. For now, all eyes are on cash-strapped California, where high taxes could take on an entirely new meaning.

Here's a link to a blog on San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano proposed bill that would decriminalize and legalize the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and over...
Wed, July 22, 2009 - 9:24 AM — permalink - 3 comments - add a comment

In Search of Ecstasy...

is the name of one of the segments of a really interesting series of discussions online at a site called Global Spirit.
I've watched 3 so far, one with my sufi teacher and a hindu physicist and another on music and the sacred was a discussion with a native american singer and the Dean of the Grace Cathedral.
But I especially loved and was moved by Andrew Harvey and Sobonfu Somé discussing the importance of dance and celebration in a community context.It reminded me of how cultures where the old folk don't dance, really are missing out on something.
I'd never heard of Sobonfu Somé before. Her insights into spirituality, ritual, the sacred and intimacy are wonderful.
Hope you get the chance to have a look at some point.
Tue, July 14, 2009 - 7:48 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

The importance of words....

Many spiritual teacher's talk about the power of words in creating our reality. I am regularly asking my mom to stop "cursing" people. Now I've just come across this article that says swearing can help lesson pain.
What do you think?

Swearing can make you feel better, lessen pain
LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Cut your finger? Hurt your leg? Start swearing. It might lessen the pain.

Researchers from the school of psychology at Britain's Keele University have found swearing can make you feel better as it can have a "pain-lessening effect," according to a study published in the journal NeuroReport.

Colleagues Richard Stephens, John Atkins and Andrew Kingston, set out to establish if there was any link between swearing and physical pain.

"Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," says Stephens.

"It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain. Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists."

Their study involved 64 volunteers who were each asked to put their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.

They then repeated the experiment using a more commonplace word that they would use to describe a table.

The researchers found the volunteers were able to keep their hands in the ice water for a longer when swearing, establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.

Stephens said it was not clear how or why this link existed but it could be because swearing may increase aggression.

"What is clear is that swearing triggers not only an emotional response, but a physical one too, which may explain why the centuries-old practice of cursing developed and still persists today," he said.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)
Mon, July 13, 2009 - 3:56 PM — permalink - 5 comments - add a comment


Despondex, a Treatment for the Chronically Cheery.
A step forward in the battle against exuberance.

Thanks to Rob Brezny who sent this link in his weekly email.
Tue, June 30, 2009 - 5:07 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Mother's day really isn't another Hallmark creation......

Julia Ward Howe proposed the idea of Mother’s Day for Peace over a century ago. Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 was a call for disarmament and for women to come together to seek diplomatic ways to settle disagreements amongst nations.

Mother's Day Proclamation 1870
By Julia Ward Howe

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress,
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Julia Ward Howe proposed the idea of Mother’s Day for Peace over a century ago. Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 was a call for disarmament and for women to come together to seek diplomatic ways to settle disagreements amongst nations.

Fri, May 8, 2009 - 4:38 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment
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