with the Barrett family
to show a new picture of Syd the creative,
revealing a man who was a dedicated,
Before The End:
Jim Morrison Comes of Age
Jim Morrison is one of the twentieth century's
most mysterious and misunderstood figures.
Morrison tore the seal off of reality and functioned
as a blind taste tester for a counterculture that,
through experimental daring
and the questioning of authority,
contributed immensely to societal evolution.
But that was just one facet of his fascinating life.
Following his reported death of July 3, 1971,
his brief chameleonic existence of 27 years
left his legacy open to vast misinterpretation,
a practice that continues to this day.
The independent documentary film
"Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age"
documents Jim Morrison, with particular study
given to his formative years, childhood through college,
via the family and friends who experienced him
as a person, as opposed to a persona.
and by fictionalizing,
touches all of us universally,
Consider The Lily
This recording has been a long time coming
and is the closest thing to a 'studio' recording of personal,
universal songs that I've done since 'When I Was A Boy'.
Three years ago, I asked my dear friend
Peter Kiesewalter in NYC to do arrangements
for the most universal songs from my recent
'Three Queens' trilogy.
He got to work and did a wonderful job
with his band BRO (Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata).
Then I started getting nigglies
that there was not enough 'me' in the music,
much as I enjoyed it.
So I rolled up my sleeves and have been doing
'sister' versions and adding a few new songs.
This is a good example of what many artists go through,
to their initial chagrin and surprise.
Wild veering and seeming illogic.
Then you get used to it.
Then you get good at it.
Building skills as a super- and supra-muse-tracker.
Navigating faint deer trails towards open clearings.
This circuitousness often leads
to the music closest to your heart.
Thank you for visiting here and considering joining forces.
This music is for YOU.
“The ‘MANY WORLDS’ theory is an interpretation
alternative histories are real.
of quantum mechanics,
of quantum theory,
possibly have happened in our past,
but did not, has occurred in the past
of some other universe or universes.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
New Voices of Freedom
should read this book at least once."
~ Alice Walker,
Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Color Purple
one of the most epic reforms in human history:
after decades of authoritarian military rule
we're seeing the dawn
of a compassion-inspired democracy
born from love and nonviolence.
This next phase of Burma’s "revolution of the spirit"
is being led by former political prisoners,
artists and dissidents, including Nobel Peace laureate,
Aung San Suu Kyi,
“an icon of democracy...all around the world,”
as declared by President Barack Obama
during his historic visit to Burma
just days after his reelection.
Freed after spending the better part of 20 years
under house arrest and prison, Aung San Suu Kyi,
a recently elected Parliamentarian within her country’s
new civilian Government, has called upon
freedom-loving people everywhere,
to SUPPORT Burma NOW, more than ever.
we are all activists at heart.
No one is outside of society...It's about our freedom.
That means everybody.
We must see that nothing and no one
is separate from this freedom.
No one is an island in this world."
~ Aung San Suu Kyi
in the Acknowledgements of
the new edition of The Voice of Hope
to address bullying and create a more inclusive
environment in classrooms and communities everywhere.
It has never been more urgent to seek solutions
to create culture of peace instead of relying on violence."
a world that allows us all the chance to live in safety,
and supports a shared goal of opportunity and care for all.
We keep searching for point solutions.
We weigh one factor against another in the hopes
one solved factor will solve the whole.
But societal issues are complex and systemic
and intertwine with each other.
Answers can never be either/or.
We need to start designing our culture
such that holistic sets of solutions, policies,
and customs take hold, and hold us to a new,
21st century (and beyond) social contract between
the individual and the collective.
How do we do this?
One essential way is through story:
The only way to truly comprehend
the human costs of policy frameworks
and cultural constructs is to listen to and exchange stories.
The humanitarian and emotional perspectives
are often more persuasive than only the rational ones
when we are creating livable societies.
To build a culture of possibility, we have to build
both a movement and an ethical framework
grounded in multiple narrative from multiple voices,
and fostered by co-creation networks that act for the good
of the collective and the protection of the individual."
is currently in the hands of more than 3,000 educators
in 50 states and a dozen countries around the world.
that resonates profoundly with anyone who views it.
It underscores the sheer complexity
of the Rwandan genocide
and subsequent efforts at reconciliation,
and provides a deeper examination
of hatred and forgiveness.
Significantly, it serves as a metaphor
of so many other events and attitudes
that have the capacity to devolve into extremes
if not adequately addressed and rectified.
Coexist allows students, educators, and others
to critically and thoroughly analyze
these important and complicated issues."
Amidou & Toya is an original creation
Beyond Milk and Cookies Inc.'s mission
is to satisfy a child’s curiosity and academic goals
with the use of learning culinary arts
within an after school program.
Research shows that satisfying a student’s physical needs
must be fulfilled for a student to learn.
Over 80% of children come to school hungry
and remain that way during the day.
This produces the inability to concentrate,
poor academic performance and physical ailments.
According to Professor Abraham Maslow,
who developed Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,
individuals must meet the basic needs
before being motivated to accomplish higher motives.
Maslow suggested that the first and most basic need
people have is the need for survival:
their physiological requirements
for food, water, and shelter.
Students must have food to eat, water to drink,
and a place to call home
before they can think about anything else.
If any of these physiological necessities are missing,
students are driven above all else
to meet the missing need.
There is a definite charge to fulfill
the basic physical needs of a child
before academic enrichment,
and this can be achieved through
The Beyond Milk and Cookies, Inc
after school program.
The Beyond Milk and Cookies, Inc.
after school program allows students
from Kindergarten through High School
to experience hands – on cooking skills
which will develop practical life skills,
and a foundation for healthy eating.
This after school program will address the challenges
many youths face such as:
increased rates of childhood obesity,
declining performance in STEM Subjects
(Science, Technology Engineering and Math classes),
Common Core State Curriculum Standards,
and low standardized test performances.
Students will also learn how to make
more healthy choices and learn how to use
certain ingredients that will assist them
in remaining healthy throughout adulthood.
The after school program will include
age-appropriate classes addressing kitchen
and equipment safety, safe food handling
and food preparation.
In addition, to learning about food preparation,
students will acquire information
about diverse ethnic foods, geography, nutrition
and table manners.
By giving students the opportunity to learn
basic cooking skills and work with nourishing foods,
math, science and health education become relevant
and are more readily integrated with current knowledge.
The Beyond Milk and Cookies program allows students
to take meaningful steps in helping children
develop good health habits, which is the best foundation
for academic and physical success.
THE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS
AND STAFF AT BEYOND MILK AND COOKIES, INC.
ARE UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT ALL CHILDREN:
* Have the power to learn
* Are curious & creative
* Can succeed
The Beyond Milk and Cookies, Inc. mission
is to inspire lifelong lessons of healthy eating and nutrition.
* ROBERT TORBICA is featured on the SUPPORTERS page
Bizarre-but-true tales of post-mortem adventure.
but in the grand scheme of things
to make every moment count.
for the production of medicine,
"A documentary archiving the making
‘Brotherhood and Unity’
could be more than just a motto.
Driving this documentary is the hope
one that has never before existed
but which will now bring together the traditions
of the nations that once comprised Yugoslavia.
Six mentors will guide me in the design
and creation of a garment that combines
distinct traits from the national folk dresses
of each former republic of Yugoslavia.
We will visit the mentors,
one from each of the former republics,
and learn how to apply
the unique costuming techniques
that they practice in the creation
of their traditional national folk dresses.
By weaving these diverse skills and symbols
into the fabric of our garment’s production,
together we hope to create a piece
that represents what the country of Yugoslavia,
and her people, stood for.
As artisans from each country bring their traditions
together to create a single garment,
we aspire to open a dialogue about unity
in a fractured part of the world.
As our film documents the process of making a traditional
Balkan folk dress, it creates a video archive
of traditional techniques that are in danger of being lost
along with the history that has made them unique.
By traveling to all the former republics of Yugoslavia
and learning from each mentor,
our documentary will forever preserve
the practice of these traditions.
In January of 1946 a new constitution established a state
that included six socialist republics
and two autonomous provinces.
This multi-ethnic and multi-national state
was to be guided by a national motto
of Brotherhood and Unity,
in the hope that these principles could calm
ethnic tensions and prevent the dominance
of any single group.
As a means of nurturing a shared identity
amongst diverse nationalities,
cultural grants were allocated to each republic.
These funds encouraged the practice
of local cultural traditions,
including folk dance & national costume.
Instead of creating a shared Yugoslavian sense of identity,
however, what emerged was cultural competition
and nationalistic rivalry.
Our goal is to examine whether ‘Brotherhood and Unity’
could be more than just a motto."
- Nina Platiša, Director
My Ancestors Gifts
A story of a young girl who lives on her ancestral
tribal homeland, and knows fracking may destroy
her environment, culture and spiritual life.
Although the title of this book is a powerful message,
it contains a collection of short stories which are softened
by morals, ethics and values.
A young Indian girl shares her views
on the love and concern
she has for her homeland an tribal life.
These stories are based on the true Blackfeet culture,
creation story, ancient spiritual values and social life.
Fracking is only lightly touched on at the end of each story.
Lets face it, fracking is not a pretty subject
so I felt it was important to add
colorful illistrations to each story.
A local Blackfeet artist is working
on some beautiful illistrations for each page.
These drawings portray an original way of native life
and will draw the readers attention
to what the story is about.
This book is designed to attact the attention
of 6th graders up to adult.
"The Blackfeet Nation sits on one of the most
From wide open praries, rolling hills
of the Rocky Mountain front,
whether there should be a moratorium or ban
put on the hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
that no one knew what it was
is now without her most trusted trainer.
On Feb 13th Marineland launched a seperate suit
against Phil Demers citing $1.5 million in damages,
with more suits expected.
The suits (widely known as SLAPP suits)
are a common strategy employed by corporations
to incite fear into critics,
while spending defendants into the ground.
At a cost of $325/hr for a lawyer,
who can compete with cash rich corporate giants?
This is no longer just about animal protection.
This is now a social justice issue.
Sadly, suits of this nature can cost
hundreds of thousands of dollars,
and if we don’t raise the necessary funds,
the plight of Marineland’s animals will go silent,
leaving Christine and myself bankrupt.
This is Marineland’s intent.
This is how they win.
Please help us send a clear message to Marineland,
that we as a community of animal lovers
and social justice seekers
WILL NOT BE SILENCED!"
- Philip Demers
A feature length documentary to alleviate the pain
and suffering of Kerala's captive elephants,
and expose their abhorrent torture
and exploitation for profit.
For the Love of Elephants is a feature-length
documentary film in the making;
an exposé that reveals the dark side
of the Indian state of Kerala's glamorous cultural festivities
that exploit captive elephants for profit,
and uncovers the abhorrent torture suffered
by these supremely gentle and intelligent animals.
We will bring awareness to the plight of
Kerala's temple elephants, and alleviate their suffering.
For the Love of Elephants will serve
as a powerful and necessary tool to create
deeper awareness among the public
about the plight of captive festival elephants,
inspire shifts in perceptions and mindsets,
and foster empathy and kindness toward
these gentle and sentient giants.
You will become part of a legacy by participating
in the making of a profoundly touching documentary
that pulls back the veil on the festivals
to show how elephants are treated
for the benefit of ritual and amusement.
But more than an exposè, the film is also a call to action,
as we believe it will resonate deep
within the hearts and minds of all stakeholders involved
in the festivities, and empower them to do their parts
to enhance the welfare of the elephants.
We believe this film has the potential
to create ripples across India, changing the way in which
its heritage animal is being treated,
and ultimately enhancing the living conditions
of captive elephants not only in India,
but also other parts of the world.
As an extension of this film and its advocacy
for better treatment of elephants,
it is our broader goal to help establish
a rehabilitation center
for festival and temple elephants to spend
the rest of their lives in peace and safety.
on the lives of indigenous Mayans
in the highlands of Guatemala
from Day of the Dead
until the end of the Mayan Calendar.