Hard times is here and everywhere you go
Times are harder than ever been before
You know that people, they are are driftin' from door to door
But you can't find no heaven, I don't care where they go
People, if I ever can get up off of this old hard killin' floor
Lord, I'll never get down this low no more
When you hear me singin' this old lonesome song
People, you know these hard times can last us so long
You know, you say you had money, you better be sure
Lord, these hard times gon' kill you, just drag on slow
"Dear Mr. Tom Jacobson.
How are you? At this time fine I hope. Well, Tom, I am doing the very best I can. Work are very slow now for me. It has been 5 or 6 weeks since I have did any thing at all. You know just how I stand now. I already have bills on hand, there is more to come, and I cannot hear anything from my manager at all. Nothing in sight, as yet. Now, I really appreciate the picture. I think it's very nice. Also my wife loves it very much. The records will not be released until August, so I learned. Just as soon as they come out I will let you know. So bye for this time.
Yours Truly, Skip James"
Letter to a Tom Jacobson, June 13, 1966
"Perhaps it is not what one is searching for that one could contemplate over for greater joy and self-knowledge, but what one is avoiding. Accepting the fact that unpleasant feelings (those things I tend to avoid) are hardwired into being human helped develop my capacity to be with the undesirable moments in life and not wander off subconsciously into fantasy land, a place I have been to many times. Reminding myself within such moments that emotions and thoughts, like moments, are transient, and quite beautiful each in their own way, has also eased the inquietude of certain points in time.
Within a joyful moment it requires very little effort to notice and observe the pleasing effects this state has on myself. Within a moment filled with fear and/or sadness it can be a bit more difficult to see the beauty of such emotions, but its there. The power these emotions have on my entire being fascinates me almost every time I am experiencing one of them. From the change in thought patterns, to the intense physical sensations, to the transformation of my perspective on people, places and things, remaining present to observe and experience these once overbearing feelings has become an engaging and amiable reality. I want to say a lesson in the self within each moment but that’s a tad banal for this posting. A genuine connection to one's life sounds better.
All of these sensations and neurological systems (and so much more) within one delicate human, its too amazing not to be awestricken. What kind of world would we live in if all people had, or chose to develop, the capacity to be with fear, sadness and anger?
I will remind myself of this post the next time I have trouble sensing the beauty in a painful moment."
~ Jennifer Aberman, 2015
Visit Jennifer's website.
I took a chance on a kid I made friends with on Twitter not being a shady criminal, sent him a bit of money and made him a website so he wouldn't have to use Twitter to try to help his community. Lamin and his family sent me this lovely thank you and I'm all choked up.
http://worldofmoms.ca is the website. I hope to add other families in need around the world, for those who prefer to help families in need directly without any gatekeepers or middlemen.
~ Kerri Coombs
Paul Akehurst's Minimalist Art
Paul "Bam" Akehurst creates minimalist artworks to combat depression and anxiety.
They are free to use for logos, banners or backgrounds.
"I’ve witnessed over and over that there are still billions of people, doing billions of little things to make billions of places better each day. Even though we see humans f*cking up the planet, I see more people each day NEVER GIVING UP ON IT!!! That’s what the song is all about!" Song is available on Stay Human Vol. II & Stay Human Remix EP (Including clean version for kid-friendly version)
You beautiful people made my week.
Thanks for tuning in last night.
Happy 79th, Bob Dylan!
~ Ji Sharp (Road Waves)
Composium Album, Montreal 2005
Quebec is famous for its ongoing cultural tug-of-war between the Anglophones and Francophones, as well as the old vs. the new. The idea for this project hit me in the middle of the night while I was pondering this unnecessary negativity and demanded to be made.
- Kerri Coombs
How to Change the World
How to Change the World is a documentary film, from writer-director Jerry Rothwell (Deep Water), which chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon's nuclear bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement with the birth of Greenpeace.
Learning your adversary's tactics saves you the trouble of thinking everything up from scratch.
Revolutions need good storytellers; otherwise people die for nothing.