Friday, September 30, 2016

Drawn Worlds



What a world created here:
Colors assembled by Angela Milton.  





"Expansion in any direction within the universe moves not the foundations of Creation, but expands the artist, the musician, the humble man standing alone in a field between seasons and the children engaged in child's play into universes. Are there many universes? Yea, I dare say as I create one from the expansion of my own mind, and yea; from the beauty of an artist drawing or painting another world of color.

It is all play with mystery."
- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories (Sept.30, 2016)






Te abrazo Hermosa



the Male principal





worship of the Phallus

"There was a time in ancient Rome the phallus was more adored publicly and ancient Egypt left us with the creation stories as symbolized as Osiris's missing member (the Oblesix) in the nation's capital: the Washington Monument."
 
~ Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
5.11.15



Water nymph Trae Harris



 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

High Craft of Two Singers

Ninel Herrera Conde (born September 29, 1970) is a Mexican singer, actress,
and TV host known for her performances in Rebelde, Fuego En La Sangre and Mar De Amor.




Mariah Carey sings Christmas hits for first of 6 performances
at Beacon Theater Dec. 15, 2014 in NYC

 

Learn to Give



Irish model Niamh Rayne by Roberto Forte smoking a cigarette


"We dream. We all do. How those dreams come from the mist of what we dream of is through specific acts. If we don't have someone to tell the secrets of how we are to release the dream into other people's lives it is frustrating. It chokes life. It is like a bowel movement unable to exit. It is an ability to heal, to express self, to birth into the world the 'why' of who we are that makes us powerful people in the world-at-large."
 
- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 5/8/15




I am the future

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Smile Out into the Worlds Around you.



One smile has the power to…


Calm fears. Soften stone walls. Warm a cold heart. Invite a new friend. Mimic a loving hug. Beautify the bearer. Lighten heavy loads. Promote good deeds. Brighten a gloomy day. Comfort a grieving spirit. Offer hope to the forlorn. Send a message of caring. Lift the downtrodden soul. Patch up invisible wounds. Weaken the hold of misery. Act as medicine for suffering. Attract the companionship of angels. Fulfill the human need for recognition.


Who knew changing the world would prove so simple.

by Richelle E. Goodrich


Children laughing with abandon.


Children's joy.

Child amongst others in a traditional setting.


Children are the same the world over. They exude love expecting its return.
~ Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories
Father of four.


Are We Enough?


Polish Playmate Marta and a woman playing, or pretending for the camera to be a conservative secretary from Czech Republic who calls herself Lucy Nova is asking a series of questions, or am I and any other thinking man imposing those questions upon them? There is Carmen Gemini. Carmen Gemini is a red head vixen. Probably a bit too much to handle. But, is she for real within herself in her poses for the camera, or after viewing her photo shoot do those questions come from a sense of feeling a bit sneaky? After all, as children most of a woman's body was forbidden to the naked eye by the discretion of a lady in my day. Have those high standards stopped being passed down to girls, and now a quaint memory are those proper attitudes out of style replaced by voyeurism? Are sexually stimulating photographs of women now essential for a working woman's portfolio in certain professions? Or has this side of life always existed?

Falling off the high precipice of ideals is a long fall. But, if that fall is part of a maturation process is it sin, or necessary? Lola in pink against her brown skin as viewed by a young man will instantaneously tear down every good teaching he held dear to the ideal his parents and religion may have given to him as a boy. Such is the power of a woman, or is that the weakness of a man? Such is the power of a woman undressing before a young man foreign to the complexities of sexual arousal and his basic and primitive need to be inside of a woman's body and soul!

Sexual awakening has been hampered over the centuries in Western ideologies and practices to the point it has created a type of suppression strong enough to cripple high morals and develop a psychopath, a killer and a braggart in a rapist. It created a masculine need for rape, and a taste for taking from others. How that is possible is developed alongside a sense of righteousness and a deeply ingrained sense within many, if not most men of being superior to women by rank and the Word of God! As a man living in the world from this sense of place there is the power of bearing weight, and dominance over Nature. A lack of intimacy with the process of copulation, care of the soul, birth, or an intimate relationship with the Earth, our Mother is a processing mechanism with no responsibility towards the female, her body, or the soul of the women whose essence is related to and in alignment with the Moon, the terrestrial elements of Creation and the waters that feed life into man and woman alike. A boy can become a dangerous man easily in this type of climate. This climate can turn a boy into his mother's worst nightmare in moments, or months. Is there a way to reverse the trend, the tendency? Yes, there is.

 Gregory E. Woods,
Keeper of Stories
9.28.14



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

LA in NYC



Elizabeth Keene in NYC wearing a Macy's tunic, is the LA contrast to this city in a trench
by INC International Concepts via Macy's. photo by Danny Fung.
In Collaboration with Macy's x Who What Wear



"Sometimes we don't realize how much our surroundings influence us. We subconsciously make choices based on what we're exposed to and we develop our taste and personal style based on our environment. Living in Los Angeles has made me appreciate fashion that is colorful, ladylike and sophisticated. I love to juxtapose different styles to create an outfit that is visually interesting and unique. In today's look, I paired a snake print INC International Concepts trench with a burgundy tunic and a matching burgundy statement necklace. Comfortable dresses are always a go-to for me and styles with elegant details like buttons and lace are even more appealing. This look could easily be dressed down with tights and black booties, but I decided to keep things polished by adding sleek pointed toed pumps and a suede crossbody bag -- perfect for a day of meetings in Manhattan. Even when I travel, my LA style shines through. And, who says you can't bring a little bit of LA color to The big apple?"  

Thanks so much for reading. 

Protesting NDNs: the Longest Walk



Friday, July 15, 2016 the Longest Walk 5 reached Washington, D.C. , five months after walkers and their supporters set out from San Francisco to call for an end to drug abuse and domestic violence in Native communities. In a new interview on the NMAI blog, Dennis Banks talks about the history and spirituality behind the movement and why he cares so much about this Longest Walk:


". . . It is now 2016, and I can say unequivocally that we have lost the right time to strike to end drug abuse. What can we do to end drug abuse, prescription abuse? Walking across the country collecting information is only one part. The only thing that is really going to help us is our spiritual and cultural beliefs. We have to recover using our traditional spiritual beliefs like the Sun Dance ceremony, sweat lodge ceremony, pipe ceremony, walking, and running to have a clean and healthy life.

"This is all within our grasp, but if we do not get up and take a stand against drug abuse then we will never get ahead. We are losing generations upon generations of our young people to suicide and drug abuse, and we need to do something to stop this epidemic. We might not be able to stop it within my lifetime, but we need to start something: I will be sure that there is a beginning. We can only blame ourselves if we don’t provide for the seventh generation a much better outlook in life. Let’s start talking about domestic violence, about drug abuse, let’s put these issues on the table and discuss what we can do to help our people."



Read the complete interview at http://bit.ly/LW5DBanks.




Walking the first Longest Walk in 1978 the length of the country calling attention to treaty rights & defeat 11 anti-NDN bills then before Congress. photo National Walk director, Longest Walk V.



Since 1978, American Indian activists have used protest marches across the United States to call attention to issues of great concern to their nations and communities. Beginning today, a short blog series traces the history of the Longest Walk movement and reports on the Longest Walk V: Declaring War on Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence, which will reach Washington, D.C., on July 15:

http://bit.ly/LongestWalkV 



Dennis Banks leader, teacher, lecturer, activist and author, is an Anishinaabe born on Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is also Nowa Cumig in the Ojibwe language meaning In the Center of the Universe.

He has been a longtime leader of the American Indian Movement, which he co-founded in 1968 with Native Americans in Minneapolis.

Yeah? Yeah, what? Whatcha gotta say?



Paris Hilton, as much as I am intrigued by her, I am disturbed by her and the perspective she comes from sometimes. There is a vanity accompanying wealth and privilege from wealth that supersedes decency often masking real concern with displays of idiocy or the veneer of scorn!

Case in point:

In May of 2015 Paris Hilton was in Cannes, France 'performing' at a benefit for the earthquake victims of Nepal. It is a noble and necessary cause, but it was also an opportunity for a decent sense of being to surface. What showed up was a picture of her taking a picture with her cell phone. The fancy phone cover read, "Queen of Fucking Everything"!

What does that mean to the people that matter and who does matter in the games of consciousness and entitlement? Are the poor entitled to be fed and cared for by the wealthy? Are the wealthy obligated to care for the poor disenfranchised victims of natural phenomenon, or must those souls figure it out for themselves? Is it bad to flaunt your position, or illusions of self before the masses who have not, or wish they had with aplomb? Is it bad taste the display of her assessment of self, or do we care because after all the woman believes it is important to care for others?

Does it matter the stuff that offends the sensibility of women and men who are on the sidelines not participating, but judging and measuring others against standards that may or may not be kind, or from kind places of the heart? - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories (9.13.16)





Kiera Chaplin attends a screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Equity' hosted by The Cinema Society with Bloomberg and Thomas Pink at The Museum of Modern Art on July 26, 2016 in New York City.


















Paris Hilton performs at Hollywood Domino Cannes Benefiting Action Against Hunger Nepal Earthquake Emergency Response May 17, 2015 in Cannes, France



Monday, September 26, 2016

Oh, God she is beautiful!!



Kellita Smith's playful beauty



Dame Helen Mirren, thoughts of

Adriana Torrebejano with her shot gun



You can compare beauty and pit one type of beautiful woman against another to say this one is more beautiful than that one over there if it is a competition. But, the impossibility of the game is the inevitable drop into despair learning how you've minimized the largeness of Life by measuring. Each era like each life needs beauty to exceed the limits of limitations. For each generation one woman's beauty may touch a cord, or plant a seed of some sort the times need, or there may be a style or type of beauty needed to start a revolution of thought or change a paradigm into what a society needs.

Apparently, we need to watch beautiful women. But, to know Beauty as a She is to know something about one's essence. The She of Beauty acknowledges there is a God and there is a Goddess. Beautiful women allow the possibility of right action to take force over wrong action in the context of lust and desire, need and want. Beauty can mask pain. Beauty can create and beauty can know without partiality how to be herself within each soul born of beauty and magic and potential. It isn't only the flesh. It is the soul, the essence of a woman that says, "I am beautiful to look at and be around!" In the soul is the story Creation comes from and the now is its own beauty. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories (Sept. 4, 2015)



Black model, Fotolia





Bridget Moynahan's pretty legs
2014  


Brigitte Bardot On the set of Les Femmes, 1969 !!!!




 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Language heard by Soul (7)



Question of the Day: Is it possible to engage in meaningful and stimulating dialogue with Christians on a range of issues without them interjecting some Scriptural verse? ~ Rev. Sinclair Grey III June 25, 2016


My first answer is no. Upon reconsideration I submit, maybe. It all depends on how important scholarship and self-evaluation is to the person. It takes discipline to internalize sacred words into one's being, their person, their bodies. To the degree this is possible (and it is) scriptures can come out of one's mouth personalized by how one has lived out the concepts of and the substance of the sacred text. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6/28/16




the Pope's discovery of America (July 2015)


Rev. Sinclair Grey III asked, "Weigh out every option presented to you because every option presented to you may not be of God."

As a responseGod may be too big and broad a scope to have bearing down on you making decisions. Perhaps, it would be easier to focus on who you are and why you are here. In short, what is your purpose? Trying to put everything in God's hand is hindered if you don't know who you are and why you were born.

Try operating with a vision and the world opens up. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6.28.16

 

From Within: An Essence



classic African American woman's beauty alone
compels the senses to join together into sensibility.





classic beauty of a Black woman


Saturday, September 24, 2016

NDNs, the Government & the Pipelines


art work by Dolly Assinewe


"Thinking about the controversy about oil pipelines on the land of Indian nations it must be known that what needs to be understood about the concerns of big business and big government is simple. When a people have been rendered invisible governments and corporations can do with us as they see fit. We don't exist except as an idea, or a character from a romantic past that was least of all romantic.

How do we make Americans see us?" - Gregory E. Woods, Creek, African, Crow



A.I.M symbol.


'nuff said!


"In one cartoon a lot was conveyed. How it is received, studied and analyzed is dependent upon the willingness to unlearn and see what is really a part of us on each side of the divide created by dictatorial patriotism." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories


contradiction deep in white thought and sensibilities.



Deep in Black Folks.



Transcript for Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?

September 15, 2016

Krista Tippett, host: “Where does it hurt?” That’s a question the civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask during the days of that movement — a question she found to have a power to drive to the heart of the matter. It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. But it gets at human dynamics we will be living and reckoning with, whoever our next president might be. Ruby Sales says we must be as clear about what we love as about what we hate if we want to make change. And even as she unsettles some of what we think we know about the force of religion in civil rights history, Ruby Sales names a “spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of this time. I interviewed her at a convening of 20 theologians seeking to reimagine the public good of theology for this century.

Ms. Ruby Sales: What is it that public theology can say to the white person in Massachusetts who’s heroin addicted? That’s why Donald Trump is essential. People think he’s speaking to that pain that they’re feeling. I don’t hear anyone speaking to the 45-year-old person in Appalachia who feels like they’ve been eradicated — because whiteness is so much smaller today than it was yesterday, because there’s nothing wrong with being European American. That’s not the problem. It’s almost like white people don’t believe that other white people are worthy of being redeemed.

Ms. Tippett: I’m Krista Tippett, and this is On Being.
[music: “Seven League Boots” by Zoe Keating]

Ms. Tippett: Ruby Sales is one of just 50 people spotlighted in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. She lives in Atlanta, where she runs the non-profit Spirit House Project.

Ms. Tippett: Ruby, when I was getting ready to interview you, there are two sources that I found that were wonderful for me for preparing. And one was a series of conversations you did with Vincent Harding, who we miss.

Ms. Sales: Definitely.

Ms. Tippett: Yeah — and who was such a great person. And also, a panel that you did at the American Academy of Religion meeting last year. And Serene Jones told me about this after it happened and said it was just so astonishing. And I’ve been quoting from this panel ever since, including in a conversation I had with Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter a few months ago. And that also motivated me to want to have you here with us. So I want to start where I always start my conversations by just asking how you would start to talk about — what was the spiritual background of your childhood?

Ms. Sales: I grew up in the South. I’m from three generations of Southern Baptist preachers. My father was a Southern Baptist preacher and a chaplain in the Army. And I was bred on black folk religion. It was a religion that combined the ideals of American democracy with a theological sense of justice. It was a religion that said that people who were considered property and disposable were essential in the eyes of God and even essential in a democracy, although we were enslaved. And it was a religion where the language and the symbols were accessible, that the God talk was accessible, to even 7-year-olds. As a 7-year-old, I could sing 50 songs without missing a line. And everybody in the community had access to the theological microphone. So as a little black girl growing up in the South, I was deeply influenced by this black folk religion.

Ms. Tippett: You said something to Vincent Harding — you said, “Religion, for me, growing up in Columbus, Georgia, was the ground that I stood on that positioned us to stand against the wind.”

Ms. Sales: The winds — yes — to stand against the winds of Southern apartheid, to stand against the winds — how do I describe — I grew up in the heart of Southern apartheid, and I’m not saying that I didn’t realize that it existed, but our parents were spiritual geniuses who created a world and a language where the notion that I was inadequate or inferior or less than never touched my consciousness.

I grew up believing that I was a first class human being and a first class person. And our parents were spiritual geniuses who were able to shape a counterculture of black folk religion that raised us from disposability to being essential players in society. And it also taught us something serene about love. “I love everybody. I love everybody. I love everybody in my heart.” And so hate was not anything in our vocabulary.

Ms. Tippett: I love that — hate was not in your vocabulary.

Ms. Sales: Absolutely not.

Ms. Tippett: But you do make this really important distinction between black folk religion, which is what nourished you, which is what formed you, and the black church and black preachers, which are in the picture, but which is mostly what we’ve seen as the picture. And you say in one place that the heart of the Southern Freedom Movement, it wasn’t as much black preachers as it was black congregations, ordinary people, who participated in extraordinary things on this foundation that you’re describing.

Ms. Sales: Well, first of all, black folk religion grew up in the bush harbors on plantations. There were no buildings. There was not an institutionalized church.

Ms. Tippett: It was like outdoors in a sanctuary, trees, secret meetings. Right.

Ms. Sales: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. It was a gathering spot for the community. And it was in this setting that black people began to talk about God in this society where they were enslaved. And everybody participated. The spirituals came up out of this environment. And everyone had a voice in the conversation, so it was not as if the preacher’s voice was the most primary and most essential voice. It was participatory.

It was black folk religion. It was ordinary black people and not black preachers. Most black preachers stood over and against the movement. But it was really ordinary black people in the South who really forced the church to allow mass meetings and other places to meet there. And Martin Luther King should not be seen as the black church. He came out of black folk religion and was part of the Southern Freedom Movement.

Must read more 



Sunset or sunrise, there are no words. 'Nn ci sono parole.' photo by Cosetta Chantal. 2016


To Sin Against Man 2



Ariadne Diaz's powers to call forth she may not know ...
The powers to call forth or summon powers is an ancient art modern women have little understanding of or practice. It seems that way the way young women are coming out in the world and trading their secrets for trinkets. Man-made-women are held up as the New Woman by women for the most profound and complex of reasons: terror.
At this point it is pointless to go further if the women who do not understand their Powers shutter before what lives within them, and young women flaunt what they don't know and men who know the design of the centuries long process to funnel women's powers and essence unto themselves...
Stop there.
Gregory E. Woods,
Keeper of Stories
July 6, 2015






Magic of Women by Kev Cool Photography

 

Their Heart Stories



Black woman defying something within her.
September 15

 



The pose of Black women defying something within them is often heralded. We tend to ignore the signs left in the wake of a woman's passing. At times, beauty is a curse. It blocks the view of a woman's pain pitting her against the idea of herself and facts of her life. Young and between the two pillars her foundational structure determines her next step, the way she turns and smiles into a man's eyes and the words she utters into her future can easily hide her self from the spirits she protects herself from. Who teaches our young women? Who does not teach our young women? - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 9/24/15













Drumming in Sunday drum circle at Malcolm X Park in Washington D.C.
 photo by Pablo Raw





black French maid sat upon her desk.

September 15, 2015 



Teacher of the Year?
I had elementary school teachers who were good looking. One was a stunning beauty, but mean like you wouldn't want to believe, and I have to say I had to endure. I learned to look beyond my teacher's beauty, and with beauty gaze into what was awe inspiring sometimes, perplexing other times and still within what came to be a creative process I developed to survive school, which I disliked, I decided to learn from them and the horrible experience of their contempt for me and boys.

- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 9.24.15





 

Revisiting What Won't Go Away!


She Put in the Work!

"Guys, I don't get it. I really don't. Here is a woman who is doing her best to help and advocate for the black community. Until her true race was revealed, no one knew she was white. She lived and identified as an African American. This woman chose to forgo her white privilege to immerse and live in a culture that is unfairly demonized and eons behind in social construct and equality and yet she chose to be there because she felt so strongly about it. How is this a bad thing? Doesn't that make her an ally? She literally put that skin on and wore it." ~ Talia Gamble


Rachel Dolezal in August 25, 2015 above the fray, above the city.


"Rachel, I think you are a strong, powerful woman and I couldn't care less how you identify race. However, I will bet that if you took a DNA test there would be traces of black in you. When you are a strong woman many will come for you and try to destroy you. You have and I truly hope you will continue to help as many people as you have because in the end it is what you put into this world that counts. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what you do and how you continue to stand strong against the bullying. Anyone who decides to target you is only because you project something they lack. May GOD Bless you." ~ Yvette Cruz 


Character



Anne Heche shopping with her family on November 23, 2012 !!!!



"It's important to talk about loving yourself and looking at your tragedies and the stuff that makes you grow." -- Anne Heche





 

Under arrest: the senses !!




Rocsi Diaz walking the beach



Carla Gugino's full breasts



Carmen Electra on beach

 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Distance between 40 years.



Mature woman in lingerie by Erwin Olaf


1950's Pin Up Girl.


To Sin Against Man




 on July 23, 2014 bit the apple
"She bit the apple" has been enough justification for men to treat women deplorably in Western cultures. In Islamic states a similar venue is erected to condemn women to brutal deaths for dishonoring fathers and families for infractions of human nature. It is a mortal sin in the blood religions to be a woman and a glorious thing at the same time!
What a remarkable contradiction!
Despite this history or because of it the current trend has been to allow the most deplorable treatment and disregard of their essence and their wombs. There seems to be no place sacred contempt cannot tread upon a woman's essence. What this means to Life has a profound affect on how we all live or if we live fully and in the depth of the mystery we were all born into as women and as men.
These are my words.

Gregory E. Woods
Keeper of Stories
July 7, 2015




Goddess within Heather Salmon in 2012 by Les Gradula

 

IN Beauty





a mysterious woman she is ...

Mystery is held in secret the way emotions need control. When it is a story told in the open way a woman lives her life there is much to discuss. There are things to fathom beneath what we know about God, divinity and form and the way women hold those mysterious things wise men pay attention and learn. All of these things are mysterious and open as truth. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 9/21/15


Beauty and the Babe




 

STEER clear




beautiful woman full breasts
December 2, 2014 · 

  
PARENTING in TRUTH 

It is hard to gauge the strength of moral character in the face, or in front of your sexual fetish; whatever it may be. What is difficult is restraining yourself. Some boys and men have never seen an example of restraint believing wholeheartedly pussy/women are to be taken. If it is warm and wet and she hints at intercourse, take it! If you imagine switching places, and there is a large homosexual man on the prowl, and you as a 17 year old boy are his fetish what do you face with him taking you from behind? He feels the way you feel about sex, and taking what he wants. How would you feel in the moment, and afterwards with him spent and relieved, and you sore and defiled?

This happens a lot. It is frightening. It is everywhere. This scenario is an indescribable terror silenced by the fanfare of Gay activism currently en vogue selecting what topics will be discussed from their agenda for validation, and acceptance. But, the question Elders pose is simple and profound. Who will protect the children? Who will protect innocence and the innocent child from the ravenous beasts?

Against the cultural backdrop of adults incapable of not giving their children to powers that work against the value and the substance of their child's essence what chance has a child to be their authentic self as an adult? Education is not the answer. The value of education is in its ability to steer a boat away from dangerous currents, not justify with the head what the heart knows to be a truth!

There are many examples of excellence around us, and in world history and American history of parenting styles that produced at a high level extraordinary adults who shaped the world from their vantage point of authenticity. Millions of people despise Condolezza Rice for good reasons, and unfounded reasons based in misconceptions founded in the way their parents raised them with unsubstantiated fears. The core of Ms. Rice is how her parents raised her in the segregated South!

There is my father who was the Chairman of C.O.R.E. in the late 1960's in Washington DC. Paul Hines who was the Virginia high school coach who was part of the team of black coaches that profoundly shaped Virginia white and black boys in the early 1970's. Their lives were featured in a film Denzel Washington starred in. There was Mr. & Mrs. Holmes down the street from us who were educators of the highest order in Black middle class Prince Georges County, Maryland, who raise their sons in their realms to such a degree their two sons could not help but be their authentic selves as family men. David Tolson's parents raised their four sons simultaneously on four levels of being to be principled, owners, men and investors in the four levels of their being.

These are people most don't know of, but live amongst us. If people cannot look at their celebrities to see these attributes look around your world. We are in every neighborhood, city, town and country.

- Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 2.19.15



mariah-carey-045-img