Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

You cannot change a closed mind; open first. by (me!) Sandra, tvgp


When I wrote, every fake flower has authentic roots, it has to do with originally genuine things/thoughts/actions being copied/appropriated

and it has, at other times, to do with identifying pathways/formulas/

-reverse engineering when you want to achieve same result..  what steps lead to...?    duplicate.

and so, upon exposure to people with racist, supremist, evil, violent ways of thinking, believing and behaving..

This potentially showcases what I believe is, and regard as,  one of the most remarkable accomplishments in human history

Changing hearts and minds.

And it is crucial to identify the difference.  heart/mind.   And it is crucial to accomplish it in that order..  heart first.. mind will follow..

And even more important to understand

You cannot change a closed heart or closed mind.

They must be opened first!    Otherwise all effort/energy is a waste of valuable time

The best analogy:   I cannot post/share a picture on my blog, from my phone photo gallery...   even though I can see it...

In order to share

I must first open the blog platform...    once it is open..

Now we can share.

And I just know..    this is analogous to how human minds.. hearts..

And so..

Conversions.  -from filled with hate and evil and bent on destruction..  with a hard heart and closed mind..

To overflowing with love and goodness, bent on serving humanity, with an open heart and open mind...

The seemingly impossible...  

Saint Paul comes to mind..    what a conversion! 

But actually within my life time, I've watched enough interviews, documentaries, testimonies to know it happens way more than we realize.

It is already proven possible..

But..  reverse engineering these conversions..     testimonies,  of the here and now..     people who have lived out the experience..  

We sure could use a double dose of those testimonies in the news today.


for the successful opening of closed hearts and minds..

for conversions from hate to love...

for conversions from...  toxic narcissistic supremacy..  to


It has, it does, it can and will continue to happen... 

And we should recognize and celebrate these conversions with more fanfare than the 4th of july.


In Jesus.. God's Chosen Servant's, name...

Matthew 12:18-21

"Look at my servant, whom I have chosen.
He is my beloved, who pleases me.

I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

He will not fight or shout
or raise his voice in public,

He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.

Finally, he will cause justice to be victorious




amen & amen.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Notes passed in E-class.. by (me!) Sandra, tvgp

Thursday, August 17, 2017

"...more please...."

We've come too far... by (me!) sandra, tvgp

the sentiment, shared by (me!), is that having trump as president, (but really, just even having trump running for office..  before he was even...   el

el -lek..

  /I'm sorry, can't even get the word out.    ~nausea.

but the shared sentiment was that we were going backward in time; not continuing to move, painstakingly, slowly, but incrementally, and remarkably, progressively, undoubtedly forward

     his way of communicating inspires flashbacks of the united states   -  pre civil war; pre WWII,  pre womens write to vote; pre equal writes in general...  etc.

and backwards is exactly the direction we seem headed.    unless we do something about it.

protect the progress we've made.   make sure the efforts, lives, legacies of everyone who has fought for the freedoms, equality for all citizens of the united states of America  -are honored; not violated/trampled on by evil hate groups..  societies poison

I can hardly believe, but am forced to believe/recognize

despite the fact it is  2017!!     -we still have this level of ignorance to conquer.



I've been to meetings, shows, homes, outdoor picnics, churches, stores, farmers markets, sporting events, concerts and walks and hikes where the areas are filled with a beautiful variety of people of many different races/nationalities; different ages; different genders, different orientations; different political affiliations, faith systems..

and everyone hangs out in harmony.   mutual respect is common place.

hate and violent and evil free environments and experiences, with large groups of diverse populations..   this represents the lions share of my day to day and week to week and month to month life experiences.

peace and harmony.

which doesn't seem to make the news or sell papers, or make headlines

or increase the revenue opportunities from advertisers seeking air time or print space..


that is also not news is it..      ~same ole story.   different decade.


"this is the day the Lord has made..

I intend to re-Joyce (meyer) and be very glad and grateful in it..."


with love & healing prayers for barcelona, spain from (me!) sandra, tvgp

"Happy Birthday!!"

.. happy tears yielding photo coasters "which will never be used as coasters" by taryn..   

with love & healing prayers for charlottesville, virginia, from (me!) sandra, tvgp

parable of the yeast:  even though a little yeast is added, it permeates every part.  

so, even where a little hate is added..   a little racism...   a little supremacy or extremism..

it effects everyone.

and the same can be said of love, faith, hope..


internalized messages are yeast to any given population.    what message are you receiving?  and believing and acting on?     -a message of hate/evil?     -a message of love/goodness?

what is rising within your heart? mind?  soul?  home? place of work? neighborhood? city? state? country?      -what is on the rise?  permeating the population...


for me,  -love.


and as long as we continue - as a capitalistic democracy, to invest our most powerful, influential human resources: time, energy, intelligence,  innovative gifts/talents,

toward evolving technology, and manufacturing an over abundance of material things exclusively for profit

while we ignore whether or not humans evolve..


we will continue to manifest unevolved humans; stuck in hate cycles..   practicing evil & violence.

how is the message of hate, evil and violence spread?  roots?   -and more importantly..

by who, and when, under what set of circumstances is the message of hate, evil, violence, racism, supremacy received and acted on vs. rejected?

and by who, and when, under what set of circumstances is the message of love, goodness, peace, humanitarianism, inclusion received and acted on vs. rejected?

everyone in the world receives messages...

deciding whether to accept vs. reject messages...

this decision making process....

I pray for everyone:     reject hate, reject racism, reject supremacy, reject violence, reject evil.  do not let even small amounts of this toxic yeast inside your mind, heart...

accept/receive/act on:   love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

may these fruits of the spirit  permeate your very being  -help you rise

   rise! entire populations, entire generations..     RISE!

in Jesus name of eternal love,    -amen.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THAT DANCE STUDIO by (me!) sandra, tvgp

named because, I had a conversation with an adult at barone's music under the stars..  said person was self-conscious about how they danced, and so remained sitting...

I ache inside when I see self-consciousness preventing people from having fun..   life is too short!

I said with a smile, I said,  "it's now how you move..  it's that you move.."    and filled the person's mind with images of people who would love to dance if they could...   but injuries, or illness, or immobility in form or another prevents...

so when you can...     you should.    but isn't that a lesson on how powerful self-consciousness is..   that it becomes your mind.. your way of thinking that prevents an otherwise perfectly physically  capable body from experiencing the benefits and joy of movement..

I could on and on,

and I will,

when time allows, but for now..

"I have another dream!"        my dancing days are far from over!    you know, do you? that I began dancing at Terry Eastwood's dance studio in Hayward, California..  had the Eastwood family as neighbors...  

and then when my parents divorced, the cost of dance prevented me from continuing classes..

cry, cry, cry..

and then, I taught, as a teenager, dance classes at Anne's Dance Studio, in San Leandro..   short lived,

and then, I co-created Movers & Shakers Dance class, with Kate Barton, and taught creative story telling dance to children out of Pam's Dance Studio in Pleasanton...    -great time!


now..   to understand my next ambition

1) picture a masterpiece painting with great detail..  

2)  now picture, just the colors used in the masterpiece painting, just swirling near each other; something that can be accomplished by a child, low skill level, but the colors look beautiful next to each other...

that is my point!   even if you can't dance like eva igo...    

it is true, that when a group of people move together in unison...   even if they are not doing something at the master level..

it just looks cool to see people moving to music...    together. in sync..

and so,

now I want to conclude my dance teaching career, by opening, THAT dance studio..   where seniors come and enjoy some wine, beer, appetizers..

and we move to music together..  

and it's exercise, and it's FUN!  and it gets people moving...

move if you can.    dance!      performance free...

/by that I mean, not THAT our performances will be free to the public, but rather, there will be no public performances of the dances we create.  we just have fun amongst ourselves.    removing that pressure, adds to the joy!

In Jesus is my eternal dance partner's  -name,    amen!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"Congratulations!! Eva Igo!" -from (me!) Sandra, tvgp the time I heard and noticed her, her face was only a few inches away from mine, and her tone and volume all indicated that this was probably the 4th or 5th time in a row she had said my name to try and get my attention


"Oh,"  I said without a smile, "Thank you for bringing me back to this world"

It is why I never text and drive.. or use my phone while trying to do anything else simultaneously. It has a way of consuming your attention, high jacking your brain..    blinding you to visual and deafening you to auditory peripheral stimulus..

It hyper-focuses you

But I was passing time in a waiting lobby at a rent a car place, by researching online via my cell phone whether Eva Igo won the one million dollars and title of best dancer in the world...

I did not get to watch it live and had not had time to even see the recording.

And really, I was not checking to see IF Eva Igo had won, but rather just verify that she had...  

I mean I already knew she would win.  My observations of her performances removed any doubt..

And so..    "what?!?"

and some of the first online postings were all saying pretty much the same thing..    there is a large population of people like myself, who believe she should have won..

And as I've had an opportunity now to watch the recording ..   I know she deserved to win

But, let me get hokie here, and say the cliche, because it is in fact true:

Most importantly:  dance itself has won.

This level of dance, the cultural and stylistic diversity, the choreography, the music, the storytelling,  emotional communication, passion, energy, athleticism,  risk taking,  innovation, creativity,  unique individual and collaborative team expressions...    -the convenient televised access to something so dynamic, entertaining, fascinating, so evolved.. and continuing to evolve write before our very eyes..

Count it among my greatest blessings.. just to be audience to it!

It is to witness one spectacular performance after another; much like the voice..     everyone at this level is already a star
It's spotting the super among the stars..

And for (me!) the light shines brightest..  and so intensely, undeniably, radiantly, consistently through Eva Igo..

I will follow her career.   Way to go Eva!!    Xoxo. Dance on!

In Jesus knows the very source of light's name..   amen!

Monday, August 14, 2017

BLINK. and it's SENIOR YEAR for cousins holding the "K" indergarten signs... photo by (me!) proud writeousMOM...

a first day of school tradition, for many years....    oh!  what a treasure...  what a treasure..

in Jesus is the ultimate life teacher's name..    amen!