02 May 2006

Funny Thing About Immigrants...

Seems We are all Them...Immigrants, that is...

Oh, you can say you are an A-1, All-American Whatever. But the fact is, your parents/granparents/great -grandparents/great-great grandparents came from somewhere other than here.

I always say to my sweet English hubby, well, you know, you and the Dutch and the French and a few others actually aced out the only native folks - the Native Americans. You gave them smallpox-infected blankets, and many other creepy things - but you did it - face it.

And when the next group of immigrants came...Irish...Italians..you name it...they were all mistreated...called names...looked upon as less (we seem...as humans, to be prone to that)...and of course, the races that were darker colors, well they were simply lumped together as darker colors - so they banded together, yes? They became Blacks, Negroes, and whatever else the lighter skinned races chose to label them.

Did our ancestors look into their eyes? I doubt it.

And now, we have the immigration issue, primarily geared toward Mexicans. What's the story, eh? We just built a house not long ago. The folks who did the best job were those who built the foundation - Mexicans. The builder - a tried and true American fella with the nicest looking, middle-class, I am a great guy look - took us to the cleaners.

These are ALL stereotypes. Do the research, my friends. Let's give Amnesty to all the folks here now and start over. Make a fair and equitable law. No one is hurting us. Is someone taking a job that you really crave? Somehow I doubt it. Let's get real. See that It is What it is.

Are you letting someone talk you into a Fear-based reaction? C'mon. Don't be fooled.

We are ALL ONE. When whoever in your family came here, they were discriminated against. Are you continuing the trend? This is the 21st century, and Jesus, the radical Christ, said:

Love One Another.

Namaste. Let's get with the program.

01 May 2006

Sunday, 30 April 2006

Just got back from Kyoto a little while ago...wow.

The folks were so polite...so cool...so special. I was there for a spiritual conference - which was fantastic - and the amenities & kindnesses the traditional Japanese hotel extended (I'll post the name when I have the card in front of me) were above and beyond anything you'd get at most hotels for the price.


heated toilet seats - don't laugh! If you live in any climate that isn't hot all the time, this is an idea that we should take on!

Free Foot baths - oh Man!!! My little Barney Rubble feet never felt so good! Every single day, my feet found their way to this item...in a courtyard where Cherry Blossoms were about to bloom, then blooming...landscaping so well done...can't tell you how great it was!

The Baths - they were separated by gender in this hotel, and gosh, lots of folks on our team spent twice/day in them! So peaceful...so hot...so well done.

It was a great experience, and just wanted to pass it on. From beginning to end, it was a lovely experience. Namaste.