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The Artist formerly known as Space Hippie loves you.

Day of the Dead/Night of the Dead

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Space Hippie is a nickname I got back in my University of Miami days that I couldn’t live down. This blog chronicles that period til now. I moved north to Broward County many years ago and one of the really cool events is the annual Day of the Dead Parade in Fort Lauderdale. This year there’s also going to be a Night of the Dead with Galactic and Dark Star Orchestra which for a Deadhead like me is just perfect…pics to follow.

 

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taken for granite

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   there are some things you can’t unsee, like a tree painting a man…

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or a wood nymph that looks like Tom Petty frolicking in the forest…

 

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a statutory rape in progress…

 

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or Trump with a Man bun…

 

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Snow White’s cherry…

 

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or a sexy selfie from Space Hippie!

 

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” spokes of a wheel, leading to a common center… “

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hello, all…sure this is a comedy blog, but my ministry is no joke! Black Elk, a Lakota Sioux medicine man was the one who said, “all true faiths are spokes of a wheel leading to a common center.” That common center being simple truths like “love one another” and “mitákuye oyás’iŋ” a Lakota phrase meaning “all my relations.” It reflects their world view of the interconnectedness of all living things.

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Not really a fan of what they call “organized religion.” I’d say I’m more into the disorganized variety. The corruption and distortions of organized religion in the modern era have sadly turned people away from embracing spirituality. Many no longer believe that they are “spirit incarnated in physical form” and think that this material world is all there is. Concepts of God even morality, may differ from culture to culture but there’s no denying that all life springs from some unknowable source that seems to have “intelligent design.” Modern science just confirms how complex and all encompassing it all is. Perhaps we won’t get any answers until we die ( and maybe not even then ) but why should we let that put a damper on the sublime beauty and mystery of being alive? Let’s start thinking in ways of spirit. Borders of nation states, religious and political affiliations, money itself etc. are all man made* concepts. The underlying truth is the human beings living on the face of the planet all come from the same great unknowable source that all the plants and animals ( all my relations. ) but with opposable thumbs and advanced technology we’ve really made quite a mess of it.

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In fact we are now on the brink of destroying our home if we don’t change our ways. I write this blog in hopes of reaching someone, anyone who will see that we can’t continue this way. It’s the beginning of the 21st century, let’s ask what can we do differently? How can we reverse or at the least minimize the damage we’re doing to our environment? How can we insure peace and stability on the planet for future generations. For one we need to start looking at things from a different perspective, an inclusive perspective. I asking you my fellow members of the human family to step up and speak your truth…

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What did the Tequesta eat?

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yay! today there’s a vegan potluck in one of my favorite places on earth, Topeekeegee Yugnee T.Y. Park, land sacred to the Tequesta Indians who lived in the South East corner Florida in what is now Broward, Miami Dade and Florida Keys areas.

 

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Not big on their veggies. The Tequestas were hunter/ gatherers and did not farm crops like other tribes. They ate roots and wild fruit, palmetto berries, coco plums, sea grapes, and palm nuts. They made flat bread from ground coontie. They made a coffee like drink from the from roasted and ground leaves and roots of the Ilex Vomitoria plant.

 

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They hunted bear, deer, wild boars, and other small dog like mammals. ( see photo ) They fished and ate frogs, turtles, iguanas, snakes, alligators, lobsters, sharks, you name it. Only the Big Chief got to eat the roasted manatee.

 

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While there’s the Hollywood Seminole Hard Rock up the street, a Miccosukee Bingo Buffet around the corner. Their ancestors were chased into Everglades by Andrew Jackson from parts north. The Tequesta Indians were the tribe that was native to this land from the beginning of time. Sadly they were decimated by the Spanish by violence and by disease. Some escaped to what is now Weston and survived another 100 years or so. I find these parks and they tell the tale.

 

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more here: http://www.pbchistoryonline.org/middle-school-lessons/004-Tequesta/004-Tequesta1.htm

Jerry Garcia died for your sins…

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Jerry Garcia died today Aug. 9th, in 1995, not just Deadheads but the whole world mourned. Now the days between his birthday Aug. 1st and the 9th, the date of his death are celebrated as ” the Days Between, ” after a Grateful Dead song of the same name. I prefer ” Jerry Days ” as in ” Jerry days are here again,” sort of high holy days for Deadheads.

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I’m not saying they didn’t play a large role in his death ( or his life for that matter ) but drugs didn’t kill him. Stopping doing drugs killed him. Jerry was the hardest working man in show business, ( and you thought it was James Brown ) routinely playing 100, 200 gigs a year. He said doing dope made it like a “working vacation. ” But drugs didn’t kill him. His heart went out going through withdrawal. So kids if you’re not doing drugs, don’t start and if you are…don’t stop! WWJD? lol enjoy the holiday…

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