Archive | November, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

30 Nov

Very deep…

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Many of us have been thinking about appreciation and gratitude as we came upon the Thanksgiving season.  Of course, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the U.S., today.

To at least a few of us, Thanksgiving is more than overindulgence in food, some sort of religious event, football games, and shopping sprees. In our hearts, we know that even if we choose not to participate in the outward events of the holiday people know as Thanksgiving Day, that there is much we can celebrate about thankfulness and appreciation.

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There are so many clichés circulating in popular culture regarding gratitude that we actually become numb to deep, sincere appreciation for all that we are and all that we have. By my observations, sincere appreciation has all but disappeared from American culture.  It seems, to me, that greed has won the day.

Maybe you have noticed, during the past several years…

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Occupy Alcatraz

30 Nov

I must admit I never heard of this before, but I am glad I discovered this little historical incident.

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Whenever I hear about another “Occupy…” movement taking place, I think about one of Alcatraz-SFMapmy generation’s original “Occupy Actions”.

79 Native Americans boated away from the docks of San Francisco very early on November 20, 1969.  The group was comprised of married couples, young children, college students, and others.

Upon arrival at the deserted Alcatraz Penitentiary, the caretaker of the island advised the group that they were trespassing on federal land, he then guided them to the frame building that was once the warden’s residence.  The building was converted into a makeshift headquarters for the political movement.

Alcatraz-01This was the third attempt to take Alcatraz Island and establish squatter’s rights. The first effort happened on November 9th of that year when around 250 native Americans gathered to board boats at Fisherman’s Wharf.  The boats failed to arrive, so the plan was postponed.  Later that night, 14 of the Indians found…

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Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips

27 Nov

Show AND tell… This! This! Thank you so much! Finally somebody agrees with me! Thank you, thank you!

The Daily Post

November — and with it, NaNoWriMo — might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don’t stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slapping sentences into a compelling narrative is never easy.

We’ve all heard the common axioms recited to writers everywhere: “Write everyday!” “Show, don’t tell!” “Write about what you know!” Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to try something different to get the creative juices flowing in new directions. Here are five writing tips that might sound counterintuitive at first, but could potentially help you cross a word-count threshold, smash through a writer’s block, or just come up with a new story idea.

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That’s how it goes

27 Nov

Let’s pass this story everywhere so we can add pressure and help Miss O’Brien! Pretty please!

Daily Post Challenge: Haikus

26 Nov

As part of the Writing Challenge in The Daily Post, which I follow, I decided to participate in the weekly challenge by writing these haikus, as these days I’ve felt a bit poetic ever since I worked on a translation of a poem I sent to Alberto Patishtán, heh. Anyways, I wrote five according to the challenge. Hope you enjoy them!

SYMBOL

A dark alleyway.

Two walls with some good distance.

A thread in the dark.

 

SACRIFICE

A gift to you, God.

Threads to replace the other ones.

They need to grow more.

 

HUNGER

My handbag with gold.

My stomach filled with salmon.

My soul, empty of love.

 

WRITER

I see an ink weaver.

I see paper knot doodles.

I see a spiderweb.

 

TABLE

Here’s a wooden horse.

I place my hands on this corpse.

Its heart’s on the woods.

 

…And yes, I am obsessed with threads.

Have you heard of Mario González?

16 Nov

Life isn’t fair many times. Especially if you’re fighting to make it fair. There are odds that, possibly, that fight will end up against you. Still, human beings struggle for their goals and tend to never give up, depending on the strength of their spirit. This was the case of Alberto Patishtán, of whom I’ve spoken many times in the past, and it seems it is now the case of a new political prisoner who was just recently incarcerated for no reason at all.

His name is Mario González.

I will summarize it because it’s a recent event and I don’t have lots of info outside of what I’ve readed and understood. It all began in October 2nd, in this very year. Or better said, a little before than that: he was a known activist that would protest in front of the UNAM (Mexico’s Autonomous National University) and would, naturally, anger the rector and the people receiving pressure from the student marches that erupted in the past year. Anyways, returning on the October day… He was, alongside other youngsters, on a bus, on its way around Mexico’s City downtown. Suddenly, a bunch of cops raided in, beat everybody up inside with the excuse of an “inspection”, and arrested many of the passengers, accusing them of “disrupting peace” as they were the usual “f***ing anarchist thrashers” from these days; the ones attending the recent raids and marches against the government.

Just like with Patishtán, they were held against their will for many hours, charged them, they had no right to have a lawyer and were forced to pay their bail to walk outside the prison despite commiting no crime.

Everything seems fine so far, right? I mean, they paid, they were just in prison for some hours, the judge let them go…

Well, yeah. Except that, minutes later, they decided they were “socially dangerous” and returned to prison in the very same morning they were about to walk outside. This time, though, they would have to pay sentence, despite having paid already the bail. Naturally, this enraged Mario and he’s now doing a hunger strike, protesting for his freedom.

He’s been this way since October, and he’s, according to this, getting worse everyday. His case reminded me of several Palestinian political prisoners, specifically Samer Issawi’s hunger strike, yet I believe that several of these men have survived their strike and even walked out in success. Mario Gonzalez might not run with the same luck. Why? Well, it’s really embarrassing to remind to the other people about the horribly corrupt State which is destroying my country, Mexico… They’re not really fond of the “anarchist thrashers”.

I couldn’t find English articles for all of you to read, but I hope that they can appear soon so you can understand a bit his case. I want to share this story so it can be readed by many people around the world and help pressure the terribly corrupt State from here which is slowly killing us all.

No more hunger strikers in the world!

Should You Let the Cats Out of the Bag? Blogging About Family and Friends

7 Nov

I found this post fun and educative. It’ll give us a new perspective of how to be careful in the internet!

The Daily Post

Once upon a time, I featured a post on Freshly Pressed  in which the author spoke very frankly about her family and their differences. I assumed that since it had been published it was fair game, and she was thrilled to be chosen…

…until her blog attracted more traffic, including family members who didn’t appreciate the notoriety (or who hadn’t realized she was writing about them at all). She asked to have the post removed, deleted much of her blog’s content, and had to patch up the remnants of some severely strained relationships.

It’s a gnarled question: where do you draw the line on what you share about family and friends in a medium that’s fundamentally about letting readers into your life?

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Patishtán: Free Man

2 Nov

This will be a short and fast post, just wanting to comment that Alberto Patishtán, of whom I spoke once in the past, is now free! This is due to a bill that broadens pardons when the trials contain evidence of human rights violations, and although I am a bit suspicious of this bill (let’s face it: now they’re finally freeing a man after above a decade of protests?; obviously, this bill will be for something else too), I am just glad this finally returned the freedom of an innocent civilian like Patishtán. Perhaps the sole disgusting fact of this news is how they keep using this sentence: they “pardoned” Patishtán. Why can’t they use, just once in their life, the sentence “We’re sorry, Patishtán”? It’s not him who should apologize: it’s them. This is some serious case of totalitarian vocabulary and linguistics…but I might speak of this in another post, so let’s not digress. Specially because I think we seriously needed some good news–some hope that humanity’s not lost–and this raised the spirits of many people who fought for Patishtán.

I would like to also comment how we’re starting this new 10s decade in this Two Thousands with this glimmer of hope. Not only finally people are awakening and fighting back against oppression and unfairness, but the governments–the ones ran by the dehumanized people–are also feeling the pressure from the public. They can’t fight with the same might from before. And I have faith that this is the signal that other political prisoners, like Mumia Abu Jamal and Chelsea Manning, might receive pardons and be freed in some time. But this will only happen when we add more pressure to the governments via signs, protests and alternative media.

I have faith this will be the first of many good news to come if the struggle keeps going.

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