Friday, July 7, 2017

Streaming Playlist of the Women of Jazz

Today was a mournful day in world history, where a would-be despot and the genuine article came together as like-minded individuals, their nations notwithstanding. I sat agape as American press were barred from televising interviews, instead, disseminating prepared statements. I feel very blue, and yet...

...I feel like I've uncovered a great treasure through no effort of my own. While browsing through Flipboard, I came upon an article in Open Culture, Women of Jazz Stream a Playlist of 91 Recordings by Great Female Jazz Musicians. Yes, a playlist of 91 recordings by great female jazz musicians! 

Just as an idea of the beauty of this trove, the playlist features the great, Eartha Kitt performing "Cést si bon".

Think about the fact that many of the pieces were recorded in the early 20th century, a time when women had just begun their struggle for equality. 

The article explains, "Part of the marginalization of women in jazz has to do with the same kinds of cultural blind spots we find in discussions on every subject. We’ve been as guilty here as anyone of neglecting many great women in jazz, sadly. But women in jazz have also historically faced similar social barriers and stigmas as other women in all the arts. There are more than enough female vocalists, pianists, guitarists, trumpeters, drummers, saxophonists, bandleaders, teachers, producers to form a “worthy pantheon,” yet until fairly recently, a great many women jazz musicians have worked in the shadows of more famous men."

Granted, the songs stream on Spotify and require the app. But it's the playlist that brings together the legends like Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn with more obscure voices into an accessible body of work.

It hurts so bad is that we have so much loveliness in this world and yet forces seek to devalue what's important to millions of thinking, caring people. I'm comforted in being able to share these cultural gems.

Play on, amazing women!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Get in the spirit

Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

When you're looking to transform your life, it helps to have a guide. The person I have always been able to count for health, counseling, and in matters of a personal quest is Dr. Sachi.  

Contact Dr. Sachi.

About Sachi
Sachi is a dynamic advocate of the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and a leader in the art of healing. Fit in body, mind, and spirit, she embodies the theories and practices she teaches.

Sachi began her career in acupuncture in 1983 while living in France. She has been a Board Certified Diplomat in Acupuncture in America since 1987, and an Acupuncture Physician in the state of Florida since 1988.

Sachi has spent her career dedicated to the combination of Eastern and Western philosophies of health and well-being. A Doctor of Oriental Medicine, she has published articles as an expert in the field. Sachi has received many awards including Acupuncturist of Distinction. She has been called on to be interviewed on health issues, such as the cessation of the study on hormone replacement therapy by the Miami Herald.

 Sachi is co-founder of The Four Season’s retreat series. She has an impressive career teaching seminars, leading workshops, and facilitating retreats in America, France, Asia, and the Caribbean.

In the last three decades, Sachi has studied with many great masters and trained in many of the healing arts to better serve the varied needs of her clients.

Sachi is a strong believer in treating the entire being, not just the body. She is a Spiritual Counselor which aids in addressing the Spiritual, Mental and Emotional facets of life when needed.

    Sachi’s private practice offers:
* Acupuncture        * Spiritual Counseling    * De-stressing
*  Body Work         * Physical Therapy         * Facial Rejuvenation
*  Meditation          * Fat Reduction              * Addiction Treatment
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*  Rehabilitation for injury from sports, trauma, and surgery
Sachi carries a full line of Oriental Patents, Chinese and American Herbs, Supplements, Health Aids and Glandulars.

Sachi’s Mission:

"I have been practicing Oriental medicine for 30 years. My interest in yoga and meditation began at 14 years of age. Feeling good, due to optimal health derived from a conscious and healthy lifestyle, has always been my way of life. It is my own experience, continuous education, and the knowledge accrued from 30 years of private practice, that I bring to my patients and students.

"There is a saying, 'Give a man a fish and he eats that day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for life.' I am a health care practitioner who’s desire is not only to cure people of their illnesses but to assist them in their healing. I enjoy educating and giving each individual methods that work for them so that they have the knowledge, tools, and assistance to stay healthy throughout their lives."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't think Judge Gorsuch wouldn't overturn Roe v. Wade

He speaks in a mild-mannered way, and he has an honest record, but Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee to the Supreme Court, bats Conservative. And think about who nominated him.

It is essential to phone your representatives to protest Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court if you want to keep a woman's right to choose.

You can take a look at this article on the website of People for the American Way:

Is Neil Gorsuch Walking Out the Door on Overturning Roe? Nope! - Drew Courtney | March 21, 2017

And this page shows you how to take action:

Tell Your Facebook Friends to Oppose Judge Gorsuch

Friday, January 20, 2017

Women's March on Washington - January 21, 2017

A wise woman in my life has asked numerous times about the protests and Women's March on Washington, "What is the central message?" I think the principal cause is preserving civil rights in all their diversity. And it hit me this morning, this is the new leadership for 2018 and the whole spectrum of causes that will shape the platform. I think the only way to survive the new regime is to peacefully plan the next one. #WomensMarchOnWashington

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Blue Barn Theater, one of America's best things

The Blue Barn Theater named by Slate magazine one of the eight Best Things America Built in 2016

Slate has named the Blue Barn Theater, which inaugurated its own performance space last year in Omaha, Nebraska, as one of the eight Best Things America Built in 2016. 

My little sister, Michelle Zacharia has been involved with the Blue Barn in publicity design, set design, props, costuming, and as an actress, since the organization's infancy.

The theater had functioned out of a rented space in the artsy Old Market District of Omaha since the late 1980s, and have performed in far-flung locations like an abandoned train station. Congratulations, Blue Barn, Mishy, and Susan Clement, Artistic Director!

And thank you, Slate, for being a publication with a conscience!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Women’s March gets spot for post-inauguration rally

Women’s March gets spot for post-inauguration rally: A women's march that is expecting more than 100,000 attendees the day after the Jan. 20 inauguration has secured a location for its demonstration. More than a dozen other groups planning protests are still waiting on permits.