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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Death Plays Pool on Halloween - photos by Mac McKinney



Death plays pool.
Photo by Mac McKinney, model: Rev. Chloe


Death self-reflects.
Photo by Mac McKinney, model: Rev. Chloe



Death sees herself on the wall.
Photo by Mac McKinney, model: Rev. Chloe




Death invites you to be her friend.
Photo by Mac McKinney, model: Rev. Chloe

(Death character is from the Sandman comic book)

Friday, October 30, 2009

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Tina Micula Sings: Africa

Tina Micula was the last act for One Love 2009, and she didn't disappoint. Here's her first song.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Poet Eddie Dowe Reciting Return to Gladness

Poet Eddie Dowe was the last poet at the One Love Festival 2009, Hampton Roads and read a poem that his son and another kid, and embellished by himself, wrote. Very cool.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Old Woman, Dancing in Love and Light, Expressionist Dance by Avanha, 2 of 2

From my sidebar:

(This is Part Two of a statement by the artist about women and old age in our society. To see Part One first, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtmZTG-EJ60 )

Avanha, one of Hampton Roads' finest dancers and instructors, dances the story of how our elder women should really live, foot loose and fancy free, buoyed up by the incredible lightness of Being and the magic of Love and Light.

It's time to honor our senior women and surround them with the energy of Eternal Delight.
Avanha is dancing to Feels like Fire by Dido and Santana.

Old Woman, Scorned and Laughed At, Expressionist Dance by Avanha, 1 of 2

From my sidebar:

Avanha, one of Hampton Roads' finest dancers and instructors, portrays through her art the real story of all too many elderly women today, arthritic, pain-ridden, rejected and alone, laughed at, pitied with an undertone of contempt, or scorned by a world that abandons them when it is not abusing them.

Avanha dances to Seasons of Wither by Aerosmith

(This is Part One of a statement by the artist about women and old age in our society. To see Part Two, go to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRxvT3W6_kU

Sunday, October 25, 2009

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project: Finale: a Yoga Chant

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. Sharon Silverstein, for her fourth and final song, does her rendition of a well-known Yoga chant, Lokaa Samastaa Shukino Bhavanthu, "May the entire world be happy."

Watch in HQ, High Quality if you prefer.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Enya - The River Sings Video

Will you fight to preserve Nature's beauties against the depraved?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Noh Theatre: Tamura (Dance of the Ghost)

Very mesmerizing, haunting work from traditional Japanese Noh Theatre.

Joni Mitchell - Amelia

Joni's tribute to Amelia Earhart, which is suddenly very timely with the new movie about her coming out, starring Hillary Swank as Amelia.

"Coyote" Joni Mitchell

Love this free spirit! No one has pinned her wings down yet!

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project Perform "We are the Ones"

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. Next, Sharon Silverstein sang her rendition of Nathan Richardson's poem, "We are the Ones We've been Waiting for", she having found it so remarkable a poem, she set it to music.

Watch in HQ, High Quality if you prefer.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project Performing a Sanskrit Yoga Chant

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After Nathan Richardson came Sharon Silverstein with her two accompanists to do a set of three high spiritual-energy songs, the first actually a Sanskrit Yoga chant that means "Lead us from the unreal to the Real, from the darkness to the Light, from the fear of death to the knowledge of Imortality."

Watch in HQ, High Quality if you prefer.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Nathan Richardson, Poet Reciting "We are the Ones We've been Waiting for"

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After the Walidanes came Nathan Richardson, well-known poet in Hampton Roads and beyond. He read three poems, but I only shot this one because at that point I thought I might run out of memory on my camera, but later I discovered I had more. But this poem helps set up Sharon Silverstein later on.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: The Walidanes - Women's African Drumming - Part 3

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. The last performers before the intermission were the ever-popular Walidanes, a women's troupe doing traditional and powerful African drumming. Here is their last drum piece of the first half of the One Love Festival.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: The Walidanes - Women's African Drumming - Part 2


The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evenin...
The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. The last performers before the intermission were the ever-popular Walidanes, a women's troupe doing traditional and powerful African drumming. Here is their second drum piece of the evening.

Watch in High Quality.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: The Walidanes Return: African Drumming

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. The last performers before the intermission were the ever-popular Walidanes, a women's troupe doing traditional and powerful African drumming.

Watch in High Quality.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: The Life Force Band Wailing Out Blues Guitar

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The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evenin...
The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After their first song, the Life Force Band's guitarists and pianist took over with a classic Blues guitar melody while inviting the audience to dance.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Saveras Anoia Final Johnny Cash Song

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The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. Here again is Saveras Anoia singing his last Johnny Cash hit.

Watch in High Quality.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Saveras Anoia Singing Ring of Fire

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. Here is Saveras Anoia singing another Johnny Cash hit, Ring of Fire.

Watch in High Quality.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Saveras Anoia Singing Folsom Prison Blues

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After the Inner Light Trio came Saveras Anoia singing some Johnny Cash hits with terrific authenticity and spirit.

Earthdance Hampton Roads 2009: Second Firedancer

Now back to Earthdance 2009 and the 2nd firedancer!

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Inner Light Trio: Deborah Hufstedler, Trudi Maleski and Joan Clark

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. The Inner Light Trio's second song was "This is the Sound of One Voice".

Watch in High Quality.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Inner Light Trio: Circle of light

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After the Desert Jewels three women, Deborah Hufstedler, Trudi Maleski and Joan Clark, whom I will call the Inner Light Trio, came up singing some very sweet harmonies, their first song entitled "Circle of light".

Watch in High Quality.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: The Desert Jewels Dance "Goddess" and More


The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After Narissa Bond came the first dance performance, two traditional belly dances by the Desert Jewels, the first one entitled "Goddess".

Watch in High Quality.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

Narissa Bond



ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Narissa Bond Singing The River

Narissa's 2nd Song, and I'm still apologizing for bleached out effects from spotlights. I don't have the editing tools to change lighting.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Narissa Bond Singing "With These Two Hands"

Narissa Bond was up after Tim Seibles, terrific song. I can't do anything about the light though. The spotlights were glaring and bleached her out.

YouTube Sidebar:

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. After acclaimed poet Tim Seibles, talented folk singer Narissa Bond came on stage, first to sing a song about healing, "With These Two Hands". Her website is: http://www.narissabond.com/

Watch in High Quality

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Two Poems by Tim Seibles

Tim Seibles rocks at One Love!

The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, full of music, poetry and dance. The first poet of the evening was acclaimed poet, Tim Seibles, Professor at ODU, reading two poems from his book, Buffolo Head Solos, the first "In a Glance". the second, "Late Shift". Watch in High Quality.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Aniron (Lord of the Rings)/Over the Rainbow sung by Cara Isadora McKinney

2nd and third songs sung by Cara at One Love, one from the Lord of the Rings, the other from the Wizard of Oz, Cara's version.


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The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, led off by Cara Isadora McKinney, operatic vocalist, next singing Aniron, a song from Lord of the Rings, folowed by the timeless hit, Over the Rainbow. Watch in High Quality.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2009: Opening with Ravel's Kaddish by Cara Isadora McKinney

My daughter, Cara Isadora McKinney, leading off the 2009 One Love Festival in Hampton Roads, Virginia.


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The 4th Annual One Love Festival in Hampton Roads happened again on October 17, 2009 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, dedicated to promoting unity among all. It was a great evening, opened by Cara Isadora McKinney, operatic vocalist, singing the Jewish prayer for peace, Kaddish, set to song by Maurice Ravel.

The One Love Festival Mission:

Awakened by violence in the world, we, of diverse backgrounds, religions, races, and cultures, see the need for more peace, tolerance, and understanding. We put our hands and hearts together through music, art, performance, and the spoken word. We seek common ground... a community united in hope, a planet restored and a peaceful world where every day will be One Love.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Earthdance Hampton Roads 2009: the First Firedancer

Sidebar (by me):

Earthdance 2009, the latest annual celebration and invocation of global peace through a myriad of dance-based events, took place on September 26 and there was a strong contingent of performers at the Hampton Roads, Virginia celebration of Earthdance from the early afternoon on until late in the evening at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach. As dusk approached, everyone joined together for first a huge drum circle and then a beautiful global prayer for peace in candlelight, everyone's hands joined in the circle.

The highlight of the evening after the drum circle and world peace prayer was also the last dance performance, firedancers, five individuals who can play with fire in the dark to a good drum beat. Here is the first one, Nagwa, who also put on the longest performance. She was awesome!

Dwarf Planet Nothin' (The Pluto Song)

Eliminating Pluto's "planet" status was as much a psychological reaction to the astrological function of Pluto as anything else if you accept the validity of astrology. Pluto is the Institutional Grim Reader, so this was an effort at repression I believe, futile of course, an attempt to escape the inevitable, that, for the next fifteen or so years, Pluto's cosmic energy is going to wreck havoc on degenerate, obsolete institutions on a global level. THE REPRESSED ALWAYS RETURNS!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pluto in Capricorn, the Catalyst for Evolution Thru 2024

Astrologer Rose Marcus has a good perspective on what is sweeping across our planet and impacting our collective and individual consciousnesses right now. Read on:

Pluto in Capricorn

(Excerpt from http://rosemarcus.com/astrolink/pluto-in-capricorn-excerpt/)

Pluto’s entrance into the sign of Capricorn marks a culminating point of great historical significance as a yet another chapter of our collective experience winds to a close. As we witness the waning hour from this particular vantage point along the time-line, the necessities of an emerging new reality are becoming progressively more evident.

In astrological terms, Pluto represents the cyclical regenerative process, and as such correlates to the theory of reincarnation. Evolutionary Astrology looks to Pluto to provide perspective on the nature of the soul’s evolving needs and desires.

Pluto’s transit through a particular sign, a cycle that spans twelve to eighteen years, describes the signature rights of passage of a generation, and also describes the advancing journeys of both the individual and the collective soul. When Pluto is activated by contact with other planetary energies, or by sign or directional changes, it quickens the evolutionary pace of the soul’s desires and needs, at the individual, interpersonal, and collective levels. Whether Pluto’s transformative process is experienced as a steady and natural progression or as a cataclysmic experience will depend on the degree of resistance generated at any given point along the timeline. Resistance ignites friction; friction increases the degree of polarization and intensifies the building momentum. Repetition occurring through the action and corresponding response mechanism creates more links in the chain of experience. Eventually, the energy of this repeating process reaches a saturation extreme. It is at this crisis or turning point in the cycle that polarized resistance exhausts itself, giving way to an evolutionary leap of significance. (Continued at: http://rosemarcus.com/astrolink/pluto-in-capricorn-excerpt/)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Night Zinnias

My front-yard zinnias are still growing, and as I walked by them every evening, I kept thinking how interesting it might be to shoot them at night. Well, after reading the lyrics to one of Caroline Herring's songs, Tales of the Islander, from her brilliant new album, Golden Islands of the Sun, in particular:

A full moon rising
On all of nature's powers
Stars just observers
Of zinnias and moonflowers

this became the straw that broke the camel's back to do a night shoot, so see what you think of a few of the photos I posted at Flickr:


























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