Monday, June 29, 2020

"Defund the Police" Really Means "Stop Misusing the Police"

Remembering that time we got "karened" during the great sidewalk debate of 2010 to current. Yes, folks are still talking about that damn sidewalk.

It wasn't really about the sidewalk for me. It was very personal in some ways, yet a matter of principle.

And because we dared to question the imbalance of power, someone called the sheriff on us.

That really is what it is all about: power.

Not safety.

http://hv94941.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-is-going-on-around-here.html

Take back your power.

It begins within.

Ox,
Mari

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day

It's a tricky day.
Grateful for my dad, who gave me the gift of music. Grateful for my mom, who sometimes did double duty as a dad and taught me to follow my heart and my conscience, no matter how difficult and challenging that may be.
Parents are people too, in whatever form we take.
Love makes a family.

I wish you love.

Ox,
Mari

Friday, June 5, 2020

Find Your Powers, Use Them For Good

The subject line of this post says it all.

Found this, thought it worth a share. Makes me happy and even more grateful for my friends in the community built field.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/d-c-mayor-bowser-has-black-lives-matter-painted-street-n1225746

Ox,
Mari

Monday, June 1, 2020

Attempting the Impossible

Look, I know that Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee. We all figured that Hillary was going to be the first woman president. At least I did. She is and was the most qualified in the traditional sense of politics.
However, it has become clear to many of us that the way we have been doing things for many years is not working for most of us.
And I understand the desire to get back to "normal" - I really do.
But we need to go beyond normal.
We need to do better.
And in order to do better, we need to be better people.
That is it.
I want kids out of cages.
I want us all to be able to, at the very least, be able to afford a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.

We cannot live up to our full potential when we are struggling to survive. This is true whether we are talking about a person, a family, a community or a country.

And we cannot live up to our potential if we live in fear.

But we do need laws, and at the basic root of civilized society, those who are bound to uphold the law are required to abide by those same laws. We know this has not been the case for a long time. Too many names, too many families.

Breonna Taylor.

In my opinion, all four of those policemen who watched George Floyd's life leave his body broke the law and they should all be held accountable.

Until we all have justice, none of us can have peace.

Ox,
Mari

P.s. if you have not yet voted in a primary, please write me in "Mari Tamburo"



Sunday, May 31, 2020

Back to Black

You may have noticed that this blog is back to black. When I cannot express how I feel through music, I use my blogs.

As for music, I miss playing in the band, but we are still in a pandemic, so I am grateful for my day gig. It's good to feel useful.

Thank you to everyone who protested peacefully to speak up against brutality. When we make the time to look back, may we see what needs to be fixed, and go about doing the work.

Eight years ago, I took a personal journey to find out more information as to how a plan to restore an historic walking path in a semi rural suburban neighborhood turned into a 1.1 million dollar concrete sidewalk.
It's a long story, but anyway, that experience demonstrated just how unjust this society is, even in liberal Marin County, where some people who have so much, seem to need so much more.

We learned some lessons, we made lemons from lemonade (in more ways than one.)
Mostly, I learned how strong I am and how strong love is.

No policy is going to fix what truly needs fixing.
That starts in your heart.

That said, we can start by electing more public servants who have a heart and who are willing to listen.

I wish you peace, love and enough.
Oh, and music.
Lots of music.

Ox,
Mari

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Thoughts on Civic Engagement

ICYMI*

I posted this a year ago. It attempts to explain why I decided to enter the pool of Democratic primary candidates for POTUS/POTUSA.

http://www.maritamburo.com/2019/05/cadem-thoughts-on-civic-engagement.html

*ICYMI means "In case you missed it..."

God Is Good

Hello Again,

Thanks in advance for reading and listening.
A while back, this song came to me, and after I kept singing it around the house, Arne helped me put it in Pro Tools.

This is the message that I received, and so I am passing it on to you and everyone who might be missing their place of worship at the moment, due to the coronavirus pandemic or any other reason.

I cannot retrieve the Pro Tools version yet, so I just sang it into the phone and uploaded to You Tube to share.

I wish you peace, good health and enough.

Sending love and light.

https://youtu.be/fMAKOfNEic0

Ox,
Mari



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