Going to the Everest with your river flags
— in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Today is the day! 3000 river flags from the Mississippi, Yangtze, Ganga, Amazon, Fraser, Colorado, and many others, all packed…first stop at the Po River, then to Nepal, then we’ll trek 2 weeks to the base camp. Your prayers for peace and harmony will spread along the rivers, mountains and air from the roof of the world. Send us your wishes and we’ll take you all to the Everest.
Wang Ping; yes, and a bit messed up by time
Healing my back with singing bowl
Buffalohair -Jage Universe 7
Tribute to a Truly Great Humanitarian Robert Perske
Through my camera lens I witnessed history and I also observed greatness, a true humanitarian & acclaimed author,*Robert Perske, champion of the innocent and the abused. If you met him you would know how inspirational he is and the battles that he fought for those who had no voice. But for me, he became my mentor, my personal inspiration and my dear friend.
It’s been a while now since Bob and I chewed the fat as he and his army of compatriots struggled fought and finally achieved the impossible, the posthumous pardon of an man/child **Joe Arridy who was executed for a crime he was incapable of committing so long ago.
Inspired by Bob’s book ***’Deadly Innocence?’, Screenwriter Dan Leonetti, Photographer Antonio Sanchez and Advocacy Coordinator Craig Severa set out on an impossible trek to clean the name of an innocent man, with Bob at the helm steering them through turbulence times and the many obstacles that lay before them through the years of struggle. Bob was and continues to be the guiding light for all that is humanity.
The momentum grew as more concerned human beings joined in the struggle to vindicate this man/child Joe Arridy. Eventually drawing hard hitting attorney David Martinez who through cunning and the professionalism that brought him success in the first place, placed a pardon on Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s desk. Fortunately the noble signed the pardon and the rest is history, it took a decade to pull it off, but they pulled off the impossible and Robert Perske was the tip of the spear.
Guess I should call him Mr. Robert Perske for he truly deserves a formal title but if Bob was here he’d scoff at the formality. Bob is a very down to earth guy and a joy to chat with for his every word is true inspiration. What started out as some footage for a feature film turned into an epic journey into the mind of a true leader and humanitarian, Mr. Robert Perske. But if he were here he would kick my butt for being so damn formal!
Though I learned so much just from watching Bob through my camera, it was when the lights were all packed up and my gear was stowed away when I got to meet the real Robert Perske and it was refreshing to note he was the very same guy off camera as he was on camera. Bob is the real deal and should be considered a national treasure for all his giving and fighting for those who have no voice. Though I could never fill his shoes, I’ve chosen to walk his path. Like a squirrel following a the mighty grizzly bear, I will forever be in his shadow.
What was real cool, I became his student of sorts and would sit with him hours after engagements when we had the time to chat and I would savor his every word for I was truly learning how he fights for the weak and rallies the troops. Those talks are priceless lessons on how to achieve the impossible and hopefully I am going to do exactly what BOB taught me, to achieve the impossible and it’s all Bob’s fault, right Bob?
Robert Perske, you are my personal inspiration and I promise to keep the struggle for humanity alive and strong. I learned and I breath your wisdom and your words Bob, I to can also hear the cries of the weak and the innocent for it was you who cleaned my ears, I’m going to make history and it’s all because of you. Bob, you are the very essence of humanity and I got a bonnaroo teacher.
Your Devil’s Advocate
Award Winning Laureate Wang Ping Graces Literary World of Trinidad Colorado
‘International Flare’ best describes the activities at the Gallery Main/Trinidad Area Arts Counsel. Along with a budding art community, the literary scene within this historic community has grown exponentially and nothing could emphasis this more than a visit by the ever popular award winning laureate Wang Ping.
Through the concerted efforts of the literary community and the Trinidad State Junior College, most notably, educator John Casuqarelli Wang Ping chose to grace this community with both a book signing of her epic piece ‘Ten Thousand Waves’ and do some readings from her book. On a side bar, her masterpiece earned acclaim as a feature film of historic significance in addressing the atrocious treatment of Chinese immigrants in the land of freedom, milk and honey, (USA).
Open, warm and vivacious yet accented with subtle Asian mystery and timeless allure, that is ‘The Wang Ping Experience’. Whisked away to a place far removed from time and space, sometimes with joy and sometimes with poignancy and pain. In a culinary sense Wang Ping titillates and deliciates the literary palate of all who are graced with the sound of this enchantress’ voice. Mesmerizing would be an understatement and thought provoking would only skim the surface…
Was the audience whisked to a place of joy or dark forebode in a repartee of stark reality? Well, I was pretty frigging happy since Wang Ping was on the other side of my camera lens and I was in Downtown Trinidad Colorado. No rush hour traffic on the Hollywood Freeway for me eh. It was a two day adventure with a world class poet and humanitarian, Wang Ping. With the splendor of the majestic Rocky Mountains as her backdrop it does not get any better than that.
If you are aware of Wang Ping you are also aware she is never idle and everything has purpose and direction. In coming to Trinidad she also made the community aware of her on going *’Kinship of Rivers’ project uniting communities in kinship and harmony along the Mississippi & Yangtze Rivers. From what I observed it’s an extension of an olive branch in uniting people, not governments or politics. Just unity among the children of planet earth
Within this Kinship of Rivers project are these colorful flags molded after Tibetan Prayer Flags. For the most part they hold the same significance but with a dash of kinship for those who live along these powerful earth bound arteries of life and their tributaries. The flags where written with the hopes and dreams of the people then the thoughts symbolically released. All with the expressed blessing from His Holiness the Dali Lama.
Throughout the pomp and circumstance of Wang Ping’s whirlwind visit to Trinidad,
Colorado there was a theme that resonated during her entire stay and it was simply a message of love, tolerance and good will. What I saw through my camera lens was poetry in motion as this award winning woman blended and interacted with fans as if they were the oldest of friends and it was genuine. You could feel the magic as she made everyone she met feel uniquely special. You should have been there, oh well.
Your Devil’s Advocate