Archive for October, 2013

Thank you Dodgers for a great season

October 26, 2013

This is a great video that highlights the great season the Dodgers had. I really hope 2014 is the year we finally win it all. I really want to see Vin Scully get one more ring before he retires.
Thank you Dodgers. Thanks for the great memories.

Timmy Thomas-“Why Can’t We Live Together?”

October 25, 2013

Launching Homeless Bill of Rights in L.A. To End Criminalization of Homeless People

October 24, 2013

Here is a video from the launching of the Homeless Bill of Rights that we had in L.A. earlier this month.
For folks who want to get involved or want to learn more about the Homeless Bill of Rights feel free to check out these sites:
L.A. CAN
http://www.cangress.org
WRAP
http://www.wraphome.org

Remembering the Life of Dr. D

October 21, 2013

Today is Dr. D’s birthday. He would have been 65 years old today. Earlier this year was his 5 year death anniversary. For those who want to learn more about this amazing man, here is what I wrote back in February.
https://victorjara42.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/remembering-dr-ds-5th-year-death-anniversary/

Pictures of Thich Nhat Hanh

October 21, 2013

Here are some pictures I took of Thich Nhat Hanh aka Thay during his talk this past Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Day of Mindfulness at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido yesterday.

I took some notes of his talk and will add them later in this post but for now wanted to include that I was struck when he stated that suffering and happiness are intertwined with one another. For the longest, I have always felt that way. These are my thoughts in Spanish which I will later try my best to translate.
Si no has sufrido, no has vivido. Para vivir tienes que sufrir porque en el sufrimiento encuentras las semillas que te forman y te hacen ver el mundo con los ojos de la humanidad.
I have felt that in order to live, one has to suffer. If one has not suffered in this world then one is not living. I feel it is in our suffering that we find the seeds that forms us and makes us see the world with a clear vision for the greater good of humanity.

Remembering Celia Cruz

October 21, 2013

Today is Celia Cruz birthday and I am glad Google paid tribute to her. La Vida Es Un Carnaval is one of her most famous songs and for those who don’t understand Spanish, I have included the lyrics below. Enjoy the song.
Here is the English translation to the song courtesy of
http://lyricstranslate.com :

Life is a carnival

Anyone thinking that life is unfair,
Needs to know that’s not the case,
that life is beautiful, you must live it.
Anyone thinking he’s alone and that that’s bad
Needs to know that’s not the case,
that in life no one is alone, there is always someone

Ay, there’s no need to cry, because life is a carnival,
It’s more beautiful to live singing.
Oh, Ay, there’s no need to cry,
For life is a carnival
And your pains go away by singing.

Anyone thinking that life is cruel,
Needs to know that’s not the case,
That there are just bad times, and it will pass.
Anyone thinking that things will never change,
Needs to know that’s not the case,
smile to the hard times, and they will pass.

Ay, there’s no need to cry, because life is a carnival,
It’s more beautiful to live singing.
Oh, Ay, there’s no need to cry,
For life is a carnival
And your pains go away by singing.
For those that complain a lot.
For those that only criticize.
For those that use weapons.
For those that pollute us.
For those that make war.
For those that live in sin.
For those that mistreat us.
For those that make us sick.

Dave Chappelle at Long Beach Terrace Theatre

October 18, 2013

Dave Chappelle at Long Beach Terrace Theatre

Last night, I had the opportunity to see Dave Chappelle at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre.

He was hilarious! He talked about his experiences at Hartford, Conn, Integrity Sandwiches, his Sex Tapes and wanting positive feedback from the FBI, The Secret-positive imagery, Lil Wayne and his p—y juice jokes, and several other hilarious jokes.

Pictures of Dodgers vs Cardinals Game 5 NLCS

October 18, 2013

Wednesday’s Game 5 at Dodger Stadium was one of the most amazing games I have been too. The Dodgers needed to win and they won in dramatic fashion as the team hit 4 homeruns to send the series back to St. Louis for Game 6 today.
As a Dodgers fan, I am very confident that we can win tonight with Kershaw on the mound. If the offense can put some runs on the board and Kershaw pitches his game, the Dodgers will be forcing Game 7 tomorrow. I can’t wait!
Here are the videos I took from Wednesday’s game. Enjoy.

Pictures of Dodgers vs Cardinals Game 4 NLCS

October 18, 2013

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s Homerun

October 15, 2013

Here is a great article on the 25th anniversary of Gibson’s dramatic homerun.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/la/twenty-five-years-later-kirk-gibsons-dramatic-homer-still-resonates?ymd=20131014&content_id=62953016&vkey=news_la