desdecuba.com, a blog speaks of freedom

hola mis amigos!

the waterfall of life, we are all One

the waterfall of life, we are all One

yes, we’re off to Cuba, but first I want you to know about www.desdecuba.com/generationy

this is the English-translation of yoani sanchez’s award-winning blog from havana, in which she realizes that, after studying literature and philology, the modern blog is the most meaningful method of putting language to use. right on soul sistah! so check out desdecuba. she even returned to the island from living freely in switzerland, in order to follow her bliss…to help her fellow cubanos liberate themselves, through blogging, from the tyrany of the castro regime. raul, castro’s brother, has done nothing but clamp down further on people’s abilities to live openly. we should all send our prayers, and gratitude, to yoani and her fellow bloggers, there at www.desdecuba.com the spanish-language portal that hosts several other blogs.

one of which is about the kids with cancer that Carter and i will be bringing meds to. the kids’ project that we’ll be helping out with has their own web page, if you wish to see what we’ll be up to, at least some of the time we’ll be in cuba. www.desdecuba.com/carmenrey there is an email link there. and click here if you’d like to know more about www.fundacionamistad.com the humanitarian group that is sponsoring our trip.

who says we're not all possible angels?...or devils?

who says we're not all possible angels?...or devils?

for those of you interested in speaking spanish i’ve discovered a terrific FREE website with upbeat, very comprehensive lessons! i found this site when i was looking for a “quick-look-up” web dictionary. you know when you have an entire list to look up, after reading a book, or a newspaper? well, instead of turning those cumbersome paper pages, just visit this site. i’m directing you to the lessons sections, which are fun and have lots of support materials, so you can click here and find the dictionary on your own: www.spanishdict.com/translate/learn

the power of art is truly miraculous. did you know that it was through the organized, under-ground efforts of artists and writers, actors and artists of all sorts, that caused the Berlin Wall to be brought down and the collapse of the entire Soviet Union? amazing. art. heart-art, I call it. who would have thunk it, that art made with soul–any creative endeavor done intentionally–could be so powerful.

art is magic...channels of Light

art is magic...channels of Light

we’re very excited to be able to travel to cuba. it’s a huge honor, to participate in this volunteer effort, and to help bring outside influences to a people who, instead of looking out to the sea and embrace it for the wonders it signifies, and the countries it’s linked to … cubanos stand with their back to the Caribbean Sea, because to them, it is the walls of their island-prison.

our new prez & amigo, the Dalai Lama

our new prez & amigo, the Dalai Lama

i know Obama has it on his plate to open up cuba, at least more than his predecessor. but of course, especially now with the ongoing slaughter between Israelis and the Hamas, the immediacy of freeing cuba from oppression is not as grave as the escalating situation in the Middle East.

for those of you who are looking for a great eco-comedy indie film, try www.lithiumsprings.com not only will you laugh at this treasure story, but you and your kids can share a great lesson about stewardship of our precious planet by watching it together. check out the headstand-yogini thousand year-old woods nymph. she’s my favorite character. pretty great acting by a dachshund too, believe me.

with my love I’ll say farewell until we return from cuba. here’s a painting to contemplate about all of us, wherever you are.

adios amigos, en la Luz, in the Light, lordflea

we are ONE

we are ONE

We’re going to Cuba! In Spirit.

hi friend,

yes, carter my consort and i leave for Cuba on Monday, Jan. 12th, arriving in havana with as much over-the-counter medicine, powdered milk, ivory soap and ovaltine as we can carry, plus a wheelchair apiece. we’re going as volunteers with a humanitarian effort, supported by the u.s. gov’t–so don’t worry, we’re not going to get thrown in u.s. or cuban jail or get in touble of any kind. the organization that supports these efforts, for which we’ve volunteered, to help do special art projects with havana artists, among other things, is www.fundacionamistad.com ; “foundation of friendship” between u.s. concerns and the cuban people. we are not going to support the castra gov’t in any way shape or form. we’re going to help the people. the medicine we’re carrying is going directly to children who suffer from cancer. the other goods will be dispersed as needed.

i have a lot of questions about cuba, as i’m sure the rest of the world does, too. i’ll be open-minded, with wide-open eyes, and hopefully my digital camera fully charged (god, do they have electricity in our hotel, with plugs that can re-charge batteries?). all i know about cuba is from old movies and stories my mother tells me about the tropicana, where she and my dad went to dance and gamble back in baptista’s time, and other things I’ve learned from the few exiles i’ve met: in particular our sister-in-law, Carmen Bettencourt Lord, who left as a child in ’59 or ’60, and our yoga-artist friend, Tomas Sanchez. Here is one of Tomas’ paintings:

dsc000541 notice the small, insignificant figure of a person sitting by the water’s edge? in contemplation? well, that’s why fidel made trouble for tomas, telling him over twenty years ago, “make the people BIG and the landscape small. it’s the PEOPLE this revolution is about, not the land!” but tomas, a yoga meditating friend of mine (we have the same teacher), was in love with painting the landscape, and how humanity should reflect upon it to glean knowledge, peace, and guidance from an intimate relationship with it. so…fidel harassed him, and, just before tomas was to be thrown in jail, or worse, tomas managed to get off the island and defect to mexico. consequently he went to live in miami, and now resides in the hills outside san jose, costa rica, where carter and I met him. he’s sad about leaving his beloved country, as all cubanos are. his elderly father is ill and tomas has only just recently been allowed back to visit him. we’d all like to see cuba freed of the kind of iron-fisted dictatorship that decides what is for the people. but the people are starved for freedom, that’s what they are. right, tomas?

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today tomas is free to express himself in however a fashion he wishes. his paintings sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in all major art capitals of the world, yet he donates the proceeds of several each year to the kinds of mind-expanding organizations such as www.siddhayoga.org that have allowed him to find peace within his own being. raised as a peasant’s son in cuba, tomas is now represented by the very best gallery in new york city, the marlborough gallery, with musem shows (recently at the most beautiful modern art one I’ve ever been to, in monterey, mexico, see: www.marco.com ) and … the most evident sign of modern success … ripoff tomas sanchez’s popping up everywhere, trying to paint in his inimitably subtle, evanescent, mystical style–impossible to do, my friends. beware of when you google: tomas sanchez. you’ll find many of them. the cuban tomas, my yoga friend, is only represented by the marlborough ( www.marlboroughgallery.com ). you can find a poster for sale of his beautiful rendition of swami nityananda, an Indian saint at a reasonable price, at the bookstore of tomas’ meditation teacher: ( www.siddhayoga.org/bookstore )

tomas makes my entire Being smile:

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stay tuned for more about our trip to CUBA…we’ll be back in a week, and i’ll share pics and what i discover on our trip. meanwhile, if you want to read a blogger i’ve recently discovered, who managed to find a way to blog directly from havana, where even computers are verboten (the gov’t can’t shut her down now, because already yoani sanchez, the blogger, has won numerous awards and the outrage would be an avalanche of international proportions, if they did) please go to: www.desdecuba.com to read yoani’s blog in spanish. she’s translated into 13 languages: english address is: www.desdecuba.generationy  . WOW. the power of the blog continues to astound me.

remember to breathe, and as you do, include the sound of Om with your outbreath, and you’ll feel much better. for those of you suffering in any way (physical, mental, spiritual, or materially, with the current economic crunch) if you focus on your breath, and make the sound of Ooooommmm with your outbreath, this is the best medicine in the world. try it and see.

don’t forget: if any of you want to be included on my “lordflea alert” email, sent out whenever i make a new post (i’m pretty irregular with my posting, due to many commitments other than blogging) please write me: dearlordflea@gmail.com and ask to be put on it. i won’t give away your e address, ever. cross my lordflea heart.

in Spirit, with great love for each and every one of you,

your pal lordflea