|Elvira! The only reason I like Halloween!|
Thursday, October 31, 2013
|actress Allison Janney at premiere of THE HELP. Anyone who has seen the movie will catch the significance of the symbolism of this photograph.|
Sept. 8, 2011
Gloria Estefan, Stacy Keibler
|Nikki Minaj by Nikki Nelson|
2011 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals
"The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart you'll know when you find it. And like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle.
Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
(1955 - 2011)
|Ori Ann Li, vegan chef|
Ori Ann loves and understands food,but she didn't think about becoming a chef until she went vegan. She was formerly a broadcast journalist and college instructor with a master’s degree in Theater. She taught drama and film studies at a private college and was encouraged by professionals to pursue a film career. She also felt the calling to become a writer and art historian to honor her grandfather. However, she was introduced to veganism at a pivotal moment of her life which led to a dramatic change in her career path. After co-hosting a popular vegan cooking segment on network affiliated television for 3 years, she went abroad to study cuisines and culinary arts and launched her own cooking show recently featuring world vegan cuisines. Chef Ori Ann Li attended culinary schools in Europe and North America. She studied at the famed French culinary arts institute Le Cordon Bleu at its Paris and Ottawa campuses, took courses from Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received chef’s training at a well established vegetarian cooking school in England. She has travelled to 13 countries and 33 cities to study ethnic cuisines.
As a dedicated chef, she enjoys introducing to her readers and viewers new ways to eat healthy and delicious and hopes to bring them the best of vegan cooking and lifestyle for years to come...
|Stella Thomas by|
Maggie McKenney Photography
"I can see she is one person many would, if they could, love. The endearing quality of the season of spring brings out the best within a man's heart. The question lingering like a mist in the early mornings to be asked of a man is "Who are you, and where do you fit in the path I walk?"
It is important question. One of many an impeccable spirit would ask of anyone smitten by the beauty of one's spirit..." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 3.1.13
|A pin up model wearing a knit top & thong with wrap ties by Dreamgirl.|
"It takes discipline to look at a woman who is appealing to you, if you are a man. If you are a man lust, sexual desires can be beaten by the Puritanism in the air we breath with dreams and the hope of banishing those feelings, and wonderful thoughts of release... 3.1.13
|divine form of a naked brown woman|
|divine form of actress Helen Mirren|
|divine form of a naked Black woman|
|model in pink fishnet long sleeved |
crotchless body stocking is posing for
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
"Do you have any idea what is the true geometrical connection between all those religious symbols ?" -Albu Matei-Alexandru
"You need to understand sacred geometry to innerstand the shapes numbers and how the patterns of nature are the foundation for the spiritual wisdom we now know as religion... We are presently stuck in the word instead of the esoteric mindset." - John Proctor
|Sacred teachings of....|
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|Is this Elvira in public again? No, it is the singer Fergie out with her husband, hooked up like Riff Raff from the movie, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Josh Duhamel! They were attending a Mike Melman's Casamigos Tequila Halloween party.|
photo: Splash News
October 26, 2013
|The Good Fairy God-Martha (Steward) in a cotton candy pink tulle dress.|
photo: Michael Tran/Film Magic (5 of 38)
Oct. 20, 2013
"... The innocence of a child we are charged to protect. Any of the guilt and the harshness adults feel abandoning that charge of responsibility becomes mean hard hearted laws. Those laws are making life in US public schools a gray prison yard of dashed hopes, and suppressed imaginations.
The boxing promoter, Don King with his crazy self, used to say, "Only in America." with a big smile on his face that endeared conservative people with manipulative minds to flock around him, not because of his morals or integrity, but because he could skillfully mask true intentions with the illusions of honest dealings. It was remarkable a skill, and the technique passes the bills in education departments across the country.
Children are being crushed, dominated and robbed of the one thing no one can lay claim to, hold, or reproduce: innocence. The innocence of a child is now a commodity." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 3.1.13
|Maggie McKenney Photography|
Monday, October 28, 2013
You don't Spiritually initiate your daughters
you leave her to be hung out and quartered
by every looting bucking bronco on the street
who has a mind to emulate a dog in high heat
he doesn't care if she isn't initiated male energetic
he'll take it any which way he can he's that pathetic
so initiate your daughters into their male energetics
and teach her to go and get and do for self she'll get it!!! - Mereana Taki 10.27.13
|mystery of a woman clothed in red cloth|
|mystery of a woman wearing Avorio Rich Silk Satin Glow in the Dark Short|
|Ethiopian traditional dress|
"Takes the breath away Ethiopian women do. I've asked myself many times, "How?", and came to an answer. The energies of a People never conquered by the Europeans is vital, and mingled with a fire, and creation stories unable to relate to conquered, and defeated mentalities. It is a probe, their presence into who one is as an African, and what it means to be free, and embolden with the powers to tell the truth to self. I know there is more, but to capture it with words is pointless in many audiences because for Americans and African-Americans the subject of freedom is so full of contradictions and rife with illogical mingling of subjugation that discerning what makes up the mystique of Ethiopians is as difficult as trying to change a tire with one hand!" - Gregory E. Woods 3.18.13
photo: African Heritage City
|John Johnson, Bill Cosby & Jesse Jackson are great Pathfinders, great men.|
Sunday, October 27, 2013
This theme is powerful in design 20 centuries after the symbol took on importance. Beyond what I've observed there is something else at work in this clothes women and men alike have to feel and experience and later express. - Gregory E. Woods, 10.27.13
|displayed June 24, 2013|
|October 27, 2012|
Within the fundamentals of existence is identity. Employed by the same standards of imprisonment, and slavery millions of parents within short years exile their children's truths, and true self with their stories, and examples of bondage. Within their tradition parents, and teachers minimize their children's vision. ~ Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 5.7.13
Saturday, October 26, 2013
|Natalie LaRon posing with Black man|
|Nadja David pregnant|
"Other than you one person knows the significance of the day we consummated a marriage of souls. Our relationship began instantly rather slowly until we grew to know who we were to each other. For years, I never feared we would not happen until the fears you harbored came alive and activated change to who we are together! For the loss, I've not quieted the grief, or learned not to feel the mourning. I love you. I love you. I love you..." - Gregory 10.26.13
Friday, October 25, 2013
|actress Jennifer Lawrence|
October 3, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence to Hollywood's Diet Police "Go F*** Yourself"
In the upcoming November issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Jennifer Lawrence speaks about the time she was labeled as "fat" by producers and told that if she didn't lose weight, she'd be risking her career.
Lawrence, who won this year's Oscar for best actress, went into detail about the experience to the magazine.
It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn't still hurt me.
After dealing with this horrific experience, she mentioned how she now deals with hearing the word "diet."
If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet', I'm like, 'You can go fuck yourself.'
Lawrence's refusal to diet certainly hasn't ruined her career. She has The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and American Hustle coming up, not mention tons of announced projects including her first go at producing. In Lawrence's words, go fuck yourself haters, her body and her career are doing wonderfully as is.
By Michael Santoli | Michael Santoli – Fri, Oct 18, 2013
Since Obamacare became law in 2010, big retail chains have been prominent among the private employers shunting workers off their insurance rolls and onto public health care exchanges. Home Depot (HD) and Trader Joe’s each announced such plans in recent months for part-timers.
Costco Wholesale (COST), though, went the other direction, creating a partnership last year with Aetna (AET) to offer personal-insurance plans designed to be cheaper than at the state exchanges.
While most retail executives are vocal in their opposition to a higher minimum wage, Costco CEO Craig Jelinek came out in favor of lifting it – a stance that echoes the warehouse-club’s longtime policy of paying its employees a starting wage well above the legal minimum.
One of the few complaints Wall Street has ever lodged against Costco – among the best-performing consumer companies of recent decades – is that it gives its employees and customers too good a deal. While sales growth has been stellar throughout the Issaquah, Wash.-based chain’s 30-year history, investors carp that its profits could be higher if it raised prices or squeezed employee pay a bit more.
But Costco, led in practice and spirit by co-founder and board member Jim Sinegal, holds firm to a philosophy that happy, loyal employees and customers who have faith that they are getting a great deal are a recipe for long-term success.
Bargain in the chicken aisle
Consider, for a moment, rotisserie chickens. In the fiscal year ended Sept. 1, the company sold 69 million of the plump, cooked birds, for $5 apiece – a price it has refused to raise over the past year and a half, despite surging costs for the fresh chickens it buys.
Quizzed about its value pricing on a recent conference call with analysts after reporting financial results, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said simply: “That’s what we do.” The company avidly cultivates what it refers to as “absolute pricing authority.” This is the belief among its customers – who pay an annual membership fee to shop there – that Costco’s prices are reliably as low as are likely to be found anywhere, across every product.
The company has had a longtime policy of limiting its markup on all products to 15%. It keeps a fairly limited array of products in stock compared to such competitors as Walmart Stores (WMT) and Target (TGT), often carrying a single brand of a popular product, which gives Costco plenty of sway over suppliers to cut favorable deals on its goods.
As a result, Costco is beloved by customers to a degree rarely seen by big-box retailers. A Harris Interactive ranking of companies by brand reputation found Costco was the 10th most highly regarded company in America, and the top-ranked broad-line retailer. Worldwide, more than 86% of its customers renewed their membership last year. Among its key small-business members, the renewal rate was 94%.
Take a map
Costco has deftly struck a balance between a reputation for cut-rate prices on bulk necessities and the serendipity of encountering great values on luxury indulgences. The company boasts of the “treasure hunt” element of prowling a cavernous Costco warehouse, with a frequently rotating selection of discretionary items mixed in among the Tide and the tuna.
Coscto sold $1.4 billion in wine last year, more than half of that being what it classifies as “fine wine.” The “What’s New” assortment on the home page at www.costco.com recently featured a $1,299 high-definition home-security system, a $749 Fendi handbag and a $59.99 Swarovski crustal Christmas-tree ornament.
Wall Street has fondly embraced the Costco way and cheered its growth strategy. The stock is up more than 1,000% since the company went public in 1986, compared to about 600% for the broad stock market over that period, some proof that companies can do well for shareholders while doing good for customers and employees. Over the past five years, Costco has appreciated 130% to its recent stock price near $117, well ahead of Wal-Mart and Target. Its dividend per share, now at $1.24, has increased at an average annual rate of 12.7% since May 2004.
It’s a touch ironic that Costco, master of cheap prices for quality goods, has almost always had a stock that trades at hefty premium to its competitors’ shares, relative to their reported profits. The stock is now valued above 23 times anticipated earnings for the fiscal year ending next August, compared with 12 to 13 times for Target and Wal-Mart.
Value-minded investors might wish for the stock to pull back a bit to give them a cheaper entry, but the stock has stayed chronically expensive – which has not prevented it from rewarding shareholders nicely over time.
This generous valuation bestowed on Costco, which now has a stock-market value of $51 billion, reflects investors’ confidence that the company can continue its methodical expansion, especially overseas, all the while gaining bargaining power with suppliers and growing membership briskly.
Management remains focused on the very long-term growth potential to bringing value pricing and the eclectic Costco shopping experience to the rest of the world. The company’s board is packed with visionary, patient stewards of investor interests, including Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s partner and vice chairman at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B) and William H. Gates, father of the Microsoft (MSFT) founder. (Susan Decker, president of Yahoo (YHOO) from 2007-2009, has been on the board since 2004.)
The company has 634 locations, with 454 of them in the U.S. and the rest spread across Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia. Notably, Costco is focused for now on relatively mature economies with somewhat more well-heeled citizens.
It is big enough to be a powerful presence in retail, but not so big that it has nearly saturated its potential geographic opportunities. The company is on track to open 36 new warehouses through next summer, half of them outside the States.
Analyst Michael Exstein at Credit Suisse points out that Costco is a leader in sourcing its merchandise globally as a single entity (regardless of geography or online/offline channels). The company remains “singularly market share focused” in its global expansion, at a time when Wal-Mart, for one, has been scaling back its growth plans globally.
"They serve as a shield in dark difficult times. When face to face with a seemingly insurmountable foe the recollection of your powers, what you have done, who you are conjures up enormous powers that counter, or lessen the weight of fear. In battle this tool can give you an edge. This is a warrior teaching." - Gregory E. Woods 9.24.13
|Sept. 23, 2013|
Silence is a sacred space... I am learning this. When in Silence all things can be heard. When in Silence all things are given respect. We listen in our spiritual Walk, and we learn to listen in our physical Walk. As we Journey into Earth and Sky we hear through the quietness of our minds and mouths, we listen to all things that surround us. When we walk into our daily lives we hear more by listening first to the hearts of others before we speak. We understand more and assume less. There is a great clarity of Spirit and a great Peace that comes with silence. It is hard at times, but remembering this Sacred Space inside of us carries many blessings. Walking in respect and gratitude for all ~RedskyHawk
".... I've shared meals and conversation with those people in my short life. Hate has a way of eating its host. Deprived of higher access to their humanity they are like ghosts. It is strange how what they don't know affects their health and sense of purpose. They don't have much to offer and wrestle with fears based upon how badly they have been historically mistreated and manipulated by wealthy whites. Their story is full of bizarre consequences. It is a death walk their marches. It is a death sleep their existence supported by the fear of becoming non-existent and the reality of being marginalized." - Gregory E.Woods 9.24.13
|A mother, a thoughtful woman. It is said she has a site, or a blog|
|an exquisite beautiful woman causes stars to fall, and belief to soar. It is part of the ancient and mystical powers of African women. - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories|
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"As much as I dislike this generation's photographer's craft of smearing away the 'imperfections' from women's bodies Nicki Minaj gets a pass because of her penchant for creating fantasy, and fantastic stories, and images. I don't know much about the gossip around this artist. I know more about the inspiration she is, and how important creativity is to living a good life, and what is important about being creative." - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 10.25.13
|Nicki Minaj, here from her new|
The Nicki Minaj Photo Shoot
Oct. 15, 2013
|photograph of sophie-mayanne of her grandmother|
feb. 20, 2013
This is chilling. Initially I was engaged by the spectre of death your camera captured, and in my head I heard the fearful banter people often engage in in the presence of death. Death sees us clearly, and this photograph captured how it has been, and is viewed by Western cultures to the forefront of my mind.
This photograph captured the stoic nature of an old woman that surely must have pass her energies into the next realms. She has to as we all eventually do. What is bound on earth is bound above, and what is released on earth is released above is how spiritual science works in this regard; at least it is said in the lexicon of Western Christianity! - Gregory E. Woods 10.10.13
|Facing you with an idea is a of promise|
DARK SKINNED WOMEN
|A Black woman's life and existence says, "There is a depth to the meanings of the ancient stories told about the women from the dark continent lost in the translation of Being into slavery. It was not lost on the mystics, or the poets. It was lost on those who profit and profited from slavery, cruelty and demise. How well do you know the stories, and interpret them to yourself and your children? How you tell the story and the related stories determines the substance of our generations." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 3.18.13|