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Starbucks How Dare YOU!!!!


I am sure many of you have seen this Starbucks debate on every social media forum and news channel the past few days. If you haven’t then I would say you either, haven’t been on any social media, haven’t watched the news, or have your head stuck somewhere dark.

Apparently, Christen’s are up in air about their choice of coffee mugs this holiday season.  Starbucks has chosen to go with a red mug, instead of their “red” mug with snow flakes, fir tree limbs, reindeer etc.  So, some people are saying Starbucks is taking Christ out of Christmas, that they have become “Jesus haters”.

Can someone explain how going to a “red” cup is taking Christ out of Christmas?  I do not see how this makes sense to myself.  What does Christ have to do with snow flakes, and reindeer or red cups, which by the way isn’t a “real” red. Starbucks has stated the cup ” is a two-toned ombré design, with a bright poppy color on top that shades into a darker cranberry below” Read more at

It should also be noted that Starbucks could not have removed any overtly Christian symbols from their cups, because they never used them to begin with. The holiday symbols Starbucks used between November and December every year on their cups typically feature general winter holiday symbols such as snowmen, carolers, and ornaments, which (although they may be associated with Christmas) are either secular in origin or not exclusively Christian.

If Starbucks was truly getting rid of Christ and declaring War on Christ, wouldn’t they get rid of EVERYTHING, every product they have which is Christmas oriented, such as: Starbucks® Advent Calendar 2015Red Holiday Cup OrnamentStarbucks® Dark Chocolate Peppermint GrahamsFloating Figurines Holiday Tumbler, 12 fl ozHoliday Trees Cold Cup, 16 fl oz and many others.  Plus, all the special holiday flavored drinks: Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Caramel Brulée Latte. If a two-tone Ombre` cup is representation of Christ then so are these other products.

With all this information known and all the arguing going – on my issue with all this is?

We have so many other things in this world to worry about, and the thing these people are worried about, and are fighting over in the world, during the season that is suppose to be about good will and brotherly love: when the bible says; “love thy neighbor as thy self” –    Yet people are fighting over A TWO-TONED OMBRE` CUP CUP!

In our country we have Thousands of veterans will spend Christmas day overseas while thousands more will spend it in the streets starving  or dying from exposure to the weather because we don’t have a solution to this issue, which is also partly due to lack of solution to the lack of Mental Health issues and care in the US.

Millions of children will eat their dinners at a facility due to being abandoned by their birth parents. Or 1 out of every 3 children will be spending their Christmas being abused by one or both of their parents, Yet people are fighting over A TWO-TONED OMBRE` CUP CUP!

The little gay boy or girl down the street or in your class is being bullied on a daily basis, or perhaps it is just the really quite geeky kid who has a stutter, to the point of suicide.  Yet people are fighting over A TWO-TONED OMBRE CUP CUP!

Thousands of inmates will spend the holidays in jail for non-violent, weed related crimes. Billions of animals will be slaughtered in dog fights, in animal shelters just to full to shelter them all because people can’t be bothered to have them spayed or neutered, buy them for gifts – then decided they are to much problem, etc.  Yet people are fighting over A TWO-TONED OMBRE CUP CUP!

This holiday is suppose to be about good will to all and love for man kind, yet here people are all over America (some who are ministers (Joshua Feuerstein) complaining about a company and their cup which really had NOTHING to do with Christ.  

I think a person on twitter stated it best when they wrote on twitter: “If you need a coffee chain to be your ambassador of Christ you need to re-examine your relationship w/God,” one Twitter critic.

Peace and Blessings:

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About Me: – From The Wondering Mind Of THE Artist and The Beak Of A Hawk


I am Trinton “TrinityHawk” Garrett, I am a guy just like every other guy. I live my life loving my family, loving the Earth we live upon, living the spirituality that is apart of who I am.

I study life, religions, and philosophies and I love reading as much as I love writing and creating art.  To me life is art, art is beauty, and all things are beautiful.

On a more basic aspect of who I am;  I run two businesses a freelance art business where I create Multimedia art and Indie book covers. I also am a writer of short stories, poetry, and publisher of an alternative magazine.

I combine these skills and create my own e-books in which I will be selling on my own page soon.  I also sell my art work on my page, but for now I sell it on my two art pages:

Society6 and Redbubble

I suffer of chronic pain aliment Fibromyalgia and Lower back issue, as well as a few  life time trails that I have had to face which have made me stronger. However, I won’t say it made my life a better life, because that is a Bullshit phrase.  Buddha, Christ, who ever you want to quote, might say with life comes pain and suffering but not one said it will make your life better.  This is because they each one have stated it will make you wiser and more enlightened, perhaps with this wisdom life will be better, but this is up to each person individually.  I try to use all these experiences to educate people in order to prevent the younger generation from having to suffer with and through as much, and will be able to choose their own path a bit easier.

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Thought for the day:


Karma: Many believe Karma is – you do bad, bad things happen to you – You do good, good things happen to you during this life and in those things that you do, and that are done to you.

According to Buddhism and Hinduism – Karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences, or in Christianity it is the sum of a person’s actions in this life viewed as deciding their fate upon facing the lord.

So – Your Karma – is your OVER ALL life actions, deeds, spiritual intent been good or bad? Have you believed enough, have you followed and practiced your faith – not only in word but actions? Been kind to those who needed it? Not turned your head and ignored them? Have you done your best not to judge?

As I live and pray this prayer that I was taught once –

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.

So – what does your Karma look like today, this week, this year?  Do not only have faith but believe it, practice it and give thanks for it!

Homeless Jesus:


On top of the news of the Supreme Court passing the law to give all GLBT individuals the right to marry, my wife and I were texting this morning about a statue that is downtown it is at one of our local bus stops, near a church, the statue titled; “Homeless Jesus”.  It is a figure of a person curled up on a bench with a blanket over him and all you can see is his hands holding the blanket and his feet sticking out.  His hands and feet both have holes in them.  

It had me wondering: has the Bible story of Jesus been told in true context and not  translated it to mean to themselves.

Jesus was a homeless man partly by choice do to traveling and speaking the world of god, but also because that when he did seek shelter, many times he would be turned away by those who did not believe and saw him as nothing more than a beggar.

Those who valued their THINGS and their money over humanity instead of helping another human being in need, choose to turn a blind eye on who this man at their door was, and saw just a dirty beggar instead of God’s Son who was here walking among his people preaching his father’s word, studying to reach enlightenment himself. For he said many times; “I will live and walk among my people”  So, who were his people? The rich that valued their THINGS and money, that turned away those in need? Or those who were poor and welcomed others with open arms, was welling to share what they had even if it wasn’t much?

I am not saying all the poor and none of the reach were his people.  No – there were some rich who gave to the poor and welcomed Jesus into their homes, let him rest, eat, and bath.  These people received the same blessings that those who he lived and walked among.   But, remember Jesus said in Matthew 19:24; “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

I do not consider myself Christian but I think no matter who you are, to be “his people”, it does not matter where you are in life, what does matter is; are you willing to accept and love all man kind, no matter who they are, how much money they have, what race they are, what religion they are, or who they love.

Since I study religions and consider myself spiritual and more Buddhist then any other religion, consider this: As Buddha choose to travel an forsake all worldly goods in search of enlightenment, to preach life’s lessons.  So did Jesus, choose to travel and forsake all worldly goods in search of enlightenment, and to preach his father’s word/ life’s lessons.  Because both choose to travel and forsake all worldly goods, it made both homeless.  Both, were holy men but were forsaken by some, yet both denied that they were God, and said they were just prophets seeking enlightenment and preaching  life lessons. However; Jesus said he was preaching the word of his father, the one true God: While the study of Buddhism does not believe in a supreme creator.

The realization that he, like anyone else, could be subject to different forms of human suffering drove Siddhartha into a personal crisis. By the time he was 29, he abandoned his home and began to live as a homeless ascetic and five followers joined Buddha on his journey, much as Jesus had his prophets who followed him. Buddha means; as a person who has awakened from the deep sleep of ignorance. The Buddha, preached about embracing sympathy and a deep concern for the poor and the oppressed. He preached in favour of equality of all men and opposed inequalities and abuses of the caste system.

Buddhism has eightfold path which we follow while Christians have 10 comments they follow.  The eightfold path leads to extinction of suffering and impersonality of all beings, it leads to enlightenment within one’s spirit.  These are the lessons that Buddha taught, compared to the lessons’ Jesus taught on his travels.

I am not saying one is better then the other, I am not, as I stated above I study religions, myself I think they are both equally important and true.  For if both religious leaders teach peace, compassion, acceptance and shows that it is the road to enlightenment is to show these traits in ourselves and in humanity, how can these lessons be wrong, how can these religions be wrong?

Just where my mind wandered this morning – Whirling mind wondering thoughts …..

Where is your mind wondering? What is your whirling thoughts?

 

 

 

If you like to know more about Buddhism here is some

Philosphy of Buddism

Buddism in a nutshell

Comparing

 

On The Duggars


This part is my statement about the whole Josh Dugger thing:  It is DISGUSTING!!!  The only ones who are clear of any disgust in the whole situation is the victims and the children.  Jim Bob the father has proven himself to be not only a lier but a hipacrite;  in 2002 while running for a set in the Senate he made this statement; (paraphrasing here), all rape and insest should be treated as a capital crime and all pepertrators should be put to death. Yet, when his own son is the pepertrator excuses are made!  Even though their is a police report made on Josh, nothing is done! Yes he was a 12 year old boy, a minor, but look back on history and their have been many other minors who have been proscuted as adults due to their molestation of another child and their crimes! Why not Josh Dugger? According to attorneys at Wallin & Klarich law firm children / minors can and have been charged as adults for molestation on other children/minors.  So I say again why not Josh Dugger? Why was his crimes hidden until years latter and it came out on television show? Because for some disgusting, misguided reason they thought it would boost the ratings?

I say we all should speak out for these silenced women and children who have no voice, not just Josh Dugger’s victims but molestation and rape victims all over the world who have no voice, or feel they have no voice – let us speak out and say it is NOT OK – for any age man/woman to molest or rape another human being!!!

The part below has been re-blogged from What a Witch

 

What a Witch

Sexual Abuse Silence

I don’t want to talk about the parents.

I don’t want to talk about how they raised their children in a cult.

I don’t want to talk about Josh Duggar.

He’s a child molester.

I don’t want to talk about his “reform.”

Josh and his parents insist that he is no longer a danger, but Josh and his parents are also the people who hid his sexual assault.

So maybe their word is not so valuable.

Oh wait, I’m sorry, I misspoke. (mistyped?)

Their word means less than nothing and I would be perfectly happy if they would shut the fuck up.

I don’t want to talk about the family’s connection with Hobby Lobby.

I don’t want to talk about the fact that the place that Josh was sent to for “counseling,” the place wherein the family claims that Josh underwent his “reform” was run by a man who is…

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