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“THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!”

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Commentator: ProPublica reporter Ginger Thompson

 

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For

For the asylum seekers’ children in America – severed from love and touch.

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You are known by us.

We care.

Hear our heart songs to you.

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NEST: THERE IS MORE FOR YOU                             Catherine L. Johnson  2010
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/nest-thereismoreforyou-2010-painting-selected-national-poetry-award
NEST: THERE IS MORE FOR YOU
was selected as a visual accompaniment to a 2010 prize winning poem:
http://www.mnartists.org/article/mnlit-original-what-neurologist-doesnt-say

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Samba Je Hed   an intimate improvisation  Anthony Cox / Billy Higgins 1991
Please click on link below for this sonic balm – a spontaneous, beautiful, intimate conversation
– an improvisation, pure.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeNEaT4sfZg

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Observers have raised concerns about the psychological toll on young children who enter this shelter system. NPR’s Joel Rose talked to one former shelter employee who said he quit after he was instructed to prevent siblings from hugging each other. The organization that runs the shelter said it allows touching and hugging in certain circumstances.
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621065383/what-we-know-family-separation-and-zero-tolerance-at-the-border

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What’s Behind the ‘Tender Age’ Shelters Opening for Young Migrants

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Many are toddlers and babies and require special care, and their numbers have been rising since last month, when the government enforced a “zero tolerance” policy on people crossing the border. Estimates suggest that more than 2,400 children under the age of 12 are now in federal custody, including many who have been separated from their parents.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/us/tender-age-shelters-family-separation-immigration.html

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Please note:
The images in the video  below are very distressing and disturbing.
You may choose to read the comments.

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I lived the story it documents
from 6 months to 3 years old
at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

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Hospital policy:
ONE parent 1x week and NO touching of your child,
who was in an institutional bed in lines in the nursery.
All designed for administrative ease.

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We know better now.
Touch + comfort of/to/from a loved one is fundamental + imperative for living!
The repercussions and reverberations are real,
severe
and
inscribed in the heart and bone of a child forever.
The story does not lift away in time.
It can be re-constructed for meaning
and
re-contextualized
to serve
the freedom voyage / flight of others
to set out to sea to enter their ship
 and
fly boundlessly with their full wing span.

WOUNDED HEALERS.

Of course, I remember!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man%27s_Search_for_Meaning
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_healer

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I had within me a fierce,
compassionate and courageous
divinity,
a radiant wilderness,
a  luminous chapel
that was stronger
than I was.
I was given this sacred fire.
It was mine to keep alive as it kept me alive.
I prevailed.
I became an artist – giving voice.

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My Mother, Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie,
wrote a 12 page, a  hand-written memoir, in 1996
(two years before her sudden and unexpected death)
to “tell me the truth”.
And the writing, her writing, was a release for her.
She was a young woman of 26
when it all occurred to her
and
my Daddy’s, Richard Harold Johnson, life.
She was 66
when she wrote it in blue ink,
with her delicate song of Palmer’s handwriting script,
on her favorite stationary.
She wrote my Genesis story for me,
She did not rise until it was completed.
The air changed,
the light changed
– the harvest of knowing
and
being SEEN for WHO you are.

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I am sharing this story of truth
to you,
the viewer of this entry,
in my WordPress of 2 July 2018.
Yes, I feel exposed.

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Yet, I must tell you
for those who have NO voice and are defenseless:
the children of asylum seekers.

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We know the TRUTH,
that DT and his WH administration
with their ZERO tolerance immigration policy,
a “determent”  policy,
is proof that their empathy wires are cut from humanity
and
what they see are their own demons
rather than
vulnerable, innocent children
who are terrified,

frozen in fear, 

without a voice
and
 who yearn for comfort
of their NEST
and
the balm, the lullaby, the sing-song
of  pure and loving humane voices. 
Incompetence and cruelty go together with DT and his White House.

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My finding of the video below
was a gift that I was ready for.  
There it was on the sidebar of YouTube.
I was viewing the videos of
“FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER”
nationwide protests.

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I took a deep breath, and clicked on the link.
I viewed what I had lived
– and what other children lived at that time.
Pre-verbal.
It was poignant that this video was silent.
I remember the wails,
the constant lament, the shrieks,
the gurgling sounds of giving up.
The playing with my hands to know I was here, to self-soothe, to hold on.
My body remembered all
–   the inchoate feelings.

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Yes,
I worked with the grace and love
of expert trauma specialists
to slowly,
oh so slowly,
 oh oh so so so slowly
to lift the veils
– like the skins of a burn victim,
and
carefully remove
with sacred attention,
the defending vigilant stones of my fortressed walls
to release my stories
that were prohibited from being told.

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I was fortunate to have certain loved ones
who told, who witnessed,
certain loved ones who I loved
and
I KNEW
loved me who could
SEE the ME within.  

FREEDOM.

 

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Healing is done with lullabies – the balm and the touch of pure love.

INTIMATE.

SACRED Listening.

Call and Response.

Moving forward instilling

HOPE

to those who are devastated,
distressed
and
breathing
the same oxygen as us all
and
know the sound and touch
of authentic
love’s redeeming,
restorative energy and elixir.

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Please click on the link below for the telling:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/809-the-longest-day-summer-solstice-until-the-story-of-the-hunt-is-told-by-the-lion-the-tale-of-the-hunt-will-always-glorify-the-hunter-african-proverb/

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I turn toward Nature’s grace, beauty + ephemera for restoration.
I turn toward Nature and bear witness and, in turn, I uphold wonder and awe.

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I offer you
what Nature offered this evening,
after I had completed this entry,
while riding my bike:

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My parents took me out of Shriners at 3 years old – doors closed shut.
My life was met by the creative medical genius of
Dr. Mark B. Coventry, Mayo Clinic.
My beloved Dr. Coventry.

 

A remarkable collaboration began between that called out GOLD.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/13-july-look-to-this-day-for-it-is-life-the-very-life-of-life-dr-mark-b-coventry-promise-me-two-things-only-let-those-who-honor-and-respect-you-come-near-and-always-remain-an-art/
HE ASKED ME TO MAKE TWO PROMISES
 TO HIM BEFORE HE DIED:
“PROMISE ME TWO THINGS:

ONLY

LET THOSE WHO HONOR AND RESPECT
YOU COME NEAR
AND

ALWAYS

 REMAIN AN ARTIST.”

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We are given opportunities
in the arc of our lifetime
to give and accept offerings of
awe + beauty + freedom.

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The salutation of

I SEE YOU

is an irreplaceable intimate epiphany
of
knowing a beloved.
This intimate knowing
illuminates all within the beloved
welcoming
his/her incandescent and fragile truths
slowly,  
with sincere tenderness like a gospel song.
What was once kept captive
within
locked in darkness,
shut down and hidden from view
is

WITNESSED,

embraced with love’s elixir.
Now, irreversibly RELEASED and wings unfurled –

EXODUS.

An unfolding dialectical freedom lullaby
that IS a mutual call and response
– a sacred, fortuitous, blessed
improvisational song.
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And, I / YOU / WE AIN’T GOING BACK…
Moving FORWARD, at last.

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EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013

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Image result for dee dee bridgewater memphis album
http://www.deedeebridgewater.com/

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DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER’S

“Try A Little Tenderness”

is a 

RELEVANT

SEXY SENSUAL

HERHYMN

 – a

LUSH ATTENTIVE

SALUTATION

of/ for/ to

WOMEN!

 

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“…Take my advice
it’s so nice
when you hold her,
love her,
kiss her,
squeeze her,
don’t tease her
Baby c’mon,
C’mon
Try some tenderness,
tenderness, oh yes…”

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Above: the closing verses adaption by:  Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Oh, she may be weary
Young girls they do get weary
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah
But when she gets weary
Try, try a little tenderness, yeah 
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You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess, no no
But while she’s there waiting, without them
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do)
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You know it’s not just sentimental, no, no, no
She has her grief and care, 
But the soft words, they are spoke so gentle, yeah
It makes it easier, easier, easier to bear, oh
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You won’t regret it
Young girls they don’t forget it
Love is their whole happiness, yes
But it’s all so easy
All you gotta do is try a little tenderness, oh yeah
All you gotta do man oh oh is hold her where you want her
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And squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her
Oh just try a little tenderness, oh oh
try it, try it, try it
You got to hold her, know how to love her,
and baby take this advice..”

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Above: original opening verses and their adaption by  Dee Dee Bridgewater

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EDIT:
Each and every
 child, man and woman
deserves and needs
tenderness.
Our America needs to offer tenderness to be GR8 again. 

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From alternative facts to tender age sheltershow euphemisms become political weapons of mass distraction

“Try a Little Tenderness”
Songwriters: Jimmy Campbell / Reg Connelly / Harry M. Woods
Try a Little Tenderness lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Other cover versions: https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/602520/versions

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Image result for dee dee bridgewater memphis albumDee Dee Bridgewater at 3 years old -when her family moved from Memphis to Flint, MI

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The story of

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER’S

MEMPHIS… YES, I’M READY:

https://www.okeh-records.com/2017/07/28/release-dee-dee-bridgewaters-album-inspired-by-her-memphis-roots
https://jazztimes.com/departments/interview/dee-dee-bridgewater-memphis-roots-showing/
https://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536501794/dee-dee-bridgewater-explores-her-memphis-roots-with-hound-dog

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Dee Dee Bridgewater and I!
When/Where: 23 June @ The Twin Cities Jazz Fest 2018!

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Dee and I met at the FIRST Dakota Jazz Club in Bandana Square 20 years ago!
 I was with my beloved friend, the late yet THE FOREVER PRESENT + ETERNAL Jane Matteson.
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Me, Catherine L. Johnson, at 3 years old.

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HERHYMN: BE BRAVE                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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For further information on
Catherine L. Johnson’s HERHYMN: BE BRAVE,  please click on links below: 
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/herhymns-be-brave-2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/809-the-longest-day-summer-solstice-until-the-story-of-the-hunt-is-told-by-the-lion-the-tale-of-the-hunt-will-always-glorify-the-hunter-african-proverb/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/

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reflection:lookingforwardtoSEEbackwardstellingthetruthofLIGHT the longest day of sunlight

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Until the story of the hunt

is told by the LION,

the tale of the hunt will always

glorify the HUNTER.”

African Proverb

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Until the story of the hunt

is told by the LIONESS,

the tale of the hunt will always

glorify the HUNTER.”

African Proverb  – adapted by CLJ on 21 June 2018

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Until the story of the hunt

is told by the LION CUBS,

the tale of the hunt will always

glorify the HUNTER.”

African Proverb – adapted by CLJ on 21June 2018

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listen, listen, listen to the story told by the children

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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 HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson   2013

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ONE HUNDRED LULLABIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES
5 December 2015  
Collaboration and accompanied by Lars-Erik Larson / composer + percussionist
Please click on link to read the lullaby:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/

 

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Image result for martin luther king jr injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere meaningThe Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Letter from a Birmingham City Jail. 1963.
Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood, Martin Luther King, Jr.
https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

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Image result for melania trump I really dont care
Is that a quote in relation to the ongoing emotional carnage sponsored by your husband??
DT’s “Stepford Wife/ Stockholm Syndrome reality show” CHOSE to wear THIS jacket 
http://screenprism.com/insights/article/what-does-it-mean-to-call-a-woman-a-stepford-wife

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/06/21/writing-on-melania-trumps-jacket-causes-controversy-before-border-visit/?utm_term=.fbb1f048e7a9

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/622410485/whats-up-with-melania-trump-s-i-really-don-t-care-do-u-jacket

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Today, First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket with the words

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”

on the back on Thursday as she boarded a plane on her way to visit immigrant children being held at the border. She arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland wearing the green, hooded $39 jacket from Zara. She removed it before she arrived in McAllen, Texas, to tour a detention center. 
As my dear eloquent, articulate and step UP Canadian friend Janet and I have texted each other – as a LOOPED refrain – for the last few weeks in response to DT + his White House’s actions:
THERE ARE NO WORDS” or “CANNOT FIND THE WORDS”
Truly, THERE ARE NO WORDS. 

 

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