Squirrel Food for the Powerful Soul – Part 2 of 5







The list of the 25 Feminist Anthems are not ranked in the article on billboard.com  by Allison Stubblebine.   I suspect Allison was profoundly influenced by Madame Ghandi’s lyric, ” A world in which we are linked and not ranked!”    I do admit I am  extremely   competitive.  However; when I play to have enjoy the game I find peace, as well as joy.  I am especially fond of games that are cooperative.  I am presenting the list as Allison dropped them into the article.  The first segment is a direct quote from Allison Stubblebine’s article.   I will  quote the article description of the video, personally comment on the video,  provide a copy of the video for you to enjoy, provide the lyrics for the song, and finally I will provide herstory on the artist or group.

For me these are 25 women standing shoulder to shoulder challenging his story to make it our story.   No one is better than the other.  We are all different and we are all one.  When we stand together we are at greatest power.  These women across time and tide are launching bright fireworks of defiance and love to illuminate the darkness of ignorance and oppression. 

Remember, when you look across at a female coworker you are her sister.  Sisters raise one another up.  Sisters are wise.  I go to mine for advice and warm kindness on rough day.  We as wise women stand together.  Women are stronger together.  We as wise women listen and rebuke aggressors and opposition together.  We as wise women acknowledge one another.  Be the love you want to receive in the world.  Be powerful.  Choose words powerfully.   Choose your actions powerfully.  Choose your deeds with honor and love…. as our daughters (and sons) are learning how to Love Powerfully at our hemlines.

Much of the information will be compiled from other sources.  All sources which are quoted have links to their point of origin.  All authors, bloggers, images and intellectual property is retained by the originators of said properties.  Thank You for each of your work to support and empower women everywhere my sisters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers.  

Here are the next five on the billboard.com article by Allison Stubblebine:


“Independent Woman” – Destiny’s Child

“Charlie, how your Angels get down like that?” All the honeys who are making money have to admit this song is a timeless feminist hit. Destiny’s Child had a common theme of buying their own things for themselves, and not needing to wait on a man to come around to do the same things (hello, “Bills Bills Bills”).”

by Allison Stubblebine 


Goddess knows this is the song that will pop into my brain and go for a wild ride on repeat at random points in my day.   I adore Destiny Child’s, “Independent Woman” song and the video.  Destiny’s Child is one of my favorite musical groups of all time.  Beyoncé is great, but the ladies made magic when they were together.  Having listened to “Independent Woman”   I feel this is highly important for all girls, young women who like to reference themselves as girls, women who feel that girl is their empowering term a Women who revel in womanhood, and women who have crones and revel in their power too.  This song speaks to all women of mind sets.

We as women may have differing strength and height challenges, but in most other respects we are of similar spiritual and capable functionality.  Yes, I am including the women who are transgnder in the women.

It is also of import for boys and men to hear that women do not have to have them in their lives.

I now realize, why I feel like such a rotten toe, as I feel I am not contributing half or at least paying for my car, etc.  I need to release the blame and shaming I am feeling around this issue and get on with claiming the power that I do have and am in process of using to create my life fully ALIVE, Enlivened and WOKE.

No going back to sleep.  I have a plan.  I am working the plan.  Rise early, Keep the faith, Stay the Path, Keep Devotions, Focus,  Get Help and Assistance as need, Rely on my sisters, Excercise, Spread Truth, Spread Love, Spread Hope, Trust in my Inner Voice, Value myself, Value my work, Value my Product, Value my ideas, and Repeat.  Oh and DANCE all by myself at least once a week.  More on The Plan, My Plan later after this series has concluded.  I gave my word that I would present the series of blogs and this I shall do!

Over all another excellent addition to the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison Stubblebine.




Independent Women 

by Destiny’s Child

Lucy Liu
With my girl, Drew
Cameron D. and Destiny
Charlie’s Angels, come on
Uh uh uh
Question; tell me what you think about me
I buy my own diamonds and I buy my own rings
Only ring your celly when I’m feelin lonely
When it’s all over please get up and leave
Question; tell me how you feel about this
Try to control me boy, you get dismissed
Pay my own fun, oh and I pay my own bills
Always 50/50 in relationships
The shoes on my feet
I’ve bought it
The clothes I’m wearing
I’ve bought it
The rock I’m rocking
I bought it
Cause I depend on me
(If I want it)
The watch I’m wearing
I bought it
The house I live in
I’ve bought it
The car I’m driving
I’ve bought it
I depend on me
(I depend on me)
All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me
Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that
Charlie, how your Angels get down like that
Tell me how you feel about this
Who would I want if I would wanna live
I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get
Ladies, it ain’t easy being independent
Question; how’d you like this knowledge that I brought
Bragging on that cash that he gave you is to front
If you’re gonna brag make sure it’s your money you flaunt
Depend on no-one else to give you what you want
The shoes on my feet
I’ve bought it
The clothes I’m wearing
I’ve bought it
The rock I’m rocking
I bought it
Cause I depend on me
(If I want it)
The watch I’m wearing
I bought it
The house I live in
I’ve bought it
The car I’m driving
I’ve bought it
I depend on me
(I depend on me)
All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me
Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that
Charlie, how your Angels get down like that
Destiny’s Child
You in the house?
Sure ’nuff
We’ll break these people off Angel style
Child of Destiny
Independent beauty
Noone else can scare me
Charlie’s Angels
All the women, who are independent
Throw your hands up at me
All the honeys, who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mommas, who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me
All the ladies, who truly feel me
Throw your hands up at me
Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that
Charlie, how your Angels get down like that
Songwriters: Mark Rooney / Samuel Barnes / Jean Olivier / Beyonce Knowles
Independent Women lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc


Destiny’s Child

This powerhouse group has had a total of six women as members over the past.  The group started under a different name, Girl’s Tyme.


Destiny’s Child Over the years not in linear order:



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5th Annual Soul Train "Lady of Soul" Awards
Celebrities at MTV Awards
Destiny’s Child
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Destiny’s Child performing during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New OrleansLouisiana on February 3, 2013. From left to right: Kelly RowlandBeyoncé KnowlesMichelle Williams
Background information
Also known as Girl’s Tyme
Origin HoustonTexasUnited States
Years active 1990–2006
Website destinyschild.com
Past members Beyoncé Knowles
Kelly Rowland
Michelle Williams
LaTavia Roberson
LeToya Luckett
Farrah Franklin

Destiny’s Child was an Americangirl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé KnowlesKelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny’s Child members began their musical career as Girl’s Tyme, formed in 1990, comprising Knowles, Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett among others.[1] After years of limited success, they were signed in 1997 to Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment as Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child was launched into mainstream recognition following the 1999 release of their best-selling second album, The Writing’s on the Wall, which contained the number-one singles “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name“. Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Roberson and Luckett attempted to split from the group’s manager Mathew Knowles, citing favoritism of Knowles and Rowland.

Both Roberson and Luckett were soon replaced with Williams and Farrah Franklin; however, in 2000, Franklin left, leaving the group as a trio. Their third album, Survivor, which contains themes the public interpreted as a channel to the group’s experience, contains the worldwide hits “Independent Women“, “Survivor” and “Bootylicious“. In 2002, they announced a hiatus and re-united two years later for the release of their fourth and final studio album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004). Destiny’s Child has sold more than sixty million records worldwide to date.[2]Billboard magazine ranks the group as one of the greatest musical trios of all time,[3] the ninth most successful artist/band of the 2000s,[4]placed the group 68th in its All-Time Hot 100 Artists list in 2008[5] and in December 2016, the magazine ranked them as the 90th most successful dance club artist of all-time.[6]   

For more from the Destiny’s Child Wiki
Another option for information on Destiny’s Child 




“Quiet” – MILCK

MILCK saw viral fame after her feminist battle cry at the Women’s March on Washington acquired millions of views in a short time. After an emotional start to the song, “Put on your face/ Know your place/ Shut up and smile/ I could do that” MILCK breaks out into the sweeping chorus, garnering strength with “I can’t keep quiet, oh/ A one woman riot.”

This space is for my impression of the song “Quiet” by  the Goddess MILCK…  HOLY SHIT, WOW, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO “QUIET” I TEAR UP!  I get chills.  The video is both haunting and uplifting. The imagery is incredibly empowering.    I hope and pray that MILCK’s “Quiet” will start a Phoenix of women rising to sing out their new anthems.

I know in my soul that “Quiet” is definite contributing factor to the fiery explosion across all media, sports, and cinema burn understanding that abuse, grose sexual misconduct, and rape is utterly vile and unacceptable.  This anthem of hope have called to all the abused no longer have to be “Quiet”. They are stepping into the light and raising their voices, as if a choir shouting down demons.

A deeply moving selection for the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison. 





put on your face
know your place
shut up and smile
don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet

Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
Must be someone who’ll understand
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now

I can’t keep quiet

from Quiet, track released January 14, 2017
Written by Connie Lim and Adrianne Gonzalez
Produced by AG
all rights reserved






….in her own words

“There’s a lot of fight inside MILCK.

After a decade of quiet independent releases and tireless gigs around her native Los Angeles, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and poet MILCK confidently carried a generational anthem in the form of “Quiet.” Originally penned in 2015 with frequent collaborator Adrianne Gonzalez, the song provided a clarion call for people of all races, creeds, and colors who have suffered and survived gallantly in the face of trauma, trials, and tribulations with resounding piano chords and shuddering, soulful delivery.

“It’s unbelievable to think now, but I was initially told to hold the song,” she recalls. “I couldn’t keep compromising anymore though. It’s my story as a survivor of abuse. I was finally letting myself out of the chains. Recording ‘Quiet’ was a very genuine moment of therapy for me. It’s very real. I thought if the honesty healed me, maybe it can heal someone else? After the election, I said, ‘Fuck you’ and shared it.”

She shared it in the most beautiful way possible. Traveling to the historic January 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., MILCK teamed up with 25 female singers—whom she had never met before—and delivered seven acapella flashmob performances of “Quiet” on the streets. video of the flashmobs was captured by the award-winning director Alma Har’el and quickly went viral after being posted on her Facebook page, drawing over 14 million plays in just two days. By the end of the week, MILCK took the stage on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee for another riveting rendition as VICE, NPR, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Associated Press, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and more extolled her. It ignited the #ICantKeepQuiet social media project as everyone from Emma Watson, Debra Messing, and Tegan & Sara to Tom Morello and Denis Leary shared the video. The initiative’s merchandise benefits the Step Up chapter in L.A., which provides after school and mentorship programs for underprivileged girls 13-18.

Crafting “cathartic pop” rooted in classical training and inspired by a pastiche of artistic muses ranging from Hemingway and Maya Angelou to modern art, this style defines her debut EP for Atlantic Records.

“Throughout all of those years struggling, a major label never felt like it could be a reality,” she admits. “I’m just being myself, and I don’t want to assume that I can sing for everyone. I want to sing what I feel. If people connect, that’s awesome.”

MILCK has been singing for as long as she can remember. Born to Chinese immigrants in the Los Angeles suburb of Palos Verdes, she enrolled in classical piano at six-years-old and opera classes at the age of eight. Honing her talents during high school, the budding artist headed to Berkeley for college, promising she “would try pre-med” and allaying some of her doctor father’s worries about a potential career in music. Inspired by everything from Frédéric Chopin, Tori Amos, and Elton John to Imogen Heap, Portishead, Radiohead, and Massive Attack, she experienced something of an awakening in the college’s underground piano rooms.

“I realized I could sing and play piano at the same time,” she goes on. “That opened the door to writing pop songs. I felt like I could finally express myself. I’m grateful for my classical foundation. The amazing thing about opera is I learned how to use my vocal cords to sing for hours without getting tired, but rather, becoming stronger. I had all of these tools and decided I would graduate, move to L.A., and get my ass kicked by the music industry.”

Performing under her given name, Connie Lim, she paid her dues tenfold. Throughout the next 8 years, she successfully financed an indie release via Kickstarter and built a sturdy foundation all the while weathering crumbling business partnerships and a series of obstacles. In 2016, she re-emerged under the name MILCK—her last name Lim spelled backwards and first two initials.

“I wanted to establish myself, so I did MILCK,” she explains. “It uses the name I received from my ancestors, but I’m changing it and making it my own, so I can actually be who I am. It’s taking accountability.”

She made waves with “Devil Devil,” which went on to receive high-profile syncs in Lucifer and The Royals as it racked up 925k Spotify streams and over 1 million YouTube views. However, the stark and shuddering, yet disarmingly catchy “Quiet” finally needed to be heard.

“I was pretty sad,” she remembers. “My management disappeared, and I felt like I hit rock bottom. I said to my boyfriend, ‘I lost my team. He looked at me and went, ‘But honey, you are the team.’ That really shifted my perspective. Shortly after that, I released ‘Quiet.

Hemingway wrote, “You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.” MILCK is quiet no more, and her honesty possesses the power to heal.

“I’d rather express than impress,” she leaves off. “When people listen to me, I want them to feel empowered. I want a catharsis. My ideal situation as an artist is to harness my voice so it becomes like the purest form of water. When I sing in a room, I want to wash people and the walls of all the pain and shit they deal with. I come from a family of doctors. Doctors are healers. I want to be a sonic healer.” ”

from MILCK website



““Cinderella” – Play

Swedish girl group Play was singing feminist anthems left and right in their heyday. At the same time they threw down the damsel-in-distress trope in this hit, the group also released “Us Against the World,” another track about backing each other up and taking on the world together.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 


Good goddesses that is very candy sweet Poppy GIRRRRRL Power Anthem. I freegin’ LOVE this song.  I just visited my dentist, or otherwise I would have had instant cavities!

I am very incredibly fond of the stanzas “My knight in shining armor
Is me;  So I’m gonna set me free.   The stanza that I am most fond of from Play’s “Cinderella” is “I can slay my own dragons” especially since I used to have a passion for Dungeon’s and Dragons, now Pathfinder, and D&D.  I also really love playing the warrior in plate mail.  Further I love fantasy novels where the princess saves the day or world or merely just the kingdom, oh and the effect of her heroinic efforts leads to other princesses following suit.

Every stanza is full of wonder and glee.  Cinderella makes me as the listener feel as I never have to ever consider being a Cinder ella; rather the knight slaying dragons.  The writers really honor and did justice to the audience of  Play, Play with their youthful exuberance and sas!   Happy Happy Joy Joy

A definitive happy happy win for the list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by Allison, presented by our youngest artists, dragon slayers, and righteous knights!



Cinderella Lyrics


“When I was just a little girl
My mama used to tuck me into bed
She read me a story
It always was about a princess in distress
And how a guy would save her
And end up with the glory

I’d lie in bed and think about
The person that I want to be
Then one day I realized
Fairy tale life wasn’t for me

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself

Someday I’m gonna find someone
Who wants my soul, heart and mind
Who’s not afraid to show that he loves me
Somebody who will understand
I’m happy just the way I am
Don’t need nobody taking care of me
(I will be there)
I will be there for him
Just as strong as he
Will be there for me
When I give myself then it has got to be
An equal thing

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself
(Rescue myself, rescue myself)

I can slay my own dragons

I can dream my own dreams
(My own dreams)
My knight in shining armor
Is me
So I’m gonna set me free
I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free

I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself

I don’t wanna be like Cinderella
Sitting in a dark cold dusty cellar
Waiting for somebody
To come and set me free
I don’t wanna be like Snow White waiting
For a handsome prince to come and save me
On a horse of white
Unless we’re riding side by side
Don’t wanna depend on no one else
I’d rather rescue myself”

Writer(s): Kevin Stuart James Savigar, Lindy Robbins “



Images from the life of Play














Play  is a four member young Swedish girl group that has had seven participants,  as some choose to pursue their college goals so that they could slay dragons and be knights.


Origin StockholmSweden
Genres Popeuropopelectropopteen popbubblegum pop
Years active 2001–2005, 2009–11
Labels Columbia (2001–05)
Bonnier Music (2009–11)
Associated acts Destiny’s ChildAmanda LamecheDream StreetA-TeensB2KEden’s Crush
Website http://play-mania.com/
Past members Anaïs Lameche
Faye Hamlin
Emelie Norenberg
Rosie Munter
Sanne Karlsson
Anna Sundstrand
Janet Leon

Play was a Swedish pop girl group consisting of, in total, seven young women. Faye HamlinAnna SundstrandAnaïs Lameche, and Rosie Munter formed Play’s original line-up from the band’s formation from 2001 until late 2003. After founding member Faye left the group, fifth member Janet Leon joined Play to fill Hamlin’s position as lead singer.[1] In 2005, the group officially announced an “indefinite break” and split up.[2] At that time, Play had sold almost one million albums.[3] Four years later, in 2009, the group reformed with a new line-up of three members consisting of Anaïs, Faye, and the sixth and oldest member of Play, Sanne Karlsson. In February 2011, an official statement was made that Faye had once again left the group in 2010 and would be replaced by Emelie Norenberg.[4] It was announced in May 2011 that the band had separated for the second time.

Herstory of Play




““Woman” – Kesha

Aside from all the other reasons to be absolutely stoked on Kesha’s most recent album Rainbow, which marked her long-awaited return to music making, “Woman” is the icing on the cake, ‘cause she “run this shit, baby.” ”

by Allison Stubblebine 


Very Brassy (pun intended)  Has a very brass tits kind of feel.  Ovaries to the wall action packed video.  I love the sassy brass horns.  I also feel the gold lamė cape and jumpsuit Kesha is  wearing is perfection.  I do not know if this is  the case, but this song makes me wonder if Kesha is a Destiny’s Childe fan, the lyrics are similar.  Kesha’s delivery has a sharper dangerous edge.  Where as, Destiny’s Child is pure in your face you better step up and own your power.

Overall “Woman” is an excellent addition for the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by motherfuking Allison, by the writer and singer Kesha.



“Woman” – Kesha

Let’s be serious, come on
This is a real, this is, excuse me?
Ok, shut up
I buy my own things, I pay my own bills
These diamond rings, my automobiles
Everything I got, I bought it
Boys can’t buy my love, buy my love, yeah
I do what I want (she does), say what you say
I work real hard every day
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, that’s right
I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight
I’m a motherfucker
Mmm, yeah
Let’s drive around town in my Cadillac
Girls in the front, boys in the back
Loosey as a goosey and we’re looking for some fun
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, that’s right
I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight
I’m a motherfucker
Mmm, yeah
Mmm, yeah
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby
(I run my shit)
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
(‘Cause I write this shit, baby)
I write my shit
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
(‘Cause I run my shit, baby, I run my shit)
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby, I run my shit
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
I run this shit, baby, I run this shit
Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
(‘Cause I write this shit, baby, I write this shit)
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman, baby, that’s right
I’m just having fun with my ladies here tonight
I’m a motherfucker
Mmm, yeah
Songwriters: Kesha Rose Sebert / Drew Pearson / Stephen Wrabel
Woman lyrics © Cypmp







Kesha Planes Fire & Rescue premiere July 2014 (cropped).jpg

Kesha at the premiere for Planes: Fire & Rescue in July 2014
Born Kesha Rose Sebert
March 1, 1987 (age 30)
Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Home town Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.
Parent(s) Pebe Sebert (mother)
Website keshaofficial.com
Musical career
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts


“Kesha Rose Sebert (/ˈkɛʃə rz ˈsɛbərt/ KESH-ə ROHZ SEB-ərt; born March 1, 1987; formerly stylized as Ke$ha) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke‘s label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Rida‘s number-one single “Right Round“. Kesha’s music and image propelled her to immediate success, with her debut album Animal premiering at the top of the charts in several countries. She achieved 3 more number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” as a solo artist, and “Timber” as a featured artist. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, becoming respected as a songwriter. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, and spawned her eighth consecutive top-ten single “Die Young“. “Tik Tok”, at one point, was the best-selling digital single in history, selling over 16.5 million units internationally.

Since 2013, Kesha has been in legal dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke, in which a series of lawsuits (known collectively as Kesha v. Dr. Luke) were exchanged between the two parties. Kesha accused him of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against her, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract and defamation by Kesha. During this period, the singer only managed to release one single. She returned to music in 2017 with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow, and its lead single “Praying“; both of which garnered Kesha two Grammy Awards nominations.

Kesha has received several awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has reportedly sold over 59 million records in the United States and 76 million records worldwide.[1][2]”

Early Kesha




““The Future is Female” – Madame Gandhi (TT the Artist Club Remix featuring UNIIQU3)

This super recent track is packed with cold hard facts, like “We have to value girls more than their looks/ The biggest threat is a girl with a book.” Plus, the artist’s main goal in performing is to “make gender equality culturally even more relevant,” and that’s about as feminist as a goal can get.”

by Allison Stubblebine 


I almost posted the wrong lyrics and left out the powerhouse contributions of TT the Artist, MERRILL GARBUS, and UNIIQU3.   Queens all, these women are spinning the world to a make hersoty with The Future is Female – Club Remix.  Very techno with juicy lyrics.  The Future is Female – Club remix is reminiscent of some of the late work of Annie Lennox.  Though it stands apart as the Devas of Club Feminism.  I do not have the linguistic nuance of the street, so I will not attempt flattery in such a manner.  Brilliant work of art Ladies, Thank You.

A fine addtion to the  list of the 25 Feminist Anthems by  Madame Allison. 





The Future is Female

The Future is Female…

TT The Artist
Madame Gandhi

Power in what you say

The future is female means that…

Where my ladies at?

Future is Female
Singin’, Singin’
Future is Female

Where my ladies at?

Where my ladies
Around the world
This the anthem
Of the year
Shake it
Get up out yo chair
Work it ladies
Flip your hair
Hands up
Like yo don’t care
Time is near
We taking over
By step
We getting closer
Talk the talk
Get the do
Bossed up
From head to toe
Suits to
We run the show
We actin up
Kick down the door
If you feel me
Get on floor dance
Til you can’t no more
Party till you can’t no more
Female is future
Dats for sure

Making Strides
With my sister by my side
We killin it ( Yup )
Love Trumps Hate
Pussy so Magnificent
Diversity the key
Don’t care what your preference is
Fuck the system
Middle Fingers up
They ain’t running shit

Leave your pain the floor
Shake it off and drop it low
Feel the vibe and let it flow
I’m fab and fem you see the glow

How could girly ever be an insult?
All the women I know are ones moving culture
What would happen if we all would lead with a little less aggression more femininity?
We have to value girls more than their looks
The biggest threat is a girl with a book
The system must make room for all that we do
We’ve been bleeding each month till we gave birth to you!

To me, “The Future is female” means that no longer will female qualities be subordinated to male qualities
I want to live in a world that is collaborative
A world that is emotionally intelligent
A world in which we are linked and not ranked!

Power in what you say

Don’t be afraid

We we we
We Run the club
Bring it back


Future is Female
Singin’, Singin’
Future is Female

Where my ladies at?







I heard Amy Poehler speak at the White House
Her words hit me hard like a light bulb
Fictitious depictions of girls must die out
If we want to live in a world that triumphs

I am just talking about loving the femme
I ain’t talking bout nobody else
Toxic masculinity has to end
I am just talking about loving ourselves

You can catch me singing these words
In a black Otherwild “Future is Female” t-shirt
Like AY! Me, I got something to say
Gender constructions just get in the way
I’ve been playing drums since I was like 8
The future is female, the future is great!







Madame Gandhi

“Kiran Gandhi, born in 1989,[1] is an American Indian electronic music artist, drummer, singer and activist. She is also known by her stage name Madame Gandhi.[2] Her music career includes being a touring drummer for artist M.I.A.. Gandhi’s music and activism focuses on female empowerment and Fourth-wave feminism. She has performed at music festivals such as Bonnaroo and SXSW. In 2015, she ran the London Marathon bleeding freely on her period as a symbolic act to combat menstrual stigma around the world.[3] Her debut EP as Madame Gandhi was released in 2016. ”


More on Madame Gandhi


I am not satisfied with the limited amount of information on the extraordinary woman who is Kiran Gandhi so I have chosen to include information from her blog.


“The Future is Female has its own powers, and has already been such a symbolic journey in the past 4 months. It represents to me my belief in women being able to find their inner madame (the person who is authentically themselves and feels safe and liberated enough to do what they want and make the world a better place), it represents the potential that our next US president might be a woman, it represents a new era where we no longer use the world “feminine” as an insult. 

On Otherwild’s website, the herstory of the slogan is clearly explained:

The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, which was opened in 1972 by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of musician Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975. The photograph was done for a slide show she was working on called: “What the Well Dressed Dyke Will Wear.” 

This slogan has lasted through the decades and is reemerging as an empowering statement for all, as female-identified bodies and rights remain under attack. Inflexibile and compulsory sexual and gender binaries are used to oppress and deny people their humanity and agency. Otherwild believes in an inclusive, expanded and fluid notion of gender expression, identities and feminisms. We support liberation, embrace our trans sisters, and call for the end of patriarchal ideology, domination, oppression and violence. We believe that “The Future is Female” is the past, the present and the future, and is language that resonates.

25% of sweatshirt sale proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.

In short, “The Future is Female” represents to me the notion that each of us possess a unique and individual mix of female traits and of male traits. That they are different and equally desirable. That we still, as a society, value male traits over female traits, using “effeminate” as an insult instead of a compliment, and setting desirable standards of success often based on male standards. For example, even to this day, some of the advice that is given to women entering the workplace is to “masculinize” – to become cold, or harsh, or play down emotions or wear a suit. Given that masculinity itself is a human construct, this advice sets women up to fail – it teaches us to not be who we are authentically, and it sets us up to try to achieve a standard that isn’t possible since we are not men. I want to live in a world where me being my authentic self, everything that comes with being female, with my mix of female and male traits, is what is desired. Me being my best self, is what is desired. To me, this is what “The Future is Female” means – it means we all, men and women, value both our female and male traits equally instead of playing the female down and exaggerating the male. It means feeling safe and free enough to be our authentic selves, without being insulted. It means we value collaborative power just as much as we value dominative power, it means we cherish emotional intelligence just as much as we value brute force, it means we find power in care and kindness just as much as we find power in self-centeredness and harshness. 

Rachel at Otherwild has taught me that the slogan means different things to different people. I am ok with that. Alix Dobkin, who wore the shirt originally in the 70s was a staunch radical lesbian feminist who was non trans-inclusive. For each person who wants to wear it, it does have different significance. It makes some angry too! They say, “the future has no gender!” or “this is reverse sexism!” For me, I do agree, the future has no gender, and that is baked in to the slogan already. In fact, if the shirt didn’t exist, i don’t know if we would be hearing people proudly respond, “the future has no gender!” anyway! I believe words are political, they get people thinking, shocked, angry, happy, self-actualized. This is politics at its finest, moving people forward. And to the point of the shirt being sexist, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Men have female in them, they must embrace it and love it instead of let society value constructed roles of masculinity only. ”  for more from Madame Gandhi’s Blog

TT the Artist









TT The Artist


From sketchbooks to rhymes performer, filmmaker,  creative director, community artist and designer, Tt The Artist prepares to paint the world with visual language. Through art and music, this artist creates a well-blended sound of hip hop, pop, club and EDM .

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it was as a high school student when Tedra Wilson discovered her fearless approach to performance. A college-graduate from The Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA) with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in video, Tedra  now known as “Tt The Artist,” postponed pursuing a career in music to make education her number one priority.

While attending MICA in Baltimore, MD, Tt became very involved within various community projects and student organizations within the Baltimore Community. Baltimore soon became Tt’s second home where she began to tap into her desire to express herself through the many creative outlets. Baltimore enabled Tt to test the waters and create a reputable name for herself within the local music scene. By the end of her junior year at MICA, Tt had successfully secured an internship at MTV Networks in New York, NY where she explored her interest in television production both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. After two years of living in New York City, Tt  returned to Baltimore to further pursue her passion in music. Tt showcased her innovative style through live, artistic performances at performance venues throughout the Eastcoast.


At the peak of 2010, TT The Artist alongside Dj Devin Byrnes, Boston bred electro producer, opened up for dance, dj and musical performer Dan Deacon and psych-rock, synth-pop, hip-hop duo, Phantogram. Soon after, Tt teamed up with the well-known dance dj and producer, Will Eastman, and opened up for the electronic duo, Thunderheist at the trendy and hip performance venue the BLACKCAT, in Washington, DC.  Following her collaboration with Eastman, Tt performed for a massive crowd of hype, young, dance party goers at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, as a part of the Blisspop dance party series featuring International superstars Tittsworth and Nadastrom. ”

Much More on TT The Artist

Balitmore Sun article on TT The Artist











About Merril Garbus

“Singer and musician best known for her musical project Tune-Yards. Much of her musical performances include on-the-spot drum loops, layered vocals and ukulele. She released her debut album Bird Brains on recycled cassette tapes. Her music is trademarked for her unique experimentation and rich artistic themes.

Before Fame

Before beginning her music career, she worked as a puppeteer for Sandglass Theater and then played ukulele for Sister Suvi in Montreal.


She has made guest appearances on songs by artists like Citay, Afuche, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Family Life

She was raised in both New York and New Canaan, Connecticut. After working in Montreal, she eventually moved to Oakland, California.

Associated With

She signed to 4AD, a British label shared by Ariel Pink and Scott Walker.”








 F. B. Bio UNIIQU3

Jersey Club
Newark, NJ
Record Label
NLV Records (Warner)
Insomniac Records (Interscope)
NLV Records
The Jersey Club movement is being hailed by music authorities such as FADER and VICE, being the next big wave in dance music. Thankfully, this movement has found it’s first lady to pave the way it into the future. UNIIQU3, born Cherise Gary began her music career as a sought-after vocalist in the club scene, and has recently solidified herself as one of the most electrifying producers in the game. From throwing some of Jersey’s hottest DIY events, like her signature event #135theParty, to now spreading the genre across the globe from Australia to South America leaving her impact wherever she goes.

Within the past year, she’s worked with Givenchy, Red Bull Sound Select, H&M, MTV, Boiler Room and more, to provide a unique experience to a variety of diverse audiences worldwide. Her records have been obliterating festival and club sound systems through the hands of some of the most influential people in dance music such as Skrillex, A-Trak, Diplo, Anna Lunoe, Nina Las Vegas, Sinjin Hawke. She’s also shared the stage with notable artists and DJ’s such as Rae Sremmurd, Kehlani, Skepta, Cashmere Cat and Hudson Mohawk to name a few. As a performer, UNIIQU3 is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser who moves effortlessly from hard-hitting bass music to hip-hop, R&B along with her own live cuts. She also had the opportunity to perform at Coachella and continues to hit festivals stages all around the world.

UNIIQU3 is the future of dance music, who continues to raise the bar by pushing the genre forward. She is on a mission to inspire others by proving to the world that you can do whatever you want as long as you work hard and stay true to yourself. Be on the lookout for her debut EP on NLV Records coming Summer 2017.”

For more on UNIIQU3

Squirrelly Goodness

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I really like these sewn sugar skulls.


 I will be posting weekly inspirations, as I am flying off to my writing corner to work on writing my book.



All Saints Day was moved… How squirrelly? All Souls too…

A “Saintly” Squirrel in Stained Glass

All Saints day originally went my a different name, dedication Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres, based upon the pagan celebration of Lemuria both were held on May 13. “Some liturgiologists base the idea that this Lemuria festival was the origin of that of All Saints on their identical dates and on the similar theme of “all the dead”.” (Wikipedia All Saints Day)  Pope Gregory III in the mid-eighth century dedicated a day to the saints and their relics, November 1.

“The choice of the day may have been intended to co-opt the pagan holiday “Feast of the Lamures,” a day which pagans used to placate the restless spirits of the dead.  In Ireland All  Saints Day is celebrated on April 20th.  November 1 is all Saints Day, Tomorrow is All Souls Day.  I will cover both in this Blog as I will post it in the morning on All Souls day.



Weeping Angel in Holy Light




Weeping Angel During Day



A classic Depiction of “All Saints”

100 points if you can name them all.   I have a friend. Maria B. who can name them all.

I am going to start with and bit of Truth, as it is what the fundamental beleif of my faith, Druid.  Though I have been in a Roman Catholic Church in the past year.  Long ago I converted from Roman Catholiscism to Druid.  I have released all of my past knowledge of the religion that no longer lightened my soul.   Thus there will be numerous instanaces of exerpting from other sources.  As I have been researching this topic I have fallen utterly in love with the pictures of lights to honor the dead.



“The Catholic practice celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not.”  Catholic.org

Of Course where you have a room full of a christians you will have a similar number of perspectives on what a holy day means, as well as how to celebrate the holy day.




“According to Mark Wood at Christian Today many evangelical protestants are uncomfortable with saints as it seems to rank some Christians more highly than others.

Thus many Christians extend the celebration of All Saints Day to everyone who is a Christian. ‘We are all saints, in a biblical sense,’ he writes.

‘So All Saints Day is a time to be thankful for all those Christians who have lived before us, whether they are officially saints or not. Some are the great teachers ad prophets from history.

Some are those who’ve taught and inspired us personally. ‘Some are our friends and family. We can thank God for their witness, and for the way they have transmitted the faith down the generations. We can learn from their lives. We can take time to be grateful for what we’ve received, and to recommit ourselves to follow in their footsteps.’

Kenya Sinclair, a writer at Catholic Online, echoes this sentiment saying All Saints Day is a ‘call to live as saints’.”  Metro.co.uk


Prayer votive to the Saints



Fun Fact from Beliefnet.com

“New Orleans Saints

Did you know the New Orleans Saints was named after All Saints Day because of the huge Catholic population in New Orleans?”


Symbols for the Holy Days

Germans purely celebrate All Saints Day

All Saints’ Day is represented by paintings and images of many saints together. The saints may surround or look towards a figure representing Jesus and be accompanied by angels. Saints are often represented with a golden halo above or behind their heads.



Two or more candle wicks dipped in wax and wrapped around a cone-shaped form



Newweling preburning



Newweling Burning

In some areas of Germany, a Newweling symbolizes All Saints’ Day. A Newweling is made of two or more candle wicks dipped in wax and wrapped around a cone shaped form. The form is removed before the candle is lit. Traditionally, each candle wick is dipped in red, white, blue, yellow or green wax and two or more different colors are used for each candle.



“All Saints’ Day in France is locally known as “Toussaint” which is the contraction of “Tous les Saints”, meaning “All the Saints” in English. The solemnity takes place in Autumn on the 1st November and is a Catholic tradition of honouring the dead.


French people commemorate their dead on the 1st of November. The catholic tradition makes a distinction between Toussaint (All Saints’ Day, on the 1st of November) from the “Commémoration des fidèles défunts” (All Soul’s day, on the 2nd of November). Dead relatives are supposed to be commemorated on the 2nd of November, but since Toussaint is a public holiday, French people honour their dead on the 1st of November. Members of a family usually gather to go to the cemetery together.



They put chrysanthemum flowers on the grave and light candles to symbolise happiness in the afterlife.



They can also attend special church services.



Toussaint can be a very important moment for families. They can spend a day together in a respectful atmosphere which generally excludes usual family fights, even though regrets and sorrow can be a source of tension. Toussaint is an opportunity to strengthen family links spending a nice day together or expressing common grief.

Many different countries blur the lines of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the Filipinos are another one of  these nationalities.


Undas or Undras


“Most Filipinos go to the cemetery to visit the graves of deceased relatives and friends. Some prefer to go on Oct. 31st or Nov. 1st, while some go to the cemetery for three straight days. Others would spend the night at their loved ones mausoleum. Once we arrive, we clean the tombs, light up candles, offer flowers, and say a prayer for the souls of the departed.”




“During this time, schools are on their semester break so it is also an opportunity for families to spend time together. Children would play with their cousins as the adults would exchange stories and play cards or mahjong (a game that originated in China). Back in the 80s, flying kites and catching dragonflies were favorite activities among the young. Filipinos, known for their love of singing, also bring guitars to serve as a means of entertainment while at the cemetery.



As lunchtime approaches, everyone sets the table for the various dishes cooked for that day. It usually includes the deceased loved one’s favorite dish. We place a plate of food in front of the tomb or grave as offering for the soul of our relatives and friends. Priests would also go around the cemetery to offer prayers and bless graves.”



“Many people go back to their home provinces for All Souls’ Day. If they can’t, they go to the church to light candles. Special masses are also held in memory of the departed.”



“Aside from honoring the dead, Filipinos also use this time to unwind. “

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Polish and Hungarian Catholics also seem to blur the lines of the two holidays.

Polish Wszystkich Swietych

“All Saints’ Day is celebrated solemnly in Poland. The first of November is a bank holiday during which people visit cemeteries and gather round their family graves, laying flowers and lighting candles.



“The Roman Catholic tradition (Festum Omnium Sanctorum) honouring all saints, both known and unknown, is one of the most important Polish holidays. It was also recognized by the communist authorities of the Polish People’s Republic. They renamed it the “Day of the Dead” and treated it as a day of remembrance for the deceased.

People used to believe that on 1 November, the day the Church traditionally received offerings from believers to celebrate mass in memory of the dead, souls stuck in purgatory would roam around among the living.



Pagan beliefs and celebrations have survived to the present day in the Podlasie Voivodeship, historically part of the eastern Slavic lands. Forefathers’s Eve, a tradition pre-dating Christianity commemorating restless souls, is still celebrated in some regions. In many villages, food, drink and prayers are still offered to the souls that have to atone for their sins, to help ease their anger and make their journey to heaven more comfortable. The tradition of a feast during which bread, eggs and honey are consumed has also been preserved. According to one superstition, a spoon which falls to the ground should not be picked up as it is thought to have been snatched by a dead soul searching for food.


2-chelb polish bread

CHLEB SZWAJCARSKI aka. “bread of the dead”

In some villages in southern Poland, people continue to bake the “bread of the dead,” marked with a cross and prepared early enough so as not to torture souls which, it was believed, used ovens and chimneys as the shortest way to heaven. People used to share the “bread of the dead” with priests and beggars who would say a prayer for the dead.


All Saints’ Day is followed by the All Souls’ Day (Commemoratio Omnium Fidelium Defunctorum – Commemoration of All Deceased Believers). It was introduced by Odilio, an abbot from Cluny, in 993 to replace the pagan celebrations for the dead. Nowadays, on All Souls’ Day, Roman Catholics remember the dead and pray for their souls. The second of November is not a bank holiday in Poland, but practising Roman Catholics go to mass on that day.


On 1 and 2 November Polish cemeteries are alight with hundreds of thousands of candles. The flower traditionally associated with All Saints’ Day in Poland is chrysanthemum.”




Hungarian All Saints Day

Halottak Napja



Hungarians lanterns honoring the holy days



Celebrated on November 2nd


“All Souls’ Day is a Catholic tradition in which churches commemorate the dead by praying for their souls. Rituals include visiting family graves and remembering deceased relatives. However, this Christian holiday combines some rituals from the Pagan holiday Samhain as well as ancient Mexican traditions used to celebrate and remember dead ancestors.”


“Altars are set up in homes to honor dead relatives. These are adorned with food and drinks (ofrendas), photos, candles, flowers, and candy skulls inscribed with the name of the deceased. Incense sticks are lit to help the departed find their way.”


“What Is All Souls Day (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed)?

All Souls Day History, Information, Prayers, Meaning, Traditions, & More

What is All Souls Day? It is when the Church commemorates and prays for the souls in Purgatory, who are undergoing purification before entering heaven. All Souls Day is celebrated on November 2nd, the day after All Saints Day. Prayers: All Souls Day Prayers


‘Just the facts’

Liturgical Color(s): Black, White, or Violet
Type of Holiday: A Special Class; Ranked With Solemnities because it takes precedence over a Sunday
Time of Year: November 2 (West), Eve of Pentecost (East)
Duration: One Day
Celebrates/Symbolizes: All the faithful departed
Alternate Names: Commemoration of the Faithful Departed; Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum
Scriptural References: 2 Maccabees 12:44-45; Matthew 12:31-32; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15; 2 Timothy 1:16-18; 1 Peter 3:18-20

Data Points

All Souls Day directly follows All Saints Day, and commemorates the faithful departed, those individuals who die in God’s grace. Catholics believe that not everyone who is destined for heaven is immediately ready for the “Beatific vision,” i.e. the direct experience of God and his perfect nature in heaven, so they must be purified of “lesser faults,” and the effects of sin.

The Catholic Church calls this purification “purgatory.” The Catholic teaching on Purgatory essentially requires belief in two realities: 1. that there will be a purification of the souls of believers prior to entering heaven and 2. that the prayers and masses of the faithful in some way benefit those in the state of purification.

As to the duration, place, and exact nature of this purification, the Church has no official teaching or dogma, although Saint Augustine and others used fire as a way to explain the nature of the purification.

Many faithful Catholics, including Pope Benedict XVI, understand that Purgatory may be best thought of as an “existential state” as opposed to a temporal place (see Benedict’s Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life 230-231).

In other words, because Purgatory is outside created time and space, it is not necessarily accurate to speak of a location or duration of Purgatory. Nonetheless, the prayers and Masses of the faithful do have an impact on the purification that the faithful are undergoing in Purgatory. Many non-Catholics, including C.S. Lewis, have believed in Purgatory, and the official dogma of Purgatory is hardly offensive, even if the popular understanding of it has led to confusion. As a more everyday explanation, many liken Purgatory to a place or state where one gets “cleaned up” before entering into the presence of Almighty God.

The Church prays for, and remembers, the faithful departed throughout the entire year. However, All Souls is the general, solemn, day of commemoration, when the Church remembers, prays for, and offers requiem masses up for the faithful departed in the state of purification. Typically Christians will take this day to offer prayers up on behalf of their departed relatives and friends. Others may remember influential individuals that they never knew personally, such as presidents, musicians, etc. This may be done in the form of the Office of the Dead (Defunctorum officium), i.e. a prayer service offered in memory of departed loved ones. Often this office is prayed on the anniversary (or eve) of the death of a loved one, or on All Souls’ Day.

There are many customs associated with All Souls Day, and these vary greatly from culture to culture. In Mexico they celebrate All Souls Day as el dia de los muertos, or “the day of the dead.” Customs include going to a graveyard to have a picnic, eating skull-shaped candy, and leaving food out for dead relatives. The practice of leaving food out for dead relatives is interesting, but not exactly Catholic Theology. If all of this seems a little morbid, remember that all cultures deal with death in different manners. The Western aversion to anything related to death is not present in other cultures.

In the Philippines, they celebrate “Memorial Day” based loosely on All Souls Day. Customs include praying novenas for the holy souls, and ornately decorating relatives’ graves. On the eve of All Souls (i.e. the evening of All Saints Day), partiers go door-to-door, requesting gifts and singing a traditional verse representing the liberation of holy souls from purgatory. In Hungary the day is known as Halottak Napja, “the day of the dead,” and a common custom is inviting orphans into the family and giving them food, clothes, and toys. In rural Poland, a legend developed that at midnight on All Souls Day a great light shone on the local parish. This light was said to be the holy souls of departed parishioners gathered to pray for their release from Purgatory at the altars of their former earthly parishes. After this, the souls were said to return to scenes from their earthly life and work, visiting homes and other places. As a sign of welcome, Poles leave their windows and doors ajar on the night of All Souls Day. All of these customs show the wide variety of traditions related to All Souls Day.

‘A bit of History’

Christians have been praying for their departed brothers and sisters since the earliest days of Christianity. Early liturgies and inscriptions on catacomb walls attest to the ancientness of prayers for the dead, even if the Church needed more time to develop a substantial theology behind the practice. Praying for the dead is actually borrowed from Judaism, as indicated in 2 Maccabees 12:41-42. In the New Testament, St Paul prays for mercy for his departed friend Onesiphorus (2 Timothy 1:18). Early Christian writers Tertullian and St. Cyprian testify to the regular practice of praying for the souls of the departed. Tertullian justified the practice based on custom and Tradition, and not on explicit scriptural teaching. This demonstrates that Christians believed that their prayers could somehow have a positive effect on the souls of departed believers. Closely connected to the ancient practice of praying for the dead is the belief in an explicit state called purgatory. The New Testament hints at a purification of believers after death. For example, Saint Paul speaks of being saved, “but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). Over time, many Church Fathers, including St. Augustine, e.g. in Enchiridion of Faith, Hope, and Love and City of God, further developed the concept of a purgation of sins through fire after death.

‘A bit More History’

In the early Church, departed Christians’ names were placed on diptychs. In the sixth century, Benedictine communities held commemorations for the departed on the feast of Pentecost. All Souls’ Day became a universal festival largely on account of the influence of Odilo of Cluny in AD 998, when he commanded its annual celebration in the Benedictine houses of his congregation. This soon spread to the Carthusian congregations as well. The day was celebrated on various days, including October 15th in 12th century Milan. Today all Western Catholics celebrate All Souls’ Day on November 2, as do many Anglicans, Lutherans, and other Christians. Initially many Protestant reformers rejected All Souls’ Day because of the theology behind the feast (Purgatory and prayers/masses for the dead), but the feast is now being celebrated in many Protestant communities, in many cases with a sub-Catholic theology of Purgatory. Some Protestants even pray for the dead; many Anglican liturgies include such prayers. While the Eastern Churches lack a clearly defined doctrine of Purgatory, they still regularly pray for the departed. …”


Hand made paper machete lantern



An All Souls Day Festival




The Dearly Departed watching over the families who have come to visit

Squirrels in Pumpkins and Holiday Tales


September flew by… I may have missed a couple of weekly posts, apologies.

Now we are in my very Favorite month, October.

To honor all of the various traditional celebrations of Spirit,



Brown squirrel on Pumpkinwhat-to-do-with-pumpkins-after-halloween-2il_570xN.395535489_nh0b

and Bone;



I will post blogs on the various way many different cultures, faiths, and traditions celebrate. There may be more than one a week

What I will cover for the celebrations of Spirit, Gourd and Bone:

  • Samhain in the Wiccan Tradition


  • Samhain in the Druidic Tradition


  • Halloween


  • All Saints Day


  • Dios Del las Muertos


Another Bit of Weather & POP Gets the Thanks… Personal updates and late posts

Squirrelecain named Erma

Thanks to Sponge bob Square pants for the image.


Another bit of Weather Irma is headed to Cuba, Florida, Puerto Rico. Please take a moment to send these folks our thoughts, prayers (if that is your thing) and well wishes.



Thanks Zen Folio for the great image!


Irma is presently Cat 5. It seems to have stabilized at the top most Hurricane category.

Hopefully we do not go into science fiction Category 6 or GODS forbid worse that are beyond our present scale.

There is some variability of Irma’s Path, so Houston and the Gulf Coast may be hunkering down and going up our trees to hold on again for the next big wind and rain. The wind is what concerns this squirrel, as the ground is already mush and a strong wind could easily take down the whole forest of Trees, which could fall.




Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church started  receiving donations just as Harvey was heading out on Late Monday. Without a whisper from the Holy See this group of Parishioners and those who lived around the church stacked the walls of the church to the ceiling. Donations of relief supplies were coming in faster than they could be sorted.

Thank you squirrels that Pray together!



Footnote: Acorn Thrower skipped a week of posting due to her Squirrel-mate having a Salsa Dancing Heart (Arrhythmia), on the normal writing day. It took three days to get my mates Blood pressure under control and out of the trees in height.(systolic and diastolic) on Thursday my mate Patrick’s heart got back to the standard 4/4 rhythm.

There was much stress to me Acorn Thrower and doctor recommended staying at home to work which occurred.  Patrick was working from home for about two weeks when Harvey blew in and had  him further his time working from home, as much as one can during a hurricane. Patrick was so anxious to go into work he went in to the office the Friday prior to Labor Day.



This is what is going to happen if we start being forced to eat unlabeled Genetically Modified foods.


We regret to inform you, but late last week Congress (COMPOSED OF A BUNCH OF NUTTERS) succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill.

With the passage of the Monsanto Protection Act in Congress, biotech lobbyists are one step closer to making sure that their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.

This dangerous provision, the Monsanto Protection Act, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.

Read more here: http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/call/Monsanto_declares_war_on_America/?rd=1&t=12&referring_akid=781.512767.GZXfv4

Here: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/03/monsanto-teams-up-with-congress-to-shred-the-constitution/#.UVHq1hcpgsw

Here: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-amazing-power-grab-of-gmo-seed-companies-section-735

Here: http://naturalsociety.com/new-monsanto-protection-act-gives-monsanto-power-over-us-government/

Here: http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-congress-silently-slips-830/

And here: http://www.infowars.com/senate-passes-monsanto-protection-act-granting-monsanto-power-over-us-govt/

Jabba the Squirrel

Yeah, we are going to be seriously fat squirrels wondering what the NUT happened?

Here is what  happened the “small provision

two headed squirrel

And the genetically modified foods will begin the

process of altering our DNA.  Meaning we are more likely

to be ill die more quickly, get cancers and other bad


Be an Empowered Leaders of Squirrels; Chitter on and go change the CongressionalNUTTER’S MINDS!

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