Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ME! ME! ME! "Write Your Success" Ediccione

ME! ME! ME! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter The "Write Your Success" Ediccione, if you will. (As it were.) Wednesday, December 12, 20012 GREETING NEXT CONCERT: QSPOT FINALE THIS SATURDAY! NEWEST MEMBER OF THE KEMISTRE ARTISTS NETWORK NEW WISDOM MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "WRITE THE BOOKS OF YOUR SUCCESSES" HIRE THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE! MY RECENT INSPIRATIONS LINKS OF STUFF THAT I HAVE OUT THERE IN THE INTERNETS FAREWELL BLESSING GREETING Well, hello, m'wee pupperlings! How much do you love that today is 12-12-12? Not so much? Couldn't care less, ya say? Well, I'm sorry to hear that. Sorry you're so bummed. Hope you're feeling better soon! Maybe try walking out in the sun a little bit. Yeah. That oughtta help! NEXT CONCERT: QSPOT FINALE THIS SATURDAY! Hey, y'all, how are you? I'm happy to be here :-) I'll be performing at the QSpot Finale, Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad, Philly, 19107 this Saturday Dec 15th! No alcohol, no drugs, no indoor smoking, and no cover. Ages 18-29. Lots more talent and performances TBA. I'm doing 2 songs around 9pm. This and more events here: http://www.cassendrexavier.com/Calendar.html. Facebook event link: http://tinyurl.com/QSpotFinale NEWEST MEMBER OF THE KEMISTRE ARTISTS NETWORK --- I'm very pleased to say that as of today I am a member of the Kemistre artists network. I'm very excited to join this group of independent multi-media artists and musicians working together to help one another and new, up-and-coming artists whom we can assist as well. You can learn more about Kemistre, which does not fund projects but is a support system for its members who in turn give back to other independent artists, at http://kemistre.com/about.htm. As I mentioned to Kemistre founder Jenn Phillips, one of the many reasons I was drawn to Kemistre was its spelling: It looks cool, and like my birth and spiritual names Cassendre and Amethyste, it has two e's and three syllables. Don't say I never learned ya nothin'! NEW WISDOM MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "WRITE THE BOOKS OF YOUR SUCCESSES" --- Since 2009, I've written a monthly column for the online edition of Wisdom Magazine. You can read my archives at http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom, and my current article, "Write the Books of Your Successes" at http://tinyurl.com/CXWriteYourSuccess. What inspired this article was my growing displeasure with most of the personal growth books and articles I've been reading, while realizing there's a book baby in my belly waiting to be gestified (aka "gesticated"). Throughout my 20+ years as a working multi-media artist (aka "renaissance negresse" and "ARTrepreneur") I've gone through many phases of needing the work of someone else and needing to create my own work as my own medicine, and putting it out there, to the world, to you, as potential medicine for you, too. This article didn't go too much into that background, but is more of a brief outline on how to use your pain and struggles to write solutions that can then materialize. Relief can be only a pen- or ink-stroke away! Please do click onto that article and leave a comment. I'd be most diggin' it (and appreciative, too). Thanks! HIRE THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE! I was recently inspired by a post by Cheryl Richardson - her Life Makeover for the Year 2010 Newsletter - Week 33 – Finding Work: Three ideas to earn income. I've created a short link for you dear mobile users: http://tinyurl.com/cf39uuq (Source: http://www.cherylrichardson.com/newsletters/week-33-finding-work-three-ideas-to-earn-income/), I recently decided to post on Craigslist that I'm available for some services to individuals and companies. I'm offering them now to you, my most prized reading audience, for your considerals as well! I used to have regular day jobs, then I became a full-time artist, and then I became a full-time artist with part-time jobs, and now I seem to be a full time lots of things, if that makes any sense. While I'm on hiatus from certain projects, resting and re-grouping, I'm also starting new projects or different versions of the old ones, and that has made my time availability shift significantly. That, and because of the way it takes a long time to get the better day jobs and then when you have them they're too constricting and not open enough schedule-wise, has led me to simply make a list of what I want to do, what I like to do and what I'm good at, and put it out there to the world. So far, the world has been responding, and since you're a part of that world, I think it's only fair that i include you in my doings! So, scanneth thyself down the following list and notice what interests you. If something peaks your fancy, and you want to talk rates, send me an email by replying to this post or writing to cxmusic(at)gmail.com. Be sure to remove the (at) and replace it with @. Oh, and one last thing - what you most need to remember is these three words: I. Work. Cheap. Thanks! My professional and personal references available for all the jobs listed below in order of preference, experience, and proficiency: *HOUSE CONCERT PERFORMANCE - You can get a free guide to hosting a house concert at http://concertsinyourhome.com. One of my favorite things to do is sing at house concerts. It's one of the best experiences for a musician and one of the most win-win-win-win circumstances I'm usually ever in. So much fun and so much sweet country goodness in the way of cold, hard cash! *SENSUAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE - I am a Reiki Level 1 practitioner with a gift for giving magical footrubs and full-body sensual massage. I'm a little embarrassed to say I've never given a professional massage to a woman, but that is available as well. Massage is one of the healthiest and most relaxing stress relievers available. I think touch is soooooooo important and that one of the biggest reasons so many Americans are depressed is because they're undertouched. As I say to most people I know when I see them, "Would you like a hug?" I've read it takes 5 hugs minimum a day just to break even - not even to be well. We need many more to be well, and massage is a way to get your touch needs met. That being said, I am not offering "hugs", I'm offering massage, and I put the word "sensual" there for a reason ;-) * HOUSE AND PET SITTER - Experienced. Can provide references. I live in Philadelphia and don't drive, so you'd have to be nearby or accessible to public transportation. * PROOFREADER/EDITOR - Urban fiction, women's fiction, humor, erotica and sexuality. I am largely self-educatied with some college and I am a multi-genre published author so I can do "smart" but not "thinkie" :-) *DECLUTTERER-ORGANIZER-CLEANER - Help for your home and/or office. Get support while you get clearer, both physically and mentally, starting with your living environment. *SERVER/BARISTA - If you have a restaurant or cafe and you'd like to see if I can serve in that way - let me know! EMPLOYMENT HIGHLIGHTS: Over 16 years retail/customer service experience. Over 10 years barista, server, banquet, and food service experience. Proficient in MS Word and other programs. Proficient website builder. Responsible, reliable, and trustworthy. Interested in hiring me? Reply to this post or writing to cxmusic(at)gmail.com. Be sure to remove the (at) and replace it with @. MY RECENT INSPIRATIONS Jack Canfield - Making Your Dreams Come True http://youtu.be/wYrTnJIo4j4 Also on YouTube: Iyanla Vanzant. Oprah's LifeClass. Julia Cameron. Attending my recovery meetings. Eating and drinking raw vegan foods. Reading Barbara Sher. Doing housework at my place for free. Doing housework other places for money. Going on job interviews and getting offered the job. Not taking the jobs because the jobs sucked, or rather they were not good jobs for me. LINKS OF STUFF THAT I HAVE OUT THERE IN THE INTERNETS iTunes http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes CD Baby http://tinyurl.com/CXCDBaby Main website http://cassEndrExavier.com FAREWELL BLESSING May you love yourself. May you dream big and never stop moving towards your dream. May you know persistence. May you practice joy. May you have everything you wish, surpassing all your expectations; this or something better, and may it be for the good all. In art and community, Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls) renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur (musician/writer/actress/fine artist) Founder & Director of the 8th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival, and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series Website: http://www.cassEndrExavier.com ========================================= Me! Me! Me! CX Museletter © Copyright 2012 by Cassendre Xavier. All rightsen reservenitzkhen. http://cassEndrExavier.com (Number of times the word "ass" was used in this article: 0. Sorry. I'll do better next time :-)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Me! Me! Me! “Things I Wish I Knew at 13” ediccione

Me! Me! Me! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter The “Things I Wish I Knew at 13” ediccione, if you will. (As it were.) Monday, October 29, 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1) GREETING 2) HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP 3) HERE’S WHAT ALREADY HAPPENED 4) NEXT MONTH’S WISDOM MAGAZINE ARTICLE 5) THE CASSENDRE XAVIER MUSIC GALLERY 6) I AM NOT IN THE CLOSET 7) MY CURRENT COMFORTS & INSPIRATIONS 8) FAREWELL BLESSING CONTENTS OF TABLE 1) GREETING I trust you are well! I hope you’re doing alright in the Hurricane Sandy situation. My best with you all. 2) HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP Thursday, November 15 at 9pm I return to the Tea Lounge (no cover), this time with two friends in music: Rupert Wates and Kathy Keough. Address: 837 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY (718) 789-2762 www.tealoungeny.com ABOUT RUPERT WATES [Oh, and two little things the bio doesn’t mention is that Rupert and I share the same Aquarian birthday, and I sing track 6 “Snow in New York” on his acclaimed album Joe’s Café. Never let it be said! ~CX] Rupert Wates was born in London. He has been a full-time songwriter since 1992 when he signed an exclusive deal with Eaton Music Publishing. He has written songs in all kinds of styles for all kinds of artists. During the 1990s he worked with jazz singer Liz Fletcher, recording the albums ‘Mellowmania’ and ‘Live in the Park,’ both released on the Sanctuary label, and ‘Blue Afternoons’ on Mainstem. Moving to Paris in 2001, he developed his skills as a singer and performer and formed his own group. In 2005 he recorded the album ‘Sweet or Bitter Wine,’ his first as a solo artist. The album was released on the Mainstem label in autumn 2005. Since September 2006, Rupert has been based in the USA. His music has found a warm reception in America. Between 2007 and 2011, he has won over 25 songwriting awards. Wates plays between 120 and 150 live shows a year, and he has performed in every state in America. His five solo discs have gained outstanding reviews and continue to be aired on college and mainstream radio all over the world. In 2010 Wates released ‘Joe’s Café,” an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album's warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass. ‘Joe’s Café’ has been presented very successfully at the Fringe Festivals throughout North America including Hamilton (Ontario), Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Victoria (British Columbia) and San Francisco, and in other venues from New York City to the Southeastern United States. The show won Best Music Revue in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Audiences everywhere respond to Rupert Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true. Visit http://rupertwates.com ABOUT PATTY KEOUGH Boston-based Patty Keough grew up in Hudson, Massachusetts, a blue-collar New England town. Keough worked in the corporate world for years before deciding to focus full time on songwriting and performing. Now, one of the hardest working indies in the business, Keough has created a portfolio of original music and stage skills that delight audiences of all ages. Visit http://pattykeough.com 3) HERE’S WHAT ALREADY HAPPENED From the Blog Talk Radio show "It's All About You" page: Things I Wish I Knew at 13: Cassendre Xavier No doubt you have heard the expression, "If only I knew then what I know now..." Well, join us today as we talk with mult-media healing artist Cassendre Xavier. Dedicated to the healing of the planet and the people on it, Cassendre has been making art and community since 1991. She shares with our listeners her amazing story of growth. From the concepts of sin and hell (or lack thereof) to the importance of releasing guilt and the radical self-acceptance of one's entire being, including sexuality, spirituality, and things we don't like about ourselves… To listen to, and enjoy a picture slideshow from this archived show, please visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itsallaboutyou/2012/09/24/things-i-wish-i-knew-at-13-cassendre-xavier-1 or http://tinyurl.com/8tsx4q6. I wrote an article about it, like to read it, here it go! “Things I Wish I Knew at 13,” a Wisdom Magazine article published on September 1, 2012 by Cassendre Xavier http://wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/2850 or http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdomAt13 4) NEXT MONTH’S WISDOM MAGAZINE ARTICLE My new article called “We All Have Privilege” will be published on November 1. To read it, wait three (3) days, then go to http://wisdom-magazine.com/Articles.aspx and click on “The Mind”. It’s just that simple! (To read all my archived articles at Wisdom Magazine (some of which I shamelessly list below, visit http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom.) Reframing Rejection: Don't Take It Personally (September 2012) Love Yourself Enough (October 2011) Gifts of Suffering (July 2011) Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us (June 2011) This Is What A Millionaire Looks Like (April 2011) Jealousy & Envy: 7 Ways to Heal and Grow (October 2010) Don't Save the Best for Last (September 2010) Start Where You Are - A Call to Healing Artists (August 2010) What Is Your Body For? (August 2010) Your Soul & Emotions Know Your Worth (July 2010) How Quickly Do You Accept Abundance? (June 2010) How To Be Beautiful: Show Others Their Beauty (May 2010) Self-Love Tip: Make A Contribution to the Universe (April 2010) Your Are Special & Unique (March 2010) Expecting the Universe's Elevator (December 2009) Beware the Black Woman and Her Suitcase (November 2009) Now is the Time to Feel Good (July 2009) Refusing to be Lonely at the Leading Edge of Thought (June 2009) 5) THE CASSENDRE XAVIER MUSIC GALLERY My musical albums (CD/MP3s) are available for sale online here: http://tinyurl.com/CXCDBaby (Source: http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/cassendrexavier). I shamelessly list most of them below: Capable of Love http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc8 Live at Tin Angel http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc7 live at the kraftbrau, kalamazoo http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc6 The Cassendre Xavier Collection, Vol. 1 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc5 Live at Café Improv http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc3 Beautiful http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc The Whittenberg Sessions http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xavierc2 6) I AM NOT IN THE CLOSET What is in my closet is boxes of CDs which are available to order directly from me. Currently in stock is: Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality. Guided Meditations by Amethyste Rah (that’s Moi), with Music of Light by Thaddeus. On sale now for $15 each, post-paid. Send check or money order payable to: Cassendre Xavier, PO Box 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204, or go to www.Paypal.com, click “Send To” cxmusic[AT]gmail.com. Please allow cute stickers and up to 2 weeks for shipping and pozvibetry. Oh, and if you’d like to see what they look like, click here but don’t trust any of those links as they are among the many things of my List of Things To Repairify (aka “Repairicate”). A wee back story on why a singer-songwriter’s making guided meditations for survivors. I’m a survivor myself and I founded and co-facilitated Sisters Healing Together: a peer support group for women survivors of incest with a special focus on compulsive overeating in the late 1990s at the William Way LGBT Community Center of Philadelphia. I also wrote and performed, with 4 other cast members (Monica McIntyre as “Emotions”, Jodi Netzer as “Body”, O as “Wisdom”, and Samantha Barrow), “Sex for Survivors” which ran for 3 days as part of the Philly Fringe Festival 2003. I’ve been writing and performing healing pop and affirmation songs since 1990, releasing recordings since 2002, and writing and publishing self-help, spiritual, and personal growth articles since the early 1990s. I also have been enjoying and receiving from the writing of Sanaya Roman and the music of Thaddeus since the early 1990s as well. In addition to blending my personal experience of trauma with my creativity as a multi-media artist and producer, I also am a continuing student and teacher/writer of alternative and spiritual healing. In 2008 I was certified as a practitioner of Reiki by Dr. G. Love of New Orleans, who was at the time living in New York, as I was then (I returned to Philadelphia in 2009). And I became a legally ordained Interfaith Minister through the Universal Life Church of Modesto, California on September 19, 2010. Offering inspiration, hope, motivation, and information/enlightenment through my art/work, and therefore, life, is one of my greatest joys. It is my hope and intention that my work assists you on your path somehow! 7) MY CURRENT COMFORTS & INSPIRATIONS …happen most often in my bed these days. I’m talking about books, of course! What I’m reading, sometimes clutching onto for dear life: 1) Literature from my recovery program for my compulsive overeating. 2) Wise Woman’s Herbal: Healing Wise, by Susun S. Weed 3) Nature’s Prozac, by Robin Sachs 4) Chakra Clearing (listening to the CD of morning and evening guided meditations included in the book), by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. Time to vamoose, but as we know, it wouldn’t be a Cassendre Xavier Me! Me! Me! without a… 8) FAREWELL BLESSING May your heart know peace as often as possible. May you feel joy at unexpected moments. May you remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E. May you feel pleasure and ecstasy often, and return it likewise. May you be surrounded by an inner-self community of loved ones in love for and with yourself, and may this abundant overspill of self-love outpour to others. In art and community, Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls) Maker of things. Taker of naps. http://www.cassendrexavier.com © Copyright 2012 Me! Me! Me! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter by Cassendre Xavier. All rightzen reservanitzkhen. Never let it be said!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Things I Wish I Knew at 13 - Blog Talk Radio Interview

From the Blog Talk Radio show "It's All About You" page: Things I Wish I Knew at 13: Cassendre Xavier No doubt you have heard the expression, "If only I knew then what
I know now..." Well, join us today as we talk with mult-media healing artist Cassendre Xavier. Dedicated to the healing of the planet and the people on it, Cassendre has been making art and community since 1991. She shares with our listeners her amazing story of growth. From the concepts of sin and hell (or lack thereof) to the importance of releasing guilt and the radical self-acceptance of one's entire being, including sexuality, spirituality, and things we don't like about ourselves. To learn more about Cassendre Xavier please visit www.cassEndrExavier.com To listen to, and enjoy a picture slideshow from this archived show, please visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/itsallaboutyou/2012/09/24/things-i-wish-i-knew-at-13-cassendre-xavier-1 or http://tinyurl.com/8tsx4q6. -- Make yourself a beautiful day! Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls) renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur (musician/writer/actress/fine artist) Founder & Director of the 8th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival, and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series Website: http://www.cassEndrExavier.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Me! Me! Me! CX Museletter “Scratch Startage (aka Startery)” ediccione

Me! Me! Me! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter The “Scratch Startage (aka Startery)” ediccione, if you will. (As it were.) Tuesday, September 4, 2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1) WHO IS CASSENDRE XAVIER? 2) GREETING 3) UPCOMING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKINGS (AKA “SPEAKERY”) 4) STARTING FROM SCRATCHERY UNITS 5) AGE BEFORE BEAUTIFICATIONAL PORPOISES 6) BLACK WOMEN'S ARTS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 7) RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE MUSELETTER/CATALOG – SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 8) AMRITA WATERFALLS – WITH PLEASURE MUSELETTER SEPTEMBER 3. 2012 9) FAREWELL BLESSING ------------------------------------------------------------ CONTENTS OF TABLE 1) WHO IS CASSENDRE XAVIER? Cassendre Xavier coined the term "renaissance negresse" in 2002 to describe her work as a musician, mult-genre writer and community cultural arts organizer. A 1st-generation American-born citizen of Haitian & Chinese heritage, she is a Brooklyn, NY native who has made Philadelphia her home since 1990. Her 6 independently-released albums are described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade & Enya" (Borders Music Expert, Steven M. Wilson). She also creates spoken word guided meditation and affirmation recordings under the name Amethyste Rah and erotic writing under the name Amrita Waterfalls. The founder and director of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) as well as Philadelphia's Annual Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003), Cassendre is a recipient of a $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award for her work in art and social change. For more information, please visit http://cassEndrExavier.com. 2) GREETING Well, helloooooo, m’wee pupperlings, how are ya? Yo soy muy allegra to be here today, writing to you as brings joyal units to mine heartal reggione, if you will. (As it were.) Why is it I wait sooooo long (in this case, many months, I believe, yes?) to write this partickler muselettohr? Why do we let joyous moments be so few and far between in our lives? Is it because we’re so used to struggle and strain that we’re out of the habit of pure and continued enjoyificaccione? Methinks that is the case with Moi. Because, every single time I sit down to write this thing, within mere minituals, I am filled mit zie glee. But do I schedule to do it again in, say, 4 weeks? Nein. So you know what I’m gonna do now? I’m gonna schedule it. Hold on, wait a second… let’s get the datebook… Be right back… Okay, I’ve done it! Scheduled to write another Me! Me! Me! in 4 weeks or less. Dear lawd, gimme the strengf to do it! Okay, now, let’s see, what have I been upta… What can I be a sharin’ with you fine folkseses? Hmmmm…. Well, let’s start with were you can see or hear me live. Please note some new dates have been added since my recent email to you fine folkseses. And, sadly, I’ve chosen to cancel my performance with my friend Rupert Wates this Friday 9/7 at Crossroads Coffeehouse on accounta my Main Squeeze suddenly surprised me with a weekend getaway in the country! We met at the 7th Annual Poly Living Conference this past February (that’s the link to the 8th Annual, also in Philadelphia, February 8th – 10th, 2013), and he’s taking me to the 26th Annual Polyamory Retreat in NY. Yo soy muy looking forward to it! (Please do go to Rupert’s show anyway if you’re in town. You’ll be so glad you did!) 3) UPCOMING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKINGS (AKA “SPEAKERY”) Tuesday, Sept 11, 2012 10pm - No Cover - 21+ w/ID Guest artist at The Magic Hour hosted by John Francis Fergie's Pub 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 928-8118 ============================= Monday, Sept 24, 2012 6pm Guest on the Blog Talk Radio show "It's All About You" Hosted by Darien K. Marshall and Darius L. Jones. I'll be talking about "Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 13" from the concepts of sin and hell (or lack thereof) to the importance of guilt-release and the radical acceptance of one's entire being, including sexuality, spirituality, and things we don't like about ourselves (the shadow, etc.). www.blogtalkradio.com/itsallaboutyou ============================= Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 10pm - No Cover - 21+ w/ID Featured artist at The Magic Hour hosted by John Francis Fergie's Pub 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 928-8118 ============================= Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 9pm No Cover Cassendre Xavier with special guest Patty Keough from Boston, MA Tea Lounge 837 Union Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 789-2762 4) STARTING FROM SCRATCHERY UNITS It’s time for me to go back to the drawing board as an artist. Even though I’ve been at it since I moved to Philadelphia in 1991, and I’ve done some stuff that fills a bio and makes me “look good on paper,” heh-heh, I have come to a fork in the road, and, as Yogi Bera said, I’m gonna take it. What does that mean? That means not engaging in any laurel-restage (aka “laurel-restery”). It means teaching myself to be in the habit of discipline as an artist and it mostly means getting back to the joy, the bliss that I started Joseph Campbelling (he said “Follow your bliss” and now it’s on one third of all the bumper stickers in the world) in my late teens and seem to have stopped somewhere around my mid-to-late 30s (I’m a youthful and vibrant 43, by the way). Time to get back to following my bliss, not just doing art that will make a living for me, and not just focusing on survival at the cost of my art. For the last several years I have made very little art, because I’ve been doing a little thing I like to call, “Keeping a roof over my head.” Can you relate? But no more. Time to follow my bliss again. And getting used to this idea has led me repeatedly back to one place: my youthery areas. As in my days of youngerness.As in, before people started calling me “m’am.” As in, before I started considering dying my pubes. (What? Too much? :-) 5) AGE BEFORE BEAUTIFICATIONAL PORPOISES I’m not your typical 43-year old. Having begun the raw vegan path in 2005, and thankfully having young-ass-lookin’ relatives and ancestory, types, I don’t really look it. I flood my innards with living, plant-based objectories on a regular basis, I have a rockin’ sex life (oh yeah, I said it), I have rarely used foundation in my life (something I think significantly adds to the aging process of a chyk’s facery unit), so I kinda feel and project I’m more like 26. However, I’m not 26. Now, folks in their 20s look like “kids” to me. And since I prefer to date men who are usually about 10 years older than my actual age, sometimes things happen that remind me that I’m not 26. For instance, at dinner the other day, my Main Squeeze and I were dining with two strangers (communally-seated restaurant) and one of them asked him, “Do you still work?” As in was he retired. He’s only 54! Anyway, I’m not in my 20s and sometimes I see that. A friend of mine who is his early 40s and also in the performing arts world (dancer and choreographer) said he noticed a difference, too. He said that when he was in his 20s, people would applaud and encourage him a lot more. Now, folks just kind of shrug in a “ho hum,” nothin’ new here, kind of way. Which sucks, because he’s still a working artist and his expenses haven’t changed. When I heard that, it made me think back to my days as a newbie performer. People do encourage you more when you’re younger. I’ve also noticed that when I go out for certain jobs, such as barista, for example, I find I’m passed over for younger folks, even though I’ve worked as a barista four times, at two places, meaning I went back to work at both places. I need to find a new niche for myself. And that will come through my work, not through direct efforts at designing a path or plan for myself. Perhaps someday or even sometime soon I will know more what to do and maybe I will be able to design a path or plan for myself, but right now I am so starting at the beginning. I used to tell friends that as a late bloomer in many ways I’m really lucky. I have the best of both worlds. In the dating world, I have the benefit of knowledge about STIs (sexually transmitted infections, formerly known as STDs – sexually transmitted diseases), how to avoid date rape, and sophisticated communication skills, self-love, etc. But because I was so inexperienced in some ways, I still get to have the same butterflies in the stomach type of excitement I had as an adolescent and teenager. I’m expecting it to be the same with my art career. I have done some things. I have a decent looking bio. But I haven’t released an album in 3 years. I haven’t self-published or submitted my writing to a publisher in even more years. I haven’t auditioned as an actress in even more years than that, and I don’t even remember the last time I picked up a paintbrush, smelled paint fumes, felt my fingertips stroke across a blank canvass, get chalky with coal or dig into some clay. It’s time to play again, and one of the things that will inspire me is reading a lot about late bloomers like me, and thinking about classic late bloomer successes, such as that of Rodney Dangerfield. One of the greatest comics of all time, having inspired others such as Chris Rock, who names him as his number 1 comedic hero, Rodney was a late bloomer. He was married and selling door to door while in his so-called middle age and doing comedy on the side. One day he decided to change his look. He started wearing suits on-stage, and the rest, as they say, is history. Changing my look is one thing I know I want to do. I’ve been afraid to, but guess what, life has gotten, umm, how you say, “challenging” enough for me to make some major changes. So I’m not going to promise when or how but you are probably going to start seeing a newly self-expressed Moi at some point. I’m going back to my younger self to remind me of why I got on this road to begin with. At age four I was writing love letters in cursive to a grown-ass man. In Haiti, kids start school as soon as they can talk, so I started reading and writing at age three. The deud was a friend of the family and I assure you there was nothing creepy going on. He was just foin (blackspeak for “fine”) and I gently cradled a massive crush on him until my teens. From around age nine I started writing poetry. Around 15 I took journalism in high school and wrote for the school paper. I remember writing about music and George Michael, a major crush of mine at the time. At twenty-one I started submitting my writing to magazines and anthologies, mostly LGBT and/or feminist, spiritual, humorous. Basically, I’ve been writing since I could breathe. It’s a way of life for me. As is music. I want to get back to that. Making art my way of life. How can it not support me then? Even if it doesn’t, I must do it, because as with the color of my skin or the sound of my voice or the way I like sauce with rice, it is who I am, and if I don’t express who I am, I will suffer and limit the joy life has in store for me. Going back to my youth to remember my joy is the key. 6) BLACK WOMEN'S ARTS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 Sometimes when people ask me if I have any children, I say that I don’t have any human children or animal pets, but I do have the Black Women’s Arts Festival, which I’ve considered to be my child since around 2004 when it started losing me some hair. Yep. Something about a bald patch on your head said to me, “Mama.” If you care to read the latest on my baby, go ahead ‘n clicketh here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BWAFphilly/message/4474 or http://tinyurl.com/9q4qf45. 7) RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE MUSELETTER/CATALOG – SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 I do a lot of stuff. I make albums of music, guided meditations, YouTube posts of raw vegan food prep, humor, singing, I also write and publish and I’m probably forgetting something. This is a place to see it all in its magnificent, not-making-me-much-money-right-now-but-someday-that-will-all-change-dammit! splendor: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/cassendrexavier/message/302 or http://tinyurl.com/8coha5d 8) AMRITA WATERFALLS – WITH PLEASURE MUSELETTER SEPTEMBER 3. 2012 I like the sex. Do you like the sex? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I’m coming out of the closet as a persun who likes the sex and talks about it. There are things I want to say goshdarnit. I have me some opiniones. Gots me some theorational items I’m workin’ on. And yes, I’m a testin’ them there theories. I won’t say that I’m testing them all over the place, but I will say I’m not home that often, iffn’ you gets my drift. I have a theory, for example, that my creative output ought to be linked to my sexual experiences. I have a theory that my bank balance directly reflects my public communications about my sex life. I have a theory, for example, that as I begin to speak my truth about love, sex, pleasure, and overall health, wellness, and creativity, my financial situation will bloom and grown and strong. Strong as the kind of orgasm we all enjoy. And I oughtn’t say “all.” Some of us are asexual. I have a friend who is. But most of us want it. We want it good, we want it hard, we want it gentle, and we want it as often as we can get it. That’s part of why I decided to be here on this planet this time around, to enjoy life in this capacity and share my journey. I had a particularly curly path as an incest/child sexual abuse survivor (NOT the guy I had a crush on when I was four, okay, people! Sheesh!), so I really had to, or rather chose to, reclaim my sexuality and re-learn pleasure. I like to share the tricks of the trade. And the post-abuse traumas were serious. I had PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and vaginismus (where any kind of penetration was excruciating). I wrote an article about how to get through pelvic exams. This isn’t the typical, “how to get your man hot in bed” type of writing I do here. I also grew up a queer pagan black girl in a homophobic, religiously oppressive, white supremacist environment. I had to learn to love and accept myself in those areas as well. I grew up chubby. Hadda to, or rather, chose to learn skills to love and accept that too. And folks, I had a flat but. A tiny hiney, folks. As a black chyk. That was rough. So, I’ve become a woman who created her own religion, is happy in her body, accepts her black woman’s ass, and released almost all major feelings of guilt, shame, and physical discomfort in the sexual arena. I believe there is value in my experience, and that some folks out there could benefit from hearing its message. Plus, I just like to promote joy and what’s more joyous than great sex and healthy relationships? Lastly, I enjoy telling folks about sex-positive related books, authors, events (such as the Poly Living Conference and Polyamory Retreat I mentioned in my Greeting), and other resources. You can learn more about these things in my museletter “With Pleasure” which I write under my sexy-pseudonym “Amrita Waterfalls”. You can read the latest issue, dated September 3, 2012, here: http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com/2012/09/amrita-waterfalls-with-pleasure.html or http://tinyurl.com/d5utpjx To subscribe to the “Amrita Waterfalls - With Pleasure” museletter, visit http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com 9) FAREWELL BLESSING Do it. Do it. Do it till you’re satisfied…whatever it is. (Yes, those are the lyrics from a pop song, but, as with “Don’t worry, be happy,” there is true wisdom in it, n’est pas?) Thank you again for being here. I appreciate your time and interest in my art/work, and therefore, life. In art and community, Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls) renaissance negresse (musician,writer,actress,fine artist) & ARTrepreneur (Founder & Director of Philadelphia’s 8th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival) http://cassEndrExavier.com Number of times the word “ass” was used in this issue: 3. Thank you. Thank you, very much. It took some doin’, but I made it through. (It’s not easy working that word into casual museletter-writin’!) Number and types of languages completely bastardized in this issue: 6 (American-Southern, Ebonics, French, German, Italian, and Spanish). To read archives of this and other CX museletters please visit http://cassEndrExavier.com. Never let it be said! If you enjoyed this museletter, you may enjoy more new writing by Cassendre (aka Amrita): FREE! New article on Wisdom Magazine’s online edition: Reframing Rejection http://wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/2814 FREE! Archived Wisdom Magazine articles by Cassendre: http://tinyurl.com/cxwisdom ========================== Me! Me! Me! CX Museletter © Copyright 2012 by Cassendre Xavier. All rightsen reservenitzkhen. http://cassEndrExavier.com

Sunday, September 2, 2012

renaissance negresse museletter/catalog September 02, 2012

art | inspiration | community brought to you by Cassendre Xavier Sunday, September 02, 2012 1) WHO IS THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE? 2) UPCOMING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKINGS (AKA “SPEAKERY”) 3) BLACK WOMEN'S ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE 4) WRITING/LITERARY UPDATE 5) RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE CATALOG 6) BOOKING/CONTACT (HOUSE CONCERTS, PRIVATE/PUBLIC/CORPORATE AND/OR LITERARY EVENTS, ETC.) ===================================================== 1) WHO IS THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE? Haitian/Chinese-American multi-media healing artist Cassendre Xavier coined the term *"renaissance negresse" in 2002. A musician, writer, actress, and visual artist, Xavier (who sometimes works under the names Amethyste Rah and Amrita Waterfalls, and is also an ordained interfaith minister) says the term describes a black woman who is skilled or gifted in 3 or more arts. Xavier is a recipient of a Leeway Transformation Award for her work as a community cultural arts advocate, having founded and directed several Philadelphia arts initiatives including the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) and the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003), as well as several peer support groups related to personal growth, creativity, healing, and recovery. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and has been living creatively and joyfully in Philadelphia since 1990. [*"Negresse, Negre: In the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean Islands, these words often have a connotation of affection, entirely non-racial in meaning. `Ma petite negresse, mon negre, are equivalent to `My dear, my darling, my sweet.'" [From Masters of the Dew, a contemporary classic novel by the Haitian author Jacques Roumain, translated by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook.] 2) UPCOMING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKINGS (AKA “SPEAKERY”) Monday, Sept 11, 2012 10pm - No Cover - 21+ w/ID Guest artist at The Magic Hour hosted by John Francis Fergie's Pub 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 928-8118 ============================= Monday, Sept 24, 2012 6pm Guest on the Blog Talk Radio show "It's All About You" Hosted by Darien K. Marshall and Darius L. Jones. I'll be talking about "Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 13" from the concepts of sin and hell (or lack thereof) to the importance of guilt-release and the radical acceptance of one's entire being, including sexuality, spirituality, and things we don't like about ourselves (the shadow, etc.). www.blogtalkradio.com/itsallaboutyou ============================= Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 10pm - No Cover - 21+ w/ID Featured artist at The Magic Hour hosted by John Francis Fergie's Pub 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 928-8118 ============================= Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 9pm No Cover Cassendre Xavier with special guest Patty Keough from Boston, MA Tea Lounge 837 Union Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 789-2762 3) BLACK WOMEN'S ARTS FESTIVAL UPDATE For the latest news about the Black Women's Arts Festival, including our current temporary hiatus (we’re still archiving and planning future Black Women’s Arts Festivals), plans to produce the Festival outside of Philadelphia, and how to donate to our on-going efforts, please read the latest BWAF newsletter dated 02 September 2012 at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BWAFphilly/message/4474 or http://tinyurl.com/9q4qf45. 4) WRITING/LITERARY UPDATE After a year off, Cassendre has just returned to writing her monthly column for Wisdom Magazine's online edition. The first of this new cycle is an article called “Reframing Rejection”, which appears in the Sepember 2012 issue at http://wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/2814/ or http://tinyurl.com/9goz3lu. You can read archives of Cassendre's Wisdom Magazine articles at http://www.tinyurl.com/CXWisdom. When new items of Cassendre's writing are available, they will be included in the renaissance negresse catalog portion of this newsletter. 5) RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE CATALOG Below are the places where you can find Cassendre's various works for free, for sale, in various print, and recorded formats. Enjoy and thank you for your interest in and support of the renaissance negresse! Below is the section about Cassendre's music. Here is a brief bio of her music: "Described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade & Enya" (Steven M. Wilson, Borders Music), Cassendre Xavier has been performing her brand of jazzy-soulful acoustic pop in a folk/rock style since moving to Philadelphia in 1991. Her CD Live at Tin Angel garnered the high praise from Philadelphia City Paper music critic M.J. Fine who said that had live albums been eligible, it would've been number 9 of the "Top 21 Local EPs of 2007" (Jill Scott was number 21!). She has shared the stage with folk/rock greats Cheryl Wheeler, Toshi Reagon, John Flynn, Charlie King, and Pat Humphreys, among others, and been featured on Power 99FM, WXPN, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, among other local media. Also an award-winning community arts organizer, Xavier is the founder and one of the organizers of Philadelphia's 6th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival. Her 8th indie release Capable of Love was released in January to critical acclaim." MUSIC CDs Capable of Love (2009) Live at Tin Angel (2006) Beautiful (2004) The Cassendre Xavier Collection, Vol. 1 (2004) Live at the Kraftbrau, Kalamazoo (2004) 4OUR: A Cassendre Xavier Sampler (2003) Live at Café Improv (2002) The Whittenberg Sessions (2002) The above titles are all available from CD Baby at http://tinyurl.com/CXCDbaby MUSIC DOWNLOADS Capable of Love (2009) Live at Tin Angel (2006) The above titles are available from CD Baby at http://tinyurl.com/CXCDbaby They are also available from iTunes at http://www.tinyurl.com/CXiTunes GUIDED MEDITATION CDs Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality (2007) Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love (2007) The above titles are available for $12 each or $20 for both (includes shipping in the USA). Send an email to cxmusic(at)gmail.com or send a blank self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Cassendre Xavier, POB 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204 USA to receive an order form. PRINT AND EBOOKS NEW!!! Cassendre's ebooks are now available for donation only! That's right, for a donation of any amount, you, too, can have an ebook in your inbox in a matter of hours (or minutes, depending on whether I'm online when you order!) (Print book) Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal $18 (includes shipping in the USA) Order at http://www.cxbooks.eventbrite.com (Print chapbook) This is What a Millionaire Looks Like: Inspiring Essays - a Curious Bookling ($7 includes shipping in the USA) Order at http://www.cxbooks.eventbrite.com (Ebook) Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: A Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal (Donation of any amount) Order at http://www.cxbooks.eventbrite.com (Ebook) This is What a Millionaire Looks Like: Inspiring Essays - a Curious Bookling (Donation of any amount) Order at http://www.cxbooks.eventbrite.com You can also make a www.paypal.com "Gift" donation to cxmusic(at)gmail.com (be sure to remove the "at" and replace it with @). VISUAL ART (TO VIEW) From Cassendre's official website, "I painted and/or drew these images between 1985 & 2005. I use acrylic on canvas; watercolor, markers, chalk, and/or pencil on paper. I am currently working on expanding my collection of paintings and drawings, including sculpture, and I hope to someday have a group or solo exhibit." To view, visit http://www.cassendrexavier.com/Visual_Art.html COLLABORATIONS, ANTHOLOGIES & COMPILATIONS Cassendre has contributed to various musical and literary projects currently available for purchase: MUSIC Joe's Café, by Rupert Wates (2010 Bitemusic Limited) Cassendre sings Track 6 "Snow in New York", an original Rupert Wates song. Listen /order CD/ download : http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/RupertWates1 Darimar Presents (2003 Darimar Records. Tracks 8 & 9 "Friend", and "Life of the Party" original CX songs and performance) Listen / order CD / download: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/darimarcomp BOOKS Butch Cookbook , edited by Lee Lynch, Sue Hardesty, Nel Ward ((June 15, 2008 – TRB Cookbooks) Cassendre contributed a raw vegan dessert recipe. http://butchcookbook.com/detail2.php?photo=8 (That's Cassendre's author page with butchy pics. Click on "Home" for more info about the book and other contributors.) Dykes with Baggage: a Lighter Side of Lesbians in Therapy, edited by Riggin Waugh (Nov 1, 2000 / Alyson Publications) Review / order: http://www.amazon.com/Dykes-Baggage-Riggin-Waugh/dp/1555835686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328589486&sr=8-1 or http://tinyurl.com/6s267j8 We'Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn (1999 / Mother Tongue Ink) Order from www.amazon.com or http://www.wemoon.ws We'Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn (2001 / Mother Tongue Ink) Order from www.amazon.com or http://www.wemoon.ws When Falls the Coliseum: a journal of American culture (or lack thereof) edited by Scott Stein (Sep 7, 2001 / Free Reign Press) Cassendre received a wonderful Philadelphia City Paper review (by Karen Gross) for her several pieces in this anthology. Review / order: http://www.amazon.com/When-Falls-Coliseum-journal-American/dp/0970155417/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328589643&sr=1-1 or http://tinyurl.com/6lgac83 CXTV (VIDEO / YOUTUBE CHANNEL) Cassendre has music, raw food prep, guided meditations, affirmations, humor, poetry, erotica, tomfoolery, shenanegans, and malarckey at her official YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier or http://www.tinyurl.com/cxyoutube or at her official website at http://www.cassendrexavier.com/CX_TV.html 6) BOOKING/CONTACT (For HOUSE CONCERTS, PRIVATE/PUBLIC/CORPORATE AND/OR LITERARY EVENTS, ETC.) Music booking email: cxmusic(at)gmail.com Literary booking email: cxwriting(at)gmail.com ============================== renaissance negresse Museletter is © 2012 by Cassendre Xavier. All rightsen reservenitzken. www.cassEndrExavier.com Source: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/cassendrexavier/message/302 or http://tinyurl.com/8coha5d

Friday, August 24, 2012

Upcoming Shows (Phila/NY)

Dear Friends, I have just added a few performance dates to my calendar. I hope you will be able to join us at one or more of them! -- Make yourself a beautiful day! Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls) renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur (musician/writer/actress/fine artist) Founder & Director of the 8th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival, and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series Official website: http://www.cassEndrExavier.com Monday, Sept 11, 2012 10pm - No Cover - 21+ w/ID Guest artist at The Magic Hour hosted by John Francis Fergie's Pub 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 928-8118 ============================= Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 10pm - No Cover - 21+ w/ID Featured artist at The Magic Hour hosted by John Francis Fergie's Pub 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 928-8118 ============================= Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 9pm No Cover Cassendre Xavier and Friends (Boston's Patty Keough and TBA) Tea Lounge 837 Union Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 789-2762

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ME! ME! ME! CX Museletter "Bliss Followage" ediccione

ME! ME! ME! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter The "Bliss Followage" ediccione, as it were. (If you will.) Monday, April 23, 2012 "Living with power isn't about having no setbacks. It's about using your power to set aside the setbacks and continue moving forward and upward." ~Cassendre Xavier, (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls), renaissance negresse Dear friendlings and famlettes, I trust this museletter finds you doing well. I am taking each day as it comes, living the material for the last 2 of my 4 part "Affirmations for Survivors" spoken word guided meditation series, "Sexuality" and "Life Skills." (The first 2 "Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love", and "Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality" were released in August 2007 and until recently were available for sale as CD and MP3 download at www.lulu.com. I've since found out that account is no longer current (Yay! One less unrewarding responsibility gone!), but those CDs are still available directly through me, and at some point, at CD Baby where my other (music) CDs are http://tinyurl.com/CXCDbaby. I am not sure what exactly is going on with me these, days, but I do know that it's directly affected by my diet (I've been eating lots of cooked food and more meat than before, much less raw vegan foods), my self-care (I've stopped exercising, stopped going to my eating disorder recovery group meetings, etc.), and by my busier social schedule (I am seeing several people in different cities). I am realizing lately that I want to get back to the place I was when I believed in my own success. When I followed my bliss without doubt. When I felt I could be happy and I had no shame in making myself so. I'm talking about my creative life here, not my romantic life, which seems to know no bounds, and for that I am truly grateful. What I'm trying to do is parlay that lack of blockery units (aka "blockation") into my understanding of what's possible for me in the way of professional possibilities and prosperity of kinds other than romantic/sexual. It takes courage to be who one is. Perhaps I only have enough courage for one area of expression of my life at a time. This statement doesn't ring true to me - it hurts in my belly when I write it so I know it's not true. I sense I have courage enough for fuller bliss in all areas of my life. And I'm working towards that. I take it when we decide we want something, the Universe steps in and says, "Yeah? You really mean it?" Then prove it!" And that's when the tests come. I experience tremendous pleasure in one area of my life, then BOOM! Here comes a breakdown here. Then bliss another area, and BAM! Breakdown there. What's the meaning of all this? I am trying to learn my lessons through joy rather than struggle now. That's from http://orindaben.com. Yet, I understand that life is part joy and part pain. That's from a hit song. Apparently, life is full of sunshine and rain as well, according to that song. http://Abraham-Hicks.com teaches that we are "deliberate creators" and that we use "contrast" to know what we want. Through Abe-Hicks' teachings of the law of attraction I am trying to feel as good as I can all the time. I know this works, because I experience it. And I know it works because I do believe that feeling good is a godly state; it's the closest we in our physical states can get to our Source. And this is why I know the food is jacking me UP. Because raw vegan food feels good in every direction. Yes, I mean that, too. Just because I can. Sorry :-) Anyway, I don't want this to be a long letter. I wrote it because I needed to, as therapy. My cell phone was stolen today. I was busking and charged it a distance from me, then forgot to pack it up. When I returned less than an hour later, it was gone. I did the usual lost and found business but I know that thing is gone. I am soooo grateful that the Cassendre of today didn't stay in a funky feeling place for too long. In the olden days I probably would've spent the entire night and maybe even he next day angry and upset about it. Now, I don't think I was even upset for a whole hour. And I know someday that will be even less. Here's some of what I did: I thought about how it actually happened: I was distracted. I forgot. I wasn't paying attention. I thought about how maybe I made it happen subconsciously: I was self-sabotaging. Maybe I'm feeling "too happy" in my relationships and am trying to suck things up a bit so that I'm miserable more. I was avoiding seeing one of my sweeties, because I'm feeling overwhelmed and maybe don't know how to say no. I was trying to remove a responsibility from my often overwhelming-feeling life (these days). But those self-blaming thoughts felt bad, and I know now that whenever something feels bad it's not true to my highest being. It isn't real, so I needn't pay any attention to it. I thought of other possibilities and was led to them by how I felt... I thought about how I created this to learn beautiful lessons and grow into my chosen places: I am learning that I can choose my feelings at all times. I am learning to not be angry so easily. I am learning to release feelings of resentment, fear, doubt, and worry. I am learning not to be at the whim of circumstances. And how lovely that I chose my very old, very inexpensive phone to learn this lesson! Those thoughts made me feel much better, and I knew they were true! More thoughts came: I don't have to worry about this. So, I've lost my phone, so what - or rather it was stolen. Okay. That happened. Good for whoever has it. They have a new toy for a few minutes. What can I do. Let me call and suspend service (I did). Let me not worry about anything. ANYTHING at all. I'm not worried about how I'm going to get a new phone. I'm not resentful that I'm paying for service I'm not using. I'm not worried. This is a gift. And I'm willing to see it as such. What else is in this gift? I realized that for the last couple of weeks I've been thinking "I need a new phone". This one is low on storage, it's kinda annoying to always have to delete texts immediately upon receipt because I don't have room to hold more. Wow! I've been manifesting a new phone and I didn't even know it, because I wasn't doing it directly! But I was. I was thinking a lot of about the fact that I would sometime soon have a new phone. I just didn't know how it was going to happen. I put out the call, albeit unwittingly. I corrected worry thoughts: Oh no! I have risque pictures of myself in that phone! That one was easy: Good! They'll give someone a thrill! Then another thought: Oh, no! What if someone publicizes those pics? Another easy one: Good! They'll give my fans and enemies a thrill! Bad press is still good press, especially for a black female singer who has no interest whatsoever in running for public office! Look what it did for Vanessa Williams? Can YOU name another Miss America? Didn't think so :-) Nah, those pics would only do me good, especially in my work as Amrita Waterfalls http://AmritaWaterfalls.blogspot.com ;-) So, there you have it, folks. My day went from kinda challenging (started early with 1st day of day job - you know how those go - the training, the stress, etc., to busking afterwards - on my tooties all day - from 8am-7pm) to pretty sucky (phone stolen), to pretty darn good (having this opportunity to recognize my progress as a student of law of attraction)! Right now I am grateful that I trust I will soon have a phone, I am grateful that I passed muster at my first day of paid training to return as staff to my new day job tomorrow, I am grateful to have had a wonderful conversation with my professional writer friend Christopher Sebastian McJettershttps://www.facebook.com/christopher.mcjetters, who gave me such good advice about my writing. I told him that I have so much I want to say and share, but I'm afraid of how to do it. I don't want to take the time to create a manuscript and then do a book proposal and try to find an agent a publishing deal, although I feel confident I will have a deal soon. And I didn't want to just blog and waste my work by putting it out there for free and possible plagiarism and others using it to make money for themselves. He told me that most people do blog, and that you want to create value for others, then your value will be recognized and compensated. He said that the cream always rises to the top, and that if you're creating and sharing something that folks want, you can't help but succeed. I believe that's true. I've been trying to muster up the gumption lately to release my fears of having my work not valued. But a truth kept sneaking up on me, "Give it away." That's what kept coming up over and over again. And Sebastian confirmed that for me when he said the same words, "You've just got to give it away." And we ended up singing the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. Not the whole song, just the chorus. And then a little of the "Whatcha got you gotta give it to your mama. Whatcha got you gotta give it to your papa," you know, that part. That part is cool as shite, man. Anyway, where was I? Yeah, I'm thinkin' I'm gonna start giving it away. Man, that's gonna be challenging for this jaded, burnt-out beeotch. But you know what? Methinks mayhap all's I need is a little o' ye olde hair o' of the dog that bit Moi. Yeah. I think I was so "ARTrepreneur" oriented of years recent that I don't know what it's like to give something away on a grand scale and NOT WORRY that it won't be appreciated. I think it will help greatly that I'm gainfully employed in a steady paycheck way, that doesn't rely on how many ebooks, iTunes or CDs I sell. Let me share some of what my Lady Friend shared with me a few minutes ago regarding handling breakdowns. She's an Abraham-Hicks student and fan, as I am: I was feeling bad about my stolen cell phone, so I decided to try to feel better. What helps is to think about good-feeling things and to ask others to share good-feeling thoughts, etc. So I texted a few loved ones, including Lady Friend (LF) CX: Tell me something good, plz :-) Me first: I made my quota & get to go back to work my new job tomorrow! 7:39 PM Lady Friend (LF): Yay! And "like a treasure found at home" revere the teachers that really irk us (stolen phone) as it is them that help us the most by giving us a reason to practice! 7:41 PM CX: Thank you. I am also helped by the lesson of choosing to learn thru joy rather than struggle http://orindaben.com, which this contrast reminds me of :-) 7:43 PM LF: If we want to work on being less angry, patient, fearful, etc, what happens is those things get even BIGGER than before we vowed to work on 'em!! So, perhaps you will find this is something you can get a lot of mileage out of? How's that :) 7:45 PM CX: Really? I thought if I worked on learning thru joy, that's what I would get - more joy? 7:45 PM LF: It means that you just begin to SEE more where you aren't patient, etc. 7:46 PM CX: I AM getting a lot of mileage from these "contrasting" situations." My vision is definitely getting clearer. 7:47 PM LF: Yep. Easy to be easy when things are easy :) Not so easy when they aren't 7:48 PM LF: I just found some helpful stuff online from Abe-folks on LOA & breakdowns. I'll email it to u and say gnight now. Thx again :-) 7:52 PM Here's that email I sent to Lady Friend (LF): From an AbeForum website: "Abraham has stated that we don't want a peaceful river, where there isn't much flowing going. If that were the case, we wouldn't be propeled to grow. And the propulsion, to experience greater joys in this life, comes from the contrast. Some of my greatest growths in my life came from contrast. I think, though, as we get a hang of this deliberate creator stuff (grin), our work is to find a way to manage the contrast before it gets too big. It's the big manifestations (car accidents and stuff) that get our attention, as well as our pocket books to pay for cleaning up all that (grin), but they don't have to get that big, if we consistently manage our point of attraction. Contrast is what propels us forward, and we just have to learn how to manage it, along our ride on this Journey called Life." CX: Hope you liked that - I did :-) So, this is why I called this issue "Bliss Followage", because I'm learning to both follow the bliss of my naturally creative instincts and desires, as well as learning to follow the bliss of my emotional state - not allowing myself to remain in a state of suffering - as it's only a mindset and I can change that at anytime. Of any circumstance, one can choose how one will react and how one will remain. You don't have to remain motionless and not express displeasure if you experience something very painful and shocking. But you don't have to stay in that space for any longer than you have to. You can choose a better feeling way and that will attract better circumstances. That's what I choose. I am choosing bliss in all its forms. And I appreciate sharing my journey and lessons with you, in hopes that they help you somehow. Well, folks, this feels like a "Good time for segment of refreshment!" as Esther Hicks says on the Abraham-Hicks recordings of live workshopshttp://Abraham-Hicks.com. Let me just thank you so much for being here, and caring about what this young gyal has to say about the workings of her wild and wacky mind. Here are some wishes for you to take into you, well, wherever makes you happiest to take them in! May you always know your power, May you be willing to learn and grow May you easily accept assistance in all forms, May you learn to learn from joy rather than struggle, May you accept the struggle as a part of life that is a gift, May you easily let go of bad-feeling thoughts and invite and grow and focus on the good-feeling thoughts, May you enjoy the journey as the destination, knowing you will never be completely satisfied because where would be the fun in that? May you embrace and be excited by and attracted to challenge, May you master pleasure and be a great keeper, giver, and sharer of it, May you achieve all your goals, and receive all your heart's fondest desires, surpassing all your expectations, This, or something better, And may it be for the good of all. With love, in art and community, Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls) renaissance negresse (musician/writer/actress/fine artist) & ARTrepreneur (Award-Winning Founder & Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series) Ordained Interfaith Minister CD Baby http://tinyurl.com/CXCDbaby YouTube http://tinyurl.com/CXYouTube iTunes http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes http://www.cassEndrExavier.com =================================== FRIENDS' NEWS JANET MASON RELEASES NEW BOOK "Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters" Greetings! I wanted to let you know that Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters (Bella Books) is now available from a bookstore near you and also online -- in book and eBook formats. I'm delighted, of course, and very excited about sharing this story with those who find it meaningful. I am working with the SAGE Center in New York and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Elders) Chapters around the Country, with PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapters, and with individual LGBT Community Centers including Rainbow Serenity of Northwest Indiana. Special thanks to these organizations and to members of OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) for the help in spreading the word about Tea Leaves. I am very interested in working with other organizations. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I also have a number of readings and appearances scheduled beginning with the Equality Forum in May. For more information, click on the following link: http://tealeavesamemoir.wordpress.com/readings/ I also wanted to let you know that there are a few openings left in my writing class at The Mt. Airy Learning Tree https://learningtree.ccwis.com/CourseStatus.awp?&course=12SWM06. The six week class held on Wednesday nights includes in-class writing exercises that delve into the deep sources that we all have inside of us. The class will also include instruction on podcasting, blogging, self publishing and the traditional routes of using an agent or publishing with a small press. Ultimately, the course will address the rather radical notion that all of our stories are worth telling and that we become more powerful by giving voice to them. yours in celebrating our stories, Janet Note: If the Mayan predictions are right, then let's go out in a blaze of self expression. It would be great to see some of you in class (and please forward the information to that special someone who may be interested)! Visit http://amusejanetmason.com/ Janet Mason, a second generation feminist, intimately explores the paradoxical legacies of family and culture. Any woman who has borne witness to the passing of her mother will be moved by this account and any woman who has yet to face this life-changing transition will be illuminated and directed, as if by a map. -Sheila Ortiz Taylor ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- LACEY C. CLARK! of Sisters' Sanctuary presents Phenomenally U: Three Candid Conversations about Sex, Self-respect and Success for Mothers and Teen Daughters in the Reality TV Era. Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PT) Philadelphia, PA, FREE!! http://sisterssanctuary.eventbrite.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------- CAROL MOROTTI-MEEKER - COUNSELOR/COACH Carol Morotti-Meeker MS,MLSP, CRC has been a counselor/coach for over 25 years with hundreds of satisfied clients. She holds numerous certifications for holistic practices such as massage, flower essences,Reiki, Reconnection and breathwork. Carol has been working with astrology and numerology for over 30 years. She lives near the northwest (Chestnut Hill) section of Philadelphia and can be reached at 215 233-0227 and via email at: mallard033(at)comcast.net. ------------------------------------------------------ SEX TALK WITH TAMARA PINCUS - This Week Diana Adams Tuesday, May 29, 2012. 7:00pm until 8:00pm This week I will be interviewing Diana Adams, family lawyer and winner of the 2011 Fulsom Street East Sexual Freedom Award. Ms. Adams does law with GLBT kinky and poly families and is an outspoken activist for the rights of alternative families. Ms. Adams speaks nationally about legal alternatives to marriage and the future of family law as the face of the American family shifts. She is on the Advisory Council of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, advocating for sexual freedom to be recognized as a human right, and is involved with the Alternatives to Marriage Project, advocating for the legal rights of people who are unmarried. In 2009 and 2010 alone, she has spoken on these topics at venues including Yale Law School, New York Law School, the Manhattan LGBT Center, numerous national conferences on sexuality, Current TV, and MTV, and her work has been noted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and New York Magazine. This coverage is due in part to her outspokenness about her own nontraditional family. Ms. Adams' ability to speak boldly about her own life and about proposals for legal reform reflect an unflinching perseverance which she brings to advocacy on behalf of her clients. Please click here to read more about her legal activism. Diana Adams is an active member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, and an avid pro bono volunteer with the Brooklyn Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) in their programming for domestic violence victims, the elderly, and debtors being sued by their creditors. Ms Adams has received annual commendations for her pro bono work from the Brooklyn Bar VLP and New York State's Empire Counsel. When not practicing law, Diana Adams is a self-defense instructor and nationally ranked martial artist, a relationship coach and workshop leader for individuals and couples seeking greater honesty and communication, a freelance writer working on her first book, and is involved in the New York City art community. Event link/s: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.mcjetters#!/events/340137776045982, www.myqrad​io.com Contact Tamara Pincus: http://​www.tamarapincus.com, https://www.facebook.com/tamara.pincus ------------------------------------------------------ SUSANA MAYER, PH.D: NEXT EROTIC LITERARY SALON - MAY 15 Hello Friends of the Philadelphia Cultural Salons, Thanks to all who made April's Salon another wonderful evening of steamy readings. The discussion at the end was most inofrmative, and enjoyed by those that stayed to listen. May 15th next Salon - Dr. Frances will be back from her snowbird hideout. I know she will be excited to see all and share one of her stories. May's Press Release can be viewed at www.theEroticliterarysalon.com. Check navigation bar - Press Release. I also blog daily (almost). Postings usually deal with newsworthy & not so newsworthy s+exual issues that include my s+x positive spin, steamy stories, and interesting events. IMPORTANT: Format change for signing up to read. To reserve a space to read at the Salon, please add your name to the sign-up sheet posted at upstairs entrance. 15-20 names will be accepted, depending upon the program for the evening and length of pieces. Names will be collected starting at 7:30. I am tweeting, do follow @TheEroticSalon. Partnering and cross promoting the following events and workshops: 
First Person Arts: http://www.firstpersonarts.org/ 
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: http://www.drsketchy.com/branch/Philly Peek-a-Boo Burlesque Revue: http://www.peekaboorevue.com/
 Cabaret Red Light: http://www.cabaretredlight.com/ Plum Dragoness: http://new.plumdragoness.com/ Monica Day: http://www.thesensuallife.com/ Please post information and reviews regarding the Erotic Literary Salon to various blog sites you visit. If you write for any blogs, please contact me and perhaps we can create an interesting article or interview you can post.

 ***Parking lot (123-27 South 12th St. / 1140 Sansom St.) around the corner from TIME. Offering a $5 rate for the evening (enter after 5pm). Need special coupon. Follow directions at the site and print out coupon. Must pay with credit card. 
http://philadelphia.centralparking.com/Philadelphia-123-South-12th-Street-Parking.html Save the Date: May 15th, third Tuesday. Come early for a good seat. 
Susana

 Susana Mayer Ph.D.
Founder & Host The Erotic Literary Salon www.theEroticliterarysalon.com

 ------------------------------------------------------------ BARBARA CARRELLAS - SEX EDUCATOR I am Barbara Carrellas and I love what I do! I am an author, sex educator, university lecturer, workshop facilitator, sex/life coach, motivational speaker and theater artist. My new book, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide was just published by Hay House. My other books are Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure. I founded Urban Tantra® as a way of bringing people together to explore the vast range of sexual, spiritual and emotional possibilities open to all of us. Most of us have been taught to compartmentalize our lives—to keep our work, spiritual and erotic lives as separate as possible—in order to keep the peace and not offend anyone. I advocate exactly the opposite approach. When our erotic energy is aligned with our spiritual purpose, it releases our creativity and manifests in prosperity and happiness in all areas of life, including fulfilling relationships with other people. I offer workshops, lectures, keynotes, Sex/Life Coaching and special events to individuals, conferences, businesses, and schools. I hope that this web site will offer you the opportunity to get to know me and my work a little better and will encourage you to join me for a life-changing adventure in the infinite realms of sex and spirit. Website: http://urbantantra.org/ ----------------------------------------------------------- BETTY DODSON & CARLIN ROSS - SEX EDUCATORS Betty Dodson and Carlin Ross are two intergenerational, sex-positive feminists whose dialogue on sexuality and feminism entertains and educates while delving into the Politics of Women's Sexuality: We believe: * Masturbation is the foundation for all human sexual activity. * Sexual repression begins with the prohibition of childhood masturbation. * Masturbation is how we learn to like our genitals, discover our sexual responses, and build sexual self-esteem. * Every individual is entitled to contraception. Intentional motherhood is essential for the health and well being of women, children, men and the planet. * In the sanctity of the human body. We denounce all forms of genital mutilation; circumcision, female genital mutilation, cosmetic vaginal surgery and genital surgery in infancy. * All genital imagery is protected by the first amendment. No religion or government has the right to create shame by censoring the depiction of our sex organs which are the source of profound beauty, pleasure and life itself. * In comprehensive sex education that includes information on how to achieve sexual pleasure in a variety of sex styles and relationships. * In the freedom to choose from a range of different lifestyles such as remaining single, couples living together casually, monogamous or open marriages and all variations of communal living based upon personal choice. * In eliminating myths surrounding human sexuality from virginity to monogamous marriage, love everlasting and the necessity of motherhood for all women. * The concept of beauty is arbitrary and controlled by corporations that prey on women's lack of self-esteem. * Sexual pleasure and orgasm is the source of life and creativity. As we awaken our bodies through the senses, we awaken our minds to the knowledge that we are all related and connected to every living thing on planet Earth and throughout the vast universe. For their complete bios and more info, visit http://dodsonandross.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------- INSPIRING QUOTES "What is most precious becomes memory. Paths not taken are forever gone. The only useless endeavor is to resist the command knit into our very souls: Move. Move on." -Unknown "I don't do affirmations about prosperity, I'm too busy making money. I don't do affirmations about love, I'm out there loving people". -Main Squeeze "Live your life and forget your age." -Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), author/minister "Friend, you are a divine mingle-mangle of guts and stardust. So hang in there! If doors opened for me, they can open for anyone." -Frank Capra (1897-1991), Italian-born, U.S. film director. "Learning and sex until rigor mortis." -Motto of Maggie Kuhn (1905-95) U.S. activist; at age 65, founded the Gray Panthers to empower elderfolk. ------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy life. ~CX ME! ME! ME! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter. (Except friends' website/content) (c) Copyright 2012 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved.http://cassEndrExavier.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Me! Me! Me! CX Museletter “Wacky Universe” ediccione

Me! Me! Me! A Cassendre Xavier Museletter
The “Wacky Universe” ediccione, if you will. (As it were.)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHO IS CASSENDRE XAVIER?
GREETING
NEW!! YOUTUBE VIDEOS
BLACK WOMEN'S ARTS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE MUSELETTER/CATALOG
I LOVE HAVING MY PERIOD!!
NEW QUOTES BY CASSENDRE & PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CASSENDRE
THAT WACKY UNIVERSE!
WITH A LITTLE HELP FOR MY FRIENDS
FAREWELL BLESSING

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WHO IS CASSENDRE XAVIER?
Cassendre Xavier coined the term "renaissance negresse" in 2002 to describe her work as a musician, mult-genre writer and community cultural arts organizer. A 1st-generation American-born citizen of Haitian & Chinese heritage, she is a Brooklyn, NY native who has made Philadelphia her home since 1990.
Her 6 independently-released albums are described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade & Enya" (Borders Music Expert, Steven M. Wilson). She also creates spoken word guided meditation and affirmation recordings under the name Amethyste Rah and erotic writing under the name Amrita Waterfalls. The founder and director of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) as well as Philadelphia's Annual Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003), Cassendre is a recipient of a $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award for her work in art and social change. For more information, please visit http://cassEndrExavier.com.

GREETING
Hi, folks. Not ready to say much right now on a personal level, maybe because I say so much on Facebook, or maybe because I’ve raging cramps and a lot to do before I leave my Main Squeeze’s place here in Nueva Jork, but suffice it to say you’re on my mind, hence my writing to you right now, so hopefully that makes up for it. I trust you are well and I look forward to writing again soon. Meanwhile, do read below at my usual thingies, plus a whole list of what my esteemed associates are occupying themselves with these days. May you be enrichified (aka “enrichicated.”)

NEW!! YOUTUBE VIDEOS

10 Tips for Dealing with Depression - by Cassendre Xavier (Part 1)
Video link: http://youtu.be/b8J1c1tJ1vQ

Introducing Amrita Waterfalls - The Sexy Side of Cassendre Xavier Video link: http://youtu.be/obnpFVWJGLM

Dream Vision Board with Cassendre Xavier - Part 2 - February 29, 2012. Link: http://youtu.be/4MgpeiHdqXc


BLACK WOMEN'S ARTS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
Feb 4, 2012 Issue http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BWAFphilly/message/4315

RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE MUSELETTER/CATALOG
This was posted on Feb 7, 2012, and features my latest news and available products. Read at http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/cassendrexavier/message/294


I LOVE HAVING MY PERIOD!!
(A funny song about that Time of the Month) Today’s day 1 of a heavy flow-moderate cramps cycle. Yo soy muy allegra! Did you know that dried apricots are awesome for PMS? Apparently it’s the vitamin A content. A few months ago I forgot to eat them and boy did I feel the difference! Also, I’ve been eating a lot of baby carrots, and today I read the vitamin content on a bag I was noshing from and it says they’re crazy high in vitamin A. And then I noticed I had no PMS this month at all. None. Very good stuff, the vitamin A. Take note, ladies. Never let it be said!

On the Rag Again (words by Cassendre Xavier, music by Willie Nelson)
Video link: http://youtu.be/S6wJBYpE9uU

Lyrics:
on the rag again
oh i'm so glad to be on the rag again
some women say that it's a great big drag for them
but i'm so glad to be on the rag again

on the rag again
guess you could say that i'm a bleedin' fan
oh how i love to welcome my sweet monthly friend
i celebrate being on the rag again

on the rag again
like a herd of witches circling round the moon
it's that time again
the PMS and cramps, it all can't come too soon
i think i'm gonna swoon

'cos i'm on the rag again
everyone knows i'm on the rag again
'cos i can't stop myself from saying when i can
that i'm so glad to be on the rag again
so true i'm glad to be on the rag again
yeah this here gal is on the rag again
guess what, you guys, i'm on the rag again
don't hate me 'cos i'm on the rag again
so beautiful to be on the rag again

NEW QUOTES BY CASSENDRE & PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CASSENDRE
I am thinking of a best-case scenario. ~CX
I choose my life to be a blissful tour of imperfection. ~CX

I don’t know how lucky I am, I’m just not stopping. –K.J. Denhert

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. -Kahlil Gibran

Money is my very essence, which when properly expressed, returns to me as an all-sufficiency of legal tender, to be used in exchange for goods and services. -"The Abundance Book" author John Randolph Price, who coined the acronym for M.O.N.E.Y.: "My Own Natural Energy Yield." Visit www.quartus.org


‎BECAUSE I LOVE MYSELF, TODAY I DID THE FOLLOWING
1) Quickly released fear thoughts. 2) Relaxed and trusted that all is well and everything's gonna be okay. 3) Called a friend and asked to hang out with him the same day, in an attempt to learn to be more sp- sp- sp- spontaneous. (Sorry, even saying the word's a bit of a challenge :-) 4) Refused to feel guilty about my desires, both acted on an not yet acted on. 5) Exercised discipline. 6) Drank more water. 7) Ate less carbs. 8) Started day with total gratitudational qualities. 8) Went out of my way to make myself more comfortable. 9) Didn't worry. Was happy. 10) Wrote to make myself happy, then spilled the joy outward to whoever wisheth to partake.

THAT WACKY UNIVERSE!
I just chose to turn down an invitation to the opera (only the 2nd opera of my entire life & the 1st as an adult) because it's on the same night of my audition for - you guessed it - an opera! Oh the irony! Ya got me, Universe, u sick sonofabitch, ya got me! (I kid, I joke! :-)


WITH A LITTLE HELP FOR MY FRIENDS
(Cool stuff some of my peeps are doin’.)

THE EROTIC LITERARY SALON
http://theeroticsalon.com
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MARTINA PLAG
Puppeteer & arts founder/dirctor
http://www.studium-praxis.org
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LAUREEN GRIFFIN
Fine artist & instructor
http://laureengriffin.com
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MONICA MCINTYRE
Cellist, vocalist, composer
www.myspace.com/monicamcintyre
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KJ DENHERT
Urban Folk & Jazz Artist
http://profiles.sonicbids.com/artists/KJDenhert/shows/
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TOSHI REAGON
Rockin’ folk artist
http://toshireagon.com/
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RUPERT WATES (music)
http://rupertwates.com
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MICHAEL ALBANY (photography)
http://www.michaelalbany.com/
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MOONSTONE ARTS CENTER / ROBIN’S BOOKSTORE
http://moonstoneartscenter.org
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THE ROTUNDA
http://therotunda.org
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LEEWAY FOUNDATION
Funds women & transwomen artists creating art and social change
http://leeway.org
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KELLI DUNHAM
http://kellidunham.com
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LOVING MORE (support and outreach organization for people in polyamorous/non-monogamous relationships)
http://lovemore.com
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JORJ BAUER
Hello there, people that have expressed interest in my casein-on-glass prints!

I'm delighted to report that one of my works will be on display as part of the Phillips' Mill annual juried photographic exhibition, from March 18th through April 8th. Details of the show are on their website:

http://www.phillipsmill.org/photoexhibition.htm

Phillips' Mill is located just outside New Hope, PA:

2619 River Road
New Hope, PA 18938
215-862-0582

I'm hoping to be in the gallery on the afternoon of March 24th. Perhaps I'll run in to some of you there!

-- Jorj
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Gretchen Elise & Seff Al-Afriqi
Thurs March 8 - 8pm SHARP - 9:30pm
@ the Hype! Variety Show
Headhouse Lounge & Cafe
122 Lombard St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hey all -

Rehearsals have been fun so far...
We're bringing Seff's friqi fashion vibe to this gig. This is a clothing & lifestyle line that he runs with his brother Mack Al-Afriqi and Najma53.
It should be a great time with some new original music. Seff the poet/MC will rock out to my live band!

BAND DETAILS--Gretchen Elise vox; Seff Al-Afriqi poet/MC; Luke Walker Guitar; Anam Owili-Eger keys; Brandon Krakowsky bass; Ricardo Martino drums; Esteban Sanlate perc.
EVENT DETAILS--This event is put on by Boy Wonder and features bands & other entertainment acts from 8pm to 12pm. On March 8th we are the FIRST ACT. Don't sleep!!!
VENUE-- the Headhouse Lounge & Cafe is a great restaurant/cafe/bar with good Japanese and American fare & an artsy, laid back atmosphere. Almost dinner-theater-ish.
COVER CHARGE--$6 cover 21+ (Ages 18-20 $10)
PARKING INFO--If you Park at The Park America Lot on 215 Lombard Street HeadHouse will validate your Parking so it'll only be $5
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check the new release Time & Space
www.gretchenelise.com
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Music OUT Loud presents BROTHERLY LOVE with SHEWHO Opening the Show!
Saturday March 10th, 7:30 pm!
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, Media, PA, PA
Discount Tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222806
Ticket also available at the door! Doors open at 7 pm.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
7:00pm until 9:00pm
Michelle Taransky reads for Poets and Prophets
Robin's Books and Moonstone Arts Center
110A S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Michelle Taransky is the author of Barn Burned, Then. She teaches critical and creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and poetry workshops at Temple University and works at Kelly Writers House.

An open mic follows the feature. A $5 donation is requested and greatly appreciated.
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Phyllis Voren’s “What’s Funny About That”
An Evening of Subversive comedy with Nicky Sunshine, Phylis Voren, Noah Holihan, Chris Cotton, and Josh Rosen – Like you Don’t Need A Laugh?
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm – $5 donation recommended – Comedy
Location: http://www.moonstoneartscenter.org
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Barbara Carrellas' Ecstasy is Necessary Virtual Book Tour
Began 1 March
The Ecstasy Hour Debuts on Hay House Radio 6 March
Info: http://urbantantra.org
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Alex Kudera Presents Kim Gek Lin Short, Eric D. Goodman
Wednesday, March 21, 7pm – Poetry
Location: http://www.moonstoneartscenter.org
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FAREWELL BLESSING
May you continuously be aware of your total, complete, and permanent connection to Source.
May you focus on what you want and not on what you don’t want.
May you dwell on what feels good and quickly release what does not.
May you learn to accept what is.
May you learn to love your shadow.
May you know balance and moderation.
May you do well for, serve, and please yourself, first.
May all your fondest heart’s desires come true, surpassing all your expectations. This, or something better, and may it be for the good of all.
And so We say that it is… now!


In art and community,

Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
renaissance negresse (musician,writer,actress,fine artist) & ARTrepreneur
(Founder & Director of Philadelphia’s 8th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival)
http://cassEndrExavier.com

© Copyright 2012 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved. http://cassEndrExavier.com

Monday, February 13, 2012

ME! ME! ME! “With Pleasure” Valentine’s Day Ediccione

ME! ME! ME! “With Pleasure” Valentine’s Day Ediccione
February 14, 2012

WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO SINCE JULY 2011
WITH PLEASURE – AMRITA WATERFALLS MUSELETTER
BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE MUSELETTER/CATALOG
THINGS I WROTE & POSTED ON MY FACEBOOK WALL
COME SEE THIS PLAY TONIGHT (IF YOU WANT)
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WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO SINCE JULY 2011
I’ve been doing a lot since I last posted a ME! ME! ME! Museletter. I’ll tell you very soon what I’ve been up to :-) Meanwhile, check this out…

WITH PLEASURE – AMRITA WATERFALLS MUSELETTER
http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com/2012/02/with-pleasure-amrita-waterfalls.html or http://tinyurl.com/7cygraj

BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
I am the founder and director of Philadelphia’s 8th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival, affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and Moonstone Arts Center. To learn more, please visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BWAFphilly or visit http://BWAFphilly.homestead.com and click “News”

RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE MUSELETTER/CATALOG
This was posted on Feb 7, 2012, and features my latest news and available products. Read at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cassendrexavier

THINGS I WROTE & POSTED ON MY FACEBOOK WALL
On February 7, 2012 - And a hearty goooood MORNing to you fine people! Well, ahem, "26" years ago today (!) I chose to incarnate upon this glorious big blue marble of ours. What a ride it has been and what a ride it continues to be! "Moving forward," as we say in the biz, I wish myself, all my sistren/fellow Aquarians, and everyone who celebrates every day as their New Day, a happy birth/born/earthday! May this new year bring us all a new level of peace, courage, and increasedself-love to expand our capacity for joy, demand, work towards, and achieve our personal, creative, and professional goals, now! May we receive all ourfondest heart's desires, surpassing all our expectations, now! And may we always remember we are worthy of this, now! This, or something better, and mayit be for the good of all, now! And so We say that it is, NOW! :-)
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Now, *that's* how you greet a woman! (Re: my best ex-boyfriend, who ran into me at Suburban Station yesterday and said, "Are you SURE you've only lost 29 lbs??"
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One of my favorite things to do is listen to my music after someone particularly special to me has received a copy. I listen, imagining them hearing these songs and experiencing them for the first time. I send them love thoughts and the intention that, having heard my original songs, and my arrangements of others' songs, they now know or want to know me on a deeper level. That's what I've been doing while doing my daily writing assignments the past 2 or so hours. Albums: The Whittenberg Sessions (2002/Serious Creature Music), and Beautiful (2004/Serious Creature Music) both available at http://tinyurl.com/CXCDbaby
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One of the ways to make yourself instantly and significantly attractive to prospective mates is to think of what you will bring to the relationship-how you will love, assist, and support your mate on their path. Imagine them looking at, and speaking of you to others with such pride and appreciation for how you enrich their life. And imagine you feeling the same way about them. Be in and live the flow of love. ~Cassendre Xavier, artist, lover, and multiple soul mate manifester
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Always take the most loving view of any situation or life challenge you may be going through. Give yourself permission to create, and only dwell on, thoughts that make you feel good. Remember, you and everyone else are always doing the best that you can, everything you truly desire is possible and happening for you on some level and in some way, it is never too late, you are never cursed (unless you choose to believe you are), everything in your life is athought, and you can always choose what and how to think. All is well! And so We say that is, Now!
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Often when we are feeling badly that someone we have desired is not desiring us, we forget the many who have desired us without our returning their desire. There are at least 10 people who expressed romantic/sexual interest in me yesterday, and I'm all hung up on the one who flirted, chatted, then ran away! I'm all "What's wrong with me?" and "What did I do?" and "Was it something I said?" Meanwhile, the other 9 I'm sure would be glad to be alone with meand my supposed or imaginary dating/communication flaws! Never let it be said!
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What doesn't travel well: Bananas, nail polish, garments that are easily wrinkled and/or contain any kind of boning or underwire, certain mismatched persunalities, any type of fear, sunglasses or extra eyeglasses without a hardshell case, and most liquids. What does travel well? Confidence, street smarts/hypervigilance, certain persunalities together, pens, postage stamps, and hotel stationery to write letters from the road, clothes made of that materialyou can bundle up into a tiny ball for 3 days and nothing, I mean NOTHING happens to it - you unwrap the dress, wear it in performance, it's flawless andno one's the wiser! I love that material! Oh, and ost "adult novelties" travel well, too. Yup. Don't say I never learned ya nuthin' ;-)
Everything in your life was created by a thought, and a thought can be changed in an instant.
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Be still and know that you are beautiful.
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Excessive flirting and hypersexuality are still ways of keeping real connection from happening; they are just the other side of the same coin: Fear of Intimacy.
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I had a nice time with my monthly Girls Night Out crew o' chicklets. Then hung out with new friend who'd joined us. Incidently this is the 2nd new persun Imet in the last 2 days who produces plays &asked me if I act. Both times were so exciting to answer &think about: "Yes! I act! Yes! I would love to do more acting!" I guess the universe wants me to do more acting, too, or it wouldn't keep putting these writer/producers in my path! So, guess who's soon auditioning for her first operatic acting gig ever? The renaissance negresse singing opera? Be still mine chestal area! I'll keep ya posted!
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The solution to every problem is love, and joy is the most powerful tool we have in manifesting our desires. Joy is the key to everything you want. ~Cassendre Xavier, "She's Slutty AND She's Wise!" http://tinyurl.com/cxwisdom
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slut (slut) [Middle Eng: slutte] 1. a persun of any gender who shamelessly enjoys and embraces high amounts of pleasure in various sexual and non-sexual ways 2. an empowered, self-possessed, confident, sex- and sexuality-affirming womon - adj: sluttish ~excerpt from "The renaissance negresse Dictionary," a work in progress by Cassendre Xaver. Are there any other words YOU would like to reclaim? Please comment!
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COME SEE THIS PLAY TONIGHT (IF YOU WANT)
Here’s a plug for yet another new associate (whom I met today and is one of the actor/producers of the following): Go see "The Playdaters" - a play by Neil Haven. (Tagline: "Love happens. You can't go planning it. Play the game.") Produced by Matchbox Theatre Project. Featuring Amanda Berhardt, Sean Bradley, Dana Kreitz, and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen. 2 shows on Valentine's Day only! 8:30pm & 10pm. $10. Plays and Players, 3rd Fl Studio Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place (BtwnSpruce & Pine Sts), Philadelphia, PA 19103. Purchase at the door or at http://matchboxtheatre.ticketleap.com/playdaters


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