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Divine Intervention

December 5th, 2022

Happy birthday Sweet Jesus!

Please bless this beautiful planet with your divine love and benevolence.

Your servant <3,


“Give Time to Share Precious Thoughts”

August 16th, 2022


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more but learn less. We plan more but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart, and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

— George Carlin, rest in eternal hilarity  1937 ~ 2008

Inaugural Pioneertown International Film Festival on May 27-29, 2022

March 22nd, 2022

The Pioneertown International Film Festival Announces the

2022 Lineup including the world premiere of the Jason Momoa-produced and starring in the Western, “The Last Manhunt.”

The inaugural festival, presented by Fistful of Bourbon and The Autry Museum Of The American West, will be held on 27-29 May 2022, in Pioneertown, CA, at the original studios built by Roy Rogers & Gene Autry in the 1940’s as an Old West movie set, repurposed for the occasion.

Pioneertown International Film Festival will be a 3-day immersion experience celebrating the Western genre, independent cinema, and the American culture of the west, with themed film screenings, masterclasses, live music, and screenings under the stars that will transport you to the heart of the American frontier.

Filmmaker Julian T. Pinder, and head programmer, Todd Luoto (formerly of the Sundance, CineVegas, Newport Beach, and Silver Lake Film Festivals), are excited to announce the 2022’s full line-up, which will feature an opening night performance by The Dandy Warhols, the world premiere of The Last Manhunt, produced by Jason Momoa / directed by Christian Camargo, that tells the tragic true story of the last great American manhunt of the old west, based on the oral history of the Chemehuevi tribe – located in the festival’s founder, award-winning Joshua Tree, CA – who will be present with the cast, for the screening.

The program will include International Premieres, Short Film Programs, Exclusive Panels and Events, a Paramount Restored Classics series, Anniversary screenings, and Special Presentations of classics such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited, the “30ish” Anniversary screening of Western animated classic

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, a Special Presentation of the Acid Westerns of Jack Nicholson and Monte Hellman, presented by their respective daughters, a screening of Amigo The Devil: Caving In featuring the “murder folk” balladeer directed by COURTNEY GAUGER, a special program of Stupid F*cking White Man: The Indigenous Image in Westerns curated by programmer and filmmaker ADAM PIRON (Kiowa/Mohawk), Director of the Sundance Indigenous Program, and joined by filmmaker and one of the directors of FX’s Reservation Dogs series BLACKHORSE LOWE (Navajo Nation) as they discuss the legacy of Jim Jarmusch’s Western Dead Man, and many more.

The closing night will feature a special screening of Alexandre O. Philippe’s Western documentary The Taking, and a live performance by The Sons of the Pioneers that will conclude the 3-day festival.


Special screening at The Autry Museum Of The American West :

The Autry Museum Of The American West, associated with Pioneertown International Film Festival, will be showing an exclusive screening of ‘The Last Manhunt’ to their members, as well as offer free entry to the museum to all the festival’s attendees up until the end of the year.

A wide range of industry professionals and celebrities will be in attendance, including many of the filmmakers whose films are being showcased or premiered : multi- hyphenate film talent and celebrated special effects makeup artist ROBERT KURTZMAN who co-produced and originally conceived the idea for From Dusk Till Dawn, director PHIL NIBBELINK presenting an anniversary screening of their Western animation An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, producer GRAHAM LEADER presenting special screenings of his iconic Outlaw Country documentaries Heartworn Highways & Heartworn Highways Revisited, the CAST of The Last Manhunt, LISA OGDIE who is the North America Cinema Programmer at Soho House, and many more.

Participants include the festival’s prestigious are the Board of Advisors: actress JENNIFER NICHOLSON, Producer CHRIS HANLEY (Spring Breakers, American Psycho, The Virgin Suicides, Buffalo 66…), actor and director CHRISTIAN CAMARGO (Dexter, House of Cards, The Twilight Saga), musician MAT DEVINE, (lead singer of the band Kill Hannah, Head of Music Partnerships at CAMEO), actor RAOUL MAX TRUJILLO (The Mayans, iconic villain Zero Wolf in Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto), actress, producer and daughter of filmmaker Monte Hellman, MELISSA HELLMAN (Occupational Hazards, For Muriel, Macadam a? deux voies…), top-tier entertainment lawyer JORDAN M. BROWNING, and co-founders MIKE BRUCE and ALAN TRIGER.

I WON! By peer review of four stories published in News From Native California. (Please visit Essays.)

November 4th, 2021


California Ethnic Media Awards-WINNER!

June 7th, 2021

Look Ma!! I made it to the finalists—actually, I am a winner! So utterly grateful to have been awarded this Special Commendation by a jury of distinguished academia and veteran journalists. Thank you to Ethnic Media Services and California Black Media. I am honored. And thank you eternally to Terria Smith, editor extraordinaire at News From Native California. And thank you to Marina Drummer, champion of civil liberties, formerly of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and to Carly Tex, language whisperer.

The path of truth is not linear and the pen serves as a razor sharp machete for hacking the overgrown branches of falsehoods out of the way. May we all continue to write with courage and uphold the human race to accountability when the need rises.

Blessings and peace to all the Indigenous children, women, and men who suffered tremendous trauma and cruelty from forced removal from their families and punishment for speaking their Native language and practicing their tribal culture. And to all the Japanese Americans who were imprisoned at the concentration camps ironically built on tribal lands which, includes Manzanar National Historic Site in Owens Valley.


WOW! We made it to 2021!

March 23rd, 2021

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord. Pass the butter.

Masks are still on, people are running for the COVID-19 vaccines. Moderna or Pfizer? That is the hot question right now…a new contender is on the horizon: Johnson & Johnson. One shot stop. Prefer that because I HATE needles. Won’t even watch it on movies and they love filming close-ups of it going into skin. WHY?

Where can I go so that I can stand in yet another long, long, long line? Trader Joe’s line is longer than the DMV’s.

Thinking about embracing my wisdom highlights (grey hair)—just thinking about it….don’t go all crazy on me. Ain’t ready to be a grandma!!

I have lost all three of my sweet, sweet pets in the last two years. The last to walk on the Rainbow Bridge was Oliver (Ollie) at 13 years old with diabetes – Friday the 13, 2020. Rest in peace, my furry friend. xoxoxo

Stay safe out there in the big wide world friends! To quote Diana Ross: “Reach out and touch someone’s hand”—-from six feet apart if you can. Love, j

An Ode to Shasta Daisy

November 3rd, 2020

Three months old

My valiant shield maiden,

I never feared the darkness with you by my side

Your throaty 200 lb. growl threatened most demons and kept them at bay

Manners so proper, a true lady

you were something to behold.

For 12 years, you hid your business so

that I was spared with a bag in my hand.

Your spirit and muzzle so gentle and kind,

That the parakeet lived long after his escapade

in your mouth.

The butterflies were spared

because you only chased shadows.

But the murder of crows that descended

Soon discovered a caramel tornado with a powerful yell

Never mind you were only defending an empty dinner bowl.

The swaying palm fronds, the kites in the sky, the wind

and the hot air balloons—all shared your deep dislike.

How funny you were when it came to costumes, parties, and people,

Tactile was never close enough and your kisses were atypical. The cat licked me more than you.

How psychic you were when you were a pup,

to come my lap and place your oversized paw on my knee.

You made me look into your guileless brown eyes to see your quiet plea and rescue you from the cacophony.

How psychic you were as a maven to know when we suffered, so respectful you were…

I miss your intuitive, intelligent companionship,

your unconditional love

and your big brave heart.

See you at the gates of heaven, my canine love.


Six months old

A young juvenile

Shield maiden


Shasta Daisy Ferris 

October 31, 2020

Happy Birthday, Lorna!

July 12th, 2020

July 12, 1941  ~ September 14, 2018

Dear Mom,

I hope where-ever you are, you’re in your favorite color, red, dancing to your favorite music: reggae. May your feet be young and your heart care-free. May you be light as a feather with the weight of pure gold and sparkling diamonds on your wrists, fingers and around your neck.

Afterward, your favorite dish: fresh jasmine rice (2 x a day)and a big, juicy steak. Salted, peppered, sliced red, ripe tomatoes on the side and of course, vinegar with chopped garlic soaking in it. You always loved a cold mango, over the sink with juice running down your chin and the flesh in your teeth. I will never forget your primal enjoyment at so simple a pleasure that it never made it to a plate. When everyone ordered chocolate, you preferred vanilla.

You were always the first one to say yes to Scrabble and had absolutely no strategy. You just wanted to keep the game moving which sometimes would take several hours.  Card games were your weakness and you would spend your last cent on those damn machines…you were ruthless when you would take Dad’s last five when you secretly had a Benjamin hidden behind your mother’s photo in your wallet. I can’t remember if I ratted you out or maybe, John…or Laura.

You would rather play solitaire or shop than watch baseball. I’m glad we returned to the Philippines together to visit our ancestral lands. It’s a memory I revisit when I think of a magical place. You taught me never to fear anger. And what happens when you close your broken-heart to forgiveness. You taught me which road is the higher road.

I wish you all the free will in heaven. I wish you all my love. I wish that I had loved you more.

I miss you. 

Happy, happy, happy Birthday! See you on the other side of that thin white veil ~ not ready yet, but someday.

Eternally yours, Jeanne xoxo


Parallel Worlds – A “Zoom” Event

June 19th, 2020

A collaboration between the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and the Manzanar National Historic Site, made possible by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Education Program administered by the California State Library.


PLEASE JOIN US!! Blessings, J

Monarchs in the Garden

May 28th, 2020

Hope and renewal is visiting me in the garden. A reminder from nature that life is transformation and time is a season that continues despite human intervention.

With hope and faith, I look forward to the future through the lens of nature.

Be healthy,  be kind to one another, and fly above the discord. xo, j