Friday, September 07, 2018

SEPTEMBER SELF CARE

Don't forget your self-care this month. You can't pour out of an empty cup. Take time for exercise, solitude, and fun.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

TRUMP, STORMY, AND EVANGELICAL HYPOCRISY

Some of my self-righteous Religious Right evangelical friends who damned Clinton for his affair with Monica without a shred of grace or mercy, and spent millions to expose it, are now defending Trump with Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, showing their hypocrisy to condemn sins if its in the opposite party but defend it in their own party. Their irrational argument to give Trump a pass while damning Clinton is to parse and split hairs as to the where and when sex happens ("Clinton's was worse because it happened while in Oval Office," etc...) If we like someone, or voted for them, we are more likely to give them grace than if we don't like the person. It's part of our humanity. Fortunately, I believe God has grace for all and isn't like us in that regard. He has unconditional love and grace for Trump and Clinton. And Stormy and Monica. And you. And me. And everyone. The Bible doesn't say "A B.J. in the Oval Office while President is a far worse sin than cheating after your wife recently gave birth to your son. Then, trying to silence Stormy. Trump is more deserving of a greater grace extension." That's FOX News thinking, but not God's thinking. God's thinking is "as by one man sin and death came into the world to all, also by one man Jesus grace and salvation comes to all, and all shall be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:21, 22) Christ shed His blood to cover ALL sins, Republican and Democrat. Man's fallibility is not partisan.
ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Forgiveness is for ALL, not just Democrat or Republican.

Monday, March 05, 2018

WHO ARE YOU?

WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?
A few questions to help you find yourself and your passions. You don't have to answer on this thread, you may prefer to journal your answers privately. 1. What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? 2. What would you do if money was no object? 3. If you won the lotto and had $30 million dollars, and didn't have to work any job you didn't have to do, what would you spend the rest of your life doing? Your passions lead you to your purpose.

Monday, February 12, 2018

LETTER FROM SENATOR BOB CASEY TO RICHARD ROSSI

Thank you Senator Casey for allowing me to share my heart about our cause "Families Fighting Fentanyl," our seeking justice on behalf of my deceased brother Pete Rossi, and for your gracious follow-up letter:
LETTER FROM SENATOR BOB CASEY, PA.
Dear Reverend Rossi:

Thank you for taking the time to share the story of your brother Peter and inquire about drug policies. I am sorry for your loss and appreciate your interest in improving outcomes for those who struggle with substance abuse.

Pennsylvania laws relating to homicide charges for drug dealers are primarily in the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As your United States Senator I am unable to take any direct action in this area, though I encourage you to reach out to your state senator and representative. At the federal level, I have taken steps to address the issue of substance abuse during my time in the Senate. I am a proud supporter of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant program, which encourages local citizens to get directly involved in solving their community's drug issues through grassroots community organizing and data driven planning and implementation. Research shows that effective prevention hinges on the extent to which the entire community works comprehensively and collaboratively to implement education, prevention, enforcement, treatment and recovery initiatives. Funding for this grant program is crucial in promoting drug free communities.

Heroin and prescription opioid abuse has become a crisis that is engulfing families and straining the capacity of public health professionals and law enforcement across our state and throughout our Nation. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, there was evidence of opioid use in 3,945 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2016. This is a 37 percent increase since 2015. It is clear that we must do more to address this significant public health threat.

On October 25, 2017, I introduced S. 2004, the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act. This legislation will allocate a total of $45 billion over ten years to addressing the opioid crisis. The funding through S. 2004 includes $44,748,000,000 over ten years for state efforts to address the crisis, and $252,000,000 over five years for research on pain and addiction. Ultimately, $45 billion is not enough, but it is a reasonable start and a foundation that Congress and the administration can build upon in the future. S. 2004 has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), of which I am a member. I look forward to working with my colleagues on HELP to move this legislation forward.

During the 114th Congress, I voted for S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015. This legislation passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016. Upon its passage, CARA created evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention programs, reinforced prescription drug monitoring programs and expanded prevention and educational endeavors to prevent opioid abuse. It also increased the availability of naloxone, which can help prevent overdose deaths, for first responders and law enforcement agencies to use, expanded the resources that are available to identify and treat inmates suffering from addiction and increased the number of disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications.

During consideration of CARA, I was proud to cosponsor and vote for S.A. 3345, an amendment that would have added $600 million in emergency funding to aid the public health professionals and law enforcement personnel who deal with the challenge of addiction daily. When this amendment did not pass, I signed a letter to the appropriators calling for them to provide the necessary funding to address the opioid abuse epidemic in a comprehensive manner, along the lines of the initiatives called for under CARA. I later signed a second letter, this time to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling on the Senate to reconsider legislation to provide $600 million in emergency funding to help communities tackle the opioid abuse epidemic. Following these efforts, H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, allocated $1 billion in funding to address the opioid crisis when it was signed into law in December 2016.

Sadly, the national increase in the abuse of opioids, including heroin, has led to an increase in the number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). This condition occurs when infants are exposed to opioids during pregnancy, and can include seizures, fever, tremors and dehydration, all of which are extremely painful and can require months of hospitalization. In response to the dramatic increase in NAS, I worked with Majority Leader McConnell to introduce S. 799, the Protecting Our Infants Act. This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and develop consensus recommendations for preventing and treating prenatal opioid abuse and NAS. I am pleased that S. 799 passed the Senate and the House and was signed into law by President Obama on November 25, 2015.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Bob Casey

United States Senator

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

OUR FAMILY IS OFFERING $$ REWARD TO SOLVE DEATH OF MY YOUNGEST BROTHER PETE, A GREAT GUITARIST

$$$$ We're offering financial reward for any tips that lead to an arrest of the individual(s) that gave my youngest brother Pete Rossi a fatal dose of fentanyl. Please direct questions/info to our friends at the police, specifically Detective Eric Egli (412) 369-7992 Ext. 137, email: eegli@townofmccandless.org

All information collected will be reviewed for validity, and if the submitted information leads to an arrest/conviction in Pete’s case, the submitter(s) will receive the total reward amount in the form of a cashiers check.* For reward tracking purposes, information must only be submitted through this manner.

Confidentiality: The identities of those who submit information, will be kept in strictest confidence, never being released at any time, except to appropriate authorities for further investigation, or as directed by the submitter at the time of the submission.

Pete’s Cause of Death: Pete, like many of us, had his struggles and experienced difficult circumstances within the last year of his life, including his telling some of us he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While the family will never know for sure, we believe the physical and emotional pain he suffered, led him to illegal street drugs for pain management. In Pete’s case these drugs were laced with Fentanyl and caused an accidental overdose, which is punishable by law. His death serves as unfortunate reminder that it only takes just one dose to be lethal. Pete was a great musician, and we are sad to have his presence and music taken from us.

Help Is Available: If you personally suffer from addiction or would like to help combat the opioid crisis, please join the free Facebook group “Families Fighting Fentanyl”. This group which was started by the Rossi family, hopes to enact positive social change worldwide through political advocation, while providing emotional support and helpful information to those who battle with addiction and their loved ones. https://www.facebook.com/groups/familiesfightingfentanyl/

Rossi Family Message: The family respectfully asks for privacy at this time, and cannot answer any questions regarding the investigation as all case details are confidential, and we do not want to jeopardize the case in any way. We’d also like to thank our family and friends, and are ever grateful for the continued love and support shown to us.

*Notes: The submitter is responsible for any and all applicable taxes/fees. If more than one submitter is eligible for the reward, then the reward may be divided among all eligible submitters.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

SM0KE AND MIRR0RS: FAKE DEGREES FOR FAKES EXPOSED

Recently, a Christian "college" offered to give me an "honorary doctorate" and wanted me to mention it publicly and they would use my name publicly for receiving this degree. Upon doing 10 minutes of due diligent research, I discovered they weren't legitimately accredited. Their "accreditation" is from World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions (WWAC) a fake accreditation agency that accredits fake religious diploma mills. I worked and studied hard to receive the four college degrees I earned from accredited colleges, and I hold a strong personal ethic that we should back up our claims with substance. Here in Hollywood, I've seen people promote projects with red carpets and spotlights that are tasteless crap, and the religious world has its share of fakes and smoke and mirrors. Andy Warhol said anyone can get their 15 minutes of fame but you have to have talent and hard work for it to last. NO I don't want a FAKE DEGREE from a diploma mill. If I get another degree, I will earn it.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

IS DEVOLUTION EVOLUTION IN ART?

IS DEVOLUTION EVOLUTION IN ART?
by Richard Rossi
The evolution of art, on the surface, is a movement towards greater complexity, but a closer look at art history reveals sometimes the devolution full circle back to simplicity and primitive styles.

I am looking at the human body and how it is treated differently in three Works of Art (Aegean, Greek and Roman). My Aegean example is a harpist aka "Kero's Harpist" made from white marble, circa 2500 BC from the early cycladic period. It was based on geometric shapes and it is simplistic and abstract. The artist used large flat planes. The harpist's head is tilted back.

He appears to be holding the harp, but not playing it. This is a remarkable piece to view, over 5,000 years old. The lack of specific detail makes the gender of the subject not readily apparent, but is probably male because of the lack of breasts and the way the head is tilted back and has more movement. Also, what we have now is probably a copy of the original. Picasso loved the primitivism of this piece.

For my Greek example, I chose a bronze statue of Eros sleeping.
There are a number of copies and versions of the archetypal Greek god of love. Unlike the English language, the Greeks have a more precise description of love. We have one word for love so we speak of "I love pizza," with the same word as "I love baseball," "I love my wife," "I love my son," etc.... The Greek language has multiple words for love. "Agape" is the Greek word for divine unconditional love. The Apostle John uses this in his writings when he says "God is love." "Storge" is the word for family love. "Philo" is the Greek term for brotherly love, the city of Philadelphia gets its name from this. "Eros" is passionate love, our word "erotic" comes from eros. In this sculpture, Eros is a sleeping baby, showing the purity of the Cupidlike image in Hellenistic Greek style, in contrast to the idea of a capricious Cupid wounding us with love's arrows. It probably was used in a religious sanctuary. We see the human form more developed than the simple earlier Aegean style. The statue is made in seven pieces with incredible dimensionality and naturalism, the baby's doughy folds of skin like a real baby.

Our discussion on style and subject or substance comes to bear here. Art professors and historians postulate great questions about the difference between style and substance. Subject is what the art is about. Style is the way the art is done. Hypothetically, we could have a nude model sit before all of us in a classroom and we are assigned to draw the nude woman. We would all draw the same subject but do it in thirty different drawings with thirty different styles. These stylistic differences would be based on us as individuals, even though we are are drawing the same subject. Sometimes styles are also reflective of a period in time or a culture.

Such is the case with Greek art. Theology's shifting winds influenced the style in which the human body was treated. Greek church bishops decided based on the Ten Commandments that it is a sin to draw an exact replication or representation of anyone in Heaven or Earth. This, they believed, was the sin of idolatry. Therefore, the sacred paintings now housed in museums and Greek Orthodox churches treat the same subjects as Catholic Renaissance art like Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, but in a different style. Michelangelo and Da Vinci paint them in three-dimensional fleshed out work in Roman Catholic churches, such as the Sistine Chapel. The Greek art is two-dimensional and flat with exaggerated facial features so as not to make an exact representation of a three-dimensional human face.

For my Roman example, I chose Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, focusing on the image of the finger of God creating Adam, often referred to as the "Creation of Adam."
The image is a good example of anthropomorphism of God, that is, the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to Diety. What scripture states as a metaphor or allegory, according to Saint Augustine, "the finger of God," Michelangelo paints in his fresco panels quite literally. The purpose of his work is to show the history of the Bible to an illiterate congregational audience in pictures, retelling the story from Genesis to Revelation. I had the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museum when a movie I wrote and directed was up for an award in Milan. I remembered that security rebuked those trying to take pictures of the Sistine Chapel. There was a real reverence for this work. We see the evolutionary advancement in figures that take our breath way in their three-dimensionality of the human form. This image of God and man's fingers almost touching has become an iconic symbol of humanity, and along with DaVinci's Last Supper is one of the most known and replicated works of art.

The Greek and even moreso Roman art is obviously more fleshed out and three dimensional. The Romans learned sculpture and painting from the Greeks and facilitated the transmission of Greek art to later ages. The early Greek statues were stiff, almost one-dimensional and flat, but in about the 6th century BC the sculptors began to study the human body and work out its proportions, using human models. Ancient Greek art stands out among that of other ancient cultures for its eventual evolution of naturalistic but idealized depictions of the human body, in which largely nude male figures were usually the focus of stylistic innovation. The pace of stylistic development between approximately 750 and 300 BC was remarkable by primitive measurements.

We can see the evolution of art to be more realistic, whereas the Aegean harpist is simple, like Picasso in his later period. Picasso, interestingly enough, chose to de-evolve and draw and paint more in the style of a child or primitive art at the end of his life, as seen below.
The films consistently up for Oscars and revered as artistic zenith, are often not the evolved technological advancements with CG computer effects, but the indie films that have the simplicity of strong characters and human dramas like the films of old.

Even though early in his career, Picasso could draw as a young man an almost exact photographic license like the Greeks and Romans, to him reverting to the primitivistic style of the Aegean harpist was a step forward, not a step backward. Is evolving in art possibly not always the most complex step forward but sometimes a step backward for impact?

Or as T.S. Eliot put it the journey of art is going through a cycle and returning to the simple beginning and knowing it as if for the first time.