“Les Miz” is Alive & Well ~ The Plight of Homeless in East Bay California USA featuring Gypsy Woman (She Is Homeless) George White Group

“So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.”  Victor HugoLes Misérables

We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own.  For we think in terms of languages and images we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.  We copy emotional reactions from our parents, learning from them that excrement is suppose to have a disgusting smell and that vomiting is suppose to be an unpleasant sensation.  The dread of death is also learned from anxieties about sickness and from their attitudes to funerals and corpses.  Our social environment has this power just because we do not exist apart from a society.  Society is our extended mind and body.  Yet the very society from which the individual is inseparable is using its whole irresistible force to persuade the individual that he is indeed separate!  Society as we know it is therefore playing a game with self-contradictory rules.”  Alan Watts says…November 12, 2016

Excerpt from:  When Jazz Becomes Freedom (treatment)

Welcome to the woderful World of Homelessness & Poverty.  It is only temporary.  Jazzmin refused to take residence.  The Zen alarm on her cell phone @8:52 am chimed this message ,  It had been a long night .  Nights filled with tortured and sleepless  filled with fear of epic proportions every time Jazz had to go to the bathroom.  Since the first day, it was on the hour.  This is the best description of the level of emotional turmoil and investment of understanding of the World of Homelessness.  It is not based on curiosity mind you, because you see enough images and stories, it is based on how the hell a person who grew up in a comfortable, safe eleven room house, two loving parental units in a 60s suburb nestled between Hollywood and Beverly Hills where listening to Jazz was the only substrate  and at the tender age of three, fell in love with sounds and words, landed in The Blade.

LOGLINE: “When Jazz Becomes Freedom” After her mother’s death on Mother’s Day from breast cancer, a boomer artist is dropped into living  for13 ½ years  in the dangerous world  of Poverty & Homelessness facing her final  and biggest struggle  to break free of its clutches.

Jazzmin (“Jazz”) has changed.  It is now from the inside out.  It is where the entire concept of Homelessness is called into question.  Homeless refers to having a home, working and making a living where you have the stuff that supports your lifestyle.  THE PROBLEM:  Our Society’s  constructive definition or as Jazz’s slumlord refers to as those people , are comprised of veterans; convicted drug felons; the mentally ill (untreated); those with addictions (in/out of recovery); those released from jail or prison (for theft, murder and sexual assault); and last but not least unskilled, illiterate folks fleeing subhuman conditions by the thousands who never ever experienced living in a “HOME” are now considered HOMELESS.  It is a NO WIN situation.  Hard to believe and even harder to survive.  Therein lies the riff.

When you take a closer look at Affordable Housing, in this world and Housing Programs are based on the main construct for resolving  issues for the segment of the population that want to have a job, home, car, kids, lifestyle….  That does not fit the life of a homeless person.  And the conditions upon which they have to choose to live in represents the sediment of American Society.   Jazz’s transformation and was submerged into the last part of the journey.  It is where the 7 Deadly Sins are played out.  The disorder introduced into our human nature by Adam’s fall from grace reveals itself especially through seven dominant vices known in our Catholic tradition as the capital sins. These are: pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. We call them “capital” sins (from the Latin caput, meaning “head”) because they are the sources or fountainheads of all the sins people commit, whether sins of commission or sins of omission. We call them “deadly” because they cause spiritual death.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen liked to call them the “seven pallbearers of the soul.”

Spiritual growth is impossible unless we try to dig up the roots of our sins with the help of God’s illuminating and sanctifying grace.  This is Jazz’s 288 day journey…

Don’t Drink the Water

The Situation:  Space between Living and Struggling to Survive.  Formation of Partnership

First step is creating a healthy partnership with our own spirit so that it becomes clear and necessary to partner with your soul and inner life.

For me, the Ocean represents and beautifully exemplifies life’s natural and perfect Partnership. They are inextricably interconnected, yet fully independent, each giving and receiving life support in equal portion. New partnership is filled with possibilities that are filled with joy, inspire,  and will sustain you through times of deep trouble and when you have a win/win partnership, it brings a tremendous about of abundance, harmony, and aliveness into your life. So the Dark Night of the Soul’s question is: Are you that person that you would love to partner with? Experience has proven, like attracts like, so the quickest way to attract an ideal partner is to be an ideal partner.  Jazzmin had been unhappy too long to remember.

Wait there’s more!  Stay tuned…

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Published by Jan Marie ("JM")

I love to take literary, visual and acoustic snapshots of the spaces that have filled my life. Jazz has functioned as a communal bond, ritual and form of social interaction. It has become more than just sounds. It has become a way of living in this world. Jazz has never been about music, it is the touchstone of modern cultural imagination, archiving mythical images and an aesthetic paradigm for new modes of writing, seeing, hearing and moving. I like to use the improvisational elements experienced for a different creative literary tapestry that uses all sensory input. Improvisation is the willingness to connect to every aspect of life. Jazz Imitates life through self expression and improvisation. When I was 18, my dad arranged for me to work as a research/ writer intern on an ABC-TV Emmy-winning television documentary special on Jazz Music in 1972. I was assigned segments that focused on Big Band sound and Bebop. I discovered that the jazz tradition has stood up against the backdrop of racial strife, language, class and gender issues which is defined in literature and criticism for over 75 years in America. I have always had a fascination with creating works that would allow me to blend sound with words and abstract art. It is my desire to create a mosaic sensory experience using imagination, culinary, audio and visual experiences that are filled with the richness of childhood memories that shaped and inspired my thoughts.

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