Revolution: Maui AMPFest #3 – Labor Edition

Revolution: Workers of The World Unite!

The Maui AMPFest is part of The Aloha Project:
Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & sustainable living through international collaboration.

This Video Fest strives to showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece, thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and creating a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious people and musicians from around the world.

Do you care what’s happening around you?

Sunshine-In-Summer-Forest-HD-WallpaperSeason Suite by John Denver (Spring & Summer)

Silently the morning mist is lying on the water, captive moonlight waiting for the dawn.
Softly like a baby’s breath, a breeze begins to whisper.
The sun is coming quick you must be dawn.

Smiling like a superstar the morning comes in singing, the promise of another sunny day.
And all the flowers open up to gather in the sunshine, I do believe that summer’s here to stay.

And do you care what’s happening around you,
do your senses know the changes when they come?
Can you see yourself reflected in the seasons, can you understand the need to carry on?

Riding on the tapestry of all there is to see, so many ways and oh, so many things.
Rejoicing in the differences, there’s no one just like me.
Yet as different as we are, we’re still the same.

And oh, I love the life within me, I feel a part of everything I see.
And oh, I love the life around me, a part of everything is here in me.

Open up your eyes and see the brand new day, the clear blue sky and brightly shining sun.
Open up your ears and hear the breezes say, “everything that’s cold and gray is gone.”
Open up your hands and feel the rain come on down,
taste the wind and smell the flowers’ sweet perfume.
Open up your mind and let the light shine in, the earth has been reborn and life goes on.

Do you care what’s happening around you? Do your senses know the changes when they come?
Can you see yourself reflected in the seasons? Can you understand the need to carry on?

Riding on the tapestry of all there is to see, so many ways and oh, so many things.
Rejoicing in the differences, there’s no one just like me.
Yet as different as we are, we’re still the same.

And oh, I love the life within me, I feel a part of everything I see.
And oh, I love the life around me, a part of everything is here in me.
A part of everything is here in me, a part of everything is here in me.

The Silver Surfer is the Favorite Superhero of The Julian Day

Silver_surferWilling to sacrifice his personal liberty for the greater good, the Silver Surfer is a true Marvel superhero!

Originally a young astronomer named Norrin Radd on the planet Zenn-La, he saved his homeworld from the planet devourer,Galactus, by serving as his herald. Imbued in return with a tiny portion of Galactus’s Power Cosmic,[1] Radd acquired vast power, a new body and a surfboard-like craft on which he could travel faster than light. Now known as the Silver Surfer, Radd roamed the cosmos searching for planets for Galactus to consume. When his travels took him to Earth, he met the Fantastic Four, a team of powerful superheroes who helped him rediscover his humanity and nobility of spirit. Betraying Galactus, the Surfer saved Earth but was exiled there as punishment.

Menton, France – 1989

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This was my entry for the 2009 Ventura County Reporter’s Short Fiction Contest. The only requirement was that it be 100 words or less. It received an honorable mention.

Menton 1989
by philip scott wikel

In Menton on the cote d’azur there’s a youth hostel on the plateau st. michel. You must climb 1,000 steps to the auberge de jeunesse. A sign above the door reads “egalite’, fraternite’ liberte’.”

A white South African sits alone.
I ask him, “what’s it like there?”
“how do you mean?”
“the political situation.”
“how do you mean?”
“the apartheid thing.”
“i’m not sure what you mean.”
“you know, Nelson Mandela?”
“i’m not sure i know what you mean… the media.” (he shakes his head)
“you did say you were from south africa?”
“i’m not sure i know what you mean?”