Thursday, November 24, 2016


Thirty-three years and counting

My children. From then to now.

Thanksgiving, we still love each other, We still like each other. We still share a meal with each other whether together but always in the heart.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved 

Monday, November 21, 2016

The 334th Anniversary of William Penn's Treaty with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People

"by deeds of peace"

The Friends of Penn Treaty Park celebrated the 334th anniversary of the of the signing of the unbroken peace treaty. A small group gather around the great-great grandchild of the original Peace Elm under which the peace treaty was made in 1682.
The Reverend John Norwood, the founding Pastor of Ujima Village Christian Church,  is a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge and also serves as the government liaison for the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke-Lenape Tribes, which is a union of the three interrelated tribal nations of Nanticoke and Lenape people remaining in the area of the Delaware Bay.
Reverend Norwood delivered a heart felt speech of the meaning of the oneness of all people and the Earth. He lead all in attendance in a blessing of this noble truth "by deeds of peace."
This blessing comes through prayer and the sacred use of tobacco. Tobacco, a herb, has the quality of being able to absorb. When made into a poultice, it can absorb toxins out of a rash or bug bite.  When you pray with it, it absorbs your prayers. And when smoked, the smoke carries your prayers up to the Creator.
Hold a pinch of tobacco between the first three fingers of your hand, say your prayer, then open your fingers and let the tobacco fall to the ground. Don’t toss it, let it fall. The nature spirits will then work on fulfilling that prayer.
“White people misused tobacco, the sacred medicine of the native people, and it made them sick.  When native people misused white peoples’ medicine, the sacred wine of the mass, it became their undoing.”
We must respect one another’s medicines.

We must respect our different worldly cultures.

The sharing of the sacred tobacco

The blessing and prayer
Barbara Morehead founder of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park along with Reverend John Norwood standing at the site of  great-great grandchild of the original Peace Elm 
Children enjoyed coloring nature's related picture of this event and made a necklace of the Turtle Symbol

Reading for an in-depth history introduction to the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians courtesy of  the Penn Treaty Museum.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved
sacred tobacco sourced from Molly Larkin 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Are you Roman?

A funny thing happened

I was approached by a person today who has been reading my blog. This person commented that my Veteran's Day post was very thought provoking and had much depth of feeling. They also said that hearing the actual song surprised them because it was well composed. They strongly advised me that I should have someone who could properly perform it. 
I replied that I did the best that I can and that next time maybe I shouldn't produce a video in high-defamation. 
We both had a good laugh.

such is life by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veteran's Day

Coming home is not so easy for some

"Finding the Place of the Heart"

Deep into the heart
Deep  into the part
I'm falling away from love

Day into the night
night into the day
I'm calling to you, my heart

When you're near I feel your warmth
I can feel you breathe
Don't ask why I need to know I'm alive

Tether me I'm blind but see
I'm falling as I fly
Finding the place of the heart

Finding the place of the heart

words and music by roman blazic_all rights reserved
i did the best i can to honor a request

Monday, November 7, 2016

USA Presidential Election

Yep! Blame Russia

It seems that the USA is headed towards neo-McCarthyism: the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.

Yes! In the USA we have Freedom of the Pest. Не все из нас не знают правду. Мир и наилучшие пожелания на будущее.

Some of you may be old enough to remember this.

pov by romann blazic

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fishtown's Growth and and Popularity

POV: Addressing resulting growth issues

Change tends to result in new or unforeseen issues. An active and popular dense commercial area has raised concern and a call for action. This article focuses on safety due to the vast increase of foot traffic. It sheds a light for people to be able to modify and increase safety when crossing that areas streets. This is wise but some suggestions could create a new set of problems that would have a negative impact.
Here's my corrections and updated suggestions as to how I see this issue . (map search Frankford and Girard Avenue 19125)

Corrections and Clarity

RE: Philadelphia urban law
I 'm refining my statement regarding "illegal crosswalks" and much more.
01 True: Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing "outside" of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection: key word is "outside."
02 True: Vehicles, however, must yield to pedestrians when crossing "within" any marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection: key word is "within."
03 True: Frankford Avenue and Master Street: They are both "legal intersection" but "illegal cross walking" is true when crossing "outside" of a marked or unmarked crosswalk at those intersections.
04 Wrong: A "No Pedestrian Crossing" sign askew readable from both Shackamaxon, Thompson and Frankford.
05 Wrong:"Do not make an ill conceived dangerous statement for support that a Crossing Guard should be at this intersection that puts children and the guard at serious risk of life and limb."
Lawful conditions: Marked Crosswalks may be considered at uncontrolled locations under the following conditions:
• School Zones with crossing guards, signs and markings, and/or signals
• Engineering judgment dictates the use of specially designated crosswalks based on the number of vehicular lanes, pedestrian exposure, ADT (Abstract data type), posted speed limit, and geometry: (the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something .)

POV: A traffic light or stop sign on Frankford Avenue at Thompson/Shackamaxon is ill conceived due to the volume of vehicle traffic on Frankford Avenue which can create backup that can and will interfere with vehicle traffic in both directions and Girard Avenue and most notable turning off Girard Avenue which includes public transportation. (three public transportation routes, 5, 15, 25, utilize the intersection of Frankford and Girard)
Plan: "Caution Pedestrian X-ing" painted on the street for both directions of Frankford Avenue approximately 20 to 30 feet before Thompson Street.
Plan: Master St is one block away from Thompson. A traffic light only changeable by "Press button to cross street" for Frankford Avenue would be very helpful especially for senior citizens (Lutheran Settlement Senior Center) and everyone else. If that's not enough then paint on Frankford Avenue in both direction "Traffic Light Ahead."
The Fishtown Neighbor's Association can petition for appropriate street painted cautions for both intersection. York Street, elsewhere, effectively painted cautions, regardless of it's form, are  helpful safety measures.
As it's long been said: Things Change.

words and not even one picture by roman blazic_all right reserved