What do you think about when you think about








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What do you think about when you think about

Martin Luther King

Barak Obama 

Catherine the Great

Enrique Peña Nieto

Goodluck Jonathan

Harriet Tubman

MItch McConnell

Elizabeth Warren

Sojourner Truth

The Chief of Police?

And what would happen if all of these people took a post post modern/new wave/contemporary/experimental dance class?

What do you think about when you think about 

Wall Street



Guantánamo Bay


What do you think about when you think about gun control and gun violence and Columbine and Newtown and the little boy who shot his mother in Walmart when he found her gun in her purse?

One shot. 

2 years old.

What do you think about when you think about the dinosaurs going extinct in two hours in one day because their blood boiled in the hot sun when a meteor that was 6 or 7 or 8 miles long struck the earth and the sand became glass as it was thrown up into the atmosphere from the impact of the 6 or 7 or 8 mile meteor and when it came back down to earth it did…

something…that made the earth so hot that noting could survive and so                 ALL OF THE DINOSAURS DIED IN TWO HOURS.

Across the whole continent.  

2 hours.

Do you think that is true??

What do you think about when you think about 

Syria New Orleans Nigeria Missouri Yemen Chicago Nepal Russia Israel Los Angelos Palestine Alabama Kansas Idaho Boulder?

What do you think about when you think about Mexico?

What do you think about when you think about the oceans?

Did you hear about the cool thing that guy did to preserve the Coral Reefs off of Isla Mujeres, on the Yucatan Peninsula?

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor built life-size statues of people that he submerged below the water.

He did this so that the tourists would swim toward his statues rather then swim toward the devastated reef.

What do you think about when you think about


The torture report

Trickle down economics


When we were little, my dad took us to see the fireworks at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.

Before the fireworks started there was an M.C who led us through simple and family friendly songs.

As we were singing these cheerful summertime tunes, my dad began to  mumble under his breath.

I don’t know what he was saying. I was having too much fun. I was concentrating really hard on my part in the "row row row your boat" round. I was singing as loud as I could.

And then the coolest thing happened.  

The M.C got the whole stadium to do the “wave”.

I had never experienced anything like that before.

 It was awesome.

And right as “the wave” was coming to our section in the stadium and I was getting ready to spring out of my seat and lift my arms into the air with everyone else, my dad stood up and shouted as loud as he could 

“Nazis!  You're all Nazis!  Can’t you think for yourselves?  Why are you following this man?  Who is he to tell you what to do?  You are like a herd of sheep.  Bah Bah Bah.”  (is that how you spell sheep sounds??)

And he took us gruffly by our hands and led us out of the stadium, muttering under his breath the whole time.

I looked back just as our section finished the wave and everyone was sitting back down.

I wondered if I too was a Nazi, or at least had the potential to become one.

Your dance mission for the week is to dance how you want to dance right now.

Just step away from the computer and move or be still or sway or roll or jump up and down,  but feel your body for a moment and dance.




Become the tourist who swims toward the statues that are submerged beneath the ocean.

Become the coral reef, quietly rejuvenating herself.

Become the chief of police and make some changes in the way you navigate spatial relations.

Move skillfully through the wreckage and

let the land find its way again so that we all have room to breath.

Here is a link to the website of a fantastic movie:  http://bit.ly/1yNpOlk

You can stream it on Netflix.

I think it says what I have been trying to say in a much more eloquent, succinct, and vibrant manner.

With Warmth, Joanna of Joanna and the Agitators sweetly agitating/persistently upending