Get Up Get Down


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Today’s music brought to you by Sylvan Esso.

Hey Mami…

They are a local band from Durham, NC who made it big! :] North Carolina has so many great things! Watch out NYC, we have nerdy hillbilly coolness AND nature! We’ll call ourselves the Big Tobacco, the City that Sometimes Sleeps. Okay, that’s not so cool.




Tr*mp + Sinclair Broadcast Group = Extreme Danger to Our Democracy.


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Tr*mp + Sinclair Broadcast Group (the country’s largest broadcaster, which owns or operates 193 television stations. The company is seeking a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media, a move that’s being held up by regulators over antitrust concerns.) =  Extreme Danger to Our Democracy.

To quote Peter, whom I got this Deadspin video from (click on the link to read more about “How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media“),

It’s not just national media like Fox “News”, it’s more and more of our local stations, across different brands…NBC, ABC, and CBS are all part of it. The local anchors we’ve trusted for so long (more than national ones) are part of propaganda system most of us didn’t even know actually existed or thought it was happening elsewhere or on channels we don’t watch. Only ONE television news brand source isn’t part of it: PBS.

I just got a little scared watching this video and I rarely get scared. I am always prepared, so I am not scared of what’s going to come, now I am scared that it is here.

Unplug the TV. Don’t watch/read the mainstream news. Read a book. Go outside. Play. Love. Change the world for the better.



She’s Looking Through The Wrong End Of The Telescope


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Turn it around.

Feels like a curse.

Sounds likes a dream.

Don’t know what it means.

But it means everything.

Two of us on the run.

I can be the one who’s going insane.

A bike ride from our place in Brooklyn. We ate here so many times.

I love ya girl.

Took me 5 years to find them…but I did.


Mushpa + Mensa’s Book Nook


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Dear Fahrenheit 451, by Annie Spence

Welcome All to the Mushpa + Mensa Book Nook! The definition of a nook is a corner or recess, especially one offering seclusion or security. I think a book can be defined the same way. For example, when I read a good book my mind finds itself in a secure corner, alone, where the external world no longer exists. I compare it to dreaming while awake, a dream written by someone else and you’re in the dream, but you’re different. This is what I mean by book nook. The book is the nook!!!

Now that we have the meaning of the name Mushpa + Mensa’s Book Nook, I can tell you what it is about. Here’s the long story, we, have been reading a lot more lately. This is due to giving up watching “TV” (We don’t have a TV but we do have Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc and huge computer monitor to watch said “TV” on, in my book it’s the same.) on February 19th. All those series to binge watch was taking over the little free time we did have and honestly, the payout was never worth the time. We find good movies to watch on the weekends now, but that’s it for the boob tube. I had been reading non-fiction somewhat, but I really wanted to get back into reading. Not reality reading, but that “take you somewhere else then come back with a better understanding of the world around you” type of reading. I wasn’t sure where to start, but being someone who loves free and community I headed over to my local public library. Ah, the library, how I love you; what a treasure to have in this country. I would pay more taxes so librarians could take the amazingness they create with what money they have now and truly go hard, but I digress. I went to the recommended section and found this book, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life, by Annie Spence. This is a book about a librarian Annie, who is also happens to be the author of the book, very post modern. :] The book is letters she writes to different books, be it love letters, break-up letters, super fan letters, reminiscing about the good old days letters, never liked you letters, Dear John letters, etc. Annie writes from her “personal” self, her “librarian” self and sometimes the “two merged into one” self.

Near the end of Dear Fahrenheit 451 she gives book recommendations in a super witty way, which is how I found the book I am reading now in the “Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: Books that Lead to More Books” section. I am halfway done and will say it has not disappointed. I have 200 and some pages left. I’ll let you know all about it in my next M+M Book Nook post.

Until then, do yourself a favor and go find an amazing book.

– Mushpa



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Joyful Heart Foundation, launched a new national PSA campaign, Shelved,  yesterday to raise awareness about the untested rape kit backlog and engage people in helping solve this problem. They “are seeking to activate grassroots support for our work in state capitols around the country to change the way rape kits are handled, expand survivors’ rights, and ensure every single kit is tested. Every single kit, in every state.

Mushpa + Mensa has written about Joyful Heart in a previous entry entitle, No More Boys Will Be Boys. Please go check it out to learn more about how they are helping to end rape kits backlog and how you can help as well.

By supporting us we have been able to support them and for that we thank you!


Lean Into It


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What’s positive about today and humans? Robin Clonts is. This entry, I dedicate to Mensa and all other beautiful artist humans out there.

Let’s go out there and take a risk, all day every day.

– Mushpa



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Mushpa + Mensa talks quite a bit about the stuff you see out there on the World Wide Web and TV that isn’t always super positive. We want to make Mushpa + Mensa’s blog mad positive. We want to show humans at their best and/or most beautifully vulnerable. We want to build up, not tear down, unite not divide.

Now that we’ve said all that, here is something to start us off, the “Ten Meter Tower“.

Like I always say, it’s about the jumping, as long as you jump, you may not end up where you expect, but you’ll always end up somewhere better than where you were.

Love it.

– Mushpa

Textures From Spain: Inspiration For Your Art


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Over Christmas break, we went to Spain to visit Cara’s family. We traveled to Valladolid, Salamanca, Segovia, Badajoz, Sevilla and Madrid, as well as a bit of Portugal.

One of the things that impressed me the most about the architecture was the visible textures and patterns that covered the walls of churches, courtyards and buildings. I became obsessed with capturing these textures and would yell out every time I saw a pattern I loved “Texture texture!” and we would have to stop, and take out the camera so I could capture it. Here I have gathered samples of these textures.

I hope that you may find inspiration for a mural, a background for your paintings, a pattern for your next pottery project or whatever other inspiration these may bring you.


Here are some delicious off white and cream textures….I love this set.

Some colors were often repeated. Blues, Mustard Golds, and Sea Foam Greens. Many many many patterns in southern Spain are also a reflection of the interconnection between the Arabic and Spanish history.

While the architectural details in every corner were made of marble and metal, to plaster and wood carvings.

Even the floors with tiny stones decorated in patterns and shapes.

Traditionally called Azulejos, pictured here are some of the traditional Spanish and Portuguese ceramic and painted tiles. A collection of  my favorite textures in Blues.

Hope these give you a little inspiration for your design work!



Music – Make Me Feel Alive Again


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I said in Mushpa + Mensa’s 2018 goals meeting that for our blog entries this year no more posting just music videos as an entry. Saying it more for myself than anyone, being the only person that does it. :] I went on to say, we need the entries to have sustenance, depth, words, links pictures, etc. It has to be a REAL blog entry. The last few days I have been thinking about what I should write about and nothing raised my interest. Cut to this morning when I went to check my e-mails and found this…

I was mesmerized, enraptured really. Move in an undefinable way that music gifts you. It connects you to the place of magic, which these days is not always easy to find. Music, when good, allows your vision to clear and your strength to return.

AHI’s (pronounce eye) music brings good things to the table. It creates hope in humanity’s light and confirms the existence of beautiful humans. That in itself is worth writing about.

So down with the rules, first blog entry of 2018 is a music video my friends. Forgive me my love!

We bring light to the table.

– Mushpa