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Weaving The Past: Walter Dominguez Uncovers His Past And Reshapes His Future

In the early 2000’s, Walter Dominguez was facing middle age, a family crisis, and a nation in turmoil. Set on finding peace within himself, he embarked on a journey that uncovered secrets from the past that would change his life forever.

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Walter DominguezIn the early 2000’s, Walter Dominguez was facing middle age, a family crisis, and a nation in turmoil. Set on finding peace within himself, he embarked on a journey that uncovered secrets from the past that would change his life forever. He chronicles his story in the film “Weaving The Past: Journey Of Discovery.”

For Dominguez, his own middle age, combined with his father’s failing health would be the catalyst for his journey.

It was a nexus of different things. One of them was reaching 50. I turned 50 in 1997. And reaching midlife is in of itself a profound thing. Then my father got sick… your father becoming ill makes you very aware of your mortality. Then came 9/11. It was a number of things compounded – they all came together at the same time. It told me I needed to ‘go inside’ and reflect.”

The pain of an ailing parent only reminded him another painful chapter in his past. He recalled losing his grandfather Tata decades ago – and the guilt he still felt from failing to visit him on his deathbed. Now, as his father lay dying, he reflected on his family history, and realized he had more questions than answers… particularly about his late grandfather Tata. He decided that he would honor his own father by telling the story of his ancestors.

I basically began as a way to document my father…He was beginning to die from heart disease. I wanted him to see the places I saw and he couldn’t see.”

WTP_posterBut again and again, the story would point in the direction of his grandfather Tata, and the mystery that surrounded his younger years. Dominguez had only known Tata as one of the most beloved figures in the rural California town of Santa Paula. He was a well loved minister preaching peace and non-violence. But Tata’s formative years were completely unknown to him, until he met his widow and family.

“When I started getting interviews it was remarkable – I started getting information about my grandfather’s life that I had no idea about before. I realized I had to tell his story within a bigger context.”

Dominguez’s journey reveals an incredible history – a story of peasant revolution against the brutal Mexican dictatorship. The life of peace and non-violence Tata had been known for was preceded by a markedly different life – one of great conviction revolution. Tata was instrumental in an armed revolt against corruption in the Mexican government that would change the country forever. 

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In discovering the rich history of Tata and his ancestors, Weaving The Past ultimately shaped Dominguez’s future. In retrospect, the expedition was one that he and wife Shelley Morrison, (Of Will And Grace fame, who serves as a producer on the film) feel was guided by God – and perhaps even family.

Shelley_WalterLowRes“Walter was led ‘by the hand,’” says Morrison. “He was led where he should go – and by telling the story of his family – all the research that Walter did about that period of time in the Mexican revolution – that added another dimension… We were truly led – there were guiding hands on the other side that helped us.”

Today, Dominguez takes pride in his film – the guilt he felt for being absent during Tata’s final days no longer weighs on his soul.

“I do feel a weight has been lifted. I wish I had been there for him, but I do feel like I have done something that honors him. I feel good about that.

I feel that I’m more in touch with who I am – on a deeper level. Consequently I feel that every day that I have is a gift – and of course, my grandfather was a wonderful example of being kind and being helpful to other people.”

Dominguez and Morrison both hope that the film is a gift to those who see it – one that inspires them to record their own family history.

 “(People) have said they are now inspired to go and explore their family backgrounds…That to me is so gratifying and satisfying to hear. If more people would do that I think we would have a lot of happy people…There has never been a greater opportunity than now to record – in words, in images. It’s so easy now. It just takes the awareness or intention.

Just get together with your family, pull the elder aside, and ask them to tell you about their earlier life. Then just let them talk.”

On May 18th they will host a benefit gala screening of “Weaving the Past” to benefit the Museum of Social Justice located on historic Olvera Street in Los Angeles where they both sit on the Board.

 

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst

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Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!

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For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!

 

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