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I found some writing on the Internet after having read in the Bible, I think it was in the book of Samuel? But one of the chiefs of a tribe said to his people, “Consecrate yourselves,” as they were about to go into a situation where someone would have to atone for a wrong-doing, against the other tribe. 

Now my thoughts were like most people, “I thought you had to be blessed by an Elder who has been given official rights.” 

On the contrary, according to some information I found on the Internet originally written on Oct. 23, 2019, by a Christian Elder. Apparently, like the text in the Bible, you can consecrate yourselves. There are 10 steps you need to consecrate yourselves.

Nine of which can be used by any faith, the single one that might be considered solely Christian is the requirement to be baptized. I feel blessed that I have been baptized twice by two different Evangelical churches, and I have been anointed with oil three times, once by an Evangelical church and twice most recently by Apostolic Orthodox churches, but I am not sure it is necessary.

Though I am using Christian vows, I am choosing to be non-denominational. As long as you stand for human rights, seek God from within yourself, you will be on the right track regardless of your faith. The real purpose of religious ceremony is not to profess your faith; that is how so many religions get off track. The real purpose is through deep reflection ongoing daily, you will bring yourself to a vibrational holiness considered spiritual and ethical reflecting a Divine likeness as stated in Leviticus 19:2. Again, I only know Christian doctrine to explain what is not solely Christian at all.

I have found over many years of seeking God, more than 48 years, all true faiths will promote love and peace, no matter from which continent. Many people who have experienced a devastating war in their homeland often come to the understanding that forgiveness and love bring peace. Let’s skip the war and jump straight into forgiveness, peace and love. That is where I stand as I consecrate myself today. 


— Gina Lynell, Former Alameda Resident

After having read Rudey the Cat’s false accusations (“Rudy’s friend Rudey responds rudely,” March 26) I am forced to respond. A cat being a dog’s better half? Don’t make me laugh. To set the record straight, I am well trained and would never pee on a Christmas tree.

I am sure Rudey’s owner-servant has to provide him with a box to prevent him from spraying all over the house. I can always tell when I am in a cat house by the scratches on the furniture and the odor from the cat box. Before my time, my Old Lady banned cats from our house after “Bianca” peed inside her grand piano.

I have to agree with Rudey that when it come to trees and backsides, my sensitive nose tells me a lot. The Old Man wishes I could use the same sensitivity to report on politicians.

Another good point Rudey makes is he is unleashed. My neighbor’s cats regularly leave deposits to taunt me. Maybe our city mothers and fathers, in their never-ending quest for revenue, should consider a leash and license law for cats. Maybe then Rudey would not have such a condescending attitude.

You are not worth the effort, but if you ever would like to meet “Gato a Perro,” I might be able to show you another good use for trees.


Rudy the Dog (John Platt)

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Dear Alameda Community:
2020 has proven to be a challenging year for everyone, especially for artists and arts organizations. On Jan. 1, we were impacted by the new AB5 law requiring independent contractors to be hired as employees, resulting in local artists and theaters canceling their seasons or closing their doors. Soon thereafter, we were all hit with the horrors of COVID-19. In the blink of an eye, everyone is affected.

We believe that this is an opportune time to utilize the arts to bring people together in significant and transformative ways, build community and create a network of support. Rhythmix is dedicated to finding ways to keep bringing you engaging programming, connecting our community and supporting artists during these uncertain times.

Now, more than ever, we need artistic and musical inspiration to keep our collective spirits singing. To that end, we are reaching out to you to help support the creation of deeper connections through art, music, dance and community. If you are able to register for a class, make a donation or spread the word to friends who may be isolated right now, we would be most grateful.

We want you to know we are here for you. We are still figuring out what that means and look forward to creating and better defining this new reality with you.

If you can, please consider a donation of any amount to help sustain Rhythmix in these unprecedented times.

Tina Blaine Executive Director, Rhythmix Cultural Works