Posted by: Noni | April 14, 2017

Rituals of Spring – Wacky Robin

Upon returning home from early morning stroll along the lake shore, I noticed a bird fluttering beside the chimney. I wasn’t sure if it was injured, or caught in something, but he kept flying up and down along the smoke stack. I took a picture and zoomed in to see if he was caught in a string or wire or something… Nope.

He was just checking out his moves in the reflection.  Mating season begins…


Posted by: Noni | January 3, 2017

No Resolution, No Regrets for 2017

I’ve been seeing a lot of grumbling on social media this past week. Besides complaints about how crappy 2016 was, there’s widespread fear regarding the inauguration of Trump, the global threat of impending wars and anger over corporate destruction of both the planet and it’s inhabitants. (Standing Rock, Keystone, etc)

A good resolution is like an old horse, which is often saddled but barely ridden. ~ Proverb

For some reason, humans feel compelled to announce all the changes they plan on making. Why do we make resolutions only to break them? Facebook and twitter statuses are flooded with good intentions like these:
(NOTE – not my list)

  • Eat healthier
  • Quit Smoking/Drinking
  • Be more patient and accepting
  • Practice random acts of kindness
  • 2016 Sucked but 2017 will be better
  • Spend more time with family
  • Lose weight, stay fit
  • Work out twice a week
  • Spend less money
  • Travel more
  • Learn another language

I’ve heard a lot of my friends and acquaintances declare similar things but I’m not convinced that much will change. Change is hard, it requires dedication and commitment.

Change takes courage. Change takes willpower. Change is painful and uncomfortable.

It’s only January 3rd and so far I hear lots of talk but don’t see much action.

There’s no doubt that something’s got to give… we live in perilous times. Humanity is on the brink of WWIII and nothing short of a global revolution will change that. The mainstream media is hyping up the hatred in the world. Through a calculated campaign to divide the people on this planet, the corporations have been given carte blanche with our money, our resources and our futures.

So, I’m not going to make any resolutions. I am going to continue changing and adapting to this crazy world. I’m going to continue speaking out when I see things that are unjust or unfair. I will continue to challenge the media messages that reek of propaganda and misinformation. I promise to speak out when I feel my voice is warranted and step-in when a helping hand is needed.

My mantra remains unchanged, I will do my best to restore sanity and humanity to this world. I will forgive, forget and move on. I remain in service to others. I will give what I have and take only what is necessary to my survival. I will respect Mother Earth and stand strong beside the guardians that protect her.

I don’t owe any explanations or answers to anyone but I am accountable to all for doing my part to promote positive change.

What’s your plan for 2017? What about today?  Resolutions shouldn’t just be for January 1st. Live responsibly every day!

Posted by: Noni | December 7, 2016

Pizzagate is FAKE, but not everyone is convinced.


It took me a while to fully grasp what was happening. Like many others, I was being censored. What I couldn’t figure out was… why? For many months my research progressed normally. I experienced the usual roadblocks but trusted my instincts and forged on. With each search I discovered successive leads to follow up on. Just as video gamers hunt and explore for clues toward reaching the next level or finding rumored treasure,  I followed a trail of articles, videos and public records to validate my suspicions. Last winter I spent 4 months exploring Peru. I was investigating the environmental impact and modern day influences affecting the Indigenous people (specifically as a result of resource extraction by foreign powerhouses) and almost a year later I’m still digging for verifiable, conclusive proof of the crimes I witnessed.



The internet is vast. It sucks you in, swirls you around and spits you out in random yet calculated measures. Some people find it tedious to search for  facts. I find it fascinating. More often than not, the truth is smothered by fiction. Fabricated events designed to modify, control, and deceive… much akin to hanging a picture over a damaged wall,  throwing a cloak over puddle or adding a rosy tint to a bleak landscape. It’s hard to know exactly what you’re looking at sometimes as appearances can be deceptive. Occasionally, when following a trail looking for clues, a thread or a path will lead you in a totally unexpected direction.

I was looking into mining and logging infractions but found pizza, ping pong, and chicken lovers.

Arriving at the Gate of controversy surrounding Pizza Pedos is the second time in my armchair-activist life that I’ve been caught in a web of propagandizing backlash. It’s well known that opposition to mainstream media draws sideways glances and occasionally seething verbal punishment, but as an independent journalist I’ve never thought of myself as important enough to warrant viscous attacks. I was wrong. Thankfully, I’m not dead wrong. Others haven’t been as fortunate as I.

19 Year Old Flint Michigan water poisoning investigator wasn’t so lucky.


I’m not saying that all questionable reporting results in death or ruined reputations but you have to admit that Whistle-blowers do get a bad rap. Foul water whistle-blower Miguel Del Toral can attest to that.

Huffington Post — Whistleblower’s Warning

Former EPA Region 5 administrator Susan Hedman, pictured, has denied that the agency retaliated against whistleblower Miguel Del Toral. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Susan Hedman

From CNN  — Updated 12:26 PM ET, Wed November 30, 2016

In a complaint filed last week, Dennis Walters claims that he has been repeatedly mistreated at the Sewells Point Police Precinct, which is part of Naval Station Norfolk, because his wife has been so outspoken. He claims that the pattern of harassment began in March after she testified in Congress. “Since I testified at the state Senate hearing, things got progressively worse,” Lee Anne Walters said. “They threatened to force him into a hardship discharge if he didn’t get me under control.

Mainstream media account of the cover-up and additional charges.

Michael Moore’s 10 things they won’t tell you about the Flint water tragedy…

So what on earth has contaminated water in Flint Michigan got to do with Pizzagate?

We’re all familiar with the situation in Flint. It’s easily researched and a wealth of information conclusively illustrates that there was a cover-up. There are thousands and thousands of examples of cover-ups to choose from but I used Flint’s because it’s remains a hot topic. It’s even become a focus for education Flint Water Study  by Virginia Tech Research Team About

Sexual misconduct, rape, child pornography, human trafficking… Ugly topics all too often in our headlines.

In today’s world it’s not too unusual to see reports of horrific violations against children. Unfortunately these types of stories are all too common. What surprised me the most about Pizzagate was the swift, highly concerted effort to shut it down. FAKE was plastered over every article and video clip on the internet. Pictures vanished, accounts deleted, logos amended…  I witnessed many instances personally. Coincidentally, that’s what caught my attention. Stuff was disappearing off my Facebook page like never before. Oddly, none of it was in violation of their policies.

I conducted Google searches and found even stranger occurrences. Word-specific searches on Google and DuckDuckGo  (an anonymous search engine) showed dramatic differences. Pages that I had visited just hours earlier had vanished. Video links reportedly were invalid or deleted entirely. Oddly, I sensed something had changed on the Wikileaks page, but couldn’t figure out what it was. (wishing I had taken more screenshots)  The scale of covert activity was massive and calculating. Knowing that data was being censored and manipulated made me even more determined to dig deeper.

Do social media giants control the future of news?

The world is full of conspirators and quacks but unless they are known to be dangerous, they’re generally left to argue among themselves. My curiosity intensified when I heard that Reddit’s CEO had admitted to editing user comments. Why would he do that?

Massive cover-up of wrongdoing by priests was the cornerstone of the investigation into the Catholic Church and Vatican by the Boston Globe’s, Spotlight journalists. Do we need more proof that these sorts of activities do and have occurred in elite circles? Do we need more proof that these sorts of crimes have been historically covered-up?

Spotlight (2015)IMDb

mv5bmjiyotm5otiznv5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdkzode2nje-_v1_sy1000_cr006761000_al_ — The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Pedophilia by high level officials is widely documented

A ‘big political cover-up’ of 1980s pedophile-ring in U.K. Parliament?

Washington Post Reports on Pedo Ring

Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’

The Guardian Reports on Gag

There is evidence of rings where elites and officials were implicated and found guilty? How about celebrities who were child icons…let’s not forget Rolf Harris or Jimmy Savile! The question begs to be asked. Why aren’t we taking this seriously? There are hundreds of ongoing investigations into crimes against children. Why is it so hard to believe that some of the perpetrators may be government officials?

Excerpt from ZDNet in reference to child pornography perps.

We’ve had military officers with high clearances, pediatricians, lawyers, school principals, and tech executives,” Gulotta said of those arrested under Innocent Images.

So, given all the prior instances (proven and documented)  of cover-ups by both church and state; why can’t we accept Pizzagate as possible? I think most of us can agree that the magnitude and scope is frightening. To consider top level politicians and lawmakers in such demonic light is unpalatable.

What is Pizzagate and How Might it Change the Shape of America — Article 1, Bibliography

Is Pizzagate Real Or Is Pizzagate Fake News : The History, Greater Implications,  And Reality — Article 2, Bibliography

In the case of #PIZZAGATE I witnessed swift, effective control with material being pulled off Twitter, Youtube, Reddit and Facebook. While I was digging for truth and/or proof of any sort to corroborate the stories, my searches revealed only FAKE branded results. I took screenshots of images and compared searches days later… the information was identical despite numerous developments that I had knowledge of through open channels.  Why are these stories buried in the first place? How is the control orchestrated? Who makes the decisions and on what authority? What other tactics are used to suppress information or discredit independents? (death threats, intimidation, slander, blackmail, coercion, ridicule)

More on how covert agents  INFILTRATE THE INTERNET to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations.

As for me, I’m still sifting through all the material. There’s thousands of emails, hundreds of Twitter and Instagram accounts, countless discussion threads, a plethora of public documents and an overwhelming sense of, my gut tells me something’s not quite right.

I’d be curious to hear what you think. Please comment with links for discussion below.

Posted by: Noni | November 30, 2016

DC PizzaGate: A Primer UPDATED 11/29

Suspected Pedophile Ring Exposed

I’ve created this blog to share the information Anonymous has collectively gathered and researched about a suspected pedophilia and human trafficking ring that we seem to have uncovered existing within our DC politicians and the elite class.

It all started with one incredibly suspicious Podesta email that had skeptics suggesting they weren’t actually talking about pizza, but rather in code. Here it is:


If this is not speaking in code, then it makes absolutely NO SENSE. Not a single person has been able to offer a coherent explanation on what this could mean if ACTUALLY pizza and map related…

Not to mention this disturbing “coincidence”:


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Since this past April I’ve been working on post production for a documentary I shot in Peru. Sorting through a wealth of material (four months of filming) with locations at the seaside, the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Jungle. Photos, videos, audio recordings, letters, books, legal documents, research papers, websites, government publications…

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I was busy moving files around on my laptop; sorting, deleting, archiving… when I found an unpublished blog post from August 2014.  I don’t remember the circumstances of why I wrote the piece or why it was never published, but when I read it tonight, I recognized my voice in each word. At that time, I imagine I got distracted with preparation for some project and set aside this opinion piece in lieu of packing, researching or fundraising… but today, June 22 2016, I feel compelled to publish this 2 year old plea to humanity.

Unedited, as I found it – From August 2014

It’s no secret I’m an opinionated, anarchistic, activist.  But lately, I’ve noticed that many of my friends and family have also taken up the gauntlet. Sure we all love to whine about how Facebook is controlling our lives, eating up our time and bombarding us with calculated and targeted advertising, but what we don’t fully appreciate is the way it’s given us a voice.

I hate game requests more than the next guy but I’ll excuse the intrusion in hopes I can influence just one more friend that we need to start making drastic changes or our planet is doomed. I ignore the ads which clearly have nothing to do with my needs and likes (Facebook must be confused if it thinks I’m interested in buying stuff, cause I’m not) but will spend hours scouring the feeds looking for ammunition for my own battle of reason or an opening to place a carefully constructed phrase in hopes that others will be moved to question, act or consider other possibilities.

Yes, Facebook is a corporately controlled monster that can be dangerous in the wrong hands but which also has immense reach and scope and the power to influence and educate. Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a definite shift in perspectives given the situation in the Middle East and recent escalation of conflict between Arabs and Israelis.

Christians, Jews, Muslims and all other believers (or non) have drawn lines in the virtual sand and are defending their positions. What’s interesting to me is that racial and cultural background seems to have little bearing on which side of the fence people eventually sit on. The Jewish Nations both inside and outside the State of Israel have condemned attacks against the Palestinians while Muslims in other regions have pledged support for Israel claiming Hamas to be the ultimate evil.

It’s hard to understand the inconsistencies but one can only surmise it’s got something to do with the misrepresentation of information and the long history of propaganda and lies dished out by both parties. For me personally, it’s a challenge to find the truth. No one is immune to bias. We all have it and we’ve all had it used against us. We’re only human after all.

No matter what your views or policies are, I urge you to speak up and speak out. Take control of the power at your fingertips and offer your opinion on that post. Share a link that moves or inspires you. Pissed off? Tell people why. It’s through constant reflection and questioning that we discover our own truths.

I’d love to hear what revs your engine…
share in the comments and don’t get so upset if everyone doesn’t see it your way. I challenge everyone to share their views on Global warming. How does it affect you? What needs to be done? Is it our responsibility or that of government and big business…?

Is this still relevant today? What’s the same? What’s different?

Posted by: Noni | May 28, 2016

Embracing Death, living life.

Seven years ago, May 28th 2009, I found myself in a situation where I fully expected to die. As I lay motionless on a tiled floor a wave of calm swept over me. I waited for darkness to extinguish my light, I embraced that inevitability.  But my number hadn’t been called yet so I was gifted more time on this glorious planet. I’m grateful for every moment I’ve experienced since then.

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In the past 2,555 days a collection of events, both good and bad, have brought me a deeper understanding of my purpose in this world. I’ve changed. My goals have changed. My lifestyle has changed. The world has changed. Things that were once important are now insignificant. My perspectives have shifted from a state of wanting; more money, more stuff, more friends, more time…. to a place of acceptance and understanding. The journey wasn’t rapid as one might expect but rather a gradual shift and adaptation to a new-found understanding of what’s really important in this life.

So… what is important, you might ask me? Let me ask you… If you were to die next week, what would you do with your last days? If your answer is any different from what you have planned already, then ask yourself WHY?  The most important lesson I have learned in the last 7 years is this:

Live each day as if it were your last.

Since 2009 I’ve suffered many losses. Most of those deaths were unexpected. My children lost their father. My best friend lost her mother. I lost my mentor and writing partner. I didn’t understand why I was given a second chance while so many others were not. There are no guarantees in life but one is certain, eventually we all die.  So…

Live each day as if it were your last.

Cherish your family, appreciate your friends, share with your neighbors, give back to society, simplify your space, reach for new heights, count your blessings and

Live each day as if it were your last.

I didn’t ever consider that growing sprouts could be so easy. My first mistake was with quantity.  I used about a half cup of dried lentils when a tablespoon would have been more than enough.  Needless to say, I ended up with a massively successful batch for my inaugural attempt.


Having returned to Canada from four months in South America I re-evaluated my eating habits. I had been eating a lot of food in South America that I didn’t really want to eat but that I had to eat out of necessity. (I was a guest and I thought it was rude not to eat the food that was served me.) I realized when I got home that I had freedom and choices so I started looking at all the food was eating and for ways that I could improve by choosing more sustainable foods. I wanted to focus on finding alternatives that were healthier for me while eliminating foods that were toxic or empty calories.

Sprouting seemed like an easy way to venture into the realm of raw and vegan with limited effort and minimal expense. When you consider cost per content yield, sprouts are packed with enormous value.

Experiment with different types of beans and seeds… it’s cheap and you’ll see near instant results. Sprouting is easy for kids and can be a fun way to supplement your diet while teaching how easy it is to grow your own food.

No special equipment is needed…. a glass jar (mason works well) or container with a net/screen/stocking as a drainage cover.

Have fun!

Posted by: Noni | February 5, 2016

Noni through the eye of the Llama

Noni through the eye of the Llama

Noni through the eye of the Llama


Peruvian Heartache
– Documentary Film in Production

Written and Produced by Alison (Noni) Richards

Llamas with blue eyes are rare.

Posted by: Noni | October 29, 2015

Breathing Easier at High Altitude

Greetings from Peru! I spent 9 days in Lima having a crash course in Spanish. It helps that I speak french which is somewhat similar but I still have a long way to go before I can carry on any sort of conversation. Luckily for me I have a wonderful guide and interpretor here in Cusco, high in the Andes.


Yeiber is from a small community, Maras, where they speak the original language Quechan. In Peru there are over 100 different dialects. He works as a tour guide and his company offers volunteer opportunities for youth from around the world.   Since the Spanish conquered the Incas much has changed in this country. In 1821 they gained their independence but have only recently began to be recognized for their diverse richness both geographically and culturally. Machu Picchu was recently  recognized as one of the Wonders of the World so tourism has exploded with over 2 million visitors per year. This has been great for the economy but not so good for the indigenous people who struggle to maintain their sustainable practices. Other influences they battle are pollution, mining and logging devastation and climate changes due to global warming. It´s important to support these people who are the keepers of the land. Small tribes fight valiantly to protect the rainforest from further destruction. The Amazon is responsable for over 20% of the earth´s oxygen so they have an arduous task. Please help me to share their story. We appreciate your support through contribution or sharing.

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