WELCOME RIVER ADMIRER'S! THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY MEMORIAL FOR OUR ANGEL RIVER JUDE PHOENIX...SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN THE PAGE FOR A RELAXING SLIDESHOW OF RIVER'S BEAUTIFUL IMAGES. YOU CAN ALSO READ ABOUT HIS LIFE, MOVIE'S, MUSIC LYRICS AND QUOTES FROM RIVER AND ABOUT RIVER UNDER THE " HIS LEGACY" SECTION OF THIS MEMORIAL. ♥♥♥♥♥ This memorial web-page was created in the memory of our loved one, humanitarian, animal rights activist, actor, musician, brother, son, friend River Phoenix. This is a celebration of his LIFEHe was born in Oregon on 23rd August, 1970 and passed away on 31st October, 1993 at the young age of 23. River was one of a kind. He bestowed upon me virtue. Because of River I am more aware of the world and its issues. Because of River I am a better person. I admire him for his beauty and humanity. I embrace the light River had that surrounded him. River is a light that will never fade away. He was a wonderful person and very sweet, kind and charming. This webpage is a place for peace. Everytime I visit this web-page and add photo's and candles I can feel River's warmth and comfort. I miss River so much and I will remember him forever! River is now in heavenly paradise.. free from pain. Forever young soaring free over and under beautiful waterfalls... in a loving utopia, ..timeless, serene, tranquil, eternal.. Our water flow's as one...I will see you again my dear friend. Thank you for all of the JOY your life has given me. I am grateful and will always and forever keep the memory of u safe in my heart. He belongs to ALL the admirer's that love him! ♥♥♥♥♥
A lovely poem- / Colleen
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." (Kahlil Gibran)
Dark Paradise by the lovely Lana.. for Riv from me / Colleen Phoenix
All my friends tell me I should move on I'm lying in the ocean, singing your song Ahhh, that's how you sang it Loving...
Sutra- / TheSadRose
This body is not me, I am not this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born and I shall never die. Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations of my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free. Birth ...
WE ARE THE WORLD- BY RIVER PHOENIX ♥ / TheSadRose (. Colleen)
Seventeen, April 1990 We are the world By River Phoenix On April 22, Earth Day, millions of people will pledge to clean up our ailing planet. But, as River Phoenix shows us, every day will have to be earth day to save the world. Heavens mourn above u...
RIVERS UTOPIA ( another memorial I created) / Colleen Phoenixxxoo
River LYRICS- By LOVELY Natalie Merchant / Colleen Read >>
SUTRA- This body is not me, I am not this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born and I shall never die. Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations of my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free. Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey. Birth and death are just a game of hide and seek. So laugh with me, hold my hand, let us say goodbye, say goodbye, to meet again soon. We meet today. We will meet again tomorrow. We will meet at the source at every moment. We meet each other in all forms of life. ~ Siddhartha Gautama Buddha
WE ARE THE WORLD- BY RIVER PHOENIX ♥ Seventeen, April 1990 We are the world By River Phoenix On April 22, Earth Day, millions of people will pledge to clean up our ailing planet. But, as River Phoenix shows us, every day will have to be earth day to save the world.
Heavens mourn above us until dawn Weeping see her tears as rain they fall Winds whip through canyons Manifesting splintered wrath Mother knows that we've betrayed her Dealing with the aftermath.
Sailing ocean cross the sea Floating vessel carries me Once I'm there, what is it worth If I'm betraying Mother ? Stormy weather abruptly Changes my course suddenly It's so unfair starting at birth Still mistreating Mother Earth.
So you see my friends what we have done Shadows linger overhead Heavy like the fog in the valleys Under heavy earth lay dead. In a boxcar hides an orphan Seeking shelter, nothing more Gliding now tracks lay before him Leading him to distant shore.
These lyrics are from a song called Betraying Mother. This year, 1990, the year I leave my teenage years behind, I realize nothing else matters but this : We must heal our planet if we're to survive. Because my parents are so closely connected with nature and share the reality that Planet Earth is our home, I have always been conscious that we need to care for the earth as the living, breathing, supporting, feeding, nurturing home it is for us. As a young person, there were always other threats that seemed much greater to me along the way - nuclear war, the many hand-to-hand wars all over the planet, famine, poverty, crime, drugs, political prisoners, and an overall lack of compassion for every living thing. And closer to home, each of us has our own struggles with growing up.
There's a lot packed into our teenage years. We go from childhood into a time when hormones start taking over. It all seems to come at us so fast - we are developing physically and taking on much more responsability at home. We're dealing with our school workload, peer pressure, the continual " What are you gonna be when you grow up ? " question, trying to set a good example for siblings, choosing a college - and the million of other things on our minds that have really little or nothing to do with our relationship to Mother Earth and our true nature as human beings who have taken it upon ourselves to be " in charge " of the planet.
With so much going on, it was quite a relief to think that our elected officials would take care of all of those major planetary concerns while we were just to concentrate on growing up. It's obvious now that not only was no one taking care of our home as we trusted, but that people were, and still are, perpetuating this planetary destruction.
Now as I look ahead to my future, I'm amazed at how the earth itself is letting us know in so many ways that there has been a gross injustice done by humankind. The many recent devastating floods, landslides, and weather changes show the earth's pain and how out of the balance our ecosystem has become. At this point, not only have we polluted the earth we live on, the waters we drink and swim in, and the air we breath, but we have even altered the atmosphere itself.
We are now in a global emergency, and for this reason I'm most thankful for Earth Day 1990, which hopefully will mobilize a worldwide massive citizen army to avert planetary disaster.
There are solutions to these problems, but most of them will take a conscious effort by every human being to eliminate from his or her life the things that are leading us to impending disaster. I list the following problems and I ask you to join me and become a part of the solution. The greenhouse effect
Gases get trapped in the atmosphere, which acts like the glass of a greenhouse, letting sunlight in but not letting all the reflected infrared heat out. Because our forests and oceans can't filter out all of the carbon dioxide we spew into the atmosphere (from power plants, large-scale burning, and cars), it gets trapped and starts to put pressure on the planet. We must use less energy, less electricity, and reduce the burning of fossil fuels (mostly coal and oil). We really need to improve gas mileage for cars. We must make a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources - like solar power - that don't contribute to global warming. We must plant more trees because they are nature's storehouses of carbon dioxide. The ozone layer
The ozone layer is seven miles up in the atmosphere and is a shield from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This delicate membrane is being destroyed by man-made chemicals that drift up there - mainly the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that are used in air conditioners, refrigerators, Styrofoam ( as in fast food cartons), and industrial solvents. These CFCs eat away at the ozone and also contribute to the greenhouse effect. We need to work for laws that will ban CFCs. That's the key. We can't wait for everyone else to do it - you change the world by changing yourself. Rain forest destruction
Forty-nine millions acres of rain forest are destroyed or degraded each year. That's equivalent to one and a half football field each second. These forests are vital sources of oxygen : They moderate our climate, prevent floods, and are our best defense against soil erosion. Forests recycle and purify our water. One quarter of all prescribed medication in the U.S. is derived from raw materials found in these forests. They are home to millions of plants and animals. The beauty and inspiration of these forests are important to millions of people. Rain forest destruction contributes to the greenhouse effect because there's no way to replant these jewels of nature fast enough to soak up the exorbitant amount of carbon dioxide they release into the earth's atmosphere when they're burned.
One force behind the destruction of the rain forest is our country's importation of millions of pounds of meat annually from Central America. To provide pasture for cattle, these countries have been burning and clearing their priceless rain forests. We must make our outrage known to the businesses (especially fast food places) that use this meat ; we must demand that they stop contributing to the destruction of our rain forests. One reason our Central and South American neighbors have participated in this destruction is because of the tremendous debts they have to countries all over the world. By exporting meat they make some of the money they need to pay back these debts. I say we should figure out a way to forgive them their debts so we may all live.
It's a tragedy that one thousand plant and animal species become extinct each year due to the destruction of tropical rain forests - and that the native rain forest tribes are being forced out. As the rain forests disappear, many of our migratory birds are also losing their winter homes. They're dying, and this is harmful because they naturally control the population of insects - and tragic because their beauty will be lost to the world. Garbage
We've run out of room for all the garbage our " throwaway " society has created. We must implement recycling programs in our homes, schools and communities.
You can start by recycling aluminum, glass, newspaper, cardboard, and paper. Talk to your teachers and call your elected officials to find out how you can get involved. Buy products that come in recyclable containers. Be persistent. Be enthusiastic. Be determined. Chemical, toxins and pesticide
We are literally poisoning ourselves because of the pesticides sprayed on our produce ; the chemicals dumped on our farmlands to " nourish " the soil ; the hormones, growth stimulants, tranquilizers, and antibiotics fed to animals that humans meat ; and, of course, the pollutants spewed into the air.
Pesticides don't just affect the creature who ingests them first. They accumulate in the tissues of animals and then, as one organism is eaten by another, they build up in even higher concentrations. This means that a worm living in the soil will store pesticides in its tissues. Then a bird will eat the worm and ingest the pesticide eaten by the worm - and the tens of thousands of other worms it ingests in its lifetime. At each stage up the food chain, the concentration of toxic chemicals is greatly increased. The same is true of cows or chickens or pigs. Animals raised on factory farms build up especially high concentrations of chemical toxins because they're fed great quantities of fish meal (made from fish swimming in polluted waters) ; their other feeds are grown on land heavily sprayed with pesticides ; and they are dipped in, sprayed with, and intentionally fed many toxic compounds to keep them " healthy " while living in filthy and unnatural conditions inside these factory farms. The days of livestock animals grazing together in lush green meadows are over.
These poisons are retained in the fat of animals. Each step up the food chain, animals become ever more concentrated carriers of the most deadly chemicals. You sit at the very top of the food chain, and whenever you eat anything that comes from nature, you are ingesting these toxins, too.
The solutions to these problems will take time, but they will be accomplished. I've learned that if you can't get it all together to accomplish this thing called peace, you do at least your part in your own life, because that's where you can truly make an immediate difference. I'd like to stop all of the world wars, but that's really an impossible endeavor for one person. But I can stop all the wars in my life. I can start with myself and improve my personal relationships with everyone I'm in contact with. I'd like to stop world hunger and famine, but one man single-handedly couldn't possibly stop everyone's hunger. What I can do is spend my own time, energy, and money enlightening others about the plight of the poor. And although I can't stop all cruelty to living creatures on the planet, I can be kinder to every living creature in my life.
Peace begins with you. Now. We must light the lamp of our consciousness so that we never react without thinking and questioning the means to get to the end that we are seeking. Because if the path along the way is covered with thorns, selfishness, cruelty, and greed, you can be pretty sure that the result will lead us to just about where we are today... near the end, if we don't do something quickly.
Therefore, I question everything with my consciousness lamp on to see if the road I take along the way will lead me to peace. In my life, I decided Not to eat meat or animals products or to use their skins for my clothing, shoes, or decorations. There's such immense cruelty involved with the raising of animals for human consumption that if I can stop their pain by boycotting their products, I will immediately make a difference.
To recycle. Also to question my habits of consumption. I try to use less of everything and reuse things whenever I can.
To speak out and know that my voice can be heard by writing government officials, becoming politically active, lobbying in Washington, and becoming part of peaceful, educational demonstrations.
To use less and less of those things that add to the demise of our planet.
In our family, we never were big for celebrating holidays, but this year my mother is asking for something on Mother's Day for the first time. She wants us to help her call attention to the world that this Mother's Day, 1990, should be dedicated to the most nurturing mother of all - Mother Earth. If gifts are to be given on this day, let all mothers request that they be gifts to the earth. We could plant trees, make donations to environmental groups, or give other gifts to promote understanding of the condition of the planet. This would truly make for a day worth celebrating.
With the help of all of you, I look forward to the years ahead of us when our generation can work together to create a happy, healthy, clean, and loving environment.
My son, River- By Heart Phoenix ♥
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is dedicated to and modeled after the life and activism of River Phoenix, who at 4½ years old picked up a guitar and set out to capture an audience wherever he went to share the message of love, kindness, forgiveness and generosity.
Facts The lyrics of the first song River Phoenix wrote at age 6. I had a fun time in the rain
I saw some children playing a game All of a sudden things went wrong One child said, you are weak… But I am strong!
Why Do People fight? Why do people cheat? Why do people destroy The love in our world?
I want to give my life for them I know it won't be easy my friend If I can show them God's love They will receive joy and peace From above.
My son: River Phoenix From the streets and plazas of Latin America and throughout the United States, this young troubadour with a heart of gold continued to share his soul, wisdom, support, creativity and talent with everyone. His whole being embraced the other, whether in life, movies or songs and the authenticity that he brought to everything he did worked its way into the hearts of the youth and many people in the world.
He had the unique ability of seeing people for who they really were at their core and not defined by their behavior. This gave him the courage to visit inmates in prison and let them know they were more than their actions that caused their incarceration and harm to others and themselves. That deep inside, we were all equal. He brought a message of hope, the possibility of transformation and lit up the lives of many.
He helped his generation to see the unnecessary suffering of animals, brought awareness of the huge impact humanity was making on Earth by abusing its resources, the plight of the indigenous peoples the world over and advocated throughout his career for liberty and justice for all — not in name only, but in our actions.
He was the first of the celebrity youth to stand up, educate and inspire his peers and fans to help make changes for a more peaceful world. It took great courage to lead in this way, and I believe he accomplished more in his short life than most people are able to do in their entire lives. early 1993, River and his close friend started a nonprofit organization called Eco-Rica Preservation. It was formed to purchase large acreages of land that were being threatened with deforestation. River understood that forests were complex ecosystems that are important to the carbon and water cycles that sustain life on earth. They purchased and saved a large piece of virgin rainforest contiguous with Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica.
On Oct. 31, 1993, 20 years ago, River passed on to other realms, and my love, loss and appreciation for him is as palpable today as it was then.
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding was literally born out of Eco-Rica. We were able to take River's nonprofit, change the name to honor him and update the mission and use the money that was left in the organization as our start-up funding to continue the work that he was so passionate about. Our emphasis is on peacebuilding — the prevention, reduction, intervention and healing from violence in all its many forms. It has been a conscious gift to our family, our community and hopefully will touch others the world over as we translate the message of this beautiful young man: that everyone matters, that everyone deserves a second chance, that everyone is worthy of being seen and heard, that there are skills that can be learned to help us transform our behavior, that the time has come for all of us to unite and that we are perfect at the core.
I heard the other day that the Dalai Lama said (and I am paraphrasing) the reason why we see so much bad news in the newspaper is because it really is news. Most of the world and its inhabitants live their lives with kindness, generosity and concern for others. That is why it is so startling when someone does something contrary to that.
I love looking at the world from this vantage point. It is very hopeful.
Heart Phoenix is board president of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding in Gainesville
James Franco's - MY OWN PRIVATE RIVER ♥
James Franco's 'My Own Private River' Screens 2.17.2012
By Jerry Portwood James Franco remixes River Phoenix, music by Michael Stipe James Franco was 15 when River Phoenix died at the age of 23. He has remained a devoted fan and has remixed images from Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, in which Phoenix played Seattle hustler Mike alongside Keanu Reaves.
Franco spent two days watching the film’s dailies and outtakes with Van Sant and edited together a new version that combines footage from the original film and its unused residue.
As Franco put it in a piece he wrote for The Paris Review: “Many filmmakers would consider the discarded material worthless, but sometimes—as when they feature an actor like River Phoenix in a film like My Own Private Idaho, the best of his generation giving his best performance—every scrap is gold. It was overwhelming to be able to cut the raw material of my favorite film, a film that had moved me, that had helped shape me as a teenager.” The end result, My Own Private River, is a dreamlike portrait of both the actor and the character he incarnates.
Franco will attend this weekend's screening of My Own Private River at the Film Comment Selects series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Plus, extending his project into three-dimensional space, Franco has collaborated with Gus Van Sant on Memories of Idaho, an installation that re-creates an AA meeting hall featuring three related single-channel films: "Idaho," Franco’s 62-minute Super-8 film based on one of the three original drafts Van Sant wrote and eventually combined into My Own Private Idaho; "Narcolepsy"(which consists of dailies); and the recently completed "My Blue Funk."
" Beautiful River" by James Franco ♥ River died when I was in high school. I read his biography in college. I became a vegetarian because of him. He was so damn cool. What about him? Probably just his good ***damn looks, That's all. I used to want to look like him And I do a little. But he had this long blonde hair That would do anything he pleased And he had a great nose And beautiful eyes." ~James Franco's poem "Beautiful River"