Monthly Archives: June 2015

Day 279 – The Power of the Rainbow

Power of a RainbowWhat an amazing day it was yesterday watching all the rainbows lighting up Facebook. So happy to see a long needed law passed in the United States.

There will always be the naysayers and the truly angry about the new law legalizing same sex marriage which I truly will never understand. What does it truly matter to anyone.

Which then leads me to thinking about all the areas in our lives where far too many people have an opinion over something that will not affect them. There was a picture of the first couple to get married in Dallas. They have been together for 54 years! And have been denied being a legally married couple for all that time. And with that, it also meant that they had no rights to make decisions in the face of tragedy. If you are in the hospital and only close family are allowed in, that means that couple of 54 years would have no rights to be with their partner. Something very simple that we take for granted. Something that we all deserve have the right for.

A country that believes in the freedom to bear arms but not to marry is just wrong. And I am so glad they have fixed that part of their problem. Now maybe there is hope for the gun laws to be changed too.

The interesting thing I find too is the different generations and their accepting of the new laws. And this is a huge generalization, but the younger generations just seem to get it so much better. My boys were both happy and quick to say it’s about time. They go to school with gay and lesbian kids as well as transgender kids. They don’t talk about the kids, because in their world they don’t need to talk about these kids. They are like everyone else. They aren’t labelled or brought up for discussion. They just are.

I do hope all the rainbow people are truly supportive rainbow people, not people just doing it to jump on the trendy Facebook app.

Because if all the people who are showing their rainbow colours this weekend aretrue  supporters for life, then the future got a little bit brighter on Friday June 26.

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Fine Young Cannibals “Suspicious Minds”

Fine Young CannibalsThis song was of course originally sung by Elvis Presley, and later done by Dwight Yoakam. But my favourite is the Fine Young Cannibals. They were another band from the 80s that was formed with singers from other bands (The Beat for example). Released 1985.

Watch the official video

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“In The Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely EventIt is summer, so I’m going to start looking at great summer reads as recommended by bookstores, publicists and friends. See what we come up with for a great summer read selection. Today I am starting with a new Judy Blume book. I grew up reading Judy Blume, so always excited to see something new come out from her.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going. Released 2015.

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Take a Moment

Obama EulogyAnd listen to this eulogy by Barack Obama over the Charleston murders. It has been a big week in the United States. But then make sure you listen to him sing Amazing Grace. He’s not a great singer, but it was from the heart.

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