Black Love Day…2016!!!

This warrants a repost today, for 2017…so, share the love!
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Protected: Indigenous Peoples’ Day – 2016!

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Displays of Patriotism on Patriot Day…2016

Protected: Tribute: Robert Nesta Marley

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A Final Thought For Thursday…

***WARNING – MIGHT BE TRIGGERY***

I don’t often do “trigger” warnings, but…if you see yourself in this video, reach out and get support. You are not alone. For anyone and everyone who has survived this, and for anyone and everyone who might unknowingly be enduring it…this is for all of us. Abuse doesn’t have to be physical, either – it presents itself verbally, emotionally, and sexually – even in marriages.

Also, today marks 2 years since those brave young ladies were abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram. They have been gone from their families and loved ones for 731 days.
#BringBackOurGirls

If I could end one thing…

…it would be hate. Ah, Ankara and Brussels…I weep for them.

Happy Birthday Bob

Belated birthday blessings to a wonderful, loving, talented genius of a man…thank you for this reminder, Deanne!
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Happy Holidays

Blessed Solstice, Joyous Yuletide, and Merry Hannukwaanzamas!

I’m thoroughly satiated on Doctor Who, and currently watching my favourite rendition of my favourite holiday tale: the 1951 television version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Do watch it sometime, if you’ve a mind to… ’tis a time when people still had acting chops. A gesture and an expression, with some timely music, evoke emotions that mere emoticons and emojis can never convey. This is why I’m a role-playing dinosaur – creative descriptions are where it’s at, and few know how to do so anymore. C’est la vie…it is what it is. 😉

Anyway – I hope that you and yours are enjoying whatever you celebrate, wherever you are! Enjoy a bit of irreverent holiday humour as I get ready to launch some insanity.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is a holiday marking the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated by a racist scumbag because of his beliefs, hard works, and the color of his skin. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; here’s what the website says: “At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the  youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When  notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over  the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights  movement.”

His statement on politics and the two-party system, in particular, is why I feel no allegiance to either one – but, on that note, I don’t see ANY political party out there that shares my views!

King critiqued both parties’ performance on promoting racial equality:

“Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.”

On Saturday, while a bunch of paranoid gun fetishists shot each other up at various gun shows during their circle-jerk of a so-called “Gun Appreciation Day,” sane people went out and volunteered their time to assist those in need, honoring part of Dr. King’s vision with a “Day of Service.” I’ve volunteered at various times in the past – once I went to a care facility for Black veterans of foreign wars, and just sat with people and listened to them. They were lonely and felt forgotten about, and just having someone hold their hand and talk with them about their lives was better than some junket to a casino. Lots of tears were shed on that day, all around…

I helped clean up a park another time – ugh. It wasn’t pleasant, but sometimes that’s how life is: you have to get your hands dirty in the name of doing some good! Also, cleaning up that park was a great feeling…it made it easy to laugh through the disgusting bits, LOL

A lot of whites love to quote this part of his “I Have A Dream” speech: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” That quote is but a small part of the speech, and you can’t quote it without referring to the entire speech because it loses the impact and context. Also, he said a great many important things at other speeches and conferences; those other quotes are less-mentioned, but no less important. I’ll list a few here; you can find the rest at Goodreads.com. Enjoy!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.,    A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.,    I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.,    A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.,    The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.,    A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
―    Martin Luther King Jr.

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