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Friday, November 14, 2008

Wow... Ok, so it's been a month of Sundays, at least, since I last blogged. Sorry.

Life has taken me by the tail lately and it's been a struggle to accomplish the "must do" list, much less the "want to" list. So, here I am again. I'm not making any promises that this will be consistent, by any means. But when things strike me as appropriate to write about in a public blog, I will.

Ok. To catch you all up:

School: Clinical Psych Grad Program... itense, challenging, hopefully as rewarding as I imagined, overwhelming at times, but I'm feeling like it might actually be possibly. If the end of the semester would just hurry up and get here!....aaahhhhh!

Work: Looking for something more up my alley, but hanging in there with the international education department. Hoping for a position within the psych/counseling field next year. No practicum this summer, so have to find a back-up idea.

Family/Friends: Things shifting, but in a positive direction for all, it seems. Finding new ways to connect to my own family members, new circle of friends, developing friendships with other students and even an undergrad or two, old relationship transformed to a friendship and a new relationship developing.

Life has an interesting, fast-moving and sometimes stressful ebb and flow; but if you keep your seat-belt on, hold on tight and enjoy the ride.... it will be alright in the end.

I'll keep you updated and I'll try to post again soon. Good day to you all!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Feeling Freudian

{So... I'm back. Perhaps not in as full force as I would like to be, but as much as time and sanity will allow. Speaking of sanity... I must explain where I've been. (Well I don't have to... but I'm gonna.) :) This fall I've started back to school studying for my M.S. in Clinical Psychology. I took a couple weeks off before school started and that's when I dropped off of the LLL-Radar. So, now that things are in full-swing at school and life is ultimately crazy and thrilling.... I figured by now I must have something to share with the world.}

Sigmund Freud.... famous psychologist...... psychoanalysis..... structural model of personality.... oedipus complex ..... interpretation of dreams ......... and free association.

Free association is something I like doing for fun, and it's a great way to get to know people. Just thought I'd share a little bit and ease back into blogging again daily (I hope). While I don't subscribe to the full letter of Freud's beliefs about the "self"; and I'm not sure about all of the complexes and problems that he suggested come about as a result of being stuck in one of the psychosexual stages, but I do know that he was onto something.

Though he was a bit out there on some things, in my opinion, I believe we owe him a debt of gratitude or blame (however you see it.... I say gratitude) for being willing to sound like a quack and form all these theories about things that others had not been openly discussing about the way personality is formed, development progresses, or how the mind works.

Freud was a fascinating guy. So, in reference to him and the way he has helped to form a society of helping professionals who seek to test, understand, analyze, and treat the mind .... I say thanks! And when I'm really in an analytical mood, I like to say I'm feeling Freudian.... slips and all.

Want to know more about Freud? http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/freud.html

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Keeping my word

I said "I'll do it"
And I did

I said "I'll finish"
So I'm trying

I said "I'll never"
So I won't

I said "I'd go"
And so I went

I said "I'll stay"
And here I am

I said "I love you"
And I still do.

I'm keeping my word
I'm doing my best
When it all goes bad
I'll clean up the mess
I'm keeping my word
No matter the test.

Some 'word's are worth keeping
While others are not
Sometimes it is better
to get off the pot*
I'm keeping my word.. this time
next time...maybe not.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Navigating life

I am posting a poll to get your opinions on navigating the game of life... specifically the academic track. Please only take it once since you can select more than one answer. I'll get back to you on this issue of "Navigating Life" ..... Thanks for your input.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keira Knightly, You Go Girl!

In light of my post about the Knoxville shooting, I have been a little down but today I see a ray of hope in the world thanks to the stance taken by one Miss Keira Knightly.

This beautiful woman who has portrayed so many amazing characters, turns out to be a pretty amazing character herself (in real life). She bravely stood up to the 'movie gods' who wanted to increase her bust-line to help increase their bottom-line. (Watch the video- http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3191713/9030438).

She is perfect just as she is, plus she is an incredible actress and in my opinion has a captivating presence on film... would two cup sizes really change any of that? Newsflash: NO! Keira Knightly is perfect just the way she is. (If they think she is 'imperfect', I wonder how much plastic surgery or digital editing they would think I need...?)

This is a great wake up call to women and young girls everywhere. Society is so focused on superficiality, that a woman's looks are of the utmost importance almost every time. In this instance, Kiera refused to allow the digital alterations be done in her new movie "Dutchess", declaring that her body is fine just as it is. How could ANYONE argue with that? The fact that she has not had implants to have a 'box office bust' is more than refreshing... it's necessary for one woman of power to stand up and say ENOUGH. Enough focus on a woman as only a sum of her body parts. Hopefully people will see into this powerful refusal as a sign that women CAN be happy with themselves.... just as they are. We should all be glad that someone in Hollywood finally realized that... maybe Keira will spread the word and others who agree will take the stand with her. You go girl--> I'm behind you 100%!

WOMEN: Take a good long look at yourself. There are probably things that you don't like about your body, sure... we all have them. But looking at your body parts does not tell anyone who you are or what you are worth... your character, your personality, your abilities, your passions, and your soul are all a part of you. {U>x=(p+p)100}

YOU are worth more than the sum of your parts.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday Morning Church Shooting

I apologize for posting so late, I don't live under a rock as it probably seems, I have just been busy with the opera production... I noticed a video on Yahoo's News page a few minutes ago about a shooting that took place in a church in Knoxville, TN just yesterday (Sunday) morning.

I watched the videos associated with the story and learned that police had found a letter in the shooter's home, written by the shooter, that explained his frustration with not being able to find a job and his apparently passionate opinion regarding the 'liberal movement'. He confessed that he had intended to continue shooting people until the police arrived and he expected to be taken out by them to stop him.

He entered the church with a guitar case that concealed his gun and when he pulled out the rifle, he killed one man who tried to stop him from shooting others. Eight others were injured and in serious condition, with the report that one of the eight had just passed on from the injuries sustained.

This sick man's actions, according to his statements to police and his letter regarding the 'liberal' movement, were apparently directed at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because they are welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Clearly this man knew what he was doing and targeted this specific church because it chooses to take a stance for gay and lesbian rights. Strangely enough, the question is raised- "is this a hate crime?" Pardon my lack of an eloquent response, but DUH! Murder is usually a crime committed out of a serious hate for someone- but this in particular fits the bill for which the hate crime legislation was created! It's not strange that "hate crime" should come up with this case- it is only strange that there is even a question about it.

My point was not to go off on a tangent regarding hate crime legislation and the police's hesitancy to use the phrase at all unless they are completely sure it will be accepted well by the general public as fitting of the situation, but I did think it was interesting how it was not as obvious to them and the reporting media as it was to me.

On another note, this incident brings further into light the problems that gay and lesbian Christians face. Please, please, please.... talk to someone about standing up for themselves as a gay person and as a Christian. As a Christian and a lesbian, I find myself searching for something to back me up. This passage of scripture has recently been the one that gives me the most joy. I know who I am. I know my love is real and I know that God loves me and has a plan for my life. I hope that every gay Christian out there understands that they have every right to serve their God and be themselves.

Please, please, please.... stand up for yourself and explain to others in a peaceful manner your views and make known your commitment to God and your willingness to be true to yourself no matter who stands against you. This is a very difficult thing to do, but the more people who are able to do this, the more presence we will have and the sooner we will earn acceptance. For those who read this and disagree, that is your right and I respect our differences. Please remember that I do not expect you or anyone to understand and I do not wish to merely be tolerated, but I hope that you can accept me as I am and realize that I am not and gay and lesbian Christians are not a threat and are not against you. We all have to learn to coexist as members of the same society. We all wish for peace and love to overcome all adversities.

I will pray for the congregation of the TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and all of those who were affected by this tragedy. I will also continue to pray for those who have similar believes as the shooter- may your eyes be opened and you learn what love truly is. I will leave you with this passage that is special to me:

1 JOHN 4: 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

If you want to know more about peace, love, and spirituality as it relates to GLBT issues, please see http://www.soulforce.org/. To understand more about the theological issues surrounding homosexuality, please see http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/.

Quizzes- for fun

OK... so usually I don't put much stock in these little quizzes that you find online.... they're just for fun, right?

The Road Trip of Your Life

You see romantic love as what's most important in life. A deep connection with someone else is the primary thing you crave.

You live a life of leisure. You take your time in every aspect of life and enjoy it to the fullest.

You are all about risk and randomness in your life. You travel off the beaten path... in fact, you're often the one carving the way!

You are able to find a fairly healthy balance between work and play. You work when you need to, but you never let yourself burn out.

In another life, you could have been a great artist. You trust your creative instincts enough to let them lead you.

This one hit the nail on the head! I'm still thinking about my road trip / vacation and already wishing for another! Anyone interested?

What Advanced Degree Should You Get?

You Should Get a MD

(Doctor of Medicine)

You're both compassionate and brilliant - a rare combination. You were born to be a doctor.
Funny.... it's a little off, but close... how about a PhD in Psychology? That's what I'm shooting for.

Your Hidden Talent

Your natural talent is interpersonal relations and dealing with people.

You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together.

Your calming presence helps everything go more smoothly.

People crave your praise and complements. Interesting...

This is pretty on.....

Your Blogging Type is Artistic and Passionate

You see your blog as the ultimate personal expression - and work hard to make it great.

One moment you may be working on a new dramatic design for your blog...

And the next, you're passionately writing about your favorite causes.

Your blog is very important to you - and you want to share it.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vacation * ~ :)

Vacation : Sun, waves, music and laughs!
We had an amazing vacation and I wouldn't trade those times for anything. I'll give you the basics of how it all played out. We had a plan, but it was fairly fluid and ended up working out much better than originally planned. Pictures coming soon, I promise.

Thursday- We drove 8 hours to DC, went to Wolf Trap and saw the Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile in concert. The Indigo Girls were amazing, as always; but honestly I had not heard Brandi before and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved her sound. She was a great addition to Amy and Emily's incredibly tight harmony. I definitely have a new favorite song- Brandi Carlile's "The Story" is spectacularly raw and intense. I LOVE it! (Apparently it became well known because it was played on "Grey's Anatomy"... with music like that in the background, it must be a great show! Almost enough to make me want to get cable~ lol. Really though, give it a listen -> incredible lyrics, amazing voice -> doesn't get much better than that.
We bought the cd and got the t-shirt.... been there, done that... would definitely do it again!
Friday- We drove from our hotel in Fredericksburg a little more than 3 hours to Virginia Beach. We stayed at the old Cavalier Hotel on the strip across the street from the beach. We took a walk down the beach from our hotel and played in the ocean waves. She was scared that a jellyfish might get her and kept swearing that she saw something in the water, so she would only go in the waves with me if I let her hold on to me. It was so funny. There was a really strong undercurrent, though, and it made it more difficult to go out in the water than it was worth to me... so we were content just to splash around and get knocked down by the strong waves. We had a blast. Later that evening we went back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner. We left the hotel in search of crablegs and came upon a restaurant that had a patio looking out over the ocean. We enjoyed a seafood buffet of crab legs, boiled shrimp, fish, scallops, oysters, mussells and many other yummy seafood concoctions. I'm pretty sure I ate half my weight in crab legs and the other half in boiled shrimp. I tried to get her to try oysters, mussels and scallops, but she was doing well just eating her crab legs- which she only recently agreed to try and now LOVES! So, we had a great dinner and then went for a walk down the beach boardwalk. We played a couple of carnival games and watched the bustling crowds walk down the main drag. We saw street performers, 'interesting characters from all walks of life' and even a skinny girl on stilts... what next, we wondered? We walked all the way down the main street back to where we had passed a building with a skull on top of it... we decided that we had to get a picture of it for our little man, Brandon, who loves skeletons! We walked along the beach under the stars until we reached the area where we parked the car. Then we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed some ice cream to settle the over abundance of seafood we were attempting to digest. ;)
All in all... one of the best nights we have had since last summer in Santa Barbara.
Saturday- We checked out of our beautiful, old hotel and headed west to Charlottesville, VA. We met up with a friend for lunch at a little downtown sidewalk cafe. Then, we followed him to the mansion that he is housesitting this summer and relaxed a little. We attended an opera at a local festival and returned back to our private quarters in the beautiful mansion. We visited with friends and played a little pool. It was a laid back day and we enjoyed relaxing together.
Sunday- We hung out at the mansion, swam in the pool, had a late breakfast, visited with friends and then all caravaned to lunch. We went to a really interesting restaurant that served South African food and I, of course, wanted to try it all but settled for ordering the sampler which included a little bit of everything that interested me on the menu. I had some really amazing food and it made me miss living in the city. It's impossible to find an eclectic menu much less anything remotely ethnic or authentic. This was a real treat. And, although I got myself into some curry that was so hot I went through three glasses of water, I couldn't stop myself from finishing it off because it was soooo good. I also had a few dishes that went really well with the peanut sauce and some stuffed mushrooms to die for. All around, best meal I've had in a long time. Car packed, mints in hand and a bottle of water on my mind, we headed back for I-64 that would take us home. It was a beautiful drive and we had a great time talking, singing, laughing and goofing off. We drove through a beautiful thunderstorm (that was actually threatening tornadoes and hail) outside of Charleston, WV but the rest of our trip was smooth and we arrived back home in good spirits and well worn around 11:30pm.
I am so glad that we were able to get away. It made me realize how much I love traveling and it also made me wish there was a way to live in the present without having to use the present to prepare for the future. I'm working on that. I'll let you know how it goes because lately, it's all I can think about. More on that later.
Amazing vacation~ best time in a long time. I definitely recommend running away from it ALL sometimes... everyone deserves some down time without worry, commitment, and stress.
I will post pictures of our adventures as soon as possible. Enjoy. Please comment. If you have ideas for great vacation... let me hear them. Next time I get a wild hair to do this again, I may need your input.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

This New Love

This new love
came in the dawn
This new love
is completely turned on
This time when we laughed
our souls felt the shake
This time when we kissed
it took away all heartache

This new love
is greater than the old
This new love
has really taken hold
We drove down the highway
just to get away
Second chances feel good
I wish we could've stayed

Alone on the road
just your hand in mine
Your smile, your song
your fears left behind
This is how it can be
from now until end
We stumbled into this
let our new life begin

I want to be with you
no miles to separate
I want to be there
when they realize your fate
We each walk our path
yes, this I understand
But life is so much better
holding your hand.

This new love
is my most precious gift
God has blessed me
with an attitude shift
Before when we loved
I loved you so much
But this time I feel
more than an ache for your touch
I cannot imagine the thought
of you going away
For an month, a week,
an hour or a day

So much of my soul
is devoured by yours
I will surely cease to be
there will be no cure
If you go away
I cannot smile again
Please say you'll stay with me
forever, til the end.

I love you today,
forever, oh so true
This new love
is special, for me and for you
It cannot be explained,
measured, or replaced
I just hope it is returned,
with you is my place.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

On the Road Again ~

Remember the other day when I mentioned I needed to RELAX and enjoy my summer more?
Well, that's what the next 4 days are going to be.... sort of. Ok, so I let go of the idealist notion that I actually know HOW to relax... lol... but I DO know how to have fun and let my hair down on a road trip! So, that's the plan.

Indigo Girls concert Thursday night, visiting with some friends Friday and Saturday, seeing an opera on Saturday night and enjoying my time alone with my someone special the rest of the time! I'm SO excited! So, I won't be back on until Monday, but I promise to report everything once I return.
Have a great week and weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Say It- TODAY!

I recently saw the movie "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. WOW! What an amazing movie. This one definitely tugs at your heart strings and makes you want to run out and experience the adventures that life and our majestic planet has to offer. If this movie doesn't move you- see a cardiologist quick!

The soundtrack includes the song "Say" by John Mayer.
If you haven't heard this song before, you must be living under a rock. Well, come on out and it will be okay. Listen to the words of this song... and follow your heart.

Having experienced a great loss in my life, with the death of my father, I understand what it means to have regrets. There are many things that I regret (with regards to my relationship with my father) including: things that I didn't say, but wanted to; things that I said, that I didn't mean and wished I could take back; times when I should have visited him more when he was sick and all alone; times when I should have stood up to him and told him how I felt; and times when I just should have loved him more and been there more for him as his daughter.

I was reminded of this again recently when my cousin, Cody, passed away. Today I logged on to my Myspace account and noticed that my other cousin, Wade, Cody's big brother had posted about how he was still numb and how he missed his little brother. Reading this broke my heart... I realized that so much time had gone by since Cody's death and I had still not been in contact with his siblings. I had been in contact with my mom, my grandmother, my sisters and sent word to my aunt of my sympathies, but I had not contacted my cousins. We were all very close growing up (practically brothers and sisters), but that was many years ago and we have all gone our own separate ways and hardly saw eachother anymore due to distance and timing. However, today when I read Wade's post, all that distance and time disappeared and I felt sad for the loss and ashamed that I had not reached out to them before now. (This is something deeply personal that I hesitated sharing, but I heard that song "Say" again today on the radio and decided that this was important and that I should just SAY it...).

I don't want to make that mistake again. I don't want to have anything left unsaid, unexpressed, or undone when I leave this world, or when someone I love leaves this world.

This movie is a great reminder of how fragile and fleeting life really is, but it also reminds us of the strength of spirit and the power of friendship, adventure and love.

Is there something you need to do? Is there something you need to say to someone?
Speaking from experience.... don't let another day pass before you reconnect with someone you love. If you love someone..... Say It- Today!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Just Another Manic Monday

I'm so glad that my life has resumed a semblance of normalcy.
Things, on the whole, are back as they should be... well mostly.
Ever the cynic I can always find some way that situations could be improved, but at this moment in time I am quite happy with how things are for me.
Loved ones back within arms reach always seem to quiet the soul.

So, where was I? Manic Mondays... ah, yes.
Well, today, like most Mondays was nothing spectacular. The work hours dragged on, with very little actual work to do. I spent most of my dayr reading some backlog of information that I normally keep pretty abreast to, but I'm not sure that cramming it all in within a few hours is the best way to do it. So, in terms of manic.... I guess my mind was functioning in a somewhat manic fashion just trying to take in all the information that I was reading about.
Reading some of this information caused me to go into a slight panic when I realized that the Fall semester would be starting back in a little over a month. I had promised myself that I would relax and enjoy the summer before it slipped away, but here we are mid-July and I haven't felt completely relaxed yet (lethargic-yes, thanks to medicines, but not exactly relaxed).

I am on my way out the door to check out the only lesbian romance novel that our little conservative town's library has in stock. Maybe it's time for me to donate some of my own books to help this little town's obvious lesbian population have something else to read besides these 200+ pages of a book that was written in 1983. Perhaps my manic Monday will end with the calming effects of another potential favorite novel. (I'm a book addict and a good love story calms me everytime).

If you're looking for something to dive into this summer (a book, not a pool), check out my post of my top 10 favorite novels of all time (well... so far).


Top 10 Favorite Novels

For all of you who have some spare time on your hands this summer and are looking for a great book to get lost in, have a look at these. Keep an open mind and soon you'll find you have a lot more in common with the characters than you thought.

Within this list is romance, mystery, suspence, murder, death, sex, passion, sacrifice, true love, coming of age, finding faith in God and in people, learning to accept who you are and what life hands you. You are sure to find something fabulous and memorable in every one of these.

TOP 10 Favorites:

1. Painted Moon- Karin Kallmaker

2. Annie On My Mind- Nancy Garden

3. Venus Envy- Rita Mae Brown

4. Flowers for Algernon- Daniel Keyes

5. To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

6. The Awakening- Kate Chopin

7. A Room of One's Own- Virginia Woolfe

8. Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne

9. Silas Marner- George Eliot

10. The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

Which of these is your favorite? I'd love to hear about how one of these books has moved you or touched you in some way. Please comment. More of my favorites coming soon.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Happy Summer!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

Tomorrow is a happy occassion & I'm ready to celebrate!

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As you can see I have given my blog a facelift while I've been sick.
I'm feeling better now, so I'm going to enjoy my weekend and get back to you all on Monday. Be sure to check out all the new things I've added.
Now with 3 columns, there's a lot more to see.
Have a look around!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Outta sight, outta mind?

Don't forget about me just because I haven't posted in a couple of days. I'm down with bronchitis right now, but am using my time wisely- working on a custom blog layout. I should be back up to par hopefully by next Monday.

This pic is a clue to what the new layout will look like!

Have a great rest of your week!

Look out for more video.... coming soon.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Message to All

This is my first attempt at adding a video to my blog.
Right now I am using my camera phone for the video, so it is not great quality but it gets the job done. I'm just trying it out for now, so bare with me.

If anyone has any pointers, tips, suggestions, whatever... please feel free to offer them up. I want to learn.

Kept Apart while Dying

Today I'm feeling under the weather and just surfing the web. I ran across this article from last week where another blogger was talking about how a lesbian couple was not allowed to be together while one of them was dying in a hospital in Miami.

I don't think I could do a better job than she did in expressing my feelings about this senseless, hateful situation. Keeping two people who love each other and have shared a life together apart when one is in her last moments of life is more than wrong... it is heartless, cruel, shameful and I hope God adds that to the list of sins of those who kept these two people apart. This is so sad.
My heart aches for this family and I am devastated that our seemingly progressive societies in larger urban areas are still inflicting pain on gay and lesbians.

When will this stop? We all have to vote! Call or write your congressman/woman! Speak out against those who try to count us GLBTQ as second class citizens.

This makes me want to get married even more. I want to declare my love for my partner and show the world that gay and lesbian couples are every much as stable, loving, normal and worthy of protections under the law.

If someone you know, care about or love is gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning then you can imagine what this might have been like for this person if he or she had to go through such an ordeal. Please stand up with us in fighting this discrimination of insurmountable proportions.

Read the story here and see the newscast.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I've Dreamed of You

Music is important today.

One song, very special to me, has been running through my head a lot today.

"I've Dreamed of You" by Ann Hampton Callaway.

Search it, listen to it.... it is a personal favorite.
The one I hope will be played at my wedding someday. (hint, hint)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Coming in to Love

Coming Out

Coming out of the dark
Leaving silence behind
Fearing what's ahead
Going into battle blind

Feeling what is fair
Knowing what is right
Guessing how it will go
Fearing how it might

Sometimes you have to do it
Do it anyway
Even if the end result
Doesn't show today

Someday you will be relieved
To know that you are free
To say, and do, to think and be
What you were meant to be.

Coming out of the dark
Opening the heavy door
Looking yourself in the face today
Like you never have before

Seeing your reflection in their eyes
Knowing that they know you now
It may be hard for a little while
Hang on until they settle down

But in the end it will all be out
You will be free to live and be
Just remember that it is up to you
Only YOU can make you happy.

This Love

We were told from very young
God is Love.
It is up to us to defend our rights
No one can tell you who to love.

I believe my God is Love.
So, all love is of Him.
Including this great love I have for you,
For I know it will never ever end.

It is not immoral, it is not wrong
It is the only explanation of what I feel
It is more than powerful, more than strong
I am deep in love and it is very real.

The love I have for you
Over these four years has grown
I only hope you feel it too
We will make a life of our own.

Hold out hope that love will endure
Until all trials pass away
I love you now more than ever before
And I love you more and more everyday.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Wall-E: E for Enlightening

Tonight I saw the new Disney movie, Wall-E.
It was a great movie that I would highly recommend.
Though it may cause kids to ask a lot of questions after seeing it, it is definitely a movie that everyone must see.
It serves as a sort of 'warning' for what could happen to the world if we don't ALL begin taking better care of it.
It may be a little politically charged and environmentally dramatic, but in all I think it teaches a good lesson. It shows how scarey a dirty and dying earth could be and it also shows the effects of people becoming physically and socially lazy. a
I felt the need to watch the Inconvenient Truth again. Perhaps this animated movie was inspired by that documentary. The Inconvenient Truth is a fantastic movie/documentary, but apparently it is not for everyone. Perhaps some don't like being told how we are killing the world and the creatures in it, or perhaps they just don't like the politics behind it all. Either way, environmentalism is an important issue, so I figure that Wall-E is as good a way as any to begin introducing kids to the potential results of neglecting to care for our world.
A definite MUST SEE.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

One Day

One day at a time
Is really all we get
Hold on to every moment
Tomorrow isn't yet

Images of future
Difficult to grasp
Explanations flounder
Understandings gasp

The paths that you imagine
Can sometimes lead astray
But seeing the big picture
Will help show you the way

Present is life
Past is but a memory
Future is hope
So make today all it can be

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mental Make-over

2004.................2006................. 2008
Four years should NOT look like that!
(And these were some great years!)

Today I spent more time than I should have looking reviews for several different anti-aging products, serums and solutions. I was exhausted last night and was finally getting ready for bed, when I washed my face and noticed that I had more freckles lately and that my skin was much more blotchy. Upon further inspection I noticed the lines around my mouth were more exaggerated, and I not only had bags under my eyes, but now crows feet were forming.

I immediately began to tear up. I realized I needed a make-over.

I realized that I had been neglecting myself for far too long. Just turning 31 may have been what's got me to think about how I'm looking lately. I know I have about 40lbs to lose (I've lost 7lbs in the last two weeks). I know I need a new hairstyle so I can't keep falling into the lazy habit of wearing my hair up in a ponytail or tacking it up in a bun. I also must admit, that I rarely wear makeup on weekdays, and only on weekends when I go out.

I never thought about it before, but I think I'm short changing myself.
See, whenever I wear make-up, fix my hair and dress cute.... I feel good, nevermind the compliments I get. I FEEL good about myself. So, why don't I do it everyday? Aren't I worth it?

I realized that I had been telling myself for years that it didn't matter if I looked good, but really it matters a great deal. I am missing out on the feeling of confidence.

I realized I needed a Mental Make-over.

Today, I'm making a (late) birthday resolution. Who says they're just for new years?
Today, I promise MYSELF that I will not allow my age to become a factor in believing in myself, having confidence, and feeling good about the way I look.

Today, I vow to take care of myself:
* I will workout without fail at least 3 x a week.
* I will take care of my skin.
* I will wear make-up and fix my hair, everyday.
* I will be aware of my increased confidence and use it as motivation to continue.
* I will help lift others up.

I wanted to share with you my realization that:
Age is just a number.
Life is what you make it.
You get a new chance everyday!

You can give yourself a Mental Make-over and feel better today!

Smile. Feel good. Compliment someone. Pass it on.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shaken, not stirred

I salute all of you who do your best to react to negativity from the world. To those of you who may be 'shaken' by what you hear or what happens, at least you have not 'stirred' your plans. Keep on the path that you have chosen. Do not let others or circumstances disway you from your dreams. Believe in yourself.

Sometimes even the
most amazing
most talented
most beautiful
most popular
most important
most memorable
most successful
most gifted
most educated
most well-mannered
most cheerful
most friendly
most original
most confident
most efficient
most responsible
most adaptable
most diligent
most driven
most glamourous
most healthy
most humorous
most mature
most spiritual
most stable
most zealous
most sincere
most skillful
& most spectacular
of people are all subject to the disappointments of life and the criticism of others.

The key to life is to take criticisms and disappointments as learning lessons.
In some cases, they are the result of "happenstance" or actions of other people... in those cases where you feel you have nothing to learn- learn to take it in stride.

Even the most ______ people go through these times. No one is exempt from troubles or failures. Just remember that you are not alone, you are worthy of better, and only YOU can decide how and when YOU will succeed. Some things happen in our time... the time of our choosing.... and sometimes things happen when it is out of our hands.
The best thing to do is to try to keep a positive attitude and remember that "this too shall pass".

In keeping with this idea that there is a time for everyone to fail and everyone (who continues to try) to succeed, I leave you with this wonderful passage from the Bible.

For everything there is a season,And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Sunday, June 29, 2008

RIP Cody

Though we have not been close for years,
I love you and I will miss you.
Though our paths ceased crossing,
I thought of you and wished you well.
For all our lives and childhood,
You were close to me like a brother.
Though I will not see you again,
I will think of you and what could have been.

I know your life had been difficult lately,
and I know you did your best to just get through it.
We all have sorrows, regrets and troubles,
and no one can know what your pain feels like but you.
I wish you peace now, Cody.
As you sleep your untimely sleep.

You were so young, so full of possibility
But now you can set aside your pain and be.
You can join your little one there
For I'm sure that your son
Will be happy to have you with him
Though it means that we all will miss you
We hope that you rest in peace in the end.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Focus on LOVE... put away anger and fear

Today while I was out with some friends at a Pride celebration, I had a flash of anger and fear toward someone who rode his bike through our family friendly and gay friendly festival. He rode through slowly, yelling at the top of his lungs saying things like "all 'a yaw nee da pray fa mercy own ya soes". In his less than eloquent manner of speaking, he saw fit to instruct us (the entire park full of people around him) that we were "headed fa hell if yaw keep dis up".

Sometimes, I get mad at myself for the way I react to such things. I get mad at people's stupidity, ignorance, insensitivity, and overall inappropriate words and actions~ especially toward people that are complete strangers to them. I get mad at myself for the sinking fear that punctures my gut; I get angry at the person for attempting to ruin a perfectly good day with friends; I get angry at myself for not speaking up or confronting the person; I get mad at the world. I get mad at society for how it is taught people that they can be the judges of other people. I get afraid for my safety and afraid that I won't be able to protect myself and my friends from this potential threat.

Not ten minutes after I encountered this individual on the bike, I was getting a soda at the stand near the outter edge of the park when I noticed the next "intrusion". Picketers were now circling the park where Pride was being held. (The crowd consisting of young and old, babies, toddlers, young children, tweens, teens, parents, grandparents, gays, lesbians, straights, bisexuals, transgenders, and anyone else who wanted to join in. This was a peaceful, fun, laid-back festival up to this point.... and it was again after they left, but it stayed with me. Things that I believe are unjust often to stay with me.)

These picketers were carrying signs, crosses, banners, and were inflicting a religious message at the crowd. Yelling "Jesus loves you. Repent and turn" was supposed to somehow affect the people who are well aware of what the religious world thinks of them. I, for one, am well aware of what some Christians believe regarding homosexuality. I understand they believe that they are somehow helping my community, the gay community, by protesting everything we stand for and picketing at every event we sponsor.

Why is it that people can't just live and let live, or live and let love? That's what we are talking about here.... people objecting to love and using God's word to back it up. In my opinion, that is ludicrous.

I am a Christian and I have been in church since I was born. Even as a little kid we're taught that God is LOVE and LOVE is of God. My only argument is - If God is LOVE and LOVE is OF God, then how can my love be wrong? Why is it that people constantly try to convince, persuade, force, manipulate and scare others into believing what they believe, when their actions seem to be in direct contrast to what they claim to believe. I go to church. I pray. I believe. And, I know what the Bible says.

Seeing the picketers/protestors walk around the perimeter chanting things at us really upset me. I want to go over and stop them. Stand in front of them and try to explain why they should stop marching and come over and join the party.

*I want to explain to them that I love my partner just as they love the person who they have been allowed to marry.

*I want to explain that I see my future they way they see theirs... growing old with the one I love and looking for ways to do good to benefit the world and others.

*I want to explain that I DO know Jesus. I have for many years.

*Althought I have hundreds of questions for Him when I get to Heaven, I know that I am a child of God and I KNOW that I know that I know... beyond a shadow of a doubt.... that I am God's creation, that He LOVES me as I AM and that I will join HIM in Heaven when I die.

*I want to explain to these people, who believe that they are somehow better than me because they were born straight, that I was BORN this way... I AM GAY. I am happy. I am me.

*I believe. I work. I cry. I think. I live. I breathe. I bleed. I laugh. I hurt. I wish. I need. I feel.... just like they do. I am NO different.

It's about time all of this back and forth "fighting for souls" business stops. The only people who need to worry about fighting for their soul are those who choose to use God's name to spread HATE.
God is LOVE. People bring HATE, unacceptance, evil, bickering, pain, fear, threats and sorrow. Let's put a stop to it! Focus on LOVE.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Always BAD news

Sometimes I spend my Friday afternoons catching up on world news. So much happens throughout the week that it is impossible to know everything important that is happening in every country on Earth.

Today, as I search through the articles the issues that jump out at me are the same ones that always have been a sore spot for me: WAR and DESTRUCTION.

"I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends." ~Abraham Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." ~Abraham Lincoln

< color="#000000">I don't know how to put what I feel into words sometime, surprisingly enough, so I am posting a painting that depicts how I feel about war, the effects on 'mother earth', with a nod to conservative politics who are pro-war and pro-God. In my mind, the two cannot exist together, yet 'we' fight in God's name, and waste prayers on requesting help to victory. Why is it that we cannot PRAY FOR PEACE. To find peace, we have to seek understanding. Understanding can not be found by violence!
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." ~Albert Einstein
"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness god has given us in this world..." ~Robert E. Lee

Like it..... Hate it..... Comment!

My version of Pride

I had decided not to get too political on this blog, but by neglecting to talk about issues that are very important to me I am neglecting to address what is really on my mind right now.
(DISCLAIMER: Please note that my discussion of issues on this blog are my OWN opinions, beliefs, ideas, declarations and responsibility! Do NOT assume that others who know me are automatically in agreement.)
So, I just wanted to say:
In honor of Pride during the entire month of June, I am posting my very own artwork.

"L' amour des femmes" (upity? no... poking fun at myself)

This in-your-face "pop-art" style painting was one of my favorites to paint, though it was controversial in my painting class (and I'm pretty sure did it's part to cost me an A in that class - along with a few other pieces.)

Hope you enjoy! Have a great Pride and everyone be safe!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Inspiring Gifts

Thank God for Inspiring Gifts
This morning I found a bunch of unmarked CDs mixed up with some software CDs I had in a binder. Upon inspection, I realized that they were all CDs of a singer I know personally. These CDs included a few recorded voice lessons, a couple of performance ready pieces on CDs made for distributing as part of auditioning requirements, and a CD of pictures from a few of her performances.

Looking through the pics, I remembered each performance vividly (because I was there for almost all of them). I remembered how many people told her afterwards how amazing she sounded and how inspiring her voice is. Many people say her voice is a powerful gift from God that blesses them every time they hear her, no matter how many times or how often. Her voice brings a sudden chill, then the "warm tinglies" that you feel in those best moments of your life.

This inspiring voice is a gift. A gift from God that she cherishes, protects and uses at every opportunity.

Listening to a few tracks from each CD to accurately record what each one contained (because I thought I would label them for her and return them to her), I felt that same rush of "WOW" that I feel each time she sings. Even through lousy speakers or a little earbud headset, it is easy to hear why people are so in awe of the power of her voice. As she has been told personally from people in the profession, a voice like hers is rare.

This is a gift. A gift from God that she nourishes, inspects to perfection, and for which she is exceedling grateful- without fail.

Listening to parts where her voice teacher is "tweeking" her technique and explaining how to access the power that she holds, she is as unsure and afraid (as we all would be if something this grand were inside of us and we were under the constant pressure to make the most of it).

This gift is cared for, coached, trained, "tweeked", polished, and presented with months of detailed efforts behind every piece she performs. Her performances are captivating and when she sings it is impossible to take your eyes off of her.

This is a gift. A gift from God that she must put work into to properly express the amazing written music that was made for voices that some composers only dreamed of. Voices like hers.

With this amazing gift, she was also given an amazingly supportive family and an incredibly strong drive to become the best that she can be. With what she has been given, she expects great things from herself and pushes herself to constantly do and be better at her craft.

This woman has the drive to succeed. A drive unlike any other I have ever seen.

This is a gift. A gift from God. Her drive will be what puts her at the top of her game. While other great voices dwindle away and do not grasp hold of their possibilities, her drive, determination, hard work, faith and constant support will help her achieve all that she dreams possible.

Dreams are a gift. Gifts from God are precious and should be used to their fullest potential.

In this life, I am blessed to know someone who is an example of the successes that come from the wise use of God given gifts. I wish her all the best in her great endeavor over the next two weeks. She will be traveling to Vienna to take part in the final rounds of a prestigous international vocal competition.

I am proud of you! I am proud to know you! And we are all behind you all the way!

"Break a leg!"

You are an inspiration.

Thank God for inspiring gifts.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

31 Years in 31 Flavors

June 25, 1977 at 6:19pm, I came into this world. Looking back over the last 31 years, I can think of event that stands out from each year. These are a reflection of my life; they run a gamut of emotions, memories and sentiments. These are my life in 31 flavors:

If you care to read on, great... If not, I hope you have as many wonderful experiences as I have had in my 31 years. Enjoy life!

1- Spoiled by my Maw-Maw and a daddy's girl
2- Sister, Kelly, born on my 2nd birthday! cute birthday present, but she didn't mind me and
sometimes I wanted to exchange her ;)
3- Started taking dancing... quickly grew to LOVE ballet (and still do)
4- Loved ballet, won many pageants
5-Bad year... bad things began
6- Sister, Kayla, was born on my mom and dad's anniversary
7- Played baseball with the boys team
8- Mom sick while pregnant, first ballet solo
9- Sister, Kora, was born two days before my daddy's birthday
10-Sang in public for the first time at a festival
11-Learned to play clarinet, parents separated, bad Oct.
12-Had my first summer crush on a girl, parents divorced, learned how to drive
13- Began singing specials in church regularly, 1st boyfriend... discovering that's not for me,
crush on a female teacher
14- 1st year in marching band, learned more instruments, daddy had heart attack and was very
sick, met my favorite teacher- Mrs. Jacques
15- Daddy heart transplant, got 'saved', student government, active at school & church
16- lived with best friend's family, missed my mom and sisters, but did not fit in
17- drum major in high school band, won awards, graduated high school
18- dean's list first semester college, daddy died, no more dean's list, questioning sexuality
19- depression, suicidal ideation, grades dropped, met bff Steph, came out to friends
20- stopped going to school, went on tour with Continentals, came out to family
21- began a new risky job, made first real money, began photography hobby, 1st nephew born,
Mom and Kora in motorcycle wreck.
22- began taking pics for money, modeling, taking photography in school
23- moved to Chicago, worked as a flight attendant, traveled Ctrl & Sth Am. & tropics
24- bad experience in Chicago, moved back to La, 9/11 happened... world changed...
25- Brandon was born.... life changer! Went back to school, got my pilot's license
26- Had the best time of my life while Brandon was small... love him like my own child
27- Met the love of my life, learned about opera, started at UH, felt alive again like I hadn't since Daddy died
28- Got engaged, learned French, studied art, psychology major, things great in our little house
on Driscoll. Great year!
29- Graduated from Univ. Houston, BA Psychology, Minor Studio Art.
30- Began grad school at UHCL, MS Counseling program, didn't work out, switched to current
school in KY, and adjusted.
31- Enjoying life, well adjusted, amazing extended family, wonderful relationship. Life is grand.

I can't wait to see what's next. I have learned to take what I can from the good and the bad. Learn from my failures and thank God for the blessings!

Wisdom Earned

Over the last 31 years I have had an amazing, random, assorted, interesting, adventurous, scarey, surprising and incredible journey. Getting older is a part of life that none of us really looks forward to, but the wisdom that comes with living is well worth the pain. Just some of the things I have learned on my own.

If you feel that the life can be more.... go chase your dream!
If you feel knocked down and can't pick yourself up again.... make a new friend.
If you think you may never be happy.... make a change.
If you think that you need no improvement.... look again.
If you take life for granted.... visit the dying.
If you are healthy, fed, clothed, housed, and loved.... be grateful.
Time passes quickly.... use it wisely.
Life is the ultimate journey.... travel on.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Winding Paths of Uncertainty

Winding roads of Morgan County
This morning on my way to work from Morgan County, I drove through a long section of very heavy fog. The roads that I have become accustomed to traveling in the day and even in the night, became scarey to me because of my lack of visibility. Imagine the roads in the pictures above covered with white blankets of fog so thick that you can only see pink where the red tail lights are less than fifty feet in front of you.

Coming from Louisiana, the very flat south, I was not used to driving on roads that ran in between mountains and up and down curvy inclines. Sometimes all that separates you from the cliff's drop-off is a flemsy guard rail that looks like it has taken a beating several times before.

Driving is typically quite therapeutic for me and I enjoy my time alone to think, sing, and be at peace. While I usually delve deep into my own personal world, I was forced to remain in the earthly realm and focus on the road. This morning, the depth of my consciousness was denied and instead I stumbled upon a simple nugget of truth.

As I cautiously moved down the highway, I realized that going through a heavy fog is a lot like going through life. Thinking about these similarities brought about many empowering ideas. The following lists (yes, I like lists) are a few examples of how I rationalized that the two were similar. Perhaps not a profound message here for some, but for me, these are things that sometimes I need to hear... even if I must tell myself.

In heavy fog:

You can't see the road ahead very well at all.
You can't see your landmarks, or tell if you're close.
You may not feel safe.
You have to use good judgment when deciding to continue on.
It may be necessary to go another way.
You can stay on the road if you follow the center line.
You can get there in one piece if you take it slow and stay alert.

In life:

You don't always know where your path will take you.
You may feel lost and unsure even on the right path.
You won't always feel completely secure, but sometimes you have to be brave.
Convenient and easy decisions may not always be good decisions;
choose wisely.
Original plans may not work; it's okay to change your mind and
go a different way.
Keep your focus on your goals, plan to succeed, and enjoy your journey.
Determination to reach your goals and
attention to your priorities will be keys to success.

The above statements are all true as per my own experiences.

Sometimes I need to feel validated for the experiences I've had thus far and sometimes I feel the need to explain why things didn't work out as I had originally thought they would. Ultimately, I've decided that the journey of life is just that... a journey... with winding paths of uncertainty, steep hills of doubt, climbing peaks of pure will-power, and sometimes even long, straight, wide-open paths that seem too good to be true.

For all of you who needed a pick me up today.
Here's one for both of us.

Enjoy the entire journey.

Monday, June 23, 2008

OMG! Melissa ROCKS!

June 21, 2008

I saw Melissa Etheridge in concert! How awesome is that? Not only did I get to be at the concert, but I was able to sneak down to the front and get 10 feet away from her when I went down for a song to take some pictures of her up close. We had really great seats and had a blast.

She played a lot of the old great favorites and a great sampling of the songs off of her newer albums. I LOVED it. It was an awesome concert and I was so excited to see her LIVE!

All I can say right now is "WOW!" She is incredible.

Pics coming soon... I promise. (PICS ABOVE... as promised!)


I will write more later. I'm exhausted from an amazing weekend, and fear I may actually have to do some work today. :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Childhood summers

photo taken by J. Grimes

I remember taking family trips as a child. Rather it was a weekend camping, water-skiing and roasting marshmellows, or a two week long vacation that covered six states and numerous famous national parks, monuments, or natural wonders, these were the best experiences of my childhood. Along with exposing me to many different kinds of people all throughout my childhood, I also developed a great love for traveling and learning about other cultures.

Thanks to my father's vast knowledge, spiced with his line of bull that was always fascinatingly believable and creative, I was always enthralled to know what happened at each site we visited and what the people were like, or why they were "famous" or "infamous". This became the backbone of my interest in history, which begat an interest in anthropology, geology, geography, civics, sociology and psychology. Looking back on my travels with my family and the uninhibited ramblings, trivia and opinions of my dad, I believe that this time in my life greatly affect the person that I am today. I will always be greatful to my parents for making it possible for us to travel to amazing places and have unlimited adventures, although we were on a budget so tight that it would not even be fair to call it a "shoe-string budget". Thanks Mom. And thanks Dad, wherever you are... I hope you are proud of me.

This summer has already been full of adventures for many people I know, and by the end of the summer there will have been many more amazing occurrences and even a few once in a lifetime experiences. Last month, my best friends shared a once in a lifetime experience with their son. Now, I may be biased, but this kid is one amazing little person! He is so smart, funny, charming, and adorable that it makes my heart hurt to think about not seeing him everyday (because he lives in Texas and I don't anymore). But I am so thankful that he has parents who want to show him the world and let him begin experiencing the world through his own eyes. I would imagine, though I have not yet been there myself, that Alaska is a fabulous place to experience at any age. I love you guys and be good to my boy. You ROCK, Brandon!

Traveling is the best way I know of to give your children the whole world.
They will appreciate those experiences for the rest of their lives.

Go on, people! Get out there and see the world with your loved ones!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Frustration to Appreciation

This morning I awoke at 6am, as I have been trying to do lately. I felt mostly rested and ready to start the day. I had a moment's peace as I stretched, got dressed to workout, and gathered my things. As I was brushing my teeth, unwisely using those moments to think about the things that completely frustrated me the day before, I began to get aggravated all over again. Walking to the gym, my thoughts were unintentionally focused on the problems with my newest commitment (summer volunteer project)and thinking about how unfair and unjust the world can be.
As I began to workout, I began to hear this little voice repeat "things will get better". I passed it off as "jiminy cricket" (conscience) trying to motivate me.

As I worked my way through my routine of machines and flexed muscles, I came to one of my favorite machines in the room. I like this machine the most, not because it makes me feel strong, or because of how hard it works my thighs, but because it is situated right in front of a window that looks out onto the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Sitting in this seat, pumping iron and looking out the window...I could do that all day long. This morning it was especially beautiful with the fog laying in the hills, like a baby in a cradle. Draped luminscently over ever tree and valley, it gave a mystical and powerful feel to a landscape that I see everyday.

Realizing, in that moment, that a person in a particular place and time, with certain situations at hand, that that person has the opportunity to turn that plain, old, same-old-same-old hillside moment into one that is beautiful, uplifting, and magical. I finished my workout with a much more energized feel and a new enthusiasm for the day.

I've decided to remind myself of that moment everytime I feel my pessimistic nature taking over, and to try to remember to make a magical opportunity out of an ordinary day. I hope you have a magical day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lyrical Parts of Me

Opera.... a new passion
Developed through a special someone
The voice... a magical instrument
When it rings through the air,
It pierces your heart
And cuts to the very soul

Music... a longtime love
Brought about by my own longing for something in me to be heard
Singing, dancing, playing
music can affect mood and attitude
It gets into your core
And you crave its sounds

With every milestone,
A song is there
To lift, excite, comfort, and share
Connections to every emotion are made
Love is one that is often conveyed
Words can have limitations at times
With music there doesn't need reason or rhyme.

To the soul who relies on music to fill
all the feelings of life that just don't seem real
For expressing the things that you just cannot face
The role of music can not be replaced.

Moving in the right direction ~>

Progress is being made. Can you feel it?
Slowly, but surely this world is changing.
One person, one state, or one country at a time...
I see how possible it is for this world to know peace.

Today, I am especially ecstatic about the goings on in the state of California.
Though I live in Kentucky, and this new allowance does not directly effect me, it does greatly affect me. I am speaking of the occurrences regarding the official first day of legalized same-sex marriages that took place yesterday (Tues. June 17,2008) in California.

For thousands of couples in that state, it was a time to finally have that moment they had dreamed of for years. It sounds very simple a thing to have- marriage. However, for many people in many places it is still but a distant dream.

Picture it: Gathering your family and friends together in one place at a special time
Announce your love to the world and solidify your commitment to your partner
Become husbands or wives in the eyes of God, the government, and the people
Feeling loved, respected, proud, romantic, affectionate and validated as a couple

This is what I wish for same-sex couples everywhere.
Let your voice be heard.
You deserve it too.
Get active.
Support organizations that fight for your rights.
It is our responsibility to make the world a better place for ourselves and for future generations.

Love is worth it.

My Favorite Music