Showing posts from May, 2016

Courage; and Grace, Too

Canada is in shock.

Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of legendary Canadian band The Tragically Hip, has been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumour that is incurable.

Gord Downie has terminal cancer.

Canada is heartbroken. 

The Tragically Hip is from Kingston, Ontario, about twenty minutes from where I grew up. This band has been a fact of my life since 1987. They've been the background music of my life since I was twelve years old.

There are so many memories of their music during my school years that it's difficult to choose one from during that time. The memory I want to talk about actually is almost exactly twenty years old - May of 1996.

I was in Ottawa with my husband for the annual tulip festival. We were waiting in line at a BeaverTails stand, staffed by 8-or-so university-age students. The radio was playing (loudly) in the stand. And this song came on:

And the crowd. Went. Wild.

By the crowd, I mean the crowd of students in the BeaverTails s…

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus faces homophobic 'nightmare' at Padres game

I am FURIOUS after reading this article from LGBTQ Nation. The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus were invited - INVITED - to sing the national anthem before last night's Padres game. When they began singing, instead of their own amplified voices being broadcast throughout the stadium, a recording of a woman's voice was broadcast. Nothing was done to stop the playing of the recorded voice.  No action whatseoverwas taken by anyone in charge of the sound or music in the stadium:

"No attempt was made to stop the recording and start over. No announcement of apology was made to the singers or their friends and families in the stands. No attempt to correct the situation occurred other than to force the 100 men to stand in the spotlight of center field for the song’s duration and then be escorted off the field to the heckles of baseball fans shouting homophobic taunts including 'You sing like a girl.'"

This is unconscionable. A member of the San Diego Padres sta…

Books books books!!

Books to sign, requests to fill! :)

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Boston Globe’s Sacha Pfeiffer on How Hollywood Got ‘Spotlight’ Right

This is apropos of nothing, and the article is a few months old, but I really, really enjoyed this movie and applauded the fantastic acting. I'm really glad to hear that Sacha Pfeiffer approves of both the writing and the acting in this fantastic movie. I was so glad it won Best Picture, and I understand why it didn't win any of the acting awards - how can you single out one spectacular actor in such a powerful ensemble?

Boston Globe’s Sacha Pfeiffer on How Hollywood Got ‘Spotlight’ Right

Borel’s counterpunch blindsides Henein, knocks out Ghomeshi

While Ghomeshi's "apology" was laughably insufficient, I love this take on Kathryn Borel's subsequent statement. 

From the National Observer: Borel’s counterpunch blindsides Henein, knocks out Ghomeshi

Nature Challenge Day 2

#lovenature #30x30challenge Day 2. Evening walk with my girl past Shrek's Island.
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30x30 Day 1


Gay teens go to prom in West Virginia

What a sweet story, and what a couple of adorable boys! So glad they were able to go together, and weren't hassled by school officials or students.