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Everything you thought is in a box to the left…

Sometimes I read the things people write to others on social media sites and am instantly appalled…I go through a laundry list of things in my head to say…but very rarely do I comment because I don’t want to be a part of the problem…people who find it easy to say/write horrible things are usually fueled by any attempt at rational conversations…I read something today that I can’t get out of my head…and maybe because I’ve read similar posts…and even had similar things said to me…

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I really didn’t know who Chely Wright was until earlier this year…I listen to country music but not consistently…Luckily, I have a person in my life that keeps me current on most things country music related (Thank you Lisa!)…It wasn’t Chely’s music that captivated me though it was her documentary…Her story touched me…her honest and heart wrenching decision to come out struck a chord…I understood where she was coming from…and of course, her music from Lifted Off the Ground turned out to be just as moving…I bought her CD and followed her on Twitter…I wanted to learn more about this interesting lady…

As I read the twitter comment…my first thought was how effing prejudiced, homophobic and cruel can one person be…you get the idea…I’ve had a friend say something with a similar sentiment to me for my change in political views…But if I stop and think before I react…I realize I feel sorry for this person…You cannot put people in a box…it’s impossible to know every nook of a person you know…let alone someone you only know of because of their celebrity status…Chely Wright was always going to be the person she is…she just revealed more parts to the world…This person has Chely Wright in a box that is self-created of what a country singer lady is supposed to be like…there is no room in the box for all of Chely Wright’s parts…It’s interesting that what we perceive as personal growth some people see as losing your path…It continually boggles my mind that people find something to dislike about equality, inclusion and compassion…it’s strange that people fear and loathe an open heart and an expanding mind…

Aren’t we meant to evolve as people…the planet evolves with little hiccup…aren’t we meant to do the same?  And whatever happened to embracing differences and learning from each other?  Maybe some people fear other’s beliefs because they think it puts their own at risk…or makes them vulnerable…I am usually up for a new way of seeing things…I have surrounded myself with people who teach me every day…and I think that’s because my foundation is strong…I know who I am and what I believe…there is no need to demean or dismiss differing views…it may not change my mind but maybe I’ll get a new perspective…

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The worst…

Friday morning our TVs were bombarded with news of a school shooting…Tragedies attract so much attention…even mine.  It was the buzz in my office…Everyone wants to know exactly what happened…I believe it is partly a coping mechanism – to try to understand, to try to process…details were being release rapidly without confirmation…the wrong guy was named…his picture shared on Twitter, Facebook and the news…there were hateful messages left for the wrong guy on Facebook and Twitter…the magnitude of the situation speculated for hours…I saw a reporter walk into another station’s shot to get a statement from a child whose mother was being interviewed…I saw experts opining before the first press conference…it is all too much…Media fighting to release details first with little regard for complete accuracy…Sensationalism, that’s what it is…no need to sugar coat it with words like journalism…

Yesterday, I sat down again to maybe learn a little about the victims but again opinions and speculation were the top billed.  I turned the TV off and looked to the written news to get the basic information…And…the statement…the worst school shooting since…

The worst…Friday was the worst shooting for every mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, cousin, husband, wife, son, daughter, grand-daughter, grandson whose child, brother, sister, nephew, niece, grand-daughter, grandson, husband, wife, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, grandfather was not waiting at that fire station to go home…for Ryan Lanza whose name and face was plastered on the TV and lost his mother and brother…for every child that witnessed this event, every teacher, every faculty member lunch lady, janitor, speech pathologist, bus driver, office assistant, etc…for this community who lost friends, coworkers, relatives…for those people this was the worst school shooting no matter the statistics. 

To compare the loss of life to that of another shooting creates inaccurate comparisons in the real world…Loss of life is loss of life…no matter the number…Outside of a professional setting those statistics don’t matter…to the people affected by a tragedy this school shooting will always be the worst…statistics should be used to create legislation, to further studies on mental health, to further security enhancements, etc…not as a tagline on the 6 o’clock news…

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#WhitneyWednesday

I was devastated when I thought Whitney was not going to be picked up for a second season…and then I had to experience that intense emotion all over again when the season 2 premiere was delayed.  I am now filled with joy that it will air on Wednesday night instead of Friday night…I’m not saying I wouldn’t watch it on a Friday…but I am saying that it would probably be via DVR on Saturday mornings while I rehydrate…My point is that I watch Whitney and you should too!

Whitney Cummings is my new Carrie Bradshaw/Rachel Green/Kelly Kapowski/Joey Potter…television has always provided me with me fictional solutions to life’s problems in 30 minutes to an hour…I am not even sure I would have made it out of middle school without the wisdom of Zack Morris…

Jessie Spano and her caffeine pill freak out on Saved by the Bell…

Where would I have been without Dawson’s Creek while I was in college…I obviously went to an emotionally stunted high school…

…something dramatic happening on Dawson’s Creek montage…

And the timeless Friends…Nothing gets me through a sleepless night or no pants Sunday like episodes of Friends…

…Ross bringing new life to the word pivot while moving a couch on Friends…

Carrie Bradshaw became my fashion, love and life guru in my early 20s when I wasn’t to lazy for high heels and liked my drinks pink…

…Aiden screaming “You broke my heart!” when Carrie goes to win him back on Sex and the City

Other shows have come and gone…mostly alienating me with weird subplots, untimely deaths (you know who you are L Word and Grey’s Anatomy) but last year along came Whitney…I was instantaneously on board because of my love of the Chelsea Lately show…I’ll admit the first two episodes didn’t have me hooked…but I wanted the show to be great…because I like the cast so I hung on…I think people in their mid to late 20s and early 30s will find most of the situations and conversations hit hilariously close to home…instead of using words that will fail to adequately describe my adoration…below is a scene from my favorite episode of Whitney from Season 1…

Episode 6: Two Broke up Guys

Ok…so that didn’t work out so well..I’ve tried posting the video numerous…times…just click here – Watch the video called Drunken Confessions.  Enjoy.

Just watch it!  Season 2 premiere on NBC tonight at 8:00 PM!

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Taken to the cleaners…

My favorite errand – going to the dry cleaners…actually, it’s picking up my clothes that brings me the most joy. I’m not sure why it gives me an instantaneous high to pick up my clothes…but the errand doesn’t feel like work and I never whine about my extra stop on the way home…it has become a party of my regular routine…It did occur to me one day that I am lucky to have something to dry clean and a reason to have it dry cleaned…At some point in my adolescence taking clothes to the dry cleaners became a mark of success…maybe it was movies and television…an assistant continuously picking up dry cleaning for their boss…well I’m not the boss but I finally have a job where business attire is required…It is a constant reminder that life is good even when itso I make my bi-weekly treck to the dry cleaners to drop off and pick up my clothes all in one day…cash only because that’s how they roll…so if you see a girl with her dry cleaner bag swung over her shoulder with an extra pep in her step…it’s just me picking up my dry cleaning!

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Post Election: Red Face Blue Heart

Exhausted on election night, I fell asleep before the West coast votes were counted, Virginia was won or lost, and before concession/victory speeches were made…I woke up blurry eyed around 3:00 AM…so of course, I wanted to peek to see if the election fairy had come…it took me back to the days of checking grades in law school…All I had to do was log-in to see the results but I was afraid to look…Looking at the screen quickly like the words were going to jump out and bite me!  However, it wasn’t the election results that jumped out and bit me…it wasn’t marriage equality or marijuana legalization that offended me…it was, your word…

DISGUSTED

I’ve been disgusted…over murder, child pornography, oppression, abuse, carnage, images of war, injustice, pain, genocide, violations of civil and human rights…

Your political preferences are none of my concern…your views are your own…You chose a candidate to back and so did I…You have your opinions, your freedom of speech and expression…it’s how we use them that define us…There are probably issues that neither of us will ever agree on…BUT

How do we expect the generations to come to respect the man chosen as leader of our nation when we use such words to describe one…

President of the United States…as a kid most of us probably dreamed of one day occupying that office…it’s the loftiest of dreams…one which only a few manage to hold on to…and only a few ever experience…my dreams never included being disrespected, disgusted and reviled…whether you’re on the right or the left – blue or red – green or independent…that office…that office is always occupied by someone who dreamed and dared to try…even Honey Boo boo knows who the president is…kids don’t have political parties…they have presidents, congressmen and senators…there is no right or wrong…there is only a man or a woman who took initiative…so please be careful with your words…

I don’t have all of the answers to fix the financial, healthcare, job market problems in America…and likely neither will just one man on either side of the aisle…I am reminded of the phrase – e pluribus unum – Out of many, one…out of many beliefs, religions, states, cities, towns – we become one nation…

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Voting: The Playlist

Today is all about getting out and rockin’ the vote which is why while driving to work listening to the soulful voice of Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) singing about throwing clothes on the floor and holding me all through the night…I thought to myself…SING IT WANYA…SING IT…because that is hands down one of the best songs ever…and then I thoguht…Ooooohhhhh how about a playlist for the lines at the polls!  Some people are going to have long exhausting waits with hundreds of their friends and neighbors (good and bad)…causing their civic pride to become more like civic doodie…so here are ten twelve songs to keep you pumped, patriotic and smiling!

  1. Voting Rap – Smart Songs
  2. Coming to America – Neil Diamond
  3. Living in America – James Brown
  4.  American Idiot – Green Day
  5. Love of Our Lives – Indigo Girls
  6. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys
  7. Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
  8. What’s Going On? – MTV All-Star Tribute
  9. Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer
  10. If You’re Out There – John Legend
  11. Freedom – George Michael
  12. Proud – Heather Small

Of course, there are more songs out there but these are the ones I like.  Plus, this is my blog and I approve this message.

Also, if you’re still undecided check out isidewith.com quick like and pick a candidate why don’t ya!!!

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Distraction…Canine Style

Sometimes this dog just makes me smile…and I’m pretty sure he is the cutest sleeper ever.  I noticed that all of the photos I take of him are while he is having a nap.  He does not appreciate the I-Phone camera like I do and usually looks away – maybe he has a fear the camera will capture his soul and is unable to relay that to me…In any event, I have been able to capture a few full face moments with him…

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App Love: Instagram

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I finally downloaded Instagram and I kind of think I’m in love – I definitely enjoy photography but had given it up when I sold my SLR camera last year to pay rent one month…I have not been able to replace my camera but that doesn’t mean that my little creative spark fizzled out…My IPhone 4S plus Instagram makes for some fun and super cute spur of the moment photos!

 

  If you haven’t downloaded the app maybe you should…

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Adieu pajamas, adieu

This morning I was forced to bid my pajamas adieu…we had grown close over the holidays…I was so moved by our relationship I penned a poem…I am neither a poet nor a great writer…so you’ve been warned…

Pajama Pant Blues

Pajama pants so comfy and loose with a drawstring

When I wear you I accomplish not one thing

With you I could spend a lifetime of winter days

Whether green, blue, chartreuse or steely gray

Anyone can wear you but you are all for me

We never fight even when you crawl up to my knee

Whether it’s late at night or out to the recycling bin

It’s you that finds the cuddle bug hidden within

Today I leave you for my suit and loafers

But when night calls its you and me up on the sofer…I mean sofa

 

 

 

 

 

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