when people get together for a common, and good purpose, it makes me happy. this is one of those examples. none of us are safe until all of us are safe.
Posts Tagged ‘lessons’
March 10th, 2008
February 19th, 2008
first off, before i get into the “meat” of my blog entry, it’s cold. it’s really cold! i spent an extended weekend in corpus christi, tx… where the coldest day was 72 degrees. (and my sister kept saying “it’s chilly today!” and i wanted to hit her. hah!) i took a bunch of pictures (obviously) and i got some of them online already, i’ll add more later. (i would do it now, which is what i usually do.. but then i get distracted by 209847809736567 other things and never finish my blog entry. so i’m going to focus on one thing at a time. hey maybe this herbal “focus formula” really is working. hah!) i’ll make sure to blog a link to the pictures.. or even chose some of my favorites and add them here.
for some of my friends in my “everyday life”, and twitter, you’ve heard me say that i was going down to corpus christi to visit my b-mom and siblings. (wow. you can tell i’ve never had siblings.. since i keep spelling the word “siblings” wrong.. thanks spell check) it was a fun trip. i even met more of my b-family that live down in texas. it was fun having siblings to
pick on hang out with. my brothers and my b-mom all assisted in keeping me out too late and losing sleep. it was so much fun, and it was a really great vacation.
but one of the things that i noticed while i was down in texas (ok.. i remember realizing this every time i visited texas… but every time it still shocks me) was the amount of “jesus fish” cars and big mega churches. but then in the same breath.. i notice lots of really BIG cars with only one person in them…. a lack of urgency to recycle, re-using shopping bags, and save gas! at first i was thinking, well, maybe i’m just from a very “weird” area where this is such an important thing… but then i began thinking of comparisons and metaphors. Christians should be the first people to see the urgency of recycling, saving energy and caring for the planet. why? because GOD created this earth and has given us all these beautiful gifts to “take care of” for GOD. so why were there so many “Christians” that would chose to slap GOD in the face and say “no.. we don’t want your creation to remain beautiful…”
while i was driving home today… i thought of an analogy. lets say a mother has a young child. and that young child spent hours creating this beautiful work of art with their own hands… paint… crayons… whatever. and they even signed their name on it. and they were so proud of this beautiful artwork. and they ran up to their mother and with a huge beaming smile, hands this artwork to her….
and she rips it up and throws it away.
that’s what we are doing to our earth. GOD was so proud of this beautiful artwork.. and we continue to “rip it up and throw it away.” we are too busy to separate our recycling. we are too forgetful to remember to bring a shopping bag with us when we go to the store. we want to drive cars that use more gas than they need to (just because they are bigger and faster… even though a smaller car would be fine for just the one or two people that ride in it.. i mean. yes. some people need more room for people or stuff or work etc… but not everyone needs an suv or a truck. i know this may come as a surprise for some people. for example… i can fit my whole drum set and everything else i need in my little car) we leave lights on… we buy “new” stuff even when our “old” stuff still is perfectly useful… etc.
i know i’m not perfect. but i’m really trying to care for the earth. i even brought my little cloth shopping bag into target the other day. the lady at the cash register looked at me crazy when i said “i brought my own bag.” i also have just started switching out all my old light bulbs with energy saving florescent bulbs. i recycle more stuff than i throw in the trash. (really! i have twice as many recycling bins than the garbage. and they fill up much faster) and i tend to not buy things that aren’t in recyclable packaging. i also try to buy most of my food from the locally owned organic food store… so that i’m not buying foods that have used up gas by being shipped across the country.. or the world. and i always try to buy “fair trade” chocolate.. because people really matter too. (just because we are the richest country in the world, doesn’t mean we can step on the hard and honest workers of a “poorer” country.) and it’s really not that hard to make these little steps in the right direction. our world has a long way to go… and we all need to keep encouraging each other to continue making positive changes. because each individual (and their actions) matter in this world…
/me gets off soap box.
sorry. that is just one thing that i am passionate about. GOD provided this beautiful earth and beautiful people to live amongst.. and i want more people to be able to enjoy this beautiful gift that GOD has given us.
and lastly.. i voted today. i didn’t get a sicker. and that makes me sad.
October 11th, 2007
today is national coming out day. i almost had forgotten about it, but i got a “happy coming out day” IM this morning from a friend. here’s a great quote from the HRC website:
“‘For twenty years, the GLBT community has been coming out and putting an ever-more personal face to issues in our lives, and that is clearly changing hearts and minds,’ said Mark Shields, director of the HRC Coming Out Project. ‘Americans have come to know their GLBT friends and family in a new way in the last 20 years, and those relationships have changed the cultural landscape.’”
also, in honor of coming out day, HRC put a youtube video together, and asked for video responses of ‘coming out’ stories. take a look at those by clicking here.
i encourage everyone to check those out. there’s so much we can learn from other people’s “life story”.. and we learn the most when we meet people that are much different than us. there’s also some great video stories on this website, click here and check those out as well.
September 2nd, 2007
i was just thinking about how much of our knowledge is formed by the media.
what made me think of this? well for one.. michele is visiting her brother in mississippi (that’s just plain fun to type ) and she was telling me about a conversation with her niece (who’s 9)… and how she knows what a lesbian is because there is an out lesbian on some model show. huh. interesting that this little girl’s source of LGBT individuals is some reality tv show.
and then that got me thinking about all the out lesbians that are in the spotlight right now. there’s pretty many of them, especially compared to years ago when the discrimination against gay and lesbian individuals was much more widely spread (i was about to say “popular”.. but it still seems to be kinda popular with all the states that voted… well.. nevermind. i’m not going to even get into that whole bag of worms. it will just make me too upset.) and what’s even greater about the quantity of lesbians in the limelight… but the QUALITY of them… or i should say the relationships. of course you always have the “bad examples” in the media of broken relationships… but we see that all over the place. its so encouraging to see two very stable, loving, normal and REAL relationships within the “star” community. (well.. three if you want to consider rosie stable.. but while her relationship is stable.. she tends to rub many people the wrong way because she speaks from her heart with such passion. but she’s not so much “in the spotlight” at the moment.. so i’m not counting her and her wife.) in particular i’m talking about ellen and portia… and melissa and tammy etheridge. i’ve been wandering around youtube.com and finding some really great examples of how their relationships are so real and such a good example for ANY relationship…. gay or straight.
i mean.. think about it. what is the subject that graces most “star” magazine covers? ’so and so broke it off with so and so’ ’so and so is cheating on so and so with blahbity-blah’ .. i mean.. we see all this junk all over our media… it’s kinda refreshing to see some people who live their lives SMART. people who actually live as a good example.
now flip back to people that i know personally.
yesterday i attended a wedding reception (you may seen a picture of the dancing here on my blog. if not.. scroll down.) it was such an amazing time and was a great celebration of a couple that couldn’t be more perfect for each other. but i left that wedding reception and found myself bitter and angry as i drove home. why? because their marriage has been deemed “not legal” by people who will never know their names. they have been called “not worthy” of laws to protect their future together. and there is no good reason why. none.
in one of my online forum/groups this topic came up recently. and i brought up one of the “arguments” that anti-gay-marriage-people use: ‘the gay people are trying to tear down and destroy marriage’. riiiiight. like.. by having two women be protected under the law with a legal marriage license.. this is going to affect your relationship.. how?!?
a straight married woman posted “The sanctity of my marriage is not dependent upon whether or not two women exchange vows, or two men trade rings. Denying them the ability to act, think, and do as they please gives me nothing, but denies them their very freedom.
Sorry… doesn’t fly with me.”
and it doesn’t fly with me either. it’s like the lyrics in the melissa etheridge song that i posted the other day (again… scroll down and watch that. trust me.. you won’t be sorry ) “it’s funny how you find just what you seek”… and even the Bible talks about that. interesting. eh?
and i leave you with a quote from tammy etheridge that she said in an interview in response to how she always refers to melissa as her wife: “in 80 years its really not gonna matter. our children are going to read history books about how they used to treat the gays. and that’s ok. right now we’re just in the middle of it. and i’m gonna love her until we get through it. and get on the other side. nobody can change that.”
well put. (and ps. tammy has a blog. go check it out… cuz all the cool kids are doing it. hehehe. )
on that note. i’m going to go watch a movie now…
August 14th, 2007
don’t ever hint at me being a “weak” girl and in need of a “man” to carry a medium size box. i know my limits. i’m not afraid to ask for help when i need it. but don’t call someone over to help me out when i know that i can easily carry the object. especially when i could bench press you. thankyouverymuch.
July 13th, 2007
you need two wings to fly. a right and a left wing.
and isn’t it true with everything? if we weren’t fueled by something/someone… if we were never challenged by someone with a different view… if we never met opposition…. would we ever fly?
July 6th, 2007
for those of you non-internet nerds… this post will be completely in a foreign language. even i didn’t know about twitter and pownce until fairly recently. but now i’ve become addicted to both. and if you scroll all the way down my blog (at everymoment.org, for all of you reading from my crosspostings elsewhere), you’ll see a cool little “twitter badge” at the bottom of my page. it’s like blogging for ADHD people. you’re limited to a short post, but you can post from pretty much anywhere. (you can download programs for your desktop, update from the web, or via email.. or even text message) and then they add the ’social networking’ part into things.. and you can keep track of as many other people’s ‘tweets’ via one of the aforementioned medias. pownce is a similar idea… but it’s like twitter on steroids.
someone noted how this “younger generation” always needs to be “plugged in”… and that’s really true.. at least for me. i’m excited now that i have my iphone, that i can check my email or post to my blog anywhere and everywhere… i guess it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon though. before people had to walk to where you were and talk to you… then we had horses bringing written mail to people who were far away… and trains… and this amazing little “box” where you could hear the person in the earpiece… and they could hear you if they had the same device… then those crazy little “telephones” got more popular… smaller… and lost the wires… oh yea.. and add the internet into this mix… and look where we are today. technology really does change how we communicate, learn and live. not good. not bad. just different.
April 24th, 2007
i was going to scan this in.. but i kept forgetting to do that.. so i just took a picture so i could share this.
this was my ‘thank you’ present from master Chai. this was such an honor to just MEET this man.. let alone get a personalized souvenir from him! seriously.. read his bio and you’ll see what i mean. what an amazing and talented man! he explained in the seminar he was teaching “i’m not that fast anymore”… yet he would throw an undetermined amount of punches in less than a split second. (i tried to count once… but he was too fast for my eye to catch)
anyways… i just wanted to share that. i haven’t been feeling all that great health-wise.. so i’m going to get to bed and try to get some extra sleep.
February 18th, 2007
and i’m a youtube addict.
but seriously.. i know i can’t be alone. why do we need tv anymore? between youtube, myspace video and google video… you can find pretty much anything you would ever want on the internet. i even found a whole episode of ‘ellen’.. which i think everyone needs to watch. (it’s broken up into three parts: one, two and three) it really shows how much discrimination is still in the world.. but puts it in a funny way to think about. so go watch that.. i’m gonna go make some pizza. *waves*
January 22nd, 2007
this is such a great quote. it was posted by a friend on a myspace group that i belong to… i love it so much.. i just had to blog it.
Be someone who listens, and you will be heard.
Be someone who cares, and you will be loved.
Be someone who gives, and you will be blessed.
Be someone who comforts, and you will know peace.
Be someone who genuinely seeks to understand, and you will be wise.
Be someone kind, someone considerate, and you will be admired.
Be someone who values truth, and you will be respected.
Be someone who takes action, and you will move life forward.
Be someone who lifts others higher, and your life will be rich.
Be someone filled with gratitude, and there will be no end to the things for which you’ll be thankful.
Be someone who lives with joy, with purpose, as your own light brightly shines.
Be, in every moment, the special someone you are truly meant to be.
– Ralph Marston