Archive for the ‘spirit’ category

Worthy of a post

January 21, 2009

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At the very least. After decades of mediocrity, it seems that America has chosen the right and the best man for the job. I feel like, overnight, I became proud to be an American again. And I don’t think I’m alone. His words, his demeanor, his very presence just screams sound leadership.

As Bush slinked away like the wounded badger he is, Obama grabbed the reins of the huge, crazed but sickly bull that is America. Can he stay in the saddle and control this beast? Only time will tell. But hope abounds around the globe that he can and will.

They all say it, but this is truly the beginning of a new era. I believe Obama and his associates are up to the task. I hope the American people are, too.

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We can all learn something from this story

August 23, 2008

I’m not sure what, but it says a lot about kindness, selflessness and an instinctual drive to help others. Whole story here.

An eight-year-old dog has touched the hearts of Argentines by saving the life of an abandoned baby, placing the girl safely alongside her own new puppies.

The 14 year old mother is said to have panicked and abandoned the baby in a field, surrounded by wooden boxes and rubbish.

Then along came La China, the dog which somehow picked up the baby and carried her 50m to place him alongside her own puppies.

The dog’s owner heard the child crying and found her covered with a rag.

So the dog not only protected this helpless baby, it covered the baby up with a rag. I’m thinking about the hundreds of thousands of veterans who are homeless and are left to fend for themselves on the cold hard streets of US cities every night, but I’m not going to mention it here. It might sound trite.

Congratulations Singapore !

August 18, 2008

It’s been 48 years since Singapore won an Olympic medal. Congratulations to the women’s table tennis team for doing it so handily with their silver medal in the team event. You will surely be an inspiration to future athletes on our beautiful little island.

Happy Birthday Mick

July 27, 2008

Mick Jagger turned 65 Saturday. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another performer with his energy and durability. He’s like Levi’s. He just never wears out.

What blows me out even more is that these same 4 guys who make up the legendary Rolling Stones have stayed together for decades. They don’t just get together for reunion concerts. They perform constantly and still tour. Unbelievable.

Oh, and by the way, Mick is now eligible for a $180 dollar a week state pension.

AMERICAN WOMAN

July 5, 2008

While Serena and Venus Williams get ready to face each other AGAIN for the championship at Wimbleton, Dara Torres won the women’s 100 meter freestyle at the US Olympic trials, setting a world record in the process. Not earth shattering in and of itself until you find out that she is 41 years old and this will be her 5th Olympic games.

When she climbed out of the pool, American Woman was blasting over the loudspeakers.

She’s not the only one, of course. The American swimming contingent is looking extremely strong and I just can’te wait to see them perform. But as an ex swimmer, I gotta tell you – still being able to compete, let alone being competitive, let alone winning, and let alone setting a world record at the age of 41 is absolutely spectacular and unprecedented.

These awsome performances by our outstanding young athletes just make me damn proud. And it’s good to feel that again for a change and after so long.

Hooray for the city by the Bay

June 30, 2008

Today, San Francisco, the most gay friendly city in the world, celebrated the 38th annual Gay Pride Day with a traditional parade and festivities. Amen.  The parade, which was led by the mayor and other top politicians, was the first since gay marriages were successfully legalized in California. Its about time.

And while there is no other place in the world like San Francisco, and it is the home of Gay Pride Day, it is certainly not the only place where this festive event is held. Although elsewhere, the event may not have been quite so festive.

Many other cities celebrated pride on Sunday as well, including Paris and New York, where Gov. David Paterson recently told state agencies to provide full marriage benefits to same-sex couples legally married elsewhere.

Some overseas events were decidedly different. In the Bulgarian capital of Sofia and the Czech Republic city of Brno, protesters threw rocks and eggs at parade participants. And in India, hundreds chanted for gay rights just days before the Delhi High Court is expected to hear arguments on overturning the law against homosexual sex that dates to the British colonial era.

As is traditional, leading the parade was Dykes on Bikes. Is that the coolest name for a motorcycle club or what? But in addition to their normal leather and steel, some wore white and pink wedding dresses and veils, much to the delight of the crowd. That crowd was made up of people, gay and straight, from all over the US.

Some visitors expressed surprise at the sheer size and diversity of San Francisco’s event. River Byrd, 48, and his partner, 41-year-old Mark Duncan, watched the parade before catching a plane back to Tennessee, where they live in a small, conservative town called Paris.

“It’s so incredible to see this many gay people,” Byrd said. “We’re the buckle of the Bible Belt. If we held hands in public, we’d be beat up.”

At the risk of sounding regionally racist, I’m not surprised to hear that remark considering the area. In any case, it was a great day for equality and justice. It’s just a shame that it only occurs in small pockets within a country that was founded on those two principles.

Quote of the Day

June 17, 2008

“Even our dogs and cats have learned – elections matter.”

Al Gore, referring to tainted pet food from China, during his Obama endorsement speech. It may be premature to say this, but I think Obama’s campaign is becoming absolutely tigerish. 🙂