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The battle for America starts now

Whilst being an advocate for LGBT+ rights I have made a point of keeping away from mainstream politics on this blog because it can become a wormhole that sucks one in and can be hard to escape from, but for a long time I’ve been wanting to find something that could highlight just how wrong I feel the current administration in the USA is.

Last night Joe Biden gave his speech to the Democratic National Convention and if ever there were an example of the difference between the current incumbent and a “normal”  and caring human being then this is it.

I’m linking here to the whole speech so that you may judge for yourself, and I urge all Americans to use their vote in the upcoming election to democratically help rid the world of the vile, despotic, narcissistic and incompetent disgrace that currently sits in the Oval Office.

I, for one, want to be able to believe in America again.

Conflicting needs

How does one reconcile conflicting needs?

I’m in a quandary and can’t make up my mind which route to take.

As regular readers will know I’ve been helping to run my local Transgender Support Group for over 4 years now and said a couple of weeks ago that I’d had enough and would be stepping down. I’ve actually been trying to step away from running the group for over 18 months because I find the mental energy that’s required is more than I feel able to exert.

But …

Every time something comes along that the group could get involved with in order to spread the word about transgender issues or to advocate for the LGBT+ community, especially in my local area, it fires up my internal inspiration and I feel that this is something I need to be doing.

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Overweight? Unhealthy? Puffed? Need an easy start to exercise? Take inspiration from this young man

As a result my accident in 2006 I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury which still affects my daily life even now.

As part of my recovery and rehabilitation process I joined up with Fife Headway, the local branch of the Headway brain injury association and, although my injury didn’t affect me in physical ways, I met a lot of people there with quite serious mobility and motabily issues. As a result of that my views on disabilities changed dramatically as I now have a far greater understanding of the issues involved.

The current lock down and restrictions imposed upon us over the past few months have resulted in a dramatic increase in weight due to “comfort eating” and, added to my circulation problems which cause me such pain in my feet, I was starting to wonder how I was ever going to be able to get into an exercise routine that was suitable for me. It would have to be something that I can do easily, especially to start with, as I’m now so lacking in muscle mass too from lack of exercise over the recent months.

Just by chance the following video appeared today in my YouTube recommended list and upon starting to watch it I immediately knew that I would be able to learn from it.

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Morgan Freeman – Please stand for office, somewhere, somehow

In addition to any of my own original posts that I may write, most days I browse through some YouTube videos and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ll pick on some to share with you, my dear readers. Sometimes I go through a second selection process if I’ve built up a backlog of open tabs awaiting sharing on here.

Then, occasionally, one comes along that I feel deserves immediate sharing because it sends a message; either about how I feel in that moment or because I sense that it has an important part to play in our lives at the present time.

A number of my preselected videos over time have featured Morgan Freeman’s views, but none have condensed the man’s approach to the lives we live more than this short clip.

I SO wish this man were in the White House rather than the present incumbent. Or, maybe, U. N. Secretary General?

Certainly his voice needs to be heard, and heard loud …

Rev. Al Sharpton’s stirring eulogy for George Floyd – You had your knee on our neck

It’s so sad that it took the death of one man to bring to the fore such a deep and meaningful expression, but in all my time I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more telling statement regarding the suppression of Human Rights.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, and no matter which minority group (or groups) you find yourself in, I hope that Rev. Al Sharpton’s words will ring out as a call for equality now and in the future.

Get your knees off our necks!!

Sending love and hope to you all.

Black Lives Matter – Five Stars for Rockstar

I play a lot of GTA-V Online (Grand Theft Auto 5) which, for those of you who might never have heard of it, is a game produced by Rockstar Games which is intended as a parody of “American life” and is full of violence, killing, gun running, drug running, and assorted other misdemeanours.

When I tried to log in this evening the game informed me that the servers were down and so I went online to their site to see if there was any particular reason for this and was amazed to see THIS on the screen …

Black Lives Matter

In my opinion, for the producer of a game which embodies violence to take a stand like this is quite awesome, especially when the President of the country they are parodying doesn’t give a FLYING F**K for anyone but himself.

There will, of course, be the imbeciles who just complain “Hey, I can’t get on to my game!! To hell with George Floyd!!”. Well to them I say “It’s time to GROW UP!!!”

Wishing you all every peace and happiness, whether you be black, white, brown, yellow, straight, gay, trans, non-binary or a bleached tomato with fungus growing out of your ears.

We are ALL human!

Seems like we’re in quiz mode!

Firstly the answer to yesterday’s anagram question.

The 30 other words of four or more letters that can be made from the word “GENDER” are … gerned, edger, ender, erned, genre, gerne, greed, green, deen, deer, dene, dere, dern, dree, dreg, edge, eger, ered, erne, geed, gene, gere, gree, gren, need, nerd, rede, reed, reen, rend.

Today’s lockdown time-passer … famous quotes!

Talking Silhouette

Which well known people or charcters said the following?

  1. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
  2. “You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.”
  3. “You’re never too old to be young”
  4. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”
  5. “The best way to predict the future is to create it”
  6. “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’.”
  7. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first”
  8. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”

Stay safe.

While we’re in the mood for quizzing …

Firstly the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

The cities, in order, were: Moscow, Chicago, London, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

Not too difficult, was it?

Today to pass the time during lockdown we’re in anagram mode.

jumbled letters

There are 30 other words of 4 or more letters that can be made from the word “GENDER”.

Without recourse to the internet (or any other form of cheating … 😉 ), how many can you find?

Full list tomorrow.

Stay safe.

What do you miss?

Woodpecker and PrimrosesFollowing on from yesterday’s post regarding the Dorothy Relief Appeal I picked up a new follower from Aberdeenshire, the author Ailish Sinclair, and in browsing her blog I came across a post which reminded me so much of the house in Wales where I used to live. The relationship I was in while I lived there followed the course of all my other relationships and ended in a train wreck but, along with all the dogs, there were many things there to enjoy and be thankful for.

The (very weirdly shaped) garden with the stream along the side; the wooded bank opposite, the sound and sight of woodpeckers, and the clumps of wild primroses that decorated the bank in among the trees and holly bushes. As I’m writing this I’m also remembering the badgers that set up home there for a while, and the owls which hooted and screeched us to sleep on warm, summer nights.

Ailish’s blog post incorporates woodpeckers and primroses, two of the loveliest elements of that Welsh garden, and it got me thinking … while so many of us are sitting around with extra time on our hands, take a moment or two to think back. I don’t mean just to pre-Coronavirus time either. What is there in memories from the past that you really miss and would pick out as something you would want to live through again?

Stay safe.