Day of Thanks for March 16

Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 In 1961, 19-year-old Bob Dylan began doing solo performances of folk songs at New York clubs. To accompany his vocals, he played an acoustic guitar and harmonica. By 1963 his career had skyrocketed. Critics called him a creative genius. Pop stars were recording the songs he wrote, making him rich. But he still kept his instrumentation simple, relying entirely on his acoustic guitar and harmonica. That changed in 1965, when he made the leap to rock and roll. For the first time, his music featured a full drum set and electric guitar, bass and keyboards. Some of his fans were offended. How dare he renounce his folk roots? I wonder if it might be time for you to consider a comparable transition, Leo. Are you willing to risk disorienting or disturbing those who would prefer you stay as you are?

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This past Saturday I joined many other Canadians and took to the street to protest Stephen Harper and this Bill C-51. I am in awe that this is even the conversation that we are having in Canada. We should be a world leader in the fight for human rights, environmental rights, freedom of speech, healthy food practices, promotion of green energy, education and health care.

Right now I think, Edward Snowden sums up how I feel best.

“We haven’t had to think about that much in the last few decades because quality of life has been increasing across almost all measures in a significant way, and that has led to a comfortable complacency. But here and there throughout history, we’ll occasionally come across these periods where governments think more about what they “can” do rather than what they “should” do, and what is lawful will become increasingly distinct from what is moral.

In such times, we’d do well to remember that at the end of the day, the law doesn’t defend us; we defend the law. And when it becomes contrary to our morals, we have both the right and the responsibility to rebalance it toward just ends.”

I am not a public speaker. I am not a protestor. I prefer to hug the edges of the party and quietly take things in while enjoying a lot of my own space. Living under Rob Ford and Stephen Harper makes me feel like it is time to get a little louder!!

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I am a Giraffe

This Saturday I am going to show up and protest Bill C – 51.

I wish I was going for a walk. I wish this was not going on in my country.

I am, for the first time, actually scared of what is going on.

When you are scared you can do two things, Fight or Flight.

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Freedom of Speech

Prairie art in the park-7I am a gay woman with a blog. I cannot imagine living in a world where I was not able to say what I think and meanwhile in some parts of the world this blog is a luxury.

Yesterday, a small fanatical group of people reacted in a terrible way to the freedom of speech, this time in Paris. Another act that scares us. Another misrepresentation of Muslims. Another pointless moment.

I am starting to question both sides of the problem because although we have the ‘right’ to say what we think, believe or feel, I wonder if it is always the correct thing to do. Moderate Muslims don’t react to these type of cartoons, they never have, so when we continually keep publishing them and keep getting the same results (rioting in the Netherlands, murder in Paris) then who is to blame for the outcome. The one who committed the crime or the one who acted in an entitled reckless way that may insight violence. If the pen is the almighty sword and we are in a war right now then why are we not using our sword in the best way possible. You want to shut out the fanatics then maybe Paris should be printing articles on the brilliant, loving, moderate, peaceful people of all cultures who are living in their city. Prove to the general population time and time again through article after article about why the world is good and loving and kind. One more cartoon about another group’s god is not a conversation starter nor is it exercising your right to your opinion, it is a thoughtless antagonistic act that got the results you were thinking you just might get.

My heart goes out to the people in Paris, my heart goes out to the bulk of the people around the world who don’t live in the same safe world I do.

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