For those of you who are unaware my father suddenly passed away at the age of 50 years young yesterday afternoon. I am saddened and in shock but more importantly I want to make sure that everyone who knew Kenishia is aware of her death so they may join our family and friends in her home coming. Please spread the word. I will keep everyone posted on the wake and funeral services. Rest in peace daddy, I love you. Kenishia "KiKi" Hubbard January 3, 1964 - August 18, 2014.
A poem of mine
STORYTELLING, PART II (T80)
When Merlin looked upon this land,
he knew by magic arts
the anger in the acts of men,
the hatred in their hearts:
he saw despair and deadly things,
and knew our hope must be
the magic when the kettle sings
to make a pot of tea.
When Galahad applied to sit
in splendour at the Table,
he swore an oath to fight for good
as far as he was able.
But Arthur put the kettle on,
and bade him sit and see
the goodness that is brought anon
by making pots of tea.
When Arthur someday shall return
in glory, with his knights,
he'll rout our foes and bless the poor
and put the land to rights.
And shall we drink his health in ale?
Not so! It seems to me
he'll meet us in the final tale
and share a pot of tea.
I was out fishing all day,
and I seem to have caught the sun
Suppose I asked you to name the world's great heroes? (For example, as you may recall, some talk of Alexander.) Well, in the Middle Ages, a fair amount of thought went into the list. Who was an example of virtue and valour; whose chivalry was worth emulating?
One such list is known in English as the Nine Worthies. It was drawn up in the early 1300s, and remained a popular theme in art for centuries after. Here they are in 1460, looking for all the world like a medieval pack of Top Trumps:
Even though some of these men had lived (or were supposed to have lived) millennia earlier, they are all drawn wearing armour of the time, and bearing their own coat of arms, as if they lived in that very moment. This is because they are deliberately idealised-- after all, as a careful perusal of the Old Testament will show, not all of them were in fact models of chivalry.
They are divided into three groups of three: three Jewish heroes, three Christian heroes, and three pagan heroes-- that is, pagan in the old sense of not following an Abrahamic religion.
The Jewish heroes are: Joshua the son of Nun, who led the invasion of Canaan; David the son of Jesse, who became king and wrote psalms; and Judas Maccabeus, who led the revolt against the Syrians now commemorated by Hanukkah. (Don't confuse Judas Maccabeus with Judas Iscariot.)
The pagan heroes are: Hector of Troy, a great warrior of the Trojan War; Julius Caesar, the first emperor of Rome; and Alexander the Great.
The Christian heroes are: Arthur, the hero of the Matter of Britain; Charles the Great, also called Charlemagne, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire; and Godfrey of Bouillon, who became the first crusader king of Jerusalem but disclaimed the title.
I am particularly interested by the heraldry. How did they make up new and unique coats of arms for people who had been dead for three thousand years? David has a harp because he composed psalms (and not because he was king of Ireland). Julius has an eagle rather like the one on the Roman standard; Charles has the same, appropriately for someone who was also trying to become Emperor of Rome, but combined with the lily pattern known as "France Ancient". Others of them are baffling to me: what is Joshua bearing, for example? I did find a reference to the arms they made up for Alexander in a book, but frustratingly I ran out of time to research this.
I am glad to report that there were also nine female Worthies to balance out the nine men. Unfortunately none of the writers seem to agree about which nine women they were.
When a certain Charles Macklin claimed he could repeat any sentence he heard, no matter how complex, Samuel Foote allegedly composed this sentence impromptu:
THE GREAT PANJANDRUM
by Samuel Foote
So she went into the garden
to cut a cabbage-leaf
to make an apple-pie;
and at the same time
a great she-bear, coming down the street,
pops its head into the shop.
What! no soap?
So he died,
and she very imprudently married the Barber:
and there were present
and the Joblillies,
and the Garyulies,
and the great Panjandrum himself,
with the little round button at top;
and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can,
till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots
In this episode of The VUU (a Unitarian Universalist talk show hosted by the Church of the Larger Fellowship through Google Hangout), Rev. Julie Taylor shares her experience with interfaith clergy organizing in Ferguson, MO. The first seven minutes are all introductions. Rev. Julie mentioned a couple of things that are quick to pass along in case you don’t have an hour for the whole show:
1. If you are thinking of going to Ferguson, do so responsibly. Come in response to an invitation from within the community to do a specific thing. If you are coming with a vague plan and no connections to bear witness and get arrested, you are endangering the people who live there.
2. Find out what’s going on where you are. That doesn’t just mean vigils in solidarity with Ferguson. That also means finding out about profiling, misuse of police force, and militarization of law enforcement where you live.
3. Find out what’s up with interfaith community organizing in Ferguson by visiting http://www.prayingwithourfeet.org/ especially the tab, “Helping from Afar.” Events are updated often. The site is an effort of local faith leaders.
Dear friends who have children, or spend a lot of time in their presence (without cowering in fear, like I do): I’m looking for some help identifying the age of these kids. How old do you think the kids are in this picture?
I know who the three older kids are, but I’m trying to identify the baby. It’s either my father, or my father’s older sister, Elizabeth, who died as an infant. If it’s the latter, then this might be the only picture of her that I know of.
Mirrored from Under the Beret.
I can remember exactly where I was when I decided that yes, I was going to convert to Judaism. I was walking across a brick-paved courtyard in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City, getting ready to dive back into the shuk for another day’s exploration and wanton spending of filthy shekels.
I don’t actually remember any real thought process happening, just that between one step and the next, I realised what I was going to do. I felt vaguely elated and I probably smiled like an idiot, although that isn’t a remarkably unusual thing for me to do when I’m in Jerusalem.
The first time I was there, I went to this store called Tree of Life in the Old City, and bought a bunch of things including a tiny silver hamsa pendant, which I’m wearing right now. I wanted something to remind me of Israel, since I had always wanted to go there, and I was so affected by my trip, and the hamsa seems to be the one thing all Israelis can agree on. After I decided I was going to convert, I put the hamsa pendant on and I’ve hardly taken it off since. It serves as a tangible reminder of the commitment I’ve made with myself and G-d, and to the Nation of Israel, as well as a reminder of the physical place.
I know I’m still struggling with some aspects of my new life under that commitment, even as I’m finding more and more areas of congruence between my (pre-existing) values and Judaism itself. I actually almost wish I had some sort of just-so story to tie it up in a nice neat narrative bow (I’m fond of narratives, and everyone loves a good story with a happy ending), but I don’t. (Although I actually am adopted, as far as I know, there’s not a neatly-braided skein of narrative that gives me a cryptic Jewish ancestress or something, unlike the local Reform rabbi!) Which, I suppose, makes my story even less of a story and more inexplicable.
When I figure it out, I’ll post it here.
Thank you Director John Gray, Katherine Ott, Jennifer Jones and Valeska Hilbig for all that you have done to make this moment possible. This is a historical honor for all transgender and gender non-conforming people across our country. We have always been part of America’s history since the beginning, yet we have also been marginalized the entire time.Sea Monica shot me an e-mail before her departure to DC for yesterday's donation ceremony and I asked her a few questions.
Now, the Smithsonian and the American Government are saying that our history is worthy of being displayed, along with that of our fellow Americans. The Transgender Pride Flag was created to give our community a unique symbol for us to show that we are proud of who we are. Not only have trans people in America embraced the flag, but trans communities in other parts of the world have also embraced it. If weren’t for them we would not be here today. The honor goes to the people of the world’s trans community. Transgender and gender non-conforming people of America are truly part of this country that we all love.
And, since the Smithsonian will be displaying items from my military career, they are also acknowledging that we have contributed to the security of our country since the Revolutionary War. We only hope that the Department of Defense and President Obama hears this message and allows transgender and gender non-conforming people the right to serve openly in the military, like our gay, lesbian and bisexual brothers and sisters are doing today.
Thank you for this honor.
Acceptance is a beautiful thing! We all want to be accepted, but to understand those who make up the LGBTSQA-SGL community will make us better as a community. If we don’t take the time to know where others are coming from in our own community we limit our potential on where we can go. I want to invite you to join us in an in depth discussion on the following topics:This conversation will take place at the Montrose Center 401 Branard St. from 3:30-6:30 PM CDT. I'll be taking part in that discussion and hope you can attend.
Understanding the Lesbian
Understanding the Gay Christian
Understanding the Gay Republican
Understanding the Gay Man
“I am tired of Fox getting all this publicity just for being a transgender fighter rather than having great skills. I think it’s unfair anyway but as long as the opponent knows and accepts the fight then go ahead… I mean Allana took her to the third and she’s not even a 145er; she’s a more of a 135er who can probably go even lower to 125 pounds. She’s using all that attention as a good publicity tactic – go ahead and ride that free publicity train as long as you can. I’ll gladly derail that s#*t quickly so the world can go back to giving the publicity and notice to the female fighters who earn it. It just pisses me off that Women’s MMA has fought to get away from being seen as a side show. She’s using that to further her career while setting Women’s MMA back in the process.”And this from a woman who claims in a November 2012 Bleacher Report piece she wants to be an LGBT advocate. Well, she said she wanted this fight with Fallon bad, and she's about to get her wish.
African Americans are the best messengers for LGBT equality in the African American community. This training brings national experts from the Movement Advancement Project and Equality Federation to lead a conversation among African Americans about the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Our presenters will provide evidence-based information on effective messaging that can be difficult to hear, but is vital to broader public education efforts.RSVP is required for your attendance. Please go to this link: http://tinyurl.com/