Luck is relative

So maybe I didn’t get lucky with my health lately, I’ve visited the hospital more times than most health care staff.

But I am extremely lucky in other ways.

It’s -20 celcius here today, bloody ass cold but sunny and either way, I can’t get out my front door.

The UPS guy drops a package on the front step and my mother in law says, ‘it’s for you.’

“huh” i say, I haven’t ordered anything, I’m not expecting anything.

I open the package to find a copy of the book, A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry and the name of my dear friend Michele.

She’s been having a difficult time lately and we’ve been sending one another letters of humour and encouragement.

If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know how I would have gotten through a new school, a divorce and being an outcast at the age of twelve.

She was a young teacher with whom I had good conversations with while my classmates were chasing each other and talking about boys.

Thank you Michele, for the gift of the book and your friendship.

ciaran

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

F Word – on March 8 scream it at everyone!

Feminist! There, I said it.

I don’t know why young women think this word is evil and usually associate it with angry, man-hating lesbians who worship the moon and I don’t know, animal sacrifice?

There is a definite backlash against women who choose to identify themselves as feminist, even though the word feminist simply means believing in equal rights for women.

Believe we have equal rights do you?

Then why are politicians making decisions behind closed doors about birth control?

Who does the giving birth? women.

Did you know we all still make 70 cents to a man’s dollar?

Why aren’t half the CEOs in the world women since the population is 54% women and 46% men?

Were you ever told you couldn’t do something because ‘nice girls’ don’t do that?

Do you envision a future for your daughters and granddaughters as one where women get famous through sex-tapes and appearing on ‘reality’ tv?

When female politicians are judged on their looks, asked about their families, ‘what does your husband think?’

That young men are still slapped on the back and called studs when they sleep with young women and youmng women are still called sluts…

Doesn’t this make you angry and sad? It makes me surly and hostile.

International women’s day is coming, find out what’s happening in your community to honour that day and show people in your town, your city and your country, that feminists are real women, with husbands or children, jobs and happy lives who simply demand a fair piece of the pie.

“Men, their rights and nothing more, women, their rights and nothing less.”

If you have time, visit the website for international women’s day:

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.asp

give to an organization that helps women, volunteer or just write your own blog about it. I challenge you!

monkiss

Questions for Carlarenee

Here ya go lady:

!. What state are you in?

A state of panic! lol no, i’m in the province of manitoba – canada

2. Are you close to your family?

not to my parents but yes to my extended family and in-laws

3. What helps you relax?

meditation, spending time with my wife

4. What kind of books do you like to read?

hmm fiction, biographies, humour

5. Why do you blog?

It started because I have a lot of time on my hands, which gets me thinking about how I can’t do much. But now I keep going for the community and the followers 🙂 

6. Who do you envy?

no one. we all have something going on behind the scenes and i am content in my life.

7. Is there something in your past that you have never told anyone about?

sure but i don’t feel comfortable blogging about it.

8. What is your biggest pet peeve?

bad drivers! rawr!

9. What would you do first if you became president?

they would never make me president as i wasn’t born in the US, but if i was, fix your screwed up health care system, help the sick and the poor and disabled, they seem to get screwed in the States!

10. Who is your favorite musical artist?

I have too many. But always the Tragically Hip.

 

Wangechi Mutu

Sometimes this blog is an education for me and helps me to learn more about subjects I want to know more about but never get the time.

Ms. Mutu is a Kenyan woman and a fantastic artist. I discovered her just by googling around, yep, used google as a verb! and was so drawn to her work.

Educated in England, Wangechi Mutu now lives and works in New York though she’s been around the world with her exhibitions.

This Yale graduates amazing works are grotesque and amazing.

If you are anywhere near New York – I implore you to see her work.

“Mutu’s work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry. Drawing from the aesthetics of traditional crafts, science fiction and funkadelia, Mutu’s works document the contemporary myth making of endangered cultural heritage.” – courtesy of artfix.com

Adele: beauty, style and substance

I like having my hair and face done, but I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy.
-Adele

She’s smart, hot and talented. What’s not to like?

Thanks for kicking ass at the music awards and on your own terms 🙂