Send In The Clowns

I’ve always loved Broadway tunes because each song takes both performer and audience member on an emotional journey filled with an assortment of sensations. I have experienced musicals that have left me elated for hours.  I have also wandered out of musical theaters overcome with emotions, completely moved, and virtually speechless for days.

Send In The Clowns from “A Little Night Music” is one of those show-tunes that takes both performer and listener on an intensely passionate roller-coaster of reactions.  It is a brilliantly written piece incorporating both satire and despair.  Throw in a little humor, add some regret and end with a little hope, and there you have Send In The Clowns.

Unless performed by broadways elitist one can never do this song justice.  However, here is my attempt at this masterfully written piece.

 

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Happy 5th to our son

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Happy Happy 5th Birthday to our gift in life.  Well technically not until 9:05pm tonight  :)

It was early May of 2011 we were chosen to adopt this beautiful boy.  A few weeks after that life-changing news I obtained my graduate degree.  A few weeks after receiving my diploma we went on a cruise to Mexico.  A few weeks after Mexico I halted my teaching career after teaching one last summer school.  A few weeks after summer school ended we were cutting Luke’s cord and holding our first-born in the hospital.

Luke you were a whirlwind then, and five years later, you are still a whirlwind lol.  Happy Happy Birthday our son who makes everything in life bigger, better and brighter!

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America Is Humiliated

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I have never felt ashamed to be an American but I have to say I am currently humiliated by the behavior in our country.

America we can and must do better!

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Here and Now

I was asked to sing Here and Now (an 80’s song by Luther Vandross) at a friend’s wedding and instead of posting a long/boring video of me standing there singing decided to create a picture collage of her beautiful day.

Here and Now

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Click here –> Here and Now <– for wedding slide show  :)

 

 

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A Homophobic Terrorist

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My vigil speech at city hall

Thank you – all of you here tonight.  Thank you for standing with millions who are currently standing across the globe showing compassion for the lives senselessly lost in Orlando.  This hatred for human beings must stop, and must stop today!  In the late seventies the great Harvey Milk whispered into a tape recorder “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet shatter every closet door!”  And shortly thereafter Harvey Milk was in fact shot point blank in the head.  Sadly, here we are forty years later, still taking bullets to our heads simply because of our biology at birth.  Though no one is safe from such attacks this one certainly shows the deep disdain and unschooled mentality that still runs rampant concerning our community.

When I hear or read ridiculous terms like Homosexual Behavior, Activists, Preference, Radical, Choice, Agenda, Morality, Perversion, Lifestyle and all other ill-informed and belittling terms many casually toss around, they may as well hold a sign that states in bold letters, “I have spent little time earnestly getting to know loving lgbt people or couples.”

We live in a nation where gay bashers get little more than a slap on the wrist.  A nation where we are more comfortable seeing men holding guns than one another’s hands.  We live in a nation where we can still get fired from our jobs simply because of who we love.  A nation of countless double standards. I see many young straight couples passionately making-out in shopping malls but if a gay couple holds hands they’re “flaunting their lifestyle.” When anti-gay groups call for nationwide boycotts, it is deemed a righteous use of the free market in order to preserve morality, marriage, family, and the American way. But when the gay community exercises their right to boycott, it is then homofascist intimidation, intolerance, bullying, a stifling of religious liberty, and an attempt to deny others the freedom of speech. Sadly the double standards are countless.

When zealots repeatedly shout phrases like “the gay agenda” as fear tactics gay people are simply walking targets.  I’ll let you in on a little secret. The gay agenda is…. are you ready…. that we are seen as equal.  Until then these travesties will only continue.  I understand some of you fear sharing a bathroom with us.  Some of us, on the other hand, fear a bullet to the head merely for existing.  The blood baths in our community will continue until all politicians, all preachers, all sports figures, all friends and family boldly and courageously take a stand and say, Gay Lives matter!

And because we matter Pride matters.  Gay Pride was not born out of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution.  And being the invisible minority visibility is critical.  This year’s pride events are more important than ever. We must march for those in Orlando who can’t!”  And we will because that’s the type of amazing community we are.  You can throw us to the wolves but rest assured we’ll return leading the pack.  Let me be very clear to my gay brothers and sisters; there is nothing wrong with you, there is a lot wrong with the world you live in.

In closing I just want to say that Benjamin Franklin once said “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” No one is born with hate – it is a learned behavior.  To the preachers, teachers, politicians and so on who thrive on division – let’s join together and say – enough is enough!  God bless you all.

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Out of sight Out of mind

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Out of sight out of mind.  That is unfortunately a motto for our families (the invisible minority).  So when our son/family is featured in a magazine http://tinyurl.com/hunov7v it warms my heart to know many will see that families like ours not only exist, but are pretty mundane, normal and very similar to, the neighbors next door :)

Visibility is crucial for our families and community. I hope to see many more articles like such in mainstream media in the near future http://tinyurl.com/hunov7v

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Yes that is Mississippi backward as that is precisely where they recently went.

Very sad/disheartening. This has absolutely nothing to do with churches as they are already exempt (albeit MANY churches joyfully marry loving gay couples).

This unnecessary “bill” is nothing less than a witch hunt, an allowance for business owners – businesses who are open to the PUBLIC – to eenie, meenie, miney, moe their customers. Hasn’t our country already made this mistake?!?
And lastly these “bills” do FAR more damage nation-wide/globally. When you put into law the notion that certain members of our country can be treated as second-class citizens you will certainly (and we have) see crimes against that community dramatically rise.
Unnecessary, sad, shameful, disgusting and all in the name of religion😦  Haven’t we embarrassed God enough?!?  Human rights are not an “issue” nor should they be up for debate.  They are simply equal legal rights for all humans.
shameful

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