Saturday News: Same-Sex Marriage & Other Celebrations

Sleepy Saturdays

Saturdays is my sleep-in day – if you call not getting up until 6:00 a.m. sleeping in.

This Saturday is already turning out to be a busy one with errands to run, babysitting Kitten, my granddaughter, for a few hours and all the news to cover before getting both of those done.

She will be one-year-old on Canada Day and we are in the throes of planning the celebration of her early arrival. Right in the middle of that will be Independence Day in the USA so, continuing to prepare for all these July fun, later in this post I will have some suggestions for you.

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Before that, however, I would like to acknowledge another celebration that kicked into high gear yesterday with the ruling of the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriages in that country. Now, it is not my intention to go into detail about this but rather to say that I am very happy for all the members of the LGBT community who are celebrating this momentous occasion.

Earlier this morning on my personal Facebook profile, I posted a story that underscored the bittersweetness of this ruling for some members of the LGBT community. The irony was not lost on me either. However, not wishing to pour cold water on the celebrations, my only further comment is this: “I hope that at some time in the not too distant future, the LGBT community will take a look within and, as publicly as they fought for their right to marry, that they will support the black members’ right to life.”

Maybe sometime in the not too distant future I will offer more – based on very personal experiences of being black and walking in the LGBT community – but enough said for now.

Violence Against Women

Read an interesting story earlier having to do with violence against women.

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As I really do not watch television that much, it is hard for me to comment on the content of the show in question – Games of Thrones. Apparently, some viewers are having an issue with the level of violence against women in this season the show:

“It’s never easy for any character on Game of Thrones, no matter the gender. (Just ask Jon Snow.) But women seemed to have a particularly rough go of it in season 5, from Ramsay Bolton’s treatment of Sansa Stark to Cersei’s naked walk of shame.”

That was the introductory statement in an article posted on Entertainment. They interviewed one of the stars, Emily Clarke, who had this to say:

“…as an actor, it’s bizarre, because you’ll relish those dark moments that allow you to get your teeth into a character and really kind of explore the darker depths to the reality of life and things that happen every day.”

Do you watch Game of Thrones? Know someone who is an avid viewer? Then answer these questions for me, please:

  1. Is the criticism a fair one?
  2. Is Emily Clark correct in saying that the violence is merely depicting reality?
  3. Are feminist and women who have been targets of violence too sensitive?

Post your responses here in the comment section. Really would love to hear from you on this and maybe, just maybe I will check whether Game of Thrones is on Netflix and have a look myself.

Malala – The Motivator

malalaRecently, Clara Brown, Contributor to this blog wrote a very interesting piece of the attack on Malala Yousafzai, who will be turning 18 years old very soon.

She is in the news again today but for a different reason. Malala was a guest at the San Jose State University’s Event Center, where she made a huge impression.

According to the report in the San Jose Mercury, the fact that Malala is very much a teenager and loving it was clear for all to see. However, she is no regular teenage but a Thriver. In her words:

“If I wouldn’t have chosen to speak, then I would have had to continue my whole life in a situation of terrorism,” the Nobel Peace Prize recipient said. ‘If you want to change society, if you want to see change, you must step forward to bring change.’

 ‘And I’m standing here and seeing people standing with me on this campaign of education … for every girl around the world.”

Read the full story here of this beautiful young woman and how she has progressed since being so much in the international spotlight.

Celebration Food

What are you doing for Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4)?

My granddaughter came five weeks early in the wee hours of the morning on July 1, 2014, and so this Canada Day is an extra special one for us. A party is planned for next weekend and we are getting the grocery items necessary for a BBQ. On the day itself, we will be visiting a new park in a neighbouring community and need to pack a picnic basket.

Whether you are celebrating Canada Day or Independence Day or both, here are some of the ideas that I found at Canadian Living

Maple Buttermilk Grilled Chicken

Grilled Balsamic Vegetables

Now to find a dessert befitting this feast and “packable” in a picnic basket for our Canada & Kitten Day Celebration!

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