We live in a culture of rape, and it’s truly ridiculous. We teach our daughters how to avoid being raped, when we should be teaching our sons not to rape people. Men should be seriously offended that society views their natural state as rapist, after all… Women and girls are the ones who need to change their behaviour least they provoke some dormant rapist to the surface of that fine gentleman who lives in their dorm.
I would have hit the “reblog” button if there had been one, but there wasn’t. So here’s a diatribe to read. Go. Read. Follow her links. Comment. Share. And for f#%ks sake, lets change the freakin’ landscape. Rapist is not the inherent truth of man.
It’s amazing how quickly life intervenes and prevents you from getting anywhere. During the two weeks Damon was home from work, we got an incredible amount done… The house boxed up and moved, beginning to set up the new place… but now that he’s back at work, we’re lucky to get a box unpacked every day. With work, school, birthday parties, and ballet recitals? It’s tough to find time for anything else.
It’s a little frustrating. I’d really like to have the house free of boxes rather shortly. I don’t want to go into the holiday season amidst piles of stuff.
So here’s something cute. 🙂 The girl had her very first ballet recital today. Granted, it was an early introduction class for 3, 4, and 5 year olds – so there wasn’t much to it. But it was cute just the same. Here’s the video her Daddy took:
When I first received the booking form filled out by Reche, I knew hers was going to be a fun shoot. You see, the two of us have a past connection. Her brother and I were very good friends back when we were still teenagers and young adults. It seems like a lifetime ago now, but good friends never really stop being friends – even when they lose touch. So getting to see Reche, meet her family, and work with them all really was a treat. 🙂
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… the best family sessions, are those when the kids are allowed to just be themselves. Let them play, let them show off their personalities. Sure, it’s nice when everyone is looking the same direction, but those captures that really show how a family is together, that shows those connections? It really is SOOO much better.
Thanks for the chance to work with your family, and reconnect with you Reche. It really was a treat!
Before jumping into all the scraptastic fun… What do you think?
Do you like the new look? Any thoughts as to what YOU’d like to see in the title image? I realize this blog was created to allow my participating in Project 365, but it will continue into the new year. Sharing my thoughts, rants, photos, and stories has become a regular part of my life, and it’s not something I’m going to give up just because the year has come to an end. So I really could use some thoughts on what you’d like to see.
Okay… Scraptastic Saturday. 🙂
I’ve been scrapping like crazy the last couple of weeks. And this week I got to work with a bunch of new designers… which is always a treat. I’ve found several new favourites and I highly encourage you check them all out at Polka Dot Plum. Lots of gorgeous kits, templates, and other goodies to be found. And this weekend there are a ton of 50% off sales there too. So it’s the perfect time to stock up.
There is still time left to jump over to Enchanted Studio Scraps to take part in my definition challenge for November. The word art I’ve created centers around the word SPECIAL, and it’s perfect for scrapbooking all those wonderful holiday memories from last year. The download link can be found at ESS in the challenge thread (just look for November’s Definition Challenge). Hope you’ll play along.
Since Kat (of Kat’s Creations) dissolved her creative team, I’d been on the lookout for a new spot…. and I’ve found it. When Crystal (of Sugar Pie Scraps) opened her new store at PDP I met a bunch of new scraptastic ladies who are as quirky and as fun as I like to think I am. LOL It was a natural fit, and I was thrilled when they accepted me as a member of their creative team. So now, not only am I a Sugar Pie Chef, but I’m a Sugar Plum too.
I’ve been scrapping layouts featuring my siblings with Lily-Ann. And I’m proud to say I’ll start to work on the last one on Monday. They’ve got super smoothly, and I’m really happy with how they’ve all turned out. I guess the key is to figure out which one to share here today. LOL Hmmm….
Okay, you know what? I’m not going to share any of them. LMAO
Here’s Lily-Ann with her cousin Eliana:
The kit is by Brine Designs and is called Tayla, General Girl. It’s available over at PDP… so hop on over there and check out their Black Friday sales (going on all weekend).
Take care everyone, it’s cold out there.
Be good to each other.
This week I’ve been taking the Collective Kitchen leadership training. And, yay for me, it’s being offered at the Carpenter’s Church only seven blocks from my house and two blocks from the wee girlie’s school. 🙂 Anyway, I left to walk Lily-Ann to school, and on the way we ran into Carissa and her mom. So the two girls got to walk the whole two blocks together – hand in hand. It was so sweet. Us mom’s have exchanged contact info, as we’ve both noticed over the last month how close the girls have gotten. They hit it off at orientation, and their bond has just gotten stronger as the weeks have gone by. So hopefully we can work things out for the girls to have a couple play dates at the park before it gets too chilly out for such things. 🙂
Aren’t they WAY too cute? 😀
We love Tuesdays. 🙂
Because Tuesday is Library day! And we LOVE going to the Library.
This week Lily-Ann asked to go to the “big Library”… which is what we call the three level, main, downtown branch. Because, well… it’s pretty darn big. LOL
Today the wee girlie made a friend. I ended up picking out her books, her CD, and her Daddy and I picked out her movies. She was too busy reading, and playing. Which is just fine by me. It was nice just peeking around corners watching the two girls play.
Pride Week is one of my favourite weeks of the year. In Saskatoon the organizers and volunteers put on event after event, and they just keep getting bigger and better. So many hours, so many dedicated people, all working together with a common vision.
We make a point of getting out to at least a few Pride events every year. We always have an amazing time, and love being surrounded by such incredible people – all devoted to diversity. This years PRIDE week was no exception. We had a lovely time at the family day in the park, at the second annual Welcome to the Gaybourhood block party, and today marching in the parade and then celebrating with everyone at the community stage.
This year, a couple different politicians were invited to speak before the stage was opened up for the incredible musical line up. And honestly? There is a reason folks hate politicians. This event is not about politics, and it’s not about scoring brownie points that can be redeemed at election time. I was so disappointed with the MLA who was invited to represent our provincial government… actually, I was beyond disappointed.
The NDP MLA made a point of recognizing the very few NDP representatives who were present (including mentioning one MLA who had ALREADY LEFT despite the fact that the event had only just begun). He encouraged people to vote NDP. And then went on to blast the current Sask Party government. Personally, I found this appalling. It was not the time OR the place for this kind of political maneuvering.
There are times when politics should be left at home, or checked at the door, and this was one of those times. Yes! Come as an elected official who represents the current government and who is proud to see how large the PRIDE movement has become. But don’t treat it as a chance to earn votes. Be there in the spirit of the day. Celebrate with us! But don’t pretend to be a part of a movement you choose to ignore the other 364 days a year just to earn a vote. It insults our intelligence. We see your party’s record, we can read all about your stance, see what you’ve done to promote equality, and we know that you aren’t there the rest of the year… And judging by the rumblings in the crowd I’m not the only one who found him offensive.
The Green Party did not have a float in the parade, we weren’t attending with an agenda like the Liberal and NDP representatives. But we were there. Because we are always there. Because PRIDE is something that is deeply important to us… and that has NOTHING to do with earning votes or ensuring we are noticed as representatives of a political party.
Pride is about believing in yourself, being true to who you are, and being PROUD. It is about the discrimination we have overcome and still face by being open, by sharing the truth. It is about fighting for a world where PRIDE is NORMAL. Where gender has nothing to do with a persons sex. Where love is love regardless if it’s shared between women, between men, or between a man and a woman. It’s about truth.
How many of those politicians there today have truly been there? How many know what it means? How many have seen the dark side of humanity where
… … Sorry. This is difficult. Sometimes I get emotional. … …
I have had friends, bloodied and in the hospital, beaten for being who they are. How many of those politicians have been there? How many have experienced that side of PRIDE? Pride is about coming back from that, and knowing it’s worth it to keep fighting. Pride is about the idea that my daughter will grow up not knowing that ugliness. Pride is about how far we’ve come.
So I’m glad the politicians came… but sometimes? It would be nice to see them leave the politics at home.
Want to know what PRIDE is really about?
It’s about Gabriella and Lily-Ann… two little girls who met only two minutes previously, holding hands. Two little girls who will never know a world where diversity isn’t totally, completely, natural and normal.
Happy Pride Day!