Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oh, Those Axfords!

My brother has once again strained his vocal cords and is not supposed to talk, or sing, which is like taking away his breath - well, except for the death part.  My sister-in-law just had an operation on a hammer toe and is not supposed to walk.  I have now added a partial hearing loss in my left ear, as of Friday, which compounds the total hearing loss in the right ear as of June.  So the three of us now are Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and er, Walk No Evil?


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Borders Sale for Harry Potter Take 2

Ok, don't know why the image didn't show up last time...


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A Borders Sale for Harry Potter

A Borders Sale for Harry Potter

Steampunk Ear Trumpet, Anyone?

Ever since I lost the hearing in my right ear back in June (sigh), I've been joking with friends that I need an ear trumpet.  Being a fan of steampunk gadgets, I was hoping someone had a steampunk ear trumpet, so I can hold it to my ear and say, "Eh?  WHAT did you say, sonny?  Speak up, don't whisper!" and really be in style.

It is a headset, not a hearing aid, but the first item in the article "12 Coolest Steampunk Gadgets"  looks very nice.  Still not an ear trumpet, though.  ;-).



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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Movie Prayers for Bobby

Some time ago I read the book Prayers for Bobby, about a fundamentalist Christian mother whose gay son committed suicide, and who came to realize there was nothing wrong with her son's being gay and became a powerful advocate for LGBT rights.  I have now seen the movie, which is also powerful.  I want to quote the major speech made by the mother, Mary Griffith, played beautifully by Sigourney Weaver:

Homosexuality is a sin. Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell. If they wanted to change, they could be healed of their evil ways. If they would turn away from temptation, they could be normal again if only they would try and try harder if it doesn't work.

These are all the things I said to my son Bobby when I found out he was gay. When he told me he was homosexual my world fell apart. I did everything I could to cure him of his sickness. Eight months ago my son jumped off a bridge and killed himself. I deeply regret my lack of knowledge about gay and lesbian people. I see that everything I was taught and told was bigotry and de-humanizing slander. If I had investigated beyond what I was told, if I had just listened to my son when he poured his heart out to me I would not be standing here today with you filled with regret.

I believe that God was pleased with Bobby's kind and loving spirit. In God's eyes kindness and love are what it's all about. I didn't know that each time I echoed eternal damnation for gay people each time I referred to Bobby as sick and perverted and a danger to our children. His self esteem and sense of worth were being destroyed. And finally his spirit broke beyond repair. It was not God's will that Bobby climbed over the side of a freeway overpass and jumped directly into the path of an eighteen-wheel truck which killed him instantly. Bobby's death was the direct result of his parent's ignorance and fear of the word gay. He wanted to be a writer. His hopes and dreams should not have been taken from him but they were.

There are children, like Bobby, sitting in your congregations. Unknown to you they will be listening as you echo "amen" and that will soon silence their prayers. Their prayers to God for understanding and acceptance and for your love but your hatred and fear and ignorance of the word gay, will silence those prayers. So, before you echo "amen" in your home and place of worship. Think. Think and remember a child is listening.

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