Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of it’s constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.
You are the little apocalypse
in every week
The small death
set to the scent of roast dinner
You are the worst day
Scholars and sloggers
sport sick stomachs
feeling five days’ weight
on slumped shoulders
pre-playing the pitfalls ahead
Someone read this aloud!
The most eclectic Birthday Playlist ever…
The Sugarcubes - Birthday: http://snd.sc/Q3u4Xo
Crowded House - Fall at Your Feet (live): http://goo.gl/CIl3j
Lowest of the Low - Rosy and Grey: http://youtu.be/VeqqFEn7IOY
Travis - Hit Me Baby One More Time: http://goo.gl/QObxe
Serena Ryder - It Doesn’t Matter Anymore: http://tmblr.co/ZJsacx5a-h4R
Dirty Vegas - Days Go By (acoustic): http://snd.sc/TpWhtL
Peter Gabriel - The Book of Love: http://snd.sc/TpYci6
Johnny Cash - In My Life
The Band - The Night They Drove Dixie Down: http://tmblr.co/ZJsacxEhVXZF
Kathleen Edwards - Change the Sheets: http://tmblr.co/ZJsacxF5QapG
David Bowie - Modern Love: http://snd.sc/TpXQrK
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Nowhere With You: http://snd.sc/Q3uvBa
Concrete Blonde - Happy Birthday: http://tmblr.co/ZJsacx9EZzEf
To be human is to be aware of the passage of time; no concept lies closer to the core of our consciousness.
Soccer (Football) BRONZE for Canada!!
Inspiration part 1: Let’s see how far we’ve come…
‘Never give up. Never. This is what comes from commitment and resilience.’ - Team Canada Coach John Herdman
(not quite ready to give up the Olympics yet…)
Still can’t believe how awesome the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team played today…they laid it down and earned a win despite the odds and what the final score line showed…”well Holy Cow! I was lifted from the wreckage…”
Source: SoundCloud / rickjamesbaker
Olympics - London 2012 Playlist
On the heals of the Canadian National Women’s Soccer team defeat and watching the highs and lows of the the Canadian Olympic Team, I was feeling the need for an Olympics Playlist:
- Uprising - Muse
- Shake it Out - Florence & the Machine
- What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) - Kelly Clarkson
- Run (Almighty Anthem Radio Edit) - Jamie Knight
- Stronger - Kanye West
- Breath - Swollen Members (feat. Nelly Furtado)
- I Will Survive - Cake
- Wolf Like Me - TV on the Radio
- Stadium Love - Metric
- Ashes - Embrace
- Holy Grail - Hunters & Collectors
- Best of You - Foo Fighters
- List of Demands - Saul Williams
- 4 minutes - Madonna feat Justin Timberlake
- How Far We’ve Come - Matchbox 20
- Vindicated - Dashboard Confessional
- This Isn’t Everything You Are - Snow Patrol
- The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel / Jerry Douglas, with Mumford & Sons
- The Wrestler - Bruce Springsteen
- You’ll Go Far - Jenn Grant
- The Great Exhale - Great Lakes Swimmers
- Carry You Home - James Blunt
And in honour of the London 2012 Olympics and athletes playing, fighting, racing their way to victory or defeat…and just because it is one of my favourite songs, The Boxer, featuring Jerry Douglas on Dobro and Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon on backing vocals…
In the clearing stands a boxer,
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame,
“I am leaving, I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains.
Oh Tumblr, how have I forsaken thee…
And the world stops spinnin’ when you stop spinnin’
Sighs when you sigh when you sigh
I’m coming home so leave the light on for me
I’m drawing over the luminous veil
When I get in I will see you all there
I’m drawing on the great exhale
- Tony Dekker, Great Lake Swimmers
A year ago, to the day, I arrived back in Toronto, from my journey to Uganda by way of the UK…
A year ago, I passed through London, UK on my way to Liverpool and Manchester, exactly a year prior to the start of the Olympics, London 2012. There was excitement, anticipation and lots of talk in the air…now they are on…
A week ago, I watched Liverpool FC play here in Toronto…
Why does it feel like time stands still yet move so fast? I guess the world will stop spinnin’ when I stop spinnin’. I’m waiting for the ‘the great exhale’
Hmm…Suddenly this story, the story of Joseph Kony has become the flavour of the week. This is just one of many articles online today chronicling the story and the meteoric social media phenomena of the Invisible Children film that was released earlier this week.
This article in particular uses the word famous. He is not famous. Many did not know anything about him until this week. I guess my problem is that use of the would famous denotes some positivity; or implies we should want to know this person. Fame/famous does not speak to someone who is abhorent or vicious.
Until approximately a year and a half ago, for me personally, the story of Kony and the LRA were vague news stories that I remember hearing about in the few minutes of world news that I heard on TV a few years back. And I consider myself well read, I keep up with my local, national, and international news…I thought. Then I met someone who introduced me to an organzation, Kirabo Canada, that was focused on helping the children that have been left behind, suffered the in the aftermath of the LRA in Northern Uganda. I have since learned a lot more about Kony.
Kony is not famous, but he should be infamous, he is in fact, a criminal - indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. He is a fugitive. He was driven out of Uganda but his LRA continues to prey on civilians, apparently now in the DRC, Sudan, and Central African Republic.
Canadians are not unfamiliar with war criminals and crises in Sub-saharan Africa. Perhaps because a Canadian, Romeo Dallaire, was leading the UN forces in Rwanda, we were very familiar with the story…long before the movie Hotel Rwanda came out. We just recently, finally pushed out Léon Mugesera, to face charges in Rwanda for his role in the genocide.
Again, I find it interesting that this has just become the flavour of the week as, nearly two years ago (May 2010) Obama wrote of the LRA, quite eloquently - “By any measure, its actions are an affront to human dignity,” And last fall, the Obama approved, (noted in my earlier posts via the BBC: - http://tmblr.co/ZJsacxAvkppb and http://tmblr.co/ZJsacxAvjRoj ) sending troops to hunt Kony and his warlords down. He remains at large and now people are making him famous…
I guess, I am glad the story is being heard…I wish that people were focused more on the children that Invisible Children hold dear in their name. Last summer I met some of these children…well, not children, any more, growing teenagers still living with the horror show that was the LRA in Northern Uganda. Last summer I spent three weeks in Uganda, I spent time working at a school and living in a community trying to move forward from the devastation left behind by Kony and the LRA. I met former child soldiers, children who escaped and were eventually able to find tenuous safety again though some lost everything, their mothers, fathers, siblings. They lost years of their lives and lived through a horror that no one in the democratic western world will ever experience. I listened to some of their stories first hand, from their lips…
So all I can say is let’s not make Kony famous, let us see justice served. Let’s focus on the people and communities, the civilians who were brutalized; who are survivors and trying to make a better life.
Kony 2012 - A link to Invisible Children’s film
…I thought I should include a link…
Rosy and Grey, by The Lowest of the Low
I think, such a great song, set in Toronto, by a great (Canadian) band….and always makes me feel a little better…
..give a listen/view.
“Everything is coming up rosy and grey,
Yeah the wind is cold, but the smell of snow, warms me today…”