“Wingardium Leviosa!!” or words to that effect.

There are not many authors around that I can complemint by saying I have read all their books. J.K. Rowling however is one of those on the list and she has taken yet another step on the ladder of respect in my opinion. Perhaps other authors have done the same thing and it has either never come to light or I never read about it, I cannot say for sure which is true.

J.K. Rowling began her tremendous rise to success with her series of books about Harry Potter. They have pride of place on my bookcase and the DVDs are part of my collection too. The books, I feel I can safely say, became a dream world for many readers … a means of escape from the day-to-day drama, stress and sadness that we all meet at one time or another. The antics of the wizarding trio composed of bespectacled Harry, the red-headed Ron Weasley and the sensitive yet obnoxious (at times) brainiac Hermione Granger keep you turning pages, not wanting to put the books down. The bullying of Draco Malfoy and his 2 sheepish cohorts, add a sad realism to a fictional fantasy world. The teachers, whom I am sure we all wish “our” teachers had been like, show care even through grumbling and snapping as in the way of Professor Severus Snape.
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Ponderings of the sexual and serious nature

On the morning of July 25th 2014, I was making my way from Victoria coach station to Victoria tube station. It was in the midst of the morning rush hour and all around me people were heading to work, to the shops, to appointments, or perhaps they were meeting a friend for breakfast … who knows, this is London after all and strange things have been know to occur here.

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LGBT Cancer

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May I have your attention please!!!

If you are part of the LGBT community in the United States … you NEED to read this.

I’m not going to go into great detail … follow the link above.

Also, the founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, Liz Margolies, LCSW authored an article entitled ‘The Same, Only Scarier — The LGBT Cancer Experience’ which can be found here

Take heed. Be Aware.

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A Life without music …

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I cannot imagine a life without music, can you?

I remember the first time music really touched me. I was at my Grandmother’s house and she sat down at her Thomas theater organ and began to serenade us. I wasn’t even in school yet but my life changed that day. I fell in love for the first time … with music.
I used to carry a book everywhere I went but this was a totally different kind of relationship.

As long as I can remember, I’ve sung. Be it in Church choirs during elementary school as a descant soprano or to the chords of my guitar. To a song on the radio or on my stereo … it didn’t matter where the music came from. When my Grandmother would play her organ, I would sit beside her on the bench and sing … I miss those days … the memories are wonderful.
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Anthem

On June 23rd, 2014, I will have the honour of attempting to do justice to a song that I not only love, but that I feel says a lot about me. That song is Anthem from the musical Chess.

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Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice is about a chess match held in Merano, Italy. The story is based during the Cold War era and is loosely similar to the 1972 “Match of the Century” a chess match between chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer (USA) and Boris Spassky (USSR).

In Anthem, Anatoly, the Russian grandmaster declares his love for his country and states that it does not matter where on Earth he is, he is still there. In the same way, no matter where I am in the world, I am still an American.

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No man, no madness
Though their sad
Power may prevail
Can possess, conquer
My country’s heart.
They rise to fail.
She is eternal
Long before
Nations’ lines were drawn.
When no flags flew,
When no armies stood
My land was born.

And you ask me
Why I love her
Through wars,
Death and despair
She is the constant,
We who don’t care.
And you wonder
Will I leave her
But how?
I cross over borders,
But I’m still there now.

How could I leave her?
Where would I start?
Let man’s petty nations
Tear themselves apart.
My land’s only borders
Lie around my heart.

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It is a sad day …

… but Rejoice … for we shared a time with a wonderfully, gifted woman.

Maya Angelou (Marguerite Annie Johnson), writer, born 4 April 1928; died 28 May 2014

There are not many authors or poets to which I can claim to own all their books. Maya Angelou is one of them.
What a legacy to leave not only to her son, Guy Johnson, but to the world.

Thank you.

Rest in peace.

video courtesy of William J. Clinton Presidential Library

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In My Life …

There are many songs I deem to be favorites, but this one says so much. To be honest, I don’t like the Beatles version but this one, perhaps because it is performed by a celebrity known not only for his time as James Bond, but like James Earl Jones, easily recognized for his voice. I hope you enjoy this.

In my life, I love you more.

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