Monday, November 10, 2008

Screech \ off

I'm taking a break from politics. Really, it's not good for me. Why practice having hostile feelings? It always comes back to my favorite adage: Holding on to resentment is like your eating rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. Besides, here at home, we've got ANOTHER election, this one provincial, and I should be paying more attention to that than what's going on in my former home in California. Here I have a true voice, while there I don't. In addition, it's a little disingenuous to fight for rights that I already have here. And anyway, I've always been better at "leading by example" than by getting shrill and red faced about things. If I can just expose as many people to the "normalcy" of our lives, the fear homophobes have of us will eventually disappear. It's an every day kind of thing. That said, if I were in California, I would be out at the protests.

And sheesh but it's been a busy three weeks. I got punched while trying to stop a robbery (still hurts). We put Sara to sleep (still hurts). We got stinky drug addict out of our building (yay!) America made history putting Obama in the White House (yay!). Rights were taken away in California and Arkansas (still hurts).

I heard a new song on the jazz station and researched the artist. As it turned out Stefano Bollani is giving it away on his site. It's my new favorite song now. If you want it, go to his site and click on English. Once it loads, click on "records" which is the second box at the top as you roll your mouse over it. Then once it loads, scroll down to the third to last record called "Carioca". Then click on the song titled "A voz no morro" and download the zipped file. Only if you like jazz piano though.

17 comments:

Mel said...

"The moor's voice" I shall have to give it a listen.

Meanwhile, go look at my cute dog pic. That should calm you down.

Rick said...

You've been through a lot - a hiatus on politics will do you good.

Birdie said...

What a rollercoaster you've been on. You are doing your part by showing the world what a wonderful thing they're missing by preventing gay marriage. You have educated me and no doubt hundreds more that gay marriage is all about commitment, the occasional tough spot, and laughter; but mostly it is about love. Thank you, Torn, for the window into your life.

Has anyone else noticed how much fun the word verification is lately? Hoidishi - a Vietnamese appetizer.

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to think I may be a Heterophobe like Brian on Queer as Folk. ;)
Politics is like the weather, everybody talks about it but nobody ever does anything... Will Rogers.
I want to hear Torn play this song on his piano. It takes me too long to download it on my antiquated system. ed

Breenlantern said...

We are allowed to step away when we need to to focus n the positive...our lives can't be all about and anger and hurt...take a breath, relax and focus on the good in life. Thanks for being a candle in the darkness.

Petie said...

It is like what Whoopi Goldberg's character in one movie said 'Resentment is like a vat of acid, it's only eat away at you. The person you held the resentment for would not be hurt by it.

Anyway, if you like classical music, you might like this :) It is my latest finding and tinkering ;)

http://www.mediafire.com/?nnyynkyz2w5

A Lewis said...

Life is one hell of a ride, isn't it? I heard someone say years ago that "it's how we live our most ordinary of days that determine our high points in life." I try to live mine well, with my head up, and my attitude in check. But it doesn't always work out so well. It's a journey, not a destination.

latt├ęgirl said...

I'm barely posting to my own blog once a week, let alone reading my favourites... and so it is with a shock of sorrow that I learn now that Sara is gone. I'm so sorry. I don't think I want to scroll back and read that entry, though. Not now: maybe in a moment when I feel like crying over something.

She had a good life with you guys.

GayProf said...

I don't think anger is always a negative force. It can spur us into a new type of action.

Enemy of the Republic said...

I'm sorry about Sara--I had to put Muffin down in Sept, just awful.

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Can anyone explain to me why California did what they did? Was it more fear and all that crap?

I agree with gayprof. Anger is neither good nor bad--it's what you do with it. And it's time to stop these homophobes from defining union between two people. Most of them can't keep their own marriages stable; who are they to judge what marriage is? Grrr.

Greg said...

Can't wait to get home and check out the new tune!

David said...

Hehehehehe, you said "loads."

em said...

You are doing more in your daily life than I have ever done, my friend.

travelling, but not in love said...

phew, taking a break seems like a good thing.

Let's face it, you've had a mad few weeks and you're right to want to think about other things for a while.

Besides, after the robbery thing you get to pretty much choose whatever you want in my book....

johnny368 said...

Thanks for the jazz station link!

I love it......: )

Roxrocks said...

Let's talk about POOP!

Doug said...

Rox did not just say that!

Politics is usually evil and to be avoided unless one has the stomach for it.

I hope your hurts heal sooner rather than later, and I hope lots of people see and follow your example of peace and harmony.