Ian is not quite three years old, but he knows how to wear a mask!
Weather: It has been lightly raining occasionally on Friday and Saturday. A needed relief from the dry conditions of our summer weather.
This week: Let's see, what did I do this week? Oh, I remember. I watched the Democratic National Convention four nights in a row followed by listening to all the talking heads discuss it afterwards. See my suggestions for viewing the high points below, if you didn't get a chance to see it all.
Book Clubs: Both of my book clubs are back in operation, meeting at my house, sitting outside on the covered deck, while wearing masks. It is good to be with other humans again, even in these limited and careful interactions. SOTH book club discussed WHY I JUMP written by a thirteen-year-old autistic boy. RHS GALS book club will meet on Wednesday to discuss VALENTINE, a disturbing view of the ways women are treated and mistreated by men, but a hopeful book because the women are strong and determined.
- Completed this week--
- Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison. Our class ended on Tuesday. It was a valuable experience reading this and discussing in community. E-book.
- Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime by Roger Housden. One of the books in the "Ten Poems" series, it is a reread for me. Poetry is what I can read these days. Print.
- Tinkers by Paul Harding. A Pulitzer Prize winner which I didn't care for at all. Print.
- Currently Reading---
- Given: Poems by Wendall Berry. This is my first time reading poems by this famous poet. Print. 20% complete.
- The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. A cute book narrated by the cat. (I know "travelling" is misspelled but that's the way it is on the cover.) Translated from Japanese. Print. 18% complete.
1. Highlights from the Democratic National Convention (DNC):
- Day One
- Star-Spangled Banner A choir of singers from around the country, most are children.
- Rise Up People Are Coming together. Be a part of it! (Bruce Springsteen song)
- Michelle Obama Speech
- Day Two
- Roll Call of States
- Health Care is personal to Biden (forward to 1:37:00 thru 1:51:00)
- Meet Dr. Jill Biden followed by her speech (remain on same link just fast forward to 2:02:00 thru, her speech starts at 2:10:00). She will be a champion for schools and the fight against the coronavirus.
- John Legend sings "We Will Never Break"
- Day Three
- Prince Royce sings "Stand By Me"
- Hillary Clinton and Keep Rising Women, a montage of women (fast forward to 51 min.)
- Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and President Barack Obama speech (same link, fast forward to 1:31:00)
- Meet Kamala Harris and her acceptance speech (fast forward to 1:56:00)
- Jennifer Hudson sings "A Change Is Gonna Come" (fast forward to 2:22:00)
- Day Four - Watch the whole thing, if you didn't get to see it live! I know it is long, but it will make you fall in love with Biden and what he represents in contrast to Trump.
- The Pledge of Allegiance (led by a darling little boy) (fast forward to 30 min, 30 sec), followed by our National Anthem sung by The Chicks.
- Sister Simone Campbell delivers the invocation (32:47), followed by Sen. Chris Coons on Biden as "Man of Faith and Conscience."
- Tribute to John Lewis (44 min), followed immediately by "Glory" performed by John Legend and Common.
- Presidential Historian Jon Meacham (who wants to be on the right side of history by endorsing Joe Biden) (54:50), followed immediately by Rep. Deb Haaland, a 35th generation American.
- Brayden Harrington, a 13-year old boy Biden helped confront his stuttering (1:46.54)
- Meet Joe Biden intro video, followed by his acceptance speech (1:56:00) and the ensuing outdoor, socially-distanced celebration complete with fireworks over the parking lot, concluding with benedictions by a Rabbi, a priest, and an Imam (not the beginning of a joke!)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as emcee, roasts Trump (highlights). (Very funny!)
4. Joe Biden's super power is empathy. Follow this link to the original interaction Biden had with Brayden Harrington about stuttering. (DKos)
5. The #BlueWave2020 is coming Nov. 3rd. Watch the trailer.
Other Good News
1. LeBron James altered a MAGA hat demanding justice for Breonna Taylor (Chicago Sun Times)GNN) We are so grateful that our daughter has two feline friends, Fred and George, that she got three days before lowdown started. Fred (red harness) and George (grey harness) are good companions.
3. Just sayin', we need a US Postal Service.
4. The pandemic has been good for animals. "Pandas mate in Hong Kong zoo after ten years of trying, possibly because no one was watching." (BBC) "There is an 'elephant baby boom' in one Kenyan park." (NPR) Can't really give the coronavirus credit for this because elephants are pregnant for two years, but it is still good news!
On the Lighter Side:
A. John Legend sings a preview of the DNC Convention. You will recognize the tune, but the words are new:
B. The former President of Mexico, Vincente Fox, is running for President of the United States. This is hilarious, if not a little crass. Great snark!
C. Oh boy. Ain't this the truth?
D. This is so sad, so selfish...
E. After Brayden spoke about Biden's help with his stuttering, I'm sure Trump wants to do something similar.
Closing comment: After the DNC this week I am feeling cautiously hopeful. How about you? Please leave me a message below or on my Facebook link. Thank you. -Anne