That song, I Think It’s Going to Rain Today, has been buzzing around in my head for days and days now. I’m not sure why, but whether you believe that Randy Newman was being sarcastic about the human condition or was being optimistic about it when he wrote that song, I feel it’s especially meaningful for me at this time. My interpretation goes with the optimistic – that human kindness really is overflowing, and that the lyric “I think it’s going to rain today” means that the kindness is touching me – and, of course, many others in this world. I believe the many responses I got to my Wailing post is a prime example of that kindness and how it has touched me and I simply cannot express adequately how wonderful that feels. The writing of that post was my way of getting it out of my system – for me, writing has always worked better than the talking, although once written I have no problem discussing it. I just seem to express myself more readily and more cohesively when writing. Thank each and every one of you for being!
A couple of mornings ago, looking out my living room window, I saw a pair of bluebirds checking out one of the nesting boxes husband built a couple of years ago. It has been unoccupied thus far this year, and I have hopes the bluebirds will decide to raise a family there. I wanted to share this experience, so here are the photos:
There were clouds at sunrise that morning, clouds that looked a bit foreboding but were beautiful I thought.
The darkness of these clouds were a good example of the feelings reading the following article from The Week magazine gave me:
Silencing women on abortion
Republicans are rolling back women’s reproductive rights, and they “want to make sure we remain silent as they do it,” said Jessica Valenti. Consider the bizarre ban Michigan legislators imposed on state Rep. Lisa Brown after she dared to use the word “vagina” in a debate over a highly restrictive anti-abortion bill—a bill that would close most of the state’s abortion clinics and force women to carry horribly deformed fetuses to term. Brown told the male Republicans pushing the bill, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’” The shocked Republican majority promptly banned Brown from speaking the next day. The word she used—vagina—“was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women,” said Rep. Mike Callton. Apparently, male legislators “would rather not be reminded that the vaginas they’re attempting to control have pesky women with opinions attached to them.” What really offends these men is “the idea of women controlling their own bodies and lives”; they want us to “just shut up already.” But we will not shut up.
I am not sharing this as a vote for abortion, but as an example of the foolishness of some of our legislators. That an adult male would find the word “vagina” so offensive that he could not say it in front of women is so dark ages to my way of thinking. I presume then, we should not say the word “penis” out loud either. I think men who cannot deal with words that describe body parts in a very proper way should not be the ones who make the decisions that affect not only women, but all of us. Really, guys? Really?!