Two items of historical significance occurred this date, though in different years.
The year 1972. Helen Reddy’s brilliant song I Am Woman hit the top of the pop charts. A work for the ages. Perfect for the burgeoning women’s movement. One of its beginnings.
I Am Woman’s words involved personal empowerment. Identified women as a class unto themselves.
The song still with us today. Reflected in the sexual harassment issue facing society today.
Women have come a long way!
The other event of historical significance occurred in 1854. Alfred Lord Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade was published. The charge having occurred at Balaklava during the Crimean War.
I first read the Charge in high school. It resonates with me to this day. “Into the valley of Death / Rode the six hundred / …..Their’s not to reason why / Their’s but to do and die.”
Dinner at Donna and Terri’s last night. Donna cooked special for me. My diet. Pieces of beef. Delicious.
Terri looks better each time I see her.
The Lighted Boat Parade was scheduled for tonight. Canceled. Rescheduled. The weather.
Raining like hell already. Temperature has already dropped. Sixty nine at the moment. High will be 72. Mid to high 60s during the canceled Boat Parade. Sixty two when I wake tomorrow morning.
The cause has to be the snow storm moving northeast out of Texas. Key West will not experience snow. Don’t think we ever have. However, we are being hit with the outer limits of the storm. Cold and rain.
The Lighted Boat Parade has been rescheduled for next saturday.
The cold spell will be with us till thursday.
The Sheriff’s Animal Farm’s annual Christmas event tomorrow. One to 3. Wear a sweater or jacket.
What would Christmas be without Larry Smith? Larry’s annual Holiday Jazz Concert friday at The Studios of Key West. Always an enjoyable event. I will be there.
Wife Christine will be singing as only she can.
Leave well enough alone! My words directed to the Catholic Church.
Pope Frances announced he wants to reword the Lord’s Prayer. After 2,000 years!
His concern is with “Lead us not into temptation.” Claims it sounds like God is leading us into temptation when in reality it is the devil.
Blames the problem on the translations of the Lord’s Prayer over the years.
The Lord’s Prayer is part of the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christian traditions. Basically as presently worded.
There has been a movement in the Church towards the change for several years. Frances lending his support by his announcement.
The Catholic Churches of France and Spain have already adopted the change.
I remember years ago when the Catholic Church changed the Mass from Latin to English and mandated Church goers sing during services. I believe the Catholic Church lost half its followers because of the two changes.
God help Donald Trump! He needs it.
His very recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is having immediate consequences. Three days of fighting in the streets between Israelis and Palestinians. The violence is escalating by day. Yesterday, rockets from Gaza into Israel, retaliatory air strikes by Israel on the Gaza Strip.
Trump is bristling to get us into a war.
Richard Cohen in a recent article in the Washington Post made several interesting comments re Trump: He “has made us a meaner, smaller people.” “Moral principal has been replaced by political cowardice.” “This is America’s darkest hour.”
Eugene Robinson writes for the Washington Post, also. He recently wrote that the Party of Lincoln has devolved into the Party of Trump. The GOP today belongs to Trump.
The Republican Party no longer can claim the mantle of honesty and purity.
Displaced boats in the lower Keys because of Irma exceeding the number anticipated. Thought to be 1,300. Up to 1,500 already raised and cleared. More to go.
Overall in Florida, 2,069 boats have already been raised.
Irma did its job!
The State immediately began replacing trees following Irma. The trees are replanted close to each other. We have learned that planting trees close to each other helps them survive strong wind storms. The trees break the wind and protect each other.
Syracuse/Colgate at 2 this afternoon. Syracuse will win.
Irma and Me’s sales numbers good. Higher than expected at this point. I am pleased.
Irma and Me is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and KoboBooks.
Thus far, Irma and Me is the only book written re a person’s experiences involving Irma.
Enjoy your day!