Friday, June 23, 2017

Keep It Real



Last night I watched "Is Genesis History?" which my boss recommended. The program tries to prove that Genesis is literal history. It attempts to convince the viewer to believe that yom (י֔וֹם) means a literal day not a period of time. Yom can mean either. It also tries to say that the Grand Canyon was created by the Great Flood of Noah. I just don't buy it. If Genesis is literal than mankind is only 6,000 years old, but we know from science that mankind has been around for much longer. I believe that Genesis is allegorical. All I have to say to the filmmakers is the same thing on the guy's shirt above--keep it real.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Disappointment



I had a major interview set for this week. It was with a world celebrity who happened to get a graduate degree from my school. I can't say who she is, but know that this was going to be a big interview. To be honest, I was a bit nervous. Disappointingly, she's had to cancel our interview due to some unforeseen issues. She didn't cancel it completely, but it just won't be in person or this week. We will have to do the interview by phone in a few weeks. The phone isn't the best option because the sound quality is not as good, but it's better than nothing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer



Today is the first day of summer. The picture above is the epitome of summer for me. Sitting with a friend by the pool eating a juicy watermelon. Yum. Celebrate summer. If it wasn't so hot, it would be my favorite season.

Last night, I had Chinese for supper. My fortune cookie was a little naughty if you take it a certain way. It said, "Love is like a sweet peach, good to the last drop." Am I the only one who sees something dirty in this, or is it just my mind in the gutter? 

By the way, the "divided peach" is a term for homosexuality in China.  Mizi Xia was the favorite of Duke Ling of Wei (534-493 BCE). One day Mizi Xia bit into a peach and finding it sweet, he stopped eating it and offered it to the ruler. The ruler was moved by his 'considerate behavior'. From hence came these expressions for homosexuality: "a preference for the leftover peach", and "the love of the divided peach."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sonnet 18



Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)

By William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate. 
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 
And summer's lease hath all too short a date. 
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 
And often is his gold complexion dimmed; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines, 
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed; 
But thy eternal summer shall not fade, 
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st, 
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade, 
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st. 
      So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, 
     So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Summer begins tomorrow.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Unproductive Weekend



For most of the weekend, I suffered from a major headache. It meant that a lot of things I'd planned to do, did not get done. I did a little bit of the housecleaning I'd planned to do, but not enough. It was also very hot this weekend which hampers me from doing much besides sit in front of the fans. Most Vermonters don't believe in air conditioning, and thus my apartment doesn't have one. I'd planned to go get an air cooling system, similar to an air conditioner but not quite one, however, my headache prevented me from making that trip to Burlington. Hopefully, this week will be more productive.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

We Shall Overcome



We shall overcome,

We shall overcome,

We shall overcome, some day.


Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe

We shall overcome, some day.


We'll walk hand in hand,

We'll walk hand in hand,

We'll walk hand in hand, some day.


Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe

We shall overcome, some day.


We shall live in peace,

We shall live in peace,

We shall live in peace, some day.


Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe

We shall overcome, some day.


We are not afraid,

We are not afraid,

We are not afraid, TODAY


Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe

We shall overcome, some day.


The whole wide world around

The whole wide world around

The whole wide world around some day


Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe

We shall overcome, some day.


"We Shall Overcome" is a gospel song which became a protest song and a key anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. The song is most commonly attributed as having descended lyrically from "I'll Overcome Some Day", a hymn by Charles Albert Tindley that was first published in 1900.


A couple of the usual haters appeared at Knoxville Pride yesterday afternoon to wave their anti-LGBT banners and shout abuse. Not having it was the touring Washington Gay Men’s Chorus, who encircled the haters to deliver a rousing rendition of We Shall Overcome. 


Thanks to Joe.My.God for the part about Knoxville Pride.