A Book Trailer for Versions of the Self Releases!

Poet Christy Birmingham shares her newly released trailer for her second book of poetry “Versions of the Self”. Please read on…

When Women Inspire

When I opened up my messages today and saw one from my online friend Abid A. Sayyed saying that he had created a video for my second poetry book Versions of the Self, I was overjoyed. I immediately clicked on it and let’s just say it’s been a reason to smile again and again! Thank you again, Abid, for this generous gift.

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Fur Kids in Exile

This is adorable! Harvey Hurricane evacuee, John W. Howell, gifts us with a beautiful conversation with his three furry kids. You’ll enjoy, so, please read on…

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Stella

“Okay, John. Let’s chat.”

“Alright, Stella. What do you want to talk about?”

“Being a refugee.”

“We are not refugees. We are evacuees.”

Stella

“A rose by any other name is still a rose.”

“Okay, I’ll admit this is not ideal. We are better off than a lot of the Harvey Hurricane victims”

Stella

“Just look at you earlier. Sound asleep on your IPad.”

“Yeah and look at the covered couch.”

Lucy

“Lucy looks content.”

“Feed her and she’d be content on an iceberg.”

Bailey

“And look at Bailey. She is on the couch too.”

“The same covered couch.”

Lucy

“You know Boss this isn’t home.”

“I know, Lucy but home has no electricity, water, or sewer.”

“Well if we are all there that wouldn’t matter.”

“Yes, but isn’t it better to be comfortable? We are all here.”

Bailey

“I guess pop.”

“Thank you, Bailey. I knew I could count on you to be logical.”

“When we heading…

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Mini Vacation

Dear friends,

Anne and I are going Stateside this weekend for a wedding. We’ll be back Monday afternoon. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep up with comments on my posts and get around to as many of your posts as time and energy allow.

Thanks for your support, I’m deeply grateful. Please enjoy your weekend!

John Fioravanti

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 31st

In 1666 – Jean Talon’s New France census Canada’s first. In 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris. In 1955 William Cobb demonstrates first solar-powered car. In 1935 FDR signs Neutrality Act. In 1994 The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire.

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

* 1666 – Jean Talon’s New France census Canada’s first.

The 1666 census of New France was the first census conducted in Canada (and indeed in North America). It was organized by Jean Talon, the first Intendant of New France, between 1665 and 1666. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 31st”

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 30th

In 1873 – Lord Dufferin’s Order-in-Council constitutes the North West Mounted Police (NWMP). In 1967 Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice. In 2006 California Senate passes Global Warming Solutions Act. In 1963 The U.S.-Soviet “hot line” goes into operation. In 1983 First African American in space.

It’s Hump Day Wednesday!! Did you know…

* 1873 – Lord Dufferin’s Order-in-Council constitutes the North West Mounted Police (NWMP).

The North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) was a Canadian police force, established in 1873 by the Prime Minister, Sir John Macdonald, to maintain order in the North-West Territories. The mounted police combined military, police and judicial functions along similar lines to the Royal Irish Constabulary, and deployed the following year to the Alberta border in response to the Cypress Hills Massacre and subsequent fears of a United States military intervention. Their ill-planned and arduous journey of nearly 900 miles (1,400 km) became known as the March West and was portrayed by the force as an epic journey of endurance. Over the next few years, the police extended Canadian law across the region, establishing good working relationships with the First Nations. The force formed part of the military response to the North-West Rebellion in 1885 but faced criticism for their performance during the conflict. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 30th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… August 29th

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina slams into Gulf Coast. In 1533 Pizarro Executes Last Inca Emperor. In 1975 Eamon de Valera dies. In 1987 “La Bamba” is a #1 hit for Los Lobos and, posthumously, Ritchie Valens. In 1958 Michael Jackson is born.

Hey! It’s Tuesday! Did you know…

* 2005 Hurricane Katrina slams into Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane on this day in 2005. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida on August 25 as a Category 1 hurricane, Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on August 29. In addition to bringing devastation to the New Orleans area, the hurricane caused damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 29th”

Do Men Have It Easier Than Women Or Is This A Fallacy?

Christy Birmingham tackles a gender question that has bedeviled the world for a long time: do men have it easier than women in this life? Read on, and add your views…

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Take a look at any glossy women’s magazine, and there tends to be a couple of pages of man bashing that have managed to squeeze their way inside. Recently, there has been a trend to be more vocal about the issue of inequality between men and women whether this is the gender pay gap, the fact that more men appear on corporate boards or that there are more male protagonists in Hollywood movies. There is a notion that if you are born male, you will have an easier life than your female counterparts. Is this true? It’s time to look at the details.

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John’s Believe It Or Not… August 28th

In 1996 Charles and Diana divorce. In 1963 King speaks to March on Washington. In 1968 Riots in Chicago fracture the Cold War consensus. In 2006 Fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is arrested. In 1963 Mahalia Jackson (the Queen of Gospel) puts her stamp on the March on Washington.

Oh-Oh! It’s Monday! Did you know…

* 1996 Charles and Diana divorce.

After four years of separation, Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana, formally divorce.

On July 29, 1981, nearly one billion television viewers in 74 countries tuned in to witness the marriage of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, to Lady Diana Spencer, a young English schoolteacher. Married in a grand ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of 2,650 guests, the couple’s romance was, for the moment, the envy of the world. Their first child, Prince William, was born in 1982, and their second, Prince Harry, in 1984. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… August 28th”