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Patsy’s turn

Today is Patsy’s day to have a birthday!

Our undocumented immigrant. We couldn't love her more.

Our undocumented immigrant. We couldn’t love her more.

More of her story is HERE.

We had a celebration for her last evening and by bedtime she was content and happy.

Warm and content.

Warm and content.

We find that our dogs have much to teach us about the true happiness of contentment, peace, companionship and unconditional love.

We love you Patsy and wish you a very happy 7th birthday!

I’ve Got That Sunshine In My Pocket …..Summer is Here!

I don’t know about you, but our Summer’s around here are remembered with music. Each year a tune or two or maybe a specific artist leaves a stamp on the memory cells. This year the artist that has Fearsome singing to the radio while driving is Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. We previously posted them on this LINK featuring their hit tune S.O.B about just needing a god-damned drink. Below is one of their latest ‘ I Need Never Get Old ‘…oh and don’t miss when he tries more Cowbell.

Back in May we posted a catchy Justin Timberlake number HERE. Featured in that post was the release day video. That post has turned out to be the most popular post ever on Fearsome Beard earning 41 hits in a day yesterday, a month and a half after posting. It’s averaging more than 15 unique hits a day. Therefore we believe ‘ Can’t Stop the Feeling ‘ is definately a song for the summer, if we are being hit that many times a day just from people looking for the tune. Below is the official video that was released after the drop video I posted before.

Summers is here. I got that sunshine in my pocket. I ain’t never going to get old. Why not get some sunshine in your pocket? It’ll keep us from getting old as we Dance Dance Dance!

Gratitude?

Last week, wow.

Mass shooting, 49 dead.

It occurred in a gay disco, most were very young.

A nation mourns. I mourn.

There is an occasional news spot of hate. Not much though…not much hate.

There are mass outpouring a of love. Love, acceptance, mourning, support, care, donations, recognition, help, empathy, condolences, compassion, money, kindness….I’m verklempt.

(note to self, iPad spell check does not like verklempt. )

Community comes to mind. Orlando is a community. Gays are a community. Our nation, and world, is rallying around those two communities. Those two communities are one, one with the nation and one with the world.

Fifty years ago, in almost all communities, gay men & women were jailed for being in a bar where other gays congregated. Raids were common. Gays were abused by and victims of violence at the hands of law enforcement. Most gay bars were mafia associated in order to pay people off to keep them open and patrons were taken advantage of by the powers that controlled the bars. If caught in a gay bar one could lose one’s family, job, home, children….everything. One could end up on a list of sexual predators, or similar, for the crime of sodomy in the private bedroom of ones home.

Almost all people who were attracted to the same sex were closeted. Not closeted by choice but out of necessity. Survival.

As we celebrate pride in the midst of this horrible tragedy, let’s not forget to be thankful for where we are. It does not lessen the circumstance to recognize just how far we have come since a few drag queens said “No More” at the Stonewall Inn back in 1969. 1969…..I was a kid but this is in my lifetime and no matter what you say, I ain’t old yet.

A nation is flying pride flags. A nation is standing not only with Orlando but with its gay community. The hospitalized victims are being released into an accepting and supportive world, not jailed and humiliated for being in a gay bar. The dead are eulogized with dignity, love, support and compassion, not ignored and disposed of as criminals for being who they were where they were.

Not only is our nation but our world is standing with us. I’m verklempt with gratitude.

I’m disturbed by the loss, the violence and the death but I will not let that stop me from realizing where we are and how much things have changed.

May this be a rallying cry to all of us to keep marching forward as humanity. Humanity that loves, cares and supports each other. Love will conquer evil.

Believe, keep believing.