Monday, May 29, 2017



"And now, by the power vested in me by the Constitution of the United States of America and reluctantly by the State of Florida, I now pronounce you married."

So intoned the longtime Reverend of two dear friends at their Saturday evening wedding ceremony, thus sending two men into a new chapter of their lives amid the cheers and tears of family and friends.

It was a day I really never thought I would see given that we live in South, a region known more for its Bible Belt and profound history of racism than the embracing inclusivity and social reform. I was reminded, however, that even in the darkest of times, humans have the capacity for deep and abiding joy, the essence of which draws us together in hope, transforming lives.

Joy was certainly in the forefront as I entered the wedding venue to the strains of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." This was followed by the refrain from the fifties hit, "Going to the Chapel," and the entrance of both grooms dressed in matching ensembles, complete with rainbow ties.

The prayers, remarks and vows and the benediction lent solemnity to this happy occasion, reminding all of us that while a wedding is an event, marriage carries with it obligation, responsibility and the need for communication, patience, compromise and at times, forbearance. All of this is familiar to both grooms by virtue of life experience, the gift of years and family stability.

Dinner and dancing followed and as the the evening lengthened, your truly worked up a bit of a sweat on the dance floor to the accompaniment of everyone from grannies to teens and babes in arms.

A beautiful time and a wish for continued and abundant happiness.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wedding Day...

Two dear and longtime friends will be married this evening after waiting for their right to marry to become legal. I am looking forward to celebrating with them and their nearest and dearest, many of whom came from other States for the occasion. Though at 5:33 AM I can only hope for more sleep beforehand as I have been up feeding the cat and giving him his morning pills.

Several of you have begun to wonder why I seem to have fallen from the blogging bandwagon and the short answer is that chronic lack of sleep, vet appointments and constant juggling of activities because of changes in available transportation, continuing nastiness in the world at large and my own needs for peace and quiet finally led me to a break.

Tiredness and constant juggling seem to sap my creativity and many of the ideas for posts never come to fruition because they can't. My daily life has assumed a routine that one often finds when the world has shrunk and care for another becomes the focus. Except for this wedding, I've not been out much in the last two weeks and will likely not be out for the next week or so beyond the plans I have for Sunday with a friend.

Wishing you all a happy weekend.