"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday 24 March 2016


I was fifteen when I learned there are worse things than death. My grandmother was dying a long,slow, painful death at home. Family prayers were for the agony to end. 

When she died my grandfather, who never spoke much,  said there was nothing  left for him but to wait. 

Rob Ford has been dying for months. Anyone who lives in this world knew the prognosis was not good. The days and nights must have been agony. The end a blessing for himself and his family who
could  not have wished for his last ordeal to continue. 

Now they are grieving and hopefully not paying  attention to Toronto media. 

This morning Facebook has a reminder of  the lone vote  he cast against a segregated shelter for gay youth, he refused to walk in a Gay Pride Parade and they said, privately slurred gays and lesbians.

He denied he was homophobic. 

What is that about ? 
The man's life just ended .
His mother will bury her son. 
His children will grow up without a Dad.
His siblings lost a brother. 

Why, at the time of a man's death, is this a suitable occasion to bring up the subject of gay and lesbian lifestyle? 

What is it with some members of the LBG  community, they think everybody should be as pre-occupied with their sexual preferences as they are? 

Life is not easy. Most do well to cope with whatever demons they have to cope with. 

To each his own, I say. 

Unless it's a child of mine, however far removed, I am not opposed to anyone else's sexual predilection. I am not interested either. Walking or watching an exhibition promoting the lifestyle 
would not be my choice. 

While on the  super sensitive, I agree a woman should make decisions about her own body. 
I also believe there should be a time limit for abortion.
It should be early.
Never ever in the third trimester of a pregnancy. 

That's my tribute to Rob Ford , a man who stayed true to himself.


Anonymous said...

There are nasty and classless people of all sorts in this world. May he rest in peace, and his family find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Anonymous said...

Ford was a councillor from the time when councillors actually represented individuals in their neighbourhoods , where they all shared friends and kinfolk. The thing just grow too large to be handled that way and he did not know how to change.The social media may appear to offer tips for communications but they are only for the swift and young.
Ford had a really good run - they should let him go now. The viewing is apt to be very sad indeed.

Anonymous said...

They were just ticked off that Smitherman wasn't elected.......it had nothing to do with the man himself.
For some, their agenda [ another abused word ] is all that matters.

Anonymous said...

I just saw a clip of Fords 8 yr old son talking about his dad. So heart breaking. How sad the disrespect that these people our diplaying to this poor boy and the rest of the Ford family.

Anonymous said...

That is a terribly depressing title for your post.

Life is what you make of it, or are allowed to make of it. Luck and fate are obvious influences.

It seems that you have lived a full and satisfying life, notwithstanding setbacks and suffering.

Most lives experience happiness and joy along with pain and sadness.

It's what we do with our lives to fulfill our destiny, whatever and wherever that takes us.

This particular weekend recounts one of the most powerful and emotional stories in human experience, so lighten up a bit and let the sun shine in.

Anonymous said...

My cardinal looked great this morning on the snowy,icy branches.
The branches came down with the storm and are dead despite their current beauty.
That, I think, is what Evelyn means.

And, 10:43, lighten up yourself. What you cite is still a story after all.

Anonymous said...

That was not such a bad storm for aurora . Our driveway had already cleared of ice. Up north it is going to take
a while longer and some of the Barrie area was still without power this morning.

Anonymous said...

Me, i think i'm celebrating the advent of spring. The Brussels bombing put a damper on that though.