One of These is Not Like the Others

Last time I was at Disney World, I walked into the Hall of Presidents at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, this was before it was closed for the big change over, and after the show I walked out with tears in my eyes.

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This majestic and interesting tribute to Liberty’s Leaders is currently being polluted by the addition of a farce of a man. A sheep in wolves’ clothing. It makes me sick to think of his animatronic visage standing in that hallowed hall of ultimately flawed, human leaders. Leaders who were by no means perfect. But leaders who led. Who saw the cracks and did their best to fill them with the education, perspective and backgrounds that each man brought the table.

They did what they could with the time they were given and are remembered with the pomp and circumstance deserving of someone holding the highest office in the land. No President gets it all right. None are loved by all, except maybe George Washington…he seems to do well with everyone (especially the Christopher Jackson version!)

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People argue that our newest President should be given the self same chance to lead that Obama was given… Kennedy was given… Eisenhower was given… Both Teddy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were given… Lincoln was given… and George Washington was given. The very man who, seeing the dangers a longer presidency or a monarchy posed to our young nation, stepped down and joined the history books.

It saddens me to think Trump will be represented among our nation’s public servants. He lied and divided and conned his way into office.

You are entitled to your opinion about it…this is mine.

He does not deserve to stand there. His Presidency is a dangerous one, an incendiary one and ultimately a harmful one to a nation that seems more fragile each day that passes.

My fellow Americans, we are being tested. How will our generation be portrayed in the history books?

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Look, I hope Donald J. Trump takes a turn and starts to governs, actually becomes a public servant, actually humbles himself in order to serve in the highest office, actually stops campaigning long enough to start being the leader of the free world. But I have my doubts.

I don’t think we are seeing our finest hour. I think we are witnessing the worst of what we have to offer. Division over unity. Fear over basic liberties. Anger and vitriol over kindness. “Law and order” over basic human decency.

Yep, I stepped out of the hall and had to wipe tears from my eyes. And these words rang in my mind: “The woods are lovely dark and deep… But we have miles to go before we sleep. Miles to go before we sleep, America!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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When I opened Google this morning I saw that today’s logo was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr., as well it should be! When I clicked on the logo, I was taken to Google’s search page where all manner of MLK Jr. information lies. The first thing that comes up is NationalService.gov, a site that encourages people to make MLK Jr. Day a day on instead of a day off and where you can find opportunities to serve in your community. The next thing that comes up is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Wikipedia page with the history of his life and legacy. And third, from the “in the news” section, a list of stores that are open and closed today…. In fact when you click Google’s “News” tab it takes you to even more listings of stores that are open and closed today.

What is disheartening is that today has become merely another bank holiday. Another blessed day off work to run errands or go to Disney or what have you. And I even understand that work and the daily grind can be hard. Days off are precious.

Martin Luther King Jr Day

I was talking to someone the other day who had never gone back and watched MLK Jr’s ” I Have a Dream” speech. It’s available on You Tube, right there for all of our eyes to see. And King didn’t just give that speech, he gave a great many more that are poignant and important and inspiring. His “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech is wonderful! Now, I didn’t scold my friend for having never seen it, I merely suggested that maybe this was a good year to go back and watch it.

I get it. That was then and this is now. That’s history. This is where our focus should be. The past is the past and we should leave it there. What I want to point out, is that perhaps the things that King was preaching and speeching and dreaming about are not just issues that are behind us. Look at our political climate. Look at the relationship between the races in America. It ain’t good, guys!! I think that if Martin Luther King, Jr. were to come back to life today, expecting to see his dreams realized, he’d be disappointed. It’s the year 2016 and we are lightyears behind where we should be!

I don’t know how to fix it all. If I did, I’d run for office! But I know when things feel wrong. I know when it feels like there is more that we as a country should be doing. More that I as an individual who believes in freedom, should be doing! And I wish I’d discovered NationalService.gov in time to be able to volunteer for some of the projects going on in my area. Next year I’ll know that there are other people who believe that today should be a day on, not just another day off!

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Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, please go back and watch the speeches that were made and maybe pick up a few books about King’s life. If you have the change to volunteer somewhere, this is a great day to do so. Yes, our past is behind us. That’s how time works. But being able to remember and learn from our past, that’s a gift that we greatly underuse.

I HAVE A DREAM

I’VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP

And so many more…

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Here’s a poem I wrote about King a few years ago.

30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 5

Day 5: Lagertha from Vikings

I have yet to delve into the wonderful world of the History Channel’s, Vikings. But it is a show that has been recommended to me over and over again (I promise I’ll watch it!!!) It’s no secret that I’m an easy sell when it comes to a new show. It usually takes about 25 mins for me to fall in love with a new series. (Except for Orange is the New Black. I gave that thing an 8 episode try and still hated it.) In the case of Vikings, all it took was Lagertha’s warrior hairstyles for me to know this was a show I wanted to watch!! Sometimes hair makes all the difference!

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The great thing about Lagertha is that her warrior braids are always a little different so you can really have some fun with this! I watched a tutorial from the hair stylist on the show, Dee Corcoran. And she created this cool way of braiding backwards to create the looks for the show.

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“When your time comes, you must lead with your hair not with your heart!”

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 4: Rosie the Riveter

Granted, today’s hair is on the easier side, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a classic!

Rosie the Riveter has become a classic role model for feminists the world over. And in our culture right now, the word feminist is something of a hot topic! Perhaps it’s always been so. But nevertheless this lady paved the way for women to take charge, feel powerful and look awesome doing it!

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The main points to get here are the head scarf and the rolled bangs. It doesn’t matter what color scarf you get. As long as you have attitude to go along with it!
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Make sure to check back tomorrow for a brand new nerdy hairstyle and head over to my You Tube channel for more fun stuff!!!

When a Man Marches

All week I have been thinking about the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on the very fabric of our existence in today’s world. Monday saw the birthday of this honorable man and I couldn’t help but wonder what our lives and even more, our world, would look like without his work.

And in that thinking I wrote this down…

When a Man Marches

by Liz Tailor

When a cause becomes too lofty to stay seated on the ground

When the innocent are battered and are smacked across the brow

When the freedom’s everyone deserves are taken from the “free”

Do you stand aside in blindness just refusing what you see?

That’s when a man marches.

Are you scared to speak and scared to yell and scared to raise your hand?

Is the world too rough to carry on, so rough that you can’t stand?

Do you feel betrayed by people who have vowed to raise you up?

Are you praying for a clean way out, are you crying, ‘That’s Enough!”

That’s when a man marches!

It was hot that day in August when the tide began to turn.

With laces tied the people walked knowing how the hatred churned.

Men and women less than they might stop and turn around.

Men and women greater than they had lied upon the ground.

But those who marched knew well the pain a country can inflict.

Yet still they marched upon the soil, though danger near the mortal coil.

A dream was dreamed and given voice and all who heard it had one choice.

To stand and fight or back away, though who would choose the latter?

I ask you now what you would do if given such a matter…

Because THAT’S WHEN A MAN MARCHED!!

25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“Dork the halls with boughs of holly.”

Days 8 & 9: Vintage Decorations

There’s nothing like pulling out that old box of Christmas decorations and discovering lost treasures. I don’t mind telling you that my box of Christmas things has been in that same box for the whole 7 years I’ve lived here. Not once have I pulled any of it out to decorate any of my New York homes for Christmas. Not sure why. Maybe I was lazy. Maybe I didn’t have the time. Or maybe it just never quite felt like home. This year I was determined to make it different. So I pulled out that old box. And here’s what I found.

Christmas Trolls!!!
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My tiny Christmas tree.
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A bunch of classic favorite ornaments that have never seen the boughs of a tree.
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Coming up on Sat, Dec 14th. The unofficial Elf tour of New York City!! 3pm come join us… stay tuned for more information.

25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“Geekin’ around the Christmas tree!”

Day 6: Book Christmas Tree

Who says you have to have a conventional Christmas tree? This year try something off the beaten path and I’m not talking a bright pink plastic abomination. Think outside of the box. Got a lot of books (perhaps a slightly unnaturally large collection?) stack them tall and wrap some lights around them. Creating a very unique and particularly nerdy Christmas tree. Sorta like this one. (Top with something perfectly geeky such as dork rim glasses!)

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All my favorites are represented in the tree. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Star Wars Expanded Universe, Ender’s Game, Narnia, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, history books, Robert Kennedy biographies, etc.
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Imma nerd for…

Bobby Kennedy

I have no grand delusions about the Kennedy’s. Camelot was a myth. There was scheming and dirty deals made. But there is something that enchants me about RFK. (Could be that Kennedy hair.)

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He was by no means perfect. Men who die young have all the priviledge of being immortalized for deeds not yet done, while men who grow old must suffer the torment of making mistakes.

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The more I read about him, the more I like him, warts and all. And I have read a lot about the man!!! Arthur Schlesinger Jr. may have been one of the good old boys in the Kennedy circle, but he tells a pretty accurate story in “Robert Kennedy and His Times.”

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I have always loved history. Events told in retrospection always seem more interesting. Maybe that is why I like him so much. I can learn the good and the bad of it, making him more a man. A human male with failings, rather than a paragon of virtue.

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