I have a very important task for you, fellow bloggers and blog readers.
I’m from a small community on the Labrador coast called St. Lewis. And though you most definitely have not heard of it, this little town has been my home for over 20 years. I love this place and its people.
Now, as a social media coordinator, I’m pretty much on Facebook all the time. It’s basically my desktop wallpaper. And I would love to be able to show some community pride by listing St. Lewis as my hometown. But I can’t.
I’ve messaged Facebook a few times pretty much begging them to list St. Lewis as a community/town/city so that I can share this information with my friends! I’m proud of my town and want to show it off. But I haven’t gotten any replies.
So then I did a little research. From what I understand St. Lewis can be listed as a city in which I can classify as my hometown IF the page created about St. Lewis gets enough ‘likes’.
So a few paragraphs later, this is what I’m asking you. Please ‘like’ this page about St. Lewis so the people clicking away at the keys behind the scenes at Facebook will finally categorize the town that I lived 20 years of my life in as, in fact, a real place. A visitable place.
The best viewing spot for Icebergs on the famed Iceberg Alley.
The Ocean is RIGHT THERE.
Kind-hearted, wonderful people.
It’s where I grew up (shameless plug).
Gorgeous scenic views.
Gorgeous scenic views.
So please, give it some consideration. And if you find yourself travelling the Trans Labrador Highway, or hopping a ferry across the Strait of Belle Isle, don’t forget about my little town that you ‘liked’. Because you truly don’t want to miss it.
The paper was laid on the desk in the middle of the room.
There was no pencil, no pen, no lines swollen on the page.
I was curious.
What if there’s something on the other side?
I watched the ink dry on my own paper as I contemplated the journey to flip the paper on the desk,
In the middle of the room, with no pencil and no pen.
What if there’s something written there? Something I wouldn’t want to see.
What if the paper that appeared blank,
In the middle of the room, with no pencil and no pen,
Was a treasure map?
What if it led me to the X that marked the spot?
What if I was already there?
What if this was a trap?
What if this paper, in the middle of the room, on a ragged wooden desk full of splinters,
Was in fact not a piece of paper – blank, nor full of discarded words – but was in fact a photograph,
Flipped to hide its muse.
I had to see.
I signaled my brain that I wanted to move, so I did.
I walked over and stood above, staring at the paper with no pencils, no pens, no lines, on the ragged wooden desk full of splinters in the middle of the room.
I placed my hand on the small white square and closed my eyes.
This could be anything.
This could mean anything.
I flipped it over, in haste,
-like tearing off a bandage-
and there it was.
It was a picture.
It was a photo of you,
taking a photo of me,
when I was happy.
I had found my buried treasure.
We can’t be one without.
I saw you at a cabin.
You sat with your legs dangling over the deck,
not nearly touching.
I saw the drink you mixed and wondered, rye?
You’re too smart for beer, I see.
I thought I might extend,
I wondered if you’d feel the same.
We’d snap photos and compare stories in the field,
while in the field.
I’d wonder if you felt the same.
I keep picturing that counter overlooking
Where I laid my hands and waited.
Where you entered
my heart and didn’t leave.
Two things from my Facebook news feed caught my eye today. Both were related to how women are viewed in society.
I have my own opinions and thoughts that I carefully reserve for a select group of my friends, but sometimes, enough is enough.
Is it really, honestly acceptable to
still, EVER showcase women in such a manner as this?
Wake up. Think of your mother. Your daughter.
Speaking of which – this guy. Bless his cotton socks. This is a blog post that Rev. Evan Dolive posted a few days ago in response to Victoria’s Secret’s launch of a lingerie line for middle-school girls.
Our society is torn enough. Everyday pressures are enough. For young girls and women to grow up in a world that still views them as sex objects…something’s not right here. Maybe we should refocus our lenses on something that matters just a little bit more than 2-million dollar pandas and where Mr. Penashue’s finances went askew. Basic human rights, people. Relearn them.
If you think this is wrong and you don’t know what to do about it? Start with yourself. Educate yourself on where you might go wrong in the treatment of women around you. Don’t self-hate, and don’t fem-hate. Don’t classify an entire gender based upon one or two people that treated you badly. Educate your friends and family. And please, for the love of (well, women!) stop saying ‘bitch’ and attempting to put down a man by comparing his actions to that of a woman. Stop setting us back by centuries because you can’t expand your vocabulary beyond the word ‘cunt’.
Above all, listen to your mother: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Title totally inspired by the song that I’ve been singing all day – Otherside, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Here’s some snaps from this weekends road trip to St. Lewis.