Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!: What I'm Grateful For...

My partner: I'm reminded every day of how deeply I am loved

My family: currently training me to be all that I can be

My healing practice: being able to witness & participate in the healing of my clients

My church: it welcomes me, affirms and strengthens my faith, and moves and inspires me

My friends: I adore them! And cherish the time I spend with them

My faith: it evolves, it grows, it sustains me and it forgives me when I ignore it.

My new president: my son now lives in a world where he can decide he wants to be president when he grows up

We're Going to the White House!

There are times when President-Elect Obama seems like an Everyman. That's certainly who he's fighting for, who he wants to help (in the pretty little house with the white picket fence on Main Street). But every once in a while, in an interview, or in footage from a rally, he'll say something, something that sounds so normal. Especially African-American normal. That it makes me excited all over again that he won!!!

Look out, we're coming to the White House!

One example was in a rally when he said, "She's talking like she's Annie Oakley!"

In another rally, he said, "How many plumbers you know make $250,000 a year?"

And then, today, he did it again. I saw a couple of clips on the View from their interviews with Barbara Walters, and in one, they were talking about the First Puppy. What kind of dog will it be? Naturally, Barbara suggested they get one like her Cha Cha (short for Cha Cha Cha).

Obama speculated that it would be a "yappy" dog, yapping all over the place and that it seems kind of like a girly dog. Then, he said, gesturing, "we're gonna get a BIG dog...". And there was just something about what he said, the way he said it and the expression on his face that made me say once again, "Oh my god, we're going to the White House!".

Moving on up to the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky...

It feels like I'm going, too, in a way. Like there will be someone there I could have seen every couple of years at a family reunion.

It's hard to find the right words to express how wonderful that feels. But it feels pretty darn wonderful, let me tell you!

FL Ban on Gay Adoptions Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted on Tue, Nov. 25, 2008
Miami Herald

Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman Tuesday declared Florida's 50-year-old ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional -- a ruling state lawyers immediately said they would challenge.

The ruling sets the stage for Frank Gill, a gay man from North Miami, to adopt two foster children he has raised since 2004. In a 53-page ruling, Judge Lederman said, "It is clear that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person's ability to parent."

Two lawyers from the Florida Attorney General's Office said they would file an appeal Tuesday. ''We respect the court's decision,'' said Assistant Attorney General Valerie Martin. "Based upon the wishes of our client, the Department of Children & Families, we will file an appeal.''

Gill, who is raising the half-brothers, ages 4 and 8, said he was ''elated'' by the ruling and "I cried tears of joy for the first time in my life.''

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