Happy birthday Joe Strummer

Happy 65th birthday John Graham Mellor (aka Joe Strummer). Even though you are no longer with us (15 years!!!! 😦 ), that doesn’t mean we can’t stop celebrating you and your musical talent.

All around the world, folks are celebrating the great frontman’s life. Here are a couple articles from different corners of our globe for your recommendation:

Rolling Stone Italia (Italy) – “Joe Strummer, l’ultima intervista”

Concierto (Chile) – “21 de agosto: Recordamos el nacimiento de Joe Strummer”

Champion (England) – “Town to hold first Strummer Jam Festival”

Irish Examiner (Ireland) – “Remembering Joe Strummer’s early visits to Ireland”

WROR (Boston, MA, USA) – “A Tribute To The Only Frontman Who Matters”

Youtube – “The Clash – Police and Thieves (Live in Munich 1977)”

Zelly & Ol’ Hem’s (Austin, TX, USA) – “Poetry Games: The Clash”

Help honor and celebrate Strummer’s life by checking out The Joe Strummer Foundation and donating to help support musicians.

 

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Happy Solar Eclipse day! If you’re like me, then you either didn’t have time or money to jump in a car and drive to the path of totality. That’s okay. There’s still much to learn and experience about the Solar Eclipse. Here are some fun facts for today (pst teachers. Great way to kick things off for the first day of school!):

  1. Google created a Google Doodle for today’s event. If you play the video, the aliens will teach you about eclipses!google
  2. The last time a solar eclipse came through the USA was 99 years ago. The next one will come in 2024 (save those glasses folks!).
  3. You can live stream the solar eclipse on NASA’s Facebook page. They’ll give you the optimum experience, showing the eclipse from different vantages points, including from the ground and from space.
  4. Don’t have glasses? Create your own! All you need is a cereal box, white paper, aluminum foil, a pair of scissors and a pencil. ABC News has your step-by-step guide to make your five-minute box here.
  5. Please don’t look at the sun without glasses. It’ll cause long-term damage to your eyes. Also, please don’t point your cameras or phones at the partial eclipse without a filter. That’ll do long-term damage as well.

It’s a great opportunity to go on an adventure and see our wondrous universe at work. Have fun everyone!

August 14, 2017

July 4, 2017 – Happy Birthday America!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.

-Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776

#TBT: “She Received 65 Proposals, but Never Married” from NY Times

As I was listening to the hearing, I played around on the New York Times’ website. I know, I should have been doing my work but this was just too good.

I came across an article written in January 2017 by Lesley M. Blume. It’s a short piece on Mary London Baker, a socialite who throughout her life, as the title suggests, received 65 marriage proposals and denied every single one of them. Ironic how this is in the Weddings section of the paper.

She was known as the “shy bride” who denied her first fiance three times in the 1920s and then denied men 62 more times until her death in 1961. “Shy bride”? Really? Highly doubt that. In the article, it mentions that her father confessed Miss Mary was not shy at all but rather a party girl who like to tango with princes and travel the world.

It is interesting to see how her position and status cast her off from the typical role women played in the mid-twentieth century. Her father was a well-known (and very rich) financier, so she lived a very comfortable life. She refused marriage because she could. She didn’t need the support of a man to keep her social status among her fellow socialites or her pampered lifestyle. She was truly free to wander around, fool around and live life to the fullest.

Nowadays, it’s different. If a woman refuses to marry, it’s not because she’s some rich heiress who wants to travel the world and has the privilege (though they may be a few of those still around). A woman can refuse because she wants to focus on her career or because she does not like the idea of being tied down. She wouldn’t be refused by (most) social circles because of her choice. She’d be applauded. She wouldn’t be labeled as a “spinster”. She’d be labeled as a “modern woman”.

Or maybe I’m just stuck in my millennial mindset and trying to justify my choice to not get married anytime soon (or ever).  Hey I’m a busy girl with big plans. 🙂

What do you think? Comment below!

(Read the full article at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/weddings/165-years-of-wedding-announcements/mary-landon-baker-shy-bride)

#ComeyHearing

I am not one for politics and told myself I would not involve Zelly & Ol Hem’s with political posts. This though, one can argue, isn’t necessarily about politics. It’s about history, live in the making.

One does not usually see a private citizen as a Senate hearing, but never say never. Ex-FBI Director James Comey, who served under three presidents in senior law enforcement positions, was fired by President Trump last month for possibly, though it’s looking more like “definitely” knowing too much about the Russian involvement in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Again, I am not political nor have a Political Science degree, but I am a history nerd. It’s been a long time since something with this scale of scandalous has caught the attention of the public.

There are many conspiracies wandering around if Trump silenced Comey prior to the hearing. Judging by Comey’s body language and his answers, he is providing his sincere honesty. His answers are a sigh of relief for it is clear cut and the truth, but at the same time troubling. Sure we won’t get the full, 100% information as he continuously mentions some topics should be saved for the classified hearing, but he isn’t giving BS. He’s providing everything he knows and even having a little fun as seen by his smiles when he and the Senate joke from time to time.

The whole thing is uneasy but sits well on the mind. It’s confusing but exciting and scary but full of bravery. I don’t know how else to explain it.

Watch the #ComeyHearing here with the New York Times.

Happy viewing and don’t forget to raise your cuvfefe glasses full of coffee (or vodka). Can’t wait until photos from the hearing circulate. Powerful images from a historic and troubling moment in time.

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Doug Mills, New York Times