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Natalie
20 October 2011 @ 11:44 pm
This is a video dedicated to a boy who killed himself last weekend because he was gay and was bullied. The song was also a dedication to him. It was shown today at the school I was supplying for and I hope it was shown at many more.

 
 
Natalie
03 May 2011 @ 08:01 pm
So, some of you had to unfortunately wade through all my political garble on twitter yesterday night and I apologize for that, but it was a night filled with a lot of drama and Canada made political history for our nation.

I have a hard time explaining it to people, but my friend mybestexcuse was able to some up what happened last night. It's a short, but very clear read on what went down in Canada last night.

You can read the post here
 
 
Natalie
21 February 2011 @ 02:36 pm
I find this article fascinating to read. Bullying in fandom (apparently this happened at Gallfrey One?).

This also extremely irritates me.

the Article on Fandom Bullying


Edit: This is also how I feel with Stargate Universe. So many Stargate fans hate it, which is fine, but then they go and complain to the actors that they don't like the show they're in. What?? And then when the show was canceled, people tweeted joyful remarks about it like making a bunch of people unemployed was an awesome thing.

*sigh* Fandom *sigh*
 
 
Natalie
19 February 2011 @ 03:31 pm
Currently:
Grandma/Grandpa
20 Aunts/Uncles
29 Cousins (Grandchildren)
4 Great-Grandchildren


By the End of This Year:
Grandma/Grandpa
20 Aunts/Uncles
30 Cousins (Grandchildren)
6 Great-Grandchildren


I literally have cousins ranging from 30 years old to 0 years old. I love it, but it's also O.O

(This is why my wedding is 16 and over.)
 
 
Natalie
19 February 2011 @ 01:35 pm
This is one of the coolest wedding photoshoots I've ever seen.

Trash the Dress


P.S. Anyone know a good icon with Sam/Jack weddingified?
 
 
 
Natalie
09 January 2011 @ 12:11 am
Wedding Cake.


I'd like to to be a little funky (the wedding is going to be a little traditional, a little modern, and a lot.. me. lol)

In my head right now, all I'd really like is some way to incorporate America and Canada on the cake to symbolize Jay and I's union.


Ideas?

I also am wondering...

Cake: Smallish, 2 tiers (with sheet cake in the kitchen for the rest of the guests)?
or
Cupcakes: On a couple of tiers with a small round cake for the anniversary on the top?
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Natalie
24 December 2010 @ 11:43 pm
You all deserve to get everything you've ever wanted.

*HUG*
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Natalie
05 November 2010 @ 09:19 pm
I wish I could show this to every student struggling with their sexuality.

 
 
Natalie
05 October 2010 @ 10:08 pm


No, really. And I want to see it.
 
 
Natalie
17 September 2010 @ 05:34 pm
At present, we [Canada] are a very creative country. For decades, we've been punching above our weight on the world stage - in writing, in popular music and in many other fields. Canada was once a cultural void on the world map, now it's a force. In addition, the arts are a large segment of our economy: The
Conference Board estimates Canada's cultural sector generated $46-billion, or 3.8 per cent of Canada's GDP, in 2007. And, according to the Canada Council, in 2003-2004, the sector accounted for an “estimated 600,000 jobs (roughly the same as agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, oil & gas and
utilities combined).”

But we've just been sent a signal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he gives not a toss for these facts. Tuesday, he told us that some group called “ordinary people” didn't care about something called “the arts.” His idea of “the arts” is a bunch of rich people gathering at galas whining about their
grants. Well, I can count the number of moderately rich writers who live in Canada on the fingers of one hand: I'm one of them, and I'm no Warren Buffett. I don't whine about my grants because I don't get any grants. I whine about other grants - grants for young people, that may help them to turn into me, and thus pay to the federal and provincial governments the kinds of taxes I pay, and cover off the salaries of such as Mr. Harper. In fact, less than 10 per cent of writers actually make a living by their
writing, however modest that living may be. They have other jobs. But people write, and want to write, and pack into creative writing classes, because they love this activity – not because they think they'll be millionaires.

Every single one of those people is an “ordinary person.” Mr. Harper's idea of an ordinary person is that of an envious hater without a scrap of artistic talent or creativity or curiosity, and no appreciation for anything that's attractive or beautiful. My idea of an ordinary person is quite different. Human beings are creative by nature. For millenniums we have been putting our creativity into our cultures - cultures with unique languages, architecture, religious ceremonies, dances, music, furnishings, textiles,
clothing and special cuisines. “Ordinary people” pack into the cheap seats at concerts and fill theatres where operas are brought to them live. The total attendance for “the arts” in Canada in fact exceeds that for sports events. “The arts” are not a “niche interest.” They are part of being human.

Moreover, “ordinary people” are participants. They form book clubs and join classes of all kinds - painting, dancing, drawing, pottery, photography - for the sheer joy of it. They sing in choirs, church and other, and play in marching bands....Mr. Harper has signalled that as far as he is concerned, those millions of hours of volunteer activity are a waste of time. He holds them in contempt.

I suggest that considering the huge amount of energy we spend on creative activity, to be creative is “ordinary.” It is an age-long and normal human characteristic: All children are born creative. It's the lack of any appreciation of these activities that is not ordinary. Mr. Harper has demonstrated that he has no knowledge of, or respect for, the capacities and interests of “ordinary people.” He's the “niche interest.” Not us....

Every budding dictatorship begins by muzzling the artists, because they're a mouthy lot and they don't line up and salute very easily. Of course, you can always get some tame artists to design the uniforms and flags and the documentary about you, and so forth - the only
kind of art you might need - but individual voices must be silenced, because there shall be only One Voice: Our Master's Voice. Maybe that's why Mr. Harper began by shutting down funding for our artists abroad. He didn't like the competition for media space.