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I started to write a Leap Year post on February 29th and then found myself overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings and disjointed disappointments. WARNING: Part of this post is my memory of my past, but some is a rant brought on by the news feeds of the day. Feel free to (respectfully) disagree with me, but I hope what you read will at least make some folks stop and think...
I never read the sports section, but was drawn into a headline regarding Darrell Royal, the legendary football coach for the University of Texas during my youth. As a die-hard SMU fan (and former student at that school), Darrell Royal was not someone I appreciated at the time, but looking back, he taught many young men wonderful life lessons like, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." His family has now started the Darrell K. Royal Fund for Alzheimer's Research. Hearing that he no longer remembers his long career in football is heartbreaking. May a cure be found for this dread disease soon...
But as heartbreaking as Alzheimer's is, the thought that we are collectively--as a country--suffering historical forgetfulness is scaring the hell out of me. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said it much better than I can:
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
Why do I feel that way? Look what shows up on today's news feeds--yet another attack on our President--a federal judge forwarding e-mails to buddies that disparage Barack Obama's parentage and an Arizona sheriff continuing to denounce the Hawaiian birth certificate...come on folks--just admit your racial prejudice and move on. Attack his political record as President and I will listen, but attacking any human being for his race, sex, religion???? Does anybody really read the Constitution or the New Testament any more--and I mean read for yourself the entire document, not just listen to soundbite versions???????
Speaking of attacks based on sex, Rush Limbaugh is now equating the use of birth control pills with prostitution?????? The same pills are prescribed for multiple health issues today, unlike (dare I say it? Yes, I do) male enhancement drugs which are covered routinely by health insurance. Margaret Sanger must be spinning in her grave as we say here in the South. Despite some of her racist attitudes, her American Birth Control League philosophy gave hope to women that they would no longer be seen as nothing but mothers (I see nothing here about using birth control equals being a prostitute) :
"We hold that children should be (1) Conceived in love; (2) Born of the mother's conscious desire; (3) And only begotten under conditions which render possible the heritage of health. Therefore we hold that every woman must possess the power and freedom to prevent conception except when these conditions can be satisfied."
Whew. Breathe, Linda, breathe. Before I let my blood pressure go through the roof at the insanity taking place as we slip and slide backwards, I will close with a pleasant memory of my girlhood:
My first crush, Davy Jones, died yesterday of a heart attack. He was only 66 (just a decade older than me). I still remember owning his solo album for Colpix Records (now unavailable) when he was called "David Jones", and his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show as the Artful Dodger...
Yes, I loved The Monkees on TV (Mike Nesmith is a Texas icon), but Davy had it all--the great height (I'm short LOL), the hair, the accent, the smile--they were (and still are) wonderful performers. RIP, Davy, while you sing with the angels. Thanks to you, Mickey, Peter, and Mike for all the wonderful memories of simpler times.