The word hero is used so often, too often. This man deserved the title. We are all better off because of the life he lived.
Today marks the 25th World AIDS Day. It is such a simple thing, remembering and acting to insure that more people do not have to die of AIDS, but far too many people are unaware–still! This morning as I turned on my television, I realized that more people will be concerned with Auburn’s chances at making the BCS Championship game than finding a proper cure for AIDS.
On this day, I borrow this photo created by Dr. Craig Gingrich-Philbrook of Southern Illinois University. The number, 41, 027, is the number of people who died before Ronald Reagan spoke about the “gay cancer,” calling it by its proper name. Gingrich-Philbrook’s scratches on a skillet are deep and human, a desperate (?) call to survive political machines that work against her citizen’s well-being. This photo has always been a powerful image for me, for so many reasons, and so appropriate on this day.
[Image credit: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook]
“I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go.” ~Sheng Yen
“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not.” —Paulo Coelho
Little Miss, you have made my day! Wipe that sweat away and stomp those feet!
I don’t know if this makes me a bad person, but I absolutely loved this clip from The Jimmy Kimmel Show. As one sweet boy says, “Well, that’s not very kind.”