Mourners Pay Respect to Justice Ginsburg at the Supreme Court
REBECCA SHABAD ~~ Sep 23rd 2020 1:20PM
WASHINGTON — Mourners spanning multiple generations gathered Wednesday to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon who garnered a devoted following of admirers, as she was honored at the Supreme Court.
Members of the public gathered to honor the liberal justice, viewing her casket as it sat at the top of the front steps of the Supreme Court.
Many of the mourners were women and young girls. Ginsburg became a role model after she broke down gender barriers and promoted equality throughout her life.
OMGosh!! Which one?? I can’t do both!! I personally love the “Deep Blue” (very classy) but what do you bet the “Magenta” (looks pink to me) will be the collector’s item? Seriously! I have no idea which one! Votes please!
She “sees through all eyes,” is “armed with polysyllabic words,” with her “speaker’s gavel brings order,” “thinks five moves ahead,” her mysterious “mace transmits messages,” her “gold bracelets dazzles enemies,” her “clapping hands shreds paper too,” and she “does it all in heels.”
September 22 is the Autumnal Equinox, one of the two days of the year when day and night are exactly the same length. The holiday, also known as Harvest Home, Mabon, the Feast of the Ingathering, Meán Fómhair, An Clabhsúr, or Alban Elfed (in Neo-Druid traditions), is a modern Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Universe during the coming winter months. I was a little surprised to discover that the name “Mabon” was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a prominent figure from Welsh literature and mythology. Among the sabbats, Mabon is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.
Though temperatures may still be warm during the day, summer has truly come to an end. The leaves on deciduous trees have begun to turn colors and fall to the ground, and there is a chill in the evening air. The days were longer than the nights until this moment, and after this the nights will begin their reign.
All Sabbats are occasions to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives, but Mabon is particularly so, coming at the height of the harvest season. Traditionally, this was a very busy and physically exhausting time. This holiday provided a brief rest from toiling in the fields—a day to sit back and enjoy the fruits of the labor thus far. In these modern times, most of us are not involved in agriculture, but we can still take a moment to rest from our labor and relax, appreciating all that we have. It is a time to recognize the need for balance between work and play.
Today’s Furry Friday celebrates bearded men who I felt represent the image of this autumn time of year. They were hard to find and pick out, but I am pretty happy with these men I did. I hope you feel the same!
Happy Autumn Equinox and Blessed Be!
BG “Ben” Thomas
Thanks to these two articles HERE and HERE for helping me explain what this holiday is all about!
This week is the 24th anniversary of the original classic Star Trek, and by the very definition, of all Star Trek. It was this past Tuesday, the 8th, to be exact. In honor of this show that has shaped our science, careers, and our very culture, Noah and I decided to feature the bearded men of Star Trek.
I discovered Star Trek when I was about thirteen, and at the time, and what appealed to me so much to me about the show was that it showed a world where one day, everyone was accepted. It didn’t matter if you were male or female, black or white, Russian or Asian (and with a cold war going on, that was quite a statement), or if you were completely alien. And for a very unpopular kid, and the target of any and all bullies, knowing that there was one day going to be a time where it was all better was really important. I could even imagine myself—and I did—serving on the bridge.
Interestingly enough, it was also one of the first times that I was drawn up short and mesmerized my how wondering a man looked with a beard—and that was with my first viewing of Spock with a beard in the classic episode, “Mirror, Mirror.” Years later, when Star Trek: The Next Generation included William Riker—supposedly as the handsome alternate to Captain James T. Kirk—I was totally not interested…until he showed up in the second season with a beard. Suddenly I was like … “hubba-hubba!” Of course, by then I knew that it was the rare man who wasn’t made more handsome by a beard and that I rarely even noticed him unless he did have at least some kind of facial hair.
And right up until today, with the latest incarnation, Star Trek: Picard, with the bearded and very exciting Cristóbal “Chris” Ríos, I still feel the same when it comes to Star Trek or any other universe: a bearded man is the hottest man.
Let us know if you agree by checking out our Star Trek men!
And don’t forget to vote!
Live Long and Prosper,
BG “Ben” Thomas
Last year we did a popular Furry Friday featuring Labor Day, thinking it would be great to show bearded men in different careers. From white collar to blue collar, different kinds of jobs in many walks of life, we posted pictures of hard-working bearded men. It was popular enough we followed it a month later with “Men at Work,” because as we said then, we really do love hard(-working) men. * wink wink *
Special thanks to Elin Gregory for her contributions to this Furry Friday. This one, once again, is dedicated to you!
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And it still hurts. I still can cry at the snap of my fingers. My husband R still thinks he should hide pictures of her that occasionally surface, and he’s wrong. I always want to see a picture of Sarah. Even if it makes me cry.
Because Sarah Jane was my soul dog.
She was my itty bitty teeny tiny Little Woman.
God, can You explain to me please, how in Your infinite wisdom, You chose to give our beloved companions, that You created for us, such very short lives?