A site to remind us of the good things in life!

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Please feel free to post positive stories to brighten someone’s day.   We all could use some feel good words to make it a little brighter.  🙂

Gratitude

Hello all,

Our assignment is due tomorrow and all of us are finishing our last semester at T.P.E.  I want to take the time to thank all my group members.  It was a pleasure to work with each of you.

Chantal, we’ve been going to school together for a year and 4 months, but it wasn’t until this semester that I really got to know you.  I think you’re a fantastic group member and person, and I enjoyed spending time with you.  Thank you for your contributions to this project.

Jesse, I haven’t known you quite as long as Chantal, but I think you’re a remarkable person, and I’m so glad to have met you.  Your optimism in dark situations and your perseverance is a shining light to all of us.  I really hope you find what you’re looking for and get everything that you’ve worked for that is rightfully YOURS.

Aaron, I’m so fortunate to have gotten to know you, inside and outside of class.  You bring out the best qualities in me, and you’ve always believed in me.  I don’t have very many male friends, but you’re probably the best one I’ve ever had.

Last but not least, Kim.  You still have a special place in my heart, and I’ll never forget all the good times we shared.  I’ll never forget the laughs and all the hours of conversation we had at Gabby’s and at school.  There aren’t enough words to say in 2 sentences.

To our instructors:

Siobhan, thank you for all the technical support and your patience and time to help us out with our project.  I don’t know you as well as my group members, but I really appreciate all the kindness you bestowed upon us.

Kate, you and I have a special relationship going back to last semester, in the “Writing Your Life: The Art of Personal Narrative” class.  I felt so comfortable sharing my innermost thoughts with you, and you never judged and you were always there to listen and offer support.  I come alive in your classes, and you made me realize my gifts.  You taught me that before I consider a relationship with someone else, the relationship with myself needs to come first.  You’re a phenomenal teacher and a phenomenal lady, and I consider myself fortunate to have had you as my instructor for two classes.

I wish my fellow students and teachers the best of luck in their future endeavours.

With much love and gratitude always,

Franco

A colourful symbol for peace

Retrieved April 7, 2014 from sodahead.com

 

 

 

 

Empowerment

I’m doing a teach-in on April 10th for my Community Engagement class.  My topic is “The Empowerment of the L.G.B.T. Community”.  As a gay man, I chose this because I wanted to speak to students about how gay people have been oppressed and how that oppression led to their empowerment.

As part of that empowerment, I will ask my peers to tell me what empowerment means to them.  This is what I came up with:

  • A call to action
  • The freedom to choose
  • The right to live life without fear
  • The expression of individuality
  • The battle against homophobia and oppression
  • A way to erase stigma
  • Learning from history
  • A way of moving forward

Terrible events in history, such as the Stonewall Riots and the A.I.D.S. epidemic, led to dramatic turnarounds in our fight to love whomever we choose.

In my view, World Pride 2014 may encourage those who are against homosexuality by uniting and promoting peace, equality, and love for all humankind.  It will be a chance to show the rest of the world how far we’ve come and the progress we made, like same-sex unions and the rights to adopt children.

This is just a sample of what I will be preaching, and I thought it was appropriate to post this on our site.  A world without hate.  Wouldn’t that be something?

Much love and compassion,

Franco

The rainbow flag symbolizing Pride with a rainbow heart on the bottom left-hand side signifying love for allRetrieved April 4, 2014 from layoutsparks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of a Smile

The image down below made me smile on a dark day.  People say I often smile a lot.  That’s because I’m happy to be a part of this world.  I enjoy getting up in the morning and having somewhere to go.  I have a purpose and a reason to get up in the morning.  I have friends that I go to school with every day, and they say I’m always cheerful and pleasant.  It’s important to see the good in people.  Sometimes, all it takes is a smile to brighten a person’s day.  A smile is a lot stronger than your morning cup of coffee.  A smile is the best part of a person.  I love putting smiles on people’s faces, because even if they’re having a rough day, a compliment or even a light-hearted joke can brighten up their day.  To me, a smile is like a ray of sunshine.  It conveys warmth and kindness.  It also makes me feel better.  I encourage you to pass this along as a token of appreciation.  A smile is one of the best presents you can receive on any given day.

Wishing you happiness always,

Franco

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Sally Brouwer Fitness (2013).  In Facebook [Official Fan Page].  Retrieved March 25, 2013, from https://www.facebook.com/sallybrouwerfitness

Hey everyone,

This week, I read Jackie Collins’ latest novel, Confessions of a Wild Child: Lucky- the Early Years.  Jackie Collins is a New York Times bestselling author whose sister, Joan, was the legendary Alexis Carrington of the popular 1980’s show, Dynasty.  Jackie Collins’ beloved heroine is Lucky Santangelo, and the character has appeared in 8 of her books: Chances, Lucky, Lady Boss, Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge, Dangerous Kiss, Drop Dead Beautiful, Poor Little Bitch Girl, and Goddess of Vengeance. The latest Lucky novel depicts her teenage years as briefly touched upon in Chances, but has more love, sex, boys, and oh, did I say, SEX? 😉

I love Jackie Collins and I respect her very much. She and her sisters came from a poor British background and her talent was one of writing and creating stories. She revolutionized modern literature by taking an inspiration in her own time, a novel by D.H. Lawrence called Lady Chatterley’s Lover.  She not only writes about sexual practices but in a way that celebrates the empowerment of women, unlike much of her contemporaries, E.L. James (author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series) which convey S&M and male dominance in romantic and sexual relationships. As an aspiring writer, I want to write erotic fiction the way Jackie Collins does, but about gay empowerment, as Kim and I are doing a project on the uprising and empowerment of the gay community.  I am thinking of writing about L.G.B.T. love in young adult novels.  I want to write about love in every aspect, where my characters find what they’re looking for. Everyone is entitled to happiness and I look forward to my happy ending. 🙂

Wishing you love,

Franco

Man’s Best Friend

“A dog is the only animal on earth that loves you more than he or she loves itself. When you have sorrow in you, the dog will join you and tries to understand your inner thoughts. When you are happy, the dog will wag its tail so fast… that she or he is happy to make you happy again. Love between dogs and humans are so intertwined that it may never be detached from each other. Dogs have feelings towards humans and they are so vulnerable to our lives.” – Elaine Tat, a student in the T.P.E. program

My Muse

Last semester, I was in a dilemma, and my life had begun to unravel.  The only solace I had was Kim.  She and I both took “Writing Your Life: The Art of Personal Narrative” with Kate Gies, a remarkable woman and phenomenal teacher.  In that class, I shared my innermost thoughts and feelings via free writes, for which I received tons of compliments.

I never would have gotten through these last few months without Kim and her unconditional love and patience.  To this day, she lets me ramble about my problems and secrets, and she always manages to calm me down and give me a healthy perspective.  She has never judged me.

In Kate’s class on November 8, 2013, we were asked to write a poem.  Kim and I, as well as our friend, Leslie, composed a piece that is inspirational to me in trying times.  This poem can be found in the Poems section of the blog.

The snow gently falls on the mountain tops

Tops of cake

Cake and ice cream, chocolate, and dreams

Dreams are my heavenly spot where I am safe

Safe is what I feel when I’m with my dearest friend

Friend, you are who I need to make my life content.

These last 2 lines are applicable now more than ever.  Without Kim’s support, I could never have survived a terrible ordeal.  She has been there for the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

She brought me to my first Pride when no one else in my life would.

Kim taught me that it is important to be judged for who I am as a person, and not for the mental health issues I struggle with.

She texts me the morning of a test or an assignment and has complete faith in me that I will kick ass.

She is always concerned of history repeating itself in relationships and she gives me her honest opinion, and she never leads me astray.

She prays for me, and she encourages me to pursue my writing ability because I have a passion for words.

What kind of friend does that?

Kim demonstrated to me that I don’t need a man to complete me, and it will happen when the time is right and when I least expect it.

This reminds me that friends like Kim are rare, and last month, she made me a beautiful bracelet, signifying that she’s always with me and cheering me on in spirit.  It is the bracelet and the poem we wrote together from which I gain my strength in facing stressful situations and thinking positively.

Friends always stick together in times of happiness and in crisis, but romantic relationships don’t survive such a test.  This inspires me to appreciate the people who care about me and to treasure every single moment.

Yes, the end of 2013 brought terrible self-destruction and wreaked havoc on my mind that unfortunately, continued well into the New Year, but what is inspiring me now is the beginning of spring, life renewing itself and bringing forth tremendous promise for me to start anew.

I’m so grateful, Kim, that you came into my life.  Thank you so much for being such a great friend to me.  🙂

Love always, your bestie Franco  🙂  XO

 

 

 

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