Reflections with Rhonda— What I Don’t See—Rhonda Partain

A couple of weeks ago when I attended the Wyoming Writers conference, I was captivated by the poetry presenter when he read one of his poems on the first night, and I wanted to attend his workshops the folllowing day. My friend Rose, who is also a poet, pointed out that he was black and wore dreadlocks. Because of my limited vision, I wasn’t aware of this. So what, I thought. The next day, I attended his workshops, and I’m glad I did because I learned a lot.

This is exactly what Rhonda talks about in her post. It’s important to look past what your eyes tell you about a person. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Love really IS blind!

We so often focus on what the blind and visually impaired don’t see or can’t do, let’s take a listen to a few things Rhonda doesn’t see that are a blessing.

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David’s Liberation Day

Ten years ago on May 19th, David Dvorkin was laid off from his job as a senior technical writer at a big company. Little did he know then that in ten years, he and his wife would have a thriving business, a business that has helped me and other authors publish their books.

Song Lyric Sunday | “Nightshift” – Commodores

I no longer participate in this challenge, but I can’t help re-blogging Felisha’s response to this week’s prompt, “time.” The song she’s featuring was popular when I was in college. It’s about being up all night, something I’ve never liked doing, even when I was in college. Maybe that’s why I decided to become a music therapist. They don’t usually work night shifts. Stay tuned tomorrow for more music and memories.

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal.


Written as a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, both of whom died in 1984, the Commodores released Nightshift on January 31, 1985.
It was the first and biggest hit by the group after Lionel Richie’s departure, peaking at number three on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart, and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart.
Although the band was against the label’s decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group.
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Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear…

This is in response to the Alabama legislature’s decision to ban abortions in the state unless the life of the mother is in danger. Rape is one thing, but when a woman chooses to have sex, not realizing or caring about the consequences and decides to end the life of an innocent child, that’s wrong. Life is precious, and birth control isn’t always effective. Babies don’t choose to be conceived or born, but unless the life of the fetus and/or mother is in danger, every fetus deserves a chance to live.

Stevie thinks Alabama’s male legislators need to be educated about what it’s like to be a woman with an unplanned pregnancy, but if anyone should be educated, it’s young people. The message they should be given is this. If you’re not ready to start a family, don’t have sex. If you get pregnant accidentally, either raise the child in the loving environment he/she deserves, or find the child a good home. If my mother decided to have an abortion in 1961, I wouldn’t be here.

Now that you know my view, read Stevie’s post. Then, you can let us both know what you think.

Stevie Turner

Alabama’s State Senate approved a bill by 25 votes to 6 to outlaw abortions in almost all cases except where a mother’s life is at risk.

The senators who approved the bill were all men.  Surprise, surprise ….none of the 4 female senators backed the bill.

I felt quite angry when I read this on my BBC News app.  Why are these men interfering with women’s rights?  In my opinion a woman should be in control of her own body and have the right to terminate a pregnancy if she so wishes.  Men have no idea of the thoughts and feelings a woman might have towards an unwanted foetus growing in her body.  If men could give birth, how would they feel knowing there is an unwanted baby growing inside them, maybe due to rape, that they will have to curtail their career to bring up, and possibly also suffer…

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