Death of Muse

And no, I don’t mean one of my favourite bands.

I like to write, or I likeD to write. Friday I went out to a spoken word Cafe, to help kill some time, when I realized that I haven’t really written outside of University assignments in a couple of years. One of the reasons I started this blog was to start writing again, as you can see by my plethora of posts , this plan worked out spectacularly.

It isn’t entirely due to a lack of creativity, so the title is a bit of a misnomer. The flow of ideas, was been stemmed to a trickle, compared to the flood of ideas I used to have, infact I used to have a bit of creative ADD, I’d start working on something, then have another a idea and drop it. It was quite frustrating. Anyways, when I get an idea, I just can’t sit down and type it out for some reason.I mean with school work I have deadlines, and the fact I need a good GPA and LSAT score to get into Law School, hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles.  Not writing feels like there is some part of my missing, and I don’t know what to do.

Yes, I am aware of the irony of writing about being unable to write.

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In Memoriandum: Jack Layton 1950 – 2011

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” -Jack Layton

Funny enough I didn’t check the news or Facebook as I normally do in the morning, as If I somehow new that one of the days I had feared had come to pass: Jack Layton had lost his second round of his battle with cancer. Somewhat interestingly my own father passed at 5:55am August 23, 2008 at age 57, where as Jack crossed over at 4:45(est) August 22nd at 61.

Whether you agree with his politics, as I do, or not, People have admired Jack’s dedication to social justice, health care, the environment, and our disadvantaged citizens. Despite his father having being part of the Mulroney Conservative government, a grandfather who was a minister in Dupelessis’ Union Nationale, Jack forged his own path in municipal and federal politics. Such was his vision for Canada and force of personality, that even with a cane recovering from prostate cancer and hip surgery, hes force of will and vision for Canada captured the hearts and minds of millions of Canadians across this great country and especially in Quebec. Jack virtually single-handedly propelled the Orange Wave and over doubled our seat count. The fact that he was mere steps away from seizing the apex of any politician’s dreams, and had accomplished something deemed almost impossible by the media and most of the citizenry, makes this story even more of a tragedy than most other deaths.

Due to a communication mishap I missed my chance to see Jack live. Yet despite this thespian like media presence, Jack’s integrity, personality and care for humanity, always shone there, he seemed  someone you could sit and have a beer or coffee with, a remarkable feat in politics. In fact he is the only politician I can think of who is mostly refered to by his first name.  He was always first or 2nd in leadership polls, no matter where the New Democratic party was itself. As for my own ambitions I can only hope to fit half the mold Jack did. And in that final press conference as Jack looked not at all unlike my father in his last month or weeks of life, we and felt pain

No matter how expected it is, it is always difficult to lose a father, husband and friend, so to Olivia Chow, Jack’s children and friends, I say though our grief is but a fraction of your own, all Canadians, New Democrats or otherwise, stand together if you in this time of mourning and loss and send our deepest condolences.

As for the NDP,  to be cliché it is always darkest before the dawn. To have such a devastating loss after finally reaching a spot of prominence is disheartening, but we must embody Jack’s optimism and fighting spirit and hold our heads high and continue our march forward. Jack has left us with a great foundation and golden opportunity. Whoever our new leader may be, Mulcair, Davies, Turmel, Julian, or someone else, may never be Jack, and his large shoes to fill, but we must support them and belief that we can finish his legacy and fulfill his dream of a  New Democratic Prime Minister of Canada, with a fairer and even greater country.

“Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. … I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.” – Jack Layton

The Prodigal Sun Returns

Heh, its been a while.  Hell its been 2 months since I started this blog(at the old address) and I have what 3/4 actually posts? I actually had something to post a week or two ago but I wasn’t happy with it so it disappeared to be edited, and hasn’t made it back yet. But I do have a poll up about what you want to see for my next post as I love my peeps. Wow I feel… odd just typing that. Anyway nothing really exciting to report in “The Life Of Sol”. Just wanted to let my few followers now I haven’t forgotten about this and the poll, oh an I added a read more tag to my GoT Review so it doesn’t stretch the screen

 

Oh and since my last post was about Hp I just wanted to wish Harry James Potter a Happy 31st birthday!


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I Remember my first trip into the Wizarding World, Mrs. Botrill my grade 3 teacher read us Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and I was hooked.

I Remember getting the boxed set of the first 3 books for Christmas that year. I managed to get my mom and even my dad, who wasn’t a big reader, into them and we’d read a chapter or two… or 3… out loud to each other every night.

I Remember being one of the first kids at Davidson Road dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween, the next year everyone was.

I Remember growing up with Daniel, Emma and Rupert, or Harry, Hermione and Ron as they will be known for the rest of their lives.

I Remember seeing the first few movies for Eric Geen’s birthday, and being so bitterly disappointed one year when a snowstorm cancelled it

I Remember finding Fanfiction and after wading through the Oceans of trash, Mary-Sues, and Harry/Draco slash fics, find some real gems. Because Harry and Hermion need to be together no matter what JK Rowling says.

I Remember driving down with my Parents to Las Vegas, Goblet of Fire had just come out and I couldn’t wait as we read it together so I read the car. I can’t remember how many times I got carsick. But it was worth it.

I Remember never missing a movie in Theatre, no matter if I was home or in Oregon

I Remember one time when mom was away, but my dad had his friend Robert over for a few nights, and we drove to chapters for the Midnight release of Book 5 or 6

I Remember going to my one and only midnight movie showing

I Remember my heartbreak over Dumbledore and Sirius’ deaths

I Remember before he was Edward Cullen he was Cedric Diggory

I Remember Rosie O’Donnell being upset about Harry Potter only casting Brits since she wanted to be Mrs. Weasley

I Remember how Bittersweet the release of the Deathly Hallows book was

I Remember never playing any of the Lego Harry potter games, but I did buy some of the actual sets.

I Remember correctly predicting that Harry was a Horcrux and needed to die in the seventh book.

I Remember good times chatting with people around the world on Harry Potter forums

I Remember wondering if Sir Ian McKellan (would’ve been ironic) or Sir Christopher Lee would’ve replaced Dumbledore

I Remember competing in a Harry Potter trivia contest against other schools from the district.

I Remember the literary anthem of our generation

I Remember how I felt at the end of an era.

EXPECTO PATRONUM


Hillman Crashes, Address Changes and Dreams. Oh MY!

Hey Mom, Jon, and those of you out the vast vague nebulous ether of anonymity that is the internet. As you can see I’ve changed my Blogs address, so the old midhnottsol.wordpress.com address will be deleted in a few days, so change over, if you’ve got me bookmarked or whatever

The biggest issue currently in Solandia is the fact that I crashed the Hillman. 😦 😦 ;( I know, I know “BOOOO!” but this time it wasn’t my fault! I’ve been storing the Hillman up at my grandpas for the past couple of years because I am uber-broke and can’t afford to insure it.  Anyway I was just driving it up the driveway to adjust the wheels and make sure everything worked. I got up fine, going down on the other hand… Well as I was backing up my brakes failed so I ended up hitting a post. So yeah so far I’m 1 for 3 in actually getting it out for the summer months. I’ll probably end up having to sell it too…

Also to any of the high school crew, that I hung out with I had a dream about you all last night. Don’t ask me what happened as I don’t remember.  Given that I’m one of those people who almost never remembers dreams I’m impressed that I can recall that much. Also given the fact that it was Canada Day and I had some drinks, perhaps it is for the best I’ve forgotten most of it.


Judgement: Game of Thrones

I am still playing around with themes and such, so it’s still not quite ready but, here is the first of my Judgement series where I review stuff. The first subject will be HBO’s TV series: Game of Thrones!

The series is based off of George RR Martin’s fantasy book series: A Song of Ice and Fire. The first book, A Game of Thrones ( you can tell where HBO got the name from.) was published way back in 1996, I didn’t follow it back then, if I had read the book back when I was 5 years old I would be even more messed up kid. The next two books came out in 2 year intervals. Then book 4 where I found out about the series was back in 2004. Apparently book 4 was so big that it had to be split into 2 different books, taking place concurrently, at least at first, and the second half kept getting pushed back and pushed back until it’s finally coming out this July on the 12th. Though as a reward for the wait it is the longest book yet, eclipsing book 3.

More after the break

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I R Blogger Nao

Hey Everyone.

I know I had a blog I was going to use my EuroTrip a couple years ago and it never happened. Well here I am again, and I promise to update at least semi-regularly. I probably should’ve waited till I had my background and everything all set-up before posting this, but fuck it.

This will be my place to express my thoughts/rant about whatever I want, and probably have dug up a few years from now be used out of context to torpedo my political ambitions and job prospects. I’ll jump that fun sounding hurdle when I get to it.

So yeah, welcome, subscribe, stick around blah blah blah