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Help!

So, I decided to have a couple of drinks last night. I wasn’t terribly drunk, but I was feeling good. Bonnie and I were listening to The Beatles, who we both love. I thought I’d share this amusing exchange:

Lottie: Which movie did they sing Help in?

Bonnie: Help.

Lottie: Yeah.

Bonnie: Help.

Lottie: Uh huh.

Bonnie: The name of the movie is Help.

Lottie: [cracks up laughing like a total dork] See, you can’t talk to me about these things while I’m doing this. [motions to glass of Jameson on the rocks]

OK, so maybe you had to be there.

Anyway, the song has been playing in my head all day, and it occurred to me how perfectly appropriate it actually is right now. So it is with deep love and gratitude that I dedicate this song to my best girlfriend and sister of my heart.


For Mike With All My Love

Mike is in the shower right now. We’ll be leaving for the airport in about an hour. Our time together flew by even faster than I thought it would. He won’t see this until after he’s back in England, but hopefully it will be something nice for him to return to.

I love you, Michael! Next time it’s for keeps. Deal?


Flashback Friday

This week’s flashback is dedicated to the most wonderful man in the world. He is my best friend and confidant, and despite my many flaws and imperfections I know he loves me. And I do love him with all my heart.

Our circumstances have always been less than perfect. In fact they’ve been downright miserable at times. But we have held hands and climbed mountains together, carrying one another when necessary, and we will continue to do so. I can honestly say that I’m even thankful for the difficult times because they have taught us endurance and strengthened our love.

It is because of our flaws and shortcomings, as well as our imperfect circumstances, that we have found room to grow and improve. All the growing we’ve done together, supporting each other along the way, has helped create a bond that we wouldn’t otherwise have. And I look forward to a lifetime of growth and improvement, in love.

Michael, I love you so much that there aren’t enough words in all the languages of the world to express it. Loving you and being loved by you has changed the way I see the world. I now know ways of being and of loving that I’d never been able to imagine, much less hope for, till there was you:

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Flashback Friday

I recently started a Sunday theme called Lazy Sunday Round-up. In it, I link to interesting posts I’ve read throughout the week, or on Sunday mornings while drinking too much coffee. While reading about and listening to The Beatles last week, I got the idea to start a new theme which I will call Flashback Friday.

On Flashback Fridays I will post a blast from the past of some kind or another. I may post music videos, old televisions adverts, old news articles or photos of vintage clothing and hairstyles. I might dig up an old post of mine. Or one of yours!

The idea is to start the weekend off on a light note, so it’s not likely that anything posted for Flashback Friday will be controversial. It may start us thinking, though, and that’s a good thing.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for stuff to post, please send them to me via my contact page or email me if you already have the address. Please don’t post them in comments as that would spoil the surprise, obviously.

I’ll kick it off with something from The Beatles since they inspired this whole thing (and because I totally love them). Besides being a great flashback, it reflects some of my personal views. I also think it’s quite appropriate, considering what’s happening right now.

Take it away, John, George, Ringo and Paul!

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Lazy Sunday Round-up

I’m really enjoying these round-ups. While I have a few blogs that I read every day or at least stop by regularly, this little project forces me to venture a little further into the blogosphere in search of new material. It’s interesting, fun and educational. I’m definitely going to keep doing this!

Let’s start the morning off with a laugh: Archie posted an oldie but a goody that’s sure to make you chuckle. He also has tons of other great stuff you’ll want to check out while you’re there.

Bad at the Bad Idea Blog wrote an excellent piece discussing the work of Oxford psychologist Olivera Petrovich, who claims in a recent interview that her research has shown that the concept of God is essentially endemic to toddlers, while atheism has to be learned later on.

Pillowtalker, author of Pillow Talk with a Sassy Sexpert, has written comprehensively about the many problems surrounding abstinence-only until marriage “education”. This is one of my pet topics and she covers many of the same points that I take issue with, points which cannot be emphasized enough.

In Hotbuttons at The Odd Blog, Mike shares his thoughts on the hotly debated topic of whether or not men can be feminists. It’s very good and, as usual, Mike tells it like it is. Do check it out!

I doubt I’ll ever do one of these and not mention Gary (unless, of course, he asked me not to). In the short time that he and I have been acquainted, I have grown very fond of him and, in fact, regard him as a true friend. But that’s not the only reason I keep up with his blog and link to it as often as I do. Gary is an outstanding writer with a brilliant mind and he’s one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. All that said, Gary has posted about his interview with The Pakistani Spectator this past week. Stop by Gary’s blog to find out what happened after the interview.

Pop Feminist discusses the history of The Beatles from a feminist perspective. She points out that “screaming girls” were way ahead of Ed Sullivan who is largely credited for delivering The Beatles to America. The title of the post is Erasing Women. A couple of excerpts:

With only a single gestured reference to Ed Sullivan’s witnessing of the British “screaming girls”, he— with his clear and reasoned masculine intelligence through which this emotive feminine display is interpreted– delivers the Beatles to America.

Given another imagining of this event, one can just as accurately say, “the girls’ demand for The Beatles forced Ed Sullivan, along with most other media outlets, to bring the Beatles to America.” In this telling, the women are the ones who “discovered” The Beatles, an account that certainly rings true to my ears.

[…]

The Beatles were the eye of a feminine hurricane, large groups of women were traveling long distances to see them, women were exercising tremendous consumer power to purchase their music and merchandise, women all over the world GOT LOUD, organizing a host of sexual anxieties around Beatles symbolism. Women, the first large group of Beatles fans, determined the shape of a world-wide pop culture. In an era before second wave feminism, this wasn’t just threatening– it was terrifying.

Very well stated!

I can’t think of a better place to wrap it up than this. Told you I was one of the true feminists. ::wink::

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


My Beatlemania

I grew up listening to The Beatles. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know their music or their names. My mother would play them on 45 rpm records while we were home. When were out in the car, we listened to them on 8-track tapes. I remember singing along with The Beatles when I was small enough that I could stand up on the front seat of my dad’s 1969 Mustang.

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah…

She was just seventeen, and you know what I mean…

Man, that takes me back.

The Beatles were fun and exciting. In the midst of a rather turbulent childhood, they were a constant reminder that there were other ways of thinking and being and other places to go in the world. Even after all these years, their music makes me happy and upbeat. It is utterly timeless.

I’m not really sure what the purpose of this post is. I’ve been listening to The Beatles and John Lennon’s solo music for the past couple of days, so I guess that’s where my mind is right now.

Browsing through YouTube, I did come across a great song that made me think of my small circle of blogging friends; those who have been supportive and encouraging through some stressful and difficult times (even when they didn’t realize it). In closing, I dedicate this song to them. I’m sure they know who they are (that includes you, Honey).