A new place to have coffee, find some great art and unwind in Carytown (Richmond)... Mott Gallery
|Our time out school...now in the attic waiting for the next generation|
|Photo via Facebook|
|Via Google Images|
|Picture courtesy of TheGlamorousHousewife.com|
|Photo courtesy Veranda magazine|
|Living room, a few days after moving in. It now contains items from a guest room that is getting new floors. Sigh.|
|Our former house, library|
|New living room, with the former owner's things|
|Move in day|
|Three days after moving...but it's far from finished!|
|The new house|
The living room from the marketing pics for the house (with former owners' things).
I love, love, LOVE light...and this house is filled with it!
|Dark picture taken with cellphone of floors being refinished.|
|Patricia Morison, Alfred Drake and Julie Wilson|
|Julie Wilson (left) with Patricia Morison, at her 100th birthday party.|
Photo courtesy voy.com
|Miss Betty with her sister Frances and unidentified friends,|
aboard the Queen Elizabeth
|Spring is here! These are the azaleas on the side of my driveway...|
and hopefully they will look like that again in a couple of weeks!
So...it comes down to changing lyrics. To review: Virginia gets rid of "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" as the State Song because of its original racist lyrics and says you cannot change the lyrics to make the song acceptable. BUT now they take an equally racist song (words in bold) and change the lyrics to that? A song with words and concepts which are not acceptable in the year 2015 and beyond. I don't understand this.... Honestly, I don't. This type of thing might have been passed in my parents' day, but at age 55...hardly one of the youth of our nation.... I am frankly appalled. Shenandoah was co-opted for Virginia years ago, it's true....but even those images make you think of only one part of Virginia.
The newest lyrics are, to be quite frank, not even proper lyrics...according to what I have heard songwriters talk about in the past. Even if you aren't a songwriter or lyricist, they seem strange. To call Virginia the "heartland of the nation" is odd. (Even if you capitalize the "H" in Heartland in the bill, you don't hear the "capital H" when it's being sung). What do YOU think of when you think of the Heartland of America? Certainly not Virginia... And the phrase, "We're yours. We all are yours."? Well, even beginning songwriters know that you never waste a word or phrase in songwriting. You certainly don't repeat a phrase like that.
So, fellow Virginians...This is what is going to the House. YOU NEED TO BE AWARE THAT YOUR CHOICES ARE SHRINKING. This may very well be what they will pass, if indeed most representatives are truly afraid of voting against it. (I still can't believe that...although what I saw with my own eyes today certainly made me wonder.)
If this is NOT what you want for state song....then YOU SHOULD LET YOUR REPRESENTATIVE KNOW NOW!! (If it is, you can let them know that, too. Fair is fair.)
Our Great Virginia is NOT the best song for Virginia. We deserve better. I guess Speaker Howell, the bill sponsor, doesn't keep up with the poll numbers. Here is a snapshot from the ongoing WTVR poll.. (It's an ongoing poll, with the videos of four songs included. *These are from this evening at 7:15pm.):
|This poll is from the Speaker's district newspaper.|
Even his own constituents don't seem to like Our Great Virginia
"All 40 state senators and 100 delegates are up for election in 2015."