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And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

–from Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, made August 28, 1963 in Washington, DC

**Read the entire speech here!

For my loyal followers, I bet you thought you would be reading a post about the wedding.  Wrong.  Kind of.  There’s so much to say about the great weekend, and I need my brain to absorb it all before I can shake it out into coherent sentences.

So, for now, I am picking one teeny tiny part of my weekend – my new digital BFF, my OLYMPUS STYLUS 1030 SW.  It’s true, I am brand loyal.  My last three cameras have been Olympus, so why change a good thing?  Anywho, my dad got me us (now that we’re married, I guess I need to get used to slinging this pronoun around more often!) this camera as a gift, and what I love most about my digital BFF is that it’s WATERPROOF!  For real, look:

Hanging out in the Jupiter Beach Resort pool

Not only is this baby waterproof up to 33 feet in sea, surf and pools, but it’s also shockproof.  It’s designed to withstand a 6.6-foot drop!  Knowing me, I’m sure I’ll be testing that one out sooner than later!  Now, the Stylus 1030 SW isn’t one of these uber slim or uber light-as-a-feather cameras.  However, I’m more than willing to pack on the extra ounce or so in favor of going under the sea!!  Or, in the snow (it’s freezeproof down to a chilly 14 F, too!).

Really, we live in Florida, and this couldn’t be a better camera!

I am not alone in this blogging revolution – my girl, E, has joined the brigade! A little background: E and I have been mates since…whoa, that’s a long time…Grade 9. Yes, we shared high school goss, getting our driver’s license and World History.  And, since we met that fateful day in Mr. Tempest’s 9th grade English class, we have always lived in neighboring zip codes.  We made it through the ups and downs of college, keg parties, shitty cars and crazy boy stuff.  After all that, we still like each other…what more could you ask for in a friend?

Anywho, she’s a new mom, sort-of-recent resident of Seattle and foodie at heart. So, read her blog, Granola Mama here! Do it!

And now I digress on upcoming events. More specifically, getting married. Remember when high school graduation was around the corner, and everything was, “Oh, this is our last time skipping school together!” or “Can you believe this is our last high school party together?” Now, with my nuptials around the corner, friends are calling in to ask, “How was your last weekend being single?
We trade our Converse for high heels; our college sweats for work suits; and yes, eventually, our naked fingers for one particularly dressed ring finger. And, is it with that one particularly dressed ring finger that our life changes…a little bit? Somewhat? Significantly?
Will our single friends still want to hang out with us? Do we have to seek out more married friends? Will we each gain 25 lbs. and not even notice? Do we merge our CD collections and donate the duplicates? What if I want to change sides of the bed? Really important stuff here, people.
Of course, there’s no way of knowing all the answers. In fact, we don’t need to know all the answers. The experience of finding the questions is much more valuable.

Too much of no sound
uncomfortable silence can be so loud.

-lyrics from Miles Away on Madonna’s Hard Candy album

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