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SoCS: Juneteenth, Jazz Hands, Smooth Jazz, and Just Mercy



Our prompt from Linda is: “zz.” Find a word with double-z in it and use it in your post. Enjoy!

Before I forget, because sometimes I get fuzzy, I want to say THANK YOU to my followers. Sometime in the past month, I passed 3000! Just because I don’t pay a lot of attention to stats doesn’t mean I don’t care. I do appreciate all my followers and wish I had more time to visit all of you.

Funny how things happen when we’re not watching like the pot boiling. Seems to have happened in the US and around the world. The pot is boiling. I can get dizzy watching the news, so I’m on a break right now from the news. But I am watching Just Mercy, finally, as I type this on Juneteenth. June 19th is the celebration of emancipation when a union general went to Galveston, Texas to enforce and reveal that slavery had been abolished more than two years earlier. You can read more here. 

Anyway, I finally watched Black Panther. Now I’m watching Just Mercy. Powerful! I don’t stream or do netflix, so I watch what’s on TV. Have to get up early, but I had a nap, so hopefully I’ll be able to watch it all. 

I was going to write about jazz hands, but Juneteenth and Just Mercy are important, so I needed to get that in, too. Jazz hands are waving, dancing hands I learned about Thursday night watching a Braver Angels debate on zoom. Braver Angels is an organization seeking to depolarize America. I know you might be thinking, good luck with that. They do workshops on communication skills with the goal of listening and understanding people who believe differently. Thursday night’s debate was about the proposal to “defund” the police. The main thing I got from this was that “defund,” is a confusing and misleading term. A better word would be, reallocate. The other thing I got from the debate was that there was a lot of common ground in knowing that police work is hard as hell, and that most people knew we need police for some things, and that there’s a huge need for reform in policing.

I didn’t speak as this was my first debate and there were about 200 people! But I (we)  used jazz hands as the way to express agreement or appreciation. Maybe jazz hands is a regular zoom thing which works well, because multiple people talking on zoom is dizzyfying.

Smooth jazz is my favorite for dinner or cooking dinner. The smoother, the better. Like this.

Smooth jazz is merciful. Now back to Just Mercy……

PS. I did finish watching Just Mercy. Cried at least twice. The last time were tears of joy.  It’s based on a true story and memoir. If you haven’t seen it, please do.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

24 thoughts on “SoCS: Juneteenth, Jazz Hands, Smooth Jazz, and Just Mercy

  1. I haven’t seen the film ‘Just Mercy’ but you certainly have gripped me now by showing this trailer. Thank you.


    • You’re welcome, Miriam. I had been wanting to see it for a while. It has some hard scenes, but it’s a true story with a good and satisfying ending. Not that the work is over, but it does show that good can triumph over evil.

  2. That looks like a must see film, JoAnna. My post title yesterday would have done for this prompt 🙂

  3. Great post, JoAnna. Depolarizing America seems to be a good thing. I have not seen Just Mercy it I will look for it. I am a big fan of Diana’s Krall or Norah Jones for cooking companions.

  4. I agree, JoAnna, the word “defund” is truly a confusing and misleading term. I haven’t yet watched “Just Mercy.” My battered heart struggles to cope with all the injustices of our world.

    • I understand how your heart could be battered. Just Mercy has plenty of painful injustices, but watching the the representation of attorney Bryan Stevenson push through to a true victory was inspiring and, for me, worth watching. It did take a lot of energy. I’m sending prayers for healing peace to your heart. We have to take care of ourselves to do what we can.

  5. The film is great, I love jazz and am totally down for learning skills to lessen our divisive and polarizing culture. Thanks JoAnna.

  6. 💖💖💖 Big Love to YOU JoAnna. xoxo Kimberly

  7. I am almost done with the book “Just Mercy.” I wanted to cry reading of the injustice and those made to suffer from it. So eye opening and powerful!

  8. I came across the trailer earlier this week!

  9. Congratulations on reaching 3,000! Woo hoo! I so appreciate your visits to my blog and wish I did as good a job at blog reading as you do, although I understand the sentiment of not doing it enough – 10x for me. Are you still maintaining two blogs?

    I got to see “Just Mercy” when it was in theaters. I wrote a post about it: January seems like a long time ago now…

    • Thanks, Joanne. We could always do more, but it’s more important to be healthy and not should on ourselves. I rarely post on the other blog. Two blogs is too complicated for me most of the time. Thanks for the link!

      • I can’t imagine trying to handle two blogs. One is more than enough! Yesterday, I got a message from WP that I had reached my 1,337 post, which I thought was a really random thing, so I posted about it on FB and a couple of bloggers explained that it was “leetspeak” for elite. I, of course, had no idea that leetspeak even existed. Still, WP isn’t taking my blog down for being clueless, so I guess I’m okay! 😉

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