World Blood Donor Day

Today, June 14th is World Blood Donor Day and is dedicated to "thanking and celebrating voluntary non-remunerated blood donors". It always occures on June 14th as this is the birthday of Karl Landsteiner who created the ABO blood group system, for which he won the Nobel Prize. In celebration of this day I encourage you all to give blood, especially those in Bermuda, because we have a large deficit in our blood supply. I would love to give blood, however due to the amount of time I spent in the UK during the BSE crisis I am not permitted to give blood in Bermuda. This policy desperately needs to be changed if we are to increase our blood supply in any meaningful way. There are too many people on the island who are exempt and therefore cannot supply blood no matter their interest in doing so.

Today was a bittersweet day as I said goodbye to my best friend Mia who has gone off to the UK to pursue her music career. As someone who left behind a steady income and a solid life to pursue my dreams I am so proud of her for doing the same, knowing how rocky a road it can be. I am so unbelievably happy for her, but the distance between us is further, especially when I return to LA. To comfort myself I took up my friend Sophie's offer for a free kerastase treatment at Inner Sanctum here in Hamilton, Bermuda. They take microscopic pictures of your hair and show you where it's broken. My hair is soooo soft and shiny now I couldn't recommend it more.

Today in 1928 Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born. I'm not a proponent of communism, but there are certain more socialist ideals that I agree with, universal free healthcare being one of them. I have always felt a certain level of affinity for Che ever since I was young. I have been dying to go to Cuba, and in fact wrote my high school thesis on Fidel Castro and his consolidation of power. Therefore, I have to share multiple quotes from Che:

"Let the world change you and you can change the world"

"Be realistic, demand the impossible!"

"Better to die standing, than to live on your knees.”

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it."

Today's music is a beautiful acoustic version of Star Mile by Joshua Radin who was born today in 1974. He's an American singer-songwriter and I first heard his music in the film Adam, about an autistic young man. He has such a beautiful voice and this song is incredible both on the album and acoustically, possibly even better live.


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