Saturday, 29 May 2021

"Saturday Night Protest Party"


One of the worst things in the Blogosphere is when a blogging buddy passes away. Anne Marie in Philly of From My Brain To My Mouth died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday night. My deepest condolences to her partner of 30 years, Todd Gunther of arteejee blog. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The Warrior Queen lived up to her name in every way. She was a passionate supporter of human rights and civil rights for all, a fierce feminist, an outspoken advocate of BLM and a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community. She had no use whatsoever for Trump, the GOP, Q-Anon, anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, or any other right-wing anti-social nonsense. All this was clear in her blog, as well as her love of cats, her artistry with knitting needles, and her enjoyment of a good gin cock-a-tail. Anne Marie was the soul of kindness to her blogging buddies, always remembering and noting in her blog birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and passings.

Anne Marie was passionate about music and especially liked to "kick it old school," as she put it. Her blog was filled with videos of the best dance music from every decade since the 1940s, so as a tribute to her, the rest of this post is based on her words, her format and some of the music she posted in her "Saturday Night Protest Party" posts. This post concludes, as hers usually did, with one of her favourite quotations of hope and inspiration.

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This is how I am feeling right now.

Dance like no one's watching.

Sing like no one's listening.





"Keep believing. Keep marching. Keep building. Keep raising your voice. Every generation has the opportunity to remake the world.” - Barack Obama, July 2018

39 comments:

Martha said...

Oh, that is so sad! I always enjoyed her fun comments and her boldness. May she rest in peace.

Bob said...

Yes, do what AM wanted and dance and march and protest and everything!!

RIP Warrior Queen

Kay G. said...

Oh Debra what a great tribute to your dear blogging friend. Most likely we will never meet our friends out there in the blogging community but how much we care for them all! I am sorry for your loss. Thinking of her partner and her family and friends at this time. Hugs to you my blogging friend.

Martha said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Anne Marie. She sure sounds like I would have really loved her too. Beautiful tribute!

Travel said...

It is just sinking in, how sad. May goddesses give the world a thousand just like her.

The Blog Fodder said...

Blogger and Facebook friends are real friends even if we have never met face to face. Sorry for your loss. You describe Anne Marie as a great person. she will be missed

BootsandBraids said...

Ahhh. So sad. I so enjoyed her Truth/Lie guessing segments. She and her in-your-face comments will be missed.

Frank said...

Very sad news. Never read Anne Marie’s blog but always liked her comments on mine and several other blogs, including yours.

Tundra Bunny said...

I'm sorry to learn that you lost a dear friend. Your tribute to Anne Marie is beautiful.

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, How sad and how sudden this news is. We will all miss Anne Marie's feisty, yet ultimately supportive comments on many blogs.
--Jim

This N That said...

Nice tribute..Love your/her choices of music. Sorry for your loss...I did not know her..

Mike said...

RIP Anne Marie in Philly.

Mistress Maddie said...

Such a terrible lost to our little family Debra. She will be missed for sure. Those four hour boozy lunches filled with all sort of colorful language won't be the same.

But we must all appreciate each other, we never know when our time will be up. So I thank you for always providing a hearty laugh when you post, and your frequently visits. I always look forward to you popping in. Hugs Debs!

Now on to the tunes!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

bobbie said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend ~ sending hugs.

Moving with Mitchell said...

She was one of a kind. Wish I had gotten to meet her in person. But I loved her honesty and her music... and her way with words. I'm going to miss her and her Saturday Night Protest Party. Thanks for this one. Very touching.

Ur-spo said...

Out of all the eulogies I am reading this weekend, yours was the best.

Linda said...

I'm so sorry to read this. My sincere condolences to her partner, and you and all her blog friends. You made a beautiful tribute to your dear friend.

Marie Smith said...

I am sorry to hear of your blogging friend’s passing. RIP Anne Marie.

Lady M said...

Anne Marie in Philly always had something interesting to say. What a loss.

Joanne Noragon said...

Such sad news. Thank you for the kind words.

todd gunther said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts. All of these expressions of sympathies are getting me through this most difficult time of my life. We must continue her protest party somehow.

Fearsome Beard said...

Thank you for this wonderful tribute to our beloved friend. I’m still in shock. I send you a hug and an Anne Marie Smmooooch!

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a beautiful tribute. My condolences.

Magaly Guerrero said...

May her soul find rest.

Bill Lisleman said...

Very sad. I hope her love of music will spread and keep many of us going strong.

e said...

Oh no. That's desperately sad. Anne Marie was a force of nature, a firecracker and a righteous woman. She's someone I would have liked to have met in person. Sending my condolences to all of her blogland friends, her real life friends, and her partner, Todd. It's hard to share such sad news but thank you for letting us know, Debra.

Polly said...

Very sad Debra, that's a lovely tribute.

Kirk said...

Great tribute. RIP Anne.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Sorry I never meant Anne, sould like they need to be more people like her. Today I'm going to find three new blogger and leave a comment on there blog. Who know I might find a wonderful person.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Liz Hinds said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend but what a way to send her off! Fab music.

Bohemian said...

I always enjoyed Anne Marie here in The Land Of Blog, Thank You for the lovely Tribute and so that I could know. When a Blogger disappears without closure of knowing why it always made me wonder if they were okay or if something had happened. I will always remember Anne Marie's fierce Passion about what was important and should be said, should be supported, it is a great loss here in this Realm that she is no longer with us in person... but in Spirit, always!

Hena Tayeb said...

So sorry to hear about your blogger friend. My deepest condolences.

Guillaume said...

My condolences.

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I am going to miss her SO FUCKING MUCH!
It's taken me a few days to compose myself and get back in the blogging thing, to tell you the truth. I don't do well with mourning.
I can't believe she's gone.

XOXO

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm so very sorry to learn this.
Thank you for such a worthy tribute, Debra.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm sad you lost your friend, Debra, and sad for her partner as well. This is a heartwarming tribute. Sending you a big hug, my friend!

baili said...

i have no suitable words to share my sorrow my dear friend Debra!

i think i have visited her blog back in 2009 or 10 when i was new in blogging.this was heartfelt tribute indeed!

i felt for the partner and visited his blog ,his words made me cry

Rommy said...

She sounds like an amazing soul. I am so sorry for your loss.

Magic Love Crow said...

I am so sorry Deb! This is a great tribute to your friend! Big Hugs!