Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is an American politician and the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
She served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the junior United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas during his governorship from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992.
I was watching TV today. I saw a DVR’d recording of an episode of Oprah’s Master Class. This one presented a full hour of Vanessa Williams telling her life story. It was very interesting because I was aware of the scandal during her Miss America’s “reign”. Her selection, at the time it was a major step in the social games that we play.
She described events during her childhood, discussed her family life, talked about her personal and sentimental life.
This is one strong woman. She weathered that “scandal” and, like a phoenix, rose and battled life in a very sophisticated and classy manner.
She lived, she experienced, she fought … and she’s still winning.
She’s save her best for last … and that time hasn’t come yet.
I remember this song very well. I want to share it’s music, lyrics and message with you tonight. Enjoy!
“Save The Best For Last” is a 1992 single written by Phil Galdston, Wendy Waldman and Jon Lind in March 1989.
It is considered Vanessa Williams’ signature song.
The lyrics’ redemptive themes resonated with Williams’ story, as she had put together a successful recording career following her earlier Miss America resignation scandal. The song is a ballad about a young female admirer of a single man who stands by and watches as the object of her desires goes through years of dating, before he finally unexpectedly decides to consummate a relationship with the singer.
“Save The Best For Last” was not written specifically for Vanessa Williams. There were a number of other singers who were offered the song; they all turned it down. While recording her album The Comfort Zone, at the last minute, a song had to be replaced. Vanessa was played “Save The Best For Last“, and Vanessa said: “I can’t believe nobody wants this song. I have to have this song.”
Sometimes the snow comes down in June Sometimes the sun goes ’round the moon I see the passion in your eyes Sometimes it’s all a big surprise
‘Cause there was a time when all I did was wish You’d tell me this was love It’s not the way I hoped or how I planned But some how it’s enough
And now we’re standing face to face Isn’t this world a crazy place? Just when I thought our chance had passed You go and save the best for last
All of the nights you came to me When some silly girl had set you free You wondered how you’d make it through I wondered what was wrong with you
‘Cause how could you give your love to someone else And share your dreams with me? Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for Is the one thing you can’t see
But now we’re standing face to face Isn’t this world a crazy place? Just when I thought our chance had passed You go and save the best for last La la la la la la la
Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for Is the one thing you can’t see Sometimes the snow comes down in June Sometimes the sun goes ’round the moon Just when I thought our chance had passed You go and save the best for last
You went and saved the best for last Yeah ehh ehh
~~Save The Best For Last~~
~~Uploaded on Oct 8, 2009~~
Music video by Vanessa Williams performing Save The Best For Last. (C) 1991
Today we memorialize the death of Matthew Shepard, 17 years ago today. He died from injuries sustained in a hate crime several days earlier, having never woken up. He was left for dead, lashed to a fence in the bitter cold of a Wyoming winter.
What some people don’t know is this was not the first time this poor young man had experienced the horror of violent crime. Three years earlier, on a class trip to Morocco, he was beaten and raped. Almost to much to comprehend the torture this man endured during his short adulthood.
Today he would be just a few months shy of his 38th birthday.
Since 1998, the legacy of this remarkable young man’s life has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all forms. Although his life was short, it continues to have a great impact on both young and old alike.
The story of Matthew Wayne Shepard begins on December 1, 1976 when he was born prematurely to Judy and Dennis Shepard in the small city of Casper, Wyoming. Matthew attended school in Casper until his junior year of high school when he finished his primary education at The American School in Switzerland. His experience abroad fueled his love for travel. He took the opportunity to explore Europe and learn multiple languages including German and Italian.
Matthew was an optimistic and accepting young man. He always put his family and friends first and had a special gift of relating to almost everyone. He was the type of person that was very approachable and always looked to new challenges. Matthew had a great passion for equality and always stood up for the acceptance of people’s differences. Throughout his life he expressed his love for acting by becoming very active in community theater both on and off stage.
Matthew’s college career took him to a number of different universities and later ended up studying political science, foreign relations and languages at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He was extremely interested in politics and was chosen as the student representative for the Wyoming Environmental Council.
Shortly after midnight on October 7 1998, Matthew Shepard, met Aaron James McKinney and Russel Arthur Henderson in a bar. After Shepard admitted he was gay, they talked him into leaving with them, at which point they drove to a secluded location outside Laramie, stole his wallet, tied him to a fence, pistol-whipped him senseless, and left him for dead in freezing weather. He was discovered 18 hours later, his unconscious body initially mistaken for a scarecrow.
Matthew died on October 12 at 12:53 am at a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. His entire family was by his side for the last few days of his life. His funeral was attended by friends and family from around the world and gained the appropriate media attention that brought Matthew’s story to the forefront of the fight against hate.
Matthew was promptly made an example of by the Right Reverend Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, who claimed divine retribution had killed Shepard for the sin of being a homosexual.
Phelps and his flock picketed Shepard’s funeral on 17 October 1998, holding signs proclaiming “GOD HATES FAGS” and similar slogans, later installing a “memorial” on the church website which proclaims: Matthew Shepard has been in hell for 2102 days. Eternity – 2102 days = Eternity.
This tragedy helped the world wake up to the fact that hate and discrimination still lives in our communities, our schools and our families.
Although his life was cut short, the impact of his spirit is great.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation
Was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son.
Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
To encourage respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.
To “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, and Acceptance” through a variety of educational and outreach programs, and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
To persuade people to think differently, behave differently, and inform others of the importance and value of diversity.
We ALL are ONE!!!
~~Matthew Shepard’s Story~~
~~Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012~~
This video was produced for the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. The Matthew Shepard Foundation competed for a share of $2 million in grants. The Foundation ended up receiving $250,000 thanks to our many supporters. For more information on the Foundation visit http://www.MatthewShepard.org and http://www.MatthewsPlace.com