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Celebrate with Pride: Facebook Makes It Easy to Show Support for Marriage Equality


You guys know how much I love all of the colours of the rainbow. I've doused myself in colour twice in the name of The Color Run after all. So when I saw the opportunity to add a rainbow to my Facebook profile pic, I jumped at it.

What I love about this, even more than the coloured stripes, is what it stands for.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry across America, becoming the 21st country to do so.

And that rainbow dancing over my face, celebrates the growing drumbeat of countries around the world sanctioning marriage for anyone who has love for another person. Marriage equality for all, regardless of sex.

So with national monuments lit up in rainbow colours, why shouldn't our faces be too?

Facebook's 'Celebrate Pride' tool makes it super-easy for users to add a rainbow overlay to their profile picture. Millions of people are just two-clicks away from taking part in armchair activism and celebrating same-sex couples in their community. My heart warms when I scroll through my feed and see a giant stream of rainbows, from many other supporters of marriage equality.

It's only a matter of time before #LoveWins everywhere, right?


Enjoying the Holiday Season in New York

My first "real" northern hemisphere "Fraser Fir" Christmas tree.

It's true, New York does Christmas really well. I have always loved Christmas, but experiencing the holidays in the northern hemisphere has really brought it to life.

All the words in the carols finally make sense - I do feel like I am "walking in a winter wonderland" and I really was "dreaming of a white Christmas" with every Christmas card I wrote.

Even better, hardly anyone settles for an articifical tree, when the real pine trees look and smell amazing and there are street vendors selling them on the sidewalk.

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Trees That Sparkle Atop Trump Tower

On New York City's glamourous Fifth Avenue, in the neighbourhood of Midtown, stands skyscraper which was originally the only all-glass structure in Manhattan when it was completed in 1983. Trump Tower rises 68 stories above Manhattan and is a mixed-use building with a combination of retail, commercial, residential and public space formed by it's expansive atrium.

But in my opinion, the greatest thing about Trump Tower is not what's inside, it's what's outside. In the most unique way, the architects (Swanke, Hayden & Connell) have created a "sawtooth" effect for the building and closer to the base this has been utlized to showcase a stepped plantation of trees, which are.....wait for it....covered in fairy lights!

As you can see in the evening, the trees (which are covered in fairy lights) have a spectacular fireworks effect.

This is a beautiful sight to see at night and a great addition to your stroll up Fifth Avenue. 


Trump Tower
721 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10019 
Best view is from the SW corner of Fifth Avenue & West 56th Street 


P.S. A little birdie tells me that during the holiday season Trump Tower's atrium plays host to a massive Christmas Tree to rival that at the Rockefeller Centre (without the crowds). I'll just have to wait a bit longer before I can see them both for myself and let you know for sure!