Joy Drop: June is filled with pride and joy!

Hello and Happy Pride! I’ll start this week’s online notebook entry with an entry about happiness at work. On Thursday, the CBC Sports team attended a Toronto Blue Jays game. This was the first time most of this group had seen each other in person in more than two years.

For some of us it was the first time meeting esteemed colleagues and new friends. I can say that seeing this amazing crew was definitely the highlight of my week. Pat Grier is my editor and it was great to finally meet him in person. I may be a nerd, but working with an editor is at the core of my creative process and a strong connection is essential. I’m always grateful for that. So I was thrilled to see him in a social setting and then see the Jays beat the Chicago White Sox. This brings the Jays eight straight wins and one win over the White Sox.

Speaking of Jays’ wins, they’re going to celebrate Proud on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Rogers Centre. The celebrations will include a raffle for this fantastic towel for the first 15,000 participants on Friday night in the park.

South of the border, the Los Angeles Dodgers will wear special hats during Friday’s game against the New York Mets. On June 11, the Dodgers will meet the San Francisco Giants and this game will mark the first time two teams have competed Proud caps during the same game. This is so important as sport is still a world that exists in binaries and also often a rigid heteronormative culture.

Do I think baseball caps will eradicate homophobia? no But I also believe that action and engagement are very important for visibility and inclusion. Representation is essential to start conversations and support communities in sport and solidarity. Also, the hats are super cute.

With all the gun violence rearing its ugly self in the US, I thought I’d share a moment of love and caring from people in Fort Worth, Tex. A group of cyclists were out on a routine ride when they encountered a dog abandoned on a concrete bridge. The group acted quickly to help the stranded animal.

The story is beautiful because it highlights how people can collaborate and work together for an important reason.

I hope this weekend offers some rest and rest. I’ve been pondering these words about self-care and calm from my friend Kayla Grey. community is everything. Friends are essential. love is resistance

Self-care is radical. Please be radical. I hope you turn the music up loud. I hope your tea is delicious. I hope your prayers bring you tears of comfort. I hope you smell some pretty flowers. I hope love lights up your steps. And I hope you get to eat nachos with awesome people and then watch a really fun baseball game. I hope you are surrounded by friends.

Here is a wonderful song about friends. Be good!

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