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Custodians of a Living Earth …

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I’m reading again, “I Heard the Owl Call My Name” and I am in the mindset to write about the custodianship of the living earth. The earth is in a shift, I think we can all agree on that – and attention is now on prevention and maintenance of the earth as it exists today. I have written recently about the fact that many people in my own community are not “Being Maintained” by anyone, they are lost among the crowd, banished to sidewalks, doorways and shelters. What can I do to change that? Write…

What if the governments of the world decided to stop warring and fighting amongst themselves? How much money would we have to spend on other things like food, shelter and water? I heard a comment on late night radio last night that

“There will be wars fought over drinking water!”

I am sure that there are some who think about the Order who seek to bring down the number of earths inhabitants by the millions. There is a surplus in population in certain areas of the world, and for some that is too much, and they would rather see them eradicated than to house and feed them.

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The earth is sputtering on its axis. Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricane, Oceanic changes to salinity and food source and the cooling of warm water fisheries all over the globe are causing catastrophic changes to major areas of the worlds oceans. How many more signs do we need from Mother Earth to tell us that something is wrong? And if we don’t stop with our preoccupation with war, division, killing and ignorance, that when “IT” happens we will not survive whatever IT will unleash.

I know better than to sit in my what if’s and coulda, woulda, shoulda! I can look out my windows from here and see trees and grass and the mountain off to the North. We can look out at our world and know that there are forests and people and animals who live amongst that forest. Forests are burning – trees are dying – infestations of beetles are killing swaths of forest across Canada, borne on the winds moving West to East. But I wonder what haven’t we done as custodians of the earth to try and mitigate these things from happening.

What if, The Almighty came down from heaven and told warring factions to lay down their arms, and those in power were removed and power was granted to the masses to govern themselves and the wars stopped all over the earth, not just in certain areas. All the warring areas on the globe. What if we heard from on high that “they” believe that wars fought over ideologies and factions needed to end today, right now, for us to stop killing each other and become custodians to one another. How would that change the face of the earth?

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Is there a way for the world to get up and state unanimously that the wars should end? Can we impeach presidents around the world, in countries that are sponsoring, funding and are waging wars on other peoples? Do you see what I am asking here?

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We truly need to depose several key world leaders, and the American President AND his entire cabinet need to be removed from office, sooner than later. Because America has been hijacked and “Nazi Control” is becoming an adjective to explain George W. Bush.

Mr. Bush, we are not With you –
And We Stand Against You!! It is time to leave Office…

 

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DO WE want to maintain another Hitler in office? Do we want this man making law and imposing unconstitutional amendments upon his people and the world? Because if he does it – the world is watching and you know, the only reason Hitler was so successful at what he did in the Holocaust, was because the people listened to him, and if the American President can do what he is doing, that gives free reign to other leaders to do the same!!! Bush still has the ears of many world leaders, who are not MAN or WOMAN enough to say NO! We will not follow you. So what do we do?

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There are some in power who would see people determined to be locked down and subjugated. That is already happening all over the globe, in many countries. Darfur, Sudan and in other areas of Africa, people are corralled into camps, with no water, electricity or better yet SHELTER. People are being slaughtered by militia men. We need to stop them and the killing needs to end. Genocide is happening in OUR time once again, and on many fronts, we must stop the genocide because:

 

 

 

“We Have Failed to Remember
and We Have Failed to Never
Let It Happen Again”

In the Middle East, the most contentious area of the globe, not to mention Iraq and the Fertile Crescent area of the world including Afghanistan, the militias and the Taliban are trying to eradicate (on a mass scale) entire peoples akin to the likes of Adolf Hitler. If we prayed for the savior to come again and save us, this would be the time and the place.

We must now act, decisively and verbally. We need to lobby those who are in power to do the right thing. We need to Impeach the President. We need to stop the killing in Darfur, we need to stop the wars in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. We need people on the ground who can be trusted to help reconcile the factions that are fighting with each other and those factions who have fighting going on within themselves. We need ambassadors to get in the game and negotiations must be made to end the worlds strife and wars. If we don’t start this now, WHO is going to take our place later to hold those in office accountable for

“Crimes Against Humanity”

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It’s not about who – but What is in this photo, read on…

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There are too many people around the globe, being ignored. There are entire continents and nations of people that need to be cared for, not to forget those people in warring countries who need to be fed, re-housed and repatriated back to where they came from, those who had to flee to save their own lives. Rich countries sit back and say “we are doing all we can for those inside our borders.”

Yet on the European continent we know for a fact that there are disenfranchised peoples, in the millions, who are not being cared for properly because of the arrogance of status, ethnic superiority and ignorance to accept everyone for who they are not what form of dress or religious affiliation they identify with.

It comes down to the people to start the tide of Anarchy and Dissension. It is time to take back our land and our government from those who have taken it from us. They have been poor stewards of the land, the environment and of peoples. We must stop this – there is too much conflict in the world, so much that any “other” needs are being ignored at the expense of the whole, for a chosen few.

It Is Time to:

Bring the Soldiers Home – Stop the Wars. You either follow certain prescriptions here: (1) You bring ALL warring leaders to Justice, (2) Let them kill each other and save us the headache, or (3) You bring ‘Just’ Diplomatic Solutions to Warring Factions and Areas – and Sit Down and HAMMER out Peace Agreements and Co-Existence Clauses.

Isn’t it time to sit down and think and come to the realization that what war has done for the last 4 years has NOT worked, so let’s allow the Diplomats to work on Peace.

The Mission is NOT Accomplished.

Peace and Democracy has not been attained and WON’T be attained with the present course of action. WAR does not create Democracy – it Breeds Contempt, Rancor, Hatred and brings Division instead of creating Unity.

In Stopping Wars, Governments Agree to Equal care to all Soldiers repatriated home and for their families. And Agree to Rebuild war torn areas with the funds used to carry out war, and Care for those most affected by the war in their Respective regions.

This applies to Canada and the United States and All Countries involved in wars worldwide. It is NOT Unpatriotic to stand against WAR!! It is NOT Unpatriotic to stand against a President or a sitting Prime Minister.

 

 

Democracy is built on the premise of government for the people by the people !! Well People need to start speaking out for Change…

 

 

The ‘People’ are being AND have been hugely ignored, save those who support the puppet in office and his cronies he protects. The Ship is Sinking – and is Going down. Who is going to save us? It comes down to us, those of us who are writing around the world, to speak up and ask each and every one of our readers to join this movement. To call your leaders and rulers to task, to make them accountable not only to you the citizens of the country that you reside in, but also to the immigrants who have resettled there as well. Leaders need to be accountable to the earth as well.

Or We Shall Pay when Catastrophe Occurs

 

We cannot remain self absorbed and self centered. We must step beyond the borders of nationalism and ethnic superiority. We all must be made equal, in that we must begin to love and take care of each other and to become custodians of the world at large, and it begins with me. It begins with you. It continues with US. We must, with a resounding voice say “we have had enough of this…” It is time to end this.

Before We Kill Each Other Trying to create Peace !!!

 

 

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We must become better custodians to the earth. If we stop the raping and pillaging of the land, we must stop the wars, we must stop the killing of innocents. We must stop the tide of suicide bombers. West and East must come together. The West and The East must agree NEVER to wage war again, however possible that is… We must find peaceful and RIGHT means to the future sustaining of the worlds populations. We MUST find an earthly solution, if we must, a heavenly solution.

“We Have Failed to Remember
and We Have Failed to Never
Let It Happen Again”

 

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You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who does not know peace
Who fights for a scrap of bread
Who dies because of a yes and a no.
Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter

Meditate that this came about:
I commend these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At Home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children,

Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.

Primo Levi

Survival in Auschwitz


Recognising grievances

Brian Taylor — 2 Jul 07, 07:08 PM- Hyperlink to Blog

For politicians, it’s a real quandary. An exceptionally sharp dilemma in a generally tricky business.

Put yourself in the place of our politicians. Say you’re a front bench spokesperson. You want to condemn terrorism without equivocation. It is criminal, abhorrent, utterly wrong. Yet at the same time you may want to spotlight – and seek to alter – circumstances in which you believe such terrorism might thrive.

How do you do that, how do you highlight the culture, the soil in which terrorism exists without appearing, to some degree, to exculpate the acts of terror themselves?

In the Commons this afternoon, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats tiptoed towards this quandary. He argued that, while we condemn terrorism without reservation, we should also recognise the grievances that exist in the wider Islamic community. Those might include Iraq and the conduct of Middle East policy.

Let me stress – as Mr Clegg did – that he was in no way condoning those who targeted Glasgow Airport or the London night club. Rather he was arguing that it is naïve to consider the extremist responses without also considering the political circumstances in which such responses may develop.

It had been an occasion of unity. The new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was warmly praised on all sides for her steadfast and calm response to events. She told MP’s that Britain would not be intimidated by terror.

And, in response to Angus Robertson of the Scottish National Party, she extolled the value of the co-operation she had received from the SNP executive, mentioning Alex Salmond and Kenny MacAskill.

In an impressive contribution, David Davies of the Conservatives endorsed the efforts of the police, the security services – and the public, including the civilians who intervened to help officers at Glasgow Airport. He said: “A real hero is someone who runs towards danger whilst others run away.”

To repeat, Mr Clegg did not depart from this united approach. Indeed, he nodded vigorously when the home secretary intepreted his remarks as seeking to isolate extremists from the wider, law-abiding Muslim community.
But perhaps he raised an intriguing political – and philosophical – point.


Photo Essay #3 – Night and Day …

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Tonight’s full moon – looking South over the South Shore and St. Henri

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This is a nice shot too

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 The angry skies above the Mountain, as the sun set tonight.

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The Beauty of the colors that paint the sky around the clouds as the sun sets, every night the color show is different.

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The roiling sky above the city


The Wisdom of Star Wars …

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1. Episode IV: Star Wars – A New Hope, Were we all that young once, 1977? I was 10 years old when Star Wars opened. I was in New Britian Connecticut and we saw the movie at the Twin City Theatre, across the street from Twin City, a department store that my mother worked at when I was a young person. I have memories of that time, for some strange reason. A lot of them.

I loved movies and I went to the movies every chance that I got. Along with music and reading, I had free access to go anywhere I wanted at a moments notice. Over the last forty years, we see certain movies come and go – we collect them like wisdom manuals for future reference.

Did we think then, that Star Wars would have such an effect on young people as it did then? I know adults who were in my life at that time, who did not take to the archetypal themes and wisdom as the young people did over the years – as the following films made their debut’s.

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2. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, came out in (1980) I was 13 years old.

and it had a huge effect on me. I remember sitting in the back of the theatre at “The Falls” in Miami when it came out. I was in junior high school. The Star Wars movies repeated throughout my life. We watched them like time markers at certain life intervals. To see how we had changed and evolved since the first time we watched them.

I was at Movie Land today and I was looking for something to watch on DVD, and I had picked up a couple movies, but then after wandering around, I ended up in the Science Fiction section and I was thumbing through the Star Wars movies. And brought Episodes IV, V and VI home.

I find myself watching them again, and I posted the Yoda sayings and I mused on the fact that for me, I have followed most of that advice over the years. That Star Wars did play a factor at the way I see the world around me and live my life. It may have been slow and coming and sometimes seemed to stop all together, but in the end, we find our selves here, discussing the spiritual teachings of The Archetypal figures from Star Wars and the value of the Star Wars wisdom.

You imagine, or I imagine, what the world would be like, if the adults of that time, took to the figures in the movie, would life have changed much or very little? If the world was in a different ‘place’ spiritually, economically and socially? I think those of us who grew up in the light of Jedi Wisdom benefitted more from it than perhaps our parents.

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3. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, came out in (1983) I was a junior in High School at age 16.

That was a very impressionable time in my life. A lot of personal and emotional upheaval. I lost my grandparents, and my parents were in self destruct mode, and let’s fuck up the children mode. So any escape out of reality was fantastic.

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4. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, came out in (1999) I was 32 years old.

I was amid one of the most painful periods of my life. Being far away from anything in the middle of no where did not help me. I was in slip-self destruct mode. I was living with evil incarnate, and I had that battle with the Dark Side that almost cost me my life. But somewhere in the universe there was the force, because it saved me from imminent death.

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5. Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, came out in (2002) I was 35 years old.

Ah, the light at the end of the tunnel had come. I was on my way to a new life in another country, sober and cleaned up. I was going to finally make something of my little life, which up until then had not gotten very far. Gay boys with HIV did not get very far in the united States, some have succeeded, but I did not. It was either a life of substandard poverty or a move to greener pastures. I was in Montreal by Spring 2002, I was on my way.

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6. Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, came out in (2005). I was 38 years old.

The watershed movie of the Summer, the final episode of the Star Wars Saga was coming. We would finally have the last installment of the six films – where we learn how Vader came to be and where Luke and Leia came from and where they grew up. The journey was coming to an end. I had lived 40 years to see the culmination of George Lucas’ dream come to fruition.

How did Star Wars affect you in your life? And what reflections do you have over the last 40 years, in regards to the way you live, and how certain films made an impact on you throughout your life!

We will discuss this topic in Comments:


Don’t force your man to go shopping with you

 

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Wal*Mart: Roswell, NM.

Seen over at: The Mouse House

This is why women should not take men shopping against their will.

DON’T TAKE ME IF I DON’T WANT TO GO………..

After Mr. and Mrs. Fenton retired, Mrs. Fenton insisted her
husband accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately, Mr. Fenton was like most men–he found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out.

Equally unfortunately, Mrs. Fenton was like most women–she loved to browse. One day Mrs. Fenton received the following letter from her local Wal-Mart.

Dear Mrs. Fenton,
Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and may be forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Fenton are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2 . July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, “Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away.”

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M’s on layaway.

6. September 14: Moved a “CAUTION – WET FLOOR” sign to a carpeted area.

7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.

8. September 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, “Why can’t you people just leave me alone?”

9. October 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously whileloudly humming the ” Mission Impossible” theme.

12. December 6: In the auto department, he practiced his“Madonna look” by using different sizes of funnels.

13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed “OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!”

And last, but not least …

15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, “Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here!”

Regards,
Walmart


Don't force your man to go shopping with you

 

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Wal*Mart: Roswell, NM.

Seen over at: The Mouse House

This is why women should not take men shopping against their will.

DON’T TAKE ME IF I DON’T WANT TO GO………..

After Mr. and Mrs. Fenton retired, Mrs. Fenton insisted her
husband accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately, Mr. Fenton was like most men–he found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out.

Equally unfortunately, Mrs. Fenton was like most women–she loved to browse. One day Mrs. Fenton received the following letter from her local Wal-Mart.

Dear Mrs. Fenton,
Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and may be forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Fenton are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2 . July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, “Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away.”

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M’s on layaway.

6. September 14: Moved a “CAUTION – WET FLOOR” sign to a carpeted area.

7. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.

8. September 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, “Why can’t you people just leave me alone?”

9. October 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously whileloudly humming the ” Mission Impossible” theme.

12. December 6: In the auto department, he practiced his“Madonna look” by using different sizes of funnels.

13. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

14. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed “OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!”

And last, but not least …

15. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, “Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here!”

Regards,
Walmart


Cut: Copy: Paste … 19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Nominees

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Yay, Look at this. This is a gay oriented piece. About books, and writers and the likes. Since I have prayed to find acceptance within its ranks. Some say I can write, others are not so sure. But I have read at least one of the books nominated in the Anthology Category: From Boys to Men, edited by Ted Gideonse & Rob Williams (Carroll & Graf). I actually did read this after it was published because “I” was asked to submit to this writing project way back when. How silly, I missed it … one day maybe…

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I Used to read everything GAY that was published, this stemmed from my very open “I’ve just been diagnosed drama” and I was eating every book I could find that could help me, (See Paul Monette) We have quite a library of LGBTQ literature in the house. Between hubby and I, we have quite an eclectic collection, not to mention Queer text books from school, (we have QUEER Studies in Montreal – At Concordia).

But alas, all good things must come to an end. Canada is not very kind to LGBTQ writers. More to the point their books. The major book sellers refuse to carry LGBTQ books. They have, over the years, shut down all the gay book sellers. Canada is very anti-pornography and the likes. You can get stuff like that at the local (Priape) shoppe including books, on the odd occasion. But the gay trade is hard to break here in Montreal.

I order books online now. It’s not the same, being able to find good gay literature in a book store and being able to sit down and read. We don’t have the big two (Barnes and Noble and Borders here) and Indigo book sellers and Chapters is not going to add a nice humpy gay reading section any time soon. We may have gay rights and all, but not gay books in a mainstream bookstore!! Where is the justice in that?

Getting books, video and the likes over the border is a dicey proposal at best. Nothing I have ever ordered from Amazon has ever been stopped so I guess under the cover of cardboard gets through. They usually search everything with a fine tooth comb.

So go buy a book and Read it… they say, Reading is Fundamental!!!

Here is the cut and paste job because I am just too lazy to type all this stuff myself, since OBLIQUITY has done it, I am sure he won’t mind, because everybody wins when we share the love…

The Lambda Literary Association announced its list of finalists in twenty-five categories on March 1, 2007. A total of 381 books received nominations and were shortlisted by a panel of 87 judges (comprised of a cross-section of journalists, librarians, playwrights and illustrators). A complete list of nominees can be found at the end of this entry. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 31st, 2007 in New York City.
19th ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS

ANTHOLOGY NOMINEES:
Confessions of the Other Mother, edited by Harlyn Aizley (Beacon)
From Boys to Men, edited by Ted Gideonse & Rob Williams (Carroll & Graf)
Love, Bourbon Street, edited by Greg Herren & Paul J. Willis (Alyson)
Charmed Lives, edited by Toby Johnson & Steve Berman (Lethe Press)
No Margins: Writing Canadian Fiction in Lesbian, edited by Catherine Lake & Nairne Holtz (Insomniac)

ARTS & CULTURE NOMINEES:
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
Cinemachismo by Sergio de la Mora (University of Texas Press)
Sex Objects by Jennifer Doyle (University of Minnesota Press)
GAY L.A. by Lillian Faderman & Stuart Timmons (Basic Books)
Blood Beats: Vol 1 by Ernest Hardy (Redbone Press)

BISEXUAL NOMINEES:
Eros by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio (Harrington Park Press)
Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women & Bisexual Men by Ronald C. Fox (Harrington Park Press)
Three Sides to Every Story by Clarence Nero (Harlem Moon/Broadway)
Bi Guys, edited by Ron Jackson Suresha (Harrington Park Press)
Bi Men, edited by Ron Jackson Suresha & Pete Chvany (Harrington Park Press)
The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe, Michael Szymanski & Nicole Kristal (Alyson)

CHILDRENS/YOUNG ADULT NOMINEES:
The Manny Files by Christian Burch (Simon & Schuster)
The Full Spectrum, edited by David Levithan & Billy Merrell (Random House Childrens Books)
Between Mom & Jo by Julie Anne Peters (Little Brown)
Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan (Simon & Schuster)
Erik & Isabelle’s Junior Year at Foresthill High by Kim Wallace (Foglight Press)

DRAMA/THEATER NOMINEES:
Questa by Victor Bumbalo (Broadway Publishing Inc.)
Confessions of a Mormon Boy by Stephen Fales (Alyson)
1001 Beds by Tim Miller (University of Wisconsin)

HUMOR NOMINEES:
Queen of the Oddballs by Hilary Carlip (HarperCollins)
My Lucky Star by Joe Keenan (Little Brown)
Roy & Al by Ralf Konig (Arsenal Pulp Press)

LGBT NONFICTION NOMINEES:
Hello, Cruel World by Kate Bornstein (Seven Stories)
GAY L.A. by Lillian Faderman & Stuart Timmons (Basic Books)
Different Daughters by Marcia Gallo (Carroll & Graf)
Behind the Mask of the Mattachine by James T. Sears (Harrington Park Press)
Unspeakable Love by Brian Whitaker (University of California)

LGBT STUDIES NOMINEES:
Every Inch A Man: Phallic Possession, etc. by Carellin Brooks (UBC Press)
Gay Power: An American Revolution by David Eisenbach (Carroll & Graf)
Their Own Receive Them Not by Horace Griffin (Pilgrim Press)
Crip Theory by Robert McRuer (NYU Press)
Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame by Kathryn Stockton (Duke University Press)

SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR NOMINEES:
Carnival by Elizabeth Bear (Bantam Spectra)
Mordred, Bastard Son by Douglas Clegg (Alyson)
A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W. Day (Iris Print)
Izzy and Eve by Neal Drinnan (Green Candy Press)
Spin Control by Chris Moriarty (Bantam Spectra)

SPIRITUALITY NOMINEES:
Sex & the Sacred by Daniel Helminiak (Harrington Park Press)
The After-Death Room by Michael McColly (Soft Skull Press)
Spirited edited by Lisa Moore & G. Winston James (Redbone Press)
The Singing of Swans by Mary Saracino (Pearlsong Press )
Mobius Trip by Giti Thadani (Spinifex Press)

TRANSGENDER NOMINEES:
Transgender Rights edited Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter (University of Minnesota Press)
Drag King Dreams by Leslie Feinberg (Carroll & Graf)
Supervillainz by Alicia E. Goranson (Suspect Thoughts)
The Transgender Studies Reader edited by Susan Stryker & Stephen Whittle (Routledge)
The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio (Seal Press)

LESBIAN FICTION NOMINEES:
Punk Like Me by JD Glass (Bold Strokes)
Slipstream by Leslie Larson (Crown)
Outrageous by Sheila Ortiz Taylor (Spinsters Ink)
Rose of No Man’s Land by Michelle Tea (Macadam Cage)
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (Riverhead Books)

LESBIAN ROMANCE NOMINEES:
Fresh Tracks by Georgia Beers (Bold Strokes)
Wild Abandon by Ronica Black (Bold Strokes)
Finders Keepers by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
Chance by Grace Lennox (Bold Strokes)
Turn Back Time by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes)

LESBIAN MYSTERY NOMINEES:
Sleep of Reason by Rose Beecham (Bold Strokes)
Night Vision by Ellen Hart (St. Martins)
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King (Bantam)
Idaho Code by Joan Opyr (Bywater Books)
The Weekend Visitor by Jessica Thomas (Bella Books)

LESBIAN POETRY NOMINEES:
Domain of Perfect Affection by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh)
Days of Good Looks by Cheryl Clarke (Carroll & Graf)
The Truant Lover by Juliet Patterson (Nightboat Books)
Lemon Hound by Sina Queyras (Coach House Books)
Touch to Affliction by Nathalie Stephens (Coach House Books)

LESBIAN MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY NOMINEES:
Intimate Politics by Bettina Aptheker (Seal Press)
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
Queen of the Oddballs by Hilary Carlip (HarperCollins)
Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend (Carroll & Graf)
Incognito Street by Barbara Sjoholm (Seal Press)

LESBIAN EROTICA NOMINEES:
Walk Like a Man by Laurinda D. Brown (Q-Boro Books)
Glamour Girls edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Harrington Park Press)
18th & Castro by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
Master Han’s Daughter by Midori (Circlet Press)
Best Lesbian Erotica 2007 edited by Tristan Taromino & Emma Donoghue (Cleis Press)

LESBIAN DEBUT FICTION NOMINEES:
The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery (Riverhead)
Black Marks by Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte (Akashic)
Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Maurine Lara (Redbone Press)
Slipstream by Leslie Larson (Crown)
Origami Striptease by Peggy Munson (Suspect Thoughts)

GAY FICTION NOMINEES:
Every Visible Thing by Lisa Carey (HarperCollins)
Izzy and Eve by Neal Drinnan (Green Candy Press)
Alternatives to Sex by Stephen McCauley (Simon & Schuster)
Now Is the Hour by Tom Spanbauer (Houghton Mifflin)
Suspension by Robert Westfield (HarperCollins)

GAY ROMANCE NOMINEES:
Someone Like You by Timothy James Beck (Kensington)
When the Stars Come Out by Rob Byrnes (Kensington)
Two Boys in Love by Lawrence Schimel (Seventh Window)
Surf ‘N’ Turf by Scott & Scott (Romentics)
Going Down in La-La Land by Andy Zeffer (Harrington Park Press)

GAY MYSTERY NOMINEES:
Mardi Gras Mambo by Greg Herren (Kensington)
The Hell You Say by Josh Lanyon (I-Universe)
The Back Passage by James Lear (Cleis Press)
Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues by Randall Peffer (Bleak House Books)
The Lucky Elephant Restaurant by Garry Ryan (NeWest Press)

GAY POETRY NOMINEES:
Gutted by Justin Chin (Manic D Press)
The Album That Changed My Life by Jeffrey Conway (Cold Calm Press)
A History of My Tattoo by Jim Elledge (Stonewall)
Other Fugitives & Other Strangers by Rigoberto Gonzalez (Tupelo Press)
When the Eye Forms by Dwaine Rieves (Tupelo)

GAY MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY NOMINEES:
Untold Stories by Alan Bennett (FSG)
The Bill From My Father by Bernard Cooper (Simon & Schuster)
Tweaked by Patrick Moore (Kensington)
History of Swimming by Kim Powers (Carroll & Graf)
My Father’s Keeper by Jonathan Silin (Beacon)

GAY EROTICA NOMINEES:
Best Gay Erotica 2007 edited by Richard Labonte (Cleis Press)
A History of Barbed Wire by Jeff Mann (Suspect Thoughts)
Hot On His Trail by Zavo (Alyson)

GAY DEBUT FICTION NOMINEES:
A Scarecrow’s Bible by Martin Hyatt (Suspect Thoughts)
The Zookeeper by Alex MacLennan (Alyson)
Send Me by Patrick Ryan (Dial Press)
Suspension by Robert Westfield (HarperCollins)
5 Minutes & 42 Seconds by Timothy Williams (HarperCollins)


Quiet Places and Spaces…

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(The Vatican – Rome, I’ve been there )

I was surfing the Tag Surfer on Word Press and ran across a young writer named Scott, you can find his blog HERE . As I read his entry titled “The Grotto,” I was immediately transported back to a specific time and memory.

Many years ago, I was involved with Youth Ministry at the Parish I belonged to Way back when God was a boy. His writing gave me this visual of what it was like to be surrounded by really great friends in a setting where there were no labels or boundaries, it was us coming to spend time with God. Praying was a way of life, the spirit moved us to be unified for God. It was that feeling of “being together” unblemished before Christ. Completely vulnerable, is the only way I can explain it to you, unless you “get it” or know what I am talking about.

We had a dedicated retreat location on a lake in Central Florida. It was a 4 hour drive from Miami to this retreat location which was truly blessed.

We would gather there 4 times a year as students. I did this series of retreats over 6 years through high school and early college and seminary. A young Christian and his bible. The introduction to Jesus, the mountain top experience. Do you remember the first time you were introduced to God, to Jesus, to salvation? Do you remember how it felt to come home from a retreat on fire for God, and everyone around would see the shift in you and recognize that you were a follower of Jesus?? I do. I know what it felt like to walk around on that mountain top for about a week, then have to come down to earth… ugh!!

Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk… that was difficult.

If I could bottle that “mountain top” Jesus experience for you and give it to you, it would amaze you I think. It was just incredible. The relationship I had with Jesus, way back then. I grew up, yet that boy still exists, I still love Jesus, just in a different manner. Thinking about it, this old man may be a bit jaded over ‘Church’ and I have let the institution taint the Sacred Value of what CHURCH means to me. Scott reminds us how important it is to go find HIM, where he may be sought. I need to start doing that again.

Such memories are amazing to be able to look back over those years ‘retrospectively,’ and see how life had changed so much since then. I remember the boy I was then, and to an extent he still exists, in a much older man today.

The high school I went to was 1 block from the church we all attended, we would go there every day for lunch. And I would always sneak away at lunch to go visit God in the Chapel, it was a beautiful chapel, with the most amazing cross that hung over the altar, it was life like. The sacred space for me was something special. And to “get away” from the noise and escape into the silence of the church was always something I looked forward to. Sacred Quiet spaces are so important to spiritual health and well being.

As I grew up, living in a big city, life changed. And things I used to do, I did no more. I left Scott a comment. I lived in a city with a beach for over 30 years and it’s funny, as an adult, I never went to the beach. Locals did not go to the beach, we all had lives, jobs, families, responsibilities. Tourists went to the beach for us.

Then a few years ago, I moved away from there, to where I am today. A city filled with churches. Literally, you can’t walk anywhere in this city and not be 50 paces from the nearest church. When I first moved to Montreal, I went to church ALL the time. I explored them all. I hunted the saints down, I visited Brother Andre and Mere D’Youville and I used to go to church – or visit the Mother House, (Maison Mere) weekly, until Sister Georgette died in August. Since her death, I have visited the mother house maybe a handful of times. I haven’t been very “church” oriented as of late…

You can take the boy out of the church
but you can’t take the church out of the boy

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Politics – Religion – Practice

I should know better than to allow
“Church” to defile my Sacred beliefs

Scott reminds me that, I must make time to go visit Him. Take my bible and nothing else and go sit in my quiet sacred place. Funny again, I spend so much time studying religion and God in University, that I don’t even think about church like I used to. My estrangement with religion is going to be reconciled in the coming months because the Theology Department is very “church.” And I am missing my roots. So I guess the blessing came from God, who brought me to his blog to read about the Grotto.

The RLP tells a story about a church in Crede Colorado, way up in the mountains. He liked to visit this little church and sometimes snuk a nap in with God in that little church on high. I don’t think I could get away with a nap in a church here in the city, but probably at one of the monasteries that are left outside the city.

Tomorrow is Tuesday and once again, I will visit one of the most beautiful churches in Montreal, St. Leon’s. I will say my prayers and I will offer a special prayer for Scott and his friends.

And I will make time this week to go visit God with my bible…

We are reading Galatians…


It’s Magic…

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How do you like the new look of our blog? I like it. Not so dark, and Blue is my signature color. I have updated many features of the blog. I have deleted many links that may have been problematic. I have updated the Preacher’s BlogList, in a new grouping. It seems that Mark (Key Master) had the issue resolver (Control F5) what a genius. I never knew.

It’s all FIXED!!

Weather Update:
Time: 9:35 p.m.
Temp: (-20c) Windchill (-28c) BRRRRR….


It's Magic…

hp4_scene_0035_450.jpg

How do you like the new look of our blog? I like it. Not so dark, and Blue is my signature color. I have updated many features of the blog. I have deleted many links that may have been problematic. I have updated the Preacher’s BlogList, in a new grouping. It seems that Mark (Key Master) had the issue resolver (Control F5) what a genius. I never knew.

It’s all FIXED!!

Weather Update:
Time: 9:35 p.m.
Temp: (-20c) Windchill (-28c) BRRRRR….


Digg-ing my blog

I’ve added a few features to the blog this morning. You can click over there on the sidebar and check out DIGG. Something I ran across is the Word Press Blogger page, so I added myself to the aggregator.

Secondly, if you page down, you will find a new and updated version of my Flickr Photos. Many of my friends asked me to add them here, and since I was able to reset the default phtots to most recent, there they are.


Transition

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I feel better today. I think that a good nights – next day – Borg Alcove Regeneration did me a lot of good. I’ve been so busy – and that is a good thing, that I have tried to stay out of my head, and not do things I may later regret.

Acceptance is the key to all of my problems. Last night acceptance was somethig I was terrified of, one of my friends gave me sage advice – that I knew already – sometimes you just need to hear it come from someone other than ones self. “Sit with this, and become familiar with the feelings and emotions!” I got this lesson in my guidebook when I started University, funny how lessons repeat themselves when necessary for review.

Last night I posted my prayers, because some of my readers are familiar with them, comeing from ministry positions, when I was in Seminary, we prayed these prayers and still do today in certian ritual activites. But the mode of prayer as meditation are useful today. I spoke about the fact that prayer has been a very big part of my life and that prayer was difficult and sometimes painful.

I think the harder one prays and the more intention one places into their prayers, praying becomes painfully ritualistic. You know, upon uttering the name of Padre Pio, for me, brings up visuals of stigmata and seeing his face. In my room is my altar of relics, statues and trinkets from Sister Georgette. Above my bed hangs my crucifix, my Icon of Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, my Turkish prayer beads and most important my dream catcher I got from the Native Reserve in Miami many years ago.

I spent last night communing with God. there was nothing more to do than pray because I was amid a myraid of emotions stemming from the days events as they unfolded. And unlike my hubby who is on major meds for his Bi-Polar condition, I have to roll with the punches and experience everything without a pill, a drug or a drink! Sometimes that is extremely overwhelming. Last night – I was extremely overwhelmed.

I drafted several “I feel” letters to my Prof. I was writing I hate you letters in my head for hours, until I decided to go to bed. I am reading Dan Millman’s “Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior” again. If you have never read Dan Millman, maybe you should. I was introduced to him when I first got sober many years ago. His series of books are repetitive reading books. Over the years, I have found myself returning to his books again and again as I grow up, because the lessons are universal and reviewing them as one walks their path is useful. I felt more than a little ashamed that I was SOOO angry yesterday.

That Bitch of an Ego is the blight of recovery. And didn’t I more than entertain my ego yesterday. I had a freaking “pity me” party! Funny how lost one can get when the disease rears its ugly head. I was surely “DIS-EASED” yesterday. I got upset and rightfully so. I busted my ass for that class to end up being called a failure after studying Hitler, and genocide and watching film after film of killings and reading text after text about Primo Levy. I was invested so much that my meeting demoralized me to the core of my being. I think it is ok to feel, and I walloed in it all day yesterday. I am better today.

Although today I did smart off to my husband because sometimes he is insensitive and being woken up out of a sound sleep just burns my ass to no end. I can be such a cunt at times. UGH!!! I am P.M.S’ing…

What do you do to begin the transition from University – into the world. One step at a time. And Stay in My DAY. One Day at a Time. I also put up an ad on Craigs List (Montreal) in the Resume section, we shall see where that leads.

If you wanna see it go to (THIS LINK) and read my little missive about myself.  I want a job, and I know what I want to do, what I can do and what I will not do. I think that at my age I can be honest and forthcoming with my wants and needs.

I went to my Toleration and Social Activism: History of XT III class last evening. Its a long class in a small room, on the third floor of the Fauberg Building West End. There is a huge A/C Machine over the roof in this section of the building and every time it clicked on last night it felt like we were in a huge wind tunnel. I know the Prof, I have had him before. There are only like, 20 people in the class, so we might move to the Seminar room at the department if no new people come into the class. Which would be nice. The reading is heavy, that being one class, once a week for 2 1/4 hours each.

I missed class today because I just could not bring myself to get out of bed. I slept well into the afternoon until hubby got home and started rattling in the kitchen. Sometimes men can be so NOISY!! UGH!!

Dinner is almost ready and I am rambling. Thanks for stopping by.

My Comment to the Angry Black Bitch and to YOU as well:

And the moral of this story, outside the “star fucking,” its time to do something – it’s time to act – this year, they say, is going to be a time of change. And what are you going to commit to DO to foster that change where you live and work.

Find your Passion – Do It – Money will follow…

I am still waiting on that money part. Gimme a few months and I may know what that feels like.

You know what it is that you DO really well, now broaden that scope and DO IT Big Time…

You are a Star to your community, use that notoriety and interconnectedness of your readers to help you attain that which you envision.

So let’s see what the Web Log Community will bring us all this year…


Holocaust Research

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I received an inquiry about Bad Arlosen Red Cross Archives and corresponded with the writer, who in turn emailed Dr. Frank Chalk, my Holocaust Professor. I am reposting this letter in the hopes that someone out there might find it and be able to help us in a greater search. As it is I am not in Germany – But Montreal and I will do what I can to further this search for information. I am asking my readers and those at word press to assist us if they can. I will tag this post for reference.

Dr. Frank,

I contacted Jeremy Andrews at Bad Arlosen to see if he could help me to
find relatives that died during the Holocuast at Theresienstadt. My
relatives names are Weinshanks. I found them on a number of lists, but I
would like to see if I could find more detials about their death (and Nazi
documentation about them).

One of my Great Grandmothers was freed by the Red Cross and sent to
Switzerland. I knew her as a child. She did not speak English and I
certainly did not speak German. But I knew her unitl she passed away when I
was seven years old. If possible, I would like to find documentation about
her freedom from Theresienstadt by the Red Cross.

My Grandmother, my mother and my uncle lived in Nurnberg around the corner
from the Browning House. My Grandmother walked around the corner one day
and found Himmler on the street having a smoke. She froze. She was afraid
to go toward him and she was afraid to walk away from him.

They also lived around the corner from Julis Streicher.

On the night of the Krystanacht, Brown Shirters broke into my Grandmother’s
apartment, they were looking for my Grandfather, fortunately he had already
left for the US. They slashed a painting (which we still own today).

My Grandmother, mother and uncle left via Italy. They lived in Nurnberg
until 1940. It is amazing that they were not sent to a concentration camp.

I don’t know if you know Ralf Rossmeissl <ralf.rororo@T-Online.de>. He
lives near Munich. He does a lot to renovate synagogues (he also works with
an Alcaholics group that makes minature sysnagogues). He found Rimonin
(Torah Crowns) that my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather donated to a
synagogue in Windsbach. They were returned to us at a ceremony in a
Lutheran Church in Windsbach. We had them here in Santa Rosa, California.
Now they are with my family in Israel. I have a brother in Jerusalem,
another in Safed, neices and nephews in Teoka and El David (the West Bank).

If you can direct to a source that might be able to provide information
about my relatives, I would greatly apprecaite it.

Thank you,

Jon Simkoviz


2007 Resolutions – Predictions…

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When I log into Word Press there are other blogs listed. And we have this young man, his name is Matt. Is He word press or just an elf that works for Santa? I am not sure, but I’ve seen him pop up a few times since I started this Word Press Blog. He styled the Holiday template which some of my fellows used this season. He wrote today about tagging your resolutions and predictions so that you could navigate to them easier and allow others to navigate to them as well. I guess I need to start somewhere…

I’m going to start with my Gratitude list:

1. I would like ot thank Ms. Nikki for being my friend, my mother, my guide and my rock when I was unsure of myself, and for providing certain staples when the money ran out.

2. I would like to thank Ms. Margo for never giving up on my even though she left the field if it were not for her I would not be here today.

3. I’d like to thank my homegroup for putting up with my rants and raves and who helped me to stay sober this last year, and every year since I got sober.

4. I would like to thank my boys, for keeping me honest and giving and loving. They would be Jon (Tx), Karl, (Ca), Jon (Melb Au), Clay(NYS), John (NYC), Darsh (Ca) and all you boys and men out there who participate in my social network.

5. Now the women… Boo,(Because she has helped me immensely with her care and support) , Shark Fu, Ms. MoMo, Ms. Beverly, Ms. Sam, you have all allowed me grace by accepting me into your world and lives and for that I am grateful.

6. I am nothing without men in my life. Here is to the most noble man I know I’ve not spoken his name, in keeping with the mystery we call him the Dating Dummy…

7. Ok, let’s remind them of the others too… David, Randall, Gordon, Dustin, Michael and Tom, Obliquity, the Zeitzeuge Studs, Homeboi (Manchester), Phoenix Boy (Sydney), Mitch (Germany), Steve and Chris. If I missed you then thank you too…

8. The Preacher Boy gets his own line because I love him so because he has loved me and ministered to my soul without judgement, just because.

9. For everyone I forgot ( old timers ) Forgive me – but everyone in my sphere is important.

10. I forgot to thank Donald Boisvert, my mentor friend and advisor and teacher. He has meant the world to me in the last 4 years of university.

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Ok, let’s start with Predictions for 2007:

1. America will be forced to pull out of Iraq because Americans will revolt and impeach the President and he will go to the Hague for Crimes Against Humanity. Americans will finally get the balls enough to start a revolt against the government and the needless wars may, I said may end. But I don’t think they will totally.

2. Nasa will give up SOME of its secrets about the Aliens and UFO’s and Mars will surely be the next Final Frontier because something BIG will be found and with that truth will have to rule the day, there will be no ways around the BIG FIND on MARS.

3. The Middle East will erupt into a war of Nations and someone is going to get an itchy trigger finger. There’s gonna be a really big disaster, but not in the U.S. hopefully…

4. There will be conflict in the Pacific – China, South Korea and North Korea will come to blows and the U.S. will be forced to engage in the Pacific theatre once again.

5. Global warming will claim more lives as storms wreak havoc over the Caribbean and Southern U.S. – the Arctic Ice pack will further disappear and Polar Bears will make it on to the endangered species list.

6. I see a change in ocean currents in the coming year as more dead zones appear and the upcurrents change and that will impact the fisheries and world climate.

7. If new Aids drugs work as expected, we will see a sure shift in HIV/AIDS cases drop drastically and the world will turn to Africa once and for all and help them.

8. I don’t think that the world will turn to humanitarian needs as they should and millions more people will die because of starvation, famine, and war and AIDS.

9. The U.S. President will force his nation into another war – “Just because!” There will be anarchy in the streets and Washington will become a firestorm of factions.

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10. I think that spiritual entities will make themselves known to mankind because the earth is going to hell in a handbasket and if someone does not intervene with the wars and disease and lack of concern for ones fellows, we are all going to die. The world will be forced to acknowledge that there is SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE and we need their help.

11. I will make history on the HIV front this year with new medications. I will loose the 18 pounds and my health will take a suredly positive turn in 2007. I forsee a radical change in HIV treatment because of new medications.

12. There are always 12 …. I will live to see my 40th birthday…

UPDATE:

 

13. I spoke of major disasters. I am going to amend my predictions and say that the U.S. will be part of a major occurrence, be it volcanic, geologic or natural. AS climate changes I think that the earth is going to shift. Yosemite has always been a hot spot along with Hawaii, the earth is not done shaking and sputtering. The Pacific rim could see some action and from that results circumstances across the pacific rim and the ring of fire.

14. The spiritual nature of DMT will arise in human kind – the turning from religion as institution to spirituality in Intuition will rise further. And once this transcendence begins what we know as religion will end, and those spiritual forces in the universe will become known to us. It is inevitable. Unless we change, the world we know, will come to an end.

15. We shall see a conflict that will end generations of people in the fertile crescent. Once all the factions kill each other, who will be left to repopulate that land? If it is true that the Maitreya walks the earth, we must be aware and look for that dark force that will try and darken the already darkening world.

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Here we go now with Resolutions:

1. I need to get to the gym more often

2. I will need to fill time in this semesters schedule because classes are one day a week and I have two classes this term. Maybe I will get that “Indigo job.”

3. I need to loose 18 pounds, God willing if the new meds work

4. I need to accept that 40 can be beautiful

5. Resolutions are pointless because they bring up expectations and for an alcoholic in recovery and expectations is a HUGE mistake. Expectations are just prepackaged resentments.

6. I need to get two A’s this semester without a doubt, but never speak those words because one may never hit the specified goal and be disappointed.

7. I would like to become a fit, sexual beast of a man so that my husband will find me incredibly sexy in the way he used to when we first met! Oh how times have changed since then.

“as long as a word remains unsaid, you are its master; once you utter it, you are its slave.” (Jeff Vergara.com)

 

Before I sign off I need to thank the man I love, my husband. Because he keeps me sane, he loves me, he cooks for me and he is faithful to me, even if I am old and fat! I have worked to be the best man I can be and he knows that. So I love you Honey!!!

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Happy New Year – Have one for me… And we shall see you in 2007 !!

Thank you for my sobriety. Goodbye 2006 and good riddance.

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Madonna Confessions

TQS French Television here in Montreal, showed an UN-EDITED version of the Madonna’s Confession Tour Concert in London, which I taped – it is very different from the U.S. Feed that was shown in November.

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New Years Came and we were flipping through the channels. We stopped to hear Dick Clark count down the New Year. We sat on the sofa, we did not even take out the champagne flutes to toast the new year. Hell, we did not even get up and hug. New Year went by without a notice. After the ball fell, we moved on to some Discovery Television and went to bed around 1 a.m. I finished reading a book (Bloodletting) and it is now approaching 5 a.m.

 

Abooga booga booga Ah Ah Ah….


Reach for the Stars…

I found this image atUbuntu Blog:

I serendipitously happened across this beautiful image while browsing the web. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Mark Shuttleworth rendered the image in orbit using povray! The image was apparently inspired by Exupery’s Little Prince.

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Read about this visual here.

Or Buy the poster here.