Archive for the ‘Quotidian’ Category

With my brother Erik heading south to sunny Mexico, I’m babysitting his boys (Vinny and Hobbes) this week in frigid Minnesota. While the Arctic air outside may be bitterly cold, I’m happy to be with these dudes — I’ve got their love to keep me warm.

Vincent treating his SAD (seasonal affective disorder) beneath a lamp in the dark evening hours

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
— Sigmund Freud

Hobbes' playfulness keeps me distracted from more "important" work

Pete Seeger (1919-2014): My job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.

My job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world,
and if used right it may help to save the planet.

—Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

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I’ve witnessed great social change in my lifetime; the 20th century was full of tremendous progress thanks to an ever-flowing river of brave leftist advocates and leaders who kept us moving forward…

Eugene Debs, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Rachel Carson, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Friedan, Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk…

They inspired progressive action towards the ideals of liberty, equality, justice and opportunity for all.

Today we lost Pete Seeger, another shining star among American progressives. His voice lulled me in my childhood, singing out against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War and steadfast in facing the coercive House Un-American Activities Committee. He opposed the arms race and the Vietnam War and staunchly supported the environment and civil rights.

We heard his patriotic shouts of protest in “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “If I Had a Hammer, “We Shall Overcome”, and “Turn, Turn, Turn!”. These verses are now part of America’s forward-looking psyche.

Pete Seeger’s words and works will embolden future Americans wanting to forge a more perfect Union. His now-departed soul is another seed planted in the fertile ground of progressive America, blooming with the cosmic energy building towards a better world.

A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for.

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This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender ☮

This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender 

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SupremeCourt

I was in the second trimester inside my mother’s womb when the Stonewall riots erupted in 1969. I was born at the dawn of the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States.

I was three years old when the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. I was growing up in a world where the medical establishment would not consider me sick.

As a teenager I was frozen by the horrors of AIDS and the clashes between regressive government policies and fearless gay-rights activism. I knew I was attracted to males but amidst this conflagration my future was uncertain.

In my twenties I marched in Pride parades, raised thousands of dollars and bicycled 500 miles to support AIDS-related charitable organizations, and worked at pioneering companies that offered benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Yet as an out gay person I was excluded from serving in the US military and witnessed the odious Defense of Marriage Act become law.

I was living with my partner of nearly eight years in 2003 when the Supreme Court struck down Lawrence v. Texas. It was no longer illegal for me to expressly love someone of the same sex.

During the past ten years, politicians and religious leaders shamelessly made gay people scapegoats in campaigns and pariahs on television and radio across America. They called me immoral. They blamed me for the decline of the country. They accused me of taking away rights of others, corrupting children and destroying marriages and schools and churches.

Continue reading ‘A Part of the Family’ »

President Barack Obama Reelected in 2012 (photo Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Our leaders are not perfect.

We as a nation are not perfect.

But we can be.

I love you, America.

So there’s that face that appears now and again on Wikipedia, y’all know it:

Wikipedia Face

So I got tired of these people glaring at me with that you oughta look while I learn about the various and sundry miscellanea of this incredible universe at our disposal1 and simply made a donation.  And lo and behold, the face disappeared!2

Wiki Why?

On a daily basis I enjoy its amazing collection of knowledge and of course I really appreciate all that Wikipedia stands for.  And donating to the Wikipedia Foundation has been a priority since reading this accolade in Wired magazine.

But it is nice to read in peace without anyone staring back at me.

1 Random Wikipedia entries taken from my browser history.

2 Of course you can just click on the X in the upper right corner of the banner to exeunt the faces.3

3 But that ain’t no fun nor good (no matter how much we love cookies), now is it?

Peixes de Wolfgang

For the past three weeks, I was Wolfgang’s fanny (fish nanny) and so entrusted with the care and well-being of his 20+ tropical Fische from Brazil’s Amazonian fresh waters.  His three tanks, a largely exquisite display of lush greenery and a delicate of mix of exotic, unfettered scaled beauties did not disappoint.

Fortunately for me (and the tank communities), there was a sole floater during the caretaker period.  Generally the fish seemed happy (and I know they were well fed with blood worms and beef heart — yucko fer reals y’all) and I was lucky to enjoy the aquamarine spectacle for a spell, curious and relaxing beyond measure.

Introducing MirrorDancing.com:

mirrordancing.com

Check out the latest mirror dancing tips, tricks, links, pix, news, commentary and more… it’s all on mirrordancing.com, baby!!!! Woot woot!!!

My crew: Amy, Paul, Mark

Our good friend Roberto visited this past weekend, returning after moving to North Carolina.  With clear skies but a chill in the air, we headed to Fort Foster on Gerrish Island.  It was a pleasure to catch up with him, reminisce about old times, and enjoy the setting sun and ebbing tide with a Havana Sidecar cocktail in hand. Nothing like spending time with old friends and new (in this case Lily, the Sheltie puppy who eagerly introduced herself).

Havana Sidecars

Continue reading ‘Fort Foster Cocktail Hour with Roberto’ »

It took some convincing after weeks of sub-par temps and chilling rain to finally accept that spring was winding down.  After an extra-long and extra-warm Memorial Day weekend, I was ready to face June by shedding clothes and lathering on the sun screen.

Here are some Hipsatmatic pics from the weekend:

Relaxing on the beach, XX style.

Relaxing on the beach, XX style.

Continue reading ‘Summer Is Finally Here!’ »