Pride does not mean celebration for being gay; pride is liberation, it is the ability to say, "I don't hate myself for this. I am good enough."
It's been fifteen years since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, and when I started writing this post, I didn't know what the Twin Towers looked like. The image in my head was vague, and the pictures I found weren't any better. I had forgotten. On September 11, 2001, I was … Continue reading 9-1-1: A Look Back at Terror
Southpaw, kidal, clicky, mancino, spuddy-handed, gitcho, caggy, chapool, port-sider... There are a lot of terms for left-handers all over the world, and mixed feelings about the connotations of the words, as some are derogatory, while others are celebratory. On this day, however, left-handers the world over can celebrate. It's International Lefties Day!
She may not have been who I needed her to be, but she was all she could be. Happy Mother's Day.
This year, my wife and I celebrated the same way we have since we got together: food, drinks, parade, and partying! The funniest thing I saw: Our friend, the Mardi Gras birthday girl, has as many costume changes as Cher on tour, and my favorite is probably her "naked suit." The best food this year: The same … Continue reading Happy Mardi Gras!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968 We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from … Continue reading The Promised Land: Reflections on MLK
This afternoon I'll be sitting down to black-eyed peas, cabbage, and a host of other goodies that are supposed to bring prosperity and good luck into my life this year - and I hope you'll do the same with your own traditional foods and superstitions for a bit of fun as we begin another year on the … Continue reading Happy New Year!
No one knows the origin of Book Lovers Day. There is even controversy over which day to celebrate it -- August 9th or the first Saturday of each November. My take on it: 'Who cares when it started?' and 'Let's celebrate both!' Here's a list of thirteen books coming out this month from Goodreads. Maybe you'll like one of … Continue reading Book Lovers’ Day 2015
The Day of the Dead. Most everyone has heard of it, but many don't know exactly what it's about. I have always loved the art and pageantry that went along with Dia de los Muertos, but I haven't ever been able to accurately celebrate it -- until now. In central and southern Mexico, the indigenous … Continue reading Morbid Traditions: Day of the Dead and Plan Your Epitaph Day
My wife called me as I was walking in the door from grocery shopping this morning. She sounded weepy as she told me to turn on the television. "What channel?" I asked. "All of them. It's on all of them." I flipped it on, and what I saw nearly knocked me off my feet. I … Continue reading It’s Official: Love Wins!