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Sep.22.2010
A recent NYT article "When Boys Are Prized, Girls Live the Part" written by Jenny Nordberg, described the Afghani tradition of ‘bacha posh' which translates as ‘dressed up as a boy.' Since boys are so valued over girls, families with girls often dress one of their girls in boy's clothes...
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Sep.02.2010
On the same day marking Mother Teresa's 100th birthday, news broke that the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman is gay.  Much to the chagrin of William Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, the Empire State Building was not bathed in...
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Aug.23.2010
This morning in Ptown, I actually had goose bumps. The days are cooler; sunsets are earlier. What can you do? What we have been doing all summer is having Feminist Classics Readings every Saturday night at nine p.m. on Commercial Street between our wonderful City Video store and Spiritus. The idea...
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Jul.27.2010
On Sunday night, my galpal and I joined a sold-out crowd of moviegoers to see the much-anticipated The Kids Are All Right at the tiny Ptown Theater. The a.c. was a bonus. The crowd at the early show was mostly Well of Loneliness era women in pairs and posses. Quite frankly, I was looking forward to...
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Jul.11.2010
In Ptown we are cycling too fast through the themed weekends of summer:  Film Festival, Portuguese Festival, Circuit Party 4th of July, and now it's already Bear Week.  Up- Cape, Melissa Etheridge has already made her summer stop at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis.  I have already made my...
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Jun.30.2010
Here in gorgeous Provincetown, three days after the summer solstice, I walk out the jetty at the far west end of town. I have started many walks here in all kinds of weather, often with a burdened mind. Most days by the return, I cannot imagine what bothered me. It is as if I have left the problem...
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Jun.24.2010
Here in gorgeous Provincetown, three days after the summer solstice, I walk out the jetty at the far west end of town. I have started many walks here in all kinds of weather, often with a burdened mind. Most days by the return, I cannot imagine what bothered me. It is as if I have left the problem...
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Jun.08.2010
I was trolling an LGBT online news service. It used to be if something gay happened in the news, it was pretty much a one-off and you clung to as if it were a life preserver in a sea of heterosexuality.  Now there are several LGBT news clipping services.  Pinch me. I saw the headline, "...
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May.21.2010
"Don't get a swelled head."  "Don't be a hot dog." Those were the messages I got when I was growing up.  So I don't brag. There was that time I did share with you that I got one of those Mormon genealogy programs and had traced my lineage back to the Blessed Virgin Mother - she...
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May.07.2010
My dear girlfriend cheerfully admits she is a numbers nerd.  She can read, remember and interpret a pie chart or a power point graph like nobody's business.  While she's parsing the percentages, I tend to muse about the color palette they've chosen. Why that yellow with fuchsia?  Not to imply that...
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Apr.16.2010
I was out tinkering in my metal shop the other day.  I'm a bit of a tinkerer.  I was standing at my workbench, had my steel-toed boots on, leather apron, and my little customized blowtorch in hand. Since phone applications, AKA "apps", are the new gold nuggets in the tech revenue stream,...
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Mar.27.2010
To quote VP Joe Biden, "This is a big f**in deal."  Lovable old Hairplugs Joe was of course referring to the successful passage of health insurance reform. I am referring to the shameful, dangerous behavior of the overly televised Teabaggers. Stupid does as stupid is.  In a recent poll...
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Mar.13.2010
The Oscars made me sick.  Not because my George Clooney did not win and attended with that faux galpal arm-candy instead of me.  Not because Kathryn Bigelow the first woman to win best director was so ditzily girly in such an historic moment.   But because the tribute to horror films was an...
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Mar.08.2010
What was I thinking? The weather forecast for the Northwest was "partly cloudy, showers", generally a safe bet, so I wore a big black raincoat and layers for my trip to Seattle and Portland.  Had I forgotten the daffodils during the Vancouver Olympics?  Forsythia, flowering quince,...
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Feb.23.2010
Just washed ashore from the RSVP cruise, and should have my land legs back any day now.  I need a Dramamine to go to the Duane Reade.  I met up with my 2,200 mateys on the Eurodam in Curacao last Tuesday and they were in crazy good form.  They had already had a sail away theme party, a Valentines...
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