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tumblr-logo-icon-7.png I thought I'd mention that there is a new-ish friending community, 2017 Revival, that I have joined because, frankly, while those who have remained on my friends-list throughout the ages are cherished, many others have moved on. The problem, I guess, with mainly being involved from the beginning with fandom and when that peters out, not entirely but some,not really knowing where to go next. My journal had become a little too one-sided. Me talking, no one listening. Can't help but wonder...why bother.
          So, I am now making new friends, those who post more about life, politics, art and such, and that, in turn, is making me pretty darn happy. Change is good. New friends are always good. So, just letting you know in case you are of a need to change things up a little too :)

One last thing. Livejournal has provided a cute little heart 'LIKE' button on the comments page of every post so that, if you don't feel you have anything to comment, you can click the heart 'LIKE' button and then people who are like me who get very very sad when no one comments to their painstakingly crafted, or not, posts can at least get 'LIKED'.And 'LIKED' is good. Very very good.
          I would like to thank [livejournal.com profile] connorblond for making me awae of this feature which, until he 'LIKED' something I'd posted, I had no idea even existed.
     Easy frickin' peasy. Yes?
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Ross Macdonald, novelist_1915-1983
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The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters
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I have become shamelessly addicted to the above-referenced candy Shamelessly, I tell you.

Below is my personal stash, in the master bedroom, next to the bed where I can get at them easily. Most days I can satisfy my cravings with one single lollipop. But some days, I am loath to say, I will devour two. Never more. I know my limits.

They are a Mexican candy and can be found easily around the interwebs. Although, full confession, I have a local liquor store, within walking distance, bringing them in for me. Amazon has them as does the aptly named MyMexicanCandy.

If you do try them and find you don't like them, just let me know and I'll pay to have you send the remainder to me. No problem at all :)

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GoFundMe
has a page which can be found here

where you can donate any amount in support of the families of the victims of shootings in Orlando.

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my dear LJ friends, that for the past little while, we, Daiv, Lauren, and I, have been on a journey that was not only unforseen, but that has been life-transforming, and that, simply put, has had some serious ups and downs.

That journey is really and truly Lauren's as she transfroms from who she has been, our sweet girl, to who she is to become, our sweet boy. A boy who will probably be named Aaron but, like the pronoun-shift, her name change hasn't happened quite yet, but soon. Very soon.

I've told pretty much everyone I know in Real Life and everyone I've told has been fantastic. Even those I was somewhat concerned about. Eveyone has been amazing and, interestingly, everyone has told me that they've known someone, acquaintance, friend, family member, who's transgender. I on-the-other-hand, until Lauren, had not. I assumed, while she was growing up, that she was like me, just a little less feminine than all the rest of the girls. No nail polish for us or pointy-heeled shoes or pastel colored clothing, us both always vearing toward the guy stuff in stores because we found their colorways so much more attractive than the girl stuff.

And that's why she was confussed as long as she was, thinking she was like me, pretty damn androgenous. But one day googling what all the letters stood for in LGBT, she realized that the 'T' applied to her. Then, a while later she told me and then, a while later she told her dad.

And now I tell you because I've always known that I was brought here for a reason beyond QAF and even beyond the friendships I've been privledged to find here. My journal in the future is going to become a place where I store the memories of this journey of ours which, I hope, some of you will take with us at least part of the time for part of the way. Any feedback I may get from you will be appreciated because, despite Real Life friends, I still sometimes feel very alone in this.

Lauren told me sometime ago that for some parents it's as though their pre-transgender child has died and while maybe a little dramatic, I can understand that. With each next injection of testasterone I give her, she becomes less woman and more man and I can't help but look at the photos of the little girl she was, the woman I saw her  becoming so clear in my mind, and mourn her loss.

Still inside Lauren is Lauren, a little more moody and tempermental than before we started the shots, which BTW will continue for the rest of her life, but she is also so much happier than before we'd started on this journey, when ahead of her all she saw was the unknown. Now she knows, at least as far as we are concerned, she is safe.

Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to read this.

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Rotation of musical note When I heard Prine had died I was, like many, saddened, a little shocked, a little dismayed, he was afterall too young. But I didn't get teary-eyed. It was when I looked through these lovely photos from across America plus Paris, plus space, all celebrating his life in purple light that, yeah, I got moree than a lttle teary-eyed. Funny how that happens sometimes.

Also, if you scroll down to the post's comments, someone included President Obama's reflections on Prince's life.
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From the Very Short List
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and
From I Can Has Cheesburger
Someone has got the sneezes really bad :)


-enjoy
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...Jacquie Lauson Christmas Market Advent Calendar, which can be found here and which is full of a ton of fun things to do, puzzles, games, and so on.
She asked that I post my decorated Christmas Tree. Failing to figure out how Alex posted his so nicely, I used Snagit to capture mine.


Pretty, I think!!

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To my sweet child. You're 21 today, Lauren, astonishing!! and we couldn't be prouder of you!
For ever and always, mom & dad
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...Lauren and I went to IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. Also known, not surprisingly as SLV, the campus was designed back in the late 60's-early 70's out of shiny steel and bright colors and was placed, unintuatively, in the middle of farmland and cow fileds and rolling brown that are occassionally green hills. A beautiful contrast.

We went to have lunch with David AND to see his new with-a-view office and so, I took photos.
Who here among us is surprised?
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There are four towers, in a cross formation, each with it's own color. In the background is the Red Tower first from ground level and next from the third story of the Teal Tower
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Where dark teal and ligth teal intersect is David's new tower. Before he was in orange. Or was it blue?
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And, leaving the best for last, the view from David's new office. He told us that when he arrived around 7:45am, this scene was full of mist. Nice if you can get it and, frankly, he's worked hard to get it so, way to go, David!!

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Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay!and Yay!

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Project Update #19: Such Good People will Premiere at MGLFF May 9

Hi everyone –

We are so thrilled to announce SUCH GOOD PEOPLE will have its World Premiere at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Friday May 9!

More info is at this link: http://www.mglff.com/films/view/147

MGLFF is a fantastic festival and we will be screening at the historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. We would love for everyone to come. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 18. http://www.mglff.com/pages/tickets (If you selected the LA premiere tickets as a perk, that screening will be held later this summer.   More info on that coming soon.)

We are so very close to finishing post-production and we are thrilled how the movie is coming together.

Our uber-talented composer, Jonathan Dinerstein, has created a gorgeous score that perfectly compliments the movie’s comedic heartbeat.

We have also completed our color correction, most of our sound mix, and are just now waiting for the last video effects for the film to be complete. Plus, we created a really fun animated opening titles sequence we hope everyone will love. More info is coming soon, including more festival updates.

Best,

David, Stewart and David

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...when Lauren is at UC Santa Cruz, she can be at the bus stop at 7:15am to catch the shuttle for an 8am class ON THE OTHER SIDE of campus, but when she's home and we go grocery shopping, if, when reviewing the grocery shopping list, we discover that we missed something A FEW ISLES BACK, when I ask her to go get whatever it is, she hesitates, then always says, 'Okay, but come with me' and I always do.

First, I say, 'Seriously?'

And when she smiles and nods, I happily trail after her a few isles back as she takes me to whatever it is we need.

Ever single time. And every single time I'm so glad that she still wants (not needs) me with her :)

The End

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Phone Call

Feb. 18th, 2014 12:29 pm
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So, I was just sitting here minding my own business when the United States called my cell phone. Now, I've had many large places, San Francisco, New York etc, call my cell, but never one so large as the United States before.

It left a voicemail, but I brazenly deleted it without listening to it as we really have very little to say to each other at this point, although I probably will take it next time if I should see President Obama's name displayed instead of the United States.

I have my priorities after all :)

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light-rain-icon
I can actually hear the very light rain from inside the house so, COOL!! especially given that we haven't had but like 2 inches since last July 1st and seriously, this won't help the drought one bit, but still...YAY!!! It's good to know that the sky is still able to allow precipitation to fall from it :)

Have a good Sunday everyone and remember, if you are getting rain, enough, too much, appreciate that you are because some of us really aren't :(

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steering the craft

WHAT
I've started reading Ursula K. Le Guin's book on writing, Steering The Craft. Having just completed Chapter Two, (Punctuation: which sagely advises reading Strunk & White's Elements of Style) I decided to do its exercise, which was simply to write 350 words of narrative without any punctuation, no commas, no periods, no apostrophes, and no paragraph breaks.
WHY
Why this was so liberating is because I'm kind of a persnickety writer, too fussy with every word in each sentence even while in first-draft mode. It takes me forever to write anything. Using this exercise as my guide, just getting out words all thrown down in a bunch, I wrote 335 words in 15 minutes. Three hundred and thirty-five words in 15 minutes!! And they're good words, which actually does matter. For me, that's like lightening speed.
OUTCOME
I'm going to use this method in the future because however long it will take me to clean up those 335, I will still end up with better writing done more quickly. I can't wait for Chapter Three.

Title of Chapter Two::damn the semicolons cried the captain full speed ahead :)

To put this into perspective, it took me nearly an hour to write the above, barely 200 words. Seriously.

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Christmas Thanks
Firstly,I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] quiltedlives for my twinkly v-gift and [livejournal.com profile] film102 for my adorable e-card.
Also, I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] shadownyc, [livejournal.com profile] rebeccama, [livejournal.com profile] herefordroad, [livejournal.com profile] fansee, [livejournal.com profile] mitakay, [livejournal.com profile] spike7451, [livejournal.com profile] freakykat, and [livejournal.com profile] pam81 for all my lovely RL cards


Birthday Thanks
Secondly, I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] spike7451 for my lovely balloon bouquet v-gift, and to [livejournal.com profile] tv_fan_2008, [livejournal.com profile] kinwad, [livejournal.com profile] pclu2004, and [livejournal.com profile] techgirl_on_ij for my lovely PMs. Also, thank you [livejournal.com profile] shadownyc, [livejournal.com profile] penelopes_web, [livejournal.com profile] spike7451, [livejournal.com profile] michira_70 and [livejournal.com profile] ashmedai for their wonderful Happy Birthday posts.

You guys are ALL the very best!!!

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I hope you all have a warm and safe holiday season
and the very happiest of coming new years!!!

tree by sparkof_icons

Here's to a terrific 2014!!!


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...one artist, [livejournal.com profile] gearhead69, does wonderful 'Rolling Ball Sculptures' that I really enjoy so, I thought I'd share a video of his latest, a competition winner for installation in his city's mayor's office. If you go to his post at the comm, here, he discusses his process for this particular work and here, you can find his website. He does do commissions :D

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gaeln9796: (icon holiday_christmas)
...these two things, from very separate places, followed each other so, I decided that meant I should post them both here :)




One:
She read books quickly and compulsively, paperback after paperback, as if she might drift away without the anchor of the printed page.
Jane Hamilton, I am assume this Jane Hamilton, correct me if I'm wrong.

And Two:
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To both of these I say Yes. Yes. Yes.

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