Friday, June 29, 2007
OK, it doesn't suck to live in California, that's true. But I'd like to see some Beautiful Days in your part of the world too. Any suggestions for an html illiterate like myself? I was thinking you could email me a photo and a note about it and I could post it here. Or I could link to your blog if you post it there. Thanks to Cunning Runt for already giving us a nice taste of Western Massachusetts!
Don't even think about doing this until you've written your Blog Against Theocracy post, though!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Just wanted to say that I miss my blog, your blogs, and comments (here and elsewhere).
I'll be back as soon as I can!
Friday, June 22, 2007
It is my favorite local nature place, and it is where I was headed (but didn't get to) on one of my first days as a blogger, when I posted California Poppies instead.
Imagine creek sounds.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
This shot is from the SF/Sausalito Ferry, and this one is from Telegraph Hill.
Imagine the perfect, soft breeze for the full, pleasing effect.
- Cable Car
- Foot (almost never uphill, though...good planning!)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
No doubt you've heard of The Shrub's nomination for Surgeon Freakin' General, a reeel perfeshin'l feller who thinks gays can/should be "cured" by reprogramming. That ought to bring some sorely-needed sanity to the table.
Sigh. Remember Joycelyn Elders? What a cool lady. She's the ex-Surgeon General who suggested the ABCD's for sexual health: A-abstinence, B-be faithful, C-use a condom, or D-do something else. She got fired for that last one because God forbid that anyone in government acknowledge the safest and most common sexual act of all.
What a comparison, eh? Here's a place you can click-and-send or compose your own letters to your Senators, asking them to reject Dr. Holsinger for Surgeon General. Or maybe you're one of the 43,445 people who have already sent their letters.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I was so sad when I finished the last of the six books in Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” series. I mourned. I grieved. I turned back to page one and started over again. I did not want to part with his characters.
But today, 20 years later, I can stop grieving and start celebrating (and reading). In honor of Maupin’s latest book, “Michael Tolliver Lives,” Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared June 12 "'Michael Tolliver Day' in San Francisco."
For those lucky enough to have not yet read the books, “the City” is San Francisco, in the 80s. Many of the characters are gay, and the stories begin before the AIDS epidemic, and continue through it. The central character is Michael Tolliver, nicknamed, “Mouse.” The story lines are crazy, hilarious and touching.
More importantly, these were the first gay and lesbian characters I’d ever read about who were not portrayed as disturbed in some way. What a wonderful, liberating feeling that gave. What a gift to be handed a whole new set of people living funny, happy, sad, full, wonderful lives. Some might say I’ve taken these silly fictional books way to seriously, but…hey, I live in my books!
Happy Michael Tolliver Day! Read the books. They are perfect for summer reading!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
"Today, the House Democrats will waltz into the mark-up of the Labor HHS Subcommittee and proudly present a bill that puts their stamp of approval on domestic abstinence-only-until-marriage programs—an ideological boondoggle that threatens the health and well-being of America's youth.
The most appalling aspect of this sell-out is that that the Democrats will not only fully fund the worst of the failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs—they'll give them a $27 million increase—the first in three years!
Shame on Congressman David Obey for brokering this "deal;" shame on Congresswoman Nita Lowey for agreeing to it; and shame on those other Democrats on the Appropriations Committee who have already promised not to offer any amendment that would cut funding for abstinence-only programs and thus "upset" the deal.
In one inglorious motion, the Democrats have sold the health and well-being of young people down the proverbial drain, delivered a public slap in the face to evidence-based public health, and made a mockery of their "prevention first" message.
Consider this irony. The first domestic policy the Democrats will endorse on the prevention front will be to fund abstinence-only-until-marriage programs for young people up to the age of 29! ..." read more; it's worth your time
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I agree with what this commenter at the RH Reality Check blog says about the democrats:
"They are trying to dodge responsibility for capitulation on the war in Iraq, but they have just capitulated on one of the easiest issues to deal with in the Culture Wars."
TAKE ACTION HERE !
Monday, June 4, 2007
Mark Twain said this about Mono Lake:
And we made sure to rinse off the Mono Lake water. It is so alkaline (like Lye soap), and salty, it eats away at stuff. Mark Twain's "soiled garment" probably would have dissolved if he'd dipped it one more time.
So picture me, my little camera in a water-tight box hanging from my neck. I get into position to take a photo (using my best, but novice, paddling skills), stop paddling for a moment and:
- shake Mono Lake water off my hands
- open water-tight box
- remove camera
- turn on camera
- zoom camera
- frame shot
Oops. My kayak has drifted.
- hang camera by its strap from my teeth
- maneuver kayak back into position
- frame shot
- turn off camera
- put camera back into water-tight box and close it
- find even better angle
Don't feel sorry for me; it was great fun! Having this blog makes me look at the world more closely. Thank you for being here and giving me a reason to really see things.
Here are the guidelines for products recommended in their tips. They're pretty good.
So, while I don't like getting tips like "Nip/Tuck Alternatives," I do like getting tips like this one, "Insider Trading," on how to swap and trade rather than buy things new.
·BookCrossing - leave used books in designated public places for other email-alerted bookworms to pick up.
·Freecycle - join a local group of swappers online.
·LendList - a share site where you compile a list of things you have to loan out, then send the list around to your friends.
·Swapagift - someone give you a gift card you'll never use? Swap it for cash here.
·Zunafish - swap books, CDs, DVDs and video games for $1/trade, plus shipping.