National Coming Out Day 2019

Today is National Coming Out Day. This annual observance every October 11th started in 1988 to encourage and celebrate the act of Coming Out of the Closet. While coming out is very much a life-altering personal act, it’s also a political act of significant importance. It’s easy to hate a group of people if you […]

Our 5/28th Anniversary

Today marks David’s and my 5th wedding anniversary. That makes this our official anniversary in the eyes of justice — but our real anniversary was June 29th at which point we celebrated 28 years together. The law was slow to catch up. This being our Official Legal Day, however, I wish my David… …with love […]

Dare I Say, the Sequel is Out!

≡ Gay Video of the Week I watch a lot of short gay films on YouTube and have curated a selection of the better ones on my website. You can see them at Short & Independent LGBT Films. There you will find 35 films of wide variety and I plan soon to add a second […]

Spirituality & Science Converge

≡ Life 2.0 Some people talk about Mindfulness in the context of spirituality. The Buddha and Eckhart Tolle are two examples. Others approach the subject based on science and what is known about neurology, psychology, physiology and more. Articles in Scientific American and the Harvard Gazette are just two of many that look at the […]

A Friend Wrote…

I’m inspired to share this post that a friend placed on Facebook this week. Exhibit A: Trump lectures Elijah Cummings on the fact that the Democratic Party machine in Baltimore has been stealing, double-dipping and wasting federal aid for decades, which any worker, especially any worker who is Black, would nod their head up and […]

An Evening in the Park

One of the lovely amenities of Northeast Ohio is the Emerald Necklace, a network of parks surrounding the Greater Cleveland/Akron area. It spans 23,000 acres with over 300 miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails as well as numerous picnic areas, nature education centers, golf courses, and countless fishing spots. In addition, the district includes […]

Our Summer Vacation in Harbor Springs

It’s been three years since my husband, David Lansaw, and I took a vacation away from home. That last time might best be described as escape as we fled Cleveland during the 2016 Republican Convention. As in 2016, our destination this year was Michigan where we rented a delightful cottage in Harbor Springs. The drive […]

The Mueller Report: A Photo Essay

Guest Author: Dr. Robert André LaFleur Introduction Today I welcome friend and guest author Dr. Robert André LaFleur. He has read and thoroughly dissected the full Mueller Report. Two nights ago he posted his impressions on Facebook in a kind of photo-essay format. His presentation is unusual and very engaging. He was kind enough to […]

Socialists Have It Right

Guest Author: David Rowlands Introduction Today I welcome back guest author David Rowlands. We’ve been friends since college. (Yes, that long ago!) I write about politics here sometimes, but David’s commentaries are better. Just don’t tell him I said so. His first article I posted here presented a working-class perspective on politics. Five Examples where […]

The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

When we hear the words “reaction” and “reactionary” we usually think of the rightwing. More and more, in our angry and polarized environment these days, the liberal left is falling into this same behavior. I wrote about this in January when I analyzed the Lincoln Memorial confrontation between Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and […]