Sweetie

Is it safer for gay men to act normal now? You don’t see many of those flaming, flamboyant men who call everyone “Sweetie” and swish about these days. The outrageous certainly has its charms, but I think I like it better now, where people are just people.

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A Failed Coup

Sherlock clicked up to my knee and put his head near my hand. He looked at me with big eyes, begging for a scratch. I ran my fingernails behind his eyes. “You’re a good boy,” I said.

Harry called to Sherlock as he always does when I’m giving him attention. “Here boy, come, Sherlock.” Sherlock ignored him. A failed coup.

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Beautiful

The morning air after a rain is still a beautiful thing. The way the neighbor waves over the fence and says, “Beautiful day!” is full of cheer. The little bounce in the step from that morning cuppa a beautiful way to start a day. Ignoring the news is going to be the best part of this beautiful day.

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Medical Advice

He tossed medical advice about like snake oil, splashing everyone with his venom. He knew nothing, had no education, no training. Yet women – and a few men – hung on his every word, bought his every promise, believed his every statement.

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Going Right

The news is too much with us. The things that are going right are buried under an avalanche of pain and suffering. I’m trying to remind myself each day that I’m still here, my life is enjoyable, and the sun is shining on a beautiful world. Hope you are, too.

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The News

The news is so depressing, I don’t watch it. It’s a mental health issue. Despair rules. I know what I can do to change the way the world works and I’m doing it. Every day. Watching the failures obsessively on 24 hour news channels doesn’t help. Go outside. Watch a tree move in the breeze. You’ll be better able to ‘be the change.’

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What’s that smell?

Do you ever think about how much of your life is devoted to identifying smell? You walk in the kitchen after someone’s been cooking Brussels sprouts and ask, “What’s that smell?” You open the window early in the morning and wonder at the aroma of burning toast from some neighbor’s open window. You look for the source of phantom smells, like cigarette smoke, that don’t even exist in your house. You stick your nose in the washing machine to see if that vinegary smell comes out of it.

Do you smell that? What’s that smell?

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The Fern

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I carried a camp chair off into the trees with me every morning. I like to stop on the hill and sit next to a big fern. I loved that fern for some reason. The view from the hill was soothing. Sometimes other walkers would pass me by, say hello, and keep going. It was my spot.

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What’s On?

“What’s on?” People want to know what’s on your iPod, your TV, your stereo, your X Box, your bedside table, your car radio. They think it says something about you. It probably does. So you should know that I watched “Marcella” all weekend, I listened to Natalie Merchant and Al Jarreau in my car, keep my radio tuned to NPR and I finished reading “The Marriage of Opposites” this weekend. Now you know all my secrets.

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New and Improved

After the convention with so many inspiring people around me, I felt like a new and improved me. Someone who would be different – better. I wanted to be better, more like those successful people who offered so much advice. It sounded so easy. A few minutes a day. But when I got home . . .

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