Book Review: My Friend Michael

I’ve just read a remarkable book about Michael Jackson called My Friend Michael by Frank Cascio.   You’ll hate the book if you’re under the impression that Michael Jackson was “Wacko Jacko” or a pedophile.  But if you are malingering under this impression, I implore you to read it. Why?   Because it will unravel…

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Enter TODAY for a Chance to Win a Free Copy of Womb Man

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Womb Man: How I Survived Growing Up in a Booby-Trapped World (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a776b922206fa1f2 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 1, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

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PFLAG Transgender Insights

I went to a PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting last night because there were going to be three FTM (female to male) transgender representatives speaking and I wanted to hear their life journeys. (You can read mine–although I have never transitioned surgically or chemically via hormones–in WOMB MAN: HOW I SURVIVED…

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Busy Reading & Writing — No ‘Rithmetic

I’ve been busy writing for two clients recently. When not doing that, I’ve been reading or working outdoors in the goat pasture.   The goats have eaten the foliage down to nothing so I figured it was a good time to get out there and drag all of the broken limbs and branches to the…

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Jolly Mountain Fire Evacuations Underway All Night

Photo by Jill Sawicki It’s 12:42 a.m. here in Tacoma, WA but my heart right now is in the hometown I grew up in from age ten to twenty: Cle Elum and surrounding areas Roslyn, Ronald, and Jolly Mountain.   I’m looking at the map put out by the Sheriff’s Department and seeing that the…

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Memories of Jerry Lewis

  A week has passed since Jerry Lewis died. Since then, I’ve visited YouTube to watch some of his interviews and snippets of his best-remembered portrayals.   I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down and write this until I’d done that. I needed to reconnect deeply before I put fingers to keyboard to do…

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Solar Eclipse — What You DIDN’T See By Looking Up

Lisa Twining Taylor and I just got back from a magical bike ride on the Orting Trail during this morning’s solar eclipse.   And yes, there will be a few images about a foot down the page to accompany this flailing attempt to describe the indescribable with mere words.   I built a solar eclipse…

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White “Supremacy”? Look at the Lunatics Leading the Parade!

I find the White Supremacy (and Male Supremacy) (and Christian Supremacy) (and Hetero Supremacy) arguments utterly laughable. All one has to do is look at the people who espouse them. Do these people look or act like they are supreme to (better than? above?) anyone else?   Steve Banner? Donald Trump? Jeff Sessions? David Duke?…

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Baptism Memories

My younger sister Jackie is getting baptized tomorrow. I’ll be there.   She only wants close family members because she says she’s going to be an emotional mess and might blubber. She doesn’t want witnesses to such an unsightly display of emotion: “I’m not usually emotional, you know.” (Yeah, I know. In fact, like me,…

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A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE…

Yesterday I went looking for a specific image in my picture files. I finally found it, but what I found during the search put me on a trip down memory lane that won’t let me go.   A couple decades ago I found (cut out, and saved) a Family Circus cartoon because it reflected what…

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