Changing the World, via #DeadSilentProtest…


In this WordPress Blog, “This Gay Man’s Life…” I have written posts about the world changing, and recently wrote a post as to whether or not the world is actually changing (SEE:

Nonetheless, there is a way the world can change, and a way that we as members of the LGBTQIA+ Community, and our straight allies, can help the world change: #DeadSilentProtest

For one day, this Saturday, July 16, 2016, #DeadSilentProtest everyone is encouraged to refrain from engaging in social media.

You can learn more by visiting:

 

 

http://allevents.in/events/dead-silent-protest/588984011279383

 

 

In the meantime, here is my social media breakdown:

 

Facebook: Tomorrow, Friday, July 15, 2016, at 11:50PM, I shall deactivate my Facebook page; I shall reactivate it sometime between 1AM-12PM, Sunday, July 17, 2016;

Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat: if I can figure out how to temporarily deactivate those social media, I shall do so.  If not, then I shall simply refrain from using them this Saturday;

Instagram, Swarm: Truth be told, I uninstalled those apps from my smartphone about two months ago.  I have not missed them, and feel OK about it.  I felt led to reclaim some mystery when out and about (no pun intended);

YouTube: I shall not use YouTube at all this Saturday, July 16, 2016, during #DeadSilentProtest

WordPress: I shall not use WordPress at all this Saturday, July 16, 2016, during #DeadSilentProtest

 

I shall spend the day engaging in some of my personal favorite Spiritual Practices: Prayer, Meditation, Visualization, Journal Writing.  In addition, I shall catch up on some household tasks.  And reading books, too.

It is ironic; so many of us in the LGBTQIA+ Community are encouraged to make our voices heard, and our presences felt.  However, for #DeadSilentProtest, the opposite shall have the most impact.

We are strong.  We are powerful.  We are beautiful.  And we are LOVED.

Perhaps not by everybody, but by more than enough.

You can also watch the YouTube video I created about #DeadSilentProtest by visiting:

Thank you for all you are, and all you do.  And for honoring your Beauty, your Power, your Sacredness, your deserving of Love.DeadSilentProtestBird

 

Let me know if you are doing this, too, or if you are not, and why.

Your comments are strongly encouraged.

Thank you, and many Blessings.

 

Is the World Really Changing?


Between the massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, and the murders of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, it could certainly make one wonder if the world is truly changing for the better, especially for those of us who are members of the LGBTQIA+ Community.

However, in spite of recent events, I truly believe that the world, or, rather, the Planet Earth, is changing for the better.

For example, here is this post from the Daily Kos (PLEASE NOTE: I converted this to a Tiny URL, since the original Weblink consisted of 530 characters):

 

http://tinyurl.com/jms75ke

 

In addition, many celebrities are continuing to show their support for the massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida:

 

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/news/a60896/demi-lovato-nick-jonas-pulse-nightclub-employee-tickets/?mag=cos&list=nl_chg_news&src=nl&date=070116

 

However, one organization that has been helping many of us in the LGBTQIA+ Community create and maintain change is “GLAAD,” the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.  Here is a statement GLAAD issued last Friday, July 8, 2016:

 

http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-responds-wave-violence-across-dallas-baton-rouge-and-falcon-heights

 

And, I AM Re-Minded that sometimes, things need to get worse, before they can begin to get better.

In the meantime, I made a YouTube video that you can watch, to give you some additional insight into what has been happening and how I AM dealing with all of it, by visiting:

 

Do what you can do.  Do everything you can to be safe and secure in your world.  Do everything you can to be beautiful, powerful, and sacred.  Do what you are going to do to help others and yourselves to be happy, empowered and whole.

I look forward to your comments, both on this WordPress Blog post, and this linked YouTube video, as well.

Thank you, and good day.Changing-World

 

Reflections on Orlando…


Shortly after 2 AM on Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man who was named Omar Mateen unleashed a tirade of bullets in the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida.  As a result, at least according to various news reports, 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.

Also, several news sources have been referred to this as the “worst mass shooting in American History.”

Since that time, I have felt a great deal of emotions: anger, sadness, despair, frustration, hope, disgust, and more.  In fact, because of these conflicting emotions, and my professional schedule, it has taken me more than two weeks to write this particular blog post.

I felt sucked in to politics, and those that truly know me know that I AM very anti-politics.

However, I felt led to write something in a brand new notebook I purchased at the Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan, NYC.

This is what I wrote on Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:31AM:

 

“I have come to realize that the massacre/blood bath/tragedy at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida is living proof that ‘marriage equality’ is not the cure-all that a lot of my fellow LGBTQIA+ Community members thought it would be.”

 

Indeed.

I was also led to make a YouTube video about my feelings about the attack, which you can watch by clicking on:

 

 

 

 

At this point, it has been more than three weeks since the attack, and in many States in the United States, and many countries around the world, June is the premier LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

Nonetheless, I AM crystal clear that there is more to this story, more to this incident, and more going on, behind the scenes.

Ultimately, now more than ever, anyone who preaches hatred, racism, prejudice, racial profiling, misdirection, incitement, etc., is going to find that their support is being destroyed.

There is no shortage of additional information available regarding this incident.  Which also makes me a bit sad, but I digress.

Now more than ever, ALL the world has seen the price ALL of us pay for bigotry, hatred, prejudice, racial profiling, ignorance, mindlessness, unkindness, insensitivity, indifference, absolutes, blame, “he said/she said/they are,” etc.

I also wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “Senna.”  Thank you for who you are and for what you give the world.

Finally, let me also share the following posts from “BosGuy.”  They are:

 

What LGBTQ hate mail feels like

 

Love Wins: One Orlando brunch fundraiser

I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Horst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
I saw this on Sunday, June 26, 2016, and it truly touched my heart. Thank you, Grace Church Van Vorst, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Horst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Here is some additional information about Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, New Jersey.
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/
It is amazing to me that people in Perth, Australia held a candlelight vigil for those slain in the targeted massacre at the Pulse Dance Club in Orlando, Florida, United States. For more info about the event, you can visit: http://www.outinperth.com/perth-candlelight-vigil-orlando-wednesday/

Back at the Mountain, Part I…


Good morning, my fellow LGBT

people, and our straight allies, and a Happy Thursday to all of you!

Right now, I AM on the patio at Rainbow Mountain Resort, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, basking in having the patio all to myself.  A little while ago, I saw the sexy pool cleaner getting the pool ready for tomorrow, as well as the weekend’s Memorial Day festivities.

My vacation has been lovely, thus far.  In fact, last night, was “couples night!”  My life partner and I visited one of my clients, and her wife, and we had a lovely dinner that my client cooked.  It was wonderful; which having sampled her cooking in the past, was fantastic.

It felt good to spend time with another couple, for a change of pace.  Altogether, it was  a Lesbian couple, a Gay Male couple, the daughter of the Lesbian couple, a dog, and several cats, not to mention inchworms, trees, rocks, birds, spiders, and plenty of Celestial Beings.  (after all, the Lesbians, their daughter, my life partner and I are also Witches, so plenty of Magick was in attendance, as well).

Today is going to be a fun-filled day, and my life partner and I certainly want to enjoy the rest of the day, and having the place all to ourselves, although some other guests have already begun arriving.  The Mountain’s “Cherry House” has been occupied for the past two days or so.

For those of you who have yet to have the Rainbow Mountain Experience, I cannot over-recommend it.  This is my fifth time, my life partner’s second time, and our first time here for a week.

For more info, you can visit:

 

 

http://rainbowmountain.com/

 

 

In the meantime, you can watch this video that I recorded to accompany this particular blog post.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Last Day at the Mountain…


UPDATE: MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016: It is ironic that the day that I publish this post, is also the day that I return to the Mountain.

Enjoy, and here we go…

 

 

 

From the last paragraph of “Back at the Mountain, Day 3…”

 

I enjoyed the rest of my evening, and then, something happened…

 

The something that happened is that, while still asleep, I reached out for my cell phone, and began checking for text messages, which as soon as I realized what I was doing, I then became fully awake!

Now, before I go any further, a few things about me.  When I was younger, both my now late maternal grandmother and I had insomnia.  There were times when it was worse for her, and other times, worse for me.

When I learned that people who have wireless electronics in their room usually have difficulty sleeping, I swore that on extremely rare occasions, and definitely NOT when I would retire for the evening, would said electronics be in my bedroom.

 

I woke up relatively early, so that I could finish packing, and so that I could also prepare for my Reading.

At Rainbow Mountain Resort, breakfast (on Saturdays and Sundays) is served from 9AM-12PM.  I wanted to make sure I went down for breakfast as close to 9AM as possible.

The staff member to whom I was going to give a Reading arranged with the one of the owners, to use a room that was unoccupied for the Reading.  That was a true Blessing, because it made it easier for me to be more relaxed and not rush out of the resort, a la the check out process.

As usual, Chef Pam, the Living Goddess of Culinary Delights, made a fantastic breakfast.  Based on the writings of Doreen Virtue, I have learned that, when I refrain from eating meat, my Readings are sharper and more accurate.  And so,as much as I would have enjoyed some meat on the breakfast table, I opted for a super delicious bowl of oatmeal with chopped fruits and nuts.  I mean, really?!  Who gets excited about oatmeal?!

I can honestly say that I was very excited about my oatmeal.  I had a few other things, too, but not too much, as I knew I would not be eating that much prior to the Reading.

After breakfast, I decided to engage in one last walk among the gorgeous grounds, which I did.

After that, I prepared for my client’s Reading, and if I do say so myself, the Reading was fantastic.

[And here is where this series of posts ends, and it brings an opportunity for a new series of posts to begin.]

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest followers.  They are: “What’s your story?,” “donaldgeorgeherman,” “Ceeka68,” and “reuserecylclerelove.”  Thank you for being so wonderful.  Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  Thank you for honoring who I AM and what I do.  And thank you for being so great for so many.

And yes, some new adventures await when I return to the Mountain!

In the meantime, here is an updated video tour of Rainbow Mountain Resort, that they uploaded three days ago.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Weird Things Gay Couples Do via Buzzfeed


Interestingly enough, I was thinking about writing a blog post around this video, but the BosGuy beat me to it!

Thank you, BosGuy! And enjoy!!

BosGuy

Once upon a time I visited Buzzfeed daily but those days are long gone and posts that starts with 10 Pictures of…  is more likely to make me roll my eyes rather than read it. However, Sergio shared this video of Weird Things Gay Couples Do from Buzzfeed and it made me laugh so I thought I would share it. I can certainly relate to a few of these situations.

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