Category: Giovanni’s Room

Joseph R. G. DeMarco at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, Part I…


This past Tuesday, December 2, 2014, I had the honor and pleasure of returning to Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend a book reading event at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, featuring Mr. Joseph R. G. DeMarco.

Those of you who follow or read “This Gay Man’s Life…” know that there is no shortage of posts about Giovanni’s Room, now known as Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

Earlier in the day, this past Tuesday, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting a lovely Philadelphian in person; with my schedule, I AM not always able to meet some of the people I meet, via the Internet, in person, but meeting Internet friends, in person, can be enjoyable.

In doing so, I had the honor and pleasure of letting him know that Giovanni’s Room (or, rather, Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room) is open, once again.

Anyway, I had a wonderful time being in one of my favorite places in Center City.  Of course, in spite of enjoying myself at the Reading Terminal Market (especially Beiler’s Doughnuts!), the main reason I was there was to attend this book reading event.

Well, I had just enough time to stop in at Toast (another Center City place that I always visit when in Center City), to get a coffee and a spritzer (my usual combo of flavors: Lavender and Hibiscus), and on my way to Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

I arrived just in time, as the seats were beginning to fill up rather quickly.

The evening was lovely, and I enjoyed learning more about the family life of Marco Fontana, the central figure in Mr. DeMarco’s “Marco Fontana Mystery Series.”

I had the pleasure of re-introducing myself to Mr. DeMarco, and was thrilled to learn that he had both heard about and read my blog post about his appearance at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room (for those of you who may have missed it, you can read it by visiting https://thisgaymanslife.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/joseph-r-g-demarco-at-philly-aids-thrift-at-giovannis-room/

I must confess, I have no idea how he found out about the post, and although I thought to ask him, for some reason, I stopped myself from doing so.

I was more than happy to purchase his books: Crimes on Latimer: From the Early Cases of Marco Fontana (Copyright 2012, Lethe Press, Maple Shade, New Jersey); and Death on Delancey (Copyright 2014, also published by Lethe Press); and A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes, edited by Mr. DeMarco (Copyright 2011, also published by Lethe Press).

To learn more about Mr. DeMarco, I invite you to visit his Website, and in particular, visit the following link:

http://www.josephdemarco.com/author_biography.php

Thank you, one and all, for honoring who you are and what you do.  Thank you to my blog followers, and to those of you who read “This Gay Man’s Life…” without officially following it.

Good night, and sweet dreams.joe_staff_photo

NaBloPoMo, Day 4: Joseph R G DeMarco at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room…


A few years ago, I had one of those Divine Appointments in my personal life, as opposed to my professional life as a professional Psychic and Lightworker.

I was in the Center City, Philadelphia “Gayborhood,” at Giovanni’s Room.  Ed Hermance was still the sole owner, Richard was behind the counter, and I had come back downstairs to add something to my “stash,” of purchases for that day.

About a decade previously, I had discovered how much I enjoyed murder mysteries, and became especially fond of murder mysteries with a non-stereotypical Gay Man as a lead character, usually as a private detective.

Here I was at Giovanni’s Room, let me say five years ago, and I found Murder on Camac, by Joseph R. G. DeMarco.  And that day, Mr. DeMarco, himself was in the store.  I quickly told him that I would happily purchase it, so long as he autographed it (yeah, I AM a slick bitch like that!  Ha!).  I did buy the book, and he did, indeed, autograph it.

Well, Mr. DeMarco shall be at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6-8PM, and I AM putting out to the Universe that I shall be there, too!

From a writing perspective, I have always been a fan of a good opening line.  When I was eating dinner that same night that I purchased Murder on Camac, I remember turning to Chapter 1 where I read the following opening line, “Benny Rippa was a liar.”  Got me hooked!

And although I had no plans to begin reading that novel, that night, I began doing so.  As I would say, it consumed me.

I AM looking forward to purchasing Death on Delancey, (Copyright 2014, Lethe Press, Maple Shade, New Jersey), the newest installment in the “Marco Fontana Mystery Series,” as well as Crimes on Latimer: The Early Cases of Marco Fontana (Copyright 2012, also published by Lethe Press).

For more information on Mr. Joseph R. G. DeMarco, please visit his Website, http://josephdemarco.com/ and for more information on this Event, please contact Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room by Email or telephone.  The Email address is giovannis_room@verizon.net and the telephone number is 215-923-2960.

In addition, you can visit this link for more info about Mr. DeMarco: http://wwwthouhtfulreflections.blogspot.com/2011/08/visiting-with-prolific-authorwriter.html

Thank you, one and all, for honoring who you are and what you do.  And stay tuned!

This is the sexy mug of Mr. DeMarco, in the center.
This is the sexy mug of Mr. DeMarco.
 

NaBloPoMo, Day 3: Reflections on Spirit Day…


On Thursday, October 16, 2014, I had the honor and pleasure of going Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit the Grand (Re) Opening of Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

Unbeknownst to me, at the time, it was also Spirit Day.

For those of you who do not know what Spirit Day is, please visit the following link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_Day

Frankly, for many years now, I have made it a regular practice to refrain from reading newspapers, watching television or Internet news broadcasts, as well as visiting news Websites.  I do this for many reasons, but the main reason is that so much of what is reported in the news does a great job of disempowering people, as well as keeping them locked in fear.

Personally, I do not care for conspiracy theories, although I do wish the people who are behind said conspiracies could simply behave and find a hobby, so that I can stop paying attention to their shenanigans, but I digress.

Although I had no idea it was Spirit Day, I knew that I was going to wear purple that day.  In doing so, in following my Magickal Training and “Divine Guidance,” while on my way to Center City’s “Gayborhood” to go to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, I was showing my support of Spirit Day.

On a lighter note, one of my personal favorite Metaphysical books, and one that I AM currently rereading (among others, but, again, I digress) is The Goddess’ Guide to Love: Timeless Secrets to Divine Romance, by Margie Lapanja (Copyright 1999, Conari Press, Berkeley, California).

In this book, one of my favorite sections is the “Cosmic Color Vibrations” and it lists the appropriate colors to wear or use (as in jewelry or loose gemstones) for each day of the week, based on the Planetary Energies that correspond to each day.

October 16, 2014 was a Thursday, and in Magickal Traditions, Thursday is the Day of Jupiter.

According to this Ms. Lapanja, the ideal colors to wear or use on a Thursday, Day of Jupiter, are purple, lavender or lilac.  And I was, indeed, wearing a purple scarf that day.

Sometimes we simply know.  We know what to do, what to say, where to go, etc.

And regarding Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, stay tuned for some upcoming posts about this store, the only remaining LGBT bookstore in the United States.

Before I close, I wish to acknowledge my newest blog follower, “Felicity.”  Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do.  May you receive Inspiration, Healing and PRIDE from following “This Gay Man’s Life…”

And for those of you already following or reading “This Gay Man’s Life…” thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.Background_Purple

Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room…


This past Thursday, October 16, 2014,  I had the honor and pleasure of returning to one of my favorite places: Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

And while there, I also had the opportunity to go to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

Granted, I was six days late for the official Grand Opening, but I was happy to go there, six days after the Grand Opening, which was two days ago.

I confess, I was nervous.  I wondered how different it would be from Giovanni’s Room.  And yes, it is somewhat different, but the volunteers were professional, friendly and welcoming, and with lovely Energy, both individually and collectively, and that made me very happy.

Most of you know I PRAYED that Giovanni’s Room would remain open.  Fortunately for many Goddesses, Gods, Angels, and Saints, I can now stop harassing (OOPS!), I mean, petitioning Them.  And fortunately for Philadelphia, and the rest of the United States of America, there is still, at the very least, one LGBT bookstore open, and it has so much more than LGBT books now.

I found some wonderful items that made me very happy.  And the purchases I made certainly made the volunteers happy, and I AM sure the people who Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room serves, too.

And yes, the window seats remain, which made me especially happy.  I love those window seats!

For the record, this post is more photograph-intensive.  So, enjoy the gallery show!

In the meantime, thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.

One of the new signs at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
One of the new signs at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Another sign at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Another sign at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Some of the merchandise available at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Some of the merchandise available at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
The information card for one of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
The information card for one of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
My favorite window seat, decorated for Halloween.
My favorite window seat, decorated for Halloween.
The sign announcing the Grand Opening of the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room, at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
The sign announcing the Grand Opening of the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Some of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Some of the items at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Additional merchandise at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
Additional merchandise at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Needless to say (or, write, as the case may be) I AM VERY happy this fixture remains in the store.
Needless to say (or, write, as the case may be) I AM VERY happy this fixture remains in the store.
One of the display models at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
One of the display models at the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
The sign listing how and what to donate to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room.
The sign listing how and what to donate to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.
Look at the GORGEOUS glamour coat that found me!
Look at the GORGEOUS glamour coat that found me!
And how wonderful, I can bring this bag in the next time I go and receive five per cent off my purchase.  Instant Money Miracle!
And how wonderful that I can bring this bag in the next time I go to the new Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room and receive five per cent off my purchase. Instant Money Miracle!

 

 

“Spread the Word (The New Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room)…


It is my pleasure to announce a new Email from the New Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, one that is my pleasure to transcribe for all of you.

I received this yesterday, Sunday, August 31, 2014, 11:41AM.

Here we go…

 

“Want to Volunteer at the new Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room?

Spread the Word!

The new Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room is looking for the best and brightest volunteers to help us put together a space we can all be proud of for our Grand Opening.  Do you have free time?  Do you know somebody who has free time?  Be a part of this historic moment and send us an email: giovannis_room@verizon.net.

We have flexible volunteer shifts and are willing to work with your schedule.  Let us know what works for you.  Come and be a part of the excitement, you won’t regret it!

Let’s make history together!  The more the merrier!  Email giovannis_room@verizon.net now to get in on the action.

Love your new friends, Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room”

 

As per the Email, the location of Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room is: 345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.  The telephone number is 215-923-2960.

The store hours are: Monday through Thursday, 11AM-8PM; Friday and Saturday, 11AM-9PM; and Sunday, 11AM-7PM.

PLEASE NOTE: on the Giovanni’s Room Website, http://www.queerbooks.com/ the store hours are listed as Monday through Saturday, 11:30AM-7PM, and Sunday, 1-7PM.

I highly recommend going with the store hours from the transcribed Email, and you may wish to call or Email the store, just to be sure.

Am I going to volunteer?  You bet your bippy!

When I shall volunteer is another story, but I look forward to doing so, sooner than later.

If you happen to have any time to volunteer, please do so, and if you know anyone who does, please forward this blog post to him or her.

Why is this important?  It is important because the one, and only, and remaining LGBTQ bookstore in the United States of America is back in business.

Thank you for honoring who you are and what you do, and for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.

And most of all, thank you so much for honoring and supporting Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room.5779

“An Update on the Store and the Bookselling Wars”


Lesbians, my fellow Gay Men, Transgendered folks, Bisexuals, and our straight allies, here is the latest on Giovanni’s Room.  I received this Email this past Friday, June 6, 2014, 4:48PM.

Interestingly enough, it is the shortest update to date.

Here we go…

 

We are still expecting to know by June 15 if the group considering buying the store is going to do so.  There is yet another possibility of selling the business, but we know very little about these potential buyers.

In case you missed Stephen Colbert’s broadside at Amazon last night, click here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/colbert-amazon-hachette_n_5453714.html   Mr. Attorney General Holder, when do you apply the anti-trust laws?

See you at the Philly Dyke March tomorrow [Saturday, June 7, 2014], 3-6pm, starting at Kahn Park, 11th and Pine, and at the Pride Parade on Sunday [today, Sunday, June 8, 2014].

 

Ladies and gentlemen, blog followers and readers, may all the Gods keep this store open!

As someone who is not only a fan of independent booksellers, but also the fact that I happen to love Giovanni’s Room (the only remaining LGBT bookstore in this country), as well as the Center City section of Philadelphia, I would LOVE for this store to remain open.  Or, rather, reopen.

Since Giovanni’s Room kept their most recent update short and sweet, I shall keep this post short and sweet, too.

Thank you for honoring who I AM and what I do, and thank you for honoring who I AM and what I do, too.Giovannis+room_31