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Death

All the other times I began writing my autobiography (which supplied some of the chapters I have already shared) in the end suffered the same fate: I couldn't figure out how it was going to end. After all I wasn't dead yet.

But perhaps this will be the terminal chapter in my book. I'll have to think seriously about that.

I sometimes (partially facetiously) refer to myself as "immortal until proven otherwise." This is different than I have felt about the subject in the past (witness four suicide attempts). But I am a survivor and see no reason for that to change. Sure, my body might wear out and no longer function well enough to support keeping my being in contact with the world of our outward shared reality (or is that our shared hallucination?), but I cannot believe that my body is the sum total of who I am (for one thing, there's just not enough room in there to hold all that is me).

Our culture (is there really such a general concept?) has always seemed to me to place too much emphasis on death, about how we must "prepare" for it (some people spend way too much energy doing so, in my opinion) and how we must live our lives so that some unknown Good Thing will happen when we die. The truth of the matter (well, it's *my* truth) is that we don't really know what will happen to us when our bodies no longer function. All is speculation or hope...faith, if you will. Someday my heart will stop beating. What will happen at that moment is anybody's guess. Think of it as passing through a door that only permits one-way travel.

I think the worst that can happen is that there will be nothingness, that the "me" that is connected to my physical form would cease to be. What a waste of lessons learned that would be!

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The Breakfast Club (Freedom's Just Another Word)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Tet offensive begins in Vietnam; Adolph Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany; Franklin D. Roosevelt born; Mahatma Gandhi assassinated; 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland; The Lone Ranger debuts on radio.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi


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Kurt

When I began transition, I was required to have a mental health therapist. I was given the name of Ralph Hyman in Little Rock, but he was booked up at the time, so he gave me the name of Kurt Wilhelm...although I began also attending a group therapy session with Ralph...because I would eventually have o have two therapists sign off on any surgery I might have.

I wrote the following remembrance of Kurt after he passed away.

The graphic is entitled Door.

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Learning to Count Past Two

I wrote the following essay to read at a presentation I did to a graduate psychology class (future school psychologists) in Arkansas in the 90s. (Interesting side note: the professor who was interested in me talking to her students about gender did not gain tenure at UCA. I've often wondered why that was.)

The image to the right is entitled Boxes.

I read a paper by Jamison Green which includes some interesting thoughts about appearances such as this. I thought I'd read a bit I find quite humorous.

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Stepping in front of the class we become laboratory rats, frogs in the dissection tray, interactive multimedia learning experiences. 

"'How old were you when you first realized you were a frog, Mr. Green?'

"'How did your parents react when you told them you were a frog?"

"Do you date? Do you tell your partners you're a frog?"

"So how does it work? I mean, uh, can you, like, do it?"

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The Breakfast Club (Hope Is Our Four Letter Word)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes; Sir Francis Drake
dies; Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti born; Vince Lombardi named Packers'
head coach.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

    

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Wanker of the Day

Andrew Cuomo

Atrios

Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

The Texture of Your Balls

TMC :: The Breakfast Club (Hope Is Our Four Letter Word)

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