A Need for Dialogue

Self-portrait, most days photo herx.gifAs I wrote about last time, in Women-only Space: who belongs?, I worked long and hard trying to be accepted by the community of which I wished to be a member. At my first Women's Project Retreat in 1996, I some of read my poetry. I don't remember which poems I read, but I can't believe I didn't read Is there a Place for Me at the open mic:

The graphic to the left is entitled Self-portrait, most days.

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The Breakfast Club (Unforgetttable)

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

President Ronald Reagan born; Hillary Clinton runs
for the U.S. Senate; Britain's King George VI dies; baseball legend Babe
Ruth and reggae superstar Bob Marley born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Happy Birthday, Natalie. Be well

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

What's One More War

I don't claim to know how to solve all the world's problems, but arming everyone and letting God sort it out hasn't worked very well lately.

Atrios


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Women-only space: who belongs?

This chapter was assembled in 2007, a little more than a year after Finding Voice and Community. It was addressed to the members of the Daily Kos feminist community. Given the title, I was not surprised that few people entered.

So backing up just a bit...

Towards the end of 1992 I came out to me daughter Jen and her partner Julie. It went very well. Julie hopped on to the internet and asked the members of her email list, Sappho (which at the time was the largest lesbian email list on the Net), for any assistance they might provide for Jen's father...me. I was given a couple of transgender email list names and did join one, called Transgen. It was literally a llifesaver. I had community. I had peers.

But I also joined Sappho...on January 12, 1993 and entered women only space...

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Finding Voice and Community

I've struggled with writing the next several chapters, unsure of how to create any sort of wholeness out of the chaos they are meant to uncover. They were written at different times and under different circumstances over the past two decades, give or take.

I should apologize in advance for any repetition that is bound to be. They all cover the same basic theme...which could even reveal a title for the book. I'm thinking it may end up being something like A Place where I Belong...because that is indeed what I have sought my entire life.

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The Breakfast Club (Taken By The Wind)

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

World War II's Yalta Conference; O.J. Simpson found
liable for the murders of his ex-wife and her friend; Patty Hearst
kidnapped; the Massachusetts gay marriage ruling; aviator Charles
Lindbergh born.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Confucius

Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

Admissions


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Altruism

Maybe I was born this way. Maybe it's a genetic mutation.

Maybe it happened when I was sitting on the dock of the bay in my hippie youth.

Maybe it happened because once upon a time it became clear that my life and my needs didn't matter to the progress of this thing we call human society and its relationship with and survival on this planet.

Which means maybe Poul Anderson is to blame.

The graphic is entitled Pencil and Wax.

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Assuming Roles, Duties and Responsibilities

See the screw slowly turn around
See it sink without a sound
Feel your head split with every turn
Feel the steel knob begin to burn
All is lost now, it seems that way
All is lost now, it seems that way

Being Different photo bdif.jpgFrom one of my readers:

I would be very much interested
in all the dynamic you and your family went through, in detail. I bet it would make for a lot of drama and sell more books because of it, if it ia published. Without that it seems a little too abstract and philosophical for me anyway. But maybe I missed some of what you have posted.

The graphic is entitled Being Different.

All righty then...

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