The Breakfast Club (Don't Fear the Fall)

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Iran releases American hostages; Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy innaugurated as President.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Responsible Gun Owners

Hint: If you can't remember if you have one in your bag, you aren't.

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The Mountaintop, Revisited

I've been publishing version of this every Martin Luther King Day since I joined in 2005. It is especially apropos this year since it also represents part of my journey and so qualifies as a part of my autobiography.

If you haven't been following along, but would like to, I have links:

One or more starts

Chapter

Comings Out (Adding Context)

Character Development

A Winter

Hippie Memories

Where ragged people go

Seeking love, finding only beads

Layers of Why (time for some theory)

Ketchup Soup

Interlude<

A Gathering of Rainbows

Spirituality

Sappho Party, 1993 by Jade photo reserven.jpgI am an activist for my people. As I have grown older, I have more likely performed my activism with my words, which is the tool I have had at hand.

Sometimes I am repetitive. I am a teacher. Some lessons are hard. That's a clue to the fact that they are important. Important lessons need to be taught more than once, again and again, time and again, using different words, approaching the issue from different points of view. That's what I do. Some of you claim that I do it "ad nauseam." It's your nausea, not mine.

Many of you know me as the transsexual woman (or whatever you call me...I'm sure that it is not favorable in many instances). Some of you know me as an artist or a poet. Some of you see the teacher in me. Or the glbt activist and PFLAG parent. I am all of these. I am a human being.

I was born in a place and time. I have absorbed the life lessons presented to me since then. I am still learning.

I've tried to pass on what I have learned. I continue to make that effort, in whatever new venues are available, wherever I can find an opened eye or ear.

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Spirituality

 

 

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Once upon a time, in a land far away, I participated in a writer's workshop.

We were given the first phrase of the beginning of a story and asked to finish that beginning. You are invited to do the same.

The first phrase:

 

We called you in here because...
 

 

This is what I came up with:

"We called you in here because we can't let you keep saying what you do," said the man at the Bureau of Religious Thought.

My mind reeled at his words. "Why not? I speak the truth."

"That doesn't matter," he said. "Your words, Truth™ or not, are dangerous."

"They are only dangerous to those who don't know the truth," I replied.

"You don't get it, do you? Truth™ is a commodity, packaged and sold in our churches, not something that just anyone can invent."

"I'm not inventing it," I said. "The truth is there for anyone to discover. It's free, though it does come with a cost."

"No. I'm sorry, but you are wrong. We own Truth™. You can check out our trademark registration. Whatever it is you wish to say, we don't really care. But you can't call it Truth™."

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The Breakfast Club (Quartets)

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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A Gathering of Rainbows

July 4th weekend, 1993

A little background: On Wednesday, June 30, one of my students (named Rachel) suggested that I might be interested in attending the Rainbow Gathering near Mount Victory, Kentucky. The Rainbow Family is a collection of assorted people, loosely categorized as "hippies" that have been meeting at a US national park for the last 22 years [+21--ed] in order to commune with nature, to seek self‑healing, and to try to join their energies in quest for world peace, social harmony, and ecological balance (and maybe get stoned a bit also :-) ).

This is a part of my auto-biographical thingy...

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Interlude

If I have failed to convey that my life journey has been about finding a place where I belong, then I have managed to gloss over a large part of that which defines who I am. My adult life has been built around teaching, which to me is about helping others find a place where they belong, where they are valued. I've spent most of my life being told I should go away because I didn't fit in, that if I had any value, it lay elsewhere. Or at least that's the impression I received. As a kid. As a hippie, As a Christian. As a PFLAG parent. As an LGBT person. As a lesbian. As a transgender person. As a human being.

The next several chapters, starting with this one are going to relate my efforts to ameliorate those feelings, to open a few doors for myself, and by extension for other transgender people...to build some needed empathy. It is what I do. It is who I am.

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The Breakfast Club (Winter)

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Operation Desert Storm begins; Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for last time; Prohibition takes effect.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Supervillains

It's quite impressive that the prisoners in Gitmo are the masterminds
behind everything bad that happens in the world. Maybe it isn't a
prison camp at all, but an Evil Lair Of Evil, a base of operations for
all terrorism everywhere. If so, we probably should close it, no?

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Ketchup Soup

I used to refer to my Friday evening series of posts/columns at Docudharma as Friday Philosophy. I still post there on Friday nights, but usually write about world events than philosophical concerns.

The following piece was first published there September 26, 2008. It was sparked by a comment I made at Cheers and Jeers on Sep 25.

Since it is also somewhat autobiographical in nature, I am including it here.

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Layers of Why (time for some theory)

Originally published, in part, approximately 2007:

1998 by  Andrea Cuchetto for Who Do You Think We Are? photo robyn.jpgWhen I moved to New Jersey from Arkansas, I had to pay a price. That price was silence, since I needed to commit to learning a new discipline and gaining something approaching stable employment. I now teach computer programming rather than mathematics and I've gained tenure...but it cost me 5 years of activism.

Below the fold is a combination of the last two meatspace presentations I did before moving (I hope to integrate them gracefully). They were presented to social work professionals in Little Rock and mental health professionals in Fayetteville around 1999.

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