October 7th, 2015

Posted by Monica Roberts

How you like the Astros now, Yankee fans?

Been taking crap from a certain Mr. Watts for his Rangers (ugh) winning the AL West over my fave baseball team after they led for most of the 2015 season and into the AL Wild Card Playoff Game last night against the New York Skankees  Yankees.

There was much trash talking over the last few days on my FB page by certain Yankee fans (Mia Macy) about how my boys were going down, et cetera. 

This was the first Astros playoff game not only since they were forced to move by Bud Selig to the American League, but since they won the National League championship in 2005

Guess Mia and those loud and wrong Yankee fans forgot that the Astros won the season series against their club, their offense has gone south since late September, and they were facing our 20 game winning Cy Young Award candidate ace pitcher n Dallas Keuchel. 

Dallas Keuchel gets the nod to start for the Astros.
And oh yeah,  the Astros hit 230 home runs, second in the majors this season.

I gleefully watched along with much of Houston Keuchel shut out the Yankees again for six innings as Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez slugged solo shots off MasahiroTanaka that propelled the precocious Astros to a 3-0 shutout win over the vaunted Yankees and into the ALDS against the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals

Beware KC fans thinking this will be an easy series.  We won the regular season series against the Royals too
posted by [syndicated profile] aebrain_feed at 04:32pm on 2015-10-07

Posted by Zoe Brain

Contemporaries - built late 1915, in service January 1916.The Zeppelin-Stacken R.IV serial R.12/15, and the Nieuport...

Posted by Zoe Ellen Brain on Monday, 18 May 2015
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2015-10-07

Posted by Monica Roberts

Today is the day 30 years ago that Dee Dee Watters showed up on this planet!  I've had the pleasure of calling her a friend and collaborating with her on several human rights projects in the Houston area for the last several years.

And yeah, she's a lot of fun to be around when we are not handing a trans oppressor their behind or telling them where to go and what bus line to take to get there.

But anyway, that's a story for another time.   I'm happy to see that Dee Dee is finally bginning to get the well deserved recognition for her work to make Houston, Texas and the world  a better place for all of us.

Happy milestone birthday Dee Dee!    May you be blessed to celebrate many more of them
October 6th, 2015
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 10:00pm on 2015-10-06

Posted by Monica Roberts

Kiesha Jenkins, 22, of North Philadelphia. (Facebook)
We have lost another Black trans woman, and it happened in Philadelphia.

22 year old Keisha Jenkins was ambushed and beaten by five to six males as she got out of a car in North Philadelphia at 13th and Wingohocking Streets early Tuesday morning at 2:30 AM EDT.   One of the males then pulled out a gun and shot Jenkins twice in the back.

Jenkins was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.  As of yet there has been no arrest in the case..

Nellie Fitzpatrick, Mayor Nutter's LGBT community liaison, called Jenkins' death "a tremendous and tragic loss for the entire city, our LGBT community, and, more specifically, our trans community."

"This type of wicked, inhumane violence just has no place here," Fitzpatrick said. "We can't take anymore. It's just too much."

Jenkins is the 21st American trans woman killed in 2015, the 16th Black trans woman, the second killed in Philadelphia, and the 11th under age 40, and I'm beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of reciting these stats.

When will our #BlackLivesMatter, Black community?   When will #BlackTransLivesMatter?  When will it NOT be okay to indiscriminately kill a Black trans woman?  

And I'm tired along with everyone in Black Trans World of repeatedly asking those questions.

When I receive information about her homegoing services, I'll pass them along to you folks in the Philadelphia metro area who may wish to attend them and pay your respects.

Speaking of information, the Philadelphia PD needs it to help solve this case.

Anyone with any information on the killing is asked to call the PPD homicide unit at 215-686-3334 and 215-686-3335, or the department's anonymous tip line at 215-686-TIPS.

Stay tuned to these TransGriot pages for updated news about this latest trans sister who has been brutally taken away from us.  
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 07:50pm on 2015-10-06 under , , , ,
Having walked a bit over a mile with [livejournal.com profile] cattitude a couple of days ago, I decided to try a longer walk today. Just in case, I wanted to walk along a bus route, in case I needed to turn back.

The obvious answer to that was to head south on Bellevue Way. Cattitude came with me—he has missed going for walks together—and we made it down to the South Bellevue Park and Ride, which according to Google maps is 2.1 miles on foot. (We caught the bus back.)

In terms of health/stamina, I am particularly pleased because I did this walk after a morning workout that included leg exercises.

I am also pleased, and surprised, to have found a few ripe blackberries at the Park and Ride. In October. Earlier in the walk, we had passed a bramble that had lots of dried-out berries, and one branch of berries that needed another day or three to ripen, which started us looking more closely.

exercise numbers, cut as usual )
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2015-10-06

Posted by Monica Roberts

The deadline to register for this year's mayoral election passed at midnight, and if you didn't handle that business, it's too late for the upcoming election for you to participate.   However, if you haven't done so, not too late for you to register fo next years presidential election.

Time to blow up another lie the HERO haters have been telling in terms of the ordinance applies to them.

While I'm of the opinion it should apply to churches and religious institutions, especially since there have ben far too many pastors bearing false witness against the Houston trans community, and another HERO opponent revealed to be a serial sexual harasser, the facts are there is a general exemption in our non-discrimination ordinance for religious organizations.

Anyone telling you otherwise is lying to you.

Two weeks ago I was interviewed by Houston political blogger Charles Kuffner, whose Off the Kuff blog is the go to one for Houston and Texas political news. . I expressed my thoughts about how the HERO defense campaign was going at the time along with a few other subjects we discussed..

Here's the link to that interview.

The financial reports were released recently, and Houston unites has raised $1,292,893 for the campaign so far, spent $597, 299 and has $521,462 on hand.   The HERO haters have yet to file their report. 

Just need y'all to spend some of that money on radio commercials on Black radio stations over the next several weeks and canvassing in Districts B, D, J and K .

We've had a few organizations and news outlets starting to get off their behinds and get behind the passage of Proposition 1.

The Houston Chronicle got the ball rolling by urging a YES vote on Prop1. KPRC-TV2, our local NBC station unleashed an editorial urging a YES vote for Prop 1

In Sunday's Houston Chronicle, several groups that had already expressed their support for our local human rights ordinance took out a full page ad to remind people once again they support the law..

We're one day closer to early voting on October 19.

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posted by [personal profile] marnanel at 04:11pm on 2015-10-06 under
I was sleeping in, but the doorbell woke me up. Two bright-eyed enthusiastic girls in their late teens were standing outside. One of them did all the talking.

She: Hello! I'm ___ and my friend here is called ___. We're doing a survey. Would you like to take part?
Me: (blearily) Go on.
She: Do you think morality is declining in our society?
Me: No.
(her friend writes it down)
She: Can you explain why?
Me: I don't have any reason to believe that previous ages behaved any more morally than we do. And if morality does seem to be declining, it may be because of increased visibility and better reporting.
(her friend is scribbling frantically)
She: Right. And what do you think could improve the morality of society?
Me (thinking slowly, still half-asleep): Well... there are many reasons for unethical behaviour, but it seems to me that much of it is due to lack of ability to choose otherwise. If your family's hungry, you're more likely to steal to feed them. And even when things improve, this turns into a habit of behaviour. So we need to reduce social inequality.
She: More freedom for people?
Me: Yeah-- freedom means you have more choices.
She: Thanks. And finally, do you think religion has a part to play in increasing morality in society?
Me (suspicions confirmed): Yes, because in order to play a part in society you have to be aware of your context within it... the big picture, and religion is often a good way to learn to think on that scale. Of course you can get that in other ways, as well-- it's not restricted to people of faith.
She: Thank you. Er, did we wake you up?
Me: Yes, but it's okay. It's not often people get me out of bed to discuss ethical philosophy.
She: This has been very philosophical. Here's a card with some more questions-- we'll be back next week to talk about what you think about those. Is the house next door number ___?

Good luck to them. If they're going house-to-house in Salford asking questions about ethics, I hope to God they stay safe.
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posted by [personal profile] filkerdave at 10:06am on 2015-10-06 under , , ,

One of the things we do at OTF is run on the treadmill, which I generally hate, but I do because it's a class and we don't really put in much more than 2 miles most of the time. We run at 3 paces: base, push (1-2 mph over base), and all-out (2+ mph over base). These vary from person to person, and I've lately set my paces to 6mph/7.3mph/9mph, or a pace a 10' mile, 8'13" mile, 6'40" mile. For those in the civilized world, those paces are 6'13"/5'06"/4'08" per kilometer).

Last night's treadmill, we had several rounds, with a challenge on each round to go a little faster or with a steeper angle than the prior round. Citius, Altius, Fortius. So each all-out, I pushed a little faster, and most of the all-outs are short (under a minute).

For my final all-out, though, I pushed as hard as I could. I took the treadmill up to 11, or a 5'27" pace (that's a 3'23" kilometer). I didn't even think I could move my legs that fast, and I was totally wiped at the end of it.

Exchausting. Well worth trying.
Music:: Black Gold 260, "Pay Dirt"
Mood:: 'calm' calm
location: Uniondale, NY
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 09:00am on 2015-10-06

Posted by Monica Roberts

Y'all know here at TransGriot I'm ride or die for all things Jazz Jennings, and today I want to take a moment to wish this amazing teen a happy 15th birthday!

I had the pleasure of meeting her and much of her family in 2014,  and I'm definitely looking forward to the next time I get the opportunity to share the same space with them.  

Ever since Jazz burst onto the scene as a precocious six year old advocate for our community and kids like her, she has gone from being the face and voice for our trans kids to the face of Clean and Clear.   She has done stuff many trans people twice her age have yet to do

And now our fave trans kid is a high school freshman and a teenage girl who has happened to have a reality TV show, published a book and has a future so bright she needs shades.   

And it has been fun to watch it all transpire.

Happy 15th birthday Jazz!     May you have a happy, fun and blessings filled one, and you recive the ultimate blessings of getting to celebrate many more of them in the decades to come. 
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posted by [personal profile] maevele at 04:01am on 2015-10-06
Had a bigass house meeting and started working on house business. Have elected a bunch of the house jobs, (I have like 3 now, including alternate board rep and grievance elf), and got everyone up to speed on the status of the repairs. The contractors now say they will be done by the end of october. We are all trying very hard to believe them, and trying to figure out how we can make sure that shit happens.

But it's close, finally. It has to be. People are real sick of waiting. Suggestions have ranged from just moving the fuck in whether they are done or not, camping in the backyard, camping in the backyard of the contractor's homes, and just showing up and starting to do the work. Obviously,for practical sense reasons, we have chosen the "look into our legal options, call the project manager for updates a lot, and offer to volunteer" suggestion instead.

I can't wait to go home. It may actually be for the best that we're getting back this late in the season, because there is going to be a LOT to do after move in, and it would have been slower to get things done if we moved in while the weather was nice enough that we all just want to hang out in the yard/lake/porch. (oh my porch, I miss you so much)
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2015-10-06

Posted by Monica Roberts

Got another reminder of how close the start of the 2015 Fantasia Fair is with the release of the Participant Guide schedule booklet that has my smiling face on it as the person being honored with this year's Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award.

I'm actually getting excited as the date for my flight to Boston and eventually Provincetown. MA and the wonders of this openly gay Cape Cod town approach.

And already have the sweaters and leather coats packed.

If you're going, it happens for me on Tuesday, October 20, and once i'm done with what I'm coming up there to do, I'll be popping in on other seminar presentations throughout the week as I shift into reporter mode for the event. 

And yes, if you can go, not to late to register, and the Fantasia fair team would love to have you there.

October 5th, 2015
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 11:18pm on 2015-10-05
If you want the UN report on cyberviolence against women, this is where it is. It may not be there long. And this says more about it. J. Carl has been tracking this; I don't agree with everything he says, but his factfinding is good.

The dark truth of John Boehner's resignation.

Patti Smith, survivor.

Yes, there is a plot against keeping the trains in the US running -- or the infrastructure working.
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posted by [personal profile] zenlizard at 02:23pm on 2015-10-05 under
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posted by [personal profile] dingsi at 07:39pm on 2015-10-05 under
What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

Read more... )

Posted by Monica Roberts

Happy to see my Louisville homegirl and Louisville Human Relations Commissioner Dawn Wilson was honored October 1 by the University of Louisville during its 2015 Pride Week festivities with the establishment of a scholarship in her name.

"Tonight , I was honored to not only to have a scholarship named in my honor at the University of Louisville but I also met the dynamic Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement,." said Wilson in a statement on her FV page  "This new scholarship will offer LGBTQ students of color opportunities to pursue their collegiate dreams"

Patrisse Cullors was the keynote speaker for UL Pride Week, and her keynote speech also happened on Thursday night.

Dawn Wilson is one of the pioneering trans peeps y'all need to get to know.  She took part in the Phyllis Frye run lobby day in Washington DC in 1994, founded the Louisville based Bluegrass Belles trans group, helped pass trans inclusive human rights ordinances in Louisville and her hometown of Lexington in 1998, was the first African-American trans person to win the IFGE Trinity Award in 2000, helped organize the Transsistahs-Transbrothas trans POC conventions in 2005-2006 in Louisville and has been an integral part of the Louisville and Kentucky human rights community for over two decades. 

And yeah, she's one of my mentors.

The Wilson scholarship is for LGBTQI college bound students of color who wish to attend college on the University of Louisville campus, and may be the first of its kind offered on a college campus located in the South.,  
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 03:50pm on 2015-10-05 under ,
I spent some of the weekend at [personal profile] emperor's readthrough of Joss Whedon's Firefly. I'll write about the social experience behind the cut, and while I'm giving you the choice whether to read about the event, I'll also make some comments about the portrayal of sex workers in the series, and mention potential small spoilers.

mostly the good kind of drama )
location: Serenity
Music:: Suzanne McDermott: Shelter
Mood:: 'ranty' ranty
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00am on 2015-10-05

Posted by Monica Roberts

It's the first Monday in October, and that means a new Supreme Court term is about to commence that will run until June.

We saw what happened at the end of the 2014-2015 term last June with the landmark Obergfell ruling that legalized same sex marriage across the nation and still has the wingers in a tizzy.  

What SCOTUS ruling will come out of this 2015-16 session and cases they have agreed to hear that will please some people and piss others off since we are still stuck with a 5-4 conservafool leaning majority?  

Will there be another landmark ruling in this 2015-16 session?.

This is also where I remind y'all that the upcoming 2016 presidential election is all about what shape the SCOTUS takes for the rest of your lives and much of your children's lives.

So here come the SCOTUS judges in a few hours.
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 07:49am on 2015-10-05 under
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 07:08am on 2015-10-05
Well, baseball is over for another year. (For us at least -- my emotional involvement in the playoffs is now limited to rooting against the Yankees just to annoy my dad. Heh. Well, okay, and I will also be rooting for the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series in 106 years and who clinched one of the NL wild card slots, to break the Curse of the Billy Goat.)

We didn't go to as many games this year as usual -- we had a 13-game season ticket plan, but kept having to exchange tickets because of other obligations or just wound up skipping games because of other shit going down -- but we did attend the last three games of the season. Around the beginning of July or so, I asked Dad if he wanted us to get tickets for that homestand, since it was against the Yankees, and at the time it looked like there was a chance the Os might be in contention this year. Sadly, it became clear by mid-August or so, if not before, that we would not be in contention after all, but Dad and Mom came down for the weekend anyway, since we had a bunch of unused credit on our account that we needed to put towards tickets. (The season ticket deposit we paid so we could get tickets for last year's playoffs was $500; the season ticket plan we wound up with was like $130/person.)

Despite getting rained out on Friday (thus necessitating a double header on Saturday) and despite Saturday being cold and wet (much to my mother's displeasure), the games themselves were really enjoyable. We won all three, which gave us an actual winning season. (Exactly so, in fact; our final record was 81 wins, 81 losses, for a record of precisely .500.) Hey, we're Os fans, any winning season is a good season.

"I tried to get you girls interested in baseball the whole time you were growing up and you never cared, and now look at you," Dad said to me after the ALCS game we went to together last year. And that's true; baseball never interested me until I moved here and Sarah and I moved into an apartment that was two blocks from the stadium. Sarah said, well, if we're living this close, why not go to a game? At which point I discovered that live, in-person baseball is an entirely different animal than televised baseball: when you're watching it in the actual stadium, the strategy inherent in the game gets a lot clearer and what is stultifyingly boring on TV turns into an exceptionally pleasant way to spend an evening in the stands. (It doesn't hurt that Oriole Park at Camden Yards is widely held, justifiably so, to be the most beautiful stadium in all of baseball; there isn't a bad seat in the house.)

I never expected to wind up a baseball fan, but I was pretty sad when we moved out of the apartment and getting to games became so much less convenient!

Also of note this weekend: in between the day game and the night game of Saturday's double header, we had a few hours to kill, and because my mom was freezing to death, we wanted to spend them indoors. We wound up going to Geppi's Entertainment Museum, which is in the former train station building. (The stadium is on the former site of the B&O Railroad; the warehouse is currently Orioles offices, and the station is the Sports Legends Museum down and the Entertainment Museum up.) We'd never been, though we'd been wanting to for a while. It's a great museum, well curated and well presented, but let me tell you, walking into the first room and being confronted with their actual copy of Action Comics #1 -- the introduction of Superman, and the most valuable comic that exists -- in a case with seven or so other first appearances of various iconic characters is a hell of a moment. Even if it is a little disconcerting to later discover your adolescence on display.

Posted by Monica Roberts

I have been afraid that the ramped up anti-trans hatred the HERO opponents have been spewing into the atmosphere, and especially on Black radio stations would eventually come back upon the Houston trans community in the form of increased anti-trans violence and hate crimes visited upon us.

I hope what I have feared isn't starting to happen, but I've just been made aware of a missing trans man.

28 year old Darius Gatlin was last seen on September 11 at his home in southwest Houston wearing a pink and white tank top, blue jeans and pink and white shoes with flowers on them.

He has been missing ever since that date, and a search began on Friday to find him with volunteers in the Alief area on foot and on ATV s.  His car, a 2013 dark burgundy Nissan Maxima with Texas license plates BWH 0539 is also missing..

Gatlin also had a tattoos on his neck with the word 'Darius', and 'Brandon'  in addition to tattoos of a panther and the word 'Aquarius' on his chest.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Darius Gatlin,  please call the Houston police Department at 713-731-5223

Posted by Monica Roberts

In a few hours the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a hatefest conference in which they will arrogantly spend three days in trans-free rooms coming up with new ways to spin scripture to attack the trans community.

Can't say I didn't see this coming.  When they lost on marriage, they were going to have to come up with a new enemy to attack and organize their faith based minions around, and it is now us.

The Southern Baptist denomination at their June 2014 conference in Baltimore voted to hate on trans people and to officially put themselves on the wrong side of the trans human rights movement just as they did over a century and a half ago on slavery and Jim Crow segregation.   

They can meet if they wish, but the bottom line is and will always be that we trans people and our allies will not allow ANY religious denomination to attempt to turn the non-debatable existence of trans people into a theological issue.

And we damned sure are resisting it with every fiber of our beings.

Hope Louisville is planning a special welcome for you and the rest of Satan's Helpers.
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Posted by Paul Taylor

Share the beginning of Fall with Miss Acacia with this vibrant giclee print!


11.6×16.5 – $25

Posted by Monica Roberts

One of the things I get sick of seeing and hearing is self described atheists taking every opportunity to say hateful and negative stuff about Christianity while they demand that you 'respect their belief systems'.

The hatred in LG World ramped up with the soon discredited news that Kim Davis, their fave person to have Two Minute Hates on, was allegedly given a private audience with Pope Francis during his recent visit to the United States.

Yeah, I and other BTLG Christians get it that many of you have a deep seated hatred of Christianity because of the bible beltings you have been subjected to by right wing fundie Pharisees and Sagicees and GOP politicians hiding behind the bible and the cross. 
But you need to take that up with the people dishing them out, not beat up on your fellow GLBT peeps who happen to be Christians or our liberal progressive Christian allies. 

May I remind you that many of us LGBT Christians take our faith journey seriously and in many cases are motivated to be better people because of our faith.   Many of us have leaned on our faith to help us get through trying times during our transitions and journeys of self awareness.  

As I have said a few times, if you wish for me as a Christian to respect your decision to be an atheist or follow whatever spiritual beliefs you are comfortable with, then the same reciprocal respect is required of you for LGBT folks like myself who have deeply held religious beliefs and who believe that being part of the LGBT community and a person of faith are NOT mutually exclusive.

Being a TBLG Christian is not an oxymoron.  Respect that.
posted by [syndicated profile] revlyncox_feed at 09:22pm on 2015-10-04

True confessions of a reluctant music student lead to several ideas we can apply in religious community: Forget perfection. Practice in a group. Draw power from a deeper source. This text reflects the sermon as it was preached to the UU Congregation of York on September 27, 2015, by Rev. Lyn Cox. UUCY posts audio tracks from sermons on their web page.

“Shake, shake, shake,” egg shakers rattled from random places across the dark ballroom.  “Tick-tack, tiki-tiki-tack,” a doumbek asserted from one corner.  From the other corner, a djembe called out, “Bum.  Bah-bah-BAH-da-DAH-da-Bum. Bah-bah-BAH-da-DAH-da-Bum.”  

Unitarian Universalist youth entered the center of the circle, some moving to the music, some moving to their own rhythm.  Other youth and their adult advisors stayed in the circle, supporting drummers with clapping and chanting.  

We had come from all over the continent to meet at General Assembly.  General Assembly is the annual meeting of Unitarian Universalist congregations; part training, part business meeting, and part revival.  This event was youth-led worship.  Youth and their supporters from all over worshiped as one community.  Accents and inside jokes that distinguished one region from another disappeared into the circle of rhythm.

I have seen and heard music cement community bonds, transcend languages, keep tradition alive, and keep cultures moving forward.  Although I’ve been here at the UU Congregation of York for a short time, I have already learned that music is very important here. Music gives us a unified experience in a diverse group.  It reassures us that, whatever voice we bring, that this circle of sound is a religious home.

I’ve learned a lot from music, and I’m still learning. Three lessons from music come to mind.  Forget perfection.  Practice in a group.  Draw power from a deeper source.  All three of these lessons lead into one overall point: change and flexibility help us to be together in song and in religious community.

I remember when I first started studying guitar as an adult student, I had an experience when change and flexibility made a difference. Sheet music swam in front of my eyes.  My left hand curled around the guitar neck in a death grip while my right hand turned to spaghetti.  “Try again,” my guitar teacher ordered.  My chest felt tight.  I had been trying for six weeks to make my fingers form an “F” chord.  At home, I would try, fail, get frustrated, and go do something else.  My hand just refused to follow instructions.  It was even worse when someone else could hear me.  

From the back of my throat, an unfamiliar feeling pushed through my sinuses.  Public tears leaked out from my eyes.  “I can’t,” I croaked, and shambled out of the room halfway through the lesson.  

I was almost to the door of the shop when I turned around and approached the counter.  “I’d like to try a different teacher,” I said.  The owner raised his eyebrows, then lowered them in concern as he saw my face.  

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

“I think maybe I’m not capable of learning,” I said.

“Of course you are.  You just need to figure out your own way.  I thought for years that I couldn’t learn because of school.  Teachers told me all kinds of things because I couldn’t learn their way.  It took me awhile, but I proved they were wrong.”

“The pace seems reasonable, but it’s harder pushing than I can do.”

“The pace that’s reasonable is your own pace.  Let me set you up with Melissa next week.”

I walked the two blocks back home and hid under the covers.  The next week, I showed up a couple of minutes early to meet Melissa, hoping that I wouldn’t run into my other teacher.  She welcomed me in, and we had a conversation about my goals.

“Someone told me that adult students expect to play perfectly without practicing.  Do you think that’s true?”

Melissa looked thoughtful.  “I think adult students get frustrated.  The kids can play and have fun with it and not worry if it’s perfect.”

We tried “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”  I couldn’t keep up with every chord, but I could play the first chord in every bar.  “You taught me a new technique,” Melissa said.  “Play the beginning of each bar until you’re ready to fill the rest in.”  

With affirmation like that, practicing became easier.  My panic didn’t go away entirely, but we found ways around it. We broke songs down into smaller parts, or my teacher an easier version in her vast files, or we would come back to it later.  Sometimes we would start with an easy arrangement, then she would pencil in the more difficult techniques. All of those techniques were things I might have remembered from being a music student as a kid, but somehow my adult brain forgot that it’s OK to slow down and try things differently.  

My grip on the idea of perfection had been so tight that I almost choked myself.  I thought that if I couldn’t do something perfectly, it wasn’t worth doing at all.  Now I think that perfection isn’t the point when it comes to living things.  I practice music because it helps me to connect with people and with the traditions I love.  My abilities may never be ready for prime time, and I’m approaching a capacity to be OK with that.  The relationships are more important.  On good days, I can forget perfection.

Forget perfection.  Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.  The perfect is the enemy of the good.  (Voltaire)  Perfection belongs on a diagram or in a box or behind a glass case.  Music and religious community are living systems, interdependent and adaptable.  

Practicing in a group offers another challenge.  When two or more lovely melody lines meet, they usually have to be adjusted in tempo or key in order to fit together.

Group practice is important because it keeps us limber, stretching as we reach out to one another.  Singing with a group made me really listen to myself and to the people around me.  One can benefit from being self-absorbed for only so long.  Group practice helps me feel connected to other people and to the traditions I share with other people.  Sometimes group practice helps me to appreciate the diversity of traditions in my community.

I was engaged in that most holy Unitarian Universalist practice of a committee meeting.  We opened with hymn #211.  “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.”  I closed my eyes and belted out the next line. “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.  We are climbing Jacob’s ladder …” I stopped abruptly.  The rest of the committee trailed off and looked at me. The next words out of my mouth were about to be the ones I learned in the United Church of Christ as a child, “soldiers of the cross.” I was pretty sure that wasn’t right for this particular group.  (They would have challenged the religion-as-war part; the Jesus part was fine.) I kept my eyes and ears open as we tried again.

“We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.  We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.  We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.  We are climbing on.”  The second time through, I was more aware of the group forming a network of sound.  As I savored the words, I began to feel more like a part of the group than a loud voice outside of it.  Making a mistake and learning from it had given me an opportunity to learn from a challenge in a group setting.  The other members were forgiving and encouraging.  I think of them fondly every time I hear that tune.

Practicing in a group is good for silence as well as sound. I was advising a campus ministry group, and the priest of the local Zen community was visiting as a guest speaker.  We were in a busy student lounge, surrounded by lunchtime conversation and people rushing to class.  Our guest led us in a two-minute silent meditation.  Two minutes might not seem like a long time, but it was for me.  As we emerged, we noticed that the lounge around us had gotten quiet.  Beeping cell phones and watches had stopped.  Nearby voices were calmer.  

If I had been alone, I would have dismissed that impression as my imagination and forgotten about it.  As a group, we affirmed the experience for each other.  We felt like we had been through something unusual together, something that brought benefit to others around us.  That feeling fueled the group for months.

As a side note, another thing I learned about that is that meditation and sacred space do not have to be silent, sanitized experiences. Spiritual practice can take place among living beings who cough, wiggle, coo, have rumbling stomachs, and maybe occasionally have to step out and return. A quiet place can be helpful sometimes, yet there is also a benefit in finding our center in the midst of the spirit of life and love.

Practice in a group.  This lesson is as necessary for spiritual practice as it is for music.  A religious community no less than a band or a choir relies on the ability of its members to listen to one another and to adapt.  Members of musical groups and faith communities draw closer by reflecting their experiences back to each other and by meeting challenges together.  

Forgetting perfection and practicing in a group help open me up to further instruction.  A third thing I’ve learned from music is to draw power from a deeper source.  By a “deeper source,” I mean something that’s larger than ourselves.  That can be heritage or enduring values or a higher power.  There are resources we draw from, sometimes without realizing it.  Music and religious community can open avenues for those resources.

Music holds some kind of magic locator for that which is larger than ourselves.  It helps us access transcendent mysteries that give us strength.  I think religious communities can do the same things.  Sometimes, tapping into a deeper source can make a person a little uncomfortable.  

An interesting thing happens to UU communities in December each year.  We sing Christmas carols, but don’t quite have full consensus about how they should be sung.  There are passionate advocates for and against every perceived change to old favorites.  Each person has to decide whether and how to connect with group singing.

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of the hymns that evokes my personal struggle with this.  In my childhood memory, the lyrics are:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

These lyrics are already a translation, they may or may not be the best expression of the original lyrics, but that’s what I remember.  In our Unitarian Universalist hymnal, #225, the lyrics are:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And with your captive children dwell
Give comfort to all exiles here
And to the aching heart bid cheer

I don’t always know when I open my mouth which version is going to come out.  I imagine that the one set is more connected with a text that’s been handed down since the 12th century, but also evokes political and religious chauvinism that I’m uncomfortable with.  The other version feels more connected to the tradition of questioning and reforming, a faith that strives to be relevant.  

As I look ahead to this year, I find that the lyrics don’t matter.  I’ll sing whatever my neighbors are singing.  With either version, I step into an ever-changing stream of song, a tune that carries hope in its currents.  We all have felt like exiles.  The music can give comfort.  The specifics aren’t important.

By relaxing my expectations of perfection, listening to the group around me, and tapping into the deeper source behind the lyrics, music becomes a spiritual practice that transcends the particular.  

Music is both a metaphor and a practice for religious community.  In religious community, clinging to an idea of perfection makes it difficult to forgive ourselves and each other.  We need that salve of forgiveness.  Forgetting perfection makes it easier to adapt to changing rhythms.

Group practice is as important to religious community as group rehearsal is to a band.  Whatever your practice of choice, be it meditation or prayer or hymns or community service, practice with a small group from this congregation.  Say to each other, “We are doing this together as Unitarian Universalists.”  

At UUCY, there are plenty of activities and small groups to choose from. Volunteer in the community garden, such as at the apple picking party. Join the choir on Thursday nights. Come to the drum circle on the second Friday of the month. Help build and maintain sacred spaces with the Building & Grounds crew. There are dozens of ways to engage in mind, body, and spirit.

Music offers the experience of something larger than ourselves, a supportive power available even when our individual resources are low.  I hope this congregation is such a support for you.  

Forget perfection. Practice in a group. Draw from a deeper source. These three melodies weave together to give us courage and joy for strengthening community. This is how we open our ears to the song. We don’t have to be afraid of some change. Open your hearts, everyone. With commitment, both music and religious community can offer a release from perfection, increase companionship, and open a channel to a deeper source.  May it be so for you and for all of us together.

So be it. Blessed be. Amen.

posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00pm on 2015-10-04

Posted by Monica Roberts

Nikki Araguz Loyd is the other H-town based trans woman who has flown more air miles than the Air Marshal this year,.   This time she and her hubby Will caught a flight to Washington DC for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation memorial service in which her late husband Capt. Thomas Araguz III was being honored.

And this time she would be presented a flag in his honor by President Obama himself.

This is the 34th anniversary edition of the NFFF memorial event, and it is a weekend long one in which firefighters who died in the line of duty the previous year across the US are recognized.   This year 87 fallen firefighters were recognized, and one of the three from Texas recognized this year was Capt. Araguz.

It was also an emotional one for Nikki as well

Nikki, as his widow, would not only be recognized as such, but would be receiving the congressional flag flown over the US Capitol building in his honor  

And getting to meet the best president ever on trans issues on top of that is a bonus.

It has been a tough, nearly six year legal battle to have her marriage to Thomas recognized, and that day thanks to he Oberkfell SCOTUS ruling may be very close at hand. 

The SCOTX is poised to send her case back down to the appellate and district court level for the vindication that she has fought so long for. and in the process eviscerate the odious Littleton v Prange case create a legal precedent that affirmatively recognizes a Texas trans person's ability to get legally married.

posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2015-10-03

Posted by Monica Roberts

For the first time since its founding 25 years ago, a Southern Comfort Conference will not be taking place in the Atlanta metro area or the state of Georgia.

For the next three years it will be held in Fort Lauderdale, FL.   This edition of SCC kicked off September 29 and will conclude its first year in the Sunshine State on October 5.

Wasn't planning on going since my 35th high school reunion was falling this weekend, and the last time i even attended SCC was when it was in easy driving range of Louisville back in 2004.

At any rate, for those who are planning on going or are already in south Florida, hope you  meet some new and lifelong friends, network and most importantly, have fun.
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Now that I finally feel capable of reading regularly again, I have often thought of starting a reading challenge the coming year. Most challenges I know of, require an amount of books that I just won't be able to finish -- my average so far is one book a month, one and a half at most. So I decided I'd create my own challenge... and ask for your help to fill it content-wise :)

Main rules:
♣ Reading no less than 12 books in 12 months is my goal.
♣ Authors must be women or people of colour (or both, obviously). Anthologies only count when at least 75% of the contributors fit these criteria.
♣ The length of the work in question doesn't matter - if it's a 100-page comic it counts just as much as a 600-page novel. Age is also irrelevant.
♣ It's okay to give up on a book, but it doesn't count for the challenge no matter how far I got before giving up. If the opposite happens and I finish a book much faster than expected, I may take a book off my own shelves to read for the remainder of the month.
♣ April is my birthday month, where I get to choose any book I want.

So basically that leaves me with 11 empty slots to fill with your suggestions, and 3-5 extra slots if I read faster than usual or don't finish books. At the end of the month, I will write all suggestions on scraps of paper and draw the winners out of a hat pot!

Hints for suggestions:
Authors: as already mentioned, POC and/or women authors only :)
Genres: my favourites genres are fantasy, horror, erotica and non-fiction... but I would also like to dip into some genres I am not well-read in at all: noir, non-fiction: history, and romance.
Length: My books had an average page length of 515, so I think that's a good guideline. A hundred or two hundred pages more shouldn't pose a problem, but doorstopper books certainly will.
Topics I have an aversion or apathy towards: fae/faeries (ETA: see this comment for clarification), gritty gruff dude protagonists, manchild protagonists, overwhelming heterosexuality with bonus gender essentialism, shapeshifters, all those run-of-the-mill paranormal/dystopian action/romance series with approximately 200 sequels that got turned into a TV series or movie trilogy. And generally, if it's fiction, the less -isms (sexism, racism, homo- & transphobia, sexual assault etc.) the better.
Topics that will give your books bonus points: GLBT content & protagonists, vampires, medieval history, well-written sex scenes (fanfic has raised my expectations), feminism, intersectionality.

I am going to close the suggestion period at the end of October, so that I have enough time to order most of the books and have them shipped to me. If you want to make it easier for me, you can go to the medimops page in advance and check in the search field if they have your suggested book available for purchase! (Bold price & orange button means it's available, greyed-out means it's out of stock)

Linking this to other bookworms would be appreciated.
October 4th, 2015
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October 3rd, 2015
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 01:12pm on 2015-10-03 under , ,
[livejournal.com profile] cattitude and I went to the Bellevue Farmers' Market this morning. One of the vendors sells salmon: fresh, Indian-style smoked, or lox, and they identify the kind of salmon they started with. We were chatting with them in the course of buying some sockeye lox, and [livejournal.com profile] cattitude observed that a lot of people around here don't know what lox is.

Woman standing nearby: How can people not know what lox is?
Me: A lot of people think lox just means smoked salmon.
Her: Doesn't it?

I told her that lox is brine-cured, and what she's thinking of is smoked salmon, sometimes called Nova Scotia salmon or novy. Then, looking at her expression, assured her that "smoked salmon" would get her what she wanted. She then said that the Union Square market* is overwhelming, and I agreed that it can be, adding that I like it, but that when we lived in New York I mostly used the smaller Greenmarket in my neighborhood, though I have schlepped apples home on the subway.

*The market in Union Square is the oldest and largest of the New York City Greenmarkets**, which get New Yorkers fresh produce and other good things, and help people keep farming in the NYC area. Wednesday and Saturday are particularly good.

**Greenmarket is a trademark, created because "farmers market" was being used to just mean any greengrocer, and they wanted to identify that these stands were actually run by the farmers—and, later, fishers and bakers. There's really good salmon here in the Seattle area, but I miss the variety of fish, and the fresh blue crabs. (And I still have to work to not say "greenmarket" for the market here in Bellevue, or the one in Harvard Square, which are the same kind of market but not through the same organization.)
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posted by [personal profile] kareila in [site community profile] dw_dev at 11:17am on 2015-10-03 under
Every few months, I run through [site community profile] changelog compiling a list of who has been contributing patches to our code repository, with the understanding that this is not a competition, or any sort of "high score" list. It's intended as a guide for casual developers, to discern not only our most prolific contributors, but also those who have contributed to the project most recently and therefore would be more likely to provide a timely, informed response to development questions. That is why the list is sorted by "Latest" instead of "Changes".

In general, one commit on Github equals one point in the "Changes" column, but fractional points are awarded for collaborative efforts — the most common example being a new S2 theme, where usually half credit is awarded to the theme author and the other half to the person who converts the theme into a code patch. Due to the nature of development, some changes are massive contributions of new code, and others are tiny tweaks; there is no correlation with the amount of effort involved. We are grateful to everyone who helps to improve Dreamwidth, in ways large or small.

I last compiled this list at the beginning of June. Since that time, we have welcomed three new contributors: [profile] dteklavya, [personal profile] pseudomonas, and [personal profile] sgsabbage. Congratulations and thank you again! Also, we have hit a milestone: 150 unique contributors to the Dreamwidth code base!

  #  User                      Changes     Latest
  1. kareila                     910.5     Wed Sep 09 17:31:01 2015 UTC
  2. mark                        544.5     Sun Aug 30 03:12:20 2015 UTC
  3. kaberett                       25     Fri Aug 28 11:35:52 2015 UTC
  4. sgsabbage                       7     Wed Aug 12 21:37:43 2015 UTC
  5. me_and                         22     Mon Aug 10 09:29:04 2015 UTC
  6. pseudomonas                     3     Sat Aug 08 09:45:06 2015 UTC
  7. angelikitten                    1     Wed Aug 05 19:50:20 2015 UTC
  8. exor674                     349.5     Tue Aug 04 21:03:54 2015 UTC
  9. hotlevel4                      47     Sat Aug 01 01:10:02 2015 UTC
 10. fu                         2167.5     Tue Jul 14 23:44:50 2015 UTC

 11. dteklavya                       2     Tue Jul 14 06:52:15 2015 UTC
 12. momijizukamori             222.66     Thu Jun 25 23:01:08 2015 UTC
 13. forests_of_fire                 2     Thu Jun 25 21:13:22 2015 UTC
 14. timeasmymeasure             14.58     Thu Jun 25 06:38:48 2015 UTC
 15. forthwritten                  1.5     Thu Jun 25 03:50:50 2015 UTC
 16. woggy                          16     Wed Jun 24 23:55:23 2015 UTC
 17. pauamma                       125     Thu Mar 26 00:59:01 2015 UTC
 18. purplecat                    17.5     Wed Feb 04 05:09:44 2015 UTC
 19. azurelunatic                    3     Mon Dec 08 18:51:00 2014 UTC
 20. baggyeyes                     2.5     Thu Nov 13 18:02:17 2014 UTC
The rest of the list... (150 total) )
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At the start of the team meeting yesterday, waiting for folks to join us (I wish we'd just start on time, even if I'm one of the late ones sometimes), most of the people in the room killed time by talking excitedly about the Ravens and other sports they consume on TV.  The one other woman in the room and I exchanged glances, and I muttered "I could talk about science fiction."  It was only later that I realized my missed opportunity.  No, I wouldn't have talked about the drama I consume via SF fandom (much drama these last few months), but I could have said, "Hey everybody, I saw an opera in Manhattan last weekend!" 

In addition to seeing a composer-friend's children's opera of "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Big Grey Bridge" (it was 20 minutes with 2 singers, an easy intro for little ears), I also got to have dinner at a vegan sort of speakeasy with <lj user=jeneralist>, vegetarian dim sum in NYC Chinatown with the composer and my sweetheart, and Mexican eggs Benedict brunch with <lj user=elissaann> and <lj user=porcinea>.  Lots of walking around in lovely weather.  Also (at the start of my trip, in Philly) several games of Splendor, which I like despite feeling like I'd have to work/think harder to actually win again.

Other news:
I attended Baitcon for the first time ever.  Unlike Penguicon, where I volunteer a lot over the weekend making liquid nitrogen ice cream for 1000+ people (and give tech presentations and run PowerPoint Improv), at Baitcon I was able to relax and enjoy the show, and see northern friends I don't get to see much of, including <lj user=dhs>.  I thought a list of flavors was going to be published later, so I didn't really track them, although I do remember the duck confit, the mushroom, a lemon custard, and some nice liqeur flavor.  Weather was great, the retreat was pretty. 

I've been singing in a church choir.  I've been missing church and singing, and found a church I like, and they kind of sucked me in.  Choir practice is 2 hours each week, which seems a bit long to me, but I enjoy the focus on musicality, and the mild warmth of the other members. 

I made eggplant couscous salad for 60 people for The Children's Inn, but I wasn't in charge this time (much easier), and I think that's it for the year.

Work:  Company merger coming up in November.  I'm not worried about keeping my position.  However, there's also a reorg coming up (engineering separated out from operations), and we're also slowly going DevOps, so my immediate team may not stay together, the 25-person work group I've been in will definitely split up, and I may get a different manager -- I've had a really good manager the last 6 months, so that may be a loss.  I expect the work to stay interesting and meaningful, though.  My immediate team relaxed at lunch yesterday with a rousing game of Dino Hunt.

In other peoples' news, congratulations to Sarah Avery for winning the Mythopoeic Award for her excellent *Tales from Rugosa Coven* (three novellas about modern NJ pagans).  Linked article has chewy stuff about awards (and fandom), rewards, and motivation (reminding me of open source and job motivation studies).

October 1st, 2015
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2015-10-01

Posted by Monica Roberts

The last three days I have been less than 100% because I've been ill and was forced to take a few sick days away from the computer to focus on getting better.

And as you peeps who know me are already aware of, when Moni isn't writing, she gets cranky.

But needed to be done.   I had a case of conjunctivitis in my right eye that the first two days caused pain just looking at my computer and tablet screens  I'm also not happy because it has kept me from participating in a few events and will possibly impact me attending my 35 year high school reunion this weekend. 

While I'm starting to feel a little better, I still wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

At any rate..time to get the eye drops again so I can get rid of it..

Posted by Monica Roberts

Another calendar page flips to October as 2015 rapidly comes to a close.  We are only 12 weeks from the start of 2016 and the end of this year.   So whatever you want to do in this last quarter of 2015, make it happen.

Speaking of making things happen, the 10th anniversary of the founding of TransGriot will be coming on January 1, so I need to figure out how I wish to celebrate that in the next few weeks.

One thing I'm thinking about is taking statements from you TransGriot readers expressing your thoughts in terms of how this blog has affected your lifesince its 2006 start.  I've heard from at least 5 people so far that have told me that reading some of the nearly 10K posts kept them from committing suicide.   Three more have told me that some posts inspired them to gt involved in activism, and countless others have told me while I'm out and about in the world that they love certain features like the Shut Up Fool Awards.

So let's get busy calling this week's fool, fools or group of fools out, shall we?

Honorable mention number one goes to every GL person STILL hating on Kim Davis, You already won big on marriage, so stop tripping about some two bit three block clerk when the big issue now is getting NATIONAL human rights coverage for the entire TBLGQ community.

Honorable mention number two is the NRA for their deafening silence concerning another college campus shooting.

Honorable mention number three is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who admitted what anyone paying attention already knew that the Benghazi committee and the one attacking Planned Parenthood was political theater..

Honorable mention number four is Ben Hall, who continues to pimp the lies and anti-trans attacks at every mayoral forum he gets to attend.

Honorable mention number five is Jeb Bush, who put foot in mouth with that racist 'Blacks want free stuff' line.

We sure do.  We want to `free-ly vote against your Republican azz.  #NoBushPOTUSThreepeat

12049432_10206630197931411_3827805439531991348_nThis week's SUF winner is Friedel Kushman, whose ass couldn't say no to blackface, bragged about it on Facebook and has paid for her stupidity with her job.

And perusing her Facebook page has revealed her to be Rachael Dolezal on steroids.

White people, say no to Blackface.   Our culture is NOT  a costume for you to take on an off.  You white women have been lionized as the penultimate in beauty and fertility for the last four centuries, so why y'all keep hatin' on yourselves?

Friedel Kushman, shut up fool.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 11:57am on 2015-10-02
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Music:: The First 48 (on A&E)
location: Home and on my corner of the couch
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 09:23pm on 2015-10-01
I do not know the language of the stars
Or how they shine on us from far away.
Their scholarship and science a mystery are
To me. I look for them at close of day

And watch in silent awe the sharp-edged light
As it makes patterns in the cobalt sky
That only we can see. A spaceman's flight
Beyond the galaxy would leave him shy

A constellation; there, what can be seen
Is ruled by where one stands and how one sets
A telescope, and it has never been
The same as what our Earth telescope gets.

These ancient patterns we may choose to see
Though all the stars move independently.


My question: does this need a second sonnet, another verse, or is it enough as it is?
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2015-10-01

Posted by Monica Roberts

I rebounded from stumbling out of the gate to having a fab 13-3 week picking games, but that was only good enough to share weekly honors with the defending champ.

Arrgh.   But at least the Texans won their first game of the season, the Cowboys lost and I'm no longer bringing up the rear in this 2015 NFL prognostication contest.

Let's get right to the Week 4 NFL contests.   We've turned the calendar page to October, and we have only fifteen of 256 regular season games to predict with one being played in London (Jets-Dolphins).

It's also another opportunity to get that elusive perfect week and try to solidify my hold on second place.

Week 3 Results                 2015 Season Record

TransGriot    13-3              TransGriot     30-18
Mike             13-3               Mike            33-15
Eli                 11-5               Eli                 30-18

NFL Week 4 (Home team in CAPS)

Thursday Night
STEELERS over Ravens

Sunday Noon
Jets over DOLPHINS (in London)
BILLS over Giants
Panthers over BUCCANEERS
Raiders over BEARS
BENGALS over Chiefs
FALCONS over Texans
COLTS over Jaguars
Eagles over WASHINGTON

Sunday Afternoon
CHARGERS over Browns
BRONCOS over Vikings
Packers over 49ERS

Sunday Night
Cowboys over SAINTS

Monday Night
SEAHAWKS over Lions
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Every Thursday, I share with you one or two songs that caught my ear this week, tell you what album they are from and how to obtain them (if applicable), and invite you to do the same in comments.

"How Fortunate The Man With None" (german: "Salomonsong"), written by german playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956).

Dead Can Dance's version, from the album Into The Labyrinth (1993).

Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh's cover version, from the DCD tribute album The Lotus Eaters (2004).

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posted by [personal profile] jayblanc at 12:51am on 2015-10-01
Do not ask me to tolerate a racist.

I don't care what the social context is. I don't care who the racist is. I don't care if you think I'm being "too strident". I don't care if I'm "wasting my energy". I don't care if you think I'm "being too political".

Do not ask me to tolerate a racist.

I don't care how long I've known you. I don't care how nice you've been to me. I don't care if you're not a racist yourself. I don't care if you donate to all the right good causes.

Do not ask me to tolerate a racist.

The only possible result is that I will think less of you.

Yes, this has been prompted by someone asking me to do so.



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