October 31st, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 05:04pm on 2014-10-31 under
Breakfast cereal isn't supposed to taste like cat food, is it?

Okay, it usually doesn't resemble cat food, unless you're eating muesli. But if your cat has mewsli, then ...

Let's just say that yesterday, around breakfast time, Moxie was winding around my feet and arms and legs and hands, because she really wanted a kitty treat. We had run out of the anti-hairball treats, but we had the ones for good teeth, called Denta-Bites. So, despite my having the cereal box open in my lap, I pulled out some of Moxie's treats for her. 

'Hmmm...,' I thought, 'there were five or six treats in my hand, weren't there? Crap. Were there five or six?' Ah welll, I shrugged and got out another couple of treats for her, leaned down and gave them to her.

Breakfast this morning was, as it usually is, relaxed and unhurried. Moxie was asleep in her hammock on the cat tree, so I was sitting here in my red chair with a bowl of cereal, until I crunched down on something that wasn't of the usual sort of things I taste in the morning. It was much more of a meaty taste than the usual grainy and nutty stuff. Right about then, I remembered about the treat confusion yesterday. Ah, so that's what Moxie's treats taste like...

'At least I shouldn't have to worry about hacking up a hairball,' I said to Per this evening. 'But those aren't that sort,' he said, 'so your coat will be glossy.' Checking the packet, I said, 'Nope, not that sort, either. These are Denta-Bites, so the teeth that crunched down on it will be healthy and happy!'

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posted by [personal profile] selki at 09:25am on 2014-10-31 under
I saw the above-titled play Wednesday night with LJ's StevendJ:
Set after Malcom X's assassination and leading up to the second fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston (1965).  Ali meets and forms something of a friendship with the actor who played Stepin Fetchit in the movies ... but they both want something from each other.  Their relation is also complicated with separate and group interactions with Ali's sexy wife Sonji and his glowering bodyguard Rashid.  I developed real sympathy for Ali, a man trying to live a clean life, beset by people who wanted to use him, but also maybe fooling himself sometimes.  A lot of history and some speculation, in a powerful story well told/acted.  We both came out of the play wanting to know more about the people in the play and the rest of their stories, always a good sign.  I've read up on both of them in Wikipedia now, at least (and followed links to some others mentioned).  Runs through Sunday.

We had dinner first at http://foodwineandco.com/dinner.html 
Steven liked his pumpkin risotto but the edamame appetizer was messy (sauce all over the exterior).  I had an excellent cream of celery root soup (with chicken stock, not veg), and a tasty seared-tuna salade nicoise.

The parking situation was a little strange.  I paid to park in the theater underground parking at 6 (so we could have dinner) but inside the garage, it said visitor parking was only for four hours, so I felt I had to leave when the play was over (9:55pm), instead of staying through the post-play talk.  Grr.  Next time I'll take Metro or park elsewhere.  At least parking was only $5.00, though.

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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 11:12am on 2014-10-31
Beautiful brought me a mole this morning. Formally laid out, ceremonially presented, right next to the steps. And very decidedly dead.

::sniff:: baby's first mole No, I will not show you the photo. :)
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 03:02pm on 2014-10-31 under
Halloween isn't celebrated here in Damnark. I must have written about this sometime before, but ... ah well.

A special Halloween treat lies ahead, though! A short animated film about a scaredy cat, which isn't of the feline sort.

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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 07:43am on 2014-10-31
Suppose you're ordinary people, not cops, not criminologists, and you want to stop rape from happening. You want to interrupt the process. This is a good article on how to cockblock rapists as a moral obligation. Pass it along.

Posted by Zoe Brain

For my readers in the USA and Canada... it's getting pretty bad here. It's not just one side of politics, it's both.

We're heading for a National Security Democratic Australia Party state. NSDAP.

posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 01:00am on 2014-10-31

Posted by Monica Roberts

We have lost another transsister to anti-trans violence.

Location this time was Indianapolis, IN, in the Tudor Park Condominiums on the eastern side of the city, and sadly it's another trans woman of color.. 

25 year old Ashley Sherman was found at that location early Monday morning by a patrolling police officer. 

She had been shot in the head, and police are trying to ascertain whether she was killed there or was brought there from another location.  While police are saying this was a homicide, as usual they are not investigating it as a hate crime.
A vigil was held on Wednesday at that location attended by 100 people, including Sherman's family and friends in which her mother implored the killer come forward.

Will be keeping track of this latest instance of one of our sisters being murdered until the case is satisfactorily resolved.

Rest in power and peace Ashley.   As with the rest of  our fallen sisters, we will not rest until justice is served.

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Posted by Monica Roberts

Today is the last day to early vote in Texas, and it's apropos that it is falling on Halloween in this cycle.

Because I am definitely in fear of not having Wendy Davis as my governor or Leticia Van de Putte as my lieutenant governor.  If enough rational thinking people do so, they can win.

But it's not just the marquee peeps at the top of the ticket.  We have quality peeps running for other offices from judicial seats to the state board of education, and we need folks who will do the right thing and not the right wing thang in them

So don't just stop at the governor's and lieutenant governor's races.   Vote in the judicial races, too because they matter as well. 

You have until 7 PM today to handle your electoral business, otherwise you'll have to do so on Tuesday at your regular precinct..

October 30th, 2014
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 05:00pm on 2014-10-30

Posted by Monica Roberts

Guest Post by L'lerrét Jazelle Ailith

Marc Lamont Hill asked me once whether or not I ever felt like the burden of being trans was too much and I wanted to give up. I thought about it for a second and then proceeded to tell him that I love my being unapologetically.

What was the pause for, though? I paused because for so long, I internalized hate from the folks around me who couldn't see the beauty in my unique identity. For years, I would take off my makeup and look into the mirror and cry because I wasn't proud of what stared back at me. I thought that seeing this being that wasn't what society ideally thought to be a woman was to be abhorred. I felt that I didn't deserve happiness or love because I looked like an atrocious blend of man and woman. But once I met my chosen family amongst the #blacktransrevolution and realized my worth and worthiness, those thoughts and feelings began to slowly fade away.

Yesterday was such a weighted, stressful day for me and to practice self care, I hopped in the shower and cleansed myself thoroughly for an hour - head to toe. When I stepped out, I took a look in the mirror and cried. I cried not because of shame. I cried not because of disgust. I cried because I was able to look into my own eyes and feel beautiful. I was able to admire the rawness of my face. I saw the happiness and joy oozing out of every orifice. My mouth couldn't stop smiling. My skin was glowing. My eyes were apparent. I cried because never in a million years did I think I would find myself in a place where even without my beauty routine having been implemented, I would take pride in my being. I cried because I have been through SO FUCKING MUCH to get to a place where I feel worthy and content and to finally feel that being actualized was so overwhelming.

F**k beauty norms or ideals.... this is about loving the brown skin that I'm in! I didn't pick away at my features like I normally would. I looked at myself and I told her how much I loved her. She smiled and blew me a kiss. She thanked me for releasing her from her prison of shame and insecurity. She was free. I am free. And with this freedom - this pride - I was provided with a voice to announce my existence and honor my journey. Terrell and L'lerrét's voices have intertwined to produce something so fantastic.... something so unstoppable. I fought and fought and now look at her! All vivacious and unapologetic and whatnot! haha

And I thank my #blacktransrevolution family for helping to see that happen; for fostering and nurturing this blossoming security. Y'all so cute! I can only wish to continue building community and loving on you all so that more and more girls and boys and anyone in between can feel the same joy that I feel in this moment. This is infectious and I want every single one of my revolutionary comrades to catch this too. I can't wait to go into the house of worship in late November and fellowship with my people at #TransVoices! We are the revolution.
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Posted by Emily Finke

It must be exhausting to come up with yet another new excuse to treat women horribly, so here’s a list for easy reference. Just pick one and you’ll be instantly believed by a large percentage of the internet, with no other actions necessary on your part!

Because ethics in gaming journalism.

Because she talked about not liking catcalling.

Because she wants to see women represented on her nation’s currency.

Because she thinks women should be treated equally as scientists.

Because she talked about sexism in book review practices.

Because she is causing deep rifts in the atheist movement.

Because she’s talking about academic philosophy’s deep misogyny problem.

Because she spoke out against a prominent skeptic’s sexual misconduct.

Because she spoke out against a prominent broadcast personality’s sexual misconduct.

Because she spoke out against any man’s sexual misconduct.

Because she stood up next to any other woman and said “I believe her”.

Because she makes art that talks about her experience as a woman.

Because doesn’t do femininity in the way you think she should.

Because she has no interest in conforming to “proper, self-respecting, chaste” womanhood.

Because she has no interest in conforming to the idea of wild, nymphomaniac whore.

Because she is having wild, fantastic sex with other people and not with you.

Because her womanhood is not tied to the sex she was assigned at birth.

Because she wants to read books about women.

Because she writes books about women.

Because she wants to play games with women main characters.

Because she’s making games with women main characters.

Because she’s only getting attention in her Sailor Moon costume because she’s “con hot”.

Because she isn’t hot enough to be in a Sailor Moon costume.

Because her skin color isn’t right for Sailor Moon.

Because she said that she doesn’t want men touching her when she wears a costume.

Because she said that she doesn’t want men touching her at work.

Because she speaks out about how women only have a place at tech conferences if they’re scantily-clad booth babes.

Because she works as a booth babe.

Because she doesn’t think “make me a sandwich” jokes are funny.

Because she called out sexist language in speeches.

Because she called out misogyny in journalism.

Because she’s tired of seeing herself reflected as a sexual plaything in almost every bit of popular media ever.

Because she isn’t the perfect reflection of a sexual plaything that every bit of popular media ever has made men expect.

Because she dared ask for a better world.

Because she has a voice and is using it.


Posted by Monica Roberts

One of the things that I absolutely hate about kneegrow (they don't deserve to be called Black) conservafools is that they will say and do anything to advance their own personal conservative credibility while throwing the rest of Black America under the bus.

The latest example of an Oreo cookie chomping fool cooning it up for his conservamassas is Mychal Massie.

In a waste of bandwith post for Wing Nut Daily, i addition to attacking affirmative action (which BTW conservafools, was created by Richard Nixon) this kneegrow wrote that 'affirmative action and the 1964 Civil Rights Act destroyed the Black community to the point that African-Americans were better off under Slavery and Jim Crow"


Naw consservafool, the best thing that has happened to African descended people in the United States was  the ending of slavery 150 years ago along with the end of Jim Crow segregation.

I submit that much of what ails Black America is because of the residual effects of those odious events of slavery and Jim Crow segregation combined by conservative political policies to roll back or eliminate the programs and laws designed to eliminate the problems cased by the 346 years that the federal government and many southern states were in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.'s words, 'doing something special against the Negro.'

And FYI Mychal, since it escaped you in history class, let me repeat this point for you once again.

Affirmative action was created during the Nixon administration.  Richard M/ Nixon was survey says, a Republican POTUS.  It has benefited White women far more than it has African-Americans.

If Massie thought this post was going to convert Black folks into voting for conservafools, um naw homes, all you did was reinforce mine and the perceptions of many thoughtful people in our ranks that conservatism is the political arm of white supremacy and you Black conservatives just need to have several seats an a sweet tea flavored glass of STFU.

On second thought, keep talking.  Kneegrow conservafools like you keep proving with every syllable you utter just how intellectually bankrupt 21st century conservatism is and why it continues to be massively rejected at the ballot box at 90% margins by our people.

If you think slavery was so great, then you and your fellow kneegrow conservative thinkers with severe cases of Obama Derangement Syndrome (treatable by Obamacare BTW) can go back to that halcyon in your mind time when our people were bought and sold like property, worked to death without pay, demonized, lynched, our women were raped and saw the children they bore sold off.

Then come back if you survive it, and tell us if your 'happy darkie' behind still thinks slavery and Jim Crow America is better than post-Civil Rights Act America.

No comparison as far as I'm concerned/.

Meanwhile, you Uncle Ruckus wannabee, leave the rest of us conscious thinking 21st Century Black people who paid attention in history class the hell alone while you peddle that claptrap to stupid conservative white people..

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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 04:27pm on 2014-10-30 under
Living with MS, I have to take a number of pills every day. One of these is a pill to give me energy to do much of anything, apart from reading or futzing about online.

I'd thought that taking a nap was not supposed to be possible after taking one of my energy pills. Really. While the pill was supposed to be working, like after only 3 hours after taking it. But ... ?!

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posted by [personal profile] liv at 11:33am on 2014-10-30 under
So I posted a link to one of those silly internet quizzes, this one being run as a promotion by a fairly minor scientific journal. And wow, I had forgotten how good those daft "what colour is your aura" personality quizzes are for generating conversation! I posted the type of protein one mainly because I was amused by how ridiculously over-specialist it is, but in fact people with no interest at all in protein chemistry wanted to have a go and talk about what the results meant.

And since people are interested, I might have a go at explaining the background behind the quiz, and also why I think transcription factors are cool. Science! )

Clear? Confusing? Over-simplified? Anyway I hope this goes some way to help you interpret your silly quiz result, and also to tell you why transcription factors are cool!
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 02:00am on 2014-10-30

Posted by Monica Roberts

We are now past the halfway mark of the 2014 NFL regular season and our prognostication contest. 

While once again I had a respectable week picking games, the frustrating pattern continues with one of my opponents doing slightly better.

Hey, considering the drama I've been through over the last few weeks, it's amazing I'm still in this.

And it's always a good week when the Texans beat the Tennessee Traitors and the Cowboys lose.

But I also lost ground on Mike, who expanded his lead to three games in our contest no thanks to Tampa Bay blowing that game to Minnesota in OT.

It figures the one week I pick the Arlington Cowchips to win, they revert to past form and lose at home to the Washington Need To Change Their NFL Nickname From That Racial Slur ASAP.

As I mentioned, the Texans ended that three game losing streak (and they are  out of my blogging NFL doghouse for now), but they face a Philadelphia Eagles team that will probably be pissed off when they come to NRG Stadium.

Well, let's get to my Week 9 NFL picks.   Only 13 games to select because there are six teams on their bye week (Falcons, Bills, Bears, Lions, Packers and Titans)

My picks are in underlined bold print as usual, and when Eli and Mike's are available, they'll be linked to later.

Week 8 Results

TransGriot  9-6
Eli               8-7
Mike           10-5

2014 NFL Season Record

TransGriot     77-43-1
Eli                  76-44-1
Mike              80-40-1

NFL Week 9

Thursday Night Game
Carolina over New Orleans

Sunday Early Games

Cleveland over Tampa Bay
Dallas over Arizona
Philadelphia over Houston
Kansas City over NY Jets
Cincinnati over Jacksonville
San Diego over Miami
Washington over Minnesota

Sunday Afternoon Games
San Francisco over St Louis
Denver over New England
Seattle over Oakland

Sunday Night Game
Baltimore over Pittsburgh

Monday Night Game
Indianapolis over NY Giants
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Blunted affect is a motherfucker.

I am working to break out of this ossified shit that has kept me rigidly controlled so that I don't flip out and become a terrible person. There is a low ceiling on anything that implies or requires intimacy and I need to loosen up. That is a risk. I need to be willing to take the risk of loosening too far, of getting carried away by impulse.

Unfortunately, if I keep my emotions in a cooler to be sorted through and pulled out always according to my own mental rules, they are far away when I want them. They might be further away than I can reach.

So how is this for an experiment. People ignore my feelings and that I have them and that I have any needs, because I keep myself under careful control so I don't become a terrible person. What would happen if I just straight-up told people when they are being shit? What would happen if I just said what was on my mind? What if I spoke the language they speak? Can they take what they dish out? Is it really how they want things to go? What if I just fuckin' gave it to them?

People don't believe they've hurt me until I bleed in a bowl and pour it on them.


Maybe then I will spend less energy protecting everyone else from my feelings and a little more energy actually getting to feel any of the good ones. Maybe other people can protect themselves from me for a fucking change. Those whose emotional equilibrium is only sustainable as long as nobody else hits them too hard with an awareness of hurting someone? They can just fucking crumble. I am done.

Posted by Monica Roberts

On Sunday night, the opposition to HERO will be meeting in a rally at Grace KKKomunity Church that as usual will be full of anti-LGBT bile, hate and anger.

Our Houston LGBT community will be meeting, too, but with a very different goal in mind.

At 2 PM on Sunday, we’ll be meeting at Montrose Grace Place (at 2515 Waugh, housed in Grace Lutheran Church). Grace Place provides services for LGBT homeless youth. Please bring canned goods, nonperishable food items and gently worn or new clothing items, which we will donate to Grace Place. While the HERO opposition is creating noise about taking rights away, we’ll be creating a positive effect on the lives of people in Houston.

But we’re not only going to be creating a better present for people in our community Sunday – we’ll be working for a positive future, too. Wear comfortable shoes, because after you drop off your donation, you can pick up a walk list to go speak to voters in the surrounding neighborhoods to make sure they get out to vote on Tuesday for candidates who share our values. We’ll be pushing the endorsement card of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC.

The HERO movement has always been about creating a better future for all Houstonians. We’ll be doing that Sunday, and the contrast between our efforts and the negativity of the opposition will send a strong message. Please join us.

UPDATE: We have received some specific requests from Grace Place. Please bring:

Winter clothes, Socks, Sleeping Bags, Toiletries, Hand-warmers, Mini-flashlights, blankets,
Also, we will be collecting for Bering Omega Hospice.

We are asking people to bring:
Towels, wash clothes, robes, handi-wipes
October 29th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 01:40pm on 2014-10-29
I am looking at some sort of medical alert jewelry -- necklace or bracelet, probably bracelet -- and there's MedicAlert and then there are other versions. I'm not at all sure which way to go on this. I don't have just one allergy -- and the MedicAlert system seems to want to put only one thing on the jewelry and then tell emergency people to phone their system for details. What's your experience? Is it better to just get a bracelet with the logo and get what you want engraved on it or to have their phone-in system?

Posted by Monica Roberts

Too bad I will miss this event on November 7 sponsored by the Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston , South Texas College of Law AMICUS, Social Sciences & The Law Society and the ACLU Student Organization

It will be a timely and fascinating discussion on non-discrimination ordinances in the state of Texas with a concentration on our own fight to implement the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that was passed back in May.

And note to those Houston area human rights hatin' preachers, there have still been no bakers forced to bake swastika cakes in the Houston city limits.

The panel will feature Houston City Attorney David M. Feldman, Attorney and human rights advocate Susan L. Hays, Founding CEO of First Person Christina Canales Gorczynski,  South\Texas College of Law Professor Richard R. Carlson, and ACLU Texas Legal and Policy Director Rebecca Robertson.

That's definitely shaping up as an interesting panel for this human rights discussion, and it will take place at the Joe M. Green Auditorium on the South Texas College of Law campus at 1301 San Jacinto St. in beautiful downtown Houston from 1:00-5:00 PM CST

Attendance is free, but you must RSVP slaghlaw@gmail.com by November 5 to attend.

CLE's will also be offered, but you need to be a member of the Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston to receive those credits.   Membership is $20 for attorneys and $10 for non attorneys at the reduced rate in effect for the rest of 2014.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 09:51am on 2014-10-29
I am starting to feel like myself again, a little, and less like one of the redshirts from Invasion of the Body Snatchers or (fill in your own media source). Went out just now and did tai chi on the patio, with Beautiful not far away. Breathing well. Balance decent (it's been lousy during this mess, so that I have unexpected bruises from bumping into things). But even more so, inside my head it feels more like me.

But the quiet lake is still there, between the mountains, reflecting the sky.
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00am on 2014-10-29

Posted by Monica Roberts

I'm going to be haunting you until November 4 to take your soul to the polls for this critical midterm election.

In Texas, early voting ends on Halloween. Treat yourself to quality political representation, not political tricks that don't care about working class people.

Why not make it easy on yourself and choose from early voting centers spread all over the county and do your civic duty?  Once the early voting period ends on Friday evening, you'll have to go to your regular precinct on Tuesday.

So handle your electoral business and take a few ghouls and goblins, er your friends with you.

Because truth is, the prospect of Dan Patrick and other Teapublicans getting legislative power scares the crap out of me.  And how many times do you have to see it before you get the point that you will NEVER get liberal-progressive polices from a conservative legislator who hates the government?

We can do better.   We must do better.  The GOP has had 20 years to run this state and they have 
proven to be incapable of governing it.

Handle your electoral business.  Go vote!
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 01:22am on 2014-10-29 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 Monica Roberts

The USA women's team on Sunday finished handling their CONCACAF business in PPL Park and captured their seventh title with a 6-0 rout of Costa Rica on the strength of Abby Wambach's four goals and another clean sheet by Hope Solo.

The Ticas aren't too disappointed.  They will be heading to their first ever Women's World Cup thanks to their showing in this CONCACAF qualification tournament in which they won their group and made it to the finals.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention Team USA also qualified for next year's Women's World Cup in Canada in addition to winning the tournament?

That qualification business was handled when Team USA beat Mexico 3-0 in the semifinals on Friday to avenge that 2-1 loss Mexico pinned on them four years ago.

Speaking of Mexico, they will be going to the World Cup next year along with the Ticas after beating Trinidad and Tobago 4-2 in the Third Place game to capture the third CONCACAF auto qualifying spot.

As for Trinidad and Tobago's heartwarming quest to make history and become the first ever Caribbean based female squad to make it to the World Cup, they will have to play a two leg aggregate score playoff against CONMEBOL rep (South America) Ecuador in order to punch their ticket to Canada.

Since the Mexican team plays their games at high altitude (7200 feet),the Mexican Football Federation has made the classy offer of a training facility in Mexico City to help Trinidad and Tobago get ready for that 9300 foot altitude November 8 first leg in Quito that awaits the Soca Princesses.   The return leg is in Trinidad and Tobago on December 2.

Congrats to Team USA and all the CONCACAF nations that will be playing next summer in Canada.   Hopefully Trinidad and Tobago will get to join that party. 

And I'm hoping Team USA finally gets to add that third star on their jerseys next summer.
October 28th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 09:36pm on 2014-10-28
I asked my doctor about the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine. The answer: no.

Apparently, they are not completely sure which version of the vaccine I got a year ago, the one that gave me some trouble -- and because of that, it's not clear whether it was the preservative, or the vaccine itself, or something else. And this year's version increased the allergy to near-fatal levels. My doctor is not certain it would be without risk; it could be that the vaccine was made in a way that differs from how previous batches or years were made, in some way, and that difference is what's causing the problem. There is no way to know.

So, rather than take the chance on something worse than this last month at another time, better to risk the flu.
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 06:20pm on 2014-10-28 under ,
He was a good cat. The kidney disease got bad quickly, and we took him to be euthanized this afternoon. He lay on my lap at the very end.

It's been a hard year.

This photo is from 2009:

Julian, flopped on his side
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I've bought my ticket for the Fenway 13. It's a 7 pm show and I hope to be there no later than 6:15, but might be later.
I hope to see some of you there!

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Last seen in Odenton, MD
Vehicle has changed; now: 2010 Honda Crosstour, Black; Maryland license plate #9AZ6888

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Posted by Monica Roberts

I've talked about Koko Jones,  my seriously talented musical sis from time to time on the blog and had the pleasure of doing one of my TransGriot Ten Questions interviews with her.

How talented is she?  Talented enough for this Jersey girl over her four decades in the music biz to have performed with some of the most recognizable names in the pop, R&B, jazz, house and African music worlds.

Jones has either performed or recorded as a first call musician with the Isley Brothers, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Angela Winbush, Raul Midon, Marcus Miller, Randy Weston,  Jose Feliciano, Buddy Miles, Clarence Burke, Louie Vega, Luisito Quintero, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, DJ Kenny Dope, Archie Shepp, and Reggie Workman.

And now you'll have something to look forward to during TDOR Week in terms of her 'Who's That Lady' LP dropping on that date..

The timing of the release of the album near that date is not an accident.  As a girl like us who happens to be a  musician, several of the tracks on this upcoming album release on Motema Music reflect either personal or universal issues facing the trans community:

“Why” honors those trans individuals who have lost their lives due to violence or suicide and “Turn It” pays tribute to the heroes, past and present, who strive for civil rights, justice and equality. “I’m Free” celebrates the joy of reveling in who you really are despite societal norms and constraints. And “Xtravaganzas” pays homage to the House of Xtravaganza, one of the most important cultural institutions in the trans community.

While she has always handled her business as a musician first and foremost, she has had an ongoing parallel role as an activist and a voice in the trans community. In addition to Koko’s ground-breaking work as an interventionist at the Center for HIV Education Studies and Training (CHEST) at Hunter College, where she is a part of T-Talk, a project delivered by trans women for trans women that seeks to reduce sexual health risk, substance use, and internalized stigma affecting the community.

Koko frequently speaks at events, and recently gave a TEDx talk at Seton Hall University and delivered a lecture on Current Issues in the Trans Community at Columbia University Teachers College. She is also an active member of Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC)

But it's time for peeps to get to know Koko Jones in her primary role as an extraordinary musician

Those of you in the New York area can check her out on December 1 at her CD release show that will start at 8 PM EST at Sub Culture. The venue is located at 45 Bleeker St, and if you're looking for more info hit the link or call 212-533-5470.

And yeah, Christmas and Hanukkah are coming up, so why not purchase 'Who's That Lady?' and kill two birds with one stone at the same time?  You buy a gift for someone (or keep it for your own music collection), keep our T-bills circulating in our community, and support a fantastic musician at the same time.
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posted by [personal profile] marnanel at 08:28pm on 2014-10-28
[In a discussion on street harassment elsewhere, some dude said: "Hi [name of OP]. There, I did it. I harassed you. Oh the humanity. Do you NOT get how absurd this looks to us guys? The creeper 5 minute guy, yeah I get that. But just saying hi? Get over yourselves ladies. We have a right to say hi on public streets." This is my reply to him]

Here as everywhere else, context makes a big difference. Here's an example from my own life.

I'm male-bodied; people generally read me as a man. Earlier this year I went to a party in drag (and hey, I thought I looked rather fetching). I was walking down a busy street after dark, when someone in the shadows I couldn't quite see called out "Hello darling."

Ordinarily, I wouldn't hear that a threat. But I can tell you that in *that* context it was a moment of raw terror. All the recent newspaper stories of street assaults ran through my head. If he thinks I'm a woman, maybe he's going to assault me (hell, if he thinks I'm a man in drag, maybe he's going to assault me). By appearing female in public I had effectively painted a huge target on my back.

Now of course men get attacked in the street too. But you don't expect that sort of attack to begin with the attacker saying "hello". If someone had come up to me with a knife I'd have been terrified whether I was dressed as a woman or not. But "hello, darling" is often the start of a very different script, and I was someone who might plausibly be cast in that script in a very unpleasant role.

So I can attest to the terror it can cause when a stranger tries to greet you in the street.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 04:08pm on 2014-10-28

Posted by Monica Roberts

The Houston, Dallas and Forth Worth ISD's have done this already, and now Austin will have an opportunity to do this at their board meeting tonight at7 PM.

Thanks to Paige Schilt, I was alerted to the fact that AISD is pondering adding gender identity to the nondiscrimination policy  .  While this should be a no brainer decision for Items 14.3 and 14.5, you can bet there will be some haters in the AISD house spreading lies to try to stop it, or delay the decision so they can gather the hate troops from out of town..

If you can do so and support AISD adding gender identity to their policy, now is your time to speak and be heard.   The board needs facts and your stories to base their vote on, not lies and disinformation.

The meeting was last night, and I'm trying to ascertain if AISD became the fourth district in the Lone Star State to protect its trans students and employees.

Hoping we had people from the AUSTEX area signing up to speak during Citizens Communication. The policy for Citizens Communication can be found at http://www.austinisd.org/board/meetings.

AISD is the fifth largest school district in the state, and it would send another powerful message to the rest of the ISD's waffling or ignoring this critical issue.

AISD headquarters is located on 1111 W. 6th Street, so if you feel that Austin should be on that short list of school districts that protect their trans students and employees, you may wish to help pack the room and ensure the right thing is done.

TransGriot Update:  The AISD board voted unanimously last night to make the fifth largest school district in the state the fourth one in Texas to add gender identity to their nondiscrimination policy for students and employees.   

Now we'll see if other Centex  ISD's follow their lead.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 09:41am on 2014-10-28
Silly me. I tried to go for a walk yesterday morning. I got a quarter mile away and was totally winded -- for no reason -- and the muscles up the back of my legs seized. They are still stiff. I am chalking it up to more prednisone follies. During the last couple of weeks I'd been getting on the stationary bike here; looks like that will be what I do for the next while.

But I'm starting to get more sleep. That helps. Still can't have coffee or tea or anything with caffeine, which is annoying but bearable.
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October 27th, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] sorcyress at 06:39pm on 2014-10-27
So here's the thing about whatever weird ass-depression or mopes or SAD or just general lack of being a fucking human being that's been happening to me over and over for the last year now.

It fucking prevents me from doing the awesome things that I want to do. Because I just can't. Because I am exhausted and drained and completely lack motivation, and the idea of even getting out of bed is an uncomfortable amount of work.

And it's bullshit, because this isn't good for me, and it isn't self-care! It's just preventing me from doing the shit I want and need to do. And right now, it's trying to keep me from going to a dance class I love on _fucking halloween_, which is the best of all possible holidays, and you cannot keep me from doing this, brain. I don't care that it's hard.

I'm so fucking tired of missing the life I'm supposed to be living. I'm more tired of that then I am exhausted by the pain of being present.

So I'm gonna put on a fairy dress, or a mad scientist's labcoat, or my homestuck horns, or pirate garb or something and I'm gonna eat my damn dinner and get down to Davis and catch the bus to dance.

I just can't stand the alternative anymore.
posted by [syndicated profile] revlyncox_feed at 05:12pm on 2014-10-27

A scientific outlook and a Pagan outlook can both inform us about leading an integrated life, in which the reality of our experience feeds our quest for meaning. This sermon was written for the UU’s of Fallston by Rev. Lyn Cox, October 19, 2014.

On the evening of July 14, 1791, Joseph Priestley and his wife Mary decided not to go to a party. Joseph was a Unitarian minister, scientist, and philosopher concerned with both natural and political thought. Along with a number of his intellectual colleagues, Priestley had welcomed the French Revolution as a step toward Enlightenment. They planned a banquet at the Royal Hotel in Birmingham, England, on the second anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. Once the party was on the calendar, Priestley’s friends started to hear rumors of violence and convinced him to stay home. Indeed, as people left the Royal Hotel that night, they were attacked. From there, rioters proceeded to the Unitarian New Meeting and Old Meeting churches, which they burned to the ground.     

Joseph and Mary anticipated the coming mob and fled their home. Their 20-year-old son, William, and some volunteers remained behind to try save what they could. It is said that William and his friends stayed as long as possible, “continuing to carry books and furniture down the staircase even as the handrails, banisters and treads were being systematically demolished by the leading rioters.” [Wikipedia, based on a reference to Tony Rail, “William Priestley Vindicated, with a Previously Unpublished Letter”, ‘Enlightenment and Dissent’, no.28 (2012), 150-195.] The rest of the family’s possessions, lab equipment, and house were burned to the ground.

Over the three days of the riot, a surprisingly efficient and well-organized mob burned three of four Dissenting churches, twenty-seven houses, and several businesses. The other homes belonged to people who had a lot in common with Priestley, such as members of a scientific discussion group called the Lunar Society. The controversies did not subside. Joseph and Mary Priestley left for America in 1793. He helped found the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia in 1796.

What was it that fanned the flames of hatred so much? What did the rioters have against Joseph Priestley and his friends? Maybe it was his radical scientific statements. Priestley was also one of the founders of the Unitarian movement in England, together with his friend Theophilus Lindsey. (Lindsey led England’s first Unitarian service that we know of at Essex Street Chapel in 1774.) As a spokesperson for a Dissenting church (that is, a faith that was not the Church of England) Priestley lobbied hard to change the laws that excluded Dissenters from things like voting or holding public office. Then there was Priestley’s support of the French Revolution. Tensions were high between the two countries. Some people feared that the revolution could spread and become an English civil war.

Perhaps it wasn’t just one thing, but the whole package. Joseph Priestley didn’t see his clergy person, scientist, and philosopher roles as separate. They were part of a unified outlook on life, one in which all things are connected. The roots of the English and American UU movement can be traced in part to this period of lively debate, when people like Joseph Priestley hoped that science, philosophy, and politics all pointed the way to a better future. Our modern impulse is to compartmentalize, but I think there is room for the unity of mind, heart, and spirit.

A person can be spiritual and also rooted in the world, our own living planet within a universe in motion. Humanism and Paganism, to take just two of many examples, both encourage the practitioner to seek an integrated life, one in which concrete experience informs the quest for meaning, in which discovery feeds awe and wonder even if it challenges what we thought we knew, in which the mysteries of the unknown are an invitation to draw out the best of ourselves. I think a scientific outlook on life and a spiritually earth-centered outlook on life both help us to observe the world as it is, treasure it with awe and wonder, and gather our courage to face the mysteries of the unknown.

Earthly Hearts: Love for This Planet

My own spiritual orientation is kind of a ball of yarn with several strands rolled together. I’m a Unitarian Universalist, of course, which is a tradition of its own. We’ll call that the purple yarn, winding throughout the ball and most obvious on the surface. Unitarian Universalism is the faith I speak about most publicly. I still find meaning in the stories I learned as a liberal Christian kid. We’ll call that the orange yarn, under the surface yet providing much of the structure the rest of the ball hangs on. My family of choice is interfaith UU and Jewish, so blue strands of Jewish wisdom and celebrations keep me connected with people I love. My solitary spiritual practices and ways of seeing the world, the green yarn at the heart of the ball, are informed by Paganism, a cluster of spiritual paths mainly drawing from reconstructed pieces of European and Middle Eastern earth-centered traditions.

Paganism is an interfaith umbrella of many traditions and creative communities. It is not one faith with a spokesperson and an official manual. Paganism does not lay claim to any of the intact indigenous traditions around the world (such as the Lenape, on whose lands we are sitting). My experience with Paganism suggests that many traditions find common ground in loving and respecting the earth. We may have different ways of naming that, different legends that inspire love and respect, and different ways of organizing ourselves to put that love and respect into action. It usually starts with observation, with cultivating a quality of attention to the living things around you and the soil and water supporting you in this moment.

There are a number of identifiably Pagan things I do in my daily life. I begin my morning prayers and meditations by walking clockwise in a circle, clearing the space, finding the ground under my feet, and invoking the four directions. The four directions correspond to the elements of earth, water, fire, and air. Bringing them together in the circle is part of an effort to integrate my thoughts and my actions into one whole life, bringing together the pieces of myself and connecting with my world. I might leave an offering of water or a small amount of animal-friendly food in the forest. If I spill salt, you can bank on the fact that I will toss some over my left shoulder. Yet the time when I feel most witchy is when I’m on foot and I identify some plant or animal I come across in my travels. There we both are, sharing a bit of earth, and I can greet the sassafras tree or the Eastern chipmunk with recognition. Another practice that feels like Pagan spirituality is calling my legislators to ask them to consider environmental impact or promote renewable energy.

In the revised introduction to her book on socially engaged Paganism, Dreaming the Dark, Starhawk explains that “the sacred is immanent, embodied in the world, in nature, in human culture, in action as well as contemplation. Or, to turn it around, the living world, the cycles of nature and human life, are sacred – that is, of primary importance, of a value that goes beyond human expediency. Action in the world, then, becomes a means of connecting with the sacred as well as an imperative in a society in which nature and human survival are constantly threatened” (Dreaming the Dark, Fifteenth Anniversary Edition, page xiii).

What I’m saying is that, to me, being down to earth and honest about what I see, hear, and feel around me is the essence of being Pagan. Observe and report. Share results. Participate in community life in such a way that takes concrete reality into account. Loving mother earth is not just writing songs and poetry for her, although that’s fine, too. It’s paying attention to and caring for what we love.

As it happens, I also have some familiarity with science and with people who are professional scientists. Some of you are researchers or medical practitioners, and you can check me on whether I’ve got this right. It seems to me that a scientific outlook on life is fueled by the thrill of watching what happens next. Scientists seem to enjoy finding out what’s true, as far as we can gather, versus what we thought might be true. If there is a cool application for what we learn, such as helping people  to live healthier lives, so much the better. Observe and report.  Pay attention. Care for what we love. Is that right?

Sometimes, being intimately familiar with what is measurably true brings a sense of responsibility to use that knowledge well. Jane Goodall writes, “We have a responsibility toward the other life-forms of our planet whose continued existence is threatened by the thoughtless behavior of our own human species… . Environmental responsibility – for if there is no God, then, obviously, it is up to us to put things right.” (Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey, written with Phillip Berman)

Being Pagan and being a scientist are not mutually exclusive. I do think that a scientific outlook and a Pagan outlook encourage some of the same values, coming from slightly different angles. Love and a sense of responsibility for this planet come from knowing it face to face. Prophetic souls have earthly hearts.

Gratitude for What We Know: Awe & Wonder

A spiritual path can help us respond to what we know in a positive, life-affirming way. It is easy to feel overwhelmed or consumed with despair. We might be tempted to ignore what we know. On a good day, our way of making meaning helps us to honestly assess what we know and to respond whenever possible with wonder and gratitude.

Yesterday morning, I met a deer in the woods, crossing the human path slowly and cautiously. I stopped so I wouldn’t startle her too much and looked her in the eye from about twenty feet away. Usually, that’s enough to motivate a deer to move on. “Two eyes in front. Predator. See you later.” I approached her slowly. About ten feet away, she was still looking right at me. Hunting season coming soon (it’s already here for archery hunters), and I don’t want deer to feel like it’s safe to hang around humans, but I was really enjoying this moment of connection. I thought an unusual noise would communicate both my greeting and my encouragement to take cover. I raised my hand to my lips and blew her a big, noisy kiss. She hopped off the path, and took cover in the trees on the other side. A green thread of my Pagan heart went with her. That moment of gratitude sustained me for the rest of the day.

It seems to me that Pagans and scientists are among the people who gleefully connect the dots in an interdependent web. A food chain, a relationship between planets, Fibonacci spirals repeating from nautilus shells to the Whirlpool Galaxy—patterns and connections are totally cool. Finding these relationships might help us make better decisions about stewardship or future research, but the immeasurable value is the way patterns and relationships can inspire awe. A sense of wonder is something to treasure in the human journey. It can bring us inner peace and a desire for outer peace.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield said in an interview: “The big pervasive feeling onboard looking at the Earth [from space] is one of tremendous exquisite privilege that it exists. … But I think what everyone would find if they could be in that position — if they could see the whole world every 90 minutes and look down on the places where we do things right, and look down where we’re doing stupid, brutal things to each other and the inevitable patience of the world that houses us — I think everybody would be reinforced in their faith, and maybe readdress the real true tenets of what’s good and what gives them strength.” (From an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross)

For many Pagans who will never go into orbit, the 90-minute view of the world comes around at festival times when we remember our ancestors and look into the future. I celebrate Halloween or Samhain as a turning of the year, a time to give thanks for who and what I come from. We’ll talk more about remembrance and selective memory in November, but for right now I just want to make the point that all of us have flawed ancestors. Some of them lived as very imperfect humans, and left behind a mixed legacy marked with some bad choices. For some of the more recent ancestors, their chief flaw is their departure. Remembering names and faces and stories, giving offerings, lighting candles, these rituals help me embrace the wholeness of history, notice the painful parts, and enthusiastically give thanks anyway. I can cherish the lessons of their lives, their determination, and their efforts that led to my being alive. Watching the struggles of ancestors unfold in story, I can have more patience with some of my still living relatives, the ones who irritate me only because I love them dearly as well as the ones I have chosen to love from afar. Knowing the reality of death, I can begin to forgive leaves for falling, and I can revel in the glory that is revealed only in letting go.

Journeying with Mystery: Courage for the Unknown

During his interview, Commander Hadfield also talked about how to face fear. He said, “It’s not like astronauts are braver than other people; we’re just meticulously prepared. We dissect what it is that’s going to scare us, and what it is that is a threat to us and then we practice over and over again so that the natural irrational fear is neutralized.”

I was reminded of a quote from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “… there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.” (From GoodReads, referencing The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist).

For both Hadfield and deGrasse Tyson, the unknown is not the problem. There are lots of things we don’t know yet. How exciting that we have so much left to explore and discover. On the other hand, both of them acknowledge that sometimes we respond poorly to our awareness that we don’t know something. Being afraid might lead us to attack when it only causes hurt, or to flee from something important, or to hide from the face of mystery. We can’t control the unknown, and we can’t be omniscient. We can, to an extent at least, control our behavior.

Being able to look unflinchingly into the unknown and make moral choices anyway is also a Pagan value. There is more to this universe than we have yet discovered. Expressing what we do and don’t know poetically is one way to cope with the void, but somewhere in there we need a discipline for remaining calm when we don’t have all the answers. In practical life, we often have to make judgment calls based on less than 100% of the information we wish we had. Pagan ethics suggests by way of the “rule of threes” that the actions you put out into the world comes back to you threefold. Make your choice, knowing that harm and healing affect all of us together, even if the consequences are unintended. The rule doesn’t say that we should all sit in our rooms and try not to affect the world. Not acting is another kind of action. Cause leads to effect. Do the best you can, and get comfortable with the unknown.

Starhawk writes: “Spirituality and politics both involve changing consciousness. In fact, Dion Fortune’s definition of magic as “the art of changing consciousness at will” could serve for both. Yet there are differences. Effective political action, of whatever sort, needs to offer directions and at least propose answers beyond current problems. But true spirituality must also take us beyond the will, down into the realms of mystery, of letting go, of echoing questions rather than resounding answers.” (From the revised introduction to the 10th anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance, p. 7)

We do need to engage. Our minds yearn to discover, our hearts yearn to connect, our hands and feet yearn to give shape to a life of good purpose. We also need to make friends with unanswered riddles. Panic in response to open-ended questions or in situations where what we thought we knew crumbled is not optimal.

Here again, Joseph Priestley gives us some ideas about how to live, both by positive and negative example. He didn’t get everything right. He had a theory that competed with the new concept of chemistry emerging in France, and he stuck to it throughout his life. He turned out to be wrong, but human learning doesn’t happen if we don’t make mistakes. On the other hand, it seems like he engaged in debate with a contented heart. One biographer wrote, “he entered each controversy with a cheerful conviction that he was right, while most of his opponents were convinced, from the outset, that he was willfully and maliciously wrong. He was able, then, to contrast his sweet reasonableness to their personal rancor” [Wikipedia, drawing from Schofield, Robert E. The Enlightenment of Joseph Priestley: A Study of his Life and Work from 1733 to 1773. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.]

Furthermore, every time he reached the end of what he could explore in a situation, he changed his situation. Priestley did not abandon his quest or stop learning. An angry mob did not scare him away from any of his vocations. May we all gather such courage in the face of the unknown.


There are many ways to live a life of meaning and purpose while staying rooted in this world. Stories from the roots of Unitarian Universalism, wisdom from scientists, and reflections from earth-centered spirituality all have insights. Observe this living earth, its creatures, and its place in the universe as honestly as you can. Love the world and care for it. Open your heart to embrace wonder and gratitude. Do not let fear of the unknown direct your choices, but bow and dance with the mystery.

So be it. Blessed be. Amen.

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posted by [personal profile] gorgeousgary at 05:14pm on 2014-10-27 under , , , ,
Home from OVFF. Tired cat is tired. Mini-con in the airport; Ellen Weingart and Mark were on our flight (connecting thru BWI to Islip), Tony Parker, Judy Bemis and Kathy Mar all showed up at the same gate just before our boarding time.

The two catnip pads made by [livejournal.com profile] janmagic that I picked up at the Interfilk auction have been strategically placed in the house - one in the living room, one in the computer room. Nova has already discovered the one in the living room (*grin*). Photos on G+.
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posted by [personal profile] jbsegal at 02:51pm on 2014-10-27 under , ,
I want to go see this - http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/16546-frankenstein - on Wednesday as a birthday outing, and I'd like y'all to come with me. :)

Assuming it's not all sold out, which would be better: Fenway, Revere, or Burlington?
I'm leaning towards Fenway, but I'd listen to other opinions. :)

No, I haven't figured out who's playing the Monster that night.
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 04:03pm on 2014-10-27 under ,
I've had a generally wonderful weekend, a chance to relax at home properly for the first time in too long, and time with friends and some new potentials opening up. And I was just catching up with some social media during a quieter moment Sunday afternoon and learned that my teacher R' Sheila Shulman had died at the weekend. She'd been seriously ill, and she wasn't far off 80, and after I'd seen several posts I realized that when people were talking about "saying goodbye" to her, they meant literally, not just being sad at the news of her death, but actually present, she was surrounded by her students and friends and colleagues, a substantial fraction of the people whose lives she changed. So I can say, blessed is Judge of truth, and it tastes less bitter than some of the times I have to say it. But I can't wholeheartedly believe in a good death, because the person is gone no matter at what age and in what circumstances.

as much about me as about Sheila )

Because of Sheila I didn't have to leave Judaism when I came out, or even really come into conflict with it. Because of her, and the people she encouraged to be rabbis when they weren't the obvious type, I didn't give up on Judaism as being simplistically comforting superstition or a club for "people like us". Because of her and her influence, I'm able to be open to joy from an unexpected place, and to come to those potentials from a place of spiritual integrity. It's traditional to wish when reporting a death, may her soul be bound up in the bond of life It seems to me that R' Shulman's soul, the things she dedicated herself to so wholeheartedly against all opposition, really is bound up in the life of the community. My community, for all its flaws.
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