Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra

In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma." With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti's key. No one knew what to expect. No one knew … Continue reading Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra

Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963

  I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of … Continue reading Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963

Veterans Day: Ask, Tell

As the pungent odor of Don't Ask Don't Tell's stank still permeates the air of our great nation, I dedicate this blog post to the often forgotten or discarded - our gay brothers and sisters in arms. But I  didn't want Veterans Day to pass without the acknowledgment of ALL our service members - I … Continue reading Veterans Day: Ask, Tell

Jai Guru Deva Om***

Reality (and logic...and truth...and common sense) gives Creationism a bad name.   ***That persnickety genius John Lennon was a very spiritual (religious?) man, which goes to show that just because you're one of the greatest songwriters in history doesn't automatically mean you're always the smartest...

Reel Life: Got Milk?

Yep! Finally, after vetoing it in the past, stating that slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk should be honored locally, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill recognizing May 22 (Milk's birthday) as "Harvey Milk Day" in the state of California.  This comes almost two months to the day after President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk … Continue reading Reel Life: Got Milk?

Happy Birthday Uncle Abe, Darwinism and the Devolution of Me

(See below to 'devolve' yourself!) Yep, Abe Lincoln was/is my great, great, great gay/bisexual uncle, via marriage.  Don't laugh.  While I never researched the truth in that - the 'uncle' aspect, not the 'gay' facet - I figured why would my mother lie for all those years ago about my heritage?  I know, I know...with the … Continue reading Happy Birthday Uncle Abe, Darwinism and the Devolution of Me

My New…OUR New…PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. "It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools … Continue reading My New…OUR New…PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA