It’s Good to be 67!…June 29, 2014

At the conference today, I attended a workshop where the facilitator asked us why we write. I thought about it for a while. I write because I wasn’t to keep teaching and writing is my, well, classroom. I want to teach about a variety of issues and I enjoy researching information before I put pen to paper, or, rather, fingers to keyboard. I want to share, to make information available, and to encourage and help others to write their stories.

I visited Jude and his moms after the conference. He’s such a precious 4 year old little guy and I love him deeply.

I’ve decided against buying the boat. Living aboard again is more a pipe dream than reality. Been there, done that. While I could afford the boat, the upkeep would simply be that old saying: A boat is a hole in the water into which one pours money. I don’t need something to complicate my life during this extremely busy year with the film and a great deal of travel.

I’m finally in my own bed tonight. I’m grateful….

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): If I get angry today I will look for the reason within myself. I can’t change others, but I can change myself.

Today in LGBT history: 1626 – Pope Urban the Eighth gave Catalina Erauso the right to wear male clothing.; 2009 – The US government apologized to Frank Kameny for firing him in 1957

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

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Ronni

 

It’s Good to be 67!…June 28, 2014

I love today’s meditation. I know absolutely no one at this writers conference. I did chat with a couple of folks but mostly I sat quietly in these very productive and informative workshops. Luckily, I had dinner this evening with my dear friend Jill. I always enjoy her company.

While I don’t know anyone at this conference, I didn’t really even think about it until I was on my way back to the hotel this evening. Last week I was at an LGBT conference in San Francisco where I knew people and where I was known, to this conference where I know no pone and nobody knows me. There was a time in my life when my ego would have been totally wounded by being unknown. Today, though, I was happy for the quiet, for the time to contemplate all that I was learning, and to get excited about what the future of my writing could be. I’m so grateful for my CoDA program and for my willingness to simply be present, to get out of m y own way and enjoy the moment.

Happy LGBT Pride to all of us!

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I will be a friend today and share myself, my love, in my prayers with others. I need friends, too. They will be there for me.

Today in LGBT history: 1969 – The Stonewall Inn riots; 1970 – the First Gay-Pride Parades are held in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

Keep Writing!

Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!…June 27, 2014

My meditation today is about guidance for creating myself. That’s what this weekend is about. Today was the first day of the three-day Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference. This conference is not about actual writing but about the business of the business. There are agents and publishers here along with workshops on improving the writing we’re already doing. I was impressed with today’s workshops and look forward to tomorrow.

When I arrived at LA Valley College this morning for the conference, I noticed the smell of freshly mowed grass. I just don’t find that fragrance much anymore in the areas in which I live and play. It was a sweet pleasant smell and brought back memories of my father mowing our lawn in Miami with his non-motorized push mower.

I received a text from Dooney Dog. He misses me because I feed him human food. He’s easy!

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I will look to this program and my Higher Power for guidance as I create myself today.

Today in LGBT history: 2010 – First legal wedding of an LGBT world leader when Johanna Siguardardottir, Iceland’s prime minister, marries her partner.

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

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Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!…June 26, 2014

I’m on the plane right now, leaving San Francisco and returning to LA. It’s been a wonderful week, with the amazing response to the film #LettertoAnita and the Expanding the Circle Conference. I can’t wait for the #OUTFest screening in a couple of weeks.

I saw a number of things in San Francisco that are sliding around in my memory in the moment. The number of homeless people was overwhelming! On every street, in between nearly every building, were people who were disheveled, filthy, and perhaps hungry. the smell of urine and feces and pot were everywhere, especially the pot. is it legal to openly smoke in SF? It mist because people were visibly smoking and the smell of it wafted throughout the city, it seemed. I’m not a pot (or anything) smoker, so I found the fumes annoying.

Another think I noticed was the great amount of construction of micro-apartments. There were at least three construction sites of these little living spaces. One building boast 160 micros, another 190. I hadn’t heard the term before and am fascinated by the small size – 200-300 square feet – of the living spaces.

Of course, I’m considering moving aboard a boat again so I guess I, too, am considering a micro-space of sorts. I found the boat. Now I’m just trying to decide if it really is the right thing to do. I trust that my Higher Power will show me the way.

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I want to be a good student and a good teacher today. With the help of my Higher Powers and my willingness, I can do both.

Today in LGBT history: 2003: Sodomy laws end in the U.S.; 2013 – the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, and also held that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

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Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!… June 25, 2014

My day was well planned, indeed, according to my meditation today. I presented a day-long workshop at Expanding he Circle, to teach participants about strategic planning for LGBT work on their campuses. I had a very full room of folks who are mostly new to this work. There were also some folks who have been doing LGBT work on their campuses for the last few years, but no older timers and colleagues. The wonderful thing, though, is that these new smart courageous professionals are trained and ready to move forward with every tool at their disposal. I do believe they found the joys of strategic planning, of creating very intentional LGBT work, today.

This evening Kelly and I walked to the Castro and enjoyed a dinner in the area. She leaves for Washington in the morning and I’ll fly back to LA tomorrow night, heading to a writers’ conference in LA that begins Friday afternoon. This is a busy time but it’s all good…

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I will be content today if I remember that my higher power has my day well-planned.

Today in LGBT history: 1963 – Openly gay pop star George Michael is born on this day in 1963; 1972 – William Johnson becomes the first openly gay person to be ordained in a major church, the United Church of Christ, in the US.

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

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Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!…June 24, 2014

I didn’t realize how exhausted I was! I fell asleep at 10 last night and woke up at 8. I never do that! And I feel terrific, which was a good thing because today was my keynote at Expanding the Circle LGBT conference here in San Francisco. As I started my talk, I looked around the room. I knew exactly 4 people! So many new young professionals in the field, thank goodness. New faces, smart new people who needed to know their history and the shoulders on whom they stand. There are so many of us who worked our butts off to make sure this LGBT campus work became a profession not of street activist but of scholar-practitioners. I’m deeply grateful for my friends and colleagues with whom I worked throughout these years, and I’m grateful for these new young educated talented prepared professionals who will carry on and take the work to places I’ll never understand. It’s life and it’s good. I’m looking forward to teaching them about strategic planning at my workshop tomorrow.

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): Before I take action on any matter today, I’ll ask myself if I really need to do so. During nothing maybe just right.

Today in LGBT history: 1973 – the final day of Pride Weekend, thirty-two lives were lost when an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the deadliest fire in New Orleans history and the largest massacre of gay people ever in the U.S; 2011 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a law legalizing same-sex marriage. The law takes effect July 24; 1983 – Sally Ride, a lesbian and the first woman in space, returns safely to Earth

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

Keep Writing!

Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!…June 23, 2014

It was another 10,000+ step day. We attended the directors’ brunch this morning, met with lots of folks from film festivals all over the world. It was great fun and we stayed until it closed at 2. Then we walked over to the Castro, went to the directors’ lounge and got a couple of free tix to see the Takai film screening tomorrow afternoon.

The remainder of the day was spent at the opening of the Expanding the Circle conference. It was fun to see some old friends and chat with some new folks. My keynote is tomorrow and my workshop is on Wednesday.

Kelly and I shared a wonderful conversation this afternoon as we walked. Life, the future, the present, even the past. I love our walky-talkies!

Today is Erik’s birthday. My baby boy is 38. He’s such a good man and I love him deeply. I look forward to taking him to a birthday dinner this Friday evening.

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I am surrounded by women who want to help me today. I receive support and guidance every time I ask for.

Today in LGBT history: 1629 – “Sodomiticall boys” busted aboard Puritan Ship Set For Salem, MA; 1912 – Computer pioneer and LGBT icon Alan Turing is born on this day in 1912; 2003 – the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state laws that criminalize sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas,

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

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Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!… June 22, 2014

What an exciting day! We screened Letter to Anita at the Roxie today. So many old friends and former UCLA and Michigan students in attendance. As with the screening on the Pride of the Ocean a few weeks ago, I felt so exposed, so vulnerable. I shook so hard throughout the screening and the Q&A. So nervous… But during the Q&A, a young woman said she didn’t know this about our history and thanked us for showing her. THIS was the reason why we made this film! I have no doubt. Andrea texted me a while ago. She was very happy with the screening overall. The film touched people deeply. We got a standing ovation as we touched people’s emotions. Wow!

There were directors of other film festivals at our screening and our after-party. Their comments were so positive, as is the feedback we’re getting from people who attended. It’ll be fun to see where we go with this film. Next stop: OUTFest!

We went to Good Vibrations after the after-party because, well, why not! My straight friend Beth wanted some guidance on buying a vibrator. Really, I was to embarrassed but an understanding sales clerk took Beth under her wing. Whew!

Kelly and I took a long walk down to the Embarcadero and had dinner at a cute organic restaurant in the harbor. We walked over 10,000 steps today. I’m thoroughly exhausted.

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): There is only one thing I need to know today: God is present to help me. I can count on this with absolute certainty.

Today in LGBT history: 1969 – Judy Garland died. Some say the feelings of grief and anger in the gay community following her death is what precipitated the Stonewall Riots.

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

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Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!…June 21, 2014

Happy Summer! I’m in San Francisco! But it took some doing to get here. My first flight was delayed twice so I changed flights. My second flight was delayed even later so I was put back on the first flight. I finally arrived at SFO at 7:15 PM. Today’s meditation was right on (as it usually is!). I did indeed had to lighten up. The delayed and changed flights were frustrating but when I realized I had absolutely no control over Delta, I simply let go and went with whatever was going to happen. What a difference that made in my attitude, my disposition, and my pissed-off quotient!

Kelly arrived about 20 minutes before me so it worked out okay. We took Super Shuttle o the Holiday Inn Civic Center where we’ll stay until Thursday. And now to breathe, iron, and get some sleep for the screening tomorrow morning!

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I will remind myself to lighten up today, as many times as it takes to feel some peace.

Today in LGBT history: 1997 – first Women’s National Basketball Association game is played. And the lesbians were happy! :)

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

Keep Writing!

Ronni

It’s Good to be 67!…June 20, 2014

Today I put the finishing touches on the strategic planning workshop I’m doing in San Francisco next week at the Expanding the Circle conference. I feel good about it and hope participants are able to get something useful from it.

Mom and I went to dinner in Camarillo this evening and then I caught up with a group of Ventura LGBT professionals. My friend Julia was there…nice surprise. I thought she was still in Dublin.

I looked at a boat today. She’s a 37’ Chris Craft. She needs some cosmetic work but I would be she’s in good shape otherwise. I’ll need to have her surveyed to know for sure. I leave tomorrow, back a week from Monday, so I can’t do anything else until then. If she’s still available, I’ll give a deposit and set up the survey. I want to be excited about it but I don’t want to be disappointed again after last summer’s almost-sale that failed the survey miserably. But, ohhhh, I’d love to live aboard again….

My Meditation (from Women’s Spirit): I am guaranteed a secure partnership with a higher power. If I rely on that partnership today, I will feel serene, and I will extensively know that my plan and God’s are one and the same.

Today in LGBT history: 1993 – Lesbian Herstory Archives moves to its new home in Brooklyn and is still open today.

It’s good to be 67!

What happened with you today?

Keep Writing!

Ronni