It’s Good to be 67!.Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 18, 2014.

Plane travel last night was easy and I arrived in Rome this morning.. Mom, Bebe, and Hal landed a couple of hours later. After some mini-confusion around finding our driver, we finally made it to the ship, about 45 miles north of the airport.
The port town of Cevitecchia is not so charming as I thought a Mediterranean hideaway should be. In fact, it’s rather industrial. It’s a cute little village surrounded by huge shipping companies and, of course, the cruise ship lines.
No problem boarding the Celebrity cruise ship. It’s quite stunning, with lots of artwork, creative staircases and cubby holes, and lots of things to do. We unpacked and got settled, went to the safety briefing, then explored the ship to see what was where. My main places to find: the coffee bar and the gym! I also discovered the daily 12-step meeting and the daily LGBT cocktail party. I didn’t attend either though because the four of us went to dinner at 5:45 this evening. We’re at sea tomorrow so I’ll hit the coffee bar and the gym in the morning and, the 12-step meeting and LGBT event in the evening. But the main part of the day belongs to reading, writing, and hot-tubing in this delicious air on the Mediterranean Sea.
I’m so grateful for this water, for the cruise, and for the time I get to share with my mother and sister.
My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: My quiet times inspire my journey today. I am prepared for a new direction.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1953 – Tim Gill, American software entrepreneur, philanthropist, and creator of the Gill Foundation, one of the first major foundations to benefit the LGBTQ community, is born in Hobart, Indiana; 1956 – Martina Navratilova, nine-time Wimbledon women’s singles title holder (a record), is born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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It’s Good to be 67!…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 17, 2014.

Sitting in the Delta Sky Club at JFK airport in New York, reflecting on these incredible opportunities that I’ve had over these past few years. I’m so deeply grateful for the adventures, the fun, the world travel, and the activities I’ve be able to do and hope to continue to do. I’m grateful to Kelly for showing me the possibilities and to my family and friends for bearing with me as they try to figure out where I am! Heck, there are days when even I’m bot sure where I am!!!
But today I’m on my way to Rome! I never thought I’d be saying those words! Retirement is the BEST!!!

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: I risk letting my friends to see the real me today. My honesty, shared lovingly, won’t send them away.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1995- For the first time in its history, the United Nations considers lesbian and gay rights abuses at its International Tribunal on Human Rights Violations Against Sexual Minorities. Following testimony from a number of women and men who have suffered abuse ranging from torture to forced institutionalization, the tribunal recommends that the UN document sexual orientation and gender identity issues around the world and integrate them into the organization’s human rights agenda.

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It’s good to be 67! …Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 16, 2014.

The day started out warm and sunny but progressed to windy and wet by this afternoon. I took a long walk again this morning, walked along the marshy area of the Cape. I stopped by the monument to acknowledge where the Pilgrims first stepped foot on land. People here bought brings and squares with remembrances engraved. There were several that touched me but is one shouted out loud to me: “There is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing around boats.” Amen to THAT!!!!
I went to the annual Kate Clinton-hosted lesbian touch football game but stayed only a short while. I returned to my Inn, showered, read for a while as I watched the weather come in, then joined the WOAR women for dinner. After, Andrea and I went to the theater for another screening of Letter to Anita.
And now I’ve finished packing as I prepare to drive to Logan airport in Boston in the morning and fly to Rome, as in Italy! Yikes!!!! It’s here!!!!
I must say that doing all of my blogging and emailing on my iPad mini is a bit challenging, and may be even more so overseas. But I’ll do my best, write every day, and if necessary, I’ll load it all en masse when I return on Nov. 5th.
I’m grateful for this day, for my body and my health, for the film and everyone associated with it, and to my Higher Power who always shows me the way.
My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: I am as joyful as I choose today. If I’m willing to except assistance, my Higher Power will help me make the choice.
On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1929 – In Germany, a Reichstag Committee votes to repeal Paragraph 175, however, the Nazis’ rise to power prevents the implementation of the vote; 1975 – Deputy Mayor of Los Angles Maurice Weiner is arrested during a vice-squad raid on a gay porn theater in Hollywood. He later resigns from office; 1995 – Washington, DC: Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March divides African-American gay men: some, disturbed by Nation of Islam homophobia, decide to stay home. Others, viewing the march as an affirmation of the need for black unity, attend. No openly gay speaker is permitted to speak at the rally that follows the march.

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It’s Good to be 67!…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 15, 2014.

The weather in Provincetown is unbelievably, unseasonably warm. It was in the low 70s both yesterday and today, bright and sunny and absolutely gorgeous. I took a 4 mile walk this morning through town and over to the beach and back. It felt good to get out and power walk. I was beginning to feel a little bit like a slug.
This afternoon I attended a panel of the women inn keepers of Provincetown that Andrea was filming for her new movie Clambake to honor the 30th anniversary of women’s week in Ptown. It was so interesting to hear the history of lesbian involved in Provincetown since it still is primarily a gay male community. Kate Clinton was the facilitator so it was hilarious as well as informative.
Throughout the day as I walked around town, women stop to congratulate me on our film and to share their stories with me. I have not really ever been stop like that before, especially among total strangers, and while it feels strange, it also was very sweet.

The screening this evening was very successful, with standing room only, great questions in the Q&A, and a wonderful reception that followed. After the screening I went with the women on a roll group to Suzanne Westenhoeffer’s show. Overall it’s been an absolutely lovely day.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here in Ptown, to meet women who want to share their stories with me, and to enjoy this beautiful day.

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: I do the best I can today if I’m determined to be attentive to the task at hand and loving in my attitude.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1952- In Los Angeles, W. Dorr Legg and six friends, including Dale Jennings, all with ties to the Mattachine Society, discuss forming a group to promote education and research activities beneficial to gay men and lesbians. ONE, Inc., results from the meeting; 1973- Dr. Howard Brown announces the founding of the National Gay (“and lesbian” was added later) Task Force, considered the first gay or lesbian rights organization with a truly national scope. Dr. Bruce Voeller is named the first executive director; 1974 – The Gay Activists Alliance “Firehouse” is destroyed by arson; 1977 – The school board of Santa Barbara, California, votes to ban discrimination against students based on sexual orientation; 1999 – The Washington Times reports claims George W. Bush ensured conservative supporters that he would not “knowingly” appoint any homosexuals as ambassadors or department heads in his administration if elected president.

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it’s Good to be 67!..Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 14, 2014.

Arrived in boston at 7 am, rented a car, and drove to ptown. I’m staying at the Heritage House which is an 1850’s-ish guest B&B. Lynn and Sarah are wonderful hosts, very kind. I unpacked and walked over to the restaurant where the Women on a Roll folks were having brunch. It was nice to see some old friends in the crowd. Vickie Shaw was there and provided context for the week. Hysterical!!!

The day was chilly but lovely so i took a walk along the main drag. I was surprised to have been stopped by a number of women who saw the first screening of our film last night! I was excited before but now i’m really jazzed. Andrea said the reception for the film last night was almost overwhelming.

I’m here by myself which feels rather strange. I’ve travelled alone often but not to Ptown during women’s week where it looks like Noah’s friggin lesbian ark! They’re all here two by two. When i’m alone, i tend to not seek out others so much which is why it’s mid-afternoon and i’m in my room writing this. But i’ll go to the theater in a while with the box of books and get ready for the 6 pm show.

It’s evening now and the screening was wonderful! I love hearing people respond to different parts of the film, and their questions were smart and considerate. I also saw Kate Johnston’s film Tru Love again, this time with Kate sitting next to me and filling me in on directorial details as it screened. Fascinating process.

I’m grateful today for this beautiful place and for the friends i’ve seen all day.

It’s good to be 67!

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Ronni

 

 

It’s Good to be 67!…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 13, 2014.

Until I retired a few years ago, I traveled for little other than business during which I’d add a few extra days of play. I had been out of the country only a couple of times: Costa Rica, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. When I retired, I started traveling internationally, thanks to Kelly and her generosity and her own extensive travel experiences. So while I’ve traveled a great deal in these last couple of years, there are many places in the world to which I’ve never been. I used to have a bucket list but now I call it my Adventure List.

My dad died last year which left my very healthy-but-getting-physically-fragile 88 year old mother alone. My siblings and I started taking her on short jaunts. She decided she wanted to see her relatives in Israel one last time but didn’t want to stay very long. So my sister Bebe, and I found a wonderful two-week Mediterranean cruise that visited Israel for three days. Perfect! Mom loved the idea and reservations were made. The cruise leaves from and returns to Rome. I’ve never been to Rome, or Italy for that matter. So when the cruise is over, my mother, sister and bro-in-law will return to LA and I’ll stay in Rome for 5 more days, by myself. I’m staying at an all-women’s hotel which used to be a nunnery.

I fly to Provincetown tonight because our film is screening there every night this week for Women’s Week. Kelly will join me there on Wednesday. I leave on Friday for Rome out of Boston.

On a different note, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the concept of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It’s one of the first things I learned in CoDA years ago and yet I realized that I’ve been doing exactly that lately. Forever hopeful optimistic me. Okay. I get it. I AM powerless over others (Step 1), I believe that my Higher Power will restore me to sanity (Step 2), so I turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand God (Step 3), and now I’ll let God show me the way instead of trying to forge a way that is out of my realm of control.

I’m grateful today for the guidance of my Higher Power and for my willingness to let my Higher Power take charge.

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: My happiness is tied to my honesty.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1982 – Jerry Falwell and National Gay Task Force director Virginia Apuzzo debate gay rights on the Donahue show; 1987 – Over 600 lesbians, gay men, and supporters are arrested on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest civil disobedience protest in the history of the gay and lesbian rights movement.

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It’s Good to be 67!…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 12, 2014.

Remembering Matthew Shepard today. It’s been 16 years since he was killed in Wyoming.

Downtown Seattle was so alive with the excitement of the Seahawks game today. It almost felt like a college campus.

The day was beautiful. Kelly and I took a Duck Boat tour of Seattle. The Duck Boats do a tour of the city then actually go into Lake Union as a boat. I saw so many interesting houseboats and floating homes including the Sleepless in Seattle floating home.

The flight back to Los Angel was easy and I read the entire way. I’m currently reading the third book in the Ken Follet trilogy. Brilliant writing, intricate story.

I need to repack my bags in preparation of my trip to Provincetown, MA tomorrow.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to travel, for my friends and family, and for this work I get to do in helping others.

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: I am willing to share what I’ve learned with the others in my life today. Someone needs what I can offer.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1971 – NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs recommends repealing law that prohibits homosexuals from being employed in or frequenting the city’s bars, cabarets and dance halls; 1998 – Matthew Shepard dies from his injuries sustained in a brutal attack.

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It’s Good to be 67!… Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 11, 2014.

Happy National Coming Out Day! I’m thrilled that our film screened on this day!
I’m not traveling with my computer, just my new mini iPad. It’s a learning curve so it’s hard to tell how my blog will fare.
So yesterday as I was flying over Mt. St. Helens, I could see two strings of ribbons coming down from the very top, the rivers of lava that fried everything in its way. And on Rainier, there was so much snow, like winter had already started but I knew it was leftover summer snow.

We walked nearly 10,000 steps yesterday, from the hotel to the Egyptian Theater and the Northwest Film Forum building in the Queen Anne district. The exercise felt great! Today we walked almost 18,000 steps. My feet are happy to be unshoed and on the bed. We went to the Seattle library today and to the EMP museum, both pretty crazy places. The library is rather industrial in appearance but the fourth floor is all metallic red… Bright red from floor to ceiling. The EMP is primary a hard rock museum with a floor commemorating horror films. The building itself is a Geary so it’s crazy inside and out.
Dinner with the family was lovely. Erik, Ellie, Gary, Carole, Len, and two of Erik’s friends joined Kelly and me for both dinner and the screening.

I’m grateful for family and I’m grateful to be and out, proud lesbian.

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: Every day I am doing God’s work, and I have lots of help.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1981 – In Los Angeles, then twenty-one year old Prince opens for the Rolling Stones. He is booed off the stage with taunts of “Faggot!” and “F*cking queer!”; 1987 – The Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (aka “The Great March”) takes place in Washington, DC. The march, demonstration, and rally also included the first public display of Cleve Jones’s NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. It is approximately the size of two football fields. The initial 200,000 person estimate, widely quoted from the New York Times, was made several hours before the march actually began; similarly, most of the pictures used by mainstream media were taken early in the morning, or of the AIDS Quilt viewing area rather than the march itself. Police on the scene estimated numbers during the actual march to be closer to half a million; 1988 – Commemorating the first anniversary of The Great March on Washington, today is the first National Coming Out Day, founded by Robert H. Eichberg, a psychologist and activist, and Jean O’Leary, executive director of National Gay Rights Advocates; 2009 – National Equality March takes place in Washington, DC

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Ronni

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It’s Good to be 67!…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 10, 2014.

The actual travel began today. I left LAX at 7:30 am and met Kelly in SEATAC. The flight was excellent and the view of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier was clear. When we arrived in Seattle, we checked into the Inn at the Market, an adorable boutique hotel across from Pikes.

We walked to the Gay Queen Anne neighborhood, ate lunch at Plum’s, got our film festival passes, and saw a couple of films.

We’ve had a very nice reception from the film fest folks and I look forward to tomorrow’s festivities and our screening.

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: I am in charge of my choices today. God never steers me wrong.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1987 – 2,000 gay and lesbian couples exchange vows in a mass wedding held on the steps of the I.R.S. building in Washington; 1971 – Seven lesbians, including Barbara Gittings, break new ground on U.S. Television when they appear on The David Susskind Show; 1995 – The United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Romer v. Evans, the case that would eventually overturn Colorado’s Amendment 2, which banned gay rights laws in the state.

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Ronni

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It’s Good to be 67!…Ronni Sanlo’s blog. October 9, 2014.

I’m so impressed with all the smart folks at the Apple Store. I had two classes today and learned a tremendous amount about my iPad Mini, my iPhone, and my MacBook Pro. Life gets easier.

My travel adventure begins today. I drove to Los Angeles after my classes. Regina’s birthday was this week so we played some golf then went to dinner in Westwood. I enjoyed walking around that adorable little space, so much a part of UCLA life. I spent years there, living on campus, walking through town to shop or see a movie, and preparing for all the marathons I ran in my 50s. The students parading about town seemed so very young and hopeful. Good for them!

I’m packed and ready to go to Seattle in the morning. I’ll meeting Kelly at SEATAC. Erik is already there. I’m excited about this screening and wish Andrea were able top be with us.

I’m so grateful for this fun day, for my body and my health, for my friends and family, and for the sweet memories I felt…

My meditation today from Woman’s Spirit: I don’t have to let the past hinder me any longer. I can be free of it, if that’s my desire.

On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1970 – In Minneapolis, FREE (Gay Liberation Of Minnesota) opens the first “Regional Gay Convention” in the Midwest; 2011 – California Governor Jerry Brown announces the signing of the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) and the Vital Statistics Modernization Act (AB 443). AB 887 makes illegal discrimination based on gender identity or expression in employment, education, housing, and other public settings and AB 443 allows transgender people to obtain a court order to protect their gender.

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Ronni

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