Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 24, 2016

The other day I wrote about how sucky 2016 is looking. I have since reframed.

My sister Sherry died on January 3rd because it was time. Her brain cancer had progressed rapidly and she was deteriorating quickly. I miss her beyond measure but I know she’s with me every moment.

The cancer in my sister Barbra was found at an extremely early stage and the double mastectomy is exactly the right action under the circumstances. I’d do the same thing and I’m proud of her courage to move forward quickly.

Kelly and I will be married this year which is total joy! And today is ring day!!!

My granddaughter Callie graduates from high school and will start the University of South Florida Music School in the fall.

My niece Ellie is getting married to Gary in June in Chelan, Washington, which will be a fun trip for us. My son Erik will turn 40 during that celebration!

Kelly and I are going to a kd lang concert in Victoria, Canada, in June; a fishing and bear watching trip in Alaska in July; and Barbados and a Windstar cruise in the Caribbean in December.

I’m 69 years old and life is truly good! Thank you, Higher Power, for your unending gifts of love and life…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1794, France – Anacharsis Cloots, originally known as Jean-Baptiste du Val-de-Grâce, baron de Cloots ,was an orator and a New Atheist long before New Atheism was a thing. He was embroiled in revolutionary politics before being used as a scapegoat and guillotined by the same revolutionaries. Some of his oratory indicates that he was likely an outspoken ally of lesbians and gay men.

1971 – In defiance of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, a federal judge grants U.S. citizenship to a 24-year old gay man from Cuba, ruling that an applicant’s homosexuality cannot, in itself, bar a person from becoming a citizen

1986 – William Hurt wins the Best Actor Oscar for his role as an imprisoned homosexual window dresser in Kiss of the Spider Woman

1987 – ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) stages its first major political action in the financial heart of New York City to demand that the federal government stop dragging its feet on the approval of new drugs that might benefit people with AIDS. Seventeen protesters are arrested for obstructing traffic when they sit down in the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

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Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 10, 2016

Yesterday was just sweet. We woke up, walked over to the gym and had a good workout, went to a CoDA meeting, bought groceries for ourselves and a friends who’s ill, then spent the remainder of the day at home. We even made up some games to play on our putting green for fun and to improve our putting games.

At the CoDA meeting, the topic of conversation was about trust, always something I’ve pondered over the decades, mostly because I had very little. After I realized I was a lesbian, at the ripe old age of 11, I didn’t trust anyone. I thought my family would disown me and my friends would reject me if they knew. The odd thing is that I had no evidence of that. I never heard my family talk about homosexuality in any way but for some reason, I believed that they’d “lock me up and throw away the key.” (My mantra.)

I didn’t trust myself because my heart always betrayed me. (How could I pretend to like the guy who was my date when I really wanted to be with the girl who was with her date in the back seat of our car?) And I had developed ulcerative colitis so I didn’t trust that my body wouldn’t act out and become loud or even incontinent.

That was the setup for developing relationships. I trusted no one, not even myself. As a result, my relationships were often and fleeting. I figured if anyone really knew me, they’d leave. So I left first (with the one exception where she left me).

Today I’m deeply grateful that I have CoDA and a program that allows me to explore and understand my issues. For nearly 15 years I’ve allowed myself the opportunity to know my character defects and to work with a Higher Power who loves me even when I fail. Today I get to have a loving relationship with a woman with whom trust and vulnerability are among the agreed-upon primary aspects of who we are as a couple. If I feel myself beginning to question my sense of trust, for myself, for her, I am able to talk about it with her without acting out or leaving. And the colitis? It has been quiescent for 25 years.

Today, as I approach my 69th birthday in ten days, I am deeply grateful, and truly and finally precious and free…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1778, Pennsylvania – From George Washington’s letters: Lt. Enslin of Col. Malcolm’s regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy with John Monhort, a soldier. His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with the Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes order Lt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return. Enslin wasdismissed with Infamy.”

1985 – William Hoffman’s play about AIDS, As Is, opens at New York City’s Circle Rep Theater. Less than six weeks later, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart opens at the Public Theater;

1987 – AIDS advocacy group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) is formed in response to the devastating effects the disease has had on the gay and lesbian community in New York;

1994, German – Paragraph 175, the section of the German Penal Code that outlawed sexual acts between men is repealed. It was used heavily by the Nazis to persecute gay and bisexual men.

2009 – In Tel Aviv, Uzi Even and his life partner was the first same-sex male couple in Israel whose right of adoption has been legally acknowledged. The Israeli Court rules in their favor.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 9, 2016

My dear friend, Rev. Mike Piazza, writes daily in a column called Liberating Word. Many of his pieces touch me and today was no exception. He wrote about a meditation book in his library called Freedom Days: 365 Inspired Moments in Civil Rights History by Janus Adams. Mike wrote:

It recounts historical events and stories about heroic people, some famous, many unknown, but equally brave. The trouble I have with the book is that so much of it is deeply depressing. It isn’t ancient history. Many of the events took place in my lifetime, and, worst of all, although a lot has changed, there is still a great deal that needs to be done.

 There was a story today on Facebook that a young African-American man wrote about his brother who everyone said looked an awful lot like him. The author talked about how disturbing it was that his brother had been arrested for “matching the description” of someone who had committed a crime. The only way his brother fit the description was that he was black and wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt. They thought he had blood on his shirt; tests proved it was only ketchup. In a lineup, the witness did not pick him out; still, he spent four months in jail simply for having the wrong color skin.

 People wonder why we have to remind the world that “black lives matter.” When politicians reject that phrase and say “all lives matter,” they are saying that black lives don’t really matter as much as the white lives that always have mattered more in this country. If you doubt that try reading the history of civil rights in this country as your daily devotion and see if your soul can stand the pain. If it can then something has died inside of you and needs resurrecting before this Lent is over.

Amen…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1969, Los Angeles – LAPD Savagely Beat Gay Man to Death During Dover Hotel Raid. The Dover operated as an early version of the soon to become popular bathhouse scene. It was also the scene of a number of raids by LAPD’s vice squad for the easy bust of “faggots”. During a raid by the LAPD Vice Squad on March 9th, 1969, four months prior to the Stonewall riots in New York City, Howard Efland, a male nurse who checked into the hotel under the pseudonym of J. McCann. By the end of that day Efland would be brutally beaten outside the hotel by police in front of numerous witnesses. While several witnesses claimed that Efland died at the scene. Arresting officers Chauncy and Halligan said Elfland was alive then claimed that halfway to the station from where they had arrested him, he kicked open the door and fell out onto the Hollywood Freeway. No one was ever held accountable for the murder of Howard Efland. On March 2nd. 2016, Back2Stonewall’s Will Kohler talked with LAPD’s  Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Liaison which is attached to it’s Community Relations Department who has promised to look into the Efland case after 46 years. Hopefully they will finally bring some closure to the family of Howard Efland.

1989 – Noted gay artist Robert Mapplethorpe dies of AIDS in Boston at the age of 42. Mapplethorpe’s work is later at the center of a major arts funding controversy in the United States.

2004, New Jersey – Asbury Park begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples but they’re later nullified because they were illegally issued.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – March 8, 2016

Self-love isn’t selfish. It’s the foundation for our lives. When we nurture ourselves first with loving thoughts, actions, and healthy boundaries, we create an overflow to freely share with others.

Holli Sharp, Science of Mind

While the concept of loving self first is sometimes debatable, I fully agreed with it. For most of the years of my life, I detested myself. Before I came out, I refereed to myself in the third person as “that damned queer.” After I came out, I just believed I was worthless. Ironically, I felt mostly competent when doing my work in the AIDS program then in higher ed, but personally, I was a wreck.

And then I learned about self-love and a big “aha” whomped me upside the head like a 2 x 4, and I knew what my personal work needed to be.

Today, I’m the most important person in my life and my self-love is powerful. I do believe that my self-love is one of the many gifts from my Higher Power, the gift that allows me to love others, especially my beloved, with tremendous passion. My self-love allows me to be vulnerable, to be truly visible to my beloved. My self-love is forgiving – of myself, of others – and allows me to feel tremendous gratitude for my health, my body, my abundance, my family and friends, and for my beloved.

I’m grateful for these days of my life, grateful for the sadness I feel for the loss of my sister Sherry is counteracted by the fact that I know she’s my new guardian angel and is with me every moment. I’m grateful for the life Kelly and I are building, even in this later stage of life, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that the Universe has presented to me.

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, Back2Stonewall, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1702, UK – Anne became queen of Great Britain. Around 1671, she had met Sarah Jennings with whom she had a close relationship for nearly 50 years. Her relationship turned negative over time due to politics. Sarah started rumors that Anne was a lesbian and threatened to make their love letters public. Anne dismissed Sarah from the court forever. Ahhhh, love hath no fury….

1970 – In the wee morning hours, New York City police raid a gay bar called the SnakePit, arresting 167 patrons. At the police station, one of the arrestees, an Argentine national named Diego Vinales so feared the possibility of deportation that he leapt from a second-story window of the police station, impaling himself on the spikes of an iron fence. He survived, though firemen were forced to cut out a section of the fence with Vinales still skewered on it, in order to move him to the hospital. One journalist remarked, “It is no crime to be *in* a place that is serving liquor illegally, the only crime is to run such a place. There were no grounds for hauling the customers away.” Though charges against other patrons are dropped, Vinales was rebooked for “resisting arrest” and officers are stationed outside his hospital room to prevent another escape

1979 – The New York Times runs a front-page photograph of six men being executed by firing squad in Iran for allegedly having committed crimes of “homosexual rape.” Since the Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power just four weeks earlier, there have been growing reports of gay men — as well as Jews, Baha’is, “blasphemers,” “heretics,” former members of the Iranian aristocracy, and others — being blackmailed, imprisoned, tortured, dismembered, hanged and/or shot. By the time Khomeini gets around to celebrating his first anniversary of his Islamic revolution, the body count is in the thousands.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – February 19, 2016

I’m sitting in the Miami Airport awaiting my flight back to Palm Springs. I feel good about the hard work we did at the University of Miami this week. I facilitated a two-day strategic planning session with the Student Affairs division as they initiate their LGBT Center development. And the DragOut show last night was a total hoot!

I’ve been reflecting on my road from here (Miami) to there (Palm Springs). I lived here, in North Miami Beach, for most of my childhood, leaving at age 18 to go to the University of Florida. Two years later, in 1967, my family moved to Los Angeles. Between here and there I’ve lived one heck of a life. In a nutshell: music major at UF, closeted lesbian, married, two children, lost children when I came out, activist, homeless, AIDS activist/FL health dept., masters and doctoral degree from the University of North Florida, director University of Michigan LGBT Center, founded Lavender Graduation, wrote first draft of national standards and guidelines for LGBT work on campuses, first publications, director UCLA LGBT Center, children returned to me as adults, grandchildren, more publications, many local and national recognitions, founder UCLA M.Ed in Student Affairs program, way too many relationships over the years, found twelve-step programs, met Kelly, retired, lost my dad, traveled the world, lost my precious sister Sherry, engaged to Kelly. And through it all, my golf just sucks…

I am deeply appreciative of both the highs and the lows of my life. Today my heart is full with gratitude for my body and my health, for the love that abounds around me, and for the gifts the Universe continues to bestow upon me. I miss my sister beyond words but she’s my guardian angel and is with me always, and I share such beautiful love in my life with Kelly, with my sweet friends, with my family. Life is good indeed… and tomorrow begins MY time of year: Pisces Time!

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1974 – The Pat Collins Show, a morning program on New York’s WCBS, broadcasts live from the Continental Baths. The station only receives one complaint about the episode

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Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – January 27, 2016

My dear friend Rev. Mike Piazza, author of Liberating Word, and his spouse Bill Eure are going through a tremendous time in their lives right now. Billy has cancer. Mike wrote about it recently. I lost my precious sister Sherry to cancer on January 3rd. Mike’s words touched me deeply. Today I share them with you…

I spent yesterday with Bill while he received his first round of chemotherapy. I am determined not to turn Liberating Word into a cancer journal, but, in talking about all of this, Bill remarked, “We are not that special.” I, of course, told him that he is very special, but he is right. We are not alone in this journey with cancer. Hundreds of people have made it or are on it even now.

 Many of you have written or posted about your own experiences, and I even have been with some of you when, like Bill, you were told that your time was short. So, even that is not unique; but our specific experience is unique to us. No matter how many people I have sat with, prayed with, counseled, or even loved through cancer, none of them were Bill, so this is different for me. That is true for you, too.

 We all try to relate to one another by seeing the other person’s experience through the lens of what we have been through or are going through. That is natural and appropriate; it is how we access the empathy in our hearts and souls. The danger is–and perhaps I should speak only for myself here–the danger is when we draw our empathy from our own experience it suddenly becomes about us.

 That can’t be avoided entirely, but we all need to be keenly aware of it. If we are not, what happens is, when someone we love and respect, especially someone whose faith and spirituality we esteem, gets sick or, God forbid, dies, it strikes at the very core of our own faith. If it can happen to them then they must not have been so spiritual after all. If they were, then our entire spiritual house of cards is threatened. We get anxious because our world is endangered, and our response to the other person is a projection of our own fears, mortality, or vulnerability.

As Mike wrote, of course, we are all going to die. If we deal with that, perhaps we’ll better be able to help others because, really, we aren’t special. But my sister was that special, as is Billy, so I still struggle…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1972 – The NYC Council vetoes a proposed gay rights ordinance that would have prohibited discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, housing and public accommodations

2006 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day created by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

Being 69: A Year in the Life of a Fun Old Lesbian – January 10, 2016

There was a bright red sunrise this morning but now, only ten minutes later, the gray clouds have blown in. It reminds me of the old saying: Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning. And that reminded me of those days 30 years ago when I’d awake each morning on my boat, feel the gentle sway of the water, the smells of saltwater and coffee intermingling in the air. Was it really 30 years? How can that be?

In 30 years: I lived on a 43’ houseboat in Jacksonville then floated it to Key West when my company transferred me there, and then to Miami when I was promoted; fired from that company because my hetero female VP boss came on to me and I told her I don’t do straight women or married women; depression and suicide attempt during that period of unemployment; hired by the Florida Health Department AIDS program where I stayed for seven years while I obtained a masters in education with a concentration in counseling, then a doctorate in Education from the University of North Florida; hired by the University of Michigan to direct their lesbian and gay office, where I added the words bisexual and transgender to the center name, then founded Lavender Graduation and wrote my first book and articles; co-founded the Consortium of Higher Ed LGBT Professionals; wrote the initial LGBT standards for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS); recruited by UCLA to grow their LGBT Center, published profusely, created the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs, was the senior associate dean of students and a faculty in residence, was a full professor, and from where I retired; taught at Cal State Fullerton in the Higher Ed program for another two years after I retired from UCLA; saw students become successful, powerful leaders in their communities. During my higher ed years I was honored many times with all kinds of awards including Pillar of the Profession from NASPA as well as being named a NASPA Legacy. I’ve traveled the world, learned to play golf, had a documentary made about me (Letter to Anita). My children returned to me and I now have four incredible grandchildren. Some family members were born and some passed on. And I met my Kelly, my love, and got engaged on the first day of this year that I turn 69.

Life has been busy, productive, scary at times, interesting, emotional, spiritual, and very, very full. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, both good and challenging. I’m grateful for my health and my body, for my family and my community. Tomorrow I begin the Brene Brown Living Brave seminar, Kelly and I are doing it together. Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I intend to live every breath as fully as I’m able. I intend to suit up and show up, to live vulnerably in love every single day. I hope you do, too…

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST, Lavender Effect, and/or Wikipedia. (If you are unsure about accuracy, please do your research and let me know. Thanks!)

1975 – The Chicago Board of Ed. approves a plan that allows, for the first time, the City’s teachers to answer students’ questions about homosexuality;

1977 – The Episcopal Church of New York ordains an openly lesbian woman, Ellen Marie Barrett, as a minister;

1978, Maryland – 35 men in Bethesda who are married to women and have attractions to men meet. They are called the Gay Married Men’s Association.

1980 – The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence forms in San Francisco;

1982 – Paul Lynde, known to many as “the center square” for his years on game show Hollywood Squares, dies of a heart attack in Beverly Hills. He is 55.

2005, Israel – Israeli Supreme Court allows each partner of a lesbian couple to adopt the other’s children

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I encourage you to write your stories. If you’d like to see your memoir and stories in print, let’s work together. I can help you self-publish your work. If this interests you, please see my website at http://purpledistinctions.com/self_publishing.html

Write your story! Now is good!

Warmly,

Ronni

LGBTQ Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past

 

Today’s postcard:

From: Male
Year: 1994
Location: Davis, CA

 I attended my first pride parade in San Francisco and finally felt a sense of homecoming. I had found my community.

 What ‘s your personal history moment?

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our personal LGBTQ histories/herstories. I like postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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Our collective history: (from QUIST, Back2Stonewall, and/or Lavender Effect)…On this day:

June 27-28, 1970: First gay pride parades.
On the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the nation’s first gay pride parades are held in four cities – New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fred Sergeant, who attended the NYC parade, reflected in the Village Voice: “Back then, it took a new sense of audacity and courage to take that giant step into the streets of Midtown Manhattan. I stayed at the head of the march the entire way, and at one point, I climbed onto the base of a light pole and looked back. I was astonished; we stretched out as far as I could see, thousands of us.” Pride events now are held worldwide every year.

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LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past. April 14, 2015.

Today’s postcard:

From: Female
Year: 1980
Location: Orlando

 I played on a lesbian softball team called The Silver Streaks. You had to be a lesbian, at least 30 years of age, and have at least one silver hair. All the other (straight) teams in the league wore yellow or blue or green uniforms. We wore gray and black. Other players showed up with their boyfriends or parents. We arrived with our coolers and dogs. Really, we were scary as hell and we loved it!

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our LGBT histories/herstories. I use postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1600 – Tomasso Campanella Jailed. Campanella, a philosopher, is overheard saying to his cellmate: “O Father Pietro, why don’t you do something so that we may sleep together, and we may get pleasure?” Pietro replied “I wish I could, and I’d even bribe the gaolers with ten ducats. But to you, my heart, I would like to give twenty kisses every hour.”

What ‘s your history moment?

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My meditation today from A Woman’s Spirit: Letting go of old hurts makes room for new choice. I experience more joy if I give less thought to the old hurts today. The decision is mine, and I can make it and remake it if necessary.

Today I’m grateful for haircuts, mani-pedis, and organized packing of my suitcase. I’m also grateful for family, friends, and Panera discounts!

Keep Writing!

Ronni

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LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past. April 13, 2015.

 

Today’s postcard:

 From: Male
Year: 1978
Location: San Francisco

I was 18, out since high school, attending community college, and actively involved in the NO On 6 Campaign 1978 when I traveled to San Francisco to see my fist Gay Freedom Day Parade. I saw Harvey Milk riding in a convertible, excited, waving his arms. I asked my then boyfriend what was all the fuss about. He told me Harvey was the first openly gay elected city official. A sense of confusion came over me; I was so young & naive. I asked, “What’s wrong with being yourself?”

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The LGBT Postcard Project: Snippets from our Past project documents moments from our LGBT histories/herstories. I use postcards because they guarantee anonymity. If one doesn’t need the anonymity, emailed snippets are fine. Send your postcards to me at:

Dr. Ronni Sanlo
PO Box 4507
Ventura, CA 93007

Or send an email to me at ronni@lgbtpostcards.com

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On this day in LGBT history (from QUIST and/or Lavender Effect: 1955 – “Sexual Psychopath” law enacted in Iowa; 1990 – First public action by Queer Nation took place at a straight bar called Flutie’s, New York; 1997 – Ellen DeGeneres comes out in TIME Magazine. Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres appears on TIME Magazine’s cover with the words, ʺYep, I’m Gayʺ; 2014 – Finnish Post announced that Tom of Finland to appear on stamps.

What ‘s your history moment?

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My meditation today from A Woman’s Spirit: Harriet Hodgson said, “The child in me says hold on; the adult in me says let go.” I have a choice today: I can handle all circumstances as an adult and feel free, or allow my child trigger a confrontation. What will I do?

Today I’m grateful for a quiet day to do laundry, pack for Europe, and enjoy a quiet house. I’m also deeply grateful for the film festivals and speaking engagements coming up in the next two months.

Keep Writing!

Ronni

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