Friday, December 30, 2005


I'm a softie -- really, at heart. Of course I suppose that post about the Lady In Lilac with the Rice Cooker might have exposed me as such, but here I am, and there you have it.

I pray, I meditate, I'm a chaplain, so every once in awhile it's only fitting I invite others to join me in a bit of "shining the light." So tomorrow, at some point, if you can, watch the You Are Love Movie. And even if you're not reading this post on Dec 31st, 2005, watch it anyway.

Mary Reynolds invites us to "take 10 minutes of quiet meditation while watching ... to experience Peace within ourselves, which in turn deliberately and intentionally creates the momentum for the Peace vibration to reverberate throughout the world. Please forward this on to all people that you have a connection with. Let's bring in a phenomenal New Year."


Love, Light, and Laughter.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

In French

Ever notice in French all the information on the tampon box makes the process so much more... well, romantic?

What's With The Rice Cooker?

It's a day already filled with emotions from A to Z and it's not yet 10am. It's a blue time for me, and is often this way at this time of year. The elusive, slow, not yet of the new year suspended in time, last week of the year is here. The weather (yes, I am sadly writing of the weather) is a record breaking beautiful and sunny 70 something degrees here in Texas and I've seen few finer sunsets than last night's.

Simple Abundance author Sarah Breathnach notes in the book today, that this is the time of year some of us may be feeling the post partum let down of the holiday season. That may be. It has happened to me many times. It's a time for reflection of losses and gains from the last year, and of gratitude and letting go.

Last night the Sexy Beast and I were getting gas at a local station when a cop pulls into the parking lot and drops off a lithe blonde thirty/forty-something in a lilac dress and heels. She was carrying a worn backpack, a purse, and a rice cooker box.

OOOoooHHHHhhhkaaaaAAAAyyyyy???? She walked from one side of the station to the other to the phones, where she looked around, lost and puzzled, as if she needed to call someone but had no money. She obviously didn't know what to do next. From afar she looked no more than an average woman who had been very unfortunately down on her luck. Like," get me out of a dangerous relationship" bad luck.

We offered her some money -- and having to think looked like it pained her, but finally, she said $10 would get her what she needed. We scraped up $8 of the ten in cash. We offered her a ride. She accepted. Upon now closer inspection it appeared some of her misfortune might have been brought on by her own choices. Lithe from afar looked gaunt when closer. We suspected some sort of amphetamine addiction. Maybe my Miss Manners sensibilities should have set in earlier, noting that lilac is not an appropriate color for December. Nonetheless, she didn't appear woefully indigent, weathered, or irrevocably hopeless. She might be headed toward these things, but she didn't seem as if she was yet there.

On the short ride she offered that she had been cited for not having enough cab fare. Hence the cop dropping her off. She said it had been a rough month. She asked if Christmas was yesterday. No, we replied, it was on Sunday. I felt sadder. Sort of. We thought we were taking her home, but a couple of blocks later, she pointed in a general direction and said "either way is fine." We dropped her at the entrance of a condominium complex a few blocks away (why didn't she have the cop do this?) Then, she asked if we could take her to a store that was across town if we were going by there. (Strange...) We weren't and suggested she shop at the one just across the street. We offered left over Chinese. She thought about it again, and declined. (Strange again...)

The Sexy Beast and I pondered for awhile what we should have done with her. We were headed for a 12 step meeting, and I thought too late that maybe we should have taken her there. Seems logical. Or asked her what her real story was. Or at least her name. We drove by the area later. There was no sign of her.

Anyway, here's hoping the Lady In Lilac in December finds 2006 to be the year her luck changes. She helped me to remember my blessings of a home, a life free from addiction, and a job are sometimes all I need.

But what's with the rice cooker?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Holiday Lawn Ornaments

Why oh why, and who oh who invented the Holiday Lawn Ornament that inflates to 10 feet tall at night and lives in a heap like piles o' plastic trash on lawns during the day? Certainly the vandals who are pillaging these allegedly adorable items couldn't have been thinking what I think. This kind of vandalism may not be necessary, but how much blame should we place on those who do it? In finer communities these people might make a living as inflatable ornament hit men.

Honestly! Here's what your yard could look like during the day! Unless you live where I live, in which case your dead ornaments will lie on dead brown grass and fallen leaves.

But, I do have a favorite.
And I have my reasons. This inflatable ornament means what it sez. It's cheesy and kinda trashy. and isn't an oxymoron. It requires no reverence such as the next one -- which I couldn't revere if I tried. How am I supposed to revere the Holy Family once they've had hot air shot up their asses? Is what I just said any more sacriligious than this ridiculous Holy Family Lawn Ornament?

While I was browsing Gemmy's website, the by now multi billionaire company that produces these miniature Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons, I saw this: It's gotta be For The Man Who Has Everything.

And now, for a really groovy and kitschy holiday, here's how to live it up:

Happy Holidays! Yes. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Not Merry Christmas, though that is fine if it's what you celebrate as do I. And I'm NOT anti-Christ for including my friends who might celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday that occurs during the month of December. So take that you bored bullies with the American Family Association.

Wait! It's the holidays. I think I'll practice what they really mean. Faith, hope love and all that. Ok: I forgive the American Family Association and am grateful I live in a country that allows for such freedom of speech.

I'm glad I live in a country where I can say: Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Lesbianation Women We Love, Standing Up For Injustice, and My Sweetie's Red Boots

Over at Lesbianation, the voting for Women We Love goes on. Me, I am old school. I MUST vote for Susan Sarandon. That's class if ever I saw it. WAY before Demi Moore did that Ashton Kutcher thing, Susan Sarandon married Tim Robbins, who is twelve years younger than she is. They met doing one of my favorite movies, Bull Durham.

As for uppity strong women who do their own thing, today in 1955, Rosa Parks took a seat at the front of the bus. I was inspired by a letter Michael Moore wrote, requesting we all do our part to honor Rosa by standing up to injustice in our own ways and email him about it at It is also World Aids Day so do your part and take a stand! Or another stand.

One of the strange injustices I see each morning as I travel to work is the activity under a highway bridge in a less than desirable area of the city. On three separate occasions in the last two weeks, it appears as if this haven for the homeless has been vandalized -- or more likely -- trashed due to a party the night before. On three separate occasions I have seen orange vested workers with the City, cleaning up the area on what can only be assumed as "the morning after."I don't know which is worse: the notion that we might not care, or the notion that the homeless don't care either. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Some folks do care, and there's a new organization in town that serves our youth, which believe it or not, seriously fall through the cracks in the system. A large number of youth are on the streets to avoid a home where they are battered, or, a home where they are not accepted because they are gay.

Recently, my sweetie and I attended a benefit for Stand Up for Kids. Friend to a band member and general all around crazy groupie to the band that played the event, my sweetie and I enjoyed ourselves, the surroundings, the view, and the excitement.

Safely sitting upon the throne in the rustic but stalled bathroom at this event, my sweetie heard a voice from another stall, "Hey, you with the red boots..." Checking her feet to make sure she was the object of such a statement, my red booted babe replied "Uhm, yes?" "I saw you in the choir at church last Sunday and you guys rocked!" "Uhhh, thanks."


I remained dutifully outside the bathroom door, shooing away the papparazi.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Yes, There is a Constitutional Amendment Banning Same Sex Marriage in Texas

... and that is troubling.

But what about this?


Randy "Duke" Cunningham

Three cheers for Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who admitted today "I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office!"

I give Randy credit here for being truthful. This has nothing to do with any subversive consolation that he sponsored the 2004 attempt to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and a co-sponsored the 2005 attempt along with Marilyn Musgrave. That there is now one less person out there deciding my partner and I don't deserve the same benefits as a straight couple is not at issue here. I am pleased because a politician told the truth. When was the last time that happened? Randy gets extra jewels in his crown. Finally! A politician who is willing to be responsible for their own conduct. Isn't that one of the signs of the Apocolypse? Or, did Randy just cop out and not even try to find a scapegoat?

Maybe Randy has started a positive trend. Perhaps we're headed toward The Tipping Point, what with Tom Delay, Lewis Libby, Cheney and Rove in the spotlight as well, maybe ol' Randy is helping the further truth to be revealed about our political system. Maybe.

I wonder what the
"Randy 'Duke' Cunningham Fighter Ace Kalinga Style Buck Knife," will now go for on eBay?

Monday, November 28, 2005


It's probably old. It makes me laugh, though. Pillsbury Doughboy.

Theatre Geek

I live in a little bedroom community outside of my hometown of Austin TX... Austin is home to the SXSW Music Festival, and the SXSW Film Festival. It is also home to The Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Each year, we also do FronteraFest, -- five weeks of off the wall, new, and just plain weird fringe theatre. Austin also participates yearly in an experimental "free night of theatre" -- along with three other cities in the nation. This is cool too.

I heard some time ago that statistically, Austin boasts more theatres per capita than New York, but I don't know if that's true. I am a theatre geek in a theatre town, that is overshadowed by being the "Live Music Capitol of The World."

It's not a problem to live in a music city, though. Theatre flourishes as well. This season, there are no less than 106 productions to choose from if you wish to attend a play in the 2005-2006 season. And the even greater news is, the average age of the theatre patron in Austin is around 30... so given that kind of patronage, much of the work is fresh and up to the minute.

On the outskirts of town, we've got another 10-12 theatres as well. In January I will direct a production for one of them. I 'm looking forward to blogging away about the aspects of directing. In the meantime, I await with bated breath the arrival of our scripts, so that I might pre-block in my usual fashion. Many might debate the pre-blocking process as too controlling -- but frankly, it helps me to feel safer and more in charge during the rehearsal process, and I change quite a lot of it once I have a cast anyway.

Who among us really prefers a director who doesn't provide blocking, assistance with character development, and a safe demeanor in which the creative process can unfold while committing to
directing the production toward a cohesive interpretation? Isn't the alternative chaos?

Pre-blocking, I find, supports the production by providing effective relationships among the characters and attractive "pictures." This could be my enthusiasm for photography kicking in. Composition counts!

I see a lot of theatre -- really, really, good theatre, and not enough of it is supported by good blocking or effective staging -- which is disappointing.

For this production, I have eight weeks of rehearsal and I'm accustomed to four to six. Should I scrap the safety of pre-blocking? NO -- but I'm tempted.

Stay tuned.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Brokeback Mountain

Wow. Brokeback Mountain. This is a good one. Ang Lee directs. This is a screeplay adapted by Larry McMurtry from a short story written by E. Annie Proulx starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. I suspect these two will soon be poster boys for the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

Currently, on Yahoo, there's a message board thread that should get those known as The Tolerant as riled as the current Intolerant posters. The first message I read was, well ... wellllllll.... I can't decide if it was hysterically funny or pathetically feckless. Then there was the "DAMN GAY RECRUITMENT MOVIE." Puhleeze! And then there are the posters who think the film looks "sick."

I guess it's still a shock to some that the gay and lesbian population is as diverse as the straight one and just as reflective of America's melting pot as it's own community.Gay cowboys?!?!?!

We're everywhere.