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New Years Past

December 31, 2015 No Comments

After experiencing more than 60 adult New Year’s Eve celebrations, I can say that the majority have been rather boring because I’m basically a stay-at-home kinda gal. Parties and drunken brawling have rarely been things I rush to. What the boring yearly rollovers do, however, is grant me a frame of reference with which to …

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New Year’s Eve and How it Became Schizo

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Refer back to my Schizo Christmas post, and you’ll see that my family was not (even in the American South) what would be considered normal. To further complicate the issue, my multi-talented mother turned us into a professional Gospel Music singing family. Since the church forbade singing with the guitar and piano we used, we …

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Blue Christmas

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Someone asked why we get the Blues at Christmas. This morning I was thinking (always a dangerous event). I was beset by the Season and suddenly, without warning, the grief hit. Grief that I am old and that life is over. Over? Jesus, I’ll probably live another 20+ years! But what can I say. ‘Tis …

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Essence

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My husband and I recently went through a health crisis: The recurrence of his Atrial Fibrillation. Two years ago, he had a cardioversion, which took care of the problem until last summer when it returned. Then in October he had another cardioversion procedure, but this time it only lasted for two weeks. The doctors put …

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Living in Las Vegas, Part 2

December 31, 2015 No Comments

Far from the lights of The Strip, tucked into the SW corner of the Las Vegas Valley is my street. At 3:30 every morning, I drag myself out of bed, drink two glasses of water, strap on my mobile phone (containing my audible book) bluetooth headset, leash the dog and head out the door. We …

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Sausalito Fog

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw the fog streaming over the Sausalito hills. If you’ve never seen it, I hope that someday you do, because I’ve been to many places in the World, and it’s unlike anything I ever experienced. Some things are so beautiful I just have to write about them, I …

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Who’s Judy Garland?

December 31, 2015 No Comments

Looking back, I’d say I was a vegetable until I was sixteen. Like so many children of the early 60s, I was a prisoner with no right to opinions of my own. A good girl, I did what I was told. Or else. My everyday life was not in any way similar to those of …

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World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015

December 31, 2015 No Comments

I was living in San Francisco in the 70s before “the gay plague” had a name. My best friend Rob was one of the first to get sick. He was a professor at the University of San Francisco and I was an entertainer. That meant that he had an income and I had an outgo. …

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If I Thought I Would Not See the Moon Again

December 31, 2015 No Comments

I opened my front door and it was bright as day outside. I walked out into the street and looked to my left and gasped. Literally. There at the foot of the short block that is ours, was the biggest moon I’d ever seen. I yelled to my husband, “You have to come outside and …

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Living in Las Vegas, Part 1

December 31, 2015 No Comments

I’ve lived in many interesting places in the world as well as some boring ones. When I lived in Europe, I had apartments in Verdun and Orleans in France, in Kassel, Hanau and Nuremberg in Germany. These were interesting to me because I was a small-town girl from Texas who had never been anywhere. I …

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