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"It's my life now...

March 23rd, 2011 (11:20 am)

....and will be until there is a cure."

Rest in peace, Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

Magnetic Poetry 365:27

January 27th, 2011 (05:15 pm)

I dedicate this one to the Lost Boys.

My Dollars

January 7th, 2011 (01:19 pm)

I think it's a good day to use this. I love my Starbucks gift card from Lynne and knowing that it helps support the Global Fund. Thanks for the coffee!

For LJ Users

December 1st, 2010 (10:35 am)
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LiveJournal Supports AIDS Awareness

In honor of AIDS Awareness month, LJ has added a charitable vgift to the Gift Shop. This is a wonderful way to send a gift that keeps on giving. For each red ribbon you purchase for $3.99, LJ will donate 100 percent of gross proceeds (LJ will cover the processing fees) to amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research), dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.

LJ thanks you for helping make a difference.

World AIDS Day 2010

December 1st, 2010 (12:57 am)

Today, Wednesday, December 1, is the twenty-third annual recognition of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day began in 1988 as a means of raising money and awareness about HIV and AIDS, fighting prejudice against those who are HIV positive or who have AIDS, and improving HIV and AIDS education.

This year's theme is Universal Access and Human Rights. Leaders around the globe acknowledge as fundamental human rights access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention, and care. Violations of these rights put marginalized groups at greater risk of contracting HIV and being discriminated against for being HIV-positive or having AIDS.

Although there has been promising news recently about potential preventative medication, it's important to recognize that AIDS hasn't gone away. According to UNAIDS, approximately 33.3 million people are living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. In 2009, as many as 2.6 million people became infected with the virus, and approximately 1.8 million people died from illness and complications related to AIDS.

You can learn more by visiting the World AIDS Campaign page.

What else can you do? Help raise awareness by wearing a red ribbon in memory of the more than 25 million people lost to AIDS since the epidemic began, and in recognition of those living today with HIV. Find activities in your area, including candlelight vigils, art shows, marches, and religious services.

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This is my eighteenth annual World AIDS Day newsletter. As always, I dedicate it to the memory of:

Steve R, Don P, Jeff C, John M, Tim R, Pete M

Art and AIDS Assistance

September 16th, 2010 (04:26 pm)
currently hearing: George Harrison--Awaiting On You All

Daddy and me in Carlisle, Kentucky, in the 1980s.

In honor of my late father's birthday today, I posted five new paintings to the One Word Art gallery.

And in honor of Gary's participation in Nashville AIDS Walk, fifty percent of any One Word Art painting sold between now and September 30 will be donated to his team. You can do good and own art--or gift it to a friend!

30 Days of Creativity: Day 14

June 14th, 2010 (11:18 pm)

current mood: contemplative

The heat: It is draining me.

Yesterday, we found out we lost a friend, who died unexpectedly. Not long after we moved to Houston, we had the good luck to meet a group of terrific people who I worked with at the bookstore. Through them, we met Don. During many of our early years of friendship, he was finishing his doctoral work and writing his dissertation, and his acknowledgments when it was published included Tom and me in that little group who Don had dubbed "the Disgruntled Liberals Club." Don and the other "club" members were part of my support system when I lost friends to AIDS, and they were among the most enthusiastic of our friends when the Tims, Jim, and I began publishing books. It's hard to believe that when we get together in the future, Don's big laugh and many stories won't be heard around the table. I feel this acutely for his best friend Robin, maybe a little more today because it's the eighteenth anniversary of Steve R's death, which just doesn't seem possible. Clichéd though it may sound, time does heal, but it doesn't ever diminish the magic and memories of a profound friendship. I'm thankful for all the ones I've known and still celebrate.

The heat, the mood--they both made me grateful when Tim suggested we catch a matinee of Sex and the City 2. Considering the less than stellar reviews, I figured it would at least be a diversion. Instead, I loved the movie! I thought it was better than the first one, and I was more than happy to land in Carrie Bradshaw's well-shod world once again.

Whatever, critics.

Today, I also finished the thank-you card I was working on, submitted a sketch to Lindsey's Bravo challenge site--where I was quite impressed by the other submissions!--and began another 4x6-inch canvas to eventually add to my One Word Art site.


For 30 Days of Creativity.

Photo Friday, No. 199

May 28th, 2010 (12:21 am)

Current Photo Friday theme: Arranged

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'Nathan, Dan, Lindsey, Rhonda

I have several shots of this, and the reason I picked this one is because for just a second, Lindsey's a little disengaged, and it makes me laugh considering her shirt says "BO(RED)."

The shirt is part of RED, a campaign to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.

Just a quick photo

May 12th, 2010 (09:51 am)

current mood: traumatized

Pictured on the mantel is a goat. A goat that came to The Compound some time back via a lonely goatherd named Famous Author Rob Byrnes. The goat sings "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music in a Julie Andrews voice. It's an event SO MOVING that it compels even those reserved Canadians to burst into song. Take that, Glee.

I should add that the goat is sold by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Even when FARB is bad, he's good.

On birthdays and other things

May 4th, 2010 (09:31 pm)

current mood: contemplative

I always make Rhonda feel REALLY great when I tell her that her birthday--May 4--is the day Jeff died in 1995. Because that's the kind of friend I am! In actuality, though that time was a dark one, only two years afterward, I met Rhonda online, and here we are thirteen years later, "in real life" friends, as they say, and part of a group of people who enjoy and cherish one another, most of whom I didn't know existed in 1995. Celebrating Rhonda's birthday while remembering Jeff reminds me what brilliant experiences and people may await me after bad times. No matter what happens, there's always hope that eventually, someone could make a Pixie Bear on craft night.

I'm assuming--and I hope I'm right, because I have no cake baked!--that Rhonda will be blowing out candles at The Compound while the Canadians are here. And that's SO SOON. I hope the jasmine is still blooming for y'all, because I was outside earlier inhaling the aroma. Awesome.

To show that hope really does spring eternal, I also planted some seeds in little pots and in one of the flower beds this morning. If something I planted from a seed actually grows, it'll be a miracle. Tim has much better luck at that than I ever have--his morning glories I thought were gone forever because of our freezes have come back to stick out their purple tongues at me.

One of the daisies Tim got for The Compound looked especially lovely today. I'm presenting it here as a gift to 'Nathan, because it's orange and for another reason I think he'll understand.

Today is also Star Wars day, which I only discovered last year, I think: May the fourth be with you. Once again, in regard to balance, this reminds me to laugh in spite of the other event that this date signifies: the Kent State shootings in 1970. In February of this year, the site where four students died and nine were wounded was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Usually this doesn't happen for more than fifty years after an event, but the application offered a compelling case for registering the site. One of the applicants, Kent State Professor Emeritus Jerry Lewis, was acting as a faculty marshall on that spring day in 1970. Today, Amanda provided a link to a radio interview with Dr. Lewis that was really good. Thank you for that, Amanda.

Among the things Dr. Lewis shared was an excerpt from an article written this year by Elaine Holstein. You probably don't recognize her name, but if you've ever read an article about Kent State, you've seen her son Jeff Miller in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken of him that day; at age twenty, he lay dead on the ground with an anguished fourteen-year-old girl kneeling next to him, her arms outstretched.

I'd like to repeat the quote from Mrs. Holstein that Dr. Lewis shared:

...once in a while, I wonder about my son Jeff's future that had so needlessly been cut short.

What would he have been like now, at age 60? What sort of career would he have had? Would he have married? And what about those other grandchildren that my husband and I might have enjoyed?

Now, as I watch the news on TV each night, I deplore the increasing ugliness of politics, and I'm afraid. I know too well what can happen when hatred takes over.

Please, let us lower the volume and be civil toward one another.

For Jeff's sake. And for all of ours.

Every life has its celebrations and losses, its joys and heartbreaks. I believe each time we're willing to see that truth in the lives of others, even those from whom we feel different, we make civility more possible--and we nourish our own souls.

Rhonda, your date is a profound one--and this crazy world is better because you're in it. Happy birthday.

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