Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Few Photos From Our Trip To New Mexico

Just got back from New Mexico and wanted to post a few pictures. Not the best, but will do for now. Captions to be added. Got lots of laundry, mail, grocery shopping, lawn mowing, vegetable gardening, dog walking, etc. to catch up on.

Monte del Sol



Waiting for Leon
Near the Plaza

New Mexico's version of Goldenrod



Out for a Hike Again



We went in search of WATER in New Mexico. We found some:
Monastery Lake in Pecos
Fishing Only-NO SWIMMING- at Monastery Lake
Sun Flowers at Monastery Lake - and all along the Highways and Byways too
Pecos River

There was a nice swimming hole on the Pecos River - I wanted to go for a dip, but there were more miles to get in that day.



Up beyond Pecos
With our Friend Len
Swimming in Abique Lake

Not Exactly the Ledges in Vermont, but it will do.



Los Brunos Restaurant in Cuba


Did lots of hiking - at 7,000 feet hiking to almost 8,000 feet - not bad.






Thursday, August 13, 2015

Movie Rights Still Available

Author as a young gay boy with Puppy

I want to share an email I received the other day. And my humble response:

Dear Frank,

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your book!... Of course I can tell you. It’s simple: “Wow, Frank, I really loved your book!” There.

I started it yesterday morning, blew off the gym, and read it all day and into the evening, finishing it late last night. I couldn’t put it down ... I simply could not stop reading. I don’t know what took me so long to actually get around to it, but I am so glad I did.

So much of your story resonated with me. It’s well paced, you write very well, and the inherent truths behind your saga are authentic and wonderfully expressed. I also enjoyed your poetry. Just lovely.

Your book evoked so many of my own memories of that time (the 70s, the 80s) and the idiotic hang ups we all had. I’d always thought the title was odd, and it wasn’t until I got to the part that explained it that it suddenly made sense. And it was funny, to boot. 

I could blab on for hours, but ... I just want to tell you that I am so impressed with your achievement.

The only way I can express this is by comparing your story to my favorite movies … the “sleepers”... not the blockbusters that get all the attention. ...Your book hit me like that. And I loved it.



Richard,
Your note nearly brought tears to my eyes. You don’t know how scary it is to put one’s self out there, especially in front of people that you know, to be judged on both your life’s foibles and your writing. 

So I was thrilled to read your comments, especially knowing you and that you do not hold back on expressing the good, the bad or the ugly.

Thank you so very much.

Now three favors to ask:

1. May I use your comments on my Facebook Page and blog?
2. Would you do a review on Amazon?
3. Contact your people. I want to sell the movie rights.

I got favorable replies to favors 1 & 2.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Those Were The Days (2)

Lately I've been thinking about a song that was popular in 1968, Those Were The Days My Friend by Mary Hopkin. 

It was played over and over on the juke box in the student center at Loyola in Rome, Italy where I spent a lot of time writing letters and poetry, drinking cappuccino and eating cornetti

In this slide show are several photos from my memoir plus many more previously unpublished photos. Some, about which I should probably be embarrassed. 

But isn't that the whole point of nostalgia? To celebrate, not so much the past, but the fact that we were there, where ever that was. That we proudly occupied a space in time and in history.


I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GAY LIB June 28, 1970

NYC's first Gay Liberation Day [Pride] Parade Celebration. Thanks to all those LGBT folks for marching ahead of us, so young and cute!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Gay Popcorn Movie - ANY DAY NOW

- A Netflix Movie for SCOTUS

Just finished watching Any Day Now, a Netflix movie that exemplifies the importance of Friday's SCOTUS ruling making marriage equality the law of the land...in case there are a few Justices and a slew of Republicans who still don't understand that LOVE MAKES A FAMILY, I would suggest they view Any Day Now.





Highly recommended. The stars are not typical drop dead gorgeous men, rather very ordinary guys in 1979 who become lovers and do their best against all odds to care for child with Down's syndrome who was all but abandoned by a drug-addict mother.

Advice: Popcorn during 1st half of movie, Kleenex during 2nd half.


In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.

Director:

 

Friday, June 26, 2015

CELEBRATE OUR RIGHT TO BE MARRIED IN ALL 50 STATES! "It is so ordered."

This is a Post Script at the beginning of the Post: You know, I am more moved by the support of our allies and friends, average folks here and there, businesses and the media, than I am by SCOTUS. 

Excerpt from the ruling:
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed."
Graphic from the internet/The Advocate
We are now legal in all 50 states!

A great big "Thank You" to all those who have been a voice for this victory - all who have fought for LGBT rights for decades, all who have marched, voted, written, filed lawsuits, told their stories, lived courageously!

The SCOTUS decision, I felt, was self-evident. Our STATES can never be fully UNITED if we allow individual states to make their own rules about such a matter as crucial as the legality of a contract between two parties - in this case, the marriage contract.

That is not a "romantic" notion at all, and certainly not a "religious" notion; but when Leon and I traveled by car to New Mexico this past winter, we had legitimate concerns about how we might be treated in some states should we have an accident or illness. The possibility, no, probability, that our relationship of 27 years, which we recently "made legal" last October, might have been disregarded was frightening and disconcerting. But now we can travel within the boarders of OUR OWN COUNTRY and feel a bit more secure. I do say a bit more secure.

But hold on, and stay vigilant.

This victory is tempered by the fact that none of the four most conservative justices could be persuaded by logic and legal arguments. I find that frightening.

First, because the judgment is so divided and second, because I was not at all impressed with the majority's reasoning. I think the majority was searching for something that it couldn't quite articulate. It was full of niceties, but as legal reasoning, I think it fell short.

The idea of the Constitution “was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts.” West Virginia Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette, 319 U. S. 624, 638 (1943). This is why “fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”

I don't think they effectively addressed the Constitutional issues. And that is what the dissent focused on.

The dissenting opinions on the other hand seemed to be saying that the majority "invented" an argument that was not substantiated. And those dissenting opinions will certainly be used in whatever way possible against us, against LGBT persons, against our rights and against our relationships. There will be a backlash, and I fear that it could be vehement and ugly.

We need all of our allies to stand with us now, to celebrate and to voice their support - and to refute those who have vowed to fight against the SCOTUS ruling and against us.

But for today...CELEBRATE WELL!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Despite Endless Human Tragedies There Is Still Beauty In The World

I'm not much for overpriced guest houses, pretentious restaurants, gay guys with attitude or outfits that cost more than I make on Social Security in a week, or t-shirts or tourist souvenirs.

Here is respite from the horrors that plague the world of humanity.

This is my Provincetown. Natural beauty. Solitude. Peace. Quiet.

Sunset at Race Point last evening.


Off on the Snail Trail this morning. The dunes are spectacular. The sand is not hot at this time of year, so you can hike out barefooted. No cacti to worry about.
This Desert Has No Prickleys 


Helpful Trail Marker

I'm whooped!



Finally at the beach
Wild Orchids - The iPhone doesn't do macro I guess.




A long hike back to the car

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