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Judging in Jackson

  • Posted on October 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Dear Christine, My wife and I have learned to live with the fact that she’s a republican and I’m a democrat years ago. We basically don’t talk about it but this year she told me she’s not voting at all to prove a point that, in her mind, neither candidate is acceptable. While I’m relieved that the woman I love is not voting for Trump, I’m a bit disappointment at her choice to do nothing. I’m keeping my mouth shut because I’m glad Trump is losing her vote but she’s doing the wrong thing, right?   Signed, Judging in Jackson Dear Judging, It sounds like you and your candidate lucked out in your household!  Your vote will not be cancelled out by your wife!  Your wife has her principles and you have yours.  The bottom line is someone will win the election and all the other candidates will lose.  Your vote gives you the right to complain, her abstention does not give her that right.  Most people complain anyway! Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” addressed a fan’s request to urge fans to get out and vote on November 9, citing that it is a civic duty of all citizens and…

Orlando: Coping with Trauma

  • Posted on June 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

The mass shooting in Orlando, killing at least 50 of our queer brothers and sisters, injuring 53 more is a horrible, unspeakable trauma for the GLBTQI… community.  I want to share some ways to cope with trauma and tragedy that I am doing. * Take care of yourself:  be alone, if that’s what you need, or be with loved ones.  Get hugs, kisses, cry together, hold each other.  Pride celebrations this month, and candle light vigils and prayer services offer community opportunities. *Grieve however you need to.  Be angry.  Be sad.  Withdraw.  Jump into action.  Cry.  Scream.  Sit quietly.  There is no right or wrong way to grieve. *Focus on what helps you.  Today, I am focusing on the individual people who were senselessly murdered, getting to know their names, who they were, what they were known for.  I am holding each one in my heart and mind.  Meditate on them, pray for them, their families and loved ones, for us. *Ignore those infuriating things you can’t do anything about:  the media, the glorification of the shooter, the  manipulations by politicians, the ignorant and cruel comments you may hear on social media or from people around you. *Breathe, deeply.  Focus…