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    Thursday, October 16th, 2014
    12:12 pm
    Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
    10:09 am
    Marriage Equality Comes To West Virginia!
    These are my dear friends Robert Hrezo & Joe Bolyard. Two years ago, to celebrate 10 years together, they took a trip to Scotland. While there, they purchased full formal Scottish regalia and had a wedding ceremony of sorts, even though it would not be legally recognized back in their home state of West Virginia.

    But as of this past Thursday, October 9th, West Virginia has formally allowed Gay couples to legally marry. And I'm very pleased to report that Rob & Joe have now officially tied the knot here in The Mountain State!

    Sunday, October 12th, 2014
    9:56 am
    My Town
    Here's a nice aerial view of Charleston, West Virginia, featuring the State Capitol Building. The lower sidewalk that you see running along the Kanawha River? I walk that sidewalk ALL THE TIME for exercise.

    Charleston from Air
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
    12:00 pm
    Sunday, July 20th, 2014
    9:01 am
    The Charleston Gay Men's Chorale needs your help!
    I try to be as self-sufficient as possible, and I have never been the habit of asking other people for money. But in this case I have to swallow my pride, because the Charleston Gay Men's Chorale (of which I was elected President earlier this year) needs your generous and greatly-appreciated support.

    We follow in the footsteps of hundreds of Gay men's choirs around the world. Recently we filed for official 501(c)(3) status, and if we are approved, we will be able to apply for grants to artistic organizations like ours. Unfortunately the filing fee alone was $400, and that was about one-third of our available budget. As an organization less than three years old, many of our expenses have been paid for by the members themselves.

    Sheet music alone is expensive. If you've ever belonged to a musical group, you know in many cases you just can't purchase one copy of a score and make copies for everyone. That's illegal. Sheet music tends to cost about $2.00 per copy, so if a 20-member choir wants to perform ten new songs at their next performance, that's $400.00 right there. Other major expenses include a stipend for our accompanist, the costs of renting performance spaces, paying a few backup musicians when occasionally needed, etc.

    We now have a crowd-funding site on which you can find out more about our little group. No amount of support is too small. Please click on the photo below for more information. By the way, the photo was taken at a dinner held by FairnessWV at the West Virginia Culture Center; FairnessWV is our state's LGBT lobbying organization.

    Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
    4:05 pm
    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
    4:41 pm
    Monday, April 28th, 2014
    9:09 am
    Monday, March 10th, 2014
    8:41 am
    Time is a Dimension
    Click on the image below for more information on the artist: )
    Friday, February 21st, 2014
    7:32 am
    My Curling Fix
    This afternoon from 5-8 EST it's the Gold Medal match between the Canadian and British men's curling teams. I'm rooting for Canada, natch. You can watch it on CNBC if you are so inclined. And you can watch four minutes of highlights from the Gold Medal match (Canada vs. Norway, below) in Vancouver four years ago if you like.

    I have very few friends who seem remotely interested in curling. Many people who say that curling is a silly, boring sport are the same people who think that "cornhole" is a pretty neat idea. Me, the first time I ever heard about curling was when I was a kid, and I saw a photograph of a curling competition in National Geographic magazine; this was back when the brooms used to control the trajectory of the rocks were real straw brooms.

    Although this sport has been around for hundreds of years, curling did not become a official Winter Olympics sport until 1998, and I've been able to get my curling fix only once every four years. But the more I watch, the more utterly fascinated I become. The offensive and defensive strategies are amazingly intricate. It's also very mannerly, gentlemanly competition, as opposed to the blunt barbarism of football. In times of global upheaval, perhaps it would be worthwhile if more people could immerse themselves in the sublime charms of curling more often.

    And so it is, as we are now in the last day of curling competition in Sochi, I feel a slight sense of melancholy at the thought that I will probably not be able to get my next big curling fix until I'm 58 years old. But then again, maybe in the internet age there will be some competitions televised online. I can only hope.
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
    8:57 am
    16 Types of Sisters
    Friday, January 10th, 2014
    3:03 pm
    Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
    8:43 am
    Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
    3:50 pm
    Friday, December 20th, 2013
    8:37 am
    The "Military Industrial Complex" ... Get used to it.
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against the "Military Industrial Complex." It's a warning that we ignored, and now it's too late. Military contracting has become an inextricably HUGE part of the U.S. economy, and the military is virtually immune from audits ($500 hammers, anyone?). THIS excellent story on the public radio program "Marketplace" illustrates exactly the sort of situation that Eisenhower warned us about:
    Thursday, December 19th, 2013
    1:49 pm
    Saturday, November 30th, 2013
    1:35 pm
    Monday, November 18th, 2013
    2:40 pm
    The inspiration for "The Shining" twins
    Diane Arbus, "Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967"

    For "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick based his famous twins on the above photo.
    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    9:54 am
    Charleston, West Virginia, yesterday:
    I did not take this photo. It was taken by someone else yesterday; they in turn posted it to Facebook. It's a great photo that captures how pretty West Virginia can be in the fall. I drive across that bridge every morning on my way to work.
    Charleston 11.03.2013
    Thursday, October 17th, 2013
    9:11 am
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