Two Brothers Walk China’s Great Wall End-to-End

This updates and replaces a post from August 8 2022, a few weeks after the journey described here had first begun. The Lindesay brothers, Jim & Tommy, have now completed their 3,260 kilometer traverse along the entire length of the Great Wall of China, walking and jogging the whole way. They documented their journey in … Continue reading Two Brothers Walk China’s Great Wall End-to-End

Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

Effective today, beginning with this post, I am adopting the expanded acronym of LGBTQ+ over simply LGBT. As I've delved deeper into transgender issues, I've come to understand the old acronym is too limiting. The "LGBT" community is broader and more diverse than the traditional 4 letters represent. There's nothing wrong with "LGBT" and it's … Continue reading Deja Vu All Over Again: The New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ+ Attacks

Goodbye, Twitter! Hello, Mastodon!

Elon Musk has wrecked Twitter since he bought it in October for that ridiculous sum of $44 billion. Some people have too much money! A friend on Facebook said, "I have never understood the appeal of twitter." I responded that Twitter is effectively been a universal town center or world community. I told him "There … Continue reading Goodbye, Twitter! Hello, Mastodon!

My Liberal Turn

I became a socialist in the early '70s before attending college. While never a member, I've been involved off and on in different capacities with the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP) ever since — until last spring. In April I broke off my connection over political differences. This has led to a series of letters, … Continue reading My Liberal Turn

A Day to Remember a Lifetime of Memories

Souls tend to go back to who feels like home. N.R. Hart This past Friday is a day I will long cherish. My college friend, Wendy, lives in Australia now but comes back home to the states from time to time. We last saw each other before the pandemic — too long! Freed now of … Continue reading A Day to Remember a Lifetime of Memories

Missing the Point: Meditation, Rumination & Journaling

I've come to realize that 2022 has apparently been a very hard year for me emotionally. A series of big events have apparently thrown me for a loop: a life-changing political upheaval in April, a distressing family hospitalization, and several months of chaos & disruption with two home renovation projects. I didn't fully appreciate the … Continue reading Missing the Point: Meditation, Rumination & Journaling

National Coming Out Day 2022 — It’s Never Been More Important

A list of support resources is provided at the end. October 11 was declared National Coming Out Day in 1988 to mark the first anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It had been almost 20 years since the 1969 Stonewall riots when thousands of us descended on Washington DC … Continue reading National Coming Out Day 2022 — It’s Never Been More Important

Review: A Story as Compelling as the Great Wall

"William Lindesay OBE is a British geographer, a research fellow at his alma mater, Liverpool University, and a recipient of The Special Award of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. After a milestone journey of 2,500 km on foot along the Great Wall in 1987, Lindesay returned to China in 1990 to retrace sections of the Long March. … Continue reading Review: A Story as Compelling as the Great Wall

Sadness, Beauty & Friendship on a Summer Weekend

Life seems so busy these days with constant activity here. As friends are probably tired of hearing, we've been having our kitchen and two bathrooms redone. We coming up on eight weeks and are growing weary of contractors, noise, dust, cooking in the laundry room and garage, and doing dishes in the bathtub. Demolition was … Continue reading Sadness, Beauty & Friendship on a Summer Weekend