Scam alert — seniors beware

The Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes is well-known and legit, but when a friend called to say he’d won $100,000, I had to break the bad news that the letter he received was a scam. I had seen it explained on TV the night before. Now he is furious because I “ruined everything.” Luckily he had [...]

Love is stronger

The headlines of the Clairemont Community News read, “Hate crime in Clairemont: Local church vandalized.” As some of you already know, Metropolitan Community Church (The Met Church, MCC) was the target of vandalism recently. The graffiti was defined as a hate crime and a police report has been filed. A couple days later eggs were [...]

‘Scene Out’ far and wide!

Chapulines at Oaxaca market | PHOTO: ANA PINES

Mexico (Ana) I went to visit La Casa Azul – Museo Frida Kahlo (The Blue House – Frida Kahlo Museum) in the Coyoacan section of Mexico City. Frida Kahlo lived in this house most of her life, it’s where she was born and where she died. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, built the house in 1904. [...]

Called, gifted and reluctant

As a progressive, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to God. This article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace! If I were to summarize the calling of Moses – I could condense it down to three phrases. “What?” [...]

Sea Dogs 7, Flying Squirrels 1

On my recent trip to visit my family I was thrilled to read the above headline in my hometown newspaper. It means the Portland team now leads the East Division (of something) by 1 1/2 games. “One more win puts them in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.” My heart be still. My [...]

‘The Gardener and the Vine’

As a progressive, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to God; this article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace! In the book of John there’s a list of beautiful traits worth aspiring to have in our lives. They’re [...]

Trail for Humanity

TranscenDANCE | PHOTO: ANA PINES

The final leg of the 350+ mile march from the San Francisco Bay area to the U.S. Mexico Border culminated Aug. 16. We joined in welcoming the mothers and their children at Larsen Field in San Ysidro. They started the pilgrimage in Merced, Calif. for those buried alive in the Sonora desert, the children crossing [...]

A prayer for peace — Ferguson, Mo.

As a progressive, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to God. This article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace! At our church on 30th Street, someone generously donated a “Peace Pole.” It was a marker – with a [...]

It’s lobster time again

Here I am back visiting my hometown Portland, Maine. Real trees, not those scrawny palms, surround me making everything so green I feel I’m in the Emerald City. Speaking of which (if you have to ask a senior, turn in your gay card), my old cruising, I mean stomping, ground is almost unrecognizable. True, L.L. [...]

More than just talk

You’ve heard of the phrase, “We’re everywhere!” Well, it’s true. Our LGBT community is wide and diverse. And it’s so important for every voice to be heard and treated with equality. It makes a difference when you use your gifts and talents and make your part of the world a better place. A year ago, [...]

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