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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

To tattoo or not to tattoo

I am fascinated by today’s explosion of tattoo art and decoration amongst the younger generations. Sure we had tattoos in our day: an anchor, the name of a boy/girlfriend or two, a hula girl, “MOM” and a rose thrown in for good measure, but after getting married or a job, all were covered up. Now, [...]

A Pride reflection: Do a street and a stamp erase the Twinkie defense?

Looking at the carefree young faces celebrating Pride, I couldn’t help remembering the world we faced at that age. My thoughts drifted to Harvey and the killings. The above phrase came to mind and I was sadly aware many young LGBTers have no idea it refers to Harvey Milk whom I hope they know was [...]

Here comes Pride!

Can it be that time again? Yes, it can. Pride is here. I mean our outward expression and celebration of LGBTism. We seniors have clear and unhappy memories of our years of secrets, embarrassment, shame and fear for our jobs, safety and even lives for being ourselves. The situation has changed for many of us, [...]

Godfrey, Sullivan, Burnett, Gleason: Variety memories

The talent and variety shows currently monopolizing the TV screens are justifiably enjoyable and engaging to be sure, but have you noticed how many of the acts of our youth are missing? When was the last time you heard a marimba solo? Don’t you miss the accordionist’s anthem “Lady of Spain” or the “The Bell [...]

Stop pestering me with sex ads

I cannot speak for the entire senior LGBT community, but many of the males therein on occasion enjoy a peek at a naughty Web site or two. Once viewed, however, it becomes impossible to escape endless enticements depicting an appalling array of sexual toys, equipment, scandalous outfits, DVDs and “personal services.” This unending invasion of [...]

Gene and Roy, who?

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Young people don’t know some of the greats like Richard Widmark, Yvonne de Carlo, Carmen Miranda or even 6’4″ hairy-chested “Cheyenne” Clint Walker (my heart be still). It’s great when we seniors get together and know who we are talking about; and besides, by the time I have explained who the people are, I’ve forgotten [...]

Mark your calendar: Tuesday, June 3

An easy choice for a topic this time: the primary elections. If it has somehow slipped your mind, mark it on your calendar! As the LGBT community becomes stronger, we must exercise this new power to protect our personal safety and to demonstrate a serious commitment to the political, spiritual and maternal rights we value. [...]

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