My Busy Summer

Wow, it’s almost Labour Day. Where has the summer gone? I wish I could say that with some sort of loss, but with the heat I had to endure, I am so glad to see it go. "Bring on the Fall", my favourite time of year.

I have been very busy, blogging indoors on the hotter days, on the better days, the days I felt brave enough to try it outdoors, I set off to take some pictures. I even managed to get out with a new friend from China that I met on one of my hikes. Recently I met up with him and one of my other friends for an afternoon out at the Arboretum, so the photography has taken on another dimension; it’s becoming a social experience for me. Last month I finally attended a Pub Night with the Guelph Photographers Club that I joined onflickr.com. I got to meet some of the people I have on my friends list on the site.

The subject matter of my blogging on PositiveLite.com has been all over the map so to speak. I have been seeing things and hearing things that are just promoting stigma instead of defeating it. In particular, there were two subjects that recently struck a nerve with me.

One is the movie, "The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes". If you haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil it for you. I actually loved the movie. It was believable and very well done. But when we thought the movie was over, another small segment played, that frankly stunned me. During this final part of the movie, there was a mysterious virus that was going to wipe out mankind. As I was watching this story I noticed how it was linked to the story of AIDS, including several misconceptions. You can read my full review of the movie and observations here.

The other topic that struck me was the recent controversy around Bert and Ernie’s sexual orientation and relationship. I had to weigh in on that right away. As a gay person who respects my privacy, I prefer to be the person to tell others of my sexual preference when I'm ready to. In the case of Bert and Ernie, I feel they are being presumed to be gay and there is this movement to get Sesame Street producers to "make them gay" characters and have them get married. Gay people are trying to get the message out that they were "born this way," not made this way, so why turn Bert and Ernie gay? To quote myself from my PositiveLite.com story: "Do we really need symbols or celebrities to endorse our lifestyle for it to be accepted? Is love not enough?"

Other subjects I've been blogging about are my weight gain, getting the belly, and I wrote about ACG’s new relationship with the Royal City Roller Girls. I wrote another piece asking, if you were to make up the soundtrack to your life, who would be on it? Mine would have a lot of Roy Orbison on it. My latest blog though, has got to be one of the most controversial one I will every write. I did it with a little sense of humour… it deals with masturbation as a safe sex option.

I am so glad Megan DePutter suggested I follow PositiveLite.com while learning to blog. I emailed the editor there to say I liked his blogs and would like to do it myself someday, that I was doing it for the ACG. Little did I know how that connection would change my life for the better. Just recently, I was asked to write for another site based in California, a site called, "Until there’s a Cure". I wish I had time to do it but I don't want to take on too much. I love what I'm doing, I have established a following, I guess, and most of all I want to be able to blog here too.

I would like to put out a call to anyone interested in blogging, I have some connections, hint, hint! You can contact me through Megan and we can both work with you to get you started. I wasn't great at it when I started, I found out there are people who will edit it before it goes live, they make me look really good and I'm told that it isn't needed as much now though.

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