30 December 2019
sunny and 80 degrees
It is good to be back in the Florida Keys
25 December 2019
1 December 2019
Today is World AIDS Day. To all the friends I have lost to AIDS, my thoughts and fond memories keep you alive in my heart.
Bob, Van and Perry - I miss you with all my heart. You were taken from this world entirely too soon. I count my blessings that I am still here today. Your love and friendship will forever be a part of who I am today.
Jeff and I went to Washington DC in 1996 and saw the entire Quilt. We have a picture of us kissing on the grounds of the capital. We marched by the White House, where we endured shouts of "death to queers," and on to the Lincoln Memorial. We enjoyed the candles and the people around us. We listened to Ryan White's mother Jeanne White's stirring speach. The entire trip was memorable and is still fresh in my memories. To those who do not know who Ryan White is, click here. AIDS is a pendamic and can be successfully treated and prevented. The simplest way to protect yourself from AIDS is to use a condom.
On a side note, The Ryan White Story was filmed in my hometown. I personally provided the set material for the radio station scenes.
17 March 2019
Happy Saint Patricks Day!
Shortly after a British Airways flight had reached its crusing altitude, the captain announced "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain. Welcome to Flight 293, non-stop from London Heathrow to New York. The weather ahead is good, so we should have an uneventful flight. So, sit back, relax, and ... OH, MY GOD!" Silence followed, complete silence. Some moments later, the captain came back on the Intercom. "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm sorry if I scared you. While I was talking to you, a flight attendant accidentally spilled coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" From the back of the plane, an Irish pasenger yelled "For the luvva Jaysus, you should see the back of mine!"
9 March 2019
It's that time! Spring Forward, Fall Back. You'll lose an hour of sleep tonight. So set your clock!
9 March 2019
SUICIDE! Please, please consider your OPTIONS! Suicide is a permanent decision, There are options. Call and talk to someone at the Trevor Hotline!
A very good friend of mine was being bullied at school. He decided to end his life at the age of fifteen, fifteen. James had the whole world in front of him, yet the bullying was relentless and he chose to end his life. He was such a sweet kid. We spent time on the lake in kayaks and had a grand time. He loved swimming. He was in the ROTC at school. At the Memorial Service, the entire ROTC Squad stood at attention behind the podium. A box of Kleenex was passed from one person to another. It broke my heart. I do NOT want you to end up like James! Please reach out and talk to someone! It CAN be better!
23 February 2019
Back in the Florida Keys! Click on the picture for the Hi-Rez picture.
10 January 2019
Today has been a tough day here at The Tarheel Writer ... a very tough day indeed.
One of my very good friends lost his son today to suicide. James was only 15. It is too early to tell why. His family is simply in shock. Please, please, if you are reading this and thinking dark thoughts, click here.
On 8 September 2009 I became a proud papa of a little black kitty.
Eli was a joy. Today, we had to put him down. He had cancer. We went through chemo, shots for nausea, IV's for fluid, tons of vomit (despite the shots) and multiple trips to the vet. He enjoyed life for two years while we fought the cancer, but recently, it became a struggle for him. It is with a sad heart that I will bury him tomorrow.