So, my partner and I recently married (last weekend) and I realize now that one thing that I would have liked was to work with lesbian wedding vendors. Please don't misunderstand, all of our vendors were truly wonderful and none of them batted an eye that we were two women getting married...I would just love to have patronized lesbian wedding vendors and I didn't really know where to start looking for them (I did use sites such as gayweddings.com, equallywed, and engayged; however, I found that most listed vendors were gay/lesbian-friendly).
I would love to put together a list...more
There was so much involved in the planning of our wedding. I really didn't know where to begin. Never having been to a wedding in DC and never having planned a wedding, I turned to weddingwire, weddingbee, gayweddings, the knot and other such websites to read reviews for DJ's and other vendors. When I met with the wedding coordinator at the Washington Plaza, she also had recommendations for vendors. Our wedding coordinator has been in the business for 18 years and for most of that time she has worked with Ray at Bialek's music. I took that recommendation to hea...more
Gen. 17:3-9, Jn 8:541-59--Abram saw beyond the present moment, unlike the people in John--may we see beyond the present moment in our Lenten practices: Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them....more
I am sure this post is going to push some buttons, but I have to go on now and get it out. Yesterday afternoon, I saw some posts that indicated a United Methodist Church in North Carolina announced that they will no longer perform “straight marriages” until there is equality for all....more
Nicky and I chose to host our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington DC. The Plaza evokes fond memories for us both, as we often spend a weekend ensconced in one of their lovely suites just to "get away" from the drudgery of chores and laundry.
Our wedding coordinator at the Plaza was Beverly Houston. Beverly has been a wedding coordinator for 18 years and her experience was evident from our first meeting. She knew all of the right questions to ask, including questions I had not even thought of. Our firs...more
So, on Sunday my partner Nicky and I were married in Washington DC. All the worry was for naught. It was a gorgeous, gorgeous day. It truly was the happiest day of my life. It was so exciting to have my father walk down the aisle, to be supported and loved by family and friends, to be told repeatedly that you look beautiful and that Nicky looks handsome.
I was nervous for a total of 10 minutes while I was waiting in my room alone for the wedding coordinator to come and get me for the ceremony. And my dear friends and bridesmaids, sensing my nervousness,...more
(Source)In one of my classes, each of us was supposed to prepare a performance response to something that came up during the term. Being a class on the theory of comedy, there were multiple discussions on what the line was in offensive comedy, and something the lecturer said over and over again was "Comedy changes the situation". There's nothing wrong with comedy offending someone if the point of offending them is to get them to think about their assumptions, because that's a change in the situation. In discussing with my lecturer one-on-one, we talked about how so often comedy just targets people who already get the short end of the stick in society, rehashing tired old stereotypes and only serving to put those people down. This has bothered me for a long time, and this is what I decided to address in my performance response, and I knew that the way I had to do so was through slam poetry....more
A new twist in the Craigslist sperm donor case in Kansas has emerged. Back in 2009, a same-sex couple sought out a sperm donor via Craigslist so they could start a family. The two women and the man they found signed an agreement and a baby was conceived. Fast forward some time and the women ended their relationship, leaving the biological mother and child to apply for state assistance. Since the three did not use a doctor during the artificial insemination, the state found that the biological father was to be financially responsible, causing a big legal battle....more
When I first came across Ender's Shadow, I fell head over heels. It was young, it was dystopian, it was brilliant. It was one of the first books that made me think about how I acted, how people around me acted. It stayed with me for weeks after I put it down. Science fiction, tactics, reflections of historical entities...and then I realized it had a series. A prequel. Ender's Game sits proudly on our shelf at home (we have two copies!).
For the past two months, we've been looking forward to a weekend conference for LGBTQ media in Philadelphia. A train ride, a little sight seeing, great networking ... perfect. All the plans were laid and we had scholarships so the costs were very low.Then, I got sick with a cold. This meant I had to go off one set of prescription medication to take OTC cold medication. It was a dicey decision - if I didn't take the cold meds, I risked my usual spiral into bronchitis and pneumonia which was clearly not good. I also knew I'd be miserable for the trip....more