A selection of very gay books, with a high percentage of Canadian content. Nothing pornographic; other than possible dirty thoughts that might arise, beyond our control, from reading. To the right is just one title in our
series of 2014 planners. Perfect for those who don’t use electronic calendars or for those who do but like to have a “low tech” paper version on hand.
The first row below contains books of poetry and poetic lyrics published by my Digital Gryphon Publishing enterprise. The next row contains the first four volumes of the new Doc and Raider Collections published by Sean Martin; another border-hopping gay artist. All these items are available at Amazon.
The third row contains two books of my photography; one containing images from Toronto’s annual Pride Parades while the other has images taken on December 1 (World Aids Day) 2010 here in Columbus OH. Both these titles are available only at my Blurb Bookstore.
Just in time for holiday gift giving; selected photographs and digital paintings from our library are available as all over print t-shirts. Offered in men’s and women’s styles as well as in kid’s sizes, each image is available printed on the front with a plain white back or with the same image printed on both sides for a small additional charge. Our images include roses and other florals, as well as ShoeFiti and other city scenes. All images are from around Columbus OH.
In addition to our fine art images (shown to the right) we are also offering our digital painting of Paprika (former foster pup at Columbus Cocker Rescue) as a fundraiser for that organization. It is available with one-sided or two-sided printing on men’s and women’s styles. 50% of net proceeds from the sale of these shirts is donated to CCR.
I’ve heard this expression for years, but it seems to have become quite popular (or at least, frequently-used) over the past few years. It is even the conclusion in the opening sequence for Drop Dead Diva.
In the purely rational, scientific, sense it is totally true. There is always a cause (or causes) for anything. I was laid off 5 years ago because the Sales Manager was told to do so. He was told to do so because his boss was told to cut in half the staff at each location. The one who told him to do that was told he had to cut his payroll by a certain number (whether that number was a specific dollar amount, percentage or head count I do not know). And so on up the food chain. The scientific approach is to presume there is a cause for every action; whether or not we yet understand it. The origin of the Universe, of physical existence, can be determined sometime, somehow.
More often the saying is used with another meaning; everything happens for a deeper reason. There is a pattern, a causing agent, a plan. And so I was laid off in order for the Universe to slap me upside the head; I was unhappy in that career. I turned 50 a few months before- clearly it was time for me to reawaken the dreams I had pushed down. I was meant to do important work and get my proverbial sh!t together. This definition of the phrase seems to assume not only a causing agent, but a benevolent one with good intentions, despite whatever discomfort or pain I might experience. I guess that could be comforting, but whenever I hear the phrase used with this the clear intented meaning, I have to ask “is the reason merely to amuse a capricious malevolent power? Would knowing that my pain is nothing more than a 3D movie to amuse a supernatural force really be more comforting than the thought that I was only laid off so that the company’s share price wouldn’t fall any lower?
This expression is particularly unnerving today, World AIDS Day. There are some malevolent souls who believe and preach that AIDS is gawd’s punishment. A slap upside the head to say that unbridled lust is really not his plan. Like the apple, it is a test. While lust is a natural part of the rest of the animal kingdom, somehow it is evil in humans. That gawd loves us so much we must suffer (which seems to be an unending part of the Christos mythology) although Jesus the Nazarene supposedly suffered so that we won’t. Sorry- a touch of logic.
Instead we do need to determine the real reason for aids. Not just so that we can blame someone/ something. A government plot to infect the population of Africa and reduce their numbers – long-term genocide – with the added ‘benefit’ of wiping out ‘deviants’ and drug-users? Great conspiracy theory. More likely it was not a conscious decision to infect; rather a lack of concern (and resources) as to the effects of poverty in “third world countries”. If there is criminal/ moral liability it needs to be uncovered. But much more important is the discovery of the physical factors that created the virus, continues to allow the virus to mutate, and how to eradicate it while curing those who are infected.
At best, if there is some deeper moral reason behind the spread of aids, it was to remind us of how interconnected we, and this planet, are. An impetus for us to chose to be better people; more loving, more caring, more thoughtful, more decent. Clearly not a rational reason- but to the degree my soul cries out for an answer, this one I can accept.
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.“
Jack Layton: 1950-2011 From his final letter to Canadians