This blog is the product of Brian Gryphon. Although some blogs are designed to host a variety of conversations and debates, this is more of a journal; it presents some of his photographic work, his rambling on various issues (generally from a progressive’s point of view) as well as reviewing the work of other artists/ designers using web-based POD (“print on demand”) galleries and shops.
The blog title (Deep Within I Know I’m Free) is from this poem of his from the ’80s.
Brian was born in Toronto some 57 years ago- the third of four children. He is at least the third generation of a cross-border family. His Mother was born in the USA (her Mother was from Canada and her father from the US) but moved to Canada to marry her first husband. Dad was born in Canada; his father was from Ireland while his Mom was born in Canada but raised by a relative in upstate New York. Mom’s older brother was born in Canada but moved to the USA to join the USAF during WW II – and raised two families (at different times) in the US. Brian’s brother (and family) now lives and works in the USA while their two sisters (and families) continue to live in south-western Ontario.
In addition to working various full-time jobs since leaving school, Brian has been producing photographic images for over 35 years. His first assignment was for his high school yearbook. He currently offers his photography on apparel & gift items, and as frame-able prints. Brian operates a number of web-sites and on-line shops; his on-line history goes back to CompuServe, Freenets and 2400 baud modems. In fact, his father introduced him to ‘puters by letting Brian write code (in ‘basic‘) for the IBM-5150.
Brian was baptized in the United Church of Canada while young and again in The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto as an adult. He has studied a wide variety of spiritual traditions; nature-based ‘pagan’ as well as ‘major world religions’. He now identifies as a “nontheist spiritual humanist”. He is ordained in the Universal Life Church, licensed to perform weddings in Ohio and available to bless queer unions or other events of personal significance.
Another aspect of the complex, complete individual behind this blog was brought out in the early ’80s in Toronto. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was founded in San Francisco in 1979. The Order arrived in Toronto in 1981 and in 1983 Brian was accepted into the Order. Although the Toronto House folded in 1986 he never renounced his vows. For even more intimate details, check out the post Coming out again, More coming out, Coming more out and the 100 Details About Me page.
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