For whom the bells carol

Always a favorite since I was but a wee fellow. The simplicity of this short and beautiful performance allows one to appreciate the depth of the complex layers this classic exudes.

St. George’s Chapel Choir – Carol of the Bells – live performance at Windsor for Her Majesty – Christmas 2018

Veterans Day 2018

The Music used in the attached video is from my childhood. I remember it playing at the swim club during summer as well as emanating from behind my older brother’s closed bedroom door. I always loved this tune.

My childhood was innocent. I thought people always landed on the moon. I come to find out later that the moonlanding I watched was the first ever. I thought Seasame Street and color televisions had always exhisted. Turns out that season of Seasame Street I was watching in 1969 was the very first season, and that color TV we had was the first my parents had ever owned.

I hated war. Vietnam reinforced that fact. The TV showed horrible scenes. I didn’t understand why people had to do such destructive things. It was wrong. I knew it was. Innocence tainted.

My uncle was in Vietnam. My father and another uncle served in the Korean era. My father’s uncles served in WWII and his father’s uncles in WWI. War stole innocence. War destroyed lives.

My brothers and I avoided the service. No war drafted us nor demanded our service.

Even though I hate war, I respect and I wish to honor those who serve. The serve their country. They serve their family, community, neighbors and each other. They didn’t start nor cause any war. Those who serve do so for a common good of service to something greater than themselves.

I am deeply grateful.

If you served, either in war or hopefully in peace, I thank you.

Hope

Raybeard inspired me to post this video of a young man addressing the Iowa House of Representatives opposing Resolution 6 back in 2011. Resolution 6 would have ended civil unions in Iowa (this was before marriage equality nationwide).

This young man is Zach Wahls who is today’s Beard of the Day and newly elected State Senator in Iowa.

Congratulations Zach! Thank you for being an inspiration. Thank you for your insight and your leadership.

 

SDCC Comic-Con San Diego Day 4

Dama Fortuna

Fearsome with Miguel & Dante’

Dog America and his Captain

Fearsome caught between Peter and the Chicken

Someone got loose

Fearsome’s fortune says his new novel will be a smash hit due to his strong Viking energy

Sam Gao Sculptor

Looks like Fearsome and I beat The Simpsons to their own couch!

The Jekyll Island Chronicles

Watch out for this guy

Ed Luce creator of Wuvable Oaf

Damn Zombies

SDCC Comic-Con 2018 Day 3

Fearsome friend Disasterina

Scene out on the street

Ouch!

Nicole Kidman and Jason Momoa (swoon) at the cast signing for Aquaman

Jason’s (he doesn’t know it yet) future Daddy

Fab Pool

Missing Wizard?

Fearsome Kiss

Fearsome like a Viking

Snoopy!

Hirsute Astronaut

Beardspiration

Pulling Homer’s Finger

SDCC Comic-Con 2018 Day 2

Wonder Woman with Bumble Bee

In a galaxy far far away

Pow!

Costume repair

Artists panel, Fearsome and I got tips of painting for eefectiveness and mood through use of light

Is that a dragon over my head? Or is the ceiling just happy to see me?

Dammit, it’s just a dragon but a big one!

Looks like Scooby’s been a bad boy again.

Fearsome’s found another new friend!

San Diego LGBTQ Pride 2018

It’s here. It’s already here.

San Diego celebrates in July. After the other two large cities in our Golden State take the last two weekends in June, San Diego gives everyone a couple week break and then  continues the celebrations.

I’ve been celebrating Pride since the first one I ever had the opportunity to attend. That particular pride was Seattle Pride 1990. I have been out of the closet since I was but a teenager however the place I lived had yet to have a pride celebration.

What Pride means to me is simply that we can be and are or authentic selves. In that we respect each other and support each other in living authentic lives. We celebrate and embrace diversity, acceptance, understanding, respect, affirmation, love and freedom.

Pride is, and should always be, a place of safety to simply just be. Just be. Be without judgment, discrimination, hatred and intolerance.

Be authentic. Be real.