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April 26th – A Green Dilemma, Laughing in Church & What’s Next?

April 26th – A Green Dilemma…: I woke up at 4:30 this morning.  Had to go pee and since the room mates were up and about, I made coffee, got dressed and went out for a smoke.  In the dark morning hour I noticed that there was water running in the gutter along the street.  I…


Added by JMac1949 Today on April 27, 2015 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation – Part 3

A quick glance at the email told Katelyn it was not going to be a good morning. All caps, exclamation points, and obscenities peppered the message.

“I don’t understand what part of me being broke you don’t fucking get!!! I told you I’m almost out of money for the month, and you said you’d help with the gas for my car. Well, I’m almost out, I’ll have to stop on the way to work, and I won’t have enough money to pay my credit card bill. What the fuck is going on with your…


Added by lemonpulp on April 23, 2015 at 3:06pm — 3 Comments

Something for my grandfather

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca


I understand why you came

to america

that bleak winter day

southern Italy was…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 19, 2015 at 10:01am — 4 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation - Part 2

March 2, 2010

Katelyn had always felt she had something of a sixth sense. She called it her “Spidey-Sense,” perhaps because she had watched the Spiderman cartoons too much as a kid. There were many occasions when she just got a feeling about something. Something that didn’t feel quite right. A particular route to somewhere. The timing of leaving a place. And more than once, that feeling turned out to be right. She had avoided being in the area of bad car crashes by leaving earlier or…


Added by lemonpulp on April 13, 2015 at 11:31am — 4 Comments

Easter & the new gay Jesus

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

“We have no need of a god, each of us is his own.”

Those words were sung in the mid-60s by a 16-year-old folksinger whose debut album shocked the nation with a song (“Society’s Child”) about interracial love. If you guessed Janis Ian, you’re right. 

What most people probably don’t remember is her song “New Christ Cardiac Hero,” also on the same Lp, a declaration that her generation and mine were god-free, carefree and, as Sartre had said,…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 31, 2015 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation - Part 1


March 3, 2010

“I wonder how long it would take?” she thought as she stared down at the frigid, swiftly moving water below. Probably not long at this time of year. It was a cold March morning and she’d reached her breaking point. The human spirit can only take so much stress and disappointment before it finally gives out. She looked down at her phone. Still nothing.

The dialog in her head started up again, as it did so many mornings. “How did I…


Added by lemonpulp on March 29, 2015 at 5:52pm — 8 Comments



  Oh wow. The Gov stepped in the woopie pie that the brilliant minds in the state legislature left lying in a pile on the capitol rotunda floor.  His shoe is thoroughly soiled.  It is going to take a month of Sundays to scrape it all off.…


Added by Greetings from The Mother Ship on March 28, 2015 at 4:30pm — 13 Comments

christian hate marches on

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

For those who thought Christianity had joined the 21st Century or at least the 20th, think again. The Inquisition, pogroms and witch burnings may be centuries in the past, but the hatred that sparked those atrocities is alive and well in the hearts of those who believe in the dead carpenter’s son who supposedly walked on water after turning it into wine, or something like that. Consider recent news stories.

One of the premiere Catholic churches…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 24, 2015 at 7:33am — 91 Comments

Reviews Of Nantucket Film Festival’s 2nd Comedy Roundtable, Secrets Of The Freemasons, Decoding Deepak, Are All Men Pedophiles?, And (A)Sexual.

Copyright © by Dan Schneider

  I recently watched five pointless documentaries, streaming them on Netflix. They were Nantucket Film Festival’s 2nd Comedy Roundtable, Secrets Of The Freemasons, Decoding Deepak, Are All Men Pedophiles?, and (A)Sexual.


  The first of the five films I watched was a 2013, 51 minute long, film that had no listed director and seemed to be little more than a goof, taped at a festival for which it…


Added by Dan Schneider on March 14, 2015 at 11:39pm — No Comments

SF archbishop goes after queers again

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is asking that language be included in the new contracts and handbooks of teachers in four of his church’s schools (including two in San Francisco) to require them to uphold Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their personal lives.

The right-wing archbishop says that this language already exists, he merely wants to “strengthen” it. 

Have no doubt about it, the language is aimed at…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

MLK Day and the Question Remains

The question remains

For what it's worth I'm an old white dude with no real reason to complain but today it occurred to me that the question remains, "How the hell shall we ever overcome anything when half  the world walks the streets with their hands up unable to breathe?"

 For a more in depth …


Added by JMac1949 Today on January 19, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

I hate xmas

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Ten reasons I hate xmas:
1. the birth of an imaginary savior whose name is used to justify everything from slavery to sending children off to die in a crusade, not to mention denying women control of their bodies and condemning people for loving whomever they want. December 25 is a date that was chosen for his birth because it was the Roman Saternalia, not because he was actually born on that date. No one knows when he was born…

Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

One tough mama

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Mama’s birthday is coming up in a few days. If she were alive, she’d be 104.  She died in 1990 after a horrible battle with cancer. 

Before she died, she told me I’d be going on a long journey. At the time I had never been to San Francisco or any place further than Boston to the north or New Jersey to the East. I had never even considered leaving Philly, my hometown. I was born and raised in the working-class streets of…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 15, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

A little something to be thankful for

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It’s really difficult to feel anything resembling “thankful” this year. What for? Living in a country where cops continue to get away with murdering young black men, and where the poor get poorer and the rich suck up every ounce of air and resources for miles around?

Times are beyond dismal. America the ugly is engaged in endless wars in the middle east over oil that eat up most of the national budget and destroy…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Apple CEO needs to do more than come out

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’m glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek

“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he writes, adding that his company has been in the forefront of…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 30, 2014 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

The most senseless thing in the universe

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Death makes no sense. It’s the end of things. Human, animal or plant, we ultimately all meet the same fate. It doesn't matter who we are or how much money or power we have, the critter with the robes and sickle will claim us at some point in our lives, sometimes after a terrible illness, sometimes in a freak accident or sometimes in war or at the hands of a maniac with a gun.

 It's not how we die, it's the…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 25, 2014 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Mixed Race Mix Up

Fact is stranger than fiction!

Apparently, this lesbian couple would have had no difficulty in raising their child in the town of Uniontown, Ohio, if the sperm had come from the blonde haired, blue eyed donor they had originally chosen.

They have determined the town to be racially intolerant. They're suing the sperm bank for money to move to a larger, more diverse, and ostensibly, more tolerant community.

There are thousands of small towns and communities across… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on October 2, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Lavender Commencement talk to Samuel Merritt University, May 2014

This is my 2nd invitation here: thanks to Cecily Crosby and Craig Elliott for the first one; and now to Anglyn Sasser and the whole SMU Pride Committee.

On my first visit to Merritt, after showing our film Transgender Tuesdays, in response to a question I think I went on about how to approach patients in a way that elicits their input, finding out what they consider important, rather than beginning with the stereotypical, “How can I help you?” I am pretty sure it was…


Added by Mark Freeman FNP on June 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

SF pride is right to ban the military

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

SF Pride’s recent decision to ban military recruiters from setting up tables at the fair that follows the annual parade is the right thing to do. The military is not a fit vendor for an event that celebrates all that we can be.

Pride’s rationale for banning the recruiters is threefold: the military may welcome lesbians, gays and bisexuals, but it still discriminates against transgender people; it uses…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 18, 2014 at 8:06am — 4 Comments

I never wanted to be my father's son

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

My father’s birthday is this week. Father’s Day is later this month.

That’s twice I’ll be thinking of him, that larger-than-life, small-statured, conservative southern Italian man who contributed half of my genetic material. The man Mama chose because she said he made her laugh. Mama was a beauty, she had many courters. She always said she could have married men who had an easier time supporting their families.…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

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