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The Daily Sheet October 1 - 15, 2009
« on: October 03, 2009, 06:51:03 AM »

Saturday, October 3rd 2009

Member Profile: dback

1. Are you a morning person or night-owl, peace-maker or comfortable with confrontation, more of a sun-bather or rock-climber, life-of-the-party or desiring a quiet cup of coffee with a few friends?

If I ran the world, I'd probably get up around 8 or 9, and stay up until midnight. However, I currently am on a 10:30-6:30 sleep cycle. I'm definitely a peacemaker who tries to smooth things over and dislikes confrontation. I'd be a sunbather, if I went out in the sun. (Sunblock 30!) I like a party where I know people, but given a choice between being at a party with strangers or coffee with close friends, I'll take the coffee.

2. What’s the strangest food/food combination that you’ve ever eaten?

Probably something from when I was in Japan as an exchange student in '83. Japanese "pizza" was pretty revolting, I remember that.

3. Currently listening to?

The soundtrack to "(500) Days of Summer," the Pet Shop Boys' "Yes," the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Vavoom!" and early Streisand (the second album).

4. What is the greatest gift that you have received? Why?

Love. If you don't have it, you know it.

5. Currently reading?

"The Bruce Springsteen Reader." Endless, backed-up magazines.

6. Biggest challenge?

Lack of a job, and procrastination.

7. Your perfect day?

Wake up mid-morning, don't have to walk that day, surf the net, make a breakfast burrito, read a bit, hit an afternoon movie, spend evening with my partner having dinner out, wild 3-way with Ben Cohen, Milo Ventimiglia, Dash Mihok, Shemar Moore, Arpad Miklos, or Peter Dinklage. (I have diverse tastes.)

8. What’s your indulgence?

Web surfing, buttered popcorn at the movies, once-a-week trips to Borders for magazine reading and a large mocha with an herb-cream-cheese pretzel.

9. If you could take a class on something that interests you, what would it be and why?

I've been having fantasies lately about learning figure drawing of male nudes.

10. Last major purchase?

Renewed the bloody license plate tags and car registration yesterday--$118.

11. First job?

Outside of the home, Rax restaurants, morning prep cook. They were a sandwich and salad bar restaurant, so it was pretty cool--put a roast beef in the oven every couple hours, and chop a whole lot of vegetables. (And eat raw cookie dough.)

12. What was your most embarrassing experience or the strangest situation that you found yourself in?

Probably having outdoor sex in a church stairwell during the '93 D.C. March.

13. If you were able to re-do something in your life and do it differently, what would it be and why?

I might have been an exchange student again, but not to Japan--probably Europe. I probably would've started working out in high school and stuck with it. I don't know what I could've done to keep my college boyfriend and I together. I wonder what would've happened if I'd moved to L.A. instead of SF, but then I'd never have met my partner. Also, if I'd been born just a few years earlier, I have no doubt I'd be dead right now due to AIDS.

14. Other than BBM, what movie has impacted you the most?  Why?

E.T.--see "What films did you watch this weekend." I've never been so emotionally moved by any film before or since--I sobbed like it was some sort of catharsis.

15. What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?

A beautiful red-haired gal sat next to me on a plane around 2000--I never even got her name--and listened as I explained I was going home to see my parents, and was a little apprehensive about it, especially dealing with my mom. The gal smiled and said, "Just remember: enjoy them while you have them--they won't be here forever." A few years later my mom died in a rock climbing accident. When she did, at least I had nothing unsaid between us, and she knew I loved her. Thank God.

16. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

Why did you take away my dad's partner and best friend, who'd done so much for the world and had more to do?

17. Other than your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life?

I'm the man I am today--good, bad, or indifferent--because of my college boyfriend and my current (15 years) partner. One shattered me into a million pieces; the other built me up and healed me.

18. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

"Oh, it's you!  I like you, you make me laugh."

19. What's one thing that you just can't stand, so you're trying to help fix it?

Environmental living--recycling plastic bags & cans, driving less, supporting green candidates, etc.. It breaks my heart seeing litter on roadsides or in the ocean.

20. What’s your inspiration?

My partner, and Jesus.

21. What do you know for sure?

That we are basically alone in a sometimes confusing and scary world, and that we need to be kind to each other and help take care of one another.

22. What brought you to the Forum?

I think a story about it on Towleroad.

23. What do you appreciate the most about this site, what is the most important thing that you have learned as a result of being here?

AWESOME PEOPLE!!  (Yes, Ennis Del Mark, OregonDoggie, Passion, Christina, and others, I'm talking to you!)

24. Are you more like Jack or Ennis?  Why?

I'm Jack--just trying to stay on the bull. Smiley. Very romantic. Don't always make the best decisions.

25. Your favorite threads?

What movie did you watch this weekend, Great overlooked films, What book have you read recently, BBM fan art, songs that remind you of BBM.

26. How many times have you watched BBM?

I think 4 in the theater, a couple times on DVD, and numerous pieces of it on cable. (If it's on and I surf past it, I'll often leave it on till the end.)

27. Who is the one person that you would most want to see BBM and why?

I wish my mom could've seen it--she died summer of 2005, so just missed it. I hope Barack Obama has seen it.

28. Your favorite BBM scene?

The reunion--the hug, the push-against-the-wall kiss, and then Jack returning it. The fact that Ennis, the loneliest and most closeted man in the Western United States, was so gripped by passion and love that he completely lost all sense of who he was for a few moments, just slays me. And that final nuzzle he gives Jack, like the horses Jack keeps trying to break, says so much without words.

29. What was your take-away message from BBM?  What affected you the most?

Strangely, it reminds me a little of the Holly Hunter/Danny Devito movie "Living Out Loud"--a reminder to live out loud. Don't wait to tell someone you love them. Be out. Be proud. Be loving. Hold your partner's hand. Be grateful. It can all disappear tomorrow.

Forget Chicago: Cleveland Gets the Gay Games

"Let Chicago and President Obama compete for the Olympics. Cleveland — yes, Cleveland! — just won the Gay Games. Citing the city's world-class athletic facilities, hotels and public transportation, the Gay Games Federation announced that Cleveland will host the games in 2014. An abundance of enthusiasm, some Midwestern pluck and a boisterous night on Lake Erie didn't hurt. "It was obvious that these guys worked very hard on this for over a year," says Darl Schaaff, who led the site-selection committee for the federation. "The level of community support was just amazing."'

"The games started in San Francisco in 1982 and happen every four years, attracting over 16,000 gay and straight amateur athletes from around the world. (The event was originally called the Gay Olympics until the International Olympic Committee asked the Gay Games Federation to cease and desist.) Athletes compete in more than 30 sports, from track and field to table tennis. The Cleveland games will be the first to include a gay rodeo."

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Finding the Proper Address (for same-sex married couples)

There are formal forms other than Mr. and Mrs.

"Dear Miss Manners: How do you address mail to a same-sex married couple? I believe I should use the same formality that I do when addressing mail to an opposite sex couple, but I am not sure.

"For example, if I know that one member of the couple has changed their last name to match their spouse and both are male, would I address it to Mr. and Mr. John Smith, using the first name of the one whose surname it was? The same question would apply to a female couple— would I use Mrs. and Mrs. Jane Smith?"

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Homoeroticism’s Poet Pioneer

Daniel Mendelsohn documents the mid-life emergence of C.P. Cavafy’s modern queer voice

"The simultaneous publication by Knopf of two new translations of the poetry of Constantine Cavafy is a literary event of major importance and for queer readers a particular cause for rejoicing, for these twin volumes should help solidify Cavafy’s stature as one of the great poets of the 20th century. It also provides striking confirmation that he wrote some of the greatest homoerotic poems of all time.

"I say "20th century" because, even though Cavafy — who was born in 1863 and died in 1933— spent more than half his life in the 19th century, his finest poems, and those for which he is today best remembered, were all written or revised after 1900; that work represented a remarkable and still somewhat mysterious mid-life transformation of a decent, middling poet into a preeminent one. And because the influential, spare, controlled free verse that flowed from his pen after his reincarnation is so modern, it could have been written yesterday. Even the great W. H. Auden confessed his debt to Cavafy, when he wrote, "I can think of poems which, if Cavafy were unknown to me, I should have written quite differently, or perhaps not written at all."

"C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems and C.P. Cavafy: The Unfinished Poems are both the work of the excellent Daniel Mendelsohn, who translated them and provides extensive introductions and commentaries. A Princeton-trained classicist who teaches at Bard, Mendelsohn is best known to queer readers as the author of the original and stimulating memoir-cum-cultural commentary An Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity, which refracted his own queer experiences through the prism of Greek mythology. Although criticized by some sex-negative hetero reviewers for being replete with accounts of his own erotic adventures, An Elusive Embrace was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.

"Among his other works, last year Mendelsohn published How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (Harper), a collection of his scintillating literary and film essays from the New York Review of Books, including his right-on contrarian challenge to the convention that Brokeback Mountain was about love in general, and not just gay love. Mendelsohn argued that to believe that the “normality” of the two main characters takes them beyond their gayness is to imply that gayness makes them something other than normal.

"With Cavafy’s Unfinished Poems, Mendelsohn brings us the very first English translation of a cache of some 30 poems from Cavafy’s later years that remained hidden for three decades after his death, and includes such gems as the defense of same-sex love in The Photograph (1924):

Looking at the photograph of a chum of his,
at his beautiful youthful face
that forever more; — the photograph
was dated ‘Ninety-two,
the sadness of what passes came upon him.
But he draws comfort from the fact that at least
he didn’t let — they didn’t let any foolish shame
get in the way of their love, or make it ugly.
To the “degenerates,” “obscene” of the imbeciles
their sensual sensibility paid no heed.

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Call-in with Judy Shepard on CSPAN's BookTV

Judy Shepard, author of The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

"Judy Shepard recounts the torture and murder of her son Matthew due to his sexual orientation in 1998 and the subsequent legal work involved in prosecuting her son's murderers. The co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation is interviewed and takes national phone calls." Note: Today and tomorrow's programs are re-airings.

Saturday, October 3rd at 11am (ET)

Sunday, October 4th at 3am (ET)

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This week's WikiWhat? is Homoerotic Poetry:

There is a strong tradition of homoeroticism in poetry.

The male-male erotic tradition contains poems by major poets such as Abu Nuwas, Walt Whitman, Federico García Lorca, W. H. Auden, Fernando Pessoa and Allen Ginsberg.

In the female-female tradition, there are poets such as Sappho, "Michael Field", and Maureen Duffy. Emily Dickinson addressed a number of poems and letters with homoerotic overtones to her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert.

The first modern European gay anthology was in German compiled by Elisar von Kupffer (1900); it was followed by the poetry and prose anthology Iolaus compiled by the homosexual British socialist Edward Carpenter (which remained in print almost continuously until today). The 1978 anthology French gay anthology with much poetry and excellent illustrations, Lamoure bleu (French for blue love, that is forbidden love) has been translated into German and English and remains in print.

Italian has Michelangelo, the painter and sculptor, who wrote gay love sonnets, while Sandro Penna is a later poet. The Venetian gay poet Mario Stefani died in still unexplained circumstances in the early 21st century. Renzo Paris is a notable contemporary poet.

In French there is Rimbaud and Verlaine who were lovers; some of Verlaine's poems published in the early 1890s were the first open modern French gay poems and influenced Wilde. Jean Cocteau wrote in the twentieth century where Jean Genet also wrote some gay poems.

Turkey has a huge gay poetry heritage as does medieval Hebrew. Hebrew gay poetry has been discussed by Norman Roth, Jefim Schirmann and Dan Pagis and dates from the Middle Ages in Spain. C M Naim surveyed gay poetry in an article in Studies in the Urdu ghazal and Prose Fiction (1979) and Ralph Russell has dealt with the subject in various books.

Very little is known about oral homosexual poems in African cultures.

Post of the Day

Posted by jaybeemusic in How Brokeback Affected Me

"Well this is how it affected me: I wrote a song about it.

You can hear it, with accompanying video at

Hope you like it. Jaybee"

"Randy cowboys, as seen from Brighton UK. All mixed up with line dancing from Brighton Pride 2009 and footage from the already legendary Ringmer Rodeo garden party. All this by way of illustrating the Jaybee song Brokeback Mountain, from the fabulous country-techno-electro album Sussex Cowboy."

After watching the video, check out for more information on Jaybee and the new album, SUSSEX COWBOY.

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Posted by Trigger Hippie in Life Thru the Lens 4

"Lovat Lane"

Quote of the Day

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely
laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.”

~ Mark Twain ~

Photocaption of the Day

By gnash in Photo Captioning Fun 5

jack: what's your problem, ennis? it's not raining men, it's only lightly misting.

Contributors: dback, jaybeemusic, Lyle (Mooska), Trigger Hippie

Calendar of Events

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Mini-Slash Bash
Philadelphia - October 23-25, 2009

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Spotlight on Slash: You Will
by donna

Did you know that there are talented folks among us who express their love for the Brokeback Mountain story in a special way?  They are the slash writers of the Dave Cullen forum.  Whether your tears have dried, or if they still sometimes flow, the world of slash welcomes all readers into its loving arms.  Your forum friends and neighbors are always ready to share their writing talents, bringing you intriguing stories featuring alternate realities for the characters we have come to know so well. 

If you have never read anything by these special forum members, I would like to encourage you to give it a try.  You may be surprised by the talent of your forum-mates, folks just like you who were so moved by Brokeback Mountain that they decided to capture those emotions in writing.  I would like to recommend this short piece You Will  by forum member, Camilla.

In only about 2000 words, Camilla takes us through the crazy world of high school students, including one particular student who doesn’t fit in with the others.   

He always wore black, from head to toe, down to his black painted fingernails and kohl lined eyes. The only exception was a large ornate cross of silver that he wore every day on a thick chain. And his eyes. They were blue, so blue it felt like you could drown in them and not be sorry at all that you had."

A new member of the school’s student body seems to fit perfectly into the high school environment -- perhaps a bit too perfectly:

"I'd fit seamlessly into the new school, the football players and cheerleaders were just vapid enough to take me in because I played the game well. I'd done it enough times to have the routine down pat. Look good, wear expensive clothes, talk about nothing deeper than what your plans were for Friday night. Act like you were the one in charge, and they were very likely to follow."

It shouldn’t surprise Brokeback Mountain fans that these two students have a connection to the Jack and Ennis we all know.

"I dreamt again that night, of a mountain covered with wildflowers and a clear blue stream. I heard laughter that quickly turned to cries of passion. I felt warmth and joy and absolute freedom. Then suddenly I felt cold, saw snow falling and heard the sound of sobbing, an engine turning over. I woke with tears streaming down my face and a hollow emptiness in my chest."
Camilla’s short story has a happy ending when the boys discover each other in a different incarnation long after the presumed death of the original characters.  Still, the same inherent fears exist, but they resolve to overcome that fear in their next opportunity. 

What’s with all of this,” I asked holding his black tipped fingers in my hand and motioning to the pile of black clothing on the floor.

"To show you it's OK to be different. You didn't believe me last time, maybe this time you will."

Camilla got the idea for her story when she was driving to work.  “I heard the song ‘She Talks to Angels’ by the Black Crowes and started thinking about what a Goth Jack would look like. I had a picture of him in my mind and when I came home, I sat down at the computer with that image in my brain.  The story just kind of came to me.  I didn't have any idea what it was going to be about till I was done writing it.  I think it took me about fifteen minutes to write, it just sort of wrote itself, if that makes any sense.  But, my best stuff usually happens that way.”

In real life, Camilla is a Registered Nurse who works with hospice patients.   She's married, and the mother of two children, ages 12 and 4.  Camilla is not a professional writer, but is someone who was affected by this story just like you and me.  In fact, she jokes that the last thing she wrote before Brokeback Mountain slash was a college paper.  “It's something I would never have expected to be doing, not in a million years, but it's fun and I'm really glad I started.” 

Camilla believes that slash is a wonderful way to heal from the devastation of the movie, and to put Jack and Ennis in new and exciting situations.  So, if you’re curious about slash, kick back and give You Will a chance.  I think you’ll like it.  Please remember that all slash contributors write out of love for Ennis and Jack; the only payment they receive is your appreciative comment.

Read "You Will" at LiveJournal.

Judy Shepard on BookTV

Judy Shepard  made a two-hour appearance on C-Span's BookTV2 this weekend, one hour discussing her new book, The Meaning of Matthew. The segment included an hour of live call-in questions and answers. If you missed them, you can see the two videos    here.  Each is about an hour long.

Order The Meaning of Matthew through our Ultimate Amazon Collection.

Annie Proulx Honored by "Library Lions"

"The New York Public Library’s 2009 Library Lions gala pays tribute to its own homegrown “lions” this year, the true treasures of the Library. Three members of the accomplished staff, whose dedication and expertise have made an impact on innumerable lives, will be honored on Monday, November 2, 2009. 

"This year’s gala will depart from tradition and salute those who work on the front lines of the Library—three outstanding librarians who have distinguished themselves in research librarianship, children’s services, and career counseling. Each staff member will be honored alongside a luminary in their field: Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain,” will be paired with a senior research librarian; Hilary Knight, illustrator of the Eloise children’s books, will be honored alongside a children’s librarian; and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will help honor a job-search specialist."

"Other honorees have included such eminent figures as Renée Fleming, John Hope Franklin, Orhan Pamuk, David Remnick, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Martin Scorsese, Tom Stoppard, Elie Wiesel, and Oprah Winfrey."

More information at the New York Public Library site.

Postcards For Equality

The Del Mar Times reported last month that "people from all across San Diego gathered at The Book Works bookshop to share conversation, wine and cheese, and to write postcards to President Obama. The goal was to communicate to him the importance of marriage equality to the participants.  Each attendee wrote a brief personal story or thought about why marriage equality is important to them. The event was organized by 'Postcards to the President,' a grass-roots organization that supports marriage equality.

"The founder of Postcards to the President, Tanner Efinger, spoke about the history and mission of his organization, which is to send personal notes from thousands of Americans to President Obama.

"Lisa Stefanacci, owner of The Book Works, said she was proud to have provided a space for the event. More than 70 postcards were written at the event, bringing the total of postcards sent to nearly 10,000."

As an alternative to purchased postcards, Postcards to the offers five PDF files with the site's own artwork.

Send postcards to President Barack Obama, White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500

Tanner Efinger, founder of 'Postcards to the President,'
with two of the youngest postcard writers.

Around the Cyber-Neighborhood: Recipes For Health

Sponsored by the New York Times, Recipes For Health focuses on  "the easiest and most pleasurable way to eat well is to cook" with "recipes with an eye towards empowering you to cook healthy meals every day. Each week's recipes will revolve around a particular type of produce or a pantry item. This is food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and a pleasure to eat."

The home page has a list of over 50 recipe categories including vegetables, fruits, leftovers such as stale bread, fruit drinks, herbs, "lunchbox fixes" and "pantry items."  The site also includes a blog and slide shows about various cooking-related topics.

Many recipes, such as Quick Walnut Bread, emphasize convenience as well as taste and food value.  Walnuts, according to Recipes For Health, are a much-overlooked healthy food.

Quick Walnut Bread

This savory quick bread is easy to make and versatile. Try it lightly toasted for breakfast or tea, or drizzled with a little honey. You may also slice it thin and serve it with cheese.

cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons walnut oil
1 cup (3 ounces) chopped walnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Move the rack to the center of the oven. Butter or oil a loaf pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk or yogurt and the oils. Quickly whisk in the flour, and fold in the walnuts. Scrape into the bread pan.
3. Bake 50 minutes to one hour, until nicely browned and a tester comes out clean. Remove from the heat, allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then reverse onto a rack and allow to cool.

Yield: One loaf.  Advance preparation: This bread will keep for a couple of days wrapped airtight. It freezes well.

Click to visit Recipes For Health

Whatever Happened to Ennis del Mar?

Forum member ptannen reports that "When I inquired about the installation of the Brokeback Mountain Shirts at the Autry National Center Musuem in LA (that I visited this summer), I was told that there would be an associated panel discussion.  It's happenin Sunday, December 13 !       Anyone want to redline it to LA in December???"

According to the Autry Center Public Relations Manager Yadhira De Leon, the panel discussion will be on December 13, 2009 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with four panelists.  It "will be the first public LGBT program inspired by the installation of the iconic shirts from Brokeback Mountain.  In this initial symposium, we bring together experts and advocates to explore the provocative question, 'Whatever Happened to Ennis del Mar?'  In particular, that query invites commentary from a variety of perspectives about the history of homosexuality and its representation in the American West before, during, and after the era depicted in Brokeback Mountain.”

Discuss this upcoming event at Gatherings and Events.

Fun Question of the Week

This week’s Question: The Incas  did not have a written language but used quipus to do accounting of business transactions and as memory aids in recounting significant events in the local history. What is a quipus?

Let us know your answer in the response thread.

Last week's question and answer: Where on the human body is the muscle known as the corrugator? What does it do?

Huntinbuddy got this one right - the corrugator muscle is at the forehead. It's the muscle that contract the forehead into wrinkles and pulls the eyebrows together.

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dahlia shares a gallery of nature and vacation images from Austria:

See alpine flowers, cattle with festive bells, a heart-shaped lake and an ancient seabed
that's now a natural rock garden, starting here in Life Through the Lens 4.

Quote of the Day

“God calls us to grow in perfection -- not to be perfect.”

~ Kennedy Shultz ~

Photo Caption of the Day

From CellarDweller115 at Photo Captioning Fun 5: 

Ennis:  Hey waiter!!!!  You didn't carve the turkey right, didn't have no Old Rose,
and you gave us one bill!  We asked for 13 seperate checks!

Jack:  This will be the last supper we have in this place!!

Contributors: donna, ptannen, dahlia, KittyHawk, CellarDweller115

Calendar of Events

If you have ideas about initiating a gathering, go to Start Your Own Threads
and get the ball rolling to plan a get-together near you.

Mini-Slash Bash
Philadelphia - October 23-25, 2009

Mini-Slash Bash Itinerary

Panel discussion: Ennis del Mar
Los Angeles, Autry National Center - December 13

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Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The *Almost* All Jake Edition

But first, something special posted by theresaS in Planet Heath.

"One of 7 new French Posters for Dr. Parnassus."

Robert Pattinson vs. Zac Efron & Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake may be number one, but you'll find him at the bottom of the list, right under Shia Labeouf and sprinkled with generous praise from The Faster Times columnist Branwyn Lancourt:

"...I’ve been hearing a lot of responses to my Top Ten Greatest Actors list stating that RPatz is “just starting out” and can’t be compared to anyone that I mentioned, and that it isn’t fair. WAAAAAHH!!! Of course, that wasn’t even the point of the article, as I was merely responding to a question asking me what I thought ‘great acting’ was. That being said, let me state unequivocally that I don’t have some kind of bias against young good looking actors, quite the contrary, I feel there are a bunch of ‘em out there that have a tremendous amount of potential. So in the interest of closure, here is my list of 10 young actors under 30 whom I think possess ‘the goods’ that Pattinson sadly does not.

"1) Jake Gyllenhaal Already nominated for an Oscar for his heartbreakingly brilliant portrayal of Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhaal is on his way to become a truly ‘great’ actor. His role as a conflicted Marine in Jarhead was raw and gripping in an otherwise underwhelming film, and Donnie Darko has become a veritable cult-classic, having much to do with the layered performance he turned in. On a side note, Jake was one of the major names mentioned in the casting for Spider Man, and I really believe he would have been the better choice over Tobey Maguire. It’s not that I dislike Maguire (in fact, he would have made this list if he were a few years younger), it’s just that Jake has all the elements that would have made a classic Peter Parker. There are rumblings, in fact, that Sony Pictures studio is thinking of replacing Maguire with Gyllenhaal, so I’ll definitely be rooting for that. Anyway, the sky’s the limit for Jake as far as his career goes. Prince of Persia will be his next big release, and it should be interesting to see how it does. Personally, making a movie out of a video game doesn’t sound like a very compelling concept to me, but who knows? Either way, Jake’s gonna do just fine in the future!"

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Jake Gyllenhaal Winning Over the 'Burgh

"Chatham University junior Kayla Hilko was waiting to put her name in for a table at Pamela's Shadyside restaurant recently, when a good-looking man standing ahead of her caught her eye.

'"I looked at him and thought, 'Whoa, that guy's kind of cute,' " she said, laughing. "Then he turned to the side, and I said to my friend, 'That's Jake Gyllenhaal!' and she just laughed at me."

"Mr. Gyllenhaal, whose accomplishments range from earning an Academy Award nomination for Brokeback Mountain as a lovelorn cowhand to singing a wicked parody of a Dreamgirls showstopper while hosting Saturday Night Live, is in town to film the drama Love and Other Drugs.

"He's been out and about, so much so that it seems as if everyone -- or their friend -- has spotted the Hollywood star."

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Aliquippa Becomes Film Set for a Day

The stars were out Monday under a fake rain in Aliquippa [Pennsylvania].

"Jake Gyllenhaal, the Oscar-nominated actor, repeatedly dashed across the soggy asphalt outside the former Aliquippa Hospital, performing a scene for the movie Love & Other Drugs.

In a tent off to the side sat his sweetie, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, in town just to watch, while Gyllenhaal’s German shepherd, Atticus, patiently waited in a trailer.

Only a handful of spectators witnessed the action on the closed set, though plenty of locals saw an earlier scene, where Gyllenhaal sits in a black Mercedes Benz with driver Oliver Platt (Dr. Doolittle) at the wheel. The car was stationary, towed by a trailer behind an Aliquippa police escort, though in the movie it’ll look like they’re cruising down Mill Street.

They made three trips up and down Mill Street, bringing traffic to a crawl. For about 15 minutes, the car and its trailer were stopped on Calvert Street, near the CVS Drug Store, while film crew workers made adjustments. That gave a few onlookers a chance to speak with Gyllenhaal.

“Hey Spider-Man,” said Joey Hages, 19, of Aliquippa, who shook Gyllenhaal’s hand.

“Did you like Spider-Man 3?” Gyllenhaal asked politely, not letting on that it was Tobey Maguire who played that superhero role."

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Jake with Oliver Platt

Pennsylvania Professor Harasses Student with Repeated References to Brokeback Mountain

"A recent graduate from Edinboro University contends a professor sexually harassed him with repeated references to the movie Brokeback Mountain and retaliated after he refused to date the professor.

"The defendant, William Chandler, referred to Cameron Aulner, who graduated in August, and a classmate as "Brokeback buddies," asking, "Why don't you have a Brokeback moment with your hunting buddy?", according to the lawsuit.

"Aulner, 22, who now lives in Colorado, is suing the school, some administrators and Chandler.

"Aulner claims he was so intimidated his sophomore year that he agreed to date the professor, despite being heterosexual. He said that he feared refusal might affect his final exam grade, but that he backed out before the date happened.

"Aulner, who uses a wheelchair because he fell off a roof installing Christmas lights in 2002, contends Chandler would loom over him whenever the professor encountered Aulner in hallways, classrooms, restrooms or elevators."

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Secret Link Between Cigarettes and Cell Phones?

"Cell phones are used by an estimated 275 million people in the United States and 4 billion worldwide.

"A recent review of studies assessed whether there was epidemiologic evidence for an association between long-term cell phone usage and the risk of developing a brain tumor.

"In order to be included in the analysis, studies were required to have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, included participants who had used cell phone for 10 or more years, and analyzed the side of the brain tumor relative to the side of the head preferred for cell phone usage. Eleven long-term epidemiologic studies fit the criteria.

"The results indicated that using a cell phone for 10 or more years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same side of the head as that preferred for cell phone use.

"My belief is that this exponential increase in this type of radiation
exposure is far more serious a threat than tobacco ever was."

"Iowa senator Tom Harkin, newly empowered to investigate health matters as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has promised to probe deeply into any potential links between cell phone use and cancer.

"Harkin, who took over the committee after the death of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, said he was concerned no one has been able to prove cell phones do not cause cancer. A staffer said the senator became concerned by a report from the Environmental Working Group showing that radio wave emissions vary from one cell phone brand and model to another, as well as some reports suggesting there might be a link."

Read more. Source:  See how your cell phone rates on  EWG's radiation chart.

Big-Name Celebrities to Appear on Jewish Kids' Show

"Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Applegate are among the stars slated to appear in a new Sesame Street-style production geared at teaching Jewish-American children about Jewish culture.

"Shalom Sesame, a 12-part series for preschoolers featuring the globe-trotting Muppet Grover, will explore Jewish identity and traditions and will film on location at several Israeli sites, including the Western Wall.

"Shalom Sesame was first produced in 1986, selling more than 1 million copies on video and DVD. The new incarnation will tackle more issues of diversity for Jewish children and be accompanied by an interactive Web site and other outreach materials.

"For so much of the Jewish community outside Israel, they may never come here, this is a great way to have a virtual experience" of the place, said the project's executive director Danny Labin.

"The series is expected to debut in December 2010."

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Gay Characters on Network TV: 2009-10

Ever wonder how many gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters are on TV lately? Here's a comprehensive list in slideshow form of your favorites, and probably a few more.

"Gay and lesbian characters on television have gradually been gaining greater representation on television in recent seasons. This year, according to GLAAD, 18 regular characters on network scripted series are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender -- 3 percent of all regulars. That's an increase from 2.6 percent of regular characters last season and 1.1 percent the previous year."

Shown at left is Patty Bouvier (voiced by Julie Kavner), who came out of the closet in a 2005 episode of The Simpsons.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Lego Isn’t Nearly Hot Enough

"But, um, didn’t they forget something? And by that, I mean his insane hotness.
Couldn’t they have at least given us a set of chiseled abs or some seriously brooding eyes?"

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If you're a devoted Jake fan, you already know all there is to know about the upcoming movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. And you know about another film he's starring in that's going to be out before PoP even hits the screens -- BROTHERS:

"Brothers is an upcoming 2009 drama-war film starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. Directed by Jim Sheridan, the film is based on Susanne Bier's 2004 film Brødre.


"When a decorated Marine goes missing overseas, his black-sheep younger brother cares for his wife and children at home—with consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family. The film tells the powerful story of two siblings, Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and younger brother Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal), who are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace (Natalie Portman), with whom he has two young daughters (Bailee Madison, Taylor Grace Geare). Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who’s always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam’s farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie (Mare Winningham) and Hank Cahill (Sam Shepard), a retired Marine."

Post of the Day

Posted by CellarDweller115 in Coming Out: How and Why?

"Hello DCF Members!

October 11th is National Coming Out Day.

We've moved this thread from the archive section, to the active section, so that people can post their coming out stories and memories here.

As for our straight members, if anyone has had someone come out to them, and you want to share that experience as well, please feel free. Just remember to respect the feelings/privacy of the person who came out to you.

I hope that we'll see a few stories being posted here."

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Posted by janjo in BBM Fanart

Quote of the Day

“When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.”

~ Elizabeth Bowen ~

Photocaption of the Day

By chapeaugris in Photo Captioning Fun 5

The Dalai Lama's Mantras for Living, no. 6/19:

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct.

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Brokeback Perspectives: "Shepherding Romance"

Brokeback Mountain continues to inspire discussion and analysis, and the most recent contribution is a very ambitious essay from Forum member hiker (Barbara Koziak), "Shepherding Romance: Reviving the Politics of Romantic Love in Brokeback Mountain."  

Barbara reviews the political climate of the new millenium's first decade in the US, with the landmark Lawrence v Texas decision and states establishing marriage equality or civil unions co-existing with the backlash in Califnornia and elsewhere.  "Such exuberant responses to [Brokeback] appeared in the midst of a politically treacherous period for sexuality in public life."  This had, and has, a significance outside the movie theatre, since “Brokeback Mountain encompasses a classical romantic love narrative, not an intimacy narrative.”

Recently, some sociologists and historians have reemphasized the historical and psychic disjunction of love and marriage. What conservatives like to call “traditional marriage” has not been the norm in Western cultures since the 19th century at the latest, as marriage was historically “ primarily an economic and social arrangement between families wanting to advance their material interest rather than as a symbolic ritual between individuals seeking emotional fulfillment.”  In this tradition, although loveless marriages are not necessarily inevitable, “arranged marriages are the norm, and love is not the reason for union, nor is its decline a justification for dissolution.”

"Jack’s marriage looks more like a traditional marriage—an economic arrangement—but it is Jack who joins Lureen’s family and Jack who is the stud needed for a child but who himself lacks much power within the family."

“Tristan and Isolde,” The prototypical star-crossed
lovers, by Hugues Merle, (1823-1881)
Ideals of romantic love in medieval times might have originated as subversive approaches “among elite societies in which successful marriage alliances were closed to all but the oldest son. . . It was only in the twentieth century when love won the struggle with property for the initial raison d’être of marriage.”  In the following century, during the 1960s and 1970s, the elements of "communication" and "intimacy" became additional ingredients.

"Tristan and Isolde," like Brokeback, included the four major elements of romantic tragedy: "a pair of subjects and an excluded third subject (i.e., a "love triangle"); the union is thwarted by an obstacle, most commonly the marriage of one subject to another; the married life of the romantic pair is never represented; love is an overwhelming, natural passion and the narrative usually ends with the death of one of the lovers." These elements can vary, with the narrative sometimes ending in separation rather than death.

The essay discusses in detail the evolution of concepts of love and marriage, their collision course in the modern world, and how Brokeback Mountain fits into that evolution. Barbara believes that “Brokeback does more than reproduce romantic discourse with a new twist. In at least three ways, the film deepens and rewrites romantic narratives: in the abjectness of its characters, in its presentations of caring and emotionality, and, because of these presentations, in its interrogation of masculinity.”

Brokeback's imagery reinforces the element of love as a natural force, with "the lyrical expanse of the high mountain range [linking] love to the solidity and danger of mountainous nature—the rushing rivers, the craggy mountain peaks, the rolling meadows, the rivers of sheep, and the singularity of two people alone in this expanse. Lee organizes the journey into the mountains as a montage with flowing rivers of sheep and the still moments of contemplation—Jack gazing down off the mountain at the small light of Ennis’s campfire, Ennis looking up at Jack barely visible on the mountain slope riding among the sheep, and in later scenes, the increasingly turbulent rivers during their recurring ‘fishing’ trips.”

Even in the town setting of the reunion scene, Ennis' "dive" down the steps from his apartment is part of a "sequence [that] replicates a turbulent wave, a sudden canyon flood, with Ennis’s movement across the apartment, down the stairs, into Jack, against the walls, ending in a spent whirlpool. "

Commenting on the critical reaction to the film, Barbara challenges some of the more acerbic criticisms, such as D.A. Miller's verdict of the film as 'a middling piece of Hollywood product' with a 'nostalgically tragic view,' which de-eroticizes homosexuality through a heavily promoted 'craft'.  These and others "suffer from failing to consider the audience reaction" and "from a sharp divide between Hollywood and avant-garde, as though no melodrama has ever challenged social placidity."  Which is where the online Brokeback forums communities come into play, which Barbara describes as "to a fervent group of fans with varying sexualities."

As a Forum member, Barbara offers readers an insider’s view: “through online fan forums, the film encourages a communal participation in the effects of tragic romantic love stories enabled by access to new forms of sociability on the internet.

“A mini-Brokeback tourist industry emerged, with one website devoting itself to mapping and photographing every shooting location for every scene. These web-based responses culminated in net-generated cultural activism and even the popular naming of a new syndrome, “Brokeback Mountain Fever.” Referring specifically to the Dave Cullen forum, K lists the Variety ad, DVD to Libraries campaign and "Beyond Brokeback" as "varied actions to recognize and disseminate the power of Brokeback.

Beyond Brokeback in particular "evinces the impact of the film as a romantic love story, but also as a galvanizer of personal and political action," with no shortage of individual examples from the book's personal stories.  "That old model of romantic love,” Barbara concludes, "was resuscitated but in a communal context; people were talking about movie, and therefore often about love, en masse."

"This story of romantic love covers its subjects in the dignity of those who can feel," the essay concludes. "In other ways it represents the greatest justification for same-sex marriage by replaying how passion leads to a desire for domesticity—the “sweet life,” a “little cow and calf operation,” as Jack had once proposed. But of course we never see this domesticity; we are left only with that perpetual longing. The film’s effect is to both rewrite this classic justification for marriage, and at the same time to give romantic love a new serenity and dignity, taking love away from the favored to bestow it on the forlorn."

Read the whole essay at, and join the Forum's discussion of the essay.

The National Equality March

The New York Times calls it "the largest demonstration for gay rights here in nearly a decade."

"Known as Stonewall 2.0 or the Prop. 8 Generation (a reference to the galvanizing effect that the repeal of California’s same-sex marriage law had on many young people), these activists, in their 20s and 30s, are at odds with advocates urging patience as Mr. Obama grapples with other pieces of his domestic agenda like the health care overhaul and the economic recovery.

“ 'I think this march represents the passing of the torch,' said Corey Johnson, 27, an activist and blogger for the gay-themed Web site 'The points of power are no longer in the halls of Washington or large metropolitan areas. It’s decentralized now. You have young activists and gay people from all walks of life converging on Washington not because a national organization told them to, but because they feel the time is now.' ”

The Times noted that "Unlike previous marches promoting gay civil rights, the rally was primarily the undertaking of a new generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates at odds with old-line gay leaders who are urging patience as Mr. Obama grapples with more pressing pieces of his domestic agenda."

Whole article and link to a slide show here.

The High Price of Being a Gay Couple

"Much of the debate over legalizing gay marriage has focused on God and Scripture, the Constitution and equal protection," according to a recent article in the New York Times. "But we see the world through the prism of money. And for years, we’ve heard from gay couples about all the extra health, legal and other costs they bear. So we set out to determine what they were and to come up with a round number — a couple’s lifetime cost of being gay."

Authors Tara Bernard and Ron Lieber took a methodical approach. "We looked at benefits that routinely go to married heterosexual couples but not to gay couples, like certain Social Security payments. We plotted out the cost of health insurance for couples whose employers don’t offer it to domestic partners. Even tax preparation can cost more, since gay couples have to file two sets of returns." Same-sex couples did have a few advantages, such as with the alleged ‘marriage penalty’.

The benchmark was a hypothetical lesbian couple with two children and one partner who was a stay-at-home parent for five years. Using the tax rates in the states with the highest estimated gay populations – New York, California, and Florida – they gave the couple a $140,000 annual income, "which is about the average income in those three states for unmarried same-sex partners who are college-educated, 30 to 40 years old and raising children under the age of 18." Neither the best-case nor worst-case scenarios yielded anything approaching equality: "In our worst case, the couple’s lifetime cost of being gay was $467,562. But the number fell to $41,196 in the best case for a couple with significantly better health insurance, plus lower taxes and other costs."

Health Insurance

"In our worst case, the lower earner’s employer did not provide health insurance and her partner’s employer didn’t cover domestic partners." With one partner having to purchase insurance herself, the lesbian couple paid $211,993 more than an equivalent opposite-sex couple. With domestic partner coverage, the couple could still pay as much as $28,000 more.

Social Security

"In total, the gay women collected $88,511 less in Social Security than a similar heterosexual couple. Some couples might try to buy life insurance in an attempt to replace the benefit.  In our best case, when the gay partners had largely identical incomes, neither was at a huge disadvantage because they ended up with about the same monthly benefits. So the only extra benefit a heterosexual married couple received was the $255 death benefit."

Estate Taxes

The so-called "death tax" doesn’t affect as many taxpayers as the rhetoric about it implies, but when it does the gap between impacts is especially wide. Heterosexual couples can avoid it altogether by transferring assets to each other during their lives; same-sex couples pay Federal estate taxes on any amounts over $3.5 million. For the hypothetical lesbian couple, "the gay partner who died first in 2055 left an estate that exceeded the state’s threshold by $171,528. That meant a tax bill of $43,378.

"Meanwhile, their identical heterosexual counterparts owed nothing."

In terms of financial parity, the results did not support civil unions providing the same advantages as legal marriage, since "nearly all the extra costs that gay couples face would be erased if the federal government legalized same-sex marriage." Frederick Hertz, a California attorney who works with same-sex couples, says that while opposite-sex couples drive in a financial ‘car pool lane’, for a same-sex couple "it’s always stop. Wait. Pay a toll."

Diana: A Celebration

Princess Diana's admirers will get a chance to see an international traveling exhibition, "Diana: A Celebration," at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA.  According to National Constitution Center President and CEO Linda E. Johnson, “this exhibition is a remarkable tribute to Princess Diana’s life and work. Because she was admired by millions across the globe, we expect Diana: A Celebration to have broad appeal, which will allow the Center to expand its audience and, in turn, introduce more visitors to the remarkable stories of ‘We the People’ celebrated here every day.”

People visiting the exhibit will want to allow enough time to visit nine different galleries with distinct themes: Childhood, Spencer Women, Engagement, Royal Wedding, Tiara Gallery, Style & Fashion, Her Work, Tribute, and Condolences.  The exhibits will include Diana’s royal wedding gown and its accessories including a diamond tiara and 25-foot train, 28 other garments designed by Versace, Valentino, Chanel, and Azagury; the musical score and handwritten lyrics for the adaptation of “Candle in the Wind” performed by Elton John at Diana's funeral, and various artifacts including letters, photos and home movies.

The charities and causes that Diana worked for are acknowledged in the exhibition, including her work with HIV and AIDS patients, the homeless, and the campaign to ban landmines.

For more information, see

In the Blogosphere: Julie Unplugged

In December 2004, Julie Bogart (forum member Alma was driving home from a Christmas performance of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, she wondered "what it would be to study theology not in order to get more clarity about God, but to find a way to aid humans in being exactly what they are - oh so very human. . . .  I would love to be in a church where the pastor asked the congregation on a Sunday morning: 'How many of you stopped believing in God this week?' and that question wasn't merely rhetorical. Or what if he/she said, 'Today is for the lamenters. If you are raging against the injustice in our world, we're going to engage in a group lament. Ready, start screaming.'  Wouldn't that be wild?"

This was the start of Julie's blog, "Julie Unplugged," where Julie explores how one's perspective can be changed by embracing radical insecurity as part of life.

On religious opposition to marriage equality: "Even though Christians see divorce, out-of-wedlock single mothers, and couples living together as immoral, they wouldn't freak out if a teacher sent home a book that included these family groupings, nor would they feel put upon to explain the sexual relationships that created these family relationships."

On the abortion debate:  "For the record, I am pro-life. That does mean all life: including the lives of doctors who provide abortions as well as the young women who are overcome with the deepest of agony in making such a difficult decision as well as the babies (that's what I call them) in utero. [Theologian Dietrich] Bonhoeffer's admonition to future generations was to wrestle through the ethical dilemmas of our time and to take full responsibility for our actions in shaping history. Killing a few abortionists over a thirty year period has more in common with vigilante justice than deeply explored ethical dilemmas and risk taking action for the common good.

On Beyond Brokeback  “In a rush of enthusiasm for the film and its impact on viewers (hetero, homo, men, women, American, European, Australian), the energetic, passionate membership organized a book project with the intent to share the contents of many of those posts with the larger world.

“One of the most amazing effects of this movie is the way it's allowed members of the gay community to see their own painful experiences of coming out, of being marginalized, of finding love and yet feeling trapped to express it, live it. Some of the members shared about contacting lost loves and reigniting what they'd left behind when they were afraid to live out who they were.

“I'm one of the contributors to this project (they used three of my posts in the book). Those months spent on the forums were some of the most eye-opening I've ever enjoyed. It was an immersion experience (similar to moving to a foreign country).”

The blog is full of small reading moments to savor, such as this excerpt from Rob Thomas's "Little Wonders:"

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain

Click to visit "Julie Unplugged"

At Jack's Parents

After more than three years, Forum members are still sharing insights about BBM.  foreverinawe has posted her own summation of the "stepping stones leading to the scene at Jack's parents' house, the climax of the story," in the At Jack's Parents thread. Setting the stage for Ennis' revelations in the house where Jack grew up, foreverinawe writes:

"He has never met Jack's folks, only knows of them because Jack mentioned them occasionally. He knows Jack's dad is a controlling asshole, that young Jack could not wait to get away from Lightning Flat. Yet Jack regularly returned to "give the old man a hand with the place," a rundown, shoestring cattle ranch, in country so desolate the nearest neighbor was 10 miles away. In the boondocks, you might say.

"The barren looks of the place suggest a total lack of human compassion, but Ennis is about to get the lesson of his life.

The summary was followed by a discussion of Ennis progress through the story and his level of responsibility for the outcome.


Fun Question of the Week

This week’s Question: Who said: "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors?"

Let us know your answer in the response thread.

Last week's question and answer: The Incas, who did not have a written language, "used quipus to do accounting of business transactions and as memory aids in recounting significant events in the local history." What is a quipus?

Is there anything you all don't know? Fritzkep, full measure and Sandy are correct - The quipus were strings with knots in them, the knots served to "document" business and historical events."

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Conny shares some of fall's own brand of beauty at Life Through the Lens 4.  

and huntinbuddy shares a strikingly Ennis-like photo from the Jackson Hole News, at Cowboy Up!

Quote of the Day

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

~ George Orwell ~

Photo Caption of the Day

From Marz at Photo Captioning Fun 5:  

Ennis: (thinking) she's pretending to read that paper

Alma: (thinking) he's pretending he's going fishing

and with a nod to last week's TOPIC of the WEEK:  from doodler  

No need to call the sheriff, ma’m. Everyone thought you wanted
me to go up there and find these shirts….

Contributors: hiker, Alma, Marz, conny, doodler, huntinbuddy

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Los Angeles, Autry National Center - December 13

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