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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Wednesday Word: Cycle

Samhain, which is the pagan name for this time of year has evolved into what we now know as Halloween, a unofficial holiday that runs the gamut from emulating monsters and fright nights to people running around in costumes parading up and down streets and drinking themselves silly in bars. It’s the perfect excuse for men to put on dresses or gay priests to wear tutus. It is not in its origins quite all that.

The Apostolic tradition usurped this pagan festival and turned into All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. (Hallows = Holies or Saints; E’en = Eve)

The late Scott Cunningham wrote quite a few books on Wicca and Paganism in his short time on the earth. And since this is the time of year to remember those who have passed on let’s recall what he had to say about it.

At Samhain … say farewell to the God. This is a temporary farewell. He isn’t wrapped in eternal darkness, but readies to be reborn of the Goddess at Yule.

Samhain also known as November Eve, Feast of the Dead, Feast of Apples, Hallows and All Hallows, once marked the time of sacrifice …

Samhain is a time of reflection, of looking back over the past year, of coming to terms with the one phenomenon of life over which we have no control – death.

…On this night the separation between the physical and spiritual realities is thin.


This is from Scott Cunningham’s Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.

This is the time to remember all of those who have gone before us: our forebears and all of those who have paved the way. It points the way to what all the world’s religions are about – the rhythm of life. God and the Goddess go through a yearly cycle of death and rebirth that reflects what humans experience in the Four Seasons.

But, hey, if wearing a pink tutu and scurrying about on Christopher Street or Castro Street or Spruce Street floats your boat, go for it! You can always remember those who have gone before. It’s a cycle after all.




Main Entry: 1cy·cle
Pronunciation: \ˈsī-kəl\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English cicle, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos circle, wheel, cycle — more at wheel
Date: 14th century
1: an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events or phenomena is completed
2 a: a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point b: one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process c: a permutation of a set of ordered elements in which each element takes the place of the next and the last becomes first



Pictured is the late Rob Sager.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tuesday Talent: Daniel Hugh Kelly


It takes a consummate actor to allow his viewers to hate him and Daniel Hugh Kelly has done so very well twice as a murderous homophobes on both Law & Order and As The World Turns. It's hoped that those can put him to work more were watching and will do so.


Condensed from Soap Opera Digest:"Saluting The Colonel"

In the 26 years since he left his role as Frank on Ryan's Hope, there's not much Daniel Hugh Kelly hasn't tackled in show business, from rabid dogs (Cujo) to demons (Supernatural). He's been an astronaut (From the Earth to the Moon) and a car thief (Hardcastle & McCormick)... He's also played a lot of military men, including at least two other colonels... Now his role as Noah's strict father, Colonel Winston Mayer, on As The World Turns has brought him back to soaps, but this prolific actor claims he "never really left daytime," anyway.


Soap Opera Digest: How did you become involved with the show? I understand you're friends with [Executive Producer] Chris Goutman.

Daniel Hugh Kelly: I am. We go back a ways, and I'm unclear of exactly how it came about, but he was interested in me to play this role and it was an opportunity to go to Branson, Missouri, and I had never been there before. Plus, the fact that it wasn't a long-term commitment kind of appealed to me. It enabled me to get back to New York. I've been away from this area, where I grew up, for many years.
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Digest: What was it like shooting on location?

Kelly: I didn't have to do a whole lot, so it was great. I had more time off than I had to work. The young kids who are carrying the show had to work a lot.
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Digest: Was it difficult to get back into the daytime groove?

Kelly: It has. Keep in mind that 30 years ago when I was doing this, they had teleprompters attached to the cameras, and they don't have that anymore.

Digest: Really? On Ryan's Hope?

Kelly: Oh yeah. It was one of the reasons I left, because I got pretty good at using them and I didn't know how good that was. Now that I'm older and I really need them, they don't have them.

Digest: What else has changed?

Kelly: It's very, very quick. On the one hand, I really do enjoy working faster. It can get very tedious on a set, so if the crew is working fast and the director is moving it along and people know their lines, I prefer that. Even though I prefer that, this is very fast.

Digest: What role do people recognize you the most for?

Kelly: People don't recognize me for one specific thing; they just feel like they know me. I was at a bar last night watching the Yankee game. It's an old neighborhood haunt where I used to live and there were several people in there who recognized me and as usual they're not sure where I'm from. Sometimes, I think they think they had an affair with me and everyone was drunk or they think I went to high school with them. To be quite honest, I get off on that. I'm very polite about it, but it always comes down to "Where do I know you from?" I'll tell them a show or a movie or something I've done, and they say, "No, that's not it." So you end up repeating a lot of your credits until very often I will say, "We were drunk and it was a long time ago, but I thought you were good and I hope you thought I was [laughs]." And I kind of let it go at that because otherwise it does become insane.




Digest: You have such an extensive resumé; are there any credits about which you are particularly proud?

Kelly: A number of them. I really enjoyed Citizen Cohn because I'm distantly related to the character I played on that, Congressman Gallagher. I enjoyed The Tuskegee Airmen because I'm named after my mom's oldest brother, who was a fighter pilot in the South Pacific during the war. He was flying a plane that crashed and they never found him. So when I got to do [the film] with the Army Air Corps, that meant a lot to me. The same thing with From The Earth to the Moon. My uncle was heavily involved with NASA, so to do that was a real honor, as well.

Digest: That must have been an exciting project to work on.

Kelly: It was so well done, and money was not an issue. They just wanted to get it right, so you were using a lot of the original equipment. When we were doing a lot of the control room stuff, they had the original banks of televisions and desks and even chairs. I was doing one scene there and I was leafing through this binder with all this paperwork. It was original paperwork! It wasn't something like blank paper or from a courthouse somewhere, which is what you usually get from the props department.






Digest: In between doing all of these movies and TV shows, you also went to ALL MY CHILDREN as Travis, from 1993-94.

Kelly: I never really left daytime. I agreed to do a few episodes of AMC, but then it was turning into a lot. The people who were production assistants on Ryan's Hope were running AMC at the time. The same thing with OLTL last year; I don't consider myself above and beyond anything. I'd like to meet new people and do different things. I'm not going to say, "I'm too good for this." I've done a lot of regional repertory and I've always believed that the actors in regional theaters around this country and on daytime are extremely underrated. This show is no different. Jake [Silbermann, Noah] and Van [Hansis, Luke] are both really talented; Alexandra [Chando], who plays Maddie, just phenomenal. They're good kids and good actors. This is a well-produced, well-written show. Everyone on it, particularly the actors, have just been extraordinarily outgoing.

Digest: Do you keep in touch with anybody from soaps?

Kelly: I don't. I rarely keep in touch with anybody from any show that I've worked. I did with the guys from Ponderosa who played my sons. But you never really say good-bye in this business. I was walking up Columbus Avenue a few months ago and who comes down the other way but Ilene Kristen [Roxy, OLTL; ex-Delia, RH]? She looks like she's 25, like the last time I'd seen her! So you always run into them or work with them again.

Digest: What advice would you give a young actor about sustaining a career in this business?

Kelly: I've always believed that any actor who can make a living in this business — and my definition of that is that you don't have to do anything else and you can put your kids through school, including college — I have the utmost respect for. It's not easy. I would advise young actors — not that anyone would ask me — but not to stick your nose up. You want to do good work. I used to, when I was younger, get upset when the scripts weren't as good as I hoped they'd be, but I learned on Ryan's Hope — and relatively speaking, the writing on RH was extraordinary — that if you focus on making the writing work, you'll become a better and a happier actor.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Lunar Monday: The Eight of Pentacles


Pentacles represent money, career advancement and material goods and skills needed to provide security. It is about the material comfort levels of our physical existence. This suit's element is earth. Pentacles represented the merchant class. Its element is north.
The story set forth in this suit is one of an ambitious young person who wishes to establish themselves in business, It details the struggles of that person until finally their dream is achieved. These cards represent manifestation.

The eight represents the apprentice or the enthusiastic student, who pursues his or her work with the sheer joy of loving what he or she is doing. It emphasizes that hard labor will bring its own rewards. It also suggests the need for meticulous attention to detail.

(www.bewitchingways.com)




According to Jungian Tarot:

Without question this is one of the most intriguing and mysterious cards of the Tarot. It means the essence of subtlety and diplomacy applied to some specific end. Great intelligence and seriousness is involved in a very detailed presentation. A plan appears accurate and complete, but is really a cover for secret ideas and intentions. The totality is never shown openly: events are surreptitiously arranged; people are discreetly manipulated without their knowledge.

Caution and critical attention to detail is essential. The agenda is hidden, but what emerges is of profound significance. This could mean academic honours, very serious news, the offer of an important position, or something agreed-upon in private consideration and negotiation.



It cannot be said, generally that the eight of pentacles/coins represents either a good or bad situation. It is, rather, a condition of sub rosa activity, the results of which depend on what has gone before and the people involved. If surrounding influences are positive, secret work will yield results of excellence and strength. With negative conditions, this card may suggest the presence of dishonesty, lies, or a vicious plot.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Song of the Week: Whiskey, Whiskey


Whiskey Whiskey

(Tom Ghent) « © '70 Combine Music, BMI »

He's a little bit of the sunshine just before it rains
A little like this quiet night before the cold winds came
He's a little bit like the weather I never know when he's gonna change
He's a part of my heart and a whole lot of my pain
So whiskey whiskey my old friend I've come to talk with you again
Milk of mercy please be kind drive this feeling from my mind

Don't you know somehow his smile can make the day begin
He'd take away this mask of grey and let the sun shine in
Now I find that I've been blinded by the cold and winter wind
He disguised behind his eyes oh what a fool I've been
So whiskey whiskey...
Whiskey whiskey...
**********

Rita Coolidge harmonizes on this great piece of music with her then husband, Kris Kristofferson.

And, of course, it's a great excuse to post a picture of Timothy Adams in western motif and otherwise.



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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saturday Beefcake: What we were eating a year ago



'Tis that time of year when many inhabitants of the United States of America start that long journey until after January 1st into overindulgence. The task begins now with Halloween with its tricked treats and ends with the New Year with its tricks and the call for designated drivers.
In between there should be much dieting, while placing emphasis on the treadmills and related accessories. Easier said than done.

It is that very reason that John Antorino's image graces today's Beefcake entry. He is a man who obviously knows how to handle the temptations of overindulgence while at the same time exemplifying what one might be better choosing to indulge in, so to speak.

The recipe choice is very appropriate for the time of year and very much an exceptional suggestion for indulging either over or under.



Scaloppine di Tacchino



Seasoned Flour
(sea salt & ground pepper)
2 Eggs, large beaten with milk
2 Cups Fresh beadcrumbs
3 Cups finely chopped pecans
Turkey scallops, 750 grams, pounded
Granny Smith, cored, sliced thinly
Sweet Butter 3 tablespoons
Light Olive Oil or Almond Oil, 3 tblsp
Orange Juice, 1 cup, fresh
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, 3 shots
Chicken Broth, about 1 cup
Cornstarch, 1 tsp
Parsley and Orange Rind

1. Mix bread crumbs with the pecans
2. Dredge the turkey in resulting mixture, dip in eggs, then coat again with mixture
3. In a large skillet saute' the apple in butter and oil (1/2 teaspoon each) until somewhat crispy, just a couple of minutes. Then transfer to a platter. Cover it.
4. Cook the turkey in batches in the same skillet over moderate heat with the remaining oil and butter until firm, i.e. a couple of minutes on each side then transfer to the plate with the apple slices.
5. Wipe out the skillet, add the orange juice and half the liqueur and boil until half reduction.
6. Add the broth and do the same.
7. In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch with the remaining liqueur and then add to the sauce, salt, pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
8. Arrange turkey and apple slices on 6 plates, spoon sauce over the turkey, garnish.

Sweet Potato and Chestnut Salad

Light Olive Oil, about 3 ounces
Sweet Potatoes, about 500 grams cut into one inch pieces
Sweet Butter, about 3 tablespoons
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Fresh Juice: lemon, lime or orange, c. 1 tablespoon
Cooked Chestnuts, halved, about 250 grams
Ginger root, minced, about 2 teaspoons
Raspberry vinegar, 3 tablespoons
Garlic, minced, one clove
Orange rind, grated: about teaspoons
Radicchio, arugula and endive leaves
Scallions, two, minced
Crisp bacon -- cut into very small pieces or soy substitute, about 125 grams

1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Heat three tablespoons of the oil in a skillet. Therein saute the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste until golden. Remove and drain.
3. Melt the butter in a baking dish over moderate heat, add liqueur, juice, potatoes, chestnuts, ginger, and salt & pepper to paste.
4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, basting occasionally.
5. In a bowl whisk vinegar, garlic, orange rind -- salt & pepper, adding remaining oil in a stream, whisking until all is combined well.
6. Add potatoes and chestnuts to a bowl while still warm and toss.
7. Line 6 plates with the greens, divide the potato mixture among them, garnish with the scallions and bacon or its substitute.

It would seem that these recipes call for you to invite five other people over to partake of this wonderful Autumn repast. Of course, by now, you know very well, dear reader, that this sustenance is necessary to maintain the hormonal turbulence and overindulgence thereof associated with dear Scorpios and their libidinous sign, into which Brother Sun made his entrance around 23 October. Therefore, invite one or two less over or simply invite someone like Mr Antorino over ... and over again.


Visit his site.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday's Main Event: Cinema Against AIDS


Cinema Against AIDS
October 26, 2007
Rome, Italy

amfAR's first Cinema Against AIDS benefit was held in Cannes during the 1993 International Film Festival and hosted by Dame Elizabeth Taylor, amfAR's founding international chairman. Since then, this annual black-tie gala has established itself as the most consistently exciting and well-publicized party held during the festival. In addition to Dame Elizabeth, who has hosted the benefit on seven occasions, Sharon Stone has been a chair and auctioneer since 1995.

Spazio Etoile
Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina
Palazzo Fendi

Kate Fitzsimons
(212) 806-1612
kate.fitzsimons@amfar.org
www.amfar.org

For more events like this one go here.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Gay Thursdays: Ryan Idol's Hope


After The Ritz, Idol says, he'll return to work on his autobiographical one-man show, My Messy Bedroom: Anatomy of an Idol. From here on in, it's an actor's life for Idol. "I'm going to start focusing on finding a manager and agents, and we'll see what happens," he says. "I finally have gotten to a place where I feel like I have a tight-knit family." (NY Daily News)




“… My Messy Bedroom: Anatomy of an Idol … begins with my childhood story and continues through the rise and fall of Ryan Idol and then the after... I collaborated with a bunch of writers who I paid to collaborate with, and at this point and time am working hands on with Jerry Douglas who's a writer/director in the adult industry. We were going to put this up this fall until The Ritz came along, which I couldn't pass up. (BravoTV.com)




“Over the years I have chosen to not label myself because there are plenty of others who will. I am happy to not label myself. Even though I come from that business, if one were to look at the plots from the films that I did - I only did 6 - it's art depicting life and life depicting art. My first movie was close to where I was in my own life, and that was being curious about the gay world but having come from a catholic background.” (BravoTV.com)




“I'm focusing on my career right now. I'm 41 and I have that deep desire to have genuine affections for people, whether male or female. Love has different degrees, from genuine affection to the unattainable thing we aspire to of absolute love. It doesn't come often but if you don't have other elements in your life in place you can't have love, so that's why I am focusing on my career. Don't go looking for it, I always say, it will find you when you least expect it.” (BravoTV.com)



Labeled or not labeled, Marc Anthony Donais or Ryan Idol, a rose by any other name still has beautiful eyes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday Word: Ryan Idol



There were more than one known entities in Roundabout's The Ritz, one of which was Rosie Perez's comedic genius if not necessarily in delivering a line but in delivering physical, visual and audio farce as Googie Gomez.

There are two stars of Terrence McNally's play. One is Ms. Gomez who can leave the observer in fits of laughing tears, because in all of her absurdity she is identifiable. She is us. That's why we love her. The other star is gay male sexuality, which for all intents and purposes is penetration and slurpiness but in most peoples' reality it is soul and depth. It's love.

Therefore, while Rosie's newest vehicle shows off what she can do, the supporting role supplied by Ryan Idol a.k.a. Marc Anthony Donais is in many ways what it is all about and what the burgeoning gay consciousness was in the 70s before the AIDS crisis cut it right down.





Here are classic images of Mr. Idol who appears as "Crisco Patron" in this farcical tribute to the gay bath house scene; but meeting him in person even clothed in a bath towel, one could only focus on the windows of the soul--he has such beautiful eyes.



Main Entry: 1eye
Pronunciation: \ˈī\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ēage; akin to Old High German ouga eye, Latin oculus, Greek ōps eye, face, Sanskrit akṣi eye
Date: before 12th century



1 a: a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight; especially : the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull b: all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows c (1): the faculty of seeing with eyes (2): the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic perception or appreciation (3): skill or ability dependent upon eyesight

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Tuesday Talent: Danny Arroyo


Danny’s ability to constantly see the world through the eyes of a child has granted him the extraordinary gift to live his life in super-size magnitude and maintain his boyish charm. Born in the Bronx, Danny not only inherited the go-getter panache of the Big Apple, but as well the eclectic background of his parents – mixed backgrounds with a splash of Latino blood. No wonder he is blessed with good looks and certain fiery, sexy passion. Danny was Pablo Garcia on General Hospital: Nightshift, an overly flirtatious orderly, and an advocate of the old saying, "What happens in the night shift, stays in the night shift".




Experiencing this man in person is quite another experience. It is easy to see that this is a person who could easily live a long and happy life given his genuine approach to the people around him.




Here's the official site.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Lunar Mondays: The Six of Wands



This card is very often indicative of triumph and acclaim. The Jungian meditation on this card's value is strong leadership and accordingly is the key card of leadership in The Jungian Tarot Deck.

It is indicative of an individual who easily assumes command under any circumstances, and who handles difficult situations with skill. The person tends to be strong and impulsive, self-assured and somewhat egocentric who loves a challenge and perhaps reckless: one who is always ready for a new adventure or for a good fight.

There is tremendous loyalty and caring for subordinates, who are dealt with thoughtfully and with concern for their opinions, and who return these feelings with affection and with sincere trust.

Of course, there is good and there is bad leadership. A less than ideal administrator may deceive or lie, or be insensitive ...

Jungian cards point the way to a productive meditation on what is at hand and within. This description is based on Robert Wang's handbook.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Song of the Week: Love's The Only Way


My dream from childhood has been to be a singer and through my music help create a more peaceful world. As I grew I realized that it would serve me well to have an alternative that would support me as I developed my own musical identity. Thus, I became a Physicians Assistant.

Now, I get to practice 'healing' both as a medical provider and hopefully with the music that I write and sing. I am blessed by this. As well, I am honored to have my music be a part of these great...and most important...events. Giovanni, my friend, thank you for this wonderful opportunity. God bless!

Sincerely,
Sarah

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday Beefcake: James Guardino

Temporarily existing in West Hollywood reminds one that a community by and for gay people often brings about much needed candy for one's eyes. Today's subject however might very well be an East Coast denizen--no matter seems like he'd fit in anywhere



Recipes chosen are on the main site and may have appeared in earlier posts. If they have, consider them pleasant reminders.

Zuppa di Lenticchie (Lentil Soup)

1.5 tbsps fruity Olive Oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 small fennel bulb, diced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup lentils, rinsed, etc.
2 tsps. salt
pepper to taste
2 tbsps chopped fresh basil

1. Heat half the olive oil in large pot.
2. Add garlic, onion and fennel. Saute until soft [5 minutes]
3. Add the broth and lentils. Bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender [about 45 minutes]
5. Serves 6 people. Drizzle olive oil over each serving and garnish with basil.




Lasagne Con Melanzane e Zucchine

Fresh Lasagne 200 grams
Eggplant, two long
Summer Squash or Zucchine, four
Scallions
Scamorza Affumicata (Smoked Mozzarella) 400 grams
Parsley
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 30 grams
Caraway Seed, two teaspoons
Vegetable Broth, a cup and half
Sweet Butter, 50 grams
Nutmeg
Flour about 50 grams
Sea Salt, Freshly Ground Pepper
Extra butter for the baking dish
Oven preheated 350F

1.Cut the squash and eggplant lengthwise, salt them and let them "rest" over paper towels for about thirty minutes.
2. Cut half of the scamorza into small cubes and the other half into slices.
3. In a bowl place the cheese cubes with chopped parsley, the white part of the scalion -- all chopped very finely and then mixed with the caraway.
4. Delicately dry the vegetables and saute them in a skillet with about 20 grams of the olive oil
5. Place them on a platter and distribute on each some of the cheese mixture and roll them up.
6. Cook the fresh lasagne 2-3 rectangles at a time in boiling water -- very important that they are al dente -- put them aside to cool off.
7. Melt the butter in a casserole, add the flour and let ti bronw slightly and then add the broth a littel at a time, stirring constantly until it thickens.
Salt and Pepper to taste with a few gratings of nutmeg.
8. Arrange the rectangles of lasagne in a buttered baking dish and then spread the sauce over them.
9. Then arrange half the vegetables over them.
10. Then spread another layer of the sauce and then cover it with one third of the scamorza slices and then add another layer of pasta.
11. Then another layer of the vegetable rolls and then more sauce and another third of the sliced cheese.
12. Finally another layer of pasta and then cover with the remaining slices of cheese.
13. Bake for fifteen minutes. Serve room temperature.




Broccoli Soffriti

For broccoli di rape, a vegetable often used in conjunction with sweet Italian sausage.

Fresh Broccoli di Rape with leaves, 750 grams
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a cup or so
Garlic, eight cloves halved
Red Onion, thinly sliced
Anchovy fillets, marinated eight roughly chopped
Sea Salt [or Kosher Salt] and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Bread Crumbs, toasted, about a cup

1. Trim the broccoli into long stalks, removing the bottom two inches and retaining the leaves. Bring to boil six quarts of water.
2. Add the olive oil to a saute pan (c. 12 inches) over medium-low heat, adding the garlic, onion and anchovies. Cook for five minutes. Stir often and cook until garlic is golden.
3. Throw the broccoli into the boiling water and cooking it only for one minute.
4. Drain the broccoli and place it in the saute pan. Cook for about twelve minutes or until the broccoli is tender, but still maintaining its shape.
5. Stir and remove from heat. Season aggressively with the pepper and timidly with the salt.
6. Serve hot or room temperature sprinkled with the bread crumbs.





There should be enough here for a fine evening of dining and entertaining. Of course, some of you are thinking about other appetites and different kinds of entertaining. Not that there's anything wrong with that.



Salmon with Ginger Salsa
(Agapita Beninati)

Mangos, 2 diced
Tomato, 1 large diced
Scallions, 4 chopped
Cilantro, 2 teaspoons chopped
Ginger, fresh, two teaspoons finely minced
Lemon or Lime Juice, from one lemon or two limes
Salmon Steaks, four about six ounces each
Vegetable oil spray


1. Mix the first six ingredients to make a salsa
2. Heat up the grill and spray it with the vegetable spray
3. Sprinkle the salmon with the juice.
4. Grill the salmon on each side for 5/6 minutes
5. Remove and top with the salsa.







Depression Cake
This makes a super moist, super tasty inexpensive cake.

1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3 well rounded tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar
1 cup cold water

1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. When well blended pour into a greased floured 9 inch pan.
3. Bake for 35-40 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven.
4. Remove from pan and cool.

> [check out recipes for frostiing or just dust with confectioner's sugar]





Shamelessly stolen from cyber friend Justin Van de Kamp of Televisionista fame:
"James Guardino of Major Model Management in New York obviously knows the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise. The male model with one of the most enviable torsos in the industry sure has a knack for promotion of swimwear and underwear."

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday's Main Event: Ilene Kristen at The Abbey

This post is from last May's Fund-Raiser at Prohibition for New York AIDS Walk and last night Ilene Kristen proved at The Abbey that some things simply never change. She wowed the crowd with just a couple of songs and her winning ways. She was joined by Brian Krause, Jacklyn Zeman, Danny Arroyo, Ron Hale and Thom Bierdz. She knows how to make it all worthwhile.

Friendship is probably the best human relationship available and when it happens, it is a true blessing. And friendship does that, i.e. it just happens, usually because there are individuals who know how to do it well. Loyalty pays a big part in it. Couple that quality with the heart of a journeyman actor and singer who finds true expression in work and you have Ilene Kristen.





Ilene was the first in both fundraising events that POZ team promoted at Prohibition to offer her time and talent. This year more was asked of her when the band was stranded due to inclement weather and she herself was under the weather. She carried on and was the driving force behind the event.


She's been around the block more than once, but she brings the enthusiasm of a neophyte to her work. It's been said before in this Web Log, but it bears repeating: To Know Her is To Love Her








Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gay Thursdays: Bringing It All Back Home


For today's fund-raiser at The Abbey Ilene Kristen stated that she didn't want to be the star of the show. She won't be. She is right. She is not the star of the show. Today's star is Jeff Jenest-- or actually those he represents. Gay Men were the pioneers in this crisis and by and large rose to the occasion setting high the standard on how to combat disease. People like Jeff who are thriving are what winning the battle is all about. Therefore, Jeff is representative of all who are living with HIV of both genders and every ethnic group. That this fund-raiser is taking place at The Abbey, quintessential gay locale in West Hollywood is bringing it all back home in a manner of speaking. Come out.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Wednesday Word: The Bandwagon


Main Entry: band·wag·on
Pronunciation: \ˈband-ˌwa-gən\
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Date: 1855
1 : a usually ornate and high wagon for a band of musicians especially in a circus parade
2 : a popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support —often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon
3 : a current or fashionable trend

We're glad they are on board. Ron Hale (General Hospital), Les Brandt (Another World) and Don Jeffcoat (One Life to Live)




There will be a Ryan's Hope reunion of sorts at The Abbey with Ilene Kristen and Ron together on October 18th.