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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Word

Main Entry: stri·dent
Pronunciation: \ˈstrī-dənt\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin strident-, stridens, present participle of stridere, stridēre to make a harsh noise
Date: circa 1656
: characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound ; also : commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality
synonyms see loud, vociferous
— stri·dent·ly adverb

The harsh noise you hear is not necessarily Rev. Wright's inappropriate behaviour it is the absurd direction taken by a presidential campaign. Does anyone realize that Rev. Wright, as wrong and misdirected as he is, is not running for President and that the religious proclivities of African Americans are varied and most are very different from his?

Grow up, please. We are a nation of big babies, the biggest of which are the infantile MSM.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tuesday Talent: Double Your Pleasure

There have been very long lines outside Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.

It's a great cast, not the least of which is Phylicia Rashad.

Another reason is Terrence Howard's temporary replacemmet, Boris Kodjoe.

He is in the Broadway revival at the Broadhurst Theater until 4 May. The production, which is directed by Debbie Allen, also stars Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Giancarlo Esposito, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Lou Myers, and Count Stovall.

Kodjoe's acting credits include Love and Basketball, Brown Sugar, Soul Food: The Series, Doing Hard Time, and Second Time Around

We will take you from here to another gay oriented story from As The World Turns. As as happened too often in the past some badly motivated television fans are trying to hold a show hostage to their ignorance. The unfortunate part of it is that there are young, talented actors whose jobs are on the line. It is hoped that Procter & Gamble will realize that the people who are trying to make television fiction into fundie unreality will not influence sales of their products.

At any rate ...The American Family Association has just launched a letter and call-in campaign to have the Luke/Noah storyline removed from the day time soap opera As the World Turns. Procter & Gamble has set up a toll free number to poll responses. The number is (800) 331-3774. Press 1 and then press 2 to get to the ATWT poll. Then press 1 to tell them you want the storyline to continue. Enough is enough. Is it any wonder that Soap Operas are on the verge of oblivion.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Meditation: Where We're Going

Six of Wands, a card that has come up for the third time and once again as the moon wanes. it may be re-directing us to last November when it came up and this was stated: This card has come up as the moon wanes and it just might be the time to be done with false and ineffective leadership.

The Queen of Swords is also here again from last November: her life is drawn in two somewhat contradictory directions: Family and home are all important to her; she draws strength from here family. Yet her interpersonal abilities bring her to the forefront of career and social situations, and she finds herself balancing delicately between the two worlds. On the negative side, she is actually very self-centered and has little interest in social causes or the rights of others. She can be both deceitful and disingenuous, and always chooses sides and points of view which will bring her the greatest personal advantage in a given situation.

The Emperor points the way to effective leadership. And the Jungian interpretation according to Wang offers this: At the level of personal interaction and conversation, the father may be verbal, intellectual and rational--sometimes to the point of being cold. And although he may inflict punishment, he is dynamically protective of his own. He is the provider of support, strength, and of fatherly love. He is also the lawgiver although--as will be repeatedly underscored--the Father forgives, but the Mother does not. The opposite side of this Father figure is cruel, oppressive and totally self-centered.

The first two cards which were drawn last November during Scorpio's reign come up again as we re-experience a Scorpio-Taurus axis. The New Moon (5 May 2008) in one week initiates fertility and growth taking us away from the destructive aspect of Scorpio into the rebirth aspect. This week will be full of divesting one's self of Scorpio's penchant for destruction when not getting what it wants--before we can on with it. Look to the primaries on 6 May.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Songs of the Week: Rainbows, Stars, Headwinds and the Morning Sun

POZ’s fund-raising project for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud at Prohibition on 14 May 2008 continues to grow. Feel free to make a direct donation: the donor page can be accessed by clicking on the AIDS Walk banner above . The event continues to be chronicled here and that’s where the local celebrities who have lent their names to help promote this project are announced.

To make it easy for you, here are some of the celebrities who will be in attendance: Amanda Baker (All My Children), BethAnn Bonner (One Life to Live), Mark Dobies (One Life to Live/Guiding Light), Marj Dusay (Guiding Light), Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children), Thorsten Kaye (All My Children), Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), John-Paul Lavoisier (One Life to Live), Billy Miller (All My Children), and Matt Walton (All My Children/One Life to Live).

As always, appearances are contingent on shooting schedules. Still this year looks very good for this effort as our event grows. There will be more names added as the date draws near.

The good people at Prohibition, BGR Web Design, Graphic Communications, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: SVU, Soap Maven, Christina Gan & All My Children have lent valuable assistance in moving ahead. Something like this tends to bring out the best in people.

There are the very generous people who have responded to donation solicitation and the fun auctions on EBay, items numbered: 120250921667, 120252014435, 120252674100 and 120253084039.

Come, join us. Let us know: respond to papag@pozevent.com.

This week's music is uplifting, hopeful and something of a thank you note to all the great people who have made this happen for the third year in a row.

Put the weight on my shoulders
Take the load off your mind
Cause the headwinds that blow
Will fade away in time

Rest yourself on my waters
Take the lifeline from me
Rise above what has passed
And let yourself be free

I only know what love must bear
Through laden times I will be there
And when you're down I'll break the fall
'Cause the weight on my shoulders
Ain't no weight at all

I only know what love must do
When fortune cries I'll follow you
And when you're down I'll break your fall
'Cause the weight on my shoulders
ain't no weight at all

Put the weight on my shoulders
See your star how it shines
Cause there're so many dreams
Left to find

Put the weight on my shoulders .....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Saturday Beefcake: Dessert Cart

A sweet surprise.

Saturday Beefcake Condiment: Salsa

Crushed Pineapple, one cup, if canned, packed in juice and drained
Mango, medium, diced
Corn, frozen, thawed, one half cup
Tomatoes, chopped, one half cup
Parsley, minced, one quarter cup
Red Onion, minced, three tablespoons
Salt, Cayenne Pepper, and Cumin to taste

1. Mix.
2. It's for grilled fish, chicken or vegetables.

Just a bit of flavour.

Saturday Beefcake: The Lunch Bunch, Eating Out with Marco

White Chili is a great dish for this transitional season. It's got all the pizzazz of classic chili which is great for the cold months, not to mention how good it is for absorbing all that alcohol male human beings tend to take in.

This recipe is for a bunch of folks and the operative word is bunch. Marco Dapper who packs a bunch on his own is universally popular with the gay male bunch.

To accompany this tasty repast is a bunch of Marco Dapper photos in his various manifestations. He starred in Eating Out2: Sloppy Seconds. While that movie did not blaze any cinematic trails. It's easy to see he's anything but ...

Navy Beans, 500 grams/one pound, cooked to tenderness, retain liquid
Turkey, ground, cubed or shredded, 500 grams/one pound
Chili Peppers, heat to taste, diced, about a half pound
Chicken Bouillon, dry, three tablespoons
Onions, two medium, chopped
Garlic, minced, two teaspoons
Cumin, whole, two tablespoons
Monterey Jack Cheese, low fat, shredded

1 Brown turkey, drain.
2. Combine in a slow cooker or a large pot, the turkey, chili peppers, bouillon, onions, garlic and cumin. Stir
3. Cover. Cook for several hours. Adjust heat and seasoning.
4. Top with shredded cheese.

Good Morning, Beefcake

Please, let anyone know of a better way

to start the day

This is not exactly curds and whey ...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday's Main Event: Good Cops

This seems like something important to post today. Cops are people and they come in the various and sundry types as do all humans. Coming from a generation that didn't trust any officers of the law for the longest time, this puts much into perspective. These are the good guys.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Gay Thursday: Unmarried

Comment from Out in Hollywood:

Well, it only took SEVEN months. I'd thank the writers or sponsors of producers or whoever decides to let straight people kiss all the time and gay people kiss just every seven months or so but my goodwill toward the show has diminished over this long drought.

It's been an insulting and unnecessary aspect to what had been a wonderful storyline and it is credit to the actors, especially Van Hansis as Luke, that I have stuck with this show at all. Van has made us care about his character and brought a wonderful authenticity to Luke.

Important to note that the boys are not married, well not to each other. Noah has a dysfunctioning fake hetero marriage to a recently liberated Muslim girl. Oy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Word: Unmarried

Main Entry: dys·func·tion
Variant(s): also dis·func·tion \(ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən\
Function: noun
Date: circa 1916
1 : impaired or abnormal functioning
2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group
— dys·func·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

One of the better aspects of being single is that the only dysfunction that one has to undergo is one's own. Perhaps the struggle for marriage rights isn't all it's made out to be if it means acquiring the same self absorbed ignorance of those who project their dysfunction.

Florida's Amendment 2, up for voter approval this year:

"Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday's Talent: Speaking of Which, Thorsten Kaye

Thorsten Kaye's conversation with Carolyn Hinsey. Mr. Kaye will be at www.pozevent.com--there will more than one really great surprise that evening!

Carolyn: Zach finally busts Kendall for sleeping with Aidan this week. What's your take on that?
Thorsten: It's important that it finally comes out, because after a while people don't care anymore.
Carolyn: Don't you love that Zach interrupts her when she starts to tell him and says "I already knew"?
Thorsten: Yes, that I loved. But she still got to say it.
Carolyn: How did Zach know?
Thorsten: He knows this woman, so he knew something was going on. They weren't subtle.
Carolyn: Is Kendall apologetic? She should be horrified!
Thorsten: Yeah, but she goes into protective mode straightaway. She always feels like she's alone and she doesn't have anybody and she's a child of rape, etc. Zach isn't busting her for what she did. He's busting her for what she didn't do. She should have told him the truth. These two people love each other. If you don't tell the truth, then you're not a team. That's what a marriage is. "When things go sour, I should be the person you want to talk to about it. Not your mother. You should know me well enough to know that you could talk to me about anything." And if they don't trust each other, then they shouldn't be together anymore.
Carolyn: Is Zach going to confide in anyone about what happened?
Thorsten: I hope it's Myrtle.
Carolyn: What does this do to Zach and Kendall's marriage?
Thorsten: I know they're trying to be human and understand and civil and adult about it. Whether that 's going to happen or not, I don't know.
Carolyn: Maybe they'll stay together for the sake of the kids. Where are their kids?
Thorsten: They're in college.
Carolyn: This is a turning point for them. You must like that.
Thorsten: I like when things aren't status quo. You know my deal with all story-telling: cause and consequence. [Her cheating and lying] doesn't mean things have to be over, but they definitely have to be different. That changes people. We have explosions (at AMC) and then people come out the same. We can't come out the same from this one.
Carolyn: Have you talked to any of the AMC bosses to make sure that happens?
Thorsten: No. I think they know what needs to happen here. I don't know why else you would write drama, if there's no conflict. We've been missing that a little bit.
Carolyn: But if conflict breaks up a popular couple, what will keep those fans watching?
Thorsten: Because it could be the start of something. This is not how it's going to be the whole time. Maybe the rooting value of you tuning in is to see if there's another couple you would enjoy better. Maybe there's something you don't see coming.
Carolyn: Like Zach and Greenlee?
Thorsten: The real Greenlee?
Carolyn: Yes, the real Greenlee. You are a troublemaker.
Thorsten: No, you've got to put that in. Do not take it out. That was one of the most ridiculous things I've ever f----ing heard.
Carolyn: You mean the promos touting Rebecca's return?
Thorsten: Yeah.
Carolyn: I liked Sabine at the end.
Thorsten: Me too. She turned a corner. But regardless, they asked her to do a job and she did it well. Whether somebody likes you or not, that's out of your hands. You're just doing what you're asked to do. And a lot of people liked her. It's a fictional character. There's no "real" Greenlee.
Carolyn: They meant the original one.
Thorsten: They didn't say the original one. They said the real one. It was rude, and it was completely unnecessary. But that's water under the bridge.
Carolyn: Back to Zach and the real Greenlee...
Thorsten: I don't know. Like I said, all avenues are open. She's going to be pissed that Zach didn't tell her about Aidan and Kendall, but that's not his story to tell. That's Aidan's story to tell. Mr. Super-model should f---ing step up and tell that story.
Carolyn: Where does Ryan fall into all of this?
Thorsten: He doesn't remember any of it. He's still looking for his car keys.

Tuesday's Talent: Ilene Kristen

Ilene Kristen of One Life to Live has always been there for the POZ Team. She has performed and attended all of our events. She is the first to step up and it is POZ's good fortune to count her as a friend. A New Yorker through and through Ilene has lived just about everywhere there.

She found herself living on the Upper West Side for some of her formative years. As many an urban child, especially of that era, she and her sister were given directives regarding which streets could be travelled. One street that had 100% permission for her young adventures was Broadway, which served as inspiration for the luminous and joyous noise she gave forth in a duet of "Boogaloo Down Broadway" after her show one evening at the Triad where she often performs.

Ilene's shows are full of reminiscences in which she relates to her audience as if they were in her living room. She herself says so. Nonetheless her music is sultry, smooth and funky at one and the same time. Still this smoothness wraps itself around complex and sensitive lyrics in her original material. "Hold on to the earth with your own two hands and never say goodbye" are the lyrics she wrote in response to The World Trade Center tragedy and the loss of her good friend Nancy Addison from Ryan's Hope. The song is the memorable and poignant, "Flesh and Blood."

She has lost many friends to AIDS and is very much impacted by the disease which has now ravaged the world for over twenty five years. It's no wonder that this vibrant, diminutive powerhouse is always eager to lend a hand, clearly one of the most generous spirits alive. To know her is to love her

It can't be said often enough--check out the event: www.pozevent.com

Monday, April 21, 2008

Meditative Monday: The Empress

Perhaps the Empress made an appearance in today's draw is because we find the two feminine principles/capacities of Venus and the Moon in the martial signs of Scorpio and Aries. Mars itself is in maternal Cancer where the Moon is domiciled and Venus is exalted. The Sun is in Venutian Taurus.

Robert Wang tells us in Tarot Psychology:

Jung devoted considerable attention to the interactions between archetypal Mother and archetypal Son--a relationship which must be understood at many levels. Symbolically, there is nothing in manifestation but Male and Female which through their interaction produce the Son (and thus, they become Father and Mother), who is the perfect balance of their opposites, and who is the "Perfected Self."

... we move from inner conversation with our own mother to conversation with the archetypal Mother of mythologies and of world religions. Such transition of focus, and deepening, happens frequently in meditation.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Song: Forbes Marches On

There won't be an official confirmation, however, most of Forbes March's fans who spend time on the 'net know already that he has been let go by One Life to Live. And those in the know are aware that it has a lot to do with the purging of those characters created by Dena Higley's reign as the show's head writer. It is not because this man has no talent and is not easy on the soap watcher's eyes. He will be sorely missed in a show that needs actors and characters with charisma.

Mr. March had more than a little success in Italy, not the least of which is Vanessa, his lovely wife and the Italian mother of his two children. In his honour this week is the music of Francesco Puccioni, who was born at 01:20 on April 26, 1961in Florence, Italy. Puccioni's musical persona is expressed as Mike Francis.
That persona has created music that can be beautiful, funky and intricate all at once. Not unlike Mr. March.

"Survivor" is ultimately dedicated to Forbes in that he will be going on from this gig. It's Mike on his own. The next song has Amii Stewart providing the vocal for a song that was often heard in the New York bar scene during the waning hours and it was time for "Friends" to get home, sometimes "Together," a song with both Francis and Stewart collaborating as singers and writers.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday Beefcake: The Main Course back to Boyland

Sonoran Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets, eight, brined*
Sweet Paprika
Papaya or Pear Nectar, twelve ounces
Tequila, three tablespoons
Lime Juice, fresh squeezed, three tablespoons
Light Brown Sugar, two tablespoons
Jalapeno Jelly, two tablespoons
Garlic Cloves, four, mashed
Kosher salt, three quarter teaspoon

1. Once the turkey is rinsed and dried, sprinkle with the paprika.
2. Place nectar, tequila, lime juice, sugar, jelly, garlic and salt into a saucepan over low heat and heat until jelly and sugar dissolve.
3. Mix well and simmer for ten minutes more.
4. In a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, heat all the cutlets until lightly browned, about two to three minutes on each side.
5. Layer the cutlets in the skillet with the sauce spooned over them and then reheat for about four minutes.
6. Plate them two each with the sauce.

*This is brining in a nut shell: While traditional brining was meant to preserve meat, the purpose of flavor brining is to improve the flavor, texture, and moisture content of lean cuts of meat. This is achieved by soaking the meat in a moderately salty solution for a few hours to a few days. Flavor brining also provides a temperature cushion during cooking--if you happen to overcook the meat a little, it will still be moist.

At a minimum, a flavor brine consists of water and salt. Other ingredients may include sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, fruit juices, beer, liquor, bay leaves, pickling spices, cloves, garlic, onion, chilies, citrus fruits, peppercorns, and other herbs and spices. Many recipes call for bringing the ingredients to a boil to dissolve the sugars and bring out the flavor of herbs, then cooling the mixture to below 40°F before use.

From www.virtualweberbullet.com

Natural bodybuilder Skye Boyland [yes, that is his real name] is back to adorn this special recipe, another from Ralph Felder. Excuse us while we kiss this Skye.

Saturday Beefcake: Tossing a Salad for Lunch

Strawberry season is the summer, although it seems lately that everything is in season all the time. In very early anticipation of what promises to be an eventful summer, especially for those who still get enthusiastic over the political process.

Here’s something savory employing the nutritious and low carbohydrate berry from Dr. Felder's nutritious book.

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Spinach, fresh, six ounces, rinsed, dried, cut into small pieces
Strawberries, one cup, halved and hulled
Sesame Seeds, toasted, one tablespoon
Balsamic Vinegar, one and a half tablespoons
Green Onions, green part only, minced
Sugar, one tablespoon
Paprika, hot, generous pinch
Kosher salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

1. Combine spinach, strawberries, and sesame seeds in an appropriate bowl.
2. Thoroughly mix oil, vinegar, onion, sugar, paprika, salt and pepper until sugar melts.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

Accompanying this sweet and savory recipe are pictures of the human male version of those attributes--a little something to give new meaning to tossing a salad.

Saturday Beefcake: The best to you this morning

As Miss Tina, aka Anna Mae might have said back in the day, you want somethin' that will get "yo' nose open."

One was never quite sure exactly what that meant but there was a pretty good idea when Tina virtually went down on the mic.

Here at Saturday Beefcake the idea is very similar to "nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven." One just need be very broadminded about the definition of 'oven.'

At any rate, it's certain that no one will quibble. This is simply. "Good Morning! Enjoy. Welcome to the day."

Friday, April 18, 2008

Main Event: AIDS Walk Los Angeles

For those of you coming into Los Angeles for the Daytime Emmy's and telling me you have nothing to do on Saturday. Well now you do. Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson have agreed to host a Charity Event with profits kicking off our General Hospital AIDS Walk in October. They will also be inviting a few of their friends to come help them out. Please pencil in the time and date and I will get back with you this evening on pricing.

It will be from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday June 21, 2008 at the Sportsman's Lodge and Event Center.

Hope to see you there.

Debbie Morris
General Hospital Fan Club


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gay Thursday: What It's All About, really

One of the nicer posts out of perezhilton.com yesterday had to do with Luke MacFarlane coming out of the closet in a Canadian newspaper. Of course, Perez Hilton would make nice about something like this. MacFarlane articulately made his point on his home turf without hemming or hawing. Those in the life have known for a long time about MacFarlane who was romantically linked to uber-sexy Wentworth Miller by Hilton.

Speaking of links, this was great news for our webguys BGR Design who do a site for the much admired Mr. MacFarlane. OK, the sophisticates among you will respond with a resounding BFD, meaning well actually but finding it something that is just part of life as most intelligent people know it. The site has posted the article in its entirety.

A quote: Though no secret to his family and close friends, Macfarlane has, until now, been guarded about his personal life as a gay man. Over lunch in Los Angeles, where he lives, he initially insists that he has no concerns about his public revelation - but a few seconds later he is shifting nervously in his chair, and concedes that he is "terrified."

"I don't know what will happen professionally ... that is the fear, but I guess I can't really be concerned about what will happen, because it's my truth.
There is this desire in L.A. to wonder who you are and what's been blaring for me for the last three years is how can I be most authentic to myself - so this is the first time I am speaking about it in this way."

The article also talks about the wedding on Brothers & Sisters between Scotty (Luke's character) and Kevin (Matthew Rhys)--while MacFarlane acknowledges that it's still a big deal that the wedding is between two men, it's a milestone. Northern Exposure did it with much panache with two minor recurring characters. B&S is doing it with a front burner character.

What this is really about is this, a comment from a visitor to Luke's fansite:

Ron C April 16, 2008

Thank you for coming out.

When people come out, it does a couple things. It gives the gay youth of today the good role models they need to gain confidence in who they are and shows them that being gay is normal and shouldn't be repressed... and it reduces the influence that the right wing religious zealots. The main weapons they have are fear and ignorance. By showing society that you, and I, and other gay men and women are normal every day citizens, you take away those weapons and their influence diminishes greatly.

I've been out to my family and friends since age 13 and out on my job since week 18 of our 25 week training boot camp like academy (I work for the State Police out here). I have never lost a friend or family member to ignorance and I have gained the respect of my coworkers over the years by just being me and doing my job like everyone else.

Again, it makes me happy to see someone in your profession coming out. You have the opportunity to show so many people that it is ok to be gay and for others to know about it.