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Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday Monday: Two of Pentacles, Embracing the Challenge


from learntarot.com:

In the film First Knight, Lancelot takes on a challenge - to move down a line of swinging blades crossing in front of him at random intervals. He succeeds because he is alert, agile and patient. He knows when to move and when to stay still. He glides through the dangers enjoying every moment of this deadly obstacle course. Lancelot has tapped the energy of the Two of Pentacles.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of being graceful and effective at the same time. On the Two of Pentacles we see a young man dancing as he juggles his worldly concerns. The infinity sign loops around the two pentacles to suggest that he can handle unlimited problems. In the background we see two ships riding the waves easily - cruising the ups and downs of life.

In readings, the Two of Pentacles lets you know that you can juggle all demands made upon you. In fact, you will relish the excitement of every hurdle. If you do not feel this level of confidence right now, this card asks you to believe in yourself. You have all you need to meet your every goal and more. Embrace the challenge.




The Two of Pentacles also reminds you to be flexible. Lancelot could not have navigated the swords walking in a straight line. He had to move freely and lightly in all directions as needed. You too must be supple if you want to prevail. Don't force your way through or you will be cut down. Now is not the time to be rigid. Know that sometimes a side step, or even a back step is the surest way forward.

The Two of Pentacles is also a symbol of fun, laughter and good times. It is definitely a high-energy card. If you are feeling tired or depressed, this card may be a sign that greater vitality will be yours. If you are feeling revved already, the Two of Pentacles could be a warning against overstimulation. Be sure you get the rest you need so that you can enjoy the up energy of this card.

From CaliforniaPsychics.com:

Aquarius is humanistic in nature, so don't be surprised if you feel the need to connect and socialize with friends this month. Under the influence of an Aquarius moon, we also feel a strong need to be involved in humanitarian causes. Consider helping others and volunteering your time and talents to a worthy cause," says astrologer Maria Shaw, author of Soul Mates and Cell Mates.

This meditation comes during a waning moon in Aquarius, as the above was found. The key lies in Robert Wang's Jungian interpretation.

"... a highly original and organized restructuring, a change which is thoughtfully and intelligently administered.

" Accepted authority is challenged: outworn structures are reshaped and replaced." ... The Age of Aquarius, so to speak.




"This is a very strong card which describes change without values implied. What emerges is not necessarily better--it is simply different from what it replaced."

This may also be "fundamental and positive" change. It does point to the fiery New Moon in Aries come 5 April.

Fasten your seat belts ...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday Songs: And Always Love Me. Why Won't You?


The love fest for all things Bacharach continues and is actually nothing new in these parts. Check this out:Bacharach on column. this week all three are Dionne Warwick recordings--Warwick, the woman who nearly drowned her own exceptional musical resume in the "Psychic Network." a lot of noise in the past has been made about Andrew Lloyd Webber being Giacomo Puccini's cultural heir. Before Andrew there was Burt and a case can be made for the Bacharach body of work, especially in its early years, to carry that mantle.




Clear evidence exists within the exceptional "Anyone Who Had A Heart." It was a rare instance when a song of this calibre actually made it into the top ten on the pop chart. "The song starts with sixteenth note triplets and one point veers from 5/4 to 4/4 to 7/8 and back to 5/4 in the space of eight measures. 'I didn't realize how complex it was until I went to write it out, and I saw that it was changing bars," says Burt. 'It just felt natural to me.' ... Yes the song is complicated; back then, the musicians at The Apollo used to complain mightily when asked to perform it. ('In the end they all thanked me very much, because it kept their chops up,' says Dionne.)But that's not the point really. 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' is an astonishing work of art, a song filled with desperation and beauty, breathlessness and loneliness. The song winds up with a terrifying fade ('Take me in his arms/And always love me/Why won't you?'), and then it's gone, a little less than three minutes later."




It's the kind of catharsis readily adaptable to the adolescent homosexual in the throes of the climactic social changes about to happen in the 60s. With those yearnings in mind the music is accompanied with not only an image of Burt but also what the object of those adolescent yearnings might have been.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday Beefcake: Salad Buffet



His name is Cesar, but he's not the offering.



It's this simple salad.



Prepare the dressing in small bowl:

Fresh Orange Juice, one tablespoon
White Wine Vinegar, two tablespoons
Soy Sauce, two teaspoons
Fresh Ginger Root, grated, one teaspoon
Sesame Oil, one teaspoon
Almond Oil, one teaspoon
Garlic, one clove, minced
Cayenne Pepper Oil, one eighth teaspoon

Stir. Mix Well. Set aside. Let it marinate.



In a medium bowl combine:

Snow peas, one cup, stem ends removed, string ends removed, blanched
Chinese Cabbage, sliced diagonally, one half cup
Mushrooms, one half cup, sliced
Red Bell Pepper, thin slices, one half cup
Carrot, diagonal thin slices, one half cup
Scallions, diagonal thin slices, one quarter cup
Onion, small, diced

Add dressing. Toss. Four servings.

A Cesar with a salad.

Saturday Beefcake Breakfast: Sex on a Stick


Hey, Pookie was making much ado about kissy face this past Gay Thursday and it can only bring to mind Thomas Jane and Vincent D'Onofrio in The Velocity of Gary, one of the best man on man celluloid make outs in the post-modern era. For your wake up call here is Thomas in a recent screen cap and, by all means, visit his gallery on our site for your cyber virtual good morning kiss, so to speak

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gay Thursdays: To kiss or not to kiss

Now that I've got a satellite dish (took me a while to figure out it wasn't meant to be filled with food), I too can enjoy the wonders of daytime TV.

I had noticed that there was a lot of talk on the gay blogs about Nuke and the absence of man-on-man lip action. I even saw where some are actually counting the days or hours since the last time they played tonsil hockey. Although from what I understand there wasn't too much of the tonsils involved.

So I thought perhaps they (and the writers) should make a trek across the border and see what happens when a gay high school student meets up with an old flame in the youth-oriented series Degrassi.

Once the video loads, you may have to click the stop button and then the play button to start it.




Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday's Word: Amanda Baker and Sweet Charity


Charity
One entry found.

Main Entry: char·i·ty
Pronunciation: \ˈcher-ə-tē, ˈcha-rə-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural char·i·ties
Etymology: Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kāma love
Date: 13th century
1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a: generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need b: an institution engaged in relief of the poor c: public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a: a gift for public benevolent purposes b: an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4: lenient judgment of others

Making a seamless transition from SOAPnet’s General Hospital: Night Shift into Pine Valley Amanda Baker joined the cast of All My Children in the role of Babe Carey in October 2007. This charming belle from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina certainly knows how to make an impression. Charity must be her middle name, because she devotes a lot of her time to a variety including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and L.A. Works. Her performances this past March at Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS with many of her colleagues from ABC Daytime attested to her vocal talents. Her rendition of “Impossible” is a stand out from the evening. It’s only natural that she has joined POZ team’s effort for AIDS Walk New York. It’s all about sweet charity.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday's Talent: Jon Hamm


It's refreshing to see a man who is not only relentless in being handsome, but also has an intellect he knows how to use. On Bill Maher's Real Time last week Jon Hamm made good use of both. He is the thinking homo's kind of stud. If he were a character on Murphy Brown, he'd be her boyfriend.



It's also refreshing that an actor like him has found a modicum of success on AMC-TV's Mad Men as Don Draper. It's a good bet that we're not about to see him wandering in speedos or as the newest subject in a Calvin Klein advert. Still as intelligent and articulate as he may seem, the thought has crossed a mind or two. Harking back to this feature's beginnings, the man does need to be de-briefed one way or another.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Monday Meditation: The Tower



Given the movement taking place in Pisces and the waning of the moon, there will be major change before the end of the month having to do with sexual mores.

Learntarot.com:

How you respond to the Tower's change makes all the difference in how uncomfortable the experience will be. Recognize that the disruption occurred because it was needed. Perhaps embracing the change is too much to ask, but try to find the positive in it. In fact, you may feel tremendous release that you have finally been forced in a new direction. You may have a burst of insight about your situation and reach a new level of understanding about it.

It's all about: Suddenly realizing the truth; Exposing what was hidden; Having a burst of insight; Seeing through illusions; Getting the answer; Seeing everything in a flash

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Songs: What It's All About


It's Xtianity's most important feast, the celebration of the cornerstone of its belief system, that Jesus, the god-man, conquered death. Unfortunately, since that allegedly happened there has been a lot of death occurring--everyday it seems. It's a fact of life. A lot of it these days seems to be happening unnecessarily. Young Muslims are blowing themselves up in order to kill other people who allegedly oppose the ascendancy of their culture. Almost 4,000 young Americans have been sacrificed in the pursuit of a synthetic goal which may amount to, in the long run, American Imperialism and the romanticizing of pain and suffering, which is the sum total of John McCain's presidential campaign.

When Burt Bacharach released At This Time in the recent past, he remarked that in the 60s he hadn't produced any protest songs. In a sense he was wrong.

The songs you hear now on the site have to do with social commentary in the VietNam era and in the onset of the "Free Love Era." They say what they have to say beautifully and simply: what the world needs now is love, I know there's something much more, let the sun shine through.

It's allegedly what Xtianity is all about. Overcoming death on a day to day basis while we live and breathe means that, while we may not necessarily crawl out of our graves three days later, we care about people in our lives and we do not kill other people for some arbitrary dogmatic or patriotic value.

OK, there is a lot of worship of beautiful men in these pages. It means this: better for men to love each other, or at least have fun with each other than kill each other or blow each other up.




Happy Easter.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Beefcake: Easter Pizza



This is not exactly a cake, more like a pie and there is sweet sausage as opposed to beef. It's practically a tradition in Italian American families at Easter. This version here has been on file here since 1983. There are probably as many versions as there are households. The fresh farmer cheese called for is best substituted by fresh, drained, ricotta.

Nothing Could Be Finer: Beefcake in the Morning


Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday's Main Event: A Lot of Drag


The 22nd Annual Night of 1000 Gowns
March 29, 2008
7pm

Marriott Marquis Hotel
Times Square, Broadway at 46th Street
New York, NY

A charity ball and silent auction to benefit Bailey House and AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). Join us for the most lavish, glamorous, outrageous event of the season.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gay Thursday: Signs o' the Times



Not really sure if the person pictured above is actually the blogger, Ali, who is going to be interviewed by the CBC for being openly gay in an unfriendly Arabic/Muslim culture. Although it is quite difficult to read the Arabic, there is definite intrinsic value in simply supporting this brave soul. Go here for his BLOG. Go here for CBC.



Another noteworthy entry here is Terrence Howard in the current revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Looks like he may be the Paul Newman of the 21st Century, only gayer.

Nothing Like Pansies

... following the Vernal Equinox to welcome Spring when a young man's fancy is just that. A sturdy, yet beautiful, flower



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Word: AIDS Walk Cool Cat


patchwork
2 entries found.

patchworkpatchwork quilt



Main Entry: patch·work
Pronunciation: \ˈpach-ˌwərk\
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Date: 1692
1: something composed of miscellaneous or incongruous parts : hodgepodge
2: pieces of cloth of various colors and shapes sewn together to form a covering; also : something resembling such a covering


Hello,

Most of you have been nudged and cajoled by me since January about POZ’s project for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud. The task is twofold for me: to raise funds for The Walk and to bring people out to Prohibition for our gathering on 14 May 2008. Thorsten Kaye’s fans are the very first to step up. They are not only the first to RSVP for the event, but are excellent fund raisers on their own.

My
donor page is here should you feel inclined to make a donation. I have been a star walker for years and have no intention of relinquishing the title.

The event is chronicled on www.pozevent.com and that’s where we announce the local celebrities who have lent their names to help promote. There is a lot of satisfaction in being a one man band with a twofold purpose. I am one who remains after so many have gone. This is my homage to my friends who are no longer with me—to have a party in their honour.

Peace,

Giovanni

One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk New York is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last two years about him followed by a letter written by him. He was a delightful person. Would that the universe would send us more like him.

Living in Florence, Italy provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. It was especially true in that threshold of time when the decadent 70s were over and the world was on the verge of what might very well be called the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. In that small pocket of time it seems, in retrospect, that there were some idyllic experiences in spite of living in the onslaught of the world according to Ronald Reagan.

One of those happy times occurred when Timothy Scott arrived in the heart of Tuscany. He was a bundle of energy that simply wanted to enjoy everything around him. He was a dancer. He was a singer -- and that was only in his day to day life. He was also a professional performer.

The happy days included literally dancing down the cobbled streets singing, "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" with the best spontaneous choreography fueled by not too much Vernaccia, one of the best of the dry white Tuscans. Tim said he wanted to use the song for auditions. It was a blessing to inspire him just that much.

Tim was a happy blessing and the blessing carried over when he returned to the States where he joined the original cast of Cats.

The joyous culmination of knowing him came upon visiting New York and seeing him dance and sing gloriously as Mr. Mistoffelees.

Go here to read about Tim when he opened in Cats.

Given his chosen profession not hearing from Tim seemed a matter of course and was accompanied by the hope that his success was continuing.

Life of course went on and once that threshold was crossed into the Age of the "Gay Plague" so much of life as was known was forever changed.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt came to Philadelphia. There on the highest row was this panel:




Tim would be a magical cat forever.

The annual solidarity walk with those who have passed over and with those who live and thrive while the Plague is still with us has arrived again. This website and our team mates will once again ask for your support in helping to change the course of the epidemic. The face of it has changed over these past two decades and, therefore, it is time to remember the beautiful energy that was Tim and others like him. It is time to support those who are still with us in order to keep them with us until they lived to their fulfillment and ours.

Click on the AIDS Walk Banner at the top of this page to go the donation page. Thank you for your help last year and for this year.










Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tuesday Talent: Jaason Simmons


Baywatch Star Praised As Gay Role Model

Date: 14-Mar-2008

Gay rights advocates have called Tasmanian-born TV star, Jaason Simmons, a role model for young gay Tasmanians following the revelation he has a male partner, intends to marry and has an adopted son.

Tasmanian Gay And Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said many young gay Tasmanians still grow up feeling isolated and stigmatised.

Tasmania has a chequered history regarding gay rights. Its sodomy ban was only repealed in 1997 and, although the legal rights of gays and lesbians have improved significantly since, homophobia is still a huge problem. However, Tasmania is the only Australian state allowing gay civil unions.

"The success of Jaason Simmons, both in his professional and personal life, sends a message to young gay Tasmanians that they can achieve their goals, and need not be limited by other people's prejudices," Mr Croome said.

Jaason Simmons was the only Australian-born star of the ’90s TV hit Baywatch, starring alongside Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.

Mr Croome said it was a slap in the face to such prominent Australians as Jaason Simmons that the Australian Government refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages.

"Even after Jaason Simmons' is married in Canada, his vows will be ignored under Australian national law and he will be treated as if he is single," Mr Croome said.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday's Meditation


The personality of the King of Wands is a combination of the positive fire energy of the Wands suit and the active, outward focus of a King. He is creative and never settles for old, tired approaches. He trusts his originality and allows his inspirations to take form. He's enthusiastic. He steps forward and takes the lead if the opportunity presents itself. Others follow when he shows them the way with confidence. He's forceful in pursuing his goals. He's not a quiet, passive observer unless that suits his purposes. He jumps in and creates results. He's dramatic and exciting. This King is never a wallflower, more often the center of attention. He's bold and daring. He avoids the safe, easy route because he has the energy and assurance to take risks and win. The King of Wands has the courage of his convictions and always believes in himself.

In readings, the King of Wands asks you to take the kinds of actions he might take. For example: creating a masterpiece, leading the way, taking a risk, or making a splash. This King can also represent a man or woman who is acting as he does, or an atmosphere of excitement, daring and drama. In a reading, he tells you that his special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this King in whatever form he appears in your life.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday Songs: Randazzling


Among the popmeisters who were possessed of a strong classical music influence was Alessandro "Teddy" Randazzo whose productions were amply represented by the mid sixties hits of Lttle Anthony & the Imperials. His approach to the AM radio craft was actually quite Italian, akin to songs like "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (Io Che Non Vivo) and "Silent Voices" (La Voce del Silenzio) among others--on the US side of the Atlantic, see "Anyone Who Had A Heart." This is classically infused pop music. Italians do it best.

"It's Gonna Take A Miracle" was discovered by RnB hounds in 1965. It didn't go very far up the pop charts, but in urban centers like Baltimore and Philadelphia, the song made an impact. It is lush, sophisticated soul with the prerequisite adolescent yearning draped in adult phraseology. The opening chords of "Miracle" are a good segue' from The Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby." The other two songs posted here don't quite reach the heights of desperation of "Miracle" but Randazzo's stylistic sensitivity is there. They, too, nevertheless, are very representative of the era's amor interruptus.

Subsequent versions of the song by Laura Nyro and Deniece Williams were more successful, but Randazzo's original pressing with Sheila Ross and the Royalettes remains classic and dazzling.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday Beefcake: And the Mousse You Rode In On




The response "... You and the donkey you rode in on" must have come from Jesus Christ's bittersweet triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on what it is allegedly Palm Sunday. Well, maybe that's not the origin of that saying. It seems that Jesus the Christ might have made a bigger splash charging into Jerusalem on a stallion or some such -- but there's this Judaeo-Xtian penchant for humility, a sado-masochistic approach to life which might end up in torture and crucifixion.




Still Xtianity's basic tenet and dogma is Resurrection and New Life -- something like eating chocolate which for many does provide a sense of well being. Therefore, in honour of the alleged avatar Jesus and chocoalte bunnies and the upcoming sacred season of the celebration of new life here is a recipe for some absolutely revitalizing chocolate mousse. Just sinful. He might have done better to ride into Jerusalem with a little orange brandy flavoured mousse if not exactly mounting one.




The press around this time of the Christ's life has placed too much emphasis on big, burly Roman soldiers beating the crap out of him and then nailing him to a cross while rabble rousing Orthodox Rabbis lobby for that exact same thing. Let's face it, the guy is God and he chose not to smite them. There must have been a reason.




Everybody seems to forget that Easter is Christianity's chief feast where Jesus gets out of his grave and offers life eternal. It's about life and celebrating the glorified body and all that.

With that in mind, here's a horse (not some namby pamby donkey) and some bodies, which, while not exactly glorified, do point to some kind of glory. Glory be!














Julee Rosso's Dark Chocolate Mousse

This serves twelve from her book Great Good Food with some variations. She labels it, "Dense and satisfying but the egg yolks and cream are gone."

Semisweet Chocolate, 500 grams, chopped
Unflavoured gelatin, a tablespoon
Espresso, a small dense cup
Grand Marnier or Cointreau, a double shot
Non Fat Yogurt, one cup
Non Fat Ricotta, one cup
Egg Whites, 4 at room temperature
Sugar, a quarter cup or equal amount sugar substitute




1. Blend the yogurt and ricotta (pass the ricotta through a sieve before doing so to make it smoother) in a blender or by hand. do not use a processor.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Stir until smooth and completely melted. Cool slightly.
3. Soften the gelatin in small saucepan with a quarter cup cold water, then dissolve over medium high heat.
4. Add the coffee and liqueur to the gelatin and slowly whisk until it thickens slightly -- "enough to glaze a spoon but not to jell" -- Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature.
5. Whisk in the melted chocolate and the yogurt/ricotta blend. Stir until well blended. Allow the mixture to cool for 20 minutes or so until it is room temperature.
6. Beat the egg whites to peaks. Beat in the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Fold the egg whites gently into chocolate mixture, blending well.
7. Either dig in and eat it until you fall over from gluttony or do the Xtian thing and share it with others. Oh, make sure it gets chilled for two hours. Patience is a virtue.