More than just a constellation.

October is by far my favorite month of the year and not just because they say they the constellation Aquarius is visible, but it reminds me of the Apple festival back home.  Yes,  It’s among other things National Apple Month.  I remember the Apple Barn and the candies on the cheap.  It’s really a fun time.  National Arts and Humanities Month  —  support your local authors and artists.  Heck, support support your local bookstores and coffee shops while you are at it not only will they be glad for you’re patronage, but your bound to learn something new and be entertained at the same time.

The Indigo Girls sing in Closer to Fine: “The best thing you’ve ever done for me Is to help me take my life less seriously, it’s only life after all…”    It’s been more than “Okay to be Gay” since the first pride parade after Stonewall held on November 2, 1969.  Be Out.  Be Proud.  Be an Allie!  Oh, and learn your history from some of those who have paved the way for us during:     

Take care of Yourselves! and Keep Working it out till next time!

~ Jo

Not Someone Else

The life I see me leading in the next five to ten years… I hate this question a  never have a very good answer.  I’ve always been asked where I’m heading and can only see JD the high school guidance counselor or that guy from the twisted sister videos saying “What do you want to do with the REST of your life?!!” — starring straight at me.  All I want is just to be myself and not someone’s

  • client
  • disabled puppet “look what she can do!”
  • amazing b/c of the durable medical equipment “she’s overcome so much…”
  • the dolt in the corner b/c of the aforementioned durable medical equipment “she’s not angry, she’s having an outburst.”
My greatest fears keep me from moving forward.  When I was a teen in Chicago, I was alone in the elevator going to see the orthopedist and on comes this beautiful woman with wheels and a suit.  She asked who I was there to see and dished with  me a bit and then she asked me if I was there for the conference meeting.
I’d rather be at the meeting then the client in the meeting.

Today I wear/blog Purple.

Wear it Purple Day: (click + Share!) :  Wear Purple on September 2, 2011 to support rainbow youth at risk of self harm and suicide!   Rainbow youth have the right to be proud of who they are!

Education is so important in knowing that it DOES get BETTER!

Other Causes also finding empowerment through the color Purple:

  •                                                                             Epilepsy Awareness
  • Code Purple: A Sanctuary (Typically, a Code Purple night will be called when the forecasted wind chill factor falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.)       
  • Sisters Empowerment Network to end Domestic Violence                           Event Coming September 20th, 2011                                                                  
  • “You See A Girl We See the Future.”                                                                     
  • Project Purple – “is an emerging global women’s fund that will support organizations that tackle the challenge of advancing the status and economic empowerment of women and girls.”                                                
  • Beginning OverFoundation                                                                                           for Women leaving or who want to leave abusive situations.                    
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma:                                                                                                     “In fall of 1989, the foundation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. decided it was important to form an organization that provided empowerment to Latina women as well as women of all cultural backgrounds.”

And of course my personal favorite: clipped from:                                                                                              

With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Taken from the book
When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
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