Apr 19, 2014

Titi Maria's Turn at Metamorphosis

Photo: MOMS..

I lit a gardenia scented candle for Titi Maria in front of my altar last night. I said prayers and expressed my sincere appreciation for my Titi being a significant and essential part of my life. I was blessed to have her.
She then gently sent images to my mind that showed how she worked her beauty through out the years. She was fine, fashionable and about family. I will endeavor to carry her torch.
Btw, I recently made me spaghetti and Spam for dinner. This dish was one of her go to dishes when money was tight. Back in the day money was often tight. Titi Maria taught me the importance of making a dollar stretch in order to feed your family and take care of business.
When I eat this dish I am reminded about how Titi's creativity was used to take care of the people she loved. She always worked her knowledge, talent and spirit in order to take care of all of us. She done taught me well.
Bien hecho Titi. Muchas Gracias.
I now have a grade A, top-notch, Wonder Woman of a guardian angel on the other side that has joined Marcos, James, Joselito, Willi Ninja, and others that I loved; that will guide me as I continue my journey.

Apr 1, 2014

Frankie's Turn at Metamorphosis



Go on Frankie! Thank you for giving my tribe the "church" we needed when we strutted into the Paradise Garage. Sometimes,  I turn to the sonic medicine you gave this lost queer boy, whenever I need healing.

All of my senses are re-activated when I remember the first time I walked into the Garage, while you played the House Music all night long.

I found my place in the GLBT world on Christopher St. and you gave us our soundtrack. I stomped to the beats because this baby wanted to ride.

I also remember meeting you at the Roxy one night. Willi Ninja and I went to the DJ booth to give you some love. I was so impressed that you were kind to us.

You then focused on giving the crowd the music they needed to feel connected while feeling fab and free.

Your work saved many lives, which in my mind makes your work divine. Now, papito go onto the divine and learn about how you mattered in this mortal coil.

I love you. I thank you. I have your music to sustain me.

With gratitude,
Allan






Mar 25, 2014

Haiiiikuuus! God Bless You





four seasons - spring

Spring-a-ling-a-ling!
Scent of la primavera
summons the robins.

backstabber

Tried to hide your lies
by stabbing me in my back.
My armor is truth!

cooking for others

As I united
the sweet and the savory;
my love stirred the pots.

homophobia's true root system - one

Gays going mainstream!
My skin shivers from the fear;
my child might turn.

Feb 11, 2014

Shirley Temple's Turn At Metamorphosis

Like so many others, I adored Shirley Temple films when I was a kid. She was a little living doll. Watching her act, sing and dance made me smile!

I give her props for transitioning into adulthood with a new found purpose after being such a mega-star in her youth.

Thank you Curly Top you were Our Little Girl for many Americans, with your Dimples and Bright Eyes that made many people Stand Up and Cheer! Baby Take a Bow, you will be remembered Now and Forever as The Little Princess.


 On The All-Consuming Price Of Fame

On Censorship And Petticoats



Feb 7, 2014

A Perfect Visual Metaphor

One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

So good people, the fifth ring failed to open during the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

It was a perfect visual metaphor for the current condition the LGBT community is living under in Russia. Click here to learn more about Russia's anti-gay law.

This little ring was not able to fully open up and become it's perfect rounded-self. No, not this ring. It had to stay small and live in the closet 

Putin must have spit nails with this epic fail.


Jan 3, 2014

Random Thoughts On A Snow Day


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On this first snow day in the new year, I have time to kick back and write down some random thoughts:

  • While I do have wonderful family and friends that have had my back on many occasions, at times the best persons I can rely on is me, myself and I. 
  • I saw drag queens from Kinky Boots perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a gay couple get married at the Tournament of Roses Parade. Who would've thunk it! 
  • I have yet to know anyone that watches Duck Dynasty. Moreover, all of the Duck Dynasty crap being sold at Kohl's and Walmart, in my neck of the woods, is just collecting dust on the shelves.
  • A&E compromised its commitment to "being strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community" for a show that will have a short shelf-life. If you gonna support the LGBT community you gotta be able to deal with the heat.
  • I feel so frustrated because one of my former students is living in a homeless shelter with her younger sister and mother. I don't know what to do. I see the mother almost everyday. How can I assist them in this difficult time?  I feel so awkward about approaching this mom that is trying her best. She is a proud woman that has always impressed me.  I feel if I discuss her situation she will feel embarrassed. Good people please offer suggestions.
  • I am so grateful that my 23 year-old nephew decided, on his own, to visit my mom, brother, and 3 year-old nephew in Florida for the holidays. He offers me a new optimism about how a very dysfunctional family can move forward with each new generation of yungins. BTW, he had a great time and wants to revisit in the June. My sister did a good job raising him.
  • I will have 46 years on this planet in March. I see, contemplate and react so much better than my earlier years. Some of us alien spirits need that amount of time. 

Dec 8, 2013

The Domestic-Do



Did you ever notice Miss. O'Brien and Alice both rocked a curled banged?