Friday, April 20, 2018

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

If you have knowledge, let other light their candles by it.


~Chinese Proverb

Thursday, April 19, 2018

PROTEST SONGS

Remember the days of protest songs? I remember many of the songs from the civil rights and anti war movements. One song that I believe was the anthem of the Vietnam anti-war movement was 'For What It's Worth' by Buffalo Springfield. Marvin Gaye's great album "What's Going On?" was a protest against war, racism, economic exploitation, and greed.

Radio stations were reluctant to play them back them for fear of offending their advertisers. It would be a major miracle if you heard a protest song in this corporate driven world. Maybe some day the protest song will become a part of protest once again. I sure hope so. Sure do need it.

SPEAKING OUT

I'm usually quiet and reserved, not always sharing my thoughts out in public. That changed in 2012 or 2013. I was tired of trans and gender non conforming people being trashed by the media, politicians, preachers, and administrators. It motivated me to speak out that it was drag queens and trans people who set off the Stonewall Rebellion. Trans people do the hard pulling and pushing then are shuttled to the sidelines because we don't "look right" (whatever that means).

Too many folks have been battered by the vitriol spewed out by some of these 'well meaning' people and it has done nothing but hurt and destroy. I'm a senior citizen and trans and where can be harder just to get basic needs. Well, I'm silent no longer. I'm out and proud every day and will be so.

Friday, April 13, 2018

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.



~Rosa Parks, Activist (1913-2005)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BEING TRANS IN A WORLD THAT SCORNS US

Transgender is an umbrella term of a wide spectrum of gender identity and expression. Seeing the many different expressions of gender during my questioning phase helped to understand that I could express myself however I choose. 

It's frustrating at times that the trans community is still bickering over how each person should present themselves. How they should look, speak, and act. Each person has traveled their own journey and have come to their own conclusions in their walk. I may have experienced what they have; I may not understand what they experience is about. What I do is support them wholeheartedly.

Our lives are not always easy. I am a trans senior citizen who is blessed to have a supportive and accepting spouse. Many trans women and men do not have someone to love and support them and it saddens me. If one is a senor citizen it's even harder. 

Trans people need to support each other. We need to respect one other as sisters and brothers. We need to empathetic to those who are struggling. Those people and groups who seek to harm us need to be called out PUBLICALLY!

Saturday, April 07, 2018

BASEBALL 2018



It's been a while since I've been this excited about the baseball season. I'm a die hard Mets fan and believe if the pitching stays healthy the team will rebound and have a good year.

Here are my predictions for 2018  for the teams that will make the playoffs. 

American League

Houston
Cleveland 
NY Yankees

Wild Card
Boston
Minnesota, LA Angels

Team that will rebound: Baltimore
Team that will slip:   Toronto


National League

LA Dodgers
Chicago Cubs
Washington

Wild Card
NY Mets
Arizona

Team that will rebound: SF Giants
Team that will slip: Colorado

NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

                                                                           MEN


DIVISION I-           VILLANOVA WILDCATS

DIVISION II-          FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS

DIVISION III-         NEBRASKA WESLEYAN PRAIRIE WOLVES

NAIA DIV. I-           GRACELAND YELLOWJACKETS

NAIA DIV. II-          INDIANA WESLEYAN WILDCATS




                                                                          WOMEN


DIVISION I-             NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

DIVISION II-            UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES

DIVISION III-           AMHERST MAMMOTHS

NAIA DIV. I-             FREED-HARDEMAN LIONS

NAIA DIV. II-            DAKOTA WESLEYAN TIGERS


               


                         CONGRATULATIONS TO A JOB WELL DONE!

               

Friday, April 06, 2018

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

~Unknown

Monday, April 02, 2018

HOLY WEEK AND TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY

I hope that your Holy Week was a good one. I attended Good Friday and Easter services. My spouse and I are part of the dance ministry at church. We performed twice (had two Sunday services) which was well received by many folks. This was one of the best Holy weeks I have experienced.

Saturday was the Transgender Day od Visibility. Just being out and about is a blessing. I'm out all the time. I was pleased reading that Scotland had its first trans pride parade. It's wonderful that trans and gender non conforming people are stepping up and stepping out asserting their right to live a life of happiness.