Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Lady Washington

Alec and I took a walk today at Percival's Landing in the sun and brisk wind. It is starting to feel like fall is coming at times.

The tall ship The Lady Washington is docked in Olympia until September 4th.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Beloit College Mindset List ~ fascinating

Beloit, Wis. - A rite of autumn is under way with the arrival of first-year students at thousands of colleges and universities for registration. Most 18-year-old students entering the class of 2010 this fall were born in 1988. They grew up with a mouse in one hand and a computer screen as part of their worldview. They learned to surf the internet as they learned to read. While they were still in their cribs, the 20th century started to close as the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet bloc disintegrated, and frequent traditional wars in Latin America gave way to the uncontrolled terrors of the Middle East.
The Beloit College Mindset List is used by educators and clergy and by the military and business in their efforts to connect with the new generation. Beloit creates the list to share with its faculty in anticipation of the first-year seminars and orientation. “It is an important reminder to faculty, some of whom are only a Ph.D. older than their students, that what we call ‘hardening of the references’ can set in quickly,” according to Nief. "It is meant to be thought-provoking and fun, yet accurate. It often provides the base for good opening seminar discussions as faculty and students address the challenges of examining important issues from differing perspectives."
Read more about The Beloit College Mindset List including links to the Class of 2002 Mindset List through the current Class of 2010 list.

Has Canada Got the Cure?

Alec had open heart surgery about 4 years ago and so he is on meds for that.

I have adult onset epilepsy (7 grand mal seizures since 1998) and I was recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. I take medications for those.

And both of us have claudication. "a circulation problem that causes pain during exercise. It's usually related to peripheral arterial disease." Claudication: When circulation problems cause leg pain from (No meds for this one ~ walking is supposed to help and we try to do some every day ~ but it is painful.)

And we don't have health insurance because we are self-employed. We are private pay when we see doctors which is expensive. We order our medications from a Canadian pharmacy which saves us some money.

At any rate, I thought this article was interesting:

Has Canada Got the Cure?

Since 1970, Canada has had a publicly funded, single-payer health system. Today, all Canadians are equally healthy, regardless of income.

Should the United States implement a more inclusive, publicly funded health care system? That's a big debate throughout the country. But even as it rages, most Americans are unaware that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't already have a fundamentally public--that is, tax-supported--health care system.
The United States spends far more per capita on health care than any comparable country. In fact, the gap is so enormous that a recent University of California, San Francisco, study estimates that the United States would save over $161 billion every year in paperwork alone if it switched to a singlepayer system like Canada's. These billions of dollars are not abstract amounts deducted from government budgets; they come directly out of the pockets of people who are sick.
read all of Has Canada Got the Cure? by Holly Dressel ~ posted on Alternet on August 29, 2006.
reprinted from Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Reverend William Howard Melish was one executor of my father's estate

The house once belonged to communists: Mary Jane Melish, a distant cousin of the Marshalls, and her husband, an Episcopal priest named William Howard Melish, who oversaw the awarding of the Stalin Peace Prize (the communists' alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize) in 1953. In 1943, he joined the board of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship through what was then the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights. (It is now St. Ann's.) Through the council, communist Episcopalians met with their Jewish and atheist counterparts. The only people they shut out were the authorities. But as the witch hunt of the 1950's intensified, the authorities came in anyway - and with an imperialist flourish padlocked the church. For a while, fellow travelers came in through the windows. Finally the Melishes moved their headquarters to the Dean Street house, where for years they ran a program for single mothers. In the 1960's, legend has it, they gave shelter to a fugitive named Angela Davis.
Information about William Howard Melish
in "The Brooklyn Lodgers" by Virgina Heffernan, April 14, 2002


Wikipedia on Angela Davis


W.E.B. DuBois, a neighbor of William Howard Melish's Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights (NY), writes in his Autobiography (1968):
"Howard Melish is one of the few Christian clergymen for whom I have the highest respect. Honest and conscientious, believing sincerely in much of the Christian dogma, which I reject, but working honestly and without hypocrisy, for the guidance of the young, for the uplift of the poor and ignorant, and for the betterment of his city and his country, he has been driven from his work and his career ruined by a vindictive bishop of his church, with no effective protest from most of the Christian ministry and membership or of the people of the United States. The Melish case is perhaps at once the most typical and frightening illustration of present American religion and my reaction. Here is a young man of ideal character, of impeccable morals; a hard worker, especially among the poor and unfortunate, with fine family relations. His father had helped build one of the most popular Episcopal churches in the better part of Brooklyn. He himself had married a well-educated woman, and had three sons in school. The community about it was changing from well-to-do people of English and Dutch descent, to white-collar and laboring folk of Italian, Negro and Puerto Rican extraction. Trinity church, under the Melishes, adapted itself to changing needs, and invited neighborhood membership. It was not a large church, but it was doing the best work among the young and foreign-born of any institution in Brooklyn.

"The young rector took one step for which the bishop, most of his fellow clergymen and the well-to-do community, with its business interests, pilloried him. He joined and became an official of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship. He was accused immediately of favoring communism, and to appease criticism he gave up his official position in this organization, but refused to resign his membership. Allegedly for this reason the bishop, most of the clergy and the well-to-do community proceeded to force him out of the church. The real reason behind their fight was anger because a rich, white, "respectable" church was being surrendered to workers and Negroes. It became a renewed battle between Episcopal authority and democratic rule. That his parish wanted to retain Melish as rector was unquestionable. Through the use of technicalities in the canon law and in accord with the decision of [Roman] Catholic judges who believed in Episcopal power, Howard Melish lost his church, had his life work ruined, the church itself closed, and its local influence ended. There was vigorous protest against this by a few devoted colleagues, many of them Jews and liberals. But the great mass of the Episcopal church membership was silent and did nothing."

The "heavy" in the case was the Bishop of Long Island, the Rt. Rev. James P. DeWolfe, an Anglo-Catholic with a very high sense of his own episcopal importance. As a friend has written, "My Catholic sympathies would naturally have been with him, but his harrying of the Melishes made him an unlovely character." As Melish was of a very "low-church" persuasion, the bishop appeared to be making it a "Catholic" vs. "Protestant" issue as well as a political one. But as Melish points out in his Strength for Struggle, "One can see . . how much more difficult the situation was made for the bishop when nearly a score of men from the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church rose to our defense and shared in the maintaining of the services. They acted so unobtrusively that our own people were surprised beyond words when they were told of the personal attitudes and customs of these ministers when in their own parishes." The English Anglican Socialist, Stanley Evans, became one of his strongest and most dependable supporters.

Howard Melish went on to work with Carl and Ann Braden in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he continued to suffer attacks on his character by the likes of Jesse Helms.

Wikipedia on Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

article: I Want Your Sex

The world of men can be divided into two groups: Those who feel empty after the completion of a one night stand and those who roll over and go to bed feeling completely satisfied. This emotional divide among males is equally as dramatic as the more publicized difference in sexual orientation between gay and straight men. Yet, this phenomenon is rarely talked about as the conventional wisdom wrongly concludes that "men are pigs."
The whole notion that gay men are more libidinous than straight men is a canard pushed by right wing fanatics in an effort to deny homosexuals basic rights. Indeed, one of the most guarded secrets of gay life is that a good portion of homosexuals are as undersexed as their straight counterparts.

Some of these lonely people keep long hours at the office and don't have time to pursue partners. Others are shy and have great difficulty meeting people. Many men - gay and straight - simply have low sex drives and hardly desire gratuitous encounters.From my observation, a surprisingly large portion of men find the notion of hooking up with strangers totally unappealing. It is not looks nor variety, but intimacy that is the greatest turn on.

Of course, for hyper-aggressive men who fancy uninhibited sexual exploration, it is easier being gay because you can always find another man looking for the same thing. But, instead of being blamed for a lack of self-control, the gay community should get a medal for restraint.

Heck, if straight men could have sex in public restrooms with women, would we ever again be able to use the facilities for legitimate purposes? If straight men could easily pick up women for sex in parks after midnight, would the grounds be so trodden that ants would become an endangered species?
read: I Want Your Sex Wayne Besen - Daily Commentary ~ August 22, 2006

Freaky Fridays

Freaky Fridays
WireTap's bi-weekly sex and relationships column for organizers, activists, change makers, closet progressives and for the young at heart.
by Sex Goddess, WireTap. ~ August 18, 2006

article: Same-sex marriage is surely a civil right

Many blacks oppose such unions for religious reasons, but bigotry is bigotry, even if it's cloaked in faith. Blacks should know this better than most.
The fight for gay rights is like our civil rights struggle, however, and it's hypocritical for groups that have had to fight long and hard to win their own constitutional rights to turn around and try to deny them to the next group. We're seeing this in the descendants of immigrant groups that were despised and vilified during their early days in this country, and that now want to deny recent immigrants the means to become lawful citizens.

This hypocrisy was apparent to me as I was growing up in a black Baptist church. I routinely heard ministers condemn gays from the pulpit, even though half the male choir members, the choir director, the flower arranger and plenty of other male church members were obviously gay. The church would have had difficulty functioning without them.

Because it's difficult enough to be black in this country, I know that black communities would prefer not to have to deal with the added stigma society attaches to homosexuals, and the obvious link to HIV and AIDS. And with stable heterosexual marriages rare enough in black communities, some African-Americans think that encouraging same-sex marriage would only complicate the situation.
I won't dismiss the beliefs of blacks who believe that homosexuality is immoral, but I'd caution them that morality has often been used as a cloak for old-fashioned bigotry, fear and discomfort with people and behaviors that are different.
Read all of: Same-sex marriage is surely a civil right by Sheryl McCarthy ~ USA Today ~ 8/21/2006

article: Is Marriage Rational?

In the debate over who can marry, both sides imbue the institution of marriage with an importance it neither deserves nor possesses.

Back in 1983, I sold my own wedding. My mother, a lifelong New Yorker, refused to make a trip to California, so in exchange for moving the location of my wedding to Long Island, I received from her a tidy cash payment.

At the time, I found nothing strange about selling my wedding because I was deeply cynical about marriage as an institution. As a child of the '60s counter-culture, I equated marriage with the Vietnam War -- some sham ceremonial act, like saving the world from communist hordes, that actually had nothing to do with mental health, romance or commitment, but was rather one more way that mass society sought to colonize our minds.

I am not kidding, and, believe me, I wasn't alone.
Read all of: Is Marriage Rational? by G. Pascal Zachary, AlterNet. Posted August 22, 2006.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

How right-wingers see the New York Times

Hover your mouse over stories in this electronic edition of the New York Times on the Huffington Post site to get an idea of how articles are spun:

A Right-Winger Reads the NY Times

from the Huffington Post Contagious Festival

found on
Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things

"Out of the Margins" ~ on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care ~ press release & article

Press Release:
Lambda Legal and Child Welfare League of America Launch Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth in Foster Care:

Out of the Margins documents the experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care across the country.

(Washington D.C., August 16, 2006) — Today, Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America launched a new publication to serve as a guide for helping the child welfare system to better meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in care.

Out in the Margins: A Report on Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth in Care, is a compilation of the experiences of LGBTQ youth in care along with concrete solutions to end the problems they face in the foster care, juvenile justice, and homeless/transitional living systems. The information was gathered during 13 listening forums attended by over 500 people — including social workers, service providers, administrators, caregivers, and LGBTQ youth who are or were in care — from 22 states in 2003-2004. The publication is available free of charge upon request or downloadable at or

“We held listening forums in every region of the country and found that the needs of LGBTQ youth in care are by and large the same no matter where they live. From large urban cities to small rural towns — not enough is being done to keep these young people safe,” said Rudy Estrada, Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal’s Foster Care Project.

“That kind of coast to coast consensus makes this book applicable to child welfare services everywhere.”

“This report offers concrete recommendations for policy makers and practitioners who want to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth,” said Rob Woronoff, LGBTQ Program Director at the Child Welfare League of America. “The experiences and practical solutions in this report come directly from the people who are most affected — the youth and their advocates, caregivers, and service providers.”

Out of the Margins builds upon Lambda Legal’s 2001 publication, Youth in the Margins, a tool aimed at providing child welfare administrators with recommendations on policies, training, and services to better meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in care. CWLA’s body of publications dedicated to LGBTQ youth has recently expanded to include CWLA Best Practice Guidelines: Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care, as well as a special issue of their journal, Child Welfare, entirely dedicated to LGBTQ youth in child welfare, featuring more than a dozen never-before published studies and articles, including articles by Lambda Legal Staff Attorney, Rudy Estrada.

This fall, the two groups will launch a free toolkit with a variety of handouts aimed at providing additional educational information specifically geared for the child welfare community, from foster parents, to LGBT youth in care, to social workers and beyond. In November, CWLA will host its annual Finding Better Ways Best Practices conference, and this year’s will be entirely devoted to addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth and families involved with the country’s foster care system. This conference, cosponsored by Lambda Legal, will take place in Nashville, TN. For more information on any of these resources go to or


Contacts: Jackie Yodashkin, Lambda Legal, 212-809-8585 ext.229
Rob Woronoff, CWLA, 202-662-4292,

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Download the PDF of Out of the Margins A Report on Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Care



Initiative Launched To Help Protect Gay Foster Youth

(Washington) Two advocacy groups on Thursday announced a new initiative to help protect LGBT young people in child welfare systems across the country.

Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America hope a new publication will serve as a guide for helping the foster care systems to better meet the needs of gay youth in their care.

Called "Out of the Margins" it is a compilation of the experiences of LGBTQ youth in care along with concrete solutions to end the problems they face in the foster care, juvenile justice, and homeless/transitional living systems.
"My foster family took away my clothes, called me a 'dyke,' and tried to remake me," said one teen quoted in the book.

"When I was in foster care all my foster mom would do was taunt me," said another.

A third teen quoted in the book said that after coming out to her foster family "I was told I was going to hell and forced to go to church with them. I became very closeted after that and didn't tell any other foster families I was a lesbian. I was in 22 different homes; many of them were very religious."
In November, CWLA will host its annual Finding Better Ways Best Practices conference, and this year's will be entirely devoted to addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth and families involved with the country's foster care system. The conference, co-sponsored by Lambda, will take place in Nashville, TN.

"Out of the Margins" is available free of charge upon request or downloadable at or
Read: Initiative Launched To Help Protect Gay Foster Youth
by Newscenter Staff ~ August 17, 2006

Aaron Dixon and The Green Party

Aaron Dixon is the Green Party of Washington State candidate for U.S. Senate
Green Party of Washington State (GPoWS)

Aaron Dixon's campaign message:
  • End all Military Occupations Now!
  • End the Drug War!
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. Stop all infringements of civil rights of Arabs/Muslims!
  • Repeal NAFTA/CAFTA. Support Fair Trade!
  • For Universal Single Payor Health Care!
  • Fight Corporate Domination of our Elections!
  • Guarantee Full Rights for Immigrants!
Aaron Dixon for U.S. Senate website

H (the heretic) endorses Aaron Dixon for Senate

the heretic "Don't Let the Pros Con You"


Green Party's website

Ten Key Values of the Green Party - Originally ratified at the Green Party Convention in Denver, CO, June 2000.
Read more good information on these Ten Key Values of the Green Party


The Real Difference:
Q. What's the difference between the Democrat and Republican parties?
Q. Do they represent your interests and values?

Which party represents your interests?

Democrats talk about the different policies, positions, and priorities we'd see from a Democrat in the White House versus a Republican.

Most Democrat and Republican politicians - including Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Bush - hold similar positions on major issues - and that's why we need a real choice at the polls: a party that gives power to "We the People" instead of powerful corporations.

If you look at where the candidates and parties stand on the issues you can see that the Democrat and Republican parties are in basic agreement on most issues OR they
agree to ignore important issues.
Judge for yourself - compare with Green positions:
The Real Difference including an excellent Issue Position Comparison

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Happy Birthday, Jim Brochu ~ August 16, 2006

Steve Schalchlin wrote about his partner Jimmy's 60th birthday in his blog today:
I don't know what my life would have been without him. It's impossible to imagine. For several reasons:

1. He puts up with me. ( ... sniped. Read the whole entry. Link below.)

2. He gave me a career in the theatre. ( ... sniped. Read the whole entry. Link below.)

3. He makes me laugh.

4. He kept me alive. He sat in my hospital room and held my hand and gave me the will to survive. He learned to give me shots, change bed pans, replace I.V.'s and, well, the list is endless. I would not be alive today without him.

5. He forgives me. My list of idiocies and idiosyncracies and stupid moments, and weakness and failures are endless. He never complains. Never whines. Never asks for anything.

6. He loves me. That might be the hardest thing of all.

7. He lets me take care of him. I love him. I think he's a great actor, a great writer, a hilarious person, a man of heart and substance. He remembers everyone's name. He remembers everything we ever did, when we did it, and where. He lets me see him at his most vulnerable, and I love taking care of him. He gives me the honor and privilege of caring for him.

I could go on and on. He is 60 years young, and it seems like both we and our careers are just beginning. I like it like that, to tell you the truth. The future looks fantastic. I just want it to continue on. The second greatest day of my life was the day we met.

The greatest day of my life is today.

Read all of Steve's blog entry for today (with pictures of course) at: Happy Birthday, Jim Brochu.


So, happy 60th birthday Jimmy!
And thank you Steve for sharing this most beautiful entry/love letter in your blog.
((((hugs)))) to you both.

Pride committee dinner Sunday July 30 ~ with picture of Alec

On Sunday July 30th we went to dinner with the Capital City Pride committee and volunteers.

Here is Alec munching on a really good barbeque dinner at Ranch House BBQ

We split a dinner special and it was SO much food we had plenty to take home for lunch the next day.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Satan Announces Opposition to Gay Marriage

In a crowded press conference early Tuesday morning, Satan announced his disavowal of both gay marriages and civil unions. "I know there are a lot of people who might think I'm in favor of this," he said, "but you couldn't be more wrong. My perfect world involves the fevered debasement of flesh and the absolute corruption of the spirit, not two happy people living out in the suburbs building a life together.

Frankly, just the thought of these "families" hosting barbecues and going to baseball games makes me sick."
Read the whole article: Satan Announces Opposition to Gay Marriage by Toby Barlow ~ The Huffington Post ~ 08.08.2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

ABA Passes Resolution Condemning Execution of the Mentally Ill

From The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty on 8/9/06:

We are very pleased to bring you some exciting news. Today, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates – following in the footsteps of the American Psychological Assn and the American Psychiatric Association – unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the execution of mentally ill persons!

The Resolution

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association, without taking a position supporting or opposing the death penalty, urges each jurisdiction that imposes capital punishment to implement the following policies and procedures:

1. Defendants should not be executed or sentenced to death if, at the time of the offense, they had significant limitations in both their intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills, resulting from mental retardation, dementia, or a traumatic brain injury.

2. Defendants should not be executed or sentenced to death if, at the time of the offense, they had a severe mental disorder or disability that significantly impaired their capacity (a) to appreciate the nature, consequences or wrongfulness of their conduct, (b) to exercise rational judgment in relation to conduct, or (c) to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law. A disorder manifested primarily by repeated criminal conduct or attributable solely to the acute effects of voluntary use of alcohol or other drugs does not, standing alone, constitute a mental disorder or disability for purposes of this provision.

3. Mental Disorder or Disability after Sentencing

(a) Grounds for Precluding Execution. A sentence of death should not be carried out if the prisoner has a mental disorder or disability that significantly impairs his or her capacity (i) to make a rational decision to forgo or terminate post-conviction proceedings available to challenge the validity of the conviction or sentence; (ii) to understand or communicate pertinent information, or otherwise assist counsel, in relation to specific claims bearing on the validity of the conviction or sentence that cannot be fairly resolved without the prisoner's participation; or (iii) to understand the nature and purpose of the punishment, or to appreciate the reason for its imposition in the prisoner's own case. Procedures to be followed in each of these categories of cases are specified in (b) through (d) below.

(b) Procedure in Cases Involving Prisoners Seeking to Forgo or Terminate Post-Conviction Proceedings. If a court finds that a prisoner under sentence of death who wishes to forgo or terminate post-conviction proceedings has a mental disorder or disability that significantly impairs his or her capacity to make a rational decision, the court should permit a next friend acting on the prisoner's behalf to initiate or pursue available remedies to set aside the conviction or death sentence.

(c) Procedure in Cases Involving Prisoners Unable to Assist Counsel in Post-Conviction Proceedings. If a court finds at any time that a prisoner under sentence of death has a mental disorder or disability that significantly impairs his or her capacity to understand or communicate pertinent information, or otherwise to assist counsel, in connection with post-conviction proceedings, and that the prisoner's participation is necessary for a fair resolution of specific claims bearing on the validity of the conviction or death sentence, the court should suspend the proceedings. If the court finds that there is no significant likelihood of restoring the prisoner's capacity to participate in post-conviction proceedings in the foreseeable future, it should reduce the prisoner's sentence to the sentence imposed in capital cases when execution is not an option.

(d) Procedure in Cases Involving Prisoners Unable to Understand the Punishment or its Purpose. If, after challenges to the validity of the conviction and death sentence have been exhausted and execution has been scheduled, a court finds that a prisoner has a mental disorder or disability that significantly impairs his or her capacity to understand the nature and purpose of the punishment, or to appreciate the reason for its imposition in the prisoner's own case, the sentence of death should be reduced to the sentence imposed in capital cases when execution is not an option.

A copy of the resolution may be downloaded from the ABA at:

Josh Blue won The Last Comic Standing last night!

Alec and I have been watching him since this article:
Antic Evergreen grad finds spotlight

The Last Comic Standing might be a Geoduck.

Josh Blue, an alumnus of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, is one of five finalists on the NBC reality show, which airs at 9 tonight.

"So far the show has been awesome and overwhelming," said Blue, 27, who graduated from Evergreen in 2001. "The overnight fame is nuts - it's a goal comedians shoot for."

Because he has cerebral palsy, Blue said Evergreen was a perfect fit for him.

"I'm a nature lover, and the disability-support people were awesome," he said.
"I don't want to say I'm good at comedy because then I feel cocky. But being on the show I can say I'm good at it," he said.

According to his official biography for the TV show, Blue describes his comedy as "spastic and engaging."

He said he wanted to be part of the show to "make people aware of the fact that people with disabilities can make an impact."
Read the whole article in July 18th Olympian Antic Evergreen grad finds spotlightby Patrick Lewis and Lisa Pemberton


note: a geoduck is a large edible clam. In the Wikipedia entry for a geoduck in the section on trivia it says:
The geoduck is the official mascot of The Evergreen State College, located at the southernmost tip of Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington. The school's Latin motto, Omnia Extares (or, "let it all hang out") is at least partially intended as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the creature's appearance.

Josh Blue's official website is at

and see Josh Blue: the fan site

and > Last Comic Standing > Comics > Josh Blue

and You Tube video Josh Blue at Last Comic Standing!

Congratulations to Josh!

"Gay Reach" ~ a video that includes my son Bill

I recieved an email from Mike Lee
Dear Mrs. Clayton, below is a link to a video i composed and posted on youtube, i invite you to take a look at it. Your support is amazing, thank you for all you do.
I asked Mike if I could share it here in my blog and he said yes.

Thank you Mike. It's very powerful.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The Voice Goes On: Jim Brochu as Zero Mostel

For Brochu, whose résumé in multiple mediums is mind-boggling--actor, playwright, director, book author, agent, producer--a lifetime of acclaimed accomplishments doesn't mean he can now relax. He's currently embarking on what he admits is the biggest acting challenge of his life: He wrote and performs in /Zero Hour/, a two-hour solo play charting the glorious yet tumultuous life of an actor considered by many to be among the greatest of the 20th century, Zero Mostel (1915--1977). Filling the larger-than-life shoes of an eccentric, tortured, brilliant creative giant--who gained fame starring in the musicals /Fiddler on the Roof/ and /A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum/ and Mel Brooks' 1968 film classic /The Producers/--is a gargantuan task.
Over the years, Brochu has initiated countless projects and driven them to fruition. "You can't sit around waiting for the phone to ring," he remarks. "Because it won't. I am always telling actors and would-be screenwriters and playwrights to get out there and do it for themselves. When I wrote /The Last Session with Steve/ [inspired by Schalchlin's emotional and physical triumph over AIDS], I didn't write a part for myself as an actor. I had stepped away from acting about 20 years earlier, thinking maybe I'd be happier on the other side--directing, producing, and writing--and then found out I really wasn't. I live on a stage, love being on a stage, so instead of waiting around for Tennessee Williams to write something for me, especially now that he's dead, if God has given me the talent to write something for myself, then I better well do it. It's kind of like that old adage: If you build it, they will come. If you write it, it will get produced."

"Zero Hour," presented by West Coast Jewish Theatre, continues Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. through Aug. 13 at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood. (323) 595-4849.
Read the whole article: The Voice Goes On
by Les Spindle in Back Stage ~ August 07, 2006


And see