Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sasha Cohen (comedian) as gay Austrian

We went to see Borat after dinner on Thanksgiving. It's not the kind of movie I usually enjoy. I cringed and laughed through it.

Borat is actually English comedian Sasha Cohen in real life.

My friend Carolyn Wagner sent me this today. It's Sasha Cohen playing Bruno, an Austrian gay reporter, interviewing the pastor of a church in Little Rock, Arkansas:


Borat, Cowboys & Gay Marriage

I knew I was in love with Borat—the phony "reporter" from Kazakhstan, whose psuedo-docucomedy is in theaters now—the moment he tried to greet a Texas rodeo owner with a kiss. The man, a redneck in his ’60s, jumped back like he’d been stung by a wasp and immediately went into a little fairy prance, explaining that only "people like this" kissed each other.

Borat, puzzled, pressed him. The guy explained, "Homosexuals. You know…" He said, flitting a little more effeminately.

Borat, mock horrified, let the guy know that in his country, homosexuals are executed.

The cowboy, thinking he has a fellow homo-hatin’ comrade in the foreigner, then said, conspiratorially, "Well, we’re tryin’ to do that here…AND WE WILL!"
Read the rest of Borat, Cowboys & Gay Marriage ~ Film exposes home-town homo-haters | Opinion piece by my friend Steve Schalchlin | Nov. 27, 2006 in The New York Blade

Monday, November 27, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

Noel was here for Thanksgiving yesterday

Here he is:

That tshirt has one of Alec's paintings on it.
See Alec's art on shirts and other stuff.

Then here is Noel napping in the afternoon today.

He brought his cat Linus with him and that was fun.

I didn't get a good picture of Linus until tonight before they left for home in Seattle.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Turkeys Are Our Friends

Our son Noel is home for Thanksgiving (with his cat Linus.) Noel has been a vegerarian since high school. So we usually do Thanksgiving without poultry & meats.

One vegetarian shares the bond she developed with turkeys after finding alternatives to this traditional Thanksgiving comfort food.
Turkeys love to be caressed, and people often remark that they respond just like their own dogs and cats. Turkeys even make a purring sound when they are content, and not until you've had a hen fall asleep under your arm have you lived. She will literally melt under your touch, relax her body, and begin to close her eyes, softly clucking all the while. It's a sight to see, and I'm moved every time I have the privilege to witness it.

Some turkeys are more affectionate than others, climbing into your lap and making themselves as comfortable as can be. At an animal sanctuary I frequent, a particularly friendly turkey became known for her propensity to hug. As soon as you crouched down, she would run over to you, press her body against yours, and crane her head over your shoulders, clucking all the while. It's amazing how so generous a hug can be given by something with no arms
Read all of Turkeys Are Our Friends by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Opinion: When religion loses its credibility

What if Christian leaders are wrong about homosexuality? I suppose, much as a newspaper maintains its credibility by setting the record straight, church leaders would need to do the same:

Correction: Despite what you might have read, heard or been taught throughout your churchgoing life, homosexuality is, in fact, determined at birth and is not to be condemned by God's followers.
Religion's only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority. Lose that, and we lose our credibility. Lose credibility, and we might as well close up shop.
Read all of Opinion: When religion loses its credibility
by Oliver "Buzz" Thomas, a Baptist minister and author of an upcoming book, 10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can't Because He Needs the Job).
USA Today ~ Opinion ~ November 20, 2006


. . . For an Indian, who is also a school teacher, Thanksgiving was never an easy holiday for me to deal with in class. I sometimes have felt like I learned too much about "the Pilgrims and the Indians." Every year I have been faced with the professional and moral dilemma of just how to be honest and informative with my children at Thanksgiving without passing on historical distortions, and racial and cultural stereotypes.

The problem is that part of what you and I learned in our own childhood about the "Pilgrims" and "Squanto" and the "First Thanksgiving" is a mixture of both history and myth. But the THEME of Thanksgiving has truth and integrity far above and beyond what we and our forebearers have made of it. Thanksgiving is a bigger concept than just the story of the founding of the Plymouth Plantation.

So what do we teach to our children? . . .

Read all of T E A C H I N G A B O U T T H A N K S G I V I N G
by Dr. Frank B. Brouillet, Cheryl Chow, Warren H. Burton and Dr. Willard E. Bill. Originally written and developed by Cathy Ross, Mary Robertson, Chuck Larsen, and Roger Fernandes - with an introduction by Chuck Larsen.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

the "Fuck housework" poster

I don't often promote other people's stuff, but Noel gave me this very special cool poster two years ago for Christmas and some people have asked about it.

Noel grew up seeing this photograph:

From left to right ~ there is my sister Mimi, a photographer from southern California who my mother tried to set me up with (!?), then there is my mom lighting a cigarette with a big red candle, and some young kid I don't remember ~ and me in the light blue shirt with the funny haircut.

The house was being remodled. Its the one on Guerreo I mentioned in my blog entry on October 24th: My trip to California

Above mom on the mantle is the poster. Her poster.


The image is a woman holding a broken broom. The words Women's Liberation are written across her at the bottom.

It's signed by Virtue Hathaway, and dated 1971. The photograph was taken about then which makes me around 18 years old.

Now here it is in our house:

I have had some people ask me about it. Noel searched online and found it for me. Like I said, very cool. :-)

The artist is Shirley Boccaccio (alias Virtue Hathaway) who now lives in Mexico. Her daughter Penelope sells the poster for her. It is signed by Shirley. If you want one see the info below:


June 19, 2019
I checked with the Shirley Boccaccio's daughter, and the poster is now available through ebay here:


August 23, 2016
Dear Gabi:
I finally have oriented myself and want to thank you deeply for all the good things you say on your blog about my poster. I wrote you somewhere else on all this, it is a bit difficult since I have to come to town to use the internet as I don´t have it at home...and then they close at 2:00 in the afternoon so I have to move fast.

I want to attach a photo of my novel, Buying the Ranch and some text describing it. If you could be so kind as to mention it, it is available on Amazon but they do NO promotion. Any efforts you may make will be deeply appreciated. Thank you very much.
Shirley (Virtue)

BUYING THE RANCH - Book I, Facing Real Life
by Virtue Hathaway

Recently issued and available through AMAZON books:

This is the first in a series of four books, tracing the evolution of a young woman of the mid-20th century from cheerleader to radical feminist in a form entertaining, erotic and enlightening.  The story follows Joanna’s dramatic journey of self-realization.  Struggling to live her life she finds she must face the reality of the rules society lays down in order for women to “fit in”, play the game and ultimately survive, let alone be able to create meaningful change in the life around her.

A well-planned, intricate plot that takes the reader on their own dramatic journey of self-discovery.”  Lief Carlson, Vallarta Today

Gabi here. I haven't read it yet but here it is:
Buying the Ranch: Facing Real Life (Volume 1) Paperback – August 5, 2016
by Virtue Hathaway

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I was looking up the word "shpiel" after it came up in a conversation with Alec yesterday.

By the way, Alec worked as a Shabbes goy in New York City before I met him. Both these words and more are defined here: Yinglish on Wikipedia.

My mother had a copy of the book The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten which is mentioned on that page too.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Evangelical Group's Motto: Breed to Succeed

Women in the ‘Quiverfull’ movement are kept at home -- away from the evils of feminism -- where they birth armies of God’s soldiers.

read the article: Evangelical Group's Motto: Breed to Succeed
by Kathryn Joyce ~ The Nation ~ November 14, 2006

Last night's Ovation Awards: Congratulations Jim Brochu on "Zero Hour" !!!

Steve Schalchlin's Ovations 2006 Picture Book

World premiere play and musical honors were given to Jim Brochu's Zero Mostel show, "Zero Hour,"
from 'Drowsy Chaperone' leads Ovation Awards

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Interesting word. Schadenfreude

I first heard about the word Schadenfreude on Boston Legal - one of my favorite television shows.
"Schadenfreude" is the title of a Boston Legal episode wherein character Alan Shore (James Spader) uses the term in explaining why some defendants are convicted of an unrelated crime after having engaged in culturally unacceptable or possibly illegal activities.
Schadenfreude is a malicious feeling of pleasure in another person's misfortune.

Read more on Schadenfreude on Wikipedia.

Thursday, November 2, 2006

two of my favorite quotes

"Listen, stories move in circles. They don't go in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles because there are stories inside and stories between stories and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. And part of the finding is the getting lost. And when you're lost, you really start to open up and listen." ~ in Traveling Jewish Theater's "Coming from a Great Distance" by Corey Fischer, Albert Greenberg and Naomi Newman ~

"You can throw away the privilege of acting, but that would be such a shame. The tribe has elected you to tell its story. You are the shaman/healer, that's what the storyteller is, and I think it's important for actors to appreciate that. Too often actors think it's all about them, when in reality it's all about the audience being able to recognize themselves in you. The more you pull away from the public, the less power you have on screen." ~ Ben Kingsley

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

My brother's birth announcement

Michael just sent this to me.

I added the red type so you would know who is who.