Thursday, November 29, 2007

I heard from the hospital at UW today

So I have an appointment for an exam by the doctor/surgeon who probably will do the operation. His name is Cliff Hume, M.D. Ph.D. and he is a neuro-otolaryngologist. I found this about him.

I have a 12:45 pm appointment on Thursday, December 27th for tests and exams. Then they will schedule me for surgery which will happen at another time.

Still no word on when surgery will happen.

I haven't heard from the hospital in Seattle yet. I checked with my ENT doctor's nurse yesterday and she said I should hear from them in another week or so after they get and review everything.

So we wait.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A health update - and a trip cancelled

As some folk may recall, last July 20th I had to go to the doctor and emergency room - see vertigo with nystagmus - not fun.

The vertigo symptoms have continued in a mostly mild way - I feel almost dizzy all the time - more like the top of my head is seasick or something, and have been hearing a wind sound in my right ear. Yes this is a long time - four months now!

I've been I have been seeing my family doctor and my neurologist. They had me on two rounds of antibiotics and the July ear swelling and pain subsided but the vertigo continued (without the nausea and tiredness).

My neurologist recently had me get an MRI, and then he refer me to an ear, nose & throat doctor.

In the meantime, Beth at Safe Schools Coalition had asked me to go to Washington DC for an upcoming meeting of the National Safe Schools Roundtable. I've done some website consultation with them already. They were going to pay for my hotel and reimburse me for my flight and I arranged that I got. A friend in DC sent me money for an extra night at the hotel (thanks Dave!) and it was all set.

I was supposed to leave the night of Monday November 26th arrive on the late morning of Tuesday the 27th, and then fly home on Friday November 30th.

A good friend from when we lived in Mississippi was going to drive from Raleigh NC to Charlotte NC to have breakfast with me at 6am during my layover changing planes on the way to DC. Another friend was going to take a bus down from New York City to see me Tuesday for a few hours before my first meeting Tuesday night at which time she was going to bus home. And several good friends in DC were planning to see me too.

So on Wednesday Alec and I went to see the ENT doc. He said I have chronic mastoiditis with bone involvement. Its an infection in the mastoid area of my ear and since the infection does involve the bone it is also known as coalescent mastoiditis. Here's a webpage I found with information on Mastoiditis including coalescent mastoiditis.

He told us that it needs to be cleaned out with surgery before there is more of a problem. He's contacting the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle to do the surgery and said that will probably happen in a couple of weeks.

But in the meantime he said that I shouldn't fly because the extra pressure the flight would put on my ear could cause more problems.

So I had to cancel my trip. Damn, damn, damn. I let Beth and someone from PFLAG involved in NSSR know, and also told the friends I was supposed to see.

Luckily I had taken out trip/flight insurance when I bought my airline tickets. That was a good thing since the flights were nonrefundable. The insurance covers things like missed connections, lost luggage, emergency medical, and luckily - having to cancel the trip for medical reasons. The ENT doc said he would be glad to fill out paperwork for that.

So, I'll be having surgery sometime in December. I'll post more when I know more.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving

Noel came down with Linus last night after work so we have three cats in the house. They'll leave for home either Friday night or Saturday morning. Noel works Saturday at the Rep.

Since he has been vegetarian since high school we have vegetarian feast in process.

We're having:
roasted butternut squash soup with curry condiments, ratatouille, roasted stuffed onions, homemade cranberry sauce, hot mulled cider.

Catherine is bringing brussel sprouts from her garden, homemade sweet potato pie & pecan pie

Noel brought a wine from a friend's family vineyard. He's going to run to the store for vanilla ice cream and rolls.

Like I said, a feast.

I wish a good thanksgiving to everyone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Transgender Day of Remembrance



Today is National Transgender Day of Remembrance


I mourn those we've lost to suicide or murder due to transphobic hate.

Today is a day of mourning AND activism:
http://www.gender.org/remember/day/

Who has died in YOUR state?
http://www.gpac.org/press/victims-state.html






Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Check these out for some entertainment

Remember, my undergraduate degree was in art, film, video and animation.

Watch "Animator vs. Animation"
and then "Animator vs. Animation II"

at http://alanbecker.deviantart.com/
Be sure to have the sound on.
The animator is 18 and just graduated from high school.
He's talented!

Giving thanks - and protesting.

Noel is coming down for Thanksgiving, and bringing his cat Linus, who will meet our new second cat Lulu for the first time. That should be interesting.

I have jury duty on Thanksgiving week, and then will be in Washington DC for several days for a national safe schools roundtable meeting - and to see some friends there.

I wonder if I will need to serve on jury duty. They may not want me if the case I would hear would be related to arrests of anti-war protesters made this week at the port of Olympia.

Alec and I went to the public meeting at city hall on Sunday night and heard horror stories from so many people who were pepper sprayed, shoved with police night sticks, beaten and thrown in ditches and then arrested (although many were not read their rights).

Thank you to TJ, our city councilperson, for assisting in making the space available - and thank you to all who were there and spoke so eloquently in protest to the port of Olympia being used by the military in any connection to the illegal and immoral war our country is waging in Iraq. Your testimonies were heartbreaking. Many of you spoke of trying to block the trucks from unloading their war transport to Fort Lewis, with a firm commitment to non-violent action. Many of you said you knew you might be arrested for this, but you rightfully didn’t expect to be brutalized.

As one commentator at the Olympian website pointed out, people who are violent and who destroy property should be prosecuted – because they are breaking the law. But protestors who peacefully protest and use civil disobedience to block a road should NEVER be assaulted like this.

The police are our servants, and are sworn to protect us and uphold the law, not assault people! Now some of them have used excessive force and I am APPALLED by their actions. From what I heard Sunday, the police are behaving as violent bully hooligans, and those officers should be criminally charged for those acts. The way they have conducted themselves is shameful. Apparently the police department has an internal review process. Who will hold our law enforcement officers accountable?

These police are being encouraged to act even more aggressively by people there who are protesting the protesters, and by some awful comments in the Olympian, our daily newspaper. Responses to their coverage have included some of the most vicious, malicious and vitriolic letters I have read in a long time. One person even suggested that the protesters be sent to Israel where he or she suggested they know how to treat them, mentioning bulldozers, suggesting that they be run over as was our own dear Rachel Corrie (who was obviously referred to although they did not name her) who was killed in 2003 when she was crushed by a bulldozer on the Gaza Strip.

These responses are shocking as they encourage police brutality.

I don’t hate police. But I do hate the behavior of some, and I call on those police who are not okay with the acts of fellow officers to stand up and do something about it.

On Sunday night I offered free debriefing/counseling/support to the protesters who have been traumatized, and on Monday I sent some resources to friends who are involved so they can share them with folks who are dealing with being assaulted and traumatized by the police.

There is some excellent information online. Activist Trauma Support - based in the UK - is an excellent resource for political activists who may be injured during traumatic experiences associated with their political activities and who might be struggling with mental health issues related to activism - such as post-traumatic stress or burnout.

Some of their documents are:

How to cope with being attacked by the police and other assailants which is also available as a pdf document here (PDF format - 2 large format pages)

Activist trauma and recovery (PDF format - 2 large format pages)

Sustainable Activism & Avoiding Burnout (PDF format - 2 large format pages)

Why We Think This Is Important…

and lots more of their excellent documents here.

Read Police Use Excessive Force in Opening up OLY Port

and read about Police brutality on Wikipedia.


Somehow it seems connected when today SF Gate columnist Mark Morford started his column with:

I know how it is. You've had it up to here. There are only so many stories about blood and death and pain you can take, only so many times you can hear about random shootings and corporate malfeasance and how BushCo's squad of scabrous flying monkeys have, say, supported torture or endorsed wiretapping or gouged the nation for another $200 billion to pay for a failed war. Your nerves are raw and your heart is tired and the media will just not shut the hell up already about the sadness and the war and the mayhem and the Cheney and the doom doom doom.

It is outrage fatigue, and it is epidemic. It's that feeling that we are being hammered unlike any time in recent history with so many appalling and disgusting and violently un-American incidents and scandals and manipulations that our b.s.-detectors are smoking like an old V-8 engine on a hot summer's day and it's all we can do to get up every day without screaming.
and ended with:
Smart, informed outrage engages you and fires your heart, your mind. It is fuel. It is the reason you claim you enjoy being an American, to question malevolent government actions and take a stand and demand accountability where there has, for the past seven years, been none. Bottom line: We simply cannot let them convince us, by way of an all-out assault on science, sex, love, et al, that the good fight just ain't worth fighting.

After all, the flying monkeys are far from done raiding the closet and stealing your babies and making a mockery of everything wise and calm and open-hearted people hold dear. And baby, if you ain't outraged about that, something is very wrong indeed.
Read the whole column: Outrage fatigue? Get over it



And from Orca Books in Olympia: Beyond Bullets / Our Enemies in Blue

57 women (and three men) arrested last night at the Port protests. Why? DISSENT. By whom? POLICE. Our author event Friday?

Jules Boykoff
Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States.

Kristian Williams
Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.

Come feel the relevance. 7 pm this Friday.
Orca Books
509 E 4th Ave, Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 352-0123
http://www.orcabooks.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Steve Schalchlin and The Night Crew Band ~ WOW!

Workin' On The Night Crew (Band Video):



and for some 'historical perspective' watch this one was filmed in September ~ Atlantic Crossing '07 4: The Night Crew:


That's Tirso, working on the night crew on the ship.

Dear Joe ~ continued.

This is a continuation of my Dear Joe post on Friday, November 9, 2007 and then added to the next day. If you haven't already read that, I suggest you read it first then return here.

Dave Parker from Greensboro, NC is on the PFLAG-all listserv run by PFLAG's national office as am I. He sent this to us, and graciously gave me permission to post it on my blog. Be sure to read all the way so you don't miss his second letter.
From: David N. Parker [mailto:dnparkr@triad.rr.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 4:42 PM
To: membership
Subject: Resignation

Please remove David N. and Joan Parker from your membership rolls.

Due to your support of an ENDA bill that fails to protect my family and friends, I will no longer be supporting HRC. I cannot support any organization that wants to separate some of my children and friends as worthy of protection from discrimination and some not.

I have actively opposed the current bill via lobbying my representatives, and will continue to do so. I will vigorously oppose ANY bill that is not transgender inclusive.

The "incremental gain" argument is specious - there is NO gain for any of the GLBT community in the current bill - GLB discrimination is largely based on gender presentation, whether or not the individual is gay. Without gender identity or presentation, no one in the community is protected.

HRC claims to want to serve the transgender population.
Your current action fails to support such claims.

David N. Parker
Dave was sent this reply which was essentially the same as the one I recieved when I wrote to HRC.
From: Lisette Fee [Lisette.Fee@hrc.org] On Behalf Of ENDA
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 2:47 PM
To: David N. Parker
Subject: RE: Resignation Member number ...

Dear David,

We understand your concern and anger at the situation; HRC acknowledges that the ENDA bill that passed in the House is an important first step to fight workplace discrimination and we are not in anyway celebratory of the fact that our transgender brothers and sisters were not included in this bill. We want you to know that we will not stop fighting for the inclusion of gender identity in ENDA.

Although we decided to support this version of ENDA in the final hour, throughout the entire process our goal was to have a fully inclusive bill go to the floor. The disagreement on strategies by advocates for equality should not make us question each other's commitment to the common goal of getting protection for all members of our community. The truth is our real enemies will stop at nothing to prevent equality from moving forward for GLBT people. That the extreme right wing is doing all they can to lobby for the defeat of ENDA, but it has nothing to do with whether or not it includes gender identity. Their goal is to simply have our movement fail and for ENDA to die in Congress, which would severely hinder any chance of protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

While the bill Congress passed this week was not the bill we wanted, the Human Rights Campaign decided to stay at the table with Congress to ensure that millions of Americans receive the protections they deserve, and because passage of this bill is a first and absolutely necessary step toward preventing discrimination based on gender identity. Very soon, HRC will launch a new initiative to ramp up efforts on educating Congress on the importance of including gender identity in ENDA and protecting the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. HRC continues to break down barriers in the corporate world through our Workplace Project. This year a record 195 major U.S. businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent on our Corporate Equality Index, and for the first time, a majority of rated firms - 58 percent - provide employment protections on the basis of gender identity.

The bottom line: The commitment of HRC's Board of Directors for a fully inclusive bill has not changed. Because HRC stayed at the table, something we will continue to do, we were able to secure an unprecedented commitment from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Without a doubt, the only path to achieving a bill protecting our whole community was by securing passage on this historic vote.

After twelve years of hostile leadership, we have come so far and changed so many hearts and minds. Only a year ago, it never seemed possible that we could pass any GLBT legislation. For the first time in history, both houses of Congress passed a hate crimes bill, and for the first time ever a workplace antidiscrimination law passed in the House. Even a year ago, we could not imagine this coming to fruition. Our fight will not be won overnight; it will be won one step at a time.

Whether or not you stand with HRC, we hope that you will continue to take action in the fight for equality for the entire GLBT community.

Respectfully,

Lisette

Lisette Fee
Member Services Manager
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
Phone 202.216.1525
Fax 202.216.1505
Email lisette.fee@hrc.org
www.hrc.org/membership
To which Dave responded:
Thank you for your letter. To respond to your last statement first, as President of PFLAG Transgender Network and member of PFLAG Board of Directors, you may be sure that my efforts to fight for full equality for ALL Americans will not change.

However, an ENDA bill without protections for gender expression will not help GLB individuals either. Most discrimination is based on perception of variance from societal norms for male and female, not on knowledge of their personal lives. The excitement or satisfaction of passing such a weak bill is unwarranted.

For the first time in my memory, an anti-discrimination law has been passed that splits the interested group - almost as though racial discrimination laws only applied to those blacks whose color met a specific standard. With 360 major and minor GLBT groups joining to oppose any ENDA that did not cover ALL our families, it is very distressing that HRC opted to press for passage of a weak, non-inclusive bill.

HRC sought the financial support of the T community by promising NOT to leave them out, in the person of Joe Solomonese speaking both at Southern Comfort and in Philadelphia. Why is anyone surprised that the T community is upset?

Dave Parker


Thank you, Dave.

Here are some related links:
PFLAG Transgender Network
and PFLAG Board of Directors


Friday, November 9, 2007

Dear Joe

I wanted to share the response which I sent today as a reply to the 11/07/07 email from Human Rights Campaign President, Joe Solmonese, entitled "It Happened today!" -- which was addressed "Dear Gabrielle".

His letter is now posted here on the HRC website.

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Regarding "It happened today!"
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 09:37:48 -0800
From: Gabi Clayton
To: Human Rights Campaign

Dear Joe,

On Wednesday you wrote in "It happened today!" about the passing of ENDA:
Supporting this version of the bill was a difficult and painful
decision. But, without a doubt, the only path to achieving a bill
protecting our whole community was by achieving the
successful House vote today. A defeat of ENDA would have
set back the possibility of an inclusive bill for many, many years.

HRC remains 100% committed to doing the hard work
necessary to pass legislation that protects our entire
community, including transgender workers who remain
especially vulnerable to workplace discrimination.
and you wrote:
Along this road, there will be challenges, but we must not
allow them to divide us. We know we are working towards
the same goal: equal rights for all.

We can get there, together, and we will.
And I say to you, who has divided us? YOU have
.

While on your website it states: "In a world defined by difference, our strength depends on our common humanity. HRC unites diverse communities into a powerful whole striving for equality." and you claim to be the "largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans" -- this is a lie.

HRC has NEVER been 100% committed to pass inclusive legislation, or you would never have supported this legislation. Your organization has continued to sell out transgender persons, and I say to you that friends and allies like you are helping those who hate the community by dividing us.

HRC and those who were also part of the decision to pursue -- and have the audacity to celebrate -- the passage of a law that is not inclusive of all those who you claim to serve are deceiving, hypocritical, insincere and bigoted.

Shame on you.

Warmly,
Gabi Clayton
--
Gabi Clayton
Families United Against Hate

FUAH provides support, guidance and assistance to individuals, families* and communities dealing with incidents based on bias; and to the people, organizations and agencies who serve and support them.
* We define family broadly to include biological, extended and chosen family.



This was HRC's reply:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Regarding "It happened today!"
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 14:19:36 -0500
From: ENDA ENDA@hrc.org
Sender: Lisette Fee Lisette.Fee@hrc.org
To: gabi.clayton@fuah.org

Dear Gabi,

We understand your concern and anger at the situation; HRC acknowledges that the ENDA bill that passed in the House is an important first step to fight workplace discrimination and we are not in anyway celebratory of the fact that our transgender brothers and sisters were not included in this bill. We want you to know that we will not stop fighting for the inclusion of gender identity in ENDA.

Although we decided to support this version of ENDA in the final hour, throughout the entire process our goal was to have a fully inclusive bill go to the floor. The disagreement on strategies by advocates for equality should not make us question each other’s commitment to the common goal of getting protection for all members of our community. The truth is our real enemies will stop at nothing to prevent equality from moving forward for GLBT people. That the extreme right wing is doing all they can to lobby for the defeat of ENDA, but it has nothing to do with whether or not it includes gender identity. Their goal is to simply have our movement fail and for ENDA to die in Congress, which would severely hinder any chance of protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

While the bill Congress passed this week was not the bill we wanted, the Human Rights Campaign decided to stay at the table with Congress to ensure that millions of Americans receive the protections they deserve, and because passage of this bill is a first and absolutely necessary step toward preventing discrimination based on gender identity. Very soon, HRC will launch a new initiative to ramp up efforts on educating Congress on the importance of including gender identity in ENDA and protecting the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. HRC continues to break down barriers in the corporate world through our Workplace Project. This year a record 195 major U.S. businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent on our Corporate Equality Index, and for the first time, a majority of rated firms — 58 percent — provide employment protections on the basis of gender identity.

The bottom line: The commitment of HRC’s Board of Directors for a fully inclusive bill has not changed. Because HRC stayed at the table, something we will continue to do, we were able to secure an unprecedented commitment from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Without a doubt, the only path to achieving a bill protecting our whole community was by securing passage on this historic vote.

After twelve years of hostile leadership, we have come so far and changed so many hearts and minds. Only a year ago, it never seemed possible that we could pass any GLBT legislation. For the first time in history, both houses of Congress passed a hate crimes bill, and for the first time ever a workplace antidiscrimination law passed in the House. Even a year ago, we could not imagine this coming to fruition. Our fight will not be won overnight; it will be won one step at a time.

Whether or not you stand with HRC, we hope that you will continue to take action in the fight for equality for the entire GLBT community.

Respectfully,
Lisette

Lisette Fee
Member Services Manager
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
Phone 202.216.1525
Fax 202.216.1505
Email
Lisette.Fee@hrc.org
www.hrc.org/membership



And this was my reply back to her:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: Regarding "It happened today!"
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:11:26 -0800
From: Gabi Clayton
gabi.clayton@fuah.org
To: ENDA
ENDA@hrc.org

Dear Lisette

Many transgender people ARE gay, lesbian and bisexual. What about them? Where do you draw the line?

You write, "The bottom line: The commitment of HRC’s Board of Directors for a fully inclusive bill has not changed." and unfortunately I agree with you.

You write, "... we are not in anyway celebratory of the fact that our transgender brothers and sisters were not included in this bill."

If you mean that, then HRC will not mention this passage of ENDA in any list of accomplishments that the organization has done or assisted with, nor mention it in any kind of fundraising venture -- until you help pass legislation that included [includes] transgender persons.

If I am in error then I will be able to see that through your actions - not your words.

Gabi
--
Gabi Clayton
Families United Against Hate

FUAH provides support, guidance and assistance to individuals, families* and communities dealing with incidents based on bias; and to the people, organizations and agencies who serve and support them.
* We define family broadly to include biological, extended and chosen family.



Afterthoughts ... the next morning (Saturday 11/10/07).

Lisette Fee had written:
The truth is our real enemies will stop at nothing to prevent equality from moving forward for GLBT people. That the extreme right wing is doing all they can to lobby for the defeat of ENDA, but it has nothing to do with whether or not it includes gender identity. Their goal is to simply have our movement fail and for ENDA to die in Congress, which would severely hinder any chance of protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Okay, if "
... the extreme right wing is doing all they can to lobby for the defeat of ENDA, but it has nothing to do with whether or not it includes gender identity." then why not work for the whole, instead of leaving transpeople in the dust? I don't get it.


I'm really proud of PFLAG National. They have come a long way from not including transgender people in their mission statement to full inclusion and the position they have taken now.

It wasn't an easy transition.


In September 1998, at the annual meeting in San Francisco, "gender identity" was added to PFLAG’s mission statement. Read TNET – A Brief and Biased Background by Mary Boenke.

That was just the beginning.

Read About PFLAG’s Trans-Inclusive Legislative Policy by Carolyn Wagner. I'm honored that I was quoted in her essay, where she wrote:

On September 27, 2002 the National PFLAG Board of Directors adopted the following Public Policy Resolution:

"That PFLAG can only support legislation that provides explicit inclusion of all who are included in our mission statement and ENDS."
Getting there was a sometimes bumpy road.

On September 04, 2002 I was pushing PFLAG for a trans-inclusive Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA) policy along with Carolyn Wagner and others. Including transpeople was not supported by HRC, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), Senator Edward Kennedy (MA) & Congressman Barney Frank (MA), and I was told by a PFLAG staff person (who is no longer working there):

The idea is to:
  • move forward with a plan to educate coalition partners, people on Hill and others who should be supportive of trans inclusive language - and use this as a vehicle to keep momentum going generally here in Washington - keep moving forward on what I think has been a pretty effective effort to educate our own grass roots over the past couple of years and help them to educate their allies on the broader issues and prep them to understand and support trans inclusive language
  • and all the while, move forward playing nice but firm to get inclusive language in the bill
And manage it all in a way that is respectful of the rest of the work on our plate so we can do it all well.
We need to stick together on this - especially with G.W. looking to start a war before the November elections and totally through everyone off track.

Please be patient as we get through the conference and continue to lay some groundwork so we can do our part to staff this strategy effectively.
Play nice? I DON'T THINK SO! I don't take well to being told to play nice. This was my reply:
Play nice with whom? With our allies who are not ready? I still don't understand what it is they need to be educated about while the hatemongers are killing and beating and terrorizing people. These are civil rights activists -- are you saying that before they will be ready to support inclusive language they need some kind of basic education about transgender people?

First, I think that it is insulting to all the transgender people who have been doing that education for years to say that PFLAG needs to do this to get it done right. And second, it is letting people who say they don't know enough yet off the hook for us to accept that they need more time. I think that they had a responsibility to educate themselves once it was brought to the table.

Or do they need proof that transgender people are being targeted? How many victims do we have to show them there are before it counts? While we are playing nice, people are dying. In all honesty, I am far more concerned about the hate crime victims and the people who love them than I am concerned about making some allies who don't understand this yet [get] upset or angry. Maybe that is what it will take for this to happen.
What are we afraid of?
Now moving five years down that road to the end of 2007, I see that while I am sure the organization has its flaws (as all do) PFLAG has become a model of integrity on this issue.

Read SYMBOLISM OR SUBSTANCE IN ENDA DEBATE?
by Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG National. October 23, 2007

and Marcie’s Turn: Inclusive ENDA
by Adam Ratliff, Communications Coordinator at PFLAG’s national office. November 8th, 2007.

and Post-ENDA Vote Statement
also by Adam Ratliff. November 8th, 2007.

So when I posted my "Dear Joe" letter to the PFLAG-all listserv and another list member answered by sending us the email he had just sent to the HRC, in which he wrote: "I was appalled by Gabi Clayton letter ..."

You will forgive me if I am not upset. I was raised to be a troublemaker, and learned a long time ago that change doesn't happen if we are afraid to spill a few applecarts.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Wives are out!


The Wives are delivered! Friday November 2nd and Doozie is guarding the box.

We celebrated by going to a FABULOUS concert by Rebecca Riots at Traditions.



Saturday, November 3rd we tabled at the Tacoma Word event as a kickoff for The Wives of Marty Winters.

Friends surprised us including Q who drove down from Seattle to buy a book hot off the press, and then joined us in Olympia afterwards to meet the cats and have dinner with us and Catherine.

Halloween cats and Catherine too.

Lulu and Doozie on Halloween.
Photo by Catherine.


Doozie hiding cutely on Halloween.
Photo by Catherine.


Doozie on top of the shelf by the poster on Halloween.
Photo by Catherine.


Catherine and Doozie on Halloween.
Photo by Gabi.


On November 3rd Lulu is giving me 'the look'.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

1st Review: "The Wives of Marty Winters"

Volcano scribe Alec Clayton wrote a heartfelt tale

Some irresistible people showed up and took over Alec Clayton's mind.

Marty Winters; his wild wife, Maria Perez; his second wife, Selena; their kids; and some good friends: They come to life in Clayton's third novel.

And beware: They'll burrow into your mind, too.
Read: The Wives of Marty Winters
by Diane de la Paz
The Weekly Volcano - Tacoma, WA - November 1. 2007

See more about the book at Alec's blog: South Sound Arts etc.
and on the ClaytonWorks website.