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Together … Again

Together … Again

Sep 18, 2015

“You have sinned against God on two counts. You have lain with a man who is a Jew,” Peter’s father growled out angrily. Even as he spoke he strained to keep his voice low and unobtrusive. A tall blond man sat stiffly in his red velvet wingback chair. The words stung as if he had been struck across the face, a deep flush rising on his handsome face. His pale...

“My Boethius” – Excerpt from A.W.Strouse’s new book, “My Gay Middle Ages”

“My Boethius” – Excerpt from A.W.Strouse’s new book, “My Gay Middle Ages”

May 22, 2015

After we had been living together for three years, Jason started saying that he wanted to get to know me better. The two of us were already sharing a bed, a bank account, and a wardrobe, so I didn’t really know what he was talking about. I tried to make an effort and began by discussing “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It’s about this...

Coffee Bums

Coffee Bums

Oct 9, 2014

I was sitting outside Starbucks, enjoying my coffee, half decaf-half blonde extra nonfat, trying to think of a poem, something good.  Nothing. The best I could come up with, although I only gave inspiration about 20 seconds to show up, was a skinny haiku. Starbucks A tall blonde nonfat table outside nothing more cell phones chatter noise. It wasn’t much; but it...

Om Grown Food

Om Grown Food

Oct 25, 2013

Chapter 10: The snappy saga of Dot & Dash continues … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Dottie looked out her office window, turning from side to side  in her swivel chair.   “Oh, my god, I had such a good time last night,” she said into the phone.  “I cannot believe how delightful Inky Patterson’s artwork is.  I love how he incorporates sand, seaweed,...

Time Travel Conversations: You Are GAY!

Time Travel Conversations: You Are GAY!

Oct 9, 2013

Time Travel Conversations with my Teenage Self, part 3 —————————————- You are GAY. Just accept it. “You never got married?” He asked with sincere disappointment. “No.” “Girlfriends?” He’s desperate. He’s 17. He wants to get laid. I get that. “A couple.” “Did you…?” He...

Time Travel Conversations: Get Over Yourself

Time Travel Conversations: Get Over Yourself

Oct 9, 2013

Time Travel Conversations with my Teenage Self, part 2 —————————————- “So you believe me?” I ask. I wince, hoping that I won’t have to go through the whole process with him. “Yeah, I’d recognize that nose anywhere.” “The nose? Not the eyes and hair?” “The nose. You know I...

Time Travel Conversations with My Teenage Self

Time Travel Conversations with My Teenage Self

Oct 9, 2013

Every sci-fi nerd has the wild, crazy dream of time travel. For those of us who have held that fantasy, the one person we middle-aged geeks would love to meet is a younger version of ourselves. My blatherings today are of such a dream, and is the conversation that I might have should I ever ride along with a madman in a blue box or slingshot around the sun at...

Baby Presidents

Baby Presidents

Sep 27, 2013

Chapter 9: The snappy saga of Dot & Dash continues … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Ooh,don’t you look sassy,” Dash said as he arrived at the corner bistro. “Hey, thanks.  You look perky yourself.”  Dot beamed at her brother and pushed out his chair for him with her foot.  “You do realize you’ve got a pink Post-It on your breast pocket.”  She pointed...

The Man-Gler

The Man-Gler

Jul 26, 2013

Chapter 8: The snappy saga of Dot & Dash continues … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Dottie, darling, you will not believe the day I had today,” Dash said and sank onto his sister’s overstuffed sofa.  “It was Take-Your-Gay-Entrepreneur-to-School-Day and Archie invited me to participate,” Dash said. “Sweet child.” “Yes, he is.  Well, I had to sit...

Straight

Straight

Jul 9, 2013

straight (adj.) 3h : heterosexual   For a long time, I thought I was a straight girl: straight ahead, straightforward, straight As, straight answer, straight-laced, get your facts straight. My small and tightly-knit group of friends in late middle school and high school was a mixed-grade motley crew who found each other because each of us didn’t really fit...