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CULTURE SAVVY spotlights current trends, especially focusing on LGBT/C artists and issues: politics, news & hot topics, style, travel, tech & gadgets, sports, urban life, art & photography, reviews (film, music, books, theater).

Review: “Is It a Choice?” by Eric Marcus

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Reviews | 3 comments

Review: “Is It a Choice?” by Eric Marcus

Is It a Choice?: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People (3rd edition)   Eric Marcus’ book was a pivotal turning point in my beliefs about homosexuality. Before reading the book, I believed homosexuality was a sin. After reading the book, not only did I no longer view gay people as sinners, I developed a passion for supporting and affirming the LGBT community. And this change is rooted just as deeply in my Christian convictions. Is It a Choice? is set up in chapters that address a variety of topics...

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On Thanksgiving and Sweet Potatoes

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Food! | 0 comments

On Thanksgiving and Sweet Potatoes

On top of all the other joyful madness that occurs this time of year, in my world Thanksgiving means conjuring strange foods we eat only once a year, leaving the house to buy the one item I forgot despite multiple grocery store visits, unbuttoning my pants ’cause I ate too much, then sitting comatose on the couch watching football, spending the day with my mama and Jill, carving and brining and folding and napping and catching up, and drinking wine, and reading uninterrupted in a comfy chair for at least an hour, and some really blissful...

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Growth, Health, Good Condition – Not Just for Your Soul

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Style | 1 comment

Growth, Health, Good Condition – Not Just for Your Soul

Bonjour, beauty junkies! After spending the week with my grandparents I started to reflect on how important it is to eat good healthy foods. Both of my grandparents suffer from diabetes, a disease I have grown to dislike. If you don’t suffer from diabetes it is all too easy to overlook the importance of a balanced healthy meal. I check my grandparents’ sugar levels 4 times a day to insure that their sugar levels aren’t too high or too low. There are various reasons why their sugar levels can “spike” or “drop” but the main reasons are caused...

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Review: “Homosexianity” by Pastor Romell D. Weekly

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Reviews | 2 comments

Review: “Homosexianity” by Pastor Romell D. Weekly

Homosexianity: Letting Truth Win the Devastating War Between Scripture, Faith & Sexual Orientation   Ihave read a couple gay-affirming books in the past by various authors, and I’ve observed that they tend to fall in one of two courts. Court A: While very sympathetic to the plight of gays and lesbians, they are full of theological errors that take a liberty with Scripture that borders on eisogesis. (While I have not read many in this court, they do exist.) And Court B: Incredibly conservative from a theological standpoint, but...

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Feelin’ Kinda Sunday: Football Food

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Food! | 0 comments

Feelin’ Kinda Sunday: Football Food

We live in Texas, where football isn’t just a sport, it’s a religion.  And in my house, we practice it.  My partner Jill and I both play fantasy football, so Sunday finds us hyped up and watching the games—and our stats! Often, we have folks over to watch with us, so it’s a fun opportunity for me to test out new, potentially crowd-pleasing recipes.  Here are three favorite Sunday snacks. SPICY PEPITAS Carving a pumpkin soon?  Don’t throw those seeds out!  Simply rinse off that pumpkin goo and dry on kitchen towels before using in the recipe...

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It’s not Vanity. It’s Self-Preservation.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Style | 12 comments

It’s not Vanity. It’s Self-Preservation.

“When looking in the mirror, what do you see?”   Iwas reminiscing last night while looking through old year books and photo albums, and I have come to the conclusion that between the ages of 12-15 I desperately needed a gintervention. Gintervention  [gin-ter-ven-shuhn].  Noun. 1. The act or the fact of a gay person intervening. Looking at photo after photo I noticed that I was in desperate need of a clay mask, exfoliators and hair products – but what did I know back then?  I always laugh when I look at these pictures now. They bring me...

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Sweet Retreat … Apple Sharlotka

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Finding the Balance, Food! | 0 comments

Sweet Retreat … Apple Sharlotka

Food is always best when shared with a friend — eating it and making it.  A few months ago, I stumbled across what has become one of my favorite cooking sites, smitten kitchen. The creator of the site, Deb Perelman, resides in New York City. Even in the matter of a few minutes, it’s easy to see just how much she loves food. This is something we have in common. One of her recipes in particular has become a personal favorite, mostly because it’s fun to make with a friend. Apple Sharlotka. Sounds fancy, right? Maybe even difficult. It almost...

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Republican Hypocrisy: The Debt Belongs to Them

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Politics | 0 comments

Republican Hypocrisy: The Debt Belongs to Them

Hypocrisy might be a strong word, but that’s exactly what it is. Republicans have trumpeted the virtue of fiscal responsibility all the while spending our tax dollars like drunken sailors on shore leave. Wednesday night gave us our first chance to see what punches presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney would pull onstage versus President Obama. Predictably, he wanted to talk about taxes and the deficit. Even more predictably he charged President Obama with being responsible for the fiscal hole that the Republican Party has dug over the...

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V-Necks are Gay

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Hot Topics | 0 comments

V-Necks are Gay

What’s in a V-neck T-shirt? For some, it’s just another article of clothing. Some love wearing them. Yet for others like yours truly, it really isn’t part of their fashion sense. What could possibly be so intriguing about V-necks which moves me to write a whole article about them? I have to admit that I found some nice ones at Cotton On the other day, and I actually bought a couple. Besides, my favourite football (soccer) team’s jersey is kind of V-necked. Anyway. The V-neck T-shirt has been the subject of attention and scrutiny in Malaysia...

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Romney’s 1% really needs the 47%

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Politics | 1 comment

Romney’s 1% really needs the 47%

We could focus our attention on the fact that Mitt Romney’s recent ‘47%’ comment was another blatant mischaracterization of working men and women all across America. We could focus on the fact that his number is almost meaningless when you consider that 37% of Americans are not even in the workforce, and therefore won’t be paying income taxes. We could even focus on the fact that the taxes paid by the now infamous 47% are mostly regressive in nature, and the burden of these regressive taxes falls squarely on the shoulders of working class...

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