I am Officially ‘Pasture-ized’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY This old horse is now officially out to pasture. Hooray! After 31 years, I went off payroll at the City of Cleveland effective 12:01 this morning. This presumably ends a total 37-year career in the field of neighborhood community development. Before starting work at City Hall in the Department of Community Development, … Continue reading I am Officially ‘Pasture-ized’

Our 5/28th Anniversary

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎DAVID & ME Today marks David's and my 5th wedding anniversary. That makes this our official anniversary in the eyes of justice — but our real anniversary was June 29th at which point we celebrated 28 years together. The law was slow to catch up. This being our Official Legal Day, however, I … Continue reading Our 5/28th Anniversary

An Evening in the Park

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎DAVID & ME One of the lovely amenities of Northeast Ohio is the Emerald Necklace, a network of parks surrounding the Greater Cleveland/Akron area. It spans 23,000 acres with over 300 miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails as well as numerous picnic areas, nature education centers, golf courses, and countless fishing spots. … Continue reading An Evening in the Park

Our Summer Vacation in Harbor Springs

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎DAVID & ME It's been three years since my husband, David Lansaw, and I took a vacation away from home. That last time might best be described as escape as we fled Cleveland during the 2016 Republican Convention. As in 2016, our destination this year was Michigan where we rented a delightful cottage … Continue reading Our Summer Vacation in Harbor Springs

Will you still love me when I’m 64?

◼︎REPRINT FROM JUST SAYIN' 1.0◻︎ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2017◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?” The Beatles released “When I’m 64” on the Sgt. Pepper album just two weeks before I turned 14 in 1967. That was fifty years ago — a half century almost to the … Continue reading Will you still love me when I’m 64?

“Gay is Good!”

◼︎REPRINT FROM JUST SAYIN' 1.0◻︎ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◼︎LGBT RIGHTS My husband David and I have recorded and are slowly watching the ABC mini-series When We Rise about the gay liberation movement. The story follows the lives and events of some well-known figures in our movement including Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Del Martin, Phyllis … Continue reading “Gay is Good!”

All I Needed was a Hole in My Head

◼︎REPRINT FROM JUST SAYIN' 1.0◻︎ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY No, I’m not a walker. I don’t need that kind of hole in the head. But, actually, come to think of it, I should probably ask Carl Grimes if he’ll give me his hat!  This summer David and I visited my brother John in Michigan … Continue reading All I Needed was a Hole in My Head