Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

 I wish you all Happy New Year! I hope that you and yours have a Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year in 2013! I know I am looking for a change for the better in the New Year.

Hey 2012 don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out :-)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

I want to wish all of you a Happy Holidays! I hope that you all have a Safe, Fun and a Prosperous New New Year!

P.S. Mele Kalikimaka, Splendid Winter Solstice, Cosy Kwanza, Festive Festivus, Cool Yule, Happy Hogswatch, Lucky Litha (southern hemisphere) and whatever else you care to celebrate this HAPPY HOLIDAY season.

Ryan and I with the cast on Santaland Diaries.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Winter Solstice

My guess is, if you are reading this then the world did not end, the tectonic plates are still intact and the poles did not shift. No surprise there. This year, 2012, is the earliest winter since 1896 arrives with the solstice at 6:12 A.M. on December 21 (EST) according to the Farmers Almanac. 
The Winter Solstice is Latin words for "sun" and "to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs exactly when the earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. For most people in the high latitudes this is commonly known as the shortest day and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. Winter is a time for withdrawal from the world and it's demands. 

This  time of the year also gave birth to some festivals and to the invention of Beer :-) Here are a few of the festivals that took place in some of the cultures ...

Yule: "Yule Tide" comes from the ancient Germanic tradition of celebrating the Winter Solstice. YULE NIGHT was celebrated on the night of the New Moon closest to the Solstice, because only a very DARK night would do. You can still catch the hint of it's Lunar origin in the reference to the TIDE.

Me├ín Geimhridh, Celtic Midwinter "The point of roughness" is the term for the winter solstice in Wales which in ancient Welsh mythology, was when the Goddess Rhiannon gave birth to the sacred son, Pryderi. Today, among Neo-druidsAlban Arthan (Welsh tr. "light of winter" but derived from Welsh poem, Light of Arthur) is celebrated on the winter solstice with a ritualistic festival, and gift giving to the needy.

Dongzhi: Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese. The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. 

Hogmanay: (Scotland) The name derives from the old Scots name for Yule gifts of the Middle Ages. How could I pass on including this with the words "Hog-man-ay" in the title. 

Sol Invictus: ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire. It is commonly claimed that the date of December 25th for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with this Roman festival. 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

We Were Duped

Well it seems that the Mayans were wrong since as I write this it's already tomorrow 21st of December 2012, across the International Date Line. I'm watching CNN and they haven't mentioned any great Tsunami or that the tecktonik plates are collapsing. Huh, kind of funny we are still here just like that rapture crap a year ago.
I think it's pretty safe to say you can come out of your bunker and come back to reality. With that being said you have 4 shopping days left until Christmas.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

In Solemn Memory...


"Don't say his name. Don't show his face. Remember these names instead." - Miss Witz Old high school teacher's tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Botanical Christmas

We went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden a week ago and here a few of my favorite photos. Enjoy and I hope it puts you in the holiday spirit :-)























Saturday, December 01, 2012

Do you know your Status?


World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 always brings a fresh round of not-so-encouraging news about HIV and gay men. There’s some hope, too, thanks to optimistic federal heath officials in Atlanta, but let’s just get the bad stuff out of the way. Here goes.
In a sort of good doctor, bad doctor routine, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control & Prevention delivered their disturbing stats on Tuesday.
 Nearly 3 out of 4 HIV-positive people do not have their infection under control. Why is that? Some 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t know they are infected; in Atlanta, the numbers run much higher for gay poz men – 55 percent don’t know they are HIV-positive.
 Of the nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S., a slim 28 percent have a suppressed viral load. That means the virus is under control and at a level that keeps people healthy and drops the risk of infecting others.
 Men who have sex with men remain the population most severely affected by HIV in the U.S. They are also the least likely to know they are infected and less likely to seek out prevention counseling. Some 39 percent of gay men receive prevention counseling, compared to 50 percent of men who have sex with women.
 Black gay and bisexual men do not engage in riskier behaviors than other gay men, but face a higher risk for HIV thanks to the high prevalence of HIV that already exists in many black and gay communities.
  
World AIDS Campaign -  http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/
 Veterans Affairs HIV - http://www.hiv.va.gov/vahiv?page=pt-home 
Center for Disease Control and prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/features/worldaidsday/
Who's Positive http://www.whospositive.org/
AIDs Atlanta - http://www.aidatlanta.org/
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