The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed

(Note:  A link to a 2005 essay by George Michael appears at the end of this post.) The Advocate, an LGBT publication founded in 1967, has never achieved mainstream popularity.  However, occasionally it has had features that appeal to people who don’t fit the magazine’s readership profile. I remember buying The Advocate in 1979, when I was first coming out as bisexual.  At the time, I thought maybe I was gay, but more recent history has proven otherwise.  Still bi. When I was coming out, The Advocate was printed on newsprint — the correct name for the paper used for newspapers — in … Continue reading The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed

The George Michael Video You May Not Remember

(Note:  This blog post underwent a small revision at approximately 12:50 p.m. PST on January 11, 2019.) I can’t believe it.  I spent a year researching George Michael’s work to write an essay, and missed this.  It isn’t his only advert, either, but it’s the one people respect as his better work. The commercial aired on the American Music Awards, broadcast in January 1989.  That was at about the time the popularity of the Faith album ran its course and GM was slowing the promotion of his music in the U.S., although he won two awards during the ceremony. This video … Continue reading The George Michael Video You May Not Remember

The N.Y. Times Editorial Board Doesn’t Like Trump’s Shutdown. Neither do Most People.

Please take a look at the opinion piece posted online today by the New York Times Editorial Board.  I don’t know whether it’s in the print edition.  A link appears below. The current federal shutdown is affecting individuals who must rely on the system being open for business.  Some people are working while their paychecks are delayed, and others are furloughed. Not every person who is affected is a government employee.  Some are contractors, and others are members of the general public who need services on the federal level.  Many are merchants and restaurant operators who rely on transactions with government workers. … Continue reading The N.Y. Times Editorial Board Doesn’t Like Trump’s Shutdown. Neither do Most People.

John Bradshaw Quotation

I DEFINE A ‘GOOD PERSON’ AS SOMEBODY WHO IS FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THEIR OWN LIMITATIONS.  THEY KNOW THEIR STRENGTHS, BUT THEY ALSO KNOW THEIR ‘SHADOW’ — THEY KNOW THEIR WEAKNESSES.  IN OTHER WORDS, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO GOOD WITHOUT BAD.  GOOD AND EVIL ARE REALLY ONE, BUT WE HAVE BROKEN THEM UP IN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS.  WE POLARIZE THEM. — JOHN BRADSHAW  Continue reading John Bradshaw Quotation