Archive for March, 2008

Housekeeping…

Posted in blog news, Muscles, Personal ramblings on March 30, 2008 by boychick1

On a personal note I benchpressed 85 lbs. today on the free weights 20 times (two sets of ten) this goal has taken about a year to achieve. I am stronger then I have ever been in my life – so go 45, let one never think it’s all downhill. But don’t you call me butch, you can call me bitch. Women are strong – ain’t nothin’ manly about it (but more on all of that later). Let’s stretch our thinking and our bodies outside of stereotypes and labels.

I have been doing a bit of housekeeping on the blog – never a strong suit of mine. Housekeeping = bletch! Nonetheless I have added some of my favorite sources of inspiration – the websites of artists I love, as well as one for must see documentaries.

AND at the request of O.C. and it does make sense, I have added labels to the site. So now one can peruse the labels and go right to what you want. All my thoughts on music, or poetry, or my own art or prose — or right to the boring confessionals and ramblings of a queer mind.

Let me know if it helps — I really recommend adding labels to your posts from the beginning, I have spent hours backtracking to add labels.

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Girls Rock! The Movie.

Posted in Documentaries on March 29, 2008 by boychick1

My friend Casey just alerted me to this documentary entitled “Girls Rock” – it looks fantastic and Michigan is waiting until August? For a showing in Flint…well hell that just is not right. So I joined the “Street Team” and we’ll see if Lansing, that cultural hotbed of the mid-west can’t screen it a little sooner. If you’re lucky
Girls Rock may have opened in your area already. It’s a must see. The trailer had me laughing, crying and wanting to stand up and shout or just move to Portland and work/ volunteer there. See for yourself…

I LOVE the young woman’s quote at the end “everyone is beautiful, especially when they decide to be powerful, especially when they decide to rock”.

You all ROCK — thanks for visiting my blog, go inspire someone & rock their world!

love-
j.

Melissa Ferrick lead me to Edie Carey

Posted in Melissa Ferrick, Music on March 29, 2008 by boychick1

Listening to Melissa Ferrick and she lead me to Edie Carey. Lord, lord, lord poverty awaits me at iTunes while richness is guaranteed streaming into my head through the iPod.

She honks! See for yourself…and if you have any of her music send it my way, my pretty, pretty pleases.

Mother Nature has me on my knees…

Posted in My Poetry/prose on March 28, 2008 by boychick1

OK it’s 22 degrees here, the ground is covered in snow, ice everywhere and accidents on the roadways.

So here is my queer love poem for Mother Nature…

Mother Nature
has me
on my knees-
and
she is cold
and unresponsive.

I am growing,
completely,
utterly…
exhausted.

Waiting,
endlessly
waiting for
the warm rush,
the gush of spring.

Come already,
my neck is getting sore.

Aural Wednesday and my own wailings…

Posted in Music, Personal ramblings on March 26, 2008 by boychick1

It’s studio Wednesday – my favorite day of the week, where I go into the studio and play with clay all day long. Last week while walking dogs all over the place, I ran across this wonderful rusted bolt that I knew had to be incorporated into my work. Then ideas started to flow and as they did …more and more pieces of rusted metal, wire, barbed wire began to appear in front of me. There I was wrapped up on a warm spring day like the Michelen man, iPod bopping, with these two large rhodesian ridgebacks and handfuls of rusty metal and wire. Sure I was quite a site – but a trunkload of fun and the Element holds a lot of salvaged materials. I’ve cancelled all of my work during the daytime on Wednesdays, so that I can have a whole day in the studio. After all if I don’t take myself seriously no one else will and I need a day to pursue my passions.

My business is really picking up (the dog training business) it’s a long story that I may share sometime but essentially I was self employed in training, went to a Humane Society to work for 4 years (where I was eventually discriminated against for being gay) resigned and I have been back on my own trying to re-establish my career. It’s been a bit of a long haul but I am finally back on track. Have had over 75 students in my classes the last couple of terms, I teach 5-6 days a week and my private business is taking off too (can’t really keep up). In that awkward phase of the business where I can’t quite afford to hire someone but can’t keep up either.

BUT TODAY — TODAY — enough of all of that, it’s my passionate dive into the clay.

A tune for the day Patty Griffin singing “Burgundy Shoes” I apologize for the bad sound quality on the You Tube video but one does absolutely need to go get this tune from i Tunes or better still just go buy all of her work. This song is from her latest album “Children Running Through” Patty refers to this as her “one happy song” and it is written about her mother. And we all have mothers and what a complicated relationship that is — I mean if it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.

xo-
janet

We wait for the bus that’s going to Bangor
In my plaid dress and burgundy shoes
In your red lipstick and lilac kerchief
You’re the most pretty lady in the world
Sun

The bus driver smiles, a dime and a nickel
We climb on our seats, the vinyl is cold
“Michelle ma belle”, the song that you loved then
You hold my hand and sing to yourself
Sun sun
Sun sun
Sun sun sun sun

Sun sun sun sun
Sun sun sun sun
Sun

The leaves are green and new like a baby
Tulips are red, now I don’t miss the snow
It’s the first day I don’t wear my big boots
You hold my hand, I’ve got burgundy shoes
Burgundy shoes, burgundy shoes
Sun

Gays Responsible for Katrina

Posted in Queer Issues on March 23, 2008 by boychick1

…geez Global Warming and now Katrina too! Well I am NOT responsible for Walmart those “other people” can have it and take credit. No queer would design Walmart.

As Seen on Queerty

Posted in Politics on March 23, 2008 by boychick1

And it just needs maximum exposure — thank goodness his term is going to end.