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  • Birthday 05/15/1944

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    Adelaide, South Australia
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    Movies, theatre, romantic symphonic music, and ah yes, life! Oh and of course my long term boyfriend. (sigh).

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  1. DesDownunder

    Boys wil be...

    Camy, you inspire me, I love your poem, so sensitive. And daring to show the truth we live, Driven with concern for anything, And the dizzying fascination, That leads to satisfaction. Well done.
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    Cats and Music

    Dogs think we're gods, but cats think we're staff.
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    One space or two after a period?

    I remember being taught to leave an extra space after a period when I was in (Australian) primary school) ages 5 to 12). However, at around grade 4 our teacher announced that the extra space was no longer needed as they were running short of spaces owing to a shortage of them after WWII. In any case we didn't have typewriters or computer keyboards in those days (1953). Some teachers were intent on maintaining a double space after a period but many of us boys, now in highschool, were seriously embarrassed talking about our teachers' periods and thought that a single space was enough for a single period. In some classes teachers moaned about the breakdown of the very fabric of society, but then they yielded and agreed to a single space. Many of the books that I bought in 1964-70 have double spaces, but as we approach the latter half of the 20th Century single spaces seem to be more frequent. As for the computer age, it seems that the shortage of spaces is matched by the shortage of periods. This will, no doubt, be blamed on The Pill. All of this makes me feel that my run-on sentences are a justified way to avoid the space arguments. As for the periods, being gay has relieved me of the need to ask my boyfriend if he is having one, or two.
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    Cats and Music

    I recognised that the Earth was a sphere, and not flat when I was very young, some 70 years ago. I also noted that the Christmas celebrations were a preparation for Christian indoctrination and rejected such superstitions. I should have been called Sheldon. Unfortunately, I never aspired to be a physicist, so my genius had to settle for cats and music. Einstein thought cats and music were two means of refuge from the misery of life, but there our intellects stopped being relative. If only all those conflict-oriented politicians would just take time out to stroke the cat whilst listening to music, we might find it's not impossible to have peace on Earth at last.
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    Cats and Music

    I recognised that the Earth was a sphere, and not flat when I was very young, some 70 years ago. I also noted that the Christmas celebrations were a preparation for Christian indoctrination and rejected such superstitions. I should have been called Sheldon. Unfortunately, I never aspired to be a physicist, so my genius had to settle for cats and music. Einstein thought cats and music were two means of refuge from the misery of life, but there our intellects stopped being relative. If only all those conflict-oriented politicians would just take time out to stroke the cat whilst listening to music, we might find it's not impossible to have peace on Earth at last.
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    The GOP and American Nazis

    We're here to help each other, not to profit from each other's miseries.
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    Caravaggio Eyes

    How wonderful, I felt like I was looking at, not only the painting, but also the model. bi_janus, you have captured more than just a description of Caravaggio's painting.
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    A different perspective on being gay

    I met one of these people and after we finished our getting to know each other routine, he jumped out of bed and asked god for forgiveness as he got dressed. Never saw him again which made me truly happy.
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    Despair

    Despair by Desmond Rutherford Stop it! Just stop it. Such bickering and immature behaviour, Belongs in the schoolyard shithole. The least you could do is install a bidet, So that your shitholes are clean, But no, you'd rather play games, With our lives, And the life of our planet. Why do good people even try, To get you crazy, power mad politicians, To seek a way to live together in harmony, Or minimally, in quiet solitude, Where love can flourish, Instead of fascism festering, In baths of communal hatred? So unnecessary, so stupid. Does no one see the inevitable, Desolation of mind and body if, We do not stop this scourge of, Racist mistrust of our fellow humans, This sickening maltreatment and mistrust, Of each other, This impending horror of the loss of all reason? Are we to suffer extinction by ignorance?
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    Can we say this now? About Frickin time

    From the 1950s when I went to school, it was commonplace for teachers to bully students, and ridicule some kids they did not like for one reason or another. All students were subject to being caned or physically punished for not conforming or because the student was disruptive in class, but rarely because the student bullied other students. In hindsight, I remember that it was commonplace for masculine fathers to teach their young male children how to fight other kids. The father seemed to think that was their role in the family: teach the kid how to fight. In many families, this was done as part of the corrective beating of the wife as a lesson in how to treat a woman. If the child found that difficult, then either by example or instruction the child was taught how to become a drunken wife beater and by extension, a bully. When the "home schooled" boy came home bruised and battered the father would intensify the lessons in schoolyard combat. These lessons turned out a child with internalised bullying personality, and often a conditioned response to authority, which the teachers of those days praised as being part of a successful education. This we can look at as being part of the training that was thought necessary in a time of social unrest such as war, and survival of the strongest amongst the children. We must not forget that tribal protections of the waterhole in prehistoric times were part of our evolution. Of course, not every child had a father or teachers as I describe above, but the fear of difference or tribal conflict still influences parental and political forces in the way we raise and educate our children, and even the way we govern ourselves. If parents try to protect their children by teaching them to fight or use their newly acquired fighting skills to bully other children then we have a formula for future tragedies in both the schools and our political environments. So, the children who have been taught to defend themselves with physical violence, or verbal abuse, of another child are likely to find themselves with violent skills that they misuse, that they do not yet understand that such violence is neither necessary or appropriate. Teach a child to defend themselves without compassion, without the accompanying restrictions on bullying, and you will likely create a bully.
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    Australia votes YES for same sex marriage

    Thanks Cole. It's good to be back. I'd hoped to do some writing, but I got somewhat distracted with fighting for equality. Maybe I'll get inspired now that we only have to worry about keeping what we should always have had.
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    Australia votes YES for same sex marriage

    Thanks guys. After 45 years together, my companion and I have been wondering if either of us would make it to our marriage. Despite my illness, now recovered, it seems likely that we might just make it. Of course both of us are secular atheists so the costs involved will be only what the registry office charges us. I don't think we would even consider marriage if it cost more than $100. Our affinity for each other has remained constant. In fact you could say we're in love. Will we get married? I've done the proposing thing, (The cat yawned. I should have guessed something was up,) but the "Yes" I was expecting was replaced with, "Are you serious?" So, I guess I'll have to convince him with a spreadsheet of how much we'll be entitled to as an old married couple.
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    An Atheist's Holiday greeting

    May I be the first to wish all atheists a Merry, Merry Christopher Hitchens.
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    An Atheist's Holiday greeting

    May I be the first to wish all atheists a Merry, Merry Christopher Hitchens.
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    An Atheist's Holiday greeting

    May I be the first to wish all atheists a Merry, Merry Christopher Hitchens.
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