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Turnabout - or - Standardize This!

I got my first teaching job two years ago, right out of college. At the time, I posted this: "The school has no art, music, gym, recess, or extra-curriculars. These were all shut down because of low test scores. The school itself is on the verge of being shut down by the government (depending on this year's test scores)." Bruin Fisher replied with this: "Cool. You will hit the school like a tornado. Its grades will shoot through the roof, the kids will become well-motivated, the arts courses

EleCivil

EleCivil

The Saga of New Mexico GLBTQ Centers

Some may say that I'm blowing my own horn, but I'm so proud of the effort of a lot of people that I want to share it with you. As most of you know. David and I are on a quest, and that quest is to create a GLBTQ sense of community in New Mexico. We opened the first GLBTQ Community Center in New Mexico a year ago. Our goal over the next 10 years is to open a total of 6 community centers across the state. Well, number two is now in the works. Below is a copy of the press release that we issued

Richard Norway

Richard Norway

The Art of Letting Go

The Art of Letting Go Written By: Jason Rimbaud ?You don?t have a fucking clue as to what you want much less what you want from me.? Words, words, and more words designed to cause as much damage as possible without resorting to violence. Maybe I regret those words that were blurted out in the middle of a crowded restaurant the other night. You see, I think I might have come to a crossroad in my life and maybe this once, I?m taking the right path. Work?where to start with that mess. After

Jason Rimbaud

Jason Rimbaud

A Good Place

It's a been a while - three years! - since I last logged in, and I haven't written much since then too. The biggest reason was that back then my computer crashed. I never thought it would which was why I never had any backups. The whole time, I was like "what about this story" and "what about that story". But I'm past the crushed phase now. So. Moral is, save backups of your works. I found the drive to start writing again, even though I'm busier this time around. I have always wanted to write

R.J.

R.J.

The Thing About Mark Is...

June 25th, 2011 The thing about Mark is?hard to define and I?ve tried to define it, shape it, and understand it going on three years. It could be his looks, he?s a real fucking hottie in a complete nerd star way. His personality? Maybe, he?s playful and caring and loves his friends and family with a passion that is scary for someone with my background. His work ethic? He goes to school full time and works full time. His drug addiction? He has to smoke first thing in the morning and sever

Jason Rimbaud

Jason Rimbaud

Carma

It's odd how we become attached to our cars. For the last two years I've been driving a Citroen Berlingo. I was given it, so I can't complain that it was big and slow and had a bit of a slippy clutch. Over time I came to love her (tear rolls down cheek). No, I couldn't take a Porche from a standing start - but I could fit all the bands gigging equipement in the back. Then, she failed her MOT (mandatory yearly government safety check). Not badly, but add to that a new clutch and it was going to

Camy

Camy

Dear Harvey 2

Well, here we go. It is now five days until the performance of Dear Harvey. It'll be this Sunday at 2:00pm, a matinee performance. I think I've done everything I could do to promote this play. The theater usually puts out 70 posters around town for other performances, but I put out 96...it's everywhere. As my cast is all high school students, I even got permission to post the posters in all 5 high schools in Las Cruces. You will obviously get from this post that it's gate time and I'm as n

Richard Norway

Richard Norway

Time crawls

We released our album nearly a year ago. Eleven months ago I sent a track off to BBC radio. Last week I got a reply. It looks like they're going to play it, and if they do they'll let me know.... I won't be holding my breath. ;) You live and learn. In this world of instant communication we seem to expect an instant response. Fat chance: it's really like dancing through amber.

Camy

Camy

What?

It's been yonks and yonks since I've put finger to keypad and blogged. My bad, but then I have been somewhat, nay, frightfully busy. Yep, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. We made a second video, which was erm ... yes. It was. Lo-res is one reason I'm not trumpeting it to the hills. Never again will we make lo-res videos. It's not worth the time spent. We've also been rehearsing 'till our fingers and tonsils bled and the studio had to be emptied by paramedics (name the film that includes

Camy

Camy

Dear Harvey

Tomorrow starts auditions for the play Dear Harvey continuing on Monday as the actors are high school kids and they have their oun schedules and we need to give them a couple of days. I'm excited and looking forward to this. But the schedule that the director has come up with is nothing but grueling, I'm enjoying a scotch and water right now, but it will be my last until May 22nd, the day of the performance. Des, you can still do this, and I think you should. You'd be perfect as the one to

Richard Norway

Richard Norway

Just what has happened to me?

Where have I been? Friends, despite rumours to the contrary, I haven't been ill, dead, or ignoring you all. Our video store has been in decline for several months and that has left us with many troubles which have demanded most of my time. We finally closed the store at the end of February. Renting DVDs has become too difficult in a small town like ours, especially when you consider that 70% of discs are returned with scratches, dried pizza and greasy etchings from fingers. I suspect some pe

DesDownunder

DesDownunder

What's Happening in New Mexico

Well guys and gals, I've been busy, and that's why you haven't seen me post much lately. I still read all the posts, but don't take the time I should to be a part of this community that I love and admire. Last year, the Harvey Milk Foundation commissioned a play to be produced and it was completed last year. I was able to acquire the script, music and photos, ROYALTY FREE, to produce the play about Harvey Milk in schools to be royalty free. It needs to be produced on Sunday, May 22, 2011, Ha

Richard Norway

Richard Norway

It's a good Saturday

Well, the hubbie was out of town for the day, but it's been good overall. Tyler had practice and we showed up a good 30 minutes early. One of his teammates showed up early as well as so we played 3-way catch until the rest of the team finally showed up for practice. I also took the niece out to the park since she's finally starting to behave again. We all had a good day. Our old neighborhood's little league started a few weeks earlier so today was their opening day. Instead of practice, tw

DKStories

DKStories

Don't Forget the Bug Spray!

Today was a fairly good day overall. I've got a project that has really been much more intensive than I expected but progress is being made on it at last, and that's a good thing. Then the census releases California data and oh boy do I have some more research to do so I can answer client questions when they start coming in. Yes I'm geek enough to get excited about having to study new data make extrapolations on how the changing demographics will impact the state's politics. Best part of t

DKStories

DKStories

I'm 40 - I can still play video games, right?

Isn't it funny that as we get older, people expect us to stop wanting to do stuff like play video games? Yeah, okay, I turned 40 a couple of days ago. Big deal. The party was small, limited to family and just how I like it (along with a great german chocolate cake my hubbie baked for me!). Today my best friend visited and we had a great couple of hours spent playing Zombies on Black Ops. I almost don't feel like I'm 40. :) Actually, I kind of wish we'd had a game console when we lived tog

DKStories

DKStories

It's My Birthday and I'll cry if I want to...

Yup, so it's like the big 40 birthday has come, and pretty much gone here. Overall, it was a quiet, normal day with tons of work from a client, kids coming home from school and Tyler's baseball practice all needing to be coordinated. Then a nice dinner at my favorite restaurant (Sizzler!), and now a nice, quiet evening at home, relaxing. Nope, the world hasn't ended, and I've made it to 40, an age that there were times I thought I'd never reach, and that scared me. Only, well, now that it'

DKStories

DKStories

A Day In the Life...well a day of a person with no life

5:00AM...M wakes me up by straddling my back and whispering in my ear that he wants me to go running with him 5:15AM...M and I walk out the front door to freezing wet air and head off toward the upcoming sunrise 6:15AM...We walk back inside the house and head toward the shower, we don't make it 6:17AM...M rewards me for running with him 7:04AM...We get in the shower and I thank him for rewarding me 7:43AM...We sit down for breakfast. M gets 2 eggs over easy with coffee and I get a bagel wit

Jason Rimbaud

Jason Rimbaud

The Last On Nathaniel

Well, this will be probably my last thoughts on Nathaniel. He's moved on and is emerging into his 'self.' It's hard to let go of someone that you love, but I guess all parents have to go through it. Yes, he has became my son, if not legally, at least emotionally. Nathaniel and his bf moved out a week before Christmas into their first apartment. It's funny, but as much as I hated his adolescent illogical behavior and total irresponsibility, I miss having to remind him of things that he had t

Richard Norway

Richard Norway

Rivalry

Santa came to my school the other day to eat lunch with the kindergarten class. They borrowed one of my bases-of-operation (I don't have my own classroom, so my materials are hidden in various caches in three or four different buildings around campus) for this event without telling me. I walk in, looking to pick up some books I need for my next class and see Santa. I say hi. The kindergarten kids look over at me, gasp, and shout "HI, MR. CIVIL!!" then run over to hug me and ask me to do magic tr

EleCivil

EleCivil

Emus love preening.

He might not have a feathered wing But he loves to howl and pretends to sing He tippy tap typed all through the night For thirty days and it came out right. Phew. Done, but not close to dusted. Congratulations to fellow winner Bruin Fisher, my comrade throughout the 30 days. May your jockstrap never waver!

Camy

Camy

27 in, 3 to go

We're on day 27 and there are three days to go. Some of our group have already finished, but Bruin and I are both a little behind. That's not bottom talk by the way. My behind is splendid as it is. We're supposed to be in the studio editing another video, but as it's snowing here I have an excellent excuse for writing instead. W00T say I! I absolutely shouldn't be here waffling, but waffling seems far more pleasant than having to decide which of my characters - all of whom I like - should be o

Camy

Camy

Why Dildo?

Timmy at, 'A Place Of Safety' recently posted this ad for making a dildo of yourself, and then asked why? So I replied thus: I can think of four reasons, Timmy. 1. It allows the individual to experience what others experience when he is topping them. 2. It would make a nice conversation piece on the coffee table. At least it would alert the overnight guest as to what he is in for, as well as letting your visiting parents know how much you have matured. 3. As a parting gift to one

DesDownunder

DesDownunder

Mixing Sexuality and Music With Pride

Should I use my blog to tell you of something I am proud? (inner Voice:) No, no, that would seem like bragging. (other inner voice:) Do it, do it, yes tell everyone what you did. Perhaps it would be wrong of me, but damn it, it's my blog and I'll brag if I want to. (inner voice:) don't say 'brag.' What should I say then? (other inner voice:) tell them you want to ....pst, pst whisper whisper Okay so I want to share the following little story with you all. In effort to be in the face of a

DesDownunder

DesDownunder

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