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  1. I agree wholeheartedly with the suggestions so far. Don't forget 'Please Come With Me' by Douglas. Or 'China Boat' ....actually any story by Douglas.
  2. Yup, me too. Who knows what the reference behind the term 'being on tenterhooks' is? In fact, most folks tend to write this as 'being on tenderhooks' these days because they don't know. Or the literal meaning behind 'bury the hatchet' before beginning negotiations. Or why the term 'big wig' means important person. I could go on. I love the etymology of these old words and phrases, often almost lost in the mists of time. As for cell phones, here in Canada it pretty much mirrors US usage of terms. Except cell phones are so ubiquitous now that most people simply say 'phone'. The 'cell'
  3. An excellent start to what promises to be an emotional journey of self discovery and relationships. I'm looking forward to more of this one.
  4. Bravo! Very well done. A heartfelt tale of change and growth. My favorite kind. Thanks very much for writing this Alan.
  5. I had to laugh at your notes about your editor's reactions to this story. Not quite the usual Cole Parker story we see here, but every bit as enjoyable. Well done.
  6. I was panicking. I re-read the text message sent from Josh three days ago. “Positive. Sorry. You’d better go too.” I was in trouble, in more ways than one. And I had no idea at all how I was doing to deal with this. So, I dealt with it the same way I deal with all major issues that I have no idea how to deal with. I ignored and procrastinated. Despite my astoundingly poor success rate at this life strategy, it seemed remarkably enticing. So, that’s what I had been doing. I mean, it wasn’t HIV. Or even Syphilis or Gonorrhea
  7. Another fun Cole Parker story. Well done, and I'm glad there was a part 2. Thanks for writing it.
  8. Thanks for the suggestion. Christmas 1940
  9. A new story by Driver?!? I am gobsmacked. And so, so looking forward to reading this. As per the advice in this thread, I began tonight by going and re-reading 'Sudden Storm' Well, I needed a real good emotional breakdown anyway. And my tissue supply needs replenishing. I had forgotten how powerful that story is. As well as the rest of Driver's stories. Now to re-read Falling off a Log and the Quarry...
  10. Yup, I don't imbibe either, but I agree with the legalization. The prohibition was causing *far* too many problems.
  11. Canada is about to become the 2nd nation in the world, and the first so-called 'first-world' nation to have nationwide federally legal cannabis. The federal legalization is significant from an economic, political, legal, and social framework, as it frees up banking, postal, trade, and other hugely problematic issues in places where there is local legalization or tolerance but federal prohibition. Naturally, the news sites, radio stations, TV, etc, all all abuzz on the stone cold effects and consequences of this burning issue. Everyone is in a haze wondering what will ha
  12. A true and useful hallmark of quality in any story. I couldn't agree more.
  13. An absolute gem of a story. Cole, somehow you keep reaching into that well and drawing up gold. The character development, the relationship between the boys, the relationship between the twins, the 'spicy' scenes, the relationship with the parents and the dad's character and character development, Li's character, and, of course, the obligatory handling of the bully. Well done. I mean, I hate to sound like a broken record when I comment on your stories, but, there it is again. Well done. And, more importantly, thanks for writing this. I enjoyed it immensely.
  14. Fun and cute story. Thanks for this one, Cole.
  15. I was looking out for this story, after being given a heads up by Cole. It was wonderful, Cole. Thanks for writing it. Yes, so many teens struggle mightily with the coming out issue. A few short years ago I watched my brother-in-law's sister's boy go through exactly this conundrum. And his parents are quite religious to boot (one of the religions that isn't exactly accepting of gay folks), so this made it even more of a struggle. It did not have quite as happy an outcome as your story in the immediate aftermath, unfortunately, but has since been settled out and reconciled. It was a difficult t
  16. I was waiting for that red FINAL text in the updates list. Oh goody. I sat down and read this one through from beginning to end. Excellent story, Cole. I like the flaws in the main character, and how his history colored his perceptions of everything that happened between himself and Dylan, and between himself and so many others. Something I always have a soft spot for in stories like this is catalysts. And Shaun was very much a catalyst. I found myself wondering about his character and history, his story. What allowed him to come up with that speech that motivated Aaron
  17. When I was talking about the Alberta issues surrounding this perhaps I did a poor job of expressing what this was all about. My apologies, if so. I agree with you about having open meetings, at least some of the time. Open meetings like you suggest are indeed how many GSAs operate and this can be very effective. And, of course, they're not 'hiding' the topics, or the existence of the clubs nor making parents unwelcome. And are encouraging students to ensure they talk to their parents about this and other issues, where appropriate. That isn't the issue surrounding this controversy, nor t
  18. ...so have fun and thanks for taking out that alien UFO. I mean, that *is* the point of the day, right? (And here I am still recovering from Canada Day on Sunday)
  19. The issue here, of course, is that this is a student club run by students. And of course nobody is going to get in an accident or be murdered or become suicidal due to this any more than they will in math class or chess club. Again, it's rather the reverse. Meetings such as this help prevent suicides due to conditions outside of this, usually at home. And the indoctrination argument fails utterly from the get-go.
  20. Well, the thing is Chris, the statistics for gay and questioning youth attempting or completing suicide are not really much different here than in many other places. And this data, and the broader social issues surrounding it, were part of the arguments that allowed this law and similar laws to be enacted and challenges like the one discussed in the article to not be successful. Unfortunately, plenty of excellent evidence shows that many of these youth were driven to be suicidal *because* of their parents reaction to them possibly being lgbqt. In fact, that is why legislation
  21. The Canadian province that I currently reside in, Alberta (For US Residents, think Texas, and you'll have generally the right idea of the culture and politics here for the most part), has been undergoing a rather heated political battle for the past few years. The political party that currently makes up the opposition and that was the previous governing party in the province has been adamant that parents should be informed each and every time their child dares to attend a GSA meeting at a school. This party, of course, is quite far to the right. Their reasoning for this, or so they
  22. Perhaps only single-person restrooms? That sounds expensive, since they'd have to build several to accommodate numbers. Or perhaps a common area with sinks and mirrors, but stalls that are more like little private rooms (full door and walls) than just the typical stalls.
  23. I agree with both colinian and Cole here. It always seems to come down to the school administration, and their mindset and approach. And that begins with the principal. They set the tone. What is their goal for their school, for their students, for their career? What do they want to achieve? Control? Discipline? Happy students? Highest test scores? Most sporting wins? The combination of goals and approach to achieving these makes all the difference in the world. Sadly, some administration goals and methods foster a bullying environment. Others virtually eliminate it.
  24. A forum I frequent was discussing bullies and bullying, and the difficulty so many parents, and kids, seem to be having getting schools to do something, or even recognize, that the bullying is happening. The user WE_Coyote, who identifies as someone who studied school administration in graduate school, offered the following insights, which I thought was very interesting:
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