World AIDS Day 2017

NAT_Stigma2I don’t even know how many friends I have lost to HIV/AIDS anymore; I stopped counting. I have friends who live with this disease every day … along with the stigma that comes with it.
 
It’s World AIDS Day … a time to not only raise awareness but to make some kind of a contribution to help end this disease.
 
I had many LGBT friends in the early 1980s, when this disease first reared its head in our country.  My friend Anne was a newly-minted RN at the time, and she called me in a state of great concern.
 
“There’s a new disease that we’re seeing in hospitals. We don’t know much about it or what causes it, but we know it’s killing gay men. Please tell your friends to be careful.”
 
Some of the friends I had in those early days are among those who are gone now, lost to the disease. And, of course, we know that the disease kills more than just gay men. The largest growing group of HIV patients, per WHO and the CDC, is heterosexual women of color.
 
The medication cocktails we have now mean that people living with HIV can measure their life expectancy in years again, rather than the months or weeks of those early days. But that doesn’t mean we can be complacent.
 
In memory of Ric Tribue, Mat Madison, Byron Nease, and so many others … I ask that you think about what you can do to help.
Advertisements

Music Monday: Los Peces en El Rio

As we have entered the holiday season, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tunes with you.  This one is a traditional Spanish song, performed by Antonio Banderas and the cast of “Nine.”  It’s on two different volumes of the excellent “Carols for a Cure” series produced every year by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Lyrics:

La Virgen se esta peinando
Entre cortina y cortina
Sus cabellos son de oro
El peine de plata fina
Pero mira como beben
Los peces en el rio
Pero mira como beben
Por ver al Dios nacido

Beben y beben
Y vuelven a beber
Los peces en el rio
Por ver al Dios nacer

La Virgen esta lavendo
Y en el romero tendiendo
Los angelitos cantando
Y el romero floreciendo

Pero mira como beben
Los peces en el rio
Pero mira como beben
Por ver al Dios nacido

Beben y beben
Y vuelven a beber
Los peces en el rio
Por ver al Dios nacer

Translation:

Virgin Mary is brushing her hair
among curtains and curtains
her hair is made of gold
and the comb is made of high quality silver
Why, look how they drink!
The fish at the river
Look how they drink
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
Virgin Mary is walking
She is walking alone
Her only company
Is the child holding her hand
Why, look how they drink!
The fish at the river
Look how they drink
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
Virgin Mary carries a rose
in her holy bosom
It was given to her by Saint Joseph
before the child was born
Why, look how they drink!
The fish at the river
Look how they drink
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
Virgin Mary is washing diapers
and extends them above the rosemary
The birds are singing
and the rosemary is blossoming
Why, look how they drink!
The fish at the river
Look how they drink
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born
They drink and drink and drink again
The fish at the river
Because they saw God being born

Offer: Autographed Books for the Holidays (US Only)

Hi, everyone.  I’m offering signed paperback books for you to give as holiday gifts, or to keep for yourself!

Prices:

Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes:  $20 (one copy with previous cover available for $15)

In The Eye of The Beholder: $10

In The Eye of The Storm: $10

Bayou Fire: $10

Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions: $7

Brief Interludes: $7 (one copy with previous cover available for $5)

Hugs and Hisses (all proceeds benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley): $7

Shipping and handling will be a flat $5, regardless of package size.

Here’s how to do it:  Send me an e-mail via the Contact Form.   In it, please tell me what book(s) you are interested in purchasing, along with name of the person (if any) to whom you would like the book signed.  I will confirm availability and send you an invoice via PayPal.  Once I receive payment, I will send out your books.  This offer is good through December 15, so that I can be sure your books get to you in time for the holidays.