Visiting the North Pole was a trip that I’ve wanted to take since I discovered a few years ago that people could actually go there. It wasn’t a travel goal that I had for decades and that required multiple trips to achieve like visiting all seven continents.
I currently have two travel goals. One is to see all the species of penguins and I’m about halfway done with that. The other is to plunge into all five oceans of the world. At the North Pole I was able to c
Greetings, friends. My partner and I just returned from the North Pole! It was a spectacular trip that can truly be described as a ‘trip of a lifetime’! Standing on the top of the planet was a thrilling experience.
The trip started in Helsinki, Finland. We then flew to Murmank, Russia, where we experienced Russian bureaucracy first hand. It’s all about jobs there. If four people can do the job of one, then three more people are not unemployed.
As I write this, the prosecution has finished presenting its case in the Jerry Sandusky trial and the defense is about to start. I find this case abhorrent. Jerry Sandusky was a popular coach and influential person in the Penn State system. He is accused of 51 counts of sexually molesting young boys that he met through his charity, Second Mile.
There are so many things in this case that I find repugnant. The first is that he targeted at-risk young boys under th
Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite authors and a man whose writing has influenced mine passed away yesterday. He wrote science fiction, horror, and mystery and can be considered one of the prominent authors who brought science fiction into mainstream reading. I hope to do the same for gay fiction!
Bradbury, however, resisted the moniker of science fiction writer. The following is one of my favorite quotes. “First of all, I don’t write science fiction. I’ve only d
Greetings readers! I hope you are having a great Memorial Day weekend. This year, my partner and I are trying a new style of hot dog. Nothing beats a great grilled wienie surrounded by a scrumptious bun.
We like to taste regional flavors. There’s so much diversity across our country. This year we’re trying Seattle Hot Dogs. They sound really good. Who’s going to try them with me?
Seattle Hot Dogs Hot dogs-split lengthwise, grilled Buns Cream cheese, softened Yellow onion,
I watched part of the sentencing of Dharun Ravi who was convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate, who then killed himself by jumping off New York’s George Washington Bridge. Ravi was also convicted of various other charges encompassing trying to cover up his crime and avoiding repercussions. See my earlier blog for my thoughts on the trial.
Unfortunately, I missed the hearing the Clementi statements. I joined the live broadcast when Dharun Ravi’s
In what I see as a stunning turn of events, President Obama has stated that he is in support of gay marriage. I am really surprised. In the past three years, I’ve felt that Obama was paying lip service to the issue of gay rights and marriage equality. In truth, I felt he was personally against those things.
When the issue of DADT came up, I felt that he repealed it on September 20, 2011 only because his party, his supporters, and his constituents demanded it of a Dem
In honor of spring and the start of the farmer’s market, here’s a fun recipe. Partner loved it because everything tastes better with bacon!
Ramps and Eggs with Bacon
Ingredients 1 lb. bacon 1/3 lb. ramps, cleaned and diced 1/3 cup water 10 large eggs, beaten salt and pepper, to taste
Directions Cook bacon. Chop about 1/3 of it into small pieces. Set rest aside. Put ramps in a large frying pan with a little of the bacon grease. Add water.&nbs
On another, farming-related note the previous Saturday was the first farmer’s market on the square. The Dane County Farmers’ Market is a summertime Saturday tradition in Madison. It is quite possibly the country’s largest producer-only market and features a rotating variety of seasonal vegetables, flowers, and specialty products from approximately 150 vendors every time. All of the items are produced in Wisconsin!
My partner and I went and I bought ramps! Ramps are a
Serious gardening has started! For the past three years I have worked at a CSA. CSA stands for community supported agriculture and it’s very popular in our area of Wisconsin.
Most of the CSAs are organic and produce non-GMO vegetables. I am a firm believer of the benefits of organic farming. The way a CSA works is that you pay or work for your share of what the farm produces. Payments are usually made at the beginning of the season. Farms usually gi