I haven’t really gathered my thoughts, but Julia Minton posted this poem by Kathy, who passed away suddenly over the weekend.  No member of a community can be replaced, but this loss will be felt by all.

The Lies I Used to Know
by Kathy Epling

I miss them, the safe stories.
You couldn’t fall

out of those happy endings
legs tucked under

The doors open to sunlight
& cornered gardens

brick paths, lilac & stinking privet
those transparent organdy kisses

I need a novel with no last pages.
Here was that truth

of rage, the burning sofa
the nights of smoke

My whiskeyed dad & Cinderella dancing
past dying. I was never sad.

A remarkable monologue from a remarkable woman.

I guess this marriage could be viewed as the world’s first heterosexual marriage casualty to “the attack on marriage,” even if it’s self-inflicted. The story does raise a legitimate question about whether the state should even be involved in marriage. I would say that there is a list of privileges associated with marriage which the state recognizes and maybe it should just be recognized as a contract which is defined by those privileges, and any couple is welcome to go off and call it what they want. And maybe those privileges shouldn’t be afforded at all – maybe, for instance, anyone who cares enough to come to a hospital to see a patient should be allowed to see the patient, and maybe just let anybody contract how they want to contract for life arrangements on their own.

Anyway, I understand what this couple believes, and I don’t see it as hatred. I see it simply as a desperate attempt to hold onto a world view which simply excludes love they can’t understand. Their theology doesn’t hold that the love is wrong. They don’t believe it’s real, or that it can be real, and therefor they don’t recognize the expressions as those of love, but rather what they would call “lust.” They cannot see it any other way and take the Bible as the literal word of God.

And ultimately what they are affirming here is that their relationship is defined by the state, as opposed to merely recognition by the state.

And so, maybe, the state shouldn’t even be in the business of recognizing it. If the state pulls out of marriage altogether, then nobody is stigmatized. Not the same sex oriented. Not Christians. Nobody. You define your arrangements and if you want a Church involved – your choice.

In the meantime – makes me think of the kids who protest by holding their breath until they turn blue.

Sarah and Nick Jensen, an Australian couple, published a letter saying they’re considering divorce after 10 years of marriage — because gay people in the country…

Ronnie Gilbert joins Pete and Lee, jamming somewhere. Like Pete, she was never supposed to die. I didn’t realize that she’d been living in Caspar with her wife for the past decade!

Some stuff dating back as far as 1986.

The Mateel has put up a series of Youtube video lists for your pleasure.

I’m doing a special Thursday Night Talk on KHSU tomorrow night, out of my usual time slot. We are putting together a show on Transgender issues in the wake of the Caitlyn Jenner story and we hope to have several of that community on to discuss them. It’s kind of a last minute project. I will post more as it comes together.


Some great performances.  Here’s one.

Shill Card

A great show happening down in Benbow and you can watch it here.

What: The Most Comprehensive Celebration of Art & Music on the N. Coast
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 30th & 31st, 2015
Times: 9:30am to 10pm / Both Days
Where: Benbow Lake State Rec. Area (2 miles South of Garberville, CA)
Tickets: $30 Advanced Weekend Passes / Gate & Single Day Tickets $20

Buy Tickets Now

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Two Days of Music & Entertainment on 4 Stages!


Have a Transformational Weekend at the Summer Arts & Music Festival

This weekend, May 30th & 31st, the quiet green of Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, will transform into the lively and colorful site of the 39th annual Summer Arts & Music Festival! This year the Festival, known for it’s diversity and family feel, has also been honored as one the top ““15 Transformational Festivals to Attend in 2015″” by Fest 300 Magazine, that reviews festivals worldwide.

Let’s take a look at some of the SAMF’s more transformational features this year.

First of all the Trees Stage, as always, will feature an awesome line-up of music from JJ Grey & MoFro headlining Saturday night, to Sunday night’s headliner, Blackalicious and exciting performances like Motherlode featuring Fred Wesley, Angelo Moore & Brand New Step; Candelaria; The Brothers Comatose; Todo Mundo and many more.

In between major acts Trees will feature such beloved locals as Feet First Dancers, (at noon both days), Lost Coast Marimbas and many others. See the full stage schedule for more details and check out the Main Talent Photo Array farther down this page for more details.

Throughout both days of the festival you’ll also enjoy more than 60 of the best local musical acts, dance troupes, and children’s entertainers.

Starting at the far south end of the fairway, and working our way back to the Trees stage, new this year, is “The Sacred Round”. Located in the turnaround loop, adjacent to the Solar Stage, The Sacred Round is a giant calendar of painted river rocks created to honor Earth and celebrate her seasons. The Solstices; North and South & Equinoxes; East and West will be highlighted, giving the viewers a visual representation of the four seasons. Everyone is invited to walk The Round and give thanks.

There will be a table at the Devine Round Calendar Booth for people to paint a rock and place it in the Sacred Round on a day that is special to them. Special guest- local teacher and author, Gillian Brown, will conduct a ceremony at noon and also read a story for children at 1pm both days.

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