We’re all, most of us, anyway, waiting together for 93-year-old Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela to go. But, really? How much can one man bear? How much beating? How much ostracization? How many lies? How much defamation, alienation and starvation?
Without thumbs we couldn’t hitchhike; give thumbs up; give a
handjob; use a hammer; use the full vocabulary of sign language; pick up
a cup; make a phone call; recreate Star Wars with only thumbs (see: Thumb Wars);
use a lighter; do an accurate Fonzie impression; text while driving; or
tweet without a laptop on the toilet.
SUNDAY JULY 7: It must be difficult to be a business owner during today’s
changing times — 50 years ago no one had to pay women an equal wage or
even hire black people, and now there’s all this social media and
Obamacare making everything confusing.
Thirty-nine years ago, Enquirer editors agreed to cover a global story that still reverberates through some of Christianity’s oldest denominations: the acrimonious debate over whether women may be priests.
I have noticed during more than 25 years
of paying attention to it that many gays and lesbians of color in this
still greatly segregated city further segregate ourselves because
sometimes we feel pressure to choose
between our selves of color and our same-sex-loving selves.
As luck would have it, or maybe it wasn’t luck at all,
right across the street from the office was a bar called “Chuck’s
Rockin’ Ranch.” But I never went to Chuck’s or drank on Thursdays. That was Seinfeld night. I didn’t want my head to be all fuzzy watching that show. It was always the highlight of my lonesome week.
Religious zealots are also protesting the DOMA
review because they believe gay marriage and gay parents will ruin
America’s children, despite the fact that there are plenty of straight
people out there — murderers, cult leaders, narcissists — who probably
shouldn’t have been allowed to commingle.
A press card means we’re special until we
irritate someone who can ignore it or take it away. It doesn’t matter
what level of government is involved; the power to issue a press card is
the power to withhold.
TUESDAY JUNE 25: An Ohio man’s recent trip to Michigan took a turn for the worse
after he took some mushrooms and was found trespassing inside Ypsilanti
Middle School. Responding officers noted that the man had ripped part of
his penis off.
There was this woman with a deep, slow
drawl spoken in something between a rasp and a whisper who had a
lightning bolt inked high on her right cheekbone not as thuggery, irony
or defiance but as a simple, stunning marker adding to the mystique of a
woman easily mistaken in her era-defying androgyny for a man.
This happens to me like clockwork around
the start of summer, when the weekend air is pregnant with the fumes of
grills and charred hamburgers. You don’t really want it, I tell myself;
sometimes I’ll even linger in front of the meat displays at Findlay
Market, a stomach-twister on command: no, no, no.