I hope the holiday season finds you well. I may be late with posting for November but at least I'm consistent. November was a good month for me. On the 17th my foot Doctor pronounced I am now ready to "transition" back into my normal walking patterns again after 3 months so I am now fighting to get back into my 5+ mile a day walking but the weight gained during those 3 months and the lack of exercise has proven to be quite a challenge - I still have some swelling and pain but it isn't as bad as it was with the bunion and extra long metatarsal bone. My biggest problem is I'm having a bit of a self-esteem issue with my expanding waist-line and my love of good food. Oh well, so much for sniveling - I came across a good quote the other day in the Riverside Press-Enterprise from T.S. Eliot that put me back in my place: “If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life you must accept the terms it offers you.”
Nov 4 - I attended the LAPD LGBT Community Forum was held at The LA Gay & Lesbian Center.
The panel (left to right): Dr Luann Pannell - Direcrtor of Police Training, Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, Commissioner Robert Saltzman, Captain Beatrice Girmala - Commanding Officer,Hollywood area. There was an open microphone for questions.
LA area Trans Activist Troy Eric, a regular attender at these forums is pictured here at the mic. After the forum I was asked to (and did) participate in a video taping to be used for Police training on transgender issues.
On Thursday Nov 18th I took the Amtrak up to San Luis Obispo for a very much needed pre-holiday holiday away from home. My Boyfriend Ken drove up that weekend and between us we took a lot of photos some of which I have posted over in the right hand column, or you can follow this link to my "4Shared" album. Over that weekend I participated in an awesome Transgender Day Of Remembrance event - the first one ever held in SLO. This event was hosted by Tranz-Central Coast and the SLO Universalist Unitarian Fellowship. Rev Sean Dennison gave a very inspiring message, David Robinson read a very poignant poem. (I hope I can get the text of these and add it to this post soon, but for now you'll just have to trust me). Namoli Brennet provided music for this event and gave a concert the next evening at the UU Fellowship.
If you haven't seen the movie "Two Spirits" yet I encourage you to do so. I am putting on a free screening of of it at First Congregational Church in Riverside January 2 at 11:30 AM. 3504 Mission Inn Avenue (at Lemon), Riverside, CA 92501. Our Service starts at 10:00 AM. FCC is a wonderful, welcoming Church. Come if you can!