Saturday, May 20, 2006

strokes at 8:30 am

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2006 01:03 am
Subject: a good thing

thank you for continuing your mission.
in a perfect world we would learn and live true to who we are. But in
this world perfection is helped along by your constancy.

i attended two of your wonderful naughty parties. i am hooked. i
wish i could attend more of your workshops, and i will.

for those of us searching to live life fully and fulfilled, you
provide a light to guide us through the fog.

:) it is just great that you provide the resource you do. oh yes, and
you are a pleasure to watch in action.

so just, thank you for a good thing, up close and personal or from the
distance, you really are making a difference

Friday, May 19, 2006

Trans Conference


FTM 2006: A Gender Odyssey
September 1st -4th, 2006

FTM 2006: A Gender Odyssey
1122 E Pike St, #796
Seattle, WA 98122
Trans Conference

SEATTLE, WA: FTM 2006: A Gender Odyssey is a national conference
for masculine-identified people who were assigned female gender
at birth as well as our friends, allies, and families. This
conference offers a variety of workshops and discussions
addressing the practical and personal aspects of trans lives.
Accompanying events include a vendor fair, art exhibit, BBQ,
film festival, and more. THIS CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO ANYONE!


The scholarship application deadline is May 31st and we still
have scholarships available! Make sure your application is
post-marked by the deadline. For more info

Town Meetings

This year we wish to highlight programming that has been in
the works for months. Our town meeting sessions are designed
to encourage participation by everyone regardless of individual
identity. These facilitated discussions are a result of many,
many hours of collaborative brainstorming, dialogue, writing and

Town meeting topics are as follows:

· Through Intergenerational Windows
· Leadership and Organizing
· Fear, Violence & Community
· Race and Ethnicity: Making Our Way through the World
· Sexuality, Sexualization, and Intimacy
· Class: Bringing it out of the Closet
· Competition, Labels, and Who Makes the Grade
· Spirituality: Is the Force with You?

For the town meeting descriptions, please visit our website.

Skilled Facilitators Needed !!

If our town meetings peak your interest and you are experienced
in group facilitation, we want you! Facilitator application
and guidelines are on the website.

Important Deadlines !

May 31st--Scholarship applications due
June 16th--Deadline for interpreter services and child care
July 31st--Special group rate at Silver Cloud--Broadway
Rooms are going fast!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

making an impact

found this e-mail in my mailbox Tuesday, then got permission from the writer to change names and repost it here ...

-----Original Message-----
From: XXXXXXX []
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 09:11 AM
Subject: thanks

Hi Jennifer,

I just wanted to drop you a quick line and tell you how great it was to see
a familiar face--namely you--on on my first Sin City experience. It was
great to introduce you to my boyfriend (Bob) whom you easily got to open up a few
buttons (which was excellent he can be a little shy sometimes). We had a
wonderful time and I am confident that we will be back...hopefully many more

I also wanted to thank you for your offer to play. Though I didn't see you
again until much later, I think the Sin experience was definitely more than
enough masturbation fodder and excitement for one night - especially for

However, if the offer still stands, I would definitely love to have a rain
check and one day try out a little play with a wonderfully experienced
meanie (in the nicest possible way of course ;))

Thanks again for all your help, knowledge and support. Sue and I were just
discussing over lunch how amazing it is to see how far we've come (not as a
couple but as individuals) in such a short time, and I know you were
definitely an important factor. I remember being extremely nervous and shy
at the first workshops (bottoming/topping) we attended...and now I just want
to attend all your workshops...As my knowledge base expands and I meet more
incredible people, I become more and more comfortable in my own skin and
discovering my own needs & wants. Even if that change isn't evident to
anyone but me, its hard to believe so much has happened/changed/been
discovered in only a year and I am excited at the prospect of my continued
exploration and discovery. Thank you so much for your role in that

hugs and kisses
E. :)

growing up


Today at 3:30 my daughter writes her entrance exams for honors programs, she is that gifted. In the Fall, my baby is going to be a high school student entering Grade 8.

This coming Tuesday after school she also has her first ever job interview as she's applied to a local book store for a Saturday position as a shelf stocker.

Times are changing around our house.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

amends made

I'm vibrating from head to toe. Just hung up the phone with someone who shook me to my core. I'm a strong "person" shouldn't use the word woman here he'd be angry.

I let him down once and he's someone I look up to and have since I found BDSM/Leather culture. Tonight, two years after my disappointing him, I phoned to make amends and listen to his feelings and story.

I've grown so much over the last couple of years that it was painful to admit I'd made such a foolish mistake in the name of either

a) over looking it
b) blowing it off

There's a learning to curve to all of what I do as Libido Events, no one gave me a hand book for sex-activism and the unique circumstances I'd be encountering.

Personal growth day. Humility.

educating oneself

Monday and Tuesday I was so busy attending this...

that I had no time for anything else. However with Stephen Lewis at the same conference as me, who wouldn't be inspired...

SORRY - Monday May 15th is sold out!!

SORRY - Tuesday, May 16th is sold out!!


I would like to throttle . . . those who've waited so unendurably long to act, those who can find infinite resources for war but never sufficient resources to ameliorate the human condition."- Stephen Lewis

Canada ’s former Ambassador to the United Nations and currently the UN’s Special Envoy for HIV / AIDS in Africa , our keynote speaker, Stephen Lewis was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2005. Mr. Lewis will speak firsthand about Educating Our World: the Power of People. A champion of education as an agent for positive change and a powerful spokesman for equity in human relations, Stephen Lewis has an extraordinary gift for inspiring people to take action. One of the finest orators of our time, he speaks with passion, eloquence and profound personal experience on human, social and economic development, globalization and human rights. He is the author of Race Against Time, which offers pragmatic proposals for achieving the Millennium Development Goals defined by the UN in 2000.

About Stephen Lewis
Lewis, Stephen, Keynote Speaker

Stephen Lewis is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa , a post he’s held since June 2001. He is also a Commissioner for the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, and a Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Mr. Lewis is also a director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which is dedicated to easing the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa .

Mr. Lewis’ work with the UN has shaped the past two decades of his career. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York .

In 1997, in addition to his work at UNICEF, Mr. Lewis was appointed by the Organization of African Unity to a Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. The ‘ Rwanda Report’ was issued in June of 2000.

In 1993, Mr. Lewis became coordinator for the international study – known as the Gra├ža Machel study – on the "Consequences of Armed Conflict on Children". The report was tabled in the United Nations in 1995.

From 1984 through 1988, Stephen Lewis was Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. In this capacity, he chaired the Committee that drafted the Five-Year UN Programme on African Economic Recovery. He also chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change, which drew up the first comprehensive policy on global warming.

Mr. Lewis holds 22 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada . In May 2003, in recognition of outstanding contributions to public health, Columbia University ’s Mailman School of Public Health honoured Mr. Lewis with the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement, in 2003. The same year, Maclean’s magazine honoured Mr. Lewis as their inaugural “Canadian of the Year.”

MORE about Stephen Lewis and his foundation can be found here.

Monday, May 15, 2006

power of one

this is what appears on your screen when you're a good little Canadian and fill out your Census form on-line

Thank you for your cooperation!

Your census data have been submitted.

Your confirmation number is : XXXXXXXX

You may now exit the census online.

Please keep a copy of your confirmation number (print it or write it down).

If follow-up is needed, a census representative will contact you. Please keep your confirmation number handy.

Have you done you're part? If not stop by and do it now, it will only take you 2 minutes if that.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

best wishes

Happy Mothers Day

to all moms, mommies and mothers out there.

Mothers to children, pets, significant others and hopeful pregnancies, it's my wish that we all feel loved today.

If you haven't already, reach out and send some Mothers Day love to a mom in your life and world. Go ahead, make a difference and make a woman smile today as you remember her.

My daughter and I spent the day out in the valley. We panned for gold at the Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada and found three nuggets, then had ice cream and window shopped the afternoon away. On the way home, we stopped off to see my ex fiances mother to wish her well and give hugs for Mothers Day, what a surprise for her. All in all a fabulous day and we even had warm weather.


Truffled Iced White Double Layer Cake is lip smacking good, especially so at 2:03 in the morning, right before bed, eaten off of the cake plate standing at the kitchen counter.

I'm a very bad girl whose eaten more than a serving of cake at this late hour.

I've a feeling though that in the morning, I'll be accountable for the missing hunk of cake to my daughter who'll be inquiring as to it's whereabouts.