Tuesday, July 30, 2013


N is for Neville who died of ennui.
I am so sorry that I have not been blogging steadily this month.  I have not been inspired to write.  There are things I should be blathering on about, but I am not wanting to put fingers to keyboard.  I have felt that everything is boring.  Maybe it is just a bad case of ennui.  Regardless I promise to be better next month.  In the meantime I leave you to think of poor Neville from Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies.  I will not done in by ennui.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Put A Ring On It!

Sorry not to post, but I have been a) busy b) boring c) uninspired and d) all of the above.  Even now I am on the cusp of uninspired, but I need to post something so I still feel like a blogger.  Today I will blog about rings.

I am no Ringo Starr, but I do like to wear rings.  I admit I like showy rings with flashy colorful stones.  I do have rings that have some bling, but sometimes it is not the bling which makes a ring important to me.  My simple gold band from 1992 is my favorite ring.  No bling, just years of representing the commitment to my wife, Natalie.

However, recently Natalie has been wanting us to get new wedding rings.  After months of resisting I gave in.  Actually, I gave in because I thought once she saw how pricey wedding rings were she would decide to fore go a new ring.  I forgot how determined my wife can be.  After jewelry stores and online searches we came to an accord and now have new rings. 

We bought fancy rings with bling.  I am a little overwhelmed by how different the old rings are from the new rings.  I can't believe the same two women picked them out, but we did.  However, it is not the appearance of the new rings that I love.  It is the inscription on the inside which makes my ring special.  We both have the date, 3/4/2011 and the words, "At Last."  So much history in two simple words. 

Top ring purchased in 1992, Bottom ring the new look of love sparkling with gems.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Full of Pride

Civil Courts Building lit up for Pride
Last weekend my spouse and I went to St Louis' Pride event.  What an amazing event it was. I have been to Pride events before, but this one was an out an out celebration.  We cheered, and cheered, and cheered.  My face ached from smiling so much as we watched corporation, churches, and organization march by our spot on the court house steps.  With Natalie next to me I felt empowered.  It was probably the best Pride I have ever been to. 

My Favorite Tee Shirt of the Day
As if to add the hot fudge sauce on the ice cream, Natalie got a memo from her human resources department saying I am now legally recognized as her spouse (http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=5700).  The federal government in record time made all same-sex spouses, regardless of state, eligible for spousal benefits.  I am not going to lie, this recognition is what I have been fighting for.  Now that this goal is reached, I just wish all same-sex couples had these rights.

Supersize Rainbow Flag

I have to say in a very short period of time I have felt my life change in a way that I never thought possible.  We have come so far, now we need to reach the finish line where all us are equal.  Soon, we will be there soon.

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