Thursday, October 28, 2010

It Gets Better; Mean People Suck

Mean People Suck
I so need to make this! (Photo Credit: Flickr user Ruby42.)

Unless you've been living under a rock this past month (or in strike-crippled France; who am I to judge?), you know that with the recent spate of teen suicides brought on by anti-gay bullying, Savage Love columnist Dan Savage put together the It Gets Better Project, a YouTube channel full of videos telling gay and questioning teens that there are tons of wonderful things to live for.

Unsurprisingly, Religion News Service reports that most Americans associate negative views of homosexuality with religious institutions. In this recent report from NPR on the religious undercurrent in anti-gay bullying, at least some Christians understand that the church's anti-gay stance is remarkably un-Christian! That NPR story also upsets me to see all the adults who through misaction or inaction propagate the problem to the vulnerable younger generations.

Adults are setting bad examples. It's like in Lord of the Flies, when warring adults rescue the warring kids--whose little society is driven to destruction by bullies.

Mean people suck.

And then we grow up, stop identifying ourselves according to what those mean people say, and start embracing our blessed individuality and solidarity as good people.

Then those mean people get stuck in their two-bit jobs at the mall while all us nerds get fancy diplomas, rewarding careers, and the awesomest friends ever.

It does get better.

If you haven't seen any videos from the It Gets Better Project, Jezebel posted their top 15 videos. Here, I'm posting my top three, in order of importance, starting with the best one.

Seriously, I want to give Joel Burns a big hug for his video. And thank you, Bishop Gene Robinson, for speaking from the heart. President Obama, thank you, too; now let's get cracking on DADT and DOMA.

Joel Burns:


Gene Robinson:


and President Barack Obama:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cauliflower Zucchini soup

cauliflower zucchini soup

Or what the heck do I do with all this goat milk?

It may not look like anything special, but it's pretty darn tasty. I had to do something with the goat milk left over from a cheese-making adventure day this past Saturday. I discovered I couldn't simply drink the stuff because it tastes distinctively of chèvre. That's not a bad thing, per se, but it certainly isn't quite right with an oatmeal breakfast, in my opinion.

So this is what I made.

Cauliflower Zucchini Soup

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 small zucchini, sliced into half moons
1 head cauliflower, rough chopped
4 cups stock/broth/bouillon/water
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained
2 cups goat milk, or cow milk
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until slightly translucent, ~5 mins. Add the zucchini and cauliflower and sauté until softened, another 5 minutes or so.

2. Add the stock/broth/bouillon/water and the beans. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cover and let cook until all the veggies are soft, ~20 minutes.

3. In the meantime, do some of the dishes you've generated. Don't worry; I'll be right here.

4. OK, so now that the veggies are cooked through, blend the soup. An immersion blender is really handy for this.

5. Stir in the goat milk, and season to taste.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

QOTD


"Fairy dust, not to be confused with gay dandruff."  -CP

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy wedding I didn't even attend

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After all the weddings and friends and history on our recent trip to Boston, what ended the trip on a high note for me was hearing about a strangers' same-sex wedding.

The husband and I were waiting for a doorman at the Lenox Hotel to hail us a cab for the airport. Behind us there were two other men who asked another doorman for another cab for the airport. That doorman called to our doorman, "Make that two for Logan!"

He asked the two men, "Where are you headed?"

"Switzerland."

"Are you going there for business, or...?"

"Honeymoon, actually."

It took me a second to process. Two men. Going to Switzerland. On a honeymoon. *gasp* They just got married! Yay!

I beamed! I turned around and said, "Congratulations!" Wow! A same-sex couple! Two men actually got married! It's legal in Massachusetts!

They had just gotten married the night before at the Old South Church across the street from the Lenox Hotel. I had noticed the night before that there was a wedding going on there.

Wow! They got married in a church! What a cool church!

Like any newlywed couple, these gentlemen were also looking forward to the oodles of free time they would have now that the wedding planning is over.

I was so genuinely happy for them. Although I was at the worst stage of a head cold with sinuses full of suck, and although we were flying back home where Prop 8 is full of unconstitutional suck, nothing could diminish that celebratory grin on my face.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Boston in a nutshell

I've been neglecting the blog lately due to pre-vacation craziness, vacation, and post-vacation resetting. There is a lot of stuff on my mind that I'd like to get into blog form. In the meantime, here's my Boston vacation litany, delineated by days:

our hostess picked us up from the airport
brief stop at a poker game at a friend's house

wedding in Belmont
wandering in Cambridge (including Burdick's in Harvard Square, Punjabi Dhaba and Lorem Ipsum books in Inman Square, down Prospect to Central Square, and up Mass Ave back to Harvard Square)
after-party at Redline in Harvard Square

more wandering in Cambridge (Ryles Jazz Brunch, more chai at Punjabi Dhaba, stopping at friends' apartments, Garment District, MIT and French House, dinner at Lê's in Harvard Square)

driving to Putney, VT
lunch in Brattleboro, VT

more chilling in Putney

Golding farm in Saxtons River
driving back to Cambridge
errands with our hostess
pub quiz at Tavern on the Square in Porter Square (3rd place!)

Freedom Trail
Windsor Button
Brattle Books
more Freedom Trail
dinner at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain

more Freedom Trail and side trips in the North End
hanging out at a friend's place near Central Square to get out of the rain
back into town for rehearsal dinner at Skip Jack's

slow slog to Aamco in Charlestown for a friend's failed transmission
lunch at Betty's Wok and Noodle, across from the Symphony
wandering Back Bay for drinks and coffee
The Mapparium!
wedding at the Lenox Hotel

repack
brunch at Lenox Hotel
tea at Trident (with two separate friends who discovered they went to the same high school)
airport