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My journey with AIDS…and more!: World AIDS Day 2016

The blank page stares up at me, “World AIDS Day 2016”. That will be Thursday. It’s not like it used to be when life was much more urgent, desperate. I think of the dead. I still sorely miss my friends, friends from our twenties and thirties. Gone. It’s like Remembrance Day, but I don’t like . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: World AIDS Day 2016

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Reprise: A human wreck at ‘Wreck Beach’

It was my first visit to the west coast, that summer of 1996, and – given my fragile health – I was determined to make it the trip of a lifetime. I would fly to Vancouver and then take the train across Canada to return home. My purpose in being out there was to attend . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Reprise: A human wreck at ‘Wreck Beach’

My journey with AIDS…and more!: No offence to ‘black dogs’ but I got real today

Bright and early this morning, before I could slip into dishonesty, I volunteered to my diabetes specialist that I was depressed. Actually it was more like joining in conversation with her as she wondered aloud if any ‘black dogs’ were about. There’s always something cathartic about admitting this after circular self-arguments about whether I am . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: No offence to ‘black dogs’ but I got real today

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Remembering “The Romans” – The Romans II Health and Recreation Spa

just an illustration🙂 I found it in the Yellow Pages, which I was checking out at the Toronto Coach Terminal on Bay Street. I had just arrived from Niagara College. It was 1979. I was 19. I thumbed through the book, checking “Baths”, which brought up bathroom fixtures mostly, then I think I tried “Saunas”. . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Remembering “The Romans” – The Romans II Health and Recreation Spa

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

Reading something which noted that 1981 was 35 years ago jarred me into realizing that it was three-and-a-half decades ago this very month that I officially came out of the closet, by which I mean letting my family know that I was gay. It was in the co… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Chasing the HI on a glucose meter

I spent the afternoon yesterday in the Emergency Department of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital after a drug overdose, albeit accidental, when I tried to eliminate a “HI” reading on my glucose meter with two, then three times the recomm… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Chasing the HI on a glucose meter

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Leaving Unit 503 upright

I am surrounded by boxes, both packed and empty. This week I am changing units within my housing co-op, moving house for the first time since 1992. When I re-located to this building 23 years ago I thought, with good reason, that my death was imminent; that I would be here a short time before . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Leaving Unit 503 upright

My journey with AIDS...and more!: World AIDS Day 2014 has come and gone and something had me rattled

Here’s my Facebook feed today after I heard Shaun Proulx on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning today referring to his blog on HIV Divorce. I have AIDS, and have had for many years. I can’t seem to walk that back, to HIV only, so I think of myself as surviving HIV/AIDS. While HIV may never lead . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: World AIDS Day 2014 has come and gone and something had me rattled

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Lunch

I planned dessert first today after seeing Wanda’s Pie in the Sky picture on Facebook this morning. I walked over to Kensington Market on a near-empty stomach and plopped myself down on the patio at Caplansky’s Delicatessen on College Street: I was impressed with the way the water was delivered: Either I was hungry or . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Lunch

My journey with AIDS...and more!: The certainty of uncertainty

In my ongoing quest to get to the bottom of my annoyingly reduced sleep, I received the results of a recent MRI of my brain when I visited my family doctor yesterday and the report was clearly not written for me to comprehend. Even my doctor was at a loss with some of the language . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: The certainty of uncertainty

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Sleep, no longer taken for granted, will soon be improving – hopefully

Early this month I had electrodes taped to my head, neck, chest and legs, then I was wished a good night for a sleep study to see why suddenly, to me at least, I couldn’t get a decent night of shut-eye. The results, which I received on Monday, showed that over the course of the . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Sleep, no longer taken for granted, will soon be improving – hopefully

My journey with AIDS...and more!: A new low

“How long have you been wasting?” the chiropodist asked me a couple of weeks ago as she updated a history on me. The starkness of the verb, however accurate, stayed with me. I’ve always been thin, I said, but my weight has been falling a bit since last fall. Fast forward to preparations for a . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: A new low

My journey with AIDS...and more!: April 30 revisited

Today marks eleven years since the beginning of events which form the basis of my autobiographical piece entitled Chopin, Roman Polanski and a cab. I will attempt to stay home after dark.

My journey with AIDS...and more!: R.I.P. Emma

(From 04-04-2014) Following a “massive stroke” my beautiful friend of almost exactly fifteen years has left me. Emma (short for Emerald, the colour of her eyes) dropped to one side, sprawled on the floor, and let out a yell worthy of her Siamese ancestors. Now my breaths draw up sobs and tears as the quietest . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: R.I.P. Emma

My journey with AIDS...and more!: R.I.P. Emma

(From 04-04-2014) Following a “massive stroke” my beautiful friend of almost exactly fifteen years has left me. Emma (short for Emerald, the colour of her eyes) dropped to one side, sprawled on the floor, and let out a yell worthy of her Siamese ancestors. Now my breaths draw up sobs and tears as the quietest . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: R.I.P. Emma

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Blog CPR

Facebook and Twitter have become my primary means of internet communication as of late but there is within me a desire to give my writer’s block the angioplasty treatment it may need. In the meantime, evidence that I have continued my love of photography:

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Blog CPR

Facebook and Twitter have become my primary means of internet communication as of late but there is within me a desire to give my writer’s block the angioplasty treatment it may need. In the meantime, evidence that I have continued my love of photography:

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

    If I have learned nothing else about my bipolar II today, it is that I am certainly not the only one in similar circumstances who has found photography to be a healing past-time. Facebook is teeming today with some of the creative works of the bipolar support community. Scrolling through various blogs and . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

    If I have learned nothing else about my bipolar II today, it is that I am certainly not the only one in similar circumstances who has found photography to be a healing past-time. Facebook is teeming today with some of the creative works of the bipolar support community. Scrolling through various blogs and . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Early morning, April 25, 2007

A prompt this week to write about something in a health-care context brought out this story which, despite having been told over and over in my head, had heretofore not made it down in writing. It wasn’t quite 5:30 am and Janice was already waiting for me on the main floor of Union Station. Her . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Early morning, April 25, 2007

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

This morning on CTV’s Canada AM Kevin Newman, of Question Period fame, was promoting a very important segment on this weekend’s W5 program (Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) and, in the accompanying online article he wrote, “Coming out is toward the end of the process for our gay children” – when learning to accept it . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Coming out as the end of a beginning

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Re-visiting Windigo ( a poem I wrote about a place I loved)

I know I’ve posted this before but I ventured to submit it to Northern Cardinal Review, an online magazine I happened upon today:   Windigo Ripples lick the rocks As the pines and birch politely applaud Gulls catching their petits déjeuners In the waking lake.   Sky’s amethyst shroud cascades Towards the western shore And . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Re-visiting Windigo ( a poem I wrote about a place I loved)

My journey with AIDS...and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

…this! It’s certainly not too early to think about Mental Illness Awareness Week When I read the Ottawa Citizen article (linked above) I immediately thought, “Mom will have read that yesterday,” and what an opening it would give me to discuss my own mental health history with her. Not long after sobering up five+ years . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Oh look! It’s happened again!

I’m delighted to be at the top of the list, perhaps it’s random, of 16 Five Star Rated AIDS Information Sites & Blogs – and I’ve found a few fellow travelers in the process!

My journey with AIDS...and more!: My 1,000th post! (with help from The Equality Mantra’s “A Letter to My Sons”)

What I really like about this is that it could just as easily have been said by my Mom or Dad. (They said and wrote almost exactly similar sentiments when Craig and I came out 31 and 35 years ago, respectively.) So there you have it, according to WordPress and Price-Waterhouse accountants, my one-thousandth post!

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