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'Murder at Pride Lodge' rocks at Rainbow Mountain

28 Oct

What a terrific weekend. Not only was it my birthday (Sunday), but we returned to the scene of the crime: Rainbow Mountain, the inspiration for ‘Murder at Pride Lodge,’ the first of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries.

I didn’t know if anyone would come to the reading; I’m not seasoned at this. But there were probably 10 people there, and they were such a good audience. A group of women had come there this weekend specifically to hear the reading – and enjoy the Halloween party that was mobbed later Saturday night.  They all walked away with a signed copy, and the reading itself was a great experience. When I read a couple of the sections, I must say I was moved in places, especially when young Emily first hears intruders in her home. Damn, it’s good. And that’s not just my imagination. I’ve worked very hard, for a very long time, to be good at what I do. All those years of writing as the sun comes up have rewarded me from time to time, and this was one of them.  When we were checking out this morning we ran into one of those women, and she told me she’d already started the book. “You’re a very talented writer,” she said. That’s a quote. And God bless her!

The Mountain is as inviting and enjoyable as ever. We stayed in Room 102, as we always do, because of “the painting” (the woman in the red dress at a black piano – read the book to find out about that). The place was hopping last night, as their annual party attracted what must have been a couple hundred people in amazing costumes. This old(er) guy was in bed by midnight, without a drop of alcohol, and heading off this morning with my partner Frank to settle in for the big hurricane. This was one for the memory books.

‘Murder at Pride Lodge’ rocks at Rainbow Mountain

28 Oct

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What a terrific weekend. Not only was it my birthday (Sunday), but we returned to the scene of the crime: Rainbow Mountain, the inspiration for ‘Murder at Pride Lodge,’ the first of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries.

I didn’t know if anyone would come to the reading; I’m not seasoned at this. But there were probably 10 people there, and they were such a good audience. A group of women had come there this weekend specifically to hear the reading – and enjoy the Halloween party that was mobbed later Saturday night.  They all walked away with a signed copy, and the reading itself was a great experience. When I read a couple of the sections, I must say I was moved in places, especially when young Emily first hears intruders in her home. Damn, it’s good. And that’s not just my imagination. I’ve worked very hard, for a very long time, to be good at what I do. All those years of writing as the sun comes up have rewarded me from time to time, and this was one of them.  When we were checking out this morning we ran into one of those women, and she told me she’d already started the book. “You’re a very talented writer,” she said. That’s a quote. And God bless her!

The Mountain is as inviting and enjoyable as ever. We stayed in Room 102, as we always do, because of “the painting” (the woman in the red dress at a black piano – read the book to find out about that). The place was hopping last night, as their annual party attracted what must have been a couple hundred people in amazing costumes. This old(er) guy was in bed by midnight, without a drop of alcohol, and heading off this morning with my partner Frank to settle in for the big hurricane. This was one for the memory books.

Nonfiction: Jewel of the Kingdom by Betty Wong

13 Aug

I have to plug this book, it’s by one of my favorite people and bosses ever.  I’ve just started reading it – it’s fabulous – and Betty has agreed to be a podguest on an upcoming ‘Aged to Perfection with lgbtSr’ once I finish the book.

From the book description:

In 1890, the author’s maternal great-grandfather Chow Chih was the firstborn son of a wealthy family in Canton, China, who could have pursued virtually any career. But China was swirling in revolutions and counterrevolutions as warlords and foreign interlopers fought for control after 2,000 years of imperial rule. Dr. Sun Yat-sen said China had become “the poorest and weakest nation in the world. We occupy the lowest position in international affairs. Other men are the carving knife and serving dish; we are the fish and the meat.” Chow chose to fight for his country and graduated as an officer from the first class of the prestigious Whampoa Military Academy in 1924. His military prowess caught the eye of a powerful warlord in north China who tried to woo him to lead an army.

Chow chose instead to join Sun Yat-sen’s new national army to fight the warlords and hopefully unify a splintered China. Chow served as a general for Sun Yat-sen and later became a four-star general for Chiang Kai-shek who described Chow as having “brilliance in all things military and deserves respect as the supreme commander of the military world.” Like Sun Yat-sen, Chow was described by his soldiers as being selfless. Despite his high rank, Chow was regularly called to the front lines of China’s civil war and the second Sino-Japanese War. As a voracious reader of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Chow was a military genius famed for leading one hundred battles during the Chinese Civil War and World War II. Would he be able to successfully maneuver in a post-Nationalist government world? As the Communists took over to rule China in 1949, the East Coast of China seemed in chaos with fellow Nationalists jumping onto steamships and trains to escape to Hong Kong and Taiwan. But Chow had fought hard and long to unify his beloved China and chose to stay behind. He hoped he would be able to read the new Communist regime that was bent on hard change to drive China into modern times. The chaos of the Communist takeover then turned to terror.

The 10th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

9 Jun

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Cross-posted from lgbtSr.

*Enjoy a bonus audio side dish here.

Who knew there was a barbecue block party in the heart of blue country? My partner Frank and I went over to Madison Square Park, my favorite in Manhattan next to Central Park, for a photo shoot, of all things. My photographer friend Amy Mayes is doing a series of same-sex couples and had asked us to be her first. Why not! So off we went at 8:30 am this morning for an expected hour in an empty park – it was Saturday morning, after all. What do we find besides squirrels and early risers but trucks, tents, and dozens of people setting up for a barbecue block party bash.

This is the 10th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, and it’s mobbed. I went back this afternoon for some crowd pictures and knew I wouldn’t be eating any barbecue today – the lines are long and slow-moving. But they are there Sunday as well and we plan to head over close to 11:00 am when they open.

The event is sponsored by Southern Living and features live music, beer and beverage stations, and lots of barbecue prepared by some of the country’s top pitmasters: Kenny Callahan from Blue Smoke right here in NYC, Joe Duncan from Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, Mike Mills from 17th Street Bar & Grill in Memphis, Ed Mitchell from Raleigh, NC, Rodney Scott from Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, SC, and more. Each of the two days has events from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, including a film retrospective, lots of cooking ideas, recipes and demonstrations, and, did I mention, live music. If you’re in the City this weekend, saddle up and cowpoke your way over to Madison Square Park at 23rd Street between Broadway and Madison and chow down! This is the place for it.

The 10th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

9 Jun

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Cross-posted from lgbtSr.

*Enjoy a bonus audio side dish here.

Who knew there was a barbecue block party in the heart of blue country? My partner Frank and I went over to Madison Square Park, my favorite in Manhattan next to Central Park, for a photo shoot, of all things. My photographer friend Amy Mayes is doing a series of same-sex couples and had asked us to be her first. Why not! So off we went at 8:30 am this morning for an expected hour in an empty park – it was Saturday morning, after all. What do we find besides squirrels and early risers but trucks, tents, and dozens of people setting up for a barbecue block party bash.

This is the 10th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, and it’s mobbed. I went back this afternoon for some crowd pictures and knew I wouldn’t be eating any barbecue today – the lines are long and slow-moving. But they are there Sunday as well and we plan to head over close to 11:00 am when they open.

The event is sponsored by Southern Living and features live music, beer and beverage stations, and lots of barbecue prepared by some of the country’s top pitmasters: Kenny Callahan from Blue Smoke right here in NYC, Joe Duncan from Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, Mike Mills from 17th Street Bar & Grill in Memphis, Ed Mitchell from Raleigh, NC, Rodney Scott from Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, SC, and more. Each of the two days has events from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, including a film retrospective, lots of cooking ideas, recipes and demonstrations, and, did I mention, live music. If you’re in the City this weekend, saddle up and cowpoke your way over to Madison Square Park at 23rd Street between Broadway and Madison and chow down! This is the place for it.

EVENTS: NY Senator Liz Krueger sponsors unemployment insurance forum

27 Mar

State Senator Liz Krueger
and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

invite you to an

Unemployment Insurance Forum

How to apply for unemployment insurance
What to do if your claim is denied
Tips for the self-employed
Unemployment Insurance advocacy

Presenters:

Brian Curtis, NYS Department of Labor
Zachary Gamza, Unemployment Insurance Analyst, Office of State Senator Liz Krueger
Sirrah Harris, Esq., Law Fellow Workers’ Rights Project, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Friday, March 30th, 2012
10:00 – 11:30 am
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 East 70th Street

Space is limited, RSVP Required.
Please RSVP to Sirrah Harris at 212-744-5022 ext. 1291.

10th International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism

26 Oct

I’ll be getting back from California, but in case you want to go – the conference is next week, November 1–4, in Boston (short notice, sorry).

From Community Marketing:

Community Marketing’s 10th International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism is only a week away, November 1-4, 2009 in Boston.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers covering the very latest in sales and marketing approaches to reach the LGBT community. The gay and lesbian community has proven to be amazingly resilient during this recession, and it is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how to serve this important travel industry niche.

Registration is only $595 (includes all meals). And we still have a few registration and three nights hotel packages for only $1,100 (which includes all taxes).

Click here to download the conference schedule.

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