Some significant birthdays today. Composer and new friend, Lee Hoiby and I share a birthday today, and I am sure he is busy away at his piano working on his next composition. Happy Birthday Lee.
But I have another important anniversary to celebrate. Four years ago today I premiered Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House in Memphis, TN at Holy Trinity Community Church. After I accepted my gayness when I was still living in Memphis, Reverend Tim Meadows, the church’s pastor who inspired one of the characters in the play, encouraged me to pursue my art by asking me to write a poem for Judy Shepard.
That got me out into the Memphis gay community to interview scores of queer folks only to find out there are ALL KINDS of queer folks out there. A few years later I moved up North to Hartford, CT, and it only seemed fitting to bring my play to this Memphis queer church for the premiere.
Bruce Garrett sent me the most wonderful personalized birthday cartoon. He remembers all my people. Thanks Bruce!I head off in an hour for the Mid-Winter Gathering of the FLGBTQC (Queer Quakers). Ah, I feel good having so much community in my life–my blogging friends, my Hartford and Memphis friends, my Quaker Friends, my Swedish and UK friends. I am very rich with dear and wonderful people.