Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 31, Ed. 1 Friday, November 28, 1997 Page: 4 of 64
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Dennis Vercher, 113
Daniel A. Kusner, 118
Tammye Nash, 117
Jennifer Earls, 128
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Leo Cusimano, 114
John Arnsdorff, 115
Sheila Bryant 126
Greg Hoover, 123
K. R. Murphy, 119
David Davis, 125
Don Ritz, 110
Larry Mosely, 110
Rex Ackerman, 124
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Life, love and liberty — that’s a lot to be thankful for
I'm learning to
enjoy what I
have. To take the
time to relish my
life and feel grati-
tude for how I
live and who I
There are no
_I_ tion. When we
moved this year, we didn't do it willy-
nilly. We sought someplace nurturing,
and it wasn't going to be another town
where I was very nervous sporting a
Clinton/Gore bumper sticker on my
I share our new home with the lover
who is perfect for me. I'm not perfect;
she's not perfect. But our imperfections
seem to fit well together.
This house isn't exactly perfect
either. It's more than 50 years old and
boasts electrical outlets with no juice,
two-foot closets and a basement that
seeps not only in heavy rain, but in
heavy fog, too. The piece de resistance
is the big, old, wood furnace that belch-
es smoke and heats only the first floor.
Yet if I look to my left, the window
frames a river. I've been watching an
egret wade along the bank on its stilt-
like legs with a mallard couple dogging
— or ducking — its steps.
I'm always aware how good it is to
be alive to enjoy these things. Roxy Ellis
and Michelle Abdill were murdered
almost two years ago in Oregon. I don't
open a gay paper without reading
about the murders of gay men.
I have a job. It's wobbly right now,
but I work for a boss who doesn't lay
people off at the drop of an account. I'm
not, at the moment, on an unemploy-
ment line — though I've been there,
I could try to support myself writing,
but I couldn't pay the mortgage. Still, I
work with a book publisher, a maga-
zine publisher and scads of newspaper
publishers. Hot diggety dog! How
many people get to realize their
There's something else I'm grateful
for: growing older. The past few
years have been tough for me. I've
learned that not only am I not 17 any-
more, I'm well past 30! Not for the first
time, I worked myself sick trying to
support my writing. As a consequence,
I lost my confidence. I had some health
problems. One of my symptoms was
the fear of travel. As symptoms go, it
could have been a lot worse.
All I have to do to stay well is sleep
at least eight hours a night. I have to lis-
ten to my body when it tells me I'm car-
rying too much fire wood. I can't work
at my job until 2 a.m. to give myself
time to write the next day. With less
available time, I've given up work I
believe in, like reviewing lesbian books.
It takes a little prodding to remind
myself to be grateful that I can still
write two days a week.
I'm also grateful for aging when I
consider the alternative. This is good
that I've made it to my 50s and I'm
learning to act my age.
My cousin was a welfare mom. She
saw the writing on the wall and got off
a few years ago. Her health problems
are a lot worse than mine partly
because she's got so little money, and
she's got this child to raise. I can't imag-
ine. This past year, she was able to leave
her physically demanding job for a
higher-paying less stressful position
that lets her spend more time with her
daughter. Another dream come true!
I was able to see her a few sveeks ago
— always a joy because she's an amaz-
ingly cheerful person. And I saw her
because I flew cross country. I did it!
In the airport limo coming home, the
driver told me how glad she and her
husband were, when they moved here,
to find a huge gay community. They
wanted diversity for themselves and
their kids. That's my kind of homecom-
As if my blessings were piled high
enough, our best friends are moving to
their dream home near by and have
invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. I'm
one lucky dyke. My dreams are of good
fortune for us all.
Happy Thanksgiving. T
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To Dallas Voice readers who may still
listen to KISS-FM:
I just got off the phone with a very
nice man named Keith who let me
know just how insensitive I was in
making a comment regarding AIDS on
the show the other morning. In case
you missed it, I said something to the
effect of not drinking after a person
with AIDS if I have a canker sore. I was
trying to be my usual shocking and
controversial self, but I ended up
offending a lot of people. I want to say
I'm sorry to Keith, Keith's mother and
to you if you happen to be one of the lis-
teners I offended. I've been around gay
people and AIDS patients for a number
of years, and I know the intolerance
and misunderstanding that surrounds
people who fit into one or both of those
I will try to think before I speak in
the future. And if you know anything
about me, you know what a difficult
task that will be. I'm paid to talk non-
stop for four hours, five days a week.
Some pretty stupid stuff leaks out every
once in a while!
Thank you and I hope you will keep
listening to our show.
KISS-FM morning show DJ
Tell Sessions you support ENDA
Following your Nov. 14 publication
of Tammye Nash's article "Dallas
activist encouraged after meeting with
GOP congressman," I have had a num-
ber of varied comments. These lead me
to write and make clear the essence of
my meeting with Congressman
It should be distinctly understood
that my comments were neither an
endorsement of the legislator's record
nor his re-election. The sum and sub-
stance of that article is that I believe that
there is potential to move him, and we
must make powerful efforts to do so.
Whether one likes or dislikes the
Congressman's record, one must
remember that as long as he is the sit-
ting Congressman, he has a vote in the
I encourage every lesbian, gay and
fair-minded person in District 5 (most
of Oak Lawn) to contact the
Congressman. To date he says that he
has received nearly 100 letters opposing
ENDA, and only about 10 in support.
We must change that dramatically.
Contact him and ask him to support
ENDA. If you are in a rural area, tell
him. If you are a heterosexual, tell him.
Contract Congressman Pete Sessions at
1318 Longworth Building, Washington,
D.C., 29515, or by FAX at 202-225-5878.
John R. Stevens
Do not be misled about Sessions
I have worked with John Stevens on
a number of community projects and
hope to continue working with him in
the future. However, I take strong
exception to an article in the November
14 edition of Dallas Voice describing his
meeting with Congressman Pete
After talking with John, I more fully
understand the intent of his discussion
of that meeting. However, that intent
did not come through in the article. I
cannot allow the gay and lesbian com-
munity to be misled about the nature of
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