Just To Be The Ally Who Raised $1000 To Lay Down at Your Door

Da da da (da da da)Da da da (da da da)Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da My nickname for the group of queer and trans youth who developed the #ProtectTransKidsDay proclamation is “The Proclaimers” Already unhappy that trans kids reported (too) much misgendering and deadnaming in healthcare settings, they […]

COVID Break

I tested positive for COVID

Monday night, I tested positive for COVID-19. So I may or may not be blogging this week, depending on how I feel. Right now, I feel just ‘meh’ but grateful it is not worse. I tested myself after our vacation. I was negative on Friday, but didn’t feel great Sunday night. It continued Monday so […]

#LGBTQFamiliesDay – Being the Adult I Needed in My Own Childhood

Our LGBTQ family centers on our marriage family – me and Ledcat. It also has a strong tie to our role as aunts to our six niblings (gender neutral term for niece/nephew.) We are involved in the lives of four, but I always remember the other two who don’t live nearby and think of them […]

Mental Health Awareness Month Blogging 2022

Just a programming note that we will be focusing on mental health topics during May, Mental Health Awareness Month. Keep an eye out for posts and feel free to reach out with suggestions for topics. Note that I file these posts under the category of Health with tags to specify if it is mental health […]

Santa Claws Update

Adopt a Family Christmas

Our project intends to distribute gift cards to our neighbors who take care of cat colonies – gift cards for them, not necessarily pet food. Read more here. As of today, we have donations for two gift cards.  In our previous post about this holiday project, I listed the 25 caretakers on our list. But […]

Reentry

This week, my wife officially returned to her offices. She had been working from our kitchen table since March 18, 2020 with some occasional trips to her workspace. I hate it. I’m glad she’s working, obviously. Also glad it’s safe enough to return. And I should be glad I can watch streaming things without headphones […]

The Opposite of Abandonment

It was an early fall evening when the light lingered in the promise of chilly weather. My brother and I escaped the schoolbus and ran down the hill to our family home as fast as we could. I was in 3rd grade so 7 years old. My 5-year-old brother was in 1st grade. The house […]

The End of Pgh Cat Ladies

Kittens Ahoy

This morning, Animal Care & Control showed up at 8 AM and grilled my wife about feral cats, groundhogs, and our household cats. She stood her ground in the face of bullying and intimidation tactics. They claimed it is not legal to feed feral cats in the City (wrong.) They implied our groundhog burrow had […]