Transsexual Tragedy


“No, of course, What really matters is the blame, Somebody to blame Fine, if that’s the thing you enjoy, Placing the blame, If that’s the aim, Give me the blame." -from 'Into the Woods' by Stephen Sondheim’ There’s a time for mourning and a time for finger pointing, and generally they shouldn’t mingle. Case in point: The recent and well publicized suicide of 17 year old Joshua Alcorn, a high school transsexual going by the name “Leelah”, who posted a farewell message  via Tumblr on December 28, deliberately timed to be displayed Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #25: Preachers, OWS, AIDS Research Funding, Twilight and Moneyball

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Every Friday we’ll leave the topic oriented post, and instead post some personal comments. — A Cuppa Joe - Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler Rev. Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who notoriously burned a copy of the Quran last March after releasing his book Islam is the Devil (subtitled “How to Witness To and Love On Your Islamic Friends and Neighbors”) was in my neighborhood this week. Briefly. University of California at Irvine officials had to close off sections of the campus after receiving unspecified threats related to Continue Reading

Marriage Matters


Every Tuesday we’ll be posting an article about restoring and strengthening marriages that have been damaged by sexual sin. Hope it’s helpful. --- Marriage Matters Tonight my fifteen year old talked me into watching Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie released years ago which I’d never seen but, he assured me, I would love. I didn’t. Midway through, in fact, I remarked to him that if silliness took speed, it would come out looking something like this film. But the movie’s general theme of duplicity and marital trust Continue Reading