It has been 22 years this coming March since I lost my first friend to what was then known as the “gay disease.” People didn’t talk about it much or if they did it was with a “who cares, its only killing them” attitude. Fortunately attitudes have changed and people now know that AIDS does not differentiate sexuality, race, gender, age, geography or social status. With that knowledge – though sadly there are still people who believe it is God’s punishment – comes the concern, the research and the funding to fight this epidemic. It comes too late for Pierre, Bill, Don, Jim, Lawrence and the others but hopefully it helps people who deal with the effects of AIDS daily and provide the education needed to stop its spread.
December 1st is World AIDS day and Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to donate $1.00 to the National AIDS Fund for every candle lit at LIGHT TO UNITE up to $100,000. This is a US based imitative. Unfortunately I could not find a Canadian equivalent, but AIDS does not recognize borders and neither should we.
Please take a moment to click on the red ribbon or on the link: light a candle – in memory of a friend, as a prayer for a friend or just because you care about others.
Happy Anniversary Larry. It’s been an incredible 29 years.
This is one sight I’m glad I’m not going to see in Hanoi. Sometimes going native is not such a great idea!
Our friend Jack sent along this photo he took yesterday afternoon on the streets of Beijing. He says that it is a traditional Chinese wedding procession – these days it is not something you normally see except in movies. Apparently everything came to a standstill as it went past – even the normally chaotic Beijing traffic!
I received an e-mail from my niece Stephanie commenting on the blog and she mentioned that she was having difficulty reading the text on the dark background. My first thought was that it was a question of age not graphics – but after several views I thought she might have a point. So I’m trying a new format. I’m not sure I like the pinkish tinge – could be a bit too Freudian – but I may play around with the coding – if I can remember how to code. Not that that’s a question of age!
And the picture of the most important guy in my life (sorry Larry you know the pack order around our house) on this post? No reason; just because Reesie deserves to be seen. And given a biscuit and a belly rub and an ear scratch and told how beautiful he is.