Reading The Dazzling Darkness

When it came time for Mr. RockFord Orvin’s painting the creative challenge and invitation dazzled my palette.

My first mixed media on wood. Watercolor, pastel & colored pencil.

This project, I had started several years prior, as part of my spiritual healing. I didn’t know it would be for him. Or that I'd be returning favor to a best friend who continually blesses others with gifts of art. He's always making original pieces for other people.

I knew this was divine intervention.

I wondered if he had ever been gifted an original piece.

When he opened his present he gasped and covered his mouth with one hand. I could see it in his eyes. I felt it in our hearts. He'd been touched by the student. 

Thanks for teaching me so much about painting RockFord!


Twin Salamanders

Twins are showing up lately. At Instagram I binge on Cheyenne Jackson's posts. His husband, their cute twin toddlers, and plenty of behind-the-scenes celebrity LGBT inspiration.

A new friend entered stage left of my life and we are like creative twin soul siblings.

We spend time with tea, words, giggles, and notes. At my piano bench we've found home base.

On one occasion we wrestled with words through timed practice. I merged the prose into a poem with wonder twin powers.

And to our amusement the word 'salamander' emerged separately from each of our scribbles.

Twin Salamanders

cylinder of pink tutus
by the sanctity of beet root
curls of irons crayoned on her face
forsaken grocery store Santa Claus

scream for no man's daughter
mongrel of penguins hoping between
fear the looking spectre of Madonna
poppers of meth

who came for the soothsayer's suitcase?
runways in heels and sharp swords of flesh
don't lie

even saunas get Erections in july
cumming Purple Pansies

*Alexander Blue + Jude Theriot

A Day With HIV


Yoga strengthens my body and bolsters my immune system. It sings to my mind and challenges flexibility. In Dancer’s Pose I open my heart into a rhythm of compassion, and playfully invite myself to move one day at a time, and groove with gratitude and passion for life! I will pay attention to the steady beat of my privilege with access to medication and excellent health care. And I'll surrender to my highest intention... May I share my music, gifts, and talents with others, and invite them to contribute their melody to the universal symphony of human kindness and kinship.

Please show your support of this awesome social media campaign. Stop HIV Stigma as you share this post, like, love it, up your thumb, and don't forget to breathe!

A Day with HIV is an HIV awareness and anti-stigma photo campaign presented by Positively Aware magazine. Now in its fifth year, the goal of A Day with HIV is simple—to confront stigma by sharing the pictures and stories of people who are affected by HIV. Stigma can discourage people from getting tested, just as it can make others fear disclosing their status. Positive or negative, we all live with HIV.

In 2013 my photo on the stand up paddle board was selected as the cover for Positively Aware Magazine. (see previous campaign photos below).

A Day With HIV