Thursday, January 01, 2009

Literary Candles

If you haven't noticed, my last coupla posts were kinda cynical. As part of my New Year's resolve, I pledge more creativity to counter the cynics of the world (including me). I'm going to be the most creative I'd ever been. More art, I say.

I went to a candlelight vigil late in 2008. It was to quietly protest Prop 8. I went with friends and ran into literary lady Cheryl Klein (left) with her parter CC, behind me is friend Jaf. Solidarity is one of the best ways of removing negatvity in the world. What I enjoyed most about that evening was the alternative to the loudness of the protests. Loudness is great--a whisper can also be effective.

This is the hotel where the spirit of Montgomery Clift is said to roam. We walked past it several time during the candlelight vigil. Despite all the griping I've made about rights for the gay community, I recognize the fact that I am more blessed than other gay men who came before me--like M. Clift.
I work so that gay people after me will be even more blessed than I. Here's to more art in 2009!


Dann said...

Here! Here! Allong with you I pledge more art in 2009. I better get to creating...Oh, I'll just wait till tomorrow....Happy, Happy, Noel!

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Cheryl said...

That's a great resolution. Thanks for letting me wave your flag at the vigil! (Does that sound dirty?)

Peter Varvel said...

Wonderful, beautiful, optimistic, pro-active.
Yes, amazing what a single candle can do, especially when joined with other single candles. The vigil is very fitting symbolism for what our individual lights, as artists, can accomplish.
"Light up the darkness!"

Sundry said...

I'm in, too. More art is a positive response to so much of what still needs work in this world.

Sundry said...

p.s. I'm tagging you! (I don't think I've tagged you before.) I want to know what 10 things you did in 2008 that you're happy about or proud of. I posted about this on the 1/1/2009 entry for my blog and I'm curious. Doing it made me feel better about the past year.

Los Angelista said...

I'm all for more art in '09, especially from someone as magical and warm-hearted as you.

Don Cummings said...

Thanks for all your hard, Gay work Noel!