Call for Submissions: Indolent Books Seeks Poetry About Living with HIV in 2015

John Lyman's Indolent Youth

John Lyman’s Indolent Youth

From Michael Broder at Indolent Books:

I’m seeking poems for an anthology about living with HIV in 2015. No restrictions as to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or any other identity category. No restrictions in terms of HIV status: the poet can be HIV-positive or HIV-negative or not know their HIV status. As long as the poems are about living with HIV, or living with the risk of HIV, or living in proximity to HIV in the here and now of 2015.

Memorials and commemorations have their place, but this anthology is not that place. This anthology is about current experience. I want to hear the voices of people living with HIV for a long time or for a short time. People who are negative and trying to stay that way via any and all methods—condoms, PrEP, abstinence, partner sorting, prayer, LOTTO, whatever. Negative partners of positive people. Men, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, any race, any age, infected via any mode of transmission—homo-sex, hetero-sex, sharing needles, transfusion, mother-to-child transmission. I WOULD LOVE TO GET POEMS FROM PEOPLE BORN WITH HIV.


The Savvy Senior: How to Search for Lost Pension Money

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What tips can you offer for tracking down a lost pension from a previous employer?
About to Retire

Dear About,
It’s not unusual for a worker to lose track of a pension benefit. Perhaps you left an employer long ago and forgot that you left behind a pension. Or maybe you worked for a company that changed owners or went belly up many years ago, and you figured the pension went with it.

Today, millions of dollars in benefits are sitting in pension plans across the U.S. or with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal government agency, waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners. The average unclaimed benefit with PBGC is about $6,500.

To help you look for a pension, here are some steps to take and some free resources that can help you search if your previous employer has gone out of business, relocated, changed owners or merged with another firm.

Contact Employer

If you think you have a pension and the company you worked for still is in business, your first step is to call the human resources department and ask how to contact the pension plan administrator. Ask the administrator whether you have a pension, how much it is worth and how to claim it. Depending on how complete the administrator’s records are you may need to show proof that you once worked for the company and that you are pension eligible.


Book Review: Find the Good by Heather Lende

Find the GoodBy The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer

“Find the Good” by Heather Lende
c.2015, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
$16.95 / $21.95 Canada  176 pages

The guy a couple streets over is a great big jerk.

He’s one of those bad apples Mom always told you about: sour, rotten, and not anybody you’d ever pick. No, he’s not exactly your idea of Friend Material but you do admire his green thumb. He deserves every gardening award he gets.

That’s another thing Mom always said: everybody has their positives, and in “Find the Good” by Heather Lende, you’ll see how they’re often easy to spot.

Tiny little Haines, Alaska, population “about 2,000,” is a lot like that TV show where everybody knows your name – and that includes Heather Lende, the obituary writer at the local newspaper. She, in fact, knows more than most about her neighbors, and she knows that every one has good in them.


The Weekly Readlines May 1

Promoting better news digestion …


“If you could become rich feeding the poor, no one would be hungry.”
– Stephanie Mott

“I’m saying goodbye to people’s perception of me and who I am. I’m not saying goodbye to me, because this has always been me.”
– Bruce Jenner

Set of coffee cups. Vector


Baltimore erupted in flames this week as protests turned to rioting after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was widely criticized for comments perceived as encouraging the destruction of property, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called up the National Guard to keep order.

In less literally incendiary news, marriage equality faced its biggest test to date, argued for and against in a landmark case before the Supreme Court. Both sides have expressed confidence in victory, as expected. I personally have no idea how this is going to go and tend to be pessimistic. I’d rather be delightfully surprised than terribly let down. We’ll see.


Most Americans Support Decriminilization of Marijuana; Politicans Lag Behind

David Webb PhotoBy David Webb – The Rare Reporter

Cross-posted from David’s blog

Cannabis legislation is popping up like seedlings in states across the nation because public opinion polls show most Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana for a variety of reasons.

A Gallup poll in late 2014 showed 51 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, down from a high of 58 percent in 2013 but still above the 50 percent mark reached in 2011 and 2012. The upward trend reflected a dramatic change from nearly a half-century ago, in 1969, when only 12 percent of adults favored the drug’s legalization.

The figure jumped to 28 percent in the late 1970s and to 34 percent by 2003.

The poll showed that support for the legalization of marijuana appeared to be the strongest in the eastern and western states. But a similar poll conducted by The University of Texas and the Texas Tribune indicated 76 percent of the Lone Star State’s residents favor some sort of marijuana legalization.


American College of Physicians Publishes Second Edition of The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health

New content teaches current, future providers about the unique health care needs of sexual and gender minorities
PHILADELPHIA, April 30, 2015―The American College of Physicians (ACP) today released the second edition of The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health during its annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine Meeting 2015.
The textbook is edited by Dr. Harvey Makadon, Dr. Ken Mayer, and Hilary Goldhammer of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, and Dr. Jennifer Potter of Fenway Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Written for clinicians, students, public health professionals, researchers, and policymakers about the unique health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, its goal is to help the health care community in making their practices welcoming, inclusive of, and educated about LGBT patients.  The new edition has been updated, with approximately 80 percent new content, to address the clinical and social changes that have emerged over the past eight years, since the first edition was published.


David Hughes of RetireFabulously Joins the Live Mic Podcast

AB FINAL Gray Fun LettersWatch out! It’s a live mic!

Join me as I welcome back Dave Hughes, founder and publisher of, to the Live Mic podcast.  Dave’s columns have appeared here at lgbtSr as our way of sharing his advice, insight and experience with … retiring fabulously! This week I spoke with Dave about some key pre- and post retirement issues: what to expect in the weeks before you retire, and what you may experience in the first six months of your renaissance, as Dave has coined it so well.   Listen in as he shares his experiences and what he’s discovered as a retiree himself, including his new and unexpected career as a wedding officiant.

About Dave Hughes:

Dave HughesDave Hughes created to help you envision, plan for and ultimately enjoy the best retirement possible. Most articles focus on the non-financial, “lifestyle” aspects of retirement, such as successfully transitioning from work to leisure, choosing where to live, identifying the things that will make retirement happy and fulfilling, and more. Dave is available for speaking engagements and workshops, and also officiates weddings. Dave lives in Chandler, AZ with his husband, Jeff, and their furry family members, Missy and Maynard.

You can also enjoy the Live Mic with Mark McNease podcast on iTunes and Libsyn

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