Thursday, November 20, 2008

 
When Proposition 8 passed in California, I was as disappointed, as hurt and concerned as most gay men, but in the weeks following the election I’m not sure that it hasn’t somehow been a good thing. First of all, there was the immediate reaction among gay advocacy groups and governmental bodies, initiating legal action against the Proposition, that has come to fruition in the California Supreme Court’s decision to hear the complaints and eventually (March sometime) make a ruling on whether the Proposition is in any way valid.


Perhaps even more encouraging has been the sudden revival of activism among gays and lesbians themselves, joined by encouragingly large numbers of straight supporters. The days and days of street demonstrations, and the protests in front of Mormon Temples, has been a joy to see--a very powerful sign of life in a community that was seen to be politically complacent not so very long ago. Father Tony at Perge Modo posted
this striking poster that was designed in the style of labor union and social protest art of the early decades of the 20th century, as well as this picture of some very handsome and committed men who were part of the big New York City demonstration:


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James Jorden at the opera e-zone Parterre Box discovered a site called Typealizer that’s based in the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and lets you find out your blog”s type. I hadn’t considered that there might be a difference between my personal type—ENFJ—and the way I write, but there is—a pretty strong difference. What’s interesting is that my blog’s type, supported on the analysis page by a map of the brain personalities that are in operation when I write, sounds astonishingly like my type anyway, even if three of the letters are different. Here are the results:

ESTP - The Doers
The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.


As the old Irish ladies would say back in Rego Park, in the New York City borough of Queens where I grew up, that's me out the window.

Go here, http://www.typealyzer.com/ and type in your blog’s URL to check out it’s type.

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There’s been a big change in my younger daughter’s life lately, one that makes me very happy and proud. She’s made her entire career in Human Relations and has navigated the corporate world confidently and with style. It’s been a steadily upward trajectory from Boston to New York and now Los Angeles, and through it all, she’s remained a nice, genuine person.

She’s had a history of being recruited out of existing jobs into better ones. She’s been with a consulting firm, a major media outlet’s publishing arm, a major TV network, another media publisher, and now a huge west coast media/entertainment group. Along the way, she attained the title of Director and left behind her at former companies a pool of staffers she'd mentored and of supervisors and bosses who admired her work and who, in some cases, were the ones to recruit her for new and better positions.

After she accepted this new job, she was informed that she’d be responsible for offices in LA and New York City, dividing her time between coasts. We heard from her today. She’d just found an apartment in West Hollywood with which she’s very happy and told us that she loves the job, likes her staff very much, and hopes we’ll come out to visit soon.

Given all the challenges of parenting, it’s a joy when it turns out this way. She’s a phenomenal young woman.

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More of Denmark, from our trip earlier this fall:

This is the low and narrow entrance into a 5000 year old burial chamber. These sites are common in Denmark; they exist in fields, with a sign on the side of the road to mark their presence. There's no control over them. Anyone can clamber through their often impossibly cramped interiors made up of rock monoliths, usually with a flat boulder weighting several tons as the ceiling.

The entrance passage as seen from inside. Wherever we go, if there's a castle or cathedral tower, I climb it. If there's a dungeon or neolithic burial chamber, I crawl into it.

Side walls of the chamber.

One of the treats of visiting Finn and Else is a visit to Roskilde, the ancient capital of Denmark that sits at the head of the Roskilde Fjord, to visit Else's brother and sister in law. The fjord (seen here from their front lawn) cuts deep into the country. It's been the scene of many historic episodes, and the large number of Viking longboat hulls raised from its waters led to a major Viking maritime museum being established in Roskilde. The town's large brick cathedral contains the tombs of many early Danish kings and queens, including Harald Bluetooth (died 985 0r 86) whose remains are walled up in one of the great piers that support the cathedral's transcept crossing.

Lunch at the house with smorrebrod, the famous open faced sandwiches for which Danish cuisine is famous. The bottles in front contain schnapps, a fiery aquavit that is the traditional accompaniment. Since I wasn't driving, I joined Else's brother in shots of each of the four or five differnent schnapps (pronounced snaps) he'd set out.

Roskilde Fjord is home to many boats and sailing vessels, including reproduction Viking longboats that sail daily from the museum, with visitors competing for places at the oars . I caught this lovely little two masted sailor as it was framed in the house's front window.

In addition to their careers, Else and Finn are both artists and they'e led us to the work of painters and sculptors during our several visits over the last eleven years. Peter Witt, who lives on the outskirts of their town of Helsinge, specializes in land- and seascapes. We visited him at his home/studio,

and then went to the hall of the local parish church where several of his paintings were on exhibition. They took us to meet Peter because I mentioned that one of his paintings that hangs in their kitchen impressed me a lot. He captures the quality of light in Denmark particularly vividly, his love for the land and sea of the country being particularly endearing.

These three canvasses do not make a continuous panorama but work especially well together.

This seacape was large and striking. Peter accompanied us to the church hall and spoke with us about his work. He has had to overcome an injury and disability, resuming his painting career with efforts like this.

Comments:
If there is anything good to come out of the whole proposition 8, it is how so many, gay and straight are coming together. Those burial chambers are all over Ireland also. I find them fascinating so thanks for posting the pics. As for the artwork, fabulous! Beautiful vibrant colors. I hope you have a lovely weekend. We are bracing ourselves for gales and the first arctic weekend of the year!
 
My blog came out the exact opposite ESFP of my Meyer's Briggs result INTJ. Still, the comments were flattering.
 
My experience was similar to Tornwordo's. My blog came out ESTP, just like yours. I come out INTJ. I like the paintings you shared in this post.
 
You make me homesick with your pictures from Denmark. Especially the smørrebrød!
 
I recently took a course on the history of the Vikings
I would love to visit the Danes and see the place.
 
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