Charles Alexander

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Parting Glances. A Slogan Come True Big Time!

By | 2018-06-07T09:00:18+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

“Gay is good. You are not alone.” This was the slogan when the Affirmations LGBT Center opened its doors in Ferndale more than 20 years ago. It was a bold statement to make at the time: reassurance for many cautious, confused, isolated young people in need of understanding, trained organizational support and a place to hang out.

Pride Rainbow

By | 2018-06-06T16:19:41+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

some with caution some with confidence some seeking rainbow courage (now!) all join hands and promenade: black, white yellow, red stripes and stars unfolding our marching drums our music, yes play it proud (so out [...]

Parting Glances: Ys Beyond my Wildest Dreams

By | 2018-05-29T15:37:32+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Long, long before The Village People made "Y.M.C.A." the unofficial, persistent national anthem of Winter Olympian skater Brian Boitano, the Young Mens Christian Associations played an important role, second only to bars, as places to meet available others of like-minded, body-mind-and-spirit, triune persuasions (“You show me your triune, I’ll show you my try-unity. Let’s shower in unison. One with the others”).

Parting Glances: Keys! Wallet! iPhone! (Amen.)

By | 2018-03-14T13:52:21+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

After five years of faithful, heavy-duty service the battery in my expensive gift Shinola wrist watch expired. I should have known it was going to happen, because, for the past several weeks, its second hand hesitated, stopping completely for milli-seconds, before lunging forward by five-minute notches at a time. In spite of this, its time was impeccably accurate, so I ignored the warning signal.

Pages Past Tense #1

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:12+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Parting Glances I keep on my laptop desk a corner of chalky red brick. It's all that's left of Cassboro Apartments, 444 Peterboro, Detroit. I found this memento among broken boards, shattered glass of the [...]

Blue brainiacs by default

By | 2018-01-16T07:53:20+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

In a triangle whose sides are 23,145,789 yards, 5,642,732 yards and 54,965 yards, how many cubicle one-eighths of an inch exist? Good cocktail question for a lull in your yuletide party. Pass the mistletoe, Mary. [...]

Parting Glances: Porn Sunday, X-Men?

By | 2018-01-16T00:12:22+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

I irreverently begin this PG Mary-go-round with a caveat of charity, sprinkled with a modicum of glee. Charity for hypocritical factotums of the religious right who rarely extend that most Christian of virtues to others. [...]

Parting Glances: Book pages (Pt. 18)

By | 2018-01-16T00:05:41+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Going to New York City in mid-July was a mistake. Temperature was in the 90s. Air conditioning was limited to offices and entertainment venues. Ten minutes onto the pavements, we perspired from our ducktail-combed heads [...]

Parting Glances

By | 2017-10-31T06:33:57+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Diary for DST The pope is gone. (My fourth.) SATURDAY: I join Max and Rex - The Canines - at the Detroit Film Theater for Animation 2005. (I saw the 90-minutes of eight choice films [...]