OZ Updated

Somewhere over the rainbow in the fabled Land of OZ there were rumors circulating like chatterbox whirlwinds that the latest, newly appointed Wizard of OZ is [...]

Henry Ford Village Pride

This year's Pride Month was also the second year of my stay as a senior at Henry Ford Village (HFV) in Dearborn. The HFV "campus," as it's called (although it [...]

Parting Glances: Take Your Time, Mary!

Consult any daily horoscope worth its intrinsic wait in days, hours, star signs, planet probabilities and second guesses, and you'll come to the probable (or, [...]

Parting Glances: A 135-Year-Old Request Fulfilled

I celebrated the return of Spring three weeks ago by helping to fulfill a 135-year-old request by America's beloved poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). That [...]

Shots and Shutdown

I received my first COVID-19 vaccination shot last week. My second right-arm shot is scheduled for March 11. Among 300 seniors inoculated in a well-coordinated [...]

Billy and Miss Nancy: Selma Sweets

Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, for African American voter rights changed the South forever. (Or, did it?) Few [...]

700 PGs later

I started writing my Parting Glances column in 1999. Its premise was simple enough: choose an important LGB — and occasionally T — historical event that [...]

Parting Glances: Band Boys I Tooted With

Mart Crowley's "Boys In the Band" opened off-Broadway 53 years ago. I bought a copy of the play in Chicago in 1968 and read tryout dialog aloud while driving [...]

Parting Glances: Other voices; Other Gay Back Rooms

For over 50 years, Life magazine informed Americans about what was happening here and abroad. Photos and content were dramatic. Mostly conservative. [...]

Parting Glances: From a book in progress

As a gay teenager, I hung out at the Hub Grill in downtown Detroit, a greasy spoon of a place, located at Farmer & Bates in convenient walking distance of [...]

Parting Glances: Dreams Come and Go...

The mind-boggling possibility of recording dreams may soon be a reality, predicts a British monthly science magazine How It Works. Nanotechnology and brain [...]

Parting Glances: Book in Progress No. 1

I keep on my laptop desk a corner of chalky red brick. It's all that's left of the Cassboro Apartments formerly at 444 Peterboro, Detroit. I found this memento [...]