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Blissful valley

Life in a queer fishbowl

28 November
I am a writer, a parent and activist, mostly a big goof, sometimes taken too seriously, 40-something, loving, gentle unless asked to be otherwise, a bear, FTM, queer-cultured, a pen geek, often dehydrated, full of wanderlust.

I refer to some people in my life by their LJ names, and some by nicknames. Buttercup and Tyro are my two sons (ages 22 and 19).

"My story is important not because it is mine...but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is yours."
-Frederick Buechner

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