Thursday, July 2, 2009

As Time Goes By

I had a friend who waited until her wife died before transititoning. Her name was Stephanie Bishop - and when she began transitioning, she was 79 years old.

She lost her friends and family on coming out, even her children and grand children were too conservative and short sighted to accept this - I know she cried many bitter tears over how nasty they were to her. But she was financially independent, moved to another city (where I met her) and got on with her life. She was delighted by the tendency people had of underestimating her age by 20 years or more and endured many jibes about her "toy-boy" suitors who in many cases were twenty years younger than her. I doubt she was ever lonely again, as most people her age often are.

She died when she was 83, three years after her final operation - but she had three good years of life, an active social life, new friends, new love - and even the title of "best dressed lady on the block" where she lived. I know very few 83 year olds who can send and read an sms - or an email - or have more dates in a week than somebody half their age - and yet she did all these things! Yes, she died after three years, but she died happy - and fulfilled in the form she wanted to be in. And she was loved. She was a good friend.


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Demonspawn” by Christina Engela
“The battle cruiser was lost.

Kaine was the last of his crew that survived – or if any others were still alive, he was unaware of it.  It didn’t seem likely.  Somehow the thing had managed to kill every one of them within the space of only a few days.  They all died horribly – mangled and mauled to death.

At first the deaths were taken as freak accidents, being at first sight unrelated and spaced far apart.  Then, as suspicion was aroused, murder seemed the cause.  Soon it became clear that it was no natural thing that was killing them.

Sabotage isolated them from their home, thwarting any hope of outside help.  Frantic unreliable sightings of frightening things – horrible things, led to chaos.  The crew, terrified, opted to die fighting and went hunting for their attacker.  His only regret was that they found it.  It killed them all.

At first the discovery of the derelict alien ship had been an interesting diversion.  Now the crew of the starship Mordrake had to face the terror and solve the ancient riddle of the Akx.  Or suffer the same fate.”
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Published: July 28, 2016
Pages: 228
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Dimensions (inches): 4.25″ wide x 6.88″ tall (pocketbook)

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Starting early is best, but not always possible. Many of us have regrets for not starting earlier, even me. We go on day after day, living lives that are not our own - to go on pleasing others by disregarding out own needs - and with each day making ourselves more unhappy. But we are what we are - and that never goes away. So don't leave it too late. Be happy.

While there's life, there's hope.

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