Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Boo y'all!

And happy Halloween!

We actually made it out last night to the block party in Dallas. Our "party" ended up being a bit of a bust, but we still had a good time. We walked the runway and earned our share of catcalls and hoots. We did a lot more walking than I expected, so my feet were killing me by the time we left! Other than that, it was awesome. ;)

Here are a few pics from the evening. Enjoy!

Almost Ready:

All I need now is the iconic hair.

More "pre-wig" photos:

The finished product (I GOT YOU BABE!):

Making a Cher Face
(It's perfect!  I just never realized Cher made faces like that!)

The Full Body Shot

Nostalagic Frame

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Not for Resale, Do Not P...

I am struggling.  I've seen so much "proof" that it is possible to live happily in this world regardless of the dichotomy of one's existence.  Girls who have forged through the gray that separated their lives along lines of physicality are everywhere, and they are not only surviving, but thriving.  One cannot deny that happiness is possible.  Women, born with penises, living happily as women should be a source for inspiration, right?  So, why does it make me so sad?

Why does every look at happy femininity remind me of the path I did not take?  Why does it have to be so damn hard?!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stuff and Nonsense

I haven't been reading (or writing... obviously!) much at all lately.  This is unusual for me, and is something I hope to correct soon.  In recent months, my reading has focused on the practices and philosophies of Yoga.  My interest in the discipline is recent, but I must admit that I am fascinated.  Never have I so instantly seen truth in a set of beliefs and principles.  It is absolutely amazing.

As often occurs, a recent reading yielded some wonderful nuggets for consideration, and some powerful thoughts for deeper reflection.  The article in the October issue of The Yoga Journal, titled "Branching Out" was written by Sally Kempton.  It explores the complex nature of family relationships and offers significant insight into living with the many dynamics involved.  I encourage you to seek it out.  Even though the article has absolutely nothing to do with gender issues, it addresses a key area of stress and difficulty for many of us in the gender variant community: family.

The article offers some real wisdom for turning family relationships into positive experiences, or at least into situations that do not create negative energy in your life.  One statement stood out that I would like to share.  "If the meaning of your relationships... is to learn, then no encounter is ever negative."  I love that thought.  I have often suggested that everyone has something to teach me, and what a wonderful way to create a positive out of a potential negative.  Remember - in every situation, there is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Peace out, sisters!