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For the group on Wednesday 02-22-2012 I want everyone to bring a picture of themselves in high school or when they were a child.   If you want to bring more than one, put them in an envelope.

We’re going to try to guess who you are and then discuss how our goals have changed since we’ve grown up.   What’s shaped those changes and what we’ve learned.

Should be fun and entertaining.  Come join us.

Steve

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For the group on Wednesday 02-22-2012 I want everyone to bring a picture of themselves in high school or when they were a child.   If you want to bring more than one, put them in an envelope.

We’re going to try to guess who you are and then discuss how our goals have changed since we’ve grown up.   What’s shaped those changes and what we’ve learned.

Should be fun and entertaining.  Come join us.

Steve

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For the group on Wednesday 02-22-2012 I want everyone to bring a picture of themselves in high school or when they were a child.   If you want to bring more than one, put them in an envelope.

We’re going to try to guess who you are and then discuss how our goals have changed since we’ve grown up.   What’s shaped those changes and what we’ve learned.

Should be fun and entertaining.  Come join us.

Steve

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The topic this Wednesday is the Cure or a Vaccine for HIV/AIDS.   What are some leading candidates?   What does a cure or vaccine mean?   What is being reported and how to read the reports.

If you have information on cures or vaccines, bring them to meeting to discuss .

I found two vaccines to discuss

Medical researchers in Spain say an experimental vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has produced a 90 percent immune response among a small group of healthy human test subjects. The promising results pave the way for further clinical trials on HIV-infected volunteers.

To read article CLICK HERE 

How the vaccine works:  CLICK HERE

Lost in translation; CLICK HERE

An experimental vaccine developed by a Johnson & Johnson unit and the U.S. military protected monkeys against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a study found.    Monkeys that got the vaccine were as much as 83 percent less likely than those that got a dummy shot to become infected with simian immunodeficiency virus.

To read full article CLICK HERE.

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Today Monday, 01-16-2012 is Martin Luther King Day.  On August 28, 1963, MLK delivered one of the great speeches in American history, the I Have a Dream speech.   The topic this Wednesday is that speech.  How does that speech affect you?   Are his dreams relevant to us as Gay men and HIV positive Gay men?   What is “your dream”?   Is it to achieve marriage equality or to cure HIV or is to win the lottery.   Each person will be given a piece of paper to write down their dream and we will read them anonomously.   This will allow people to be totally honest and reflect and what their dream is.

To read and hear that speech: Click Here 

Should be an interesting and lively conversation.  Come join us and bring your dream.

Steve

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This Wednesday, November 16,2011 instead of having a topic, we’re having our Thanksgiving Potluck.  So bring a dish, bring a friend and come join us.  Last year this was a tremendous success and we hope to repeat the experience.

 

Steve

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In response to a rained out Halloween,  the topic this Wednesday is Halloween and Facing our Fears.   So come in costume if you dare!  Or just wear a mask for the fun of it.   But have you ever wondered why dressing up in disguises and costumes and go trick or treating became an October 31 tradition?

In olden days before advanced technologies, nature could seem volatile and cruel.  Harsh winters with food shortages, and primitive medicine cold result in high mortality rates.    People began to associate the dark cold winter with fear and the possibility of death.   

This beginning of a season that seemed to invite death was a cause for alarm so myths and legends developed around this day.  It was believed that the barrier between the world of the dead and the living became particularly thin and it might be possible that the dead could return to the world of the living and try to take some of the living back to their world.

To prevent death from invading life, we could build bonfires to dispel the darknes.  We could beg for food which evolved into trick or treating. And we could wear disguises and costumes so that if a dead ancestor or enemy came looking for us, they wouldn’t recognize us and might leave us alone.  

Although this seems naive now to our 21st century minds, when one is desperate, one will try anything.  

What pills have you taken that have promised you higher T-cells?  What potions have you taken to make yourself younger, thinner, grow hair or lose hair?  Have they all worked?   Do any of them seem naive and make you wonder why you ever did that?   What are your fears and how have you faced them?

So dress up, wear a mask and come join the conversation and lets face our fears together.

Steve

Thanks to Rev Durrell Watkins for providing the inspiration for this topic

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