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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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Friday Movie October 28,2011  

Puss in Boots

AMC Coral Ridge (US1 and Oakland Park Blvd)

Time: 7:50, meet at 7:30

Dinner after for those interested.

Plot: Swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) fights to save his town with the help of Kitty Softpaws (voice of Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (voice of Zach Galifianakis   

Starring:

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Friday Movie October 28,2011  

Puss in Boots

AMC Coral Ridge (US1 and Oakland Park Blvd)

Time: 7:50, meet at 7:30

Dinner after for those interested.

 

Plot: Swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) fights to save his town with the help of Kitty Softpaws (voice of Salma Hayek) and Humpty Dumpty (voice of Zach Galifianakis   

Starring:

 

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This Wednesday, September 28, 2011, we’re having a guest speaker, Dave Wallace, Director, Public Policy Advocacy-Community Impact from United Way of Broward County.    

 

Community Aspirations Conversations

 As part of our Campaign for the Common Good and participation with United Way Worldwide’s Income Mobilization Initiative, we are holding Community Conversations across Broward County.  We want to gain a better understanding of people’s aspirations for our community; their concerns, hopes and vision for our future.   This forum will provide participants an opportunity to give voice to those aspirations and concerns, and engage them in finding solutions. These conversations will, also, help guide us in building strategies to engage the people of Broward County to realize those aspirations.

The Format:

The Community Conversation is an informal gathering of no more than 15-20 individuals, sharing a meal in a familiar setting.   We will guide the conversations, but primarily listen and record the discussions of the group.

 Ground Rules:

  1. 1.       It is a ‘kitchen table’ conversation.  Everyone participates, but no one dominates.
  2. 2.       There are no right answers.
  3. 3.       Keep an open mind; listen carefully to other participants and try to understand their point of view.
  4. 4.       It is ok to disagree, but remain respectful of each other.
  5. 5.       Have fun!

Conversation Questions:

  1. 1.       What kind of community do you want?  What are your hopes and aspirations for your community?
  2. 2.       What are the obstacles/roadblocks to your hopes for your community?
  3. 3.       What can or should be done to solve these problems?
  4. 4.       What can be done to improve the financial stability of individuals and families?

 This is an opportunity to make yourself heard so come join the conversation.  Food will be provided.

Steve

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The topic this Wednesday, August 24, 2011 is self talking.  

In the movies, talking to oneself is a way of conveying craziness, but in real life, everyone talks to themselves.   This is the way we think and sometimes we do it outloud.  Patterns of negative or positive self-talk often start in childhood and color the views we have of ourselves through out our lives.  But, it’s never too late to change negative thought patterns into positive thought patterns.

From the Power of Positive Thinking, to The Secret, to self affirming statements in churches, support groups and 12-step programs to Aibeleen’s child-rearing techniques in the movie The Help (I is kind, I is smart, I is important) self talking is at the basis of changing people’s views of themsleves.

For this group, I would like each person to write down a negative thought they frequently have of themselves.   You don’t have to share this, but I want you to have it written down so you can evaluate yourself. 

We’re going to talk about how to change that negative thought into a positive thought and I’m going to have an exercise for you to do.

Come join the conversation and fun.

Steve

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The topic for this Wednesday is “I like Living”, a quote from Agatha Chrisite: “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Wednesday you’re going to list about Five (5) reasons why you “like living”. We’ll put them in a bowl and select them randomly, read them, discuss them and guess who wrote it.

So think about the things that make you happy to be alive and come join the fun.

-Steve

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The topic for this Wednesday is “I like Living”, a quote from Agatha Chrisite: “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Wednesday you’re going to list Five (5) reasons why you “like living”. We’ll put them in a bowl and select them randomly, read them, discuss them and guess who wrote it.

So think about the things that make you happy to be alive and come join the fun.

-Steve

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