Too many rules, not enough love

Late one night recently I happened to be watching the telly and saw that the movie Philadelphia was on. I sat down and watched it for maybe the 3rd time and in the shadow of the same sex marriage debate I felt like I was seeing it again for the first time. Great cast. Great soundtrack. Great script. Tragic story, but in the end a triumph, of sorts, for the main character. However, at the heart of the movie it was clear that a large section of the public in the 1980’s and early 90’s saw gay men as hypersexual, disease-ridden victims of their own urges. Around the time that Philadelphia was released I was in my late 20’s. The discovery of HIV and AIDS was a mere decade before and the Grim Reap

A cautionary tale

Pneumonia is sometimes referred to as “the old man’s friend”. The helping hand at the end of a long life, guiding many a tired, aged traveller on their final journey to the grave. Allowing it to take a loved one is sometimes a blessing. Fighting it can sometimes be a curse. An elderly female patient was admitted to the medical ward with pneumonia. She was in a single room. Her daughter and son by her side. The steady rise and fall of her chest was like a metronome beating out the rhythm of her life. Tiny tears slipped from the corners of her closed eyes and slid down her pale, wrinkled cheeks. Eyes that could not see the slipping away of her life force. Ears that could not hear the pain in h

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