Personal Stories

All my armor comes from you (an AIDS Walk Austin diary – there’s another match Wednesday)

So, first thing, there is another $100 match Wednesday, and another chance to win South By Southwest wristbands if I raise $250. If I get to $250, and if I win the wristbands (2 big ifs) I’ll put the names of all of today’s donors in my own drawing & give someone the other wristband, since I can’t use 2.

Here is my AIDS Walk Austin page.

AIDS Walk Austin is less than a month away – update: $100 match today

Becky's Page

****the 1st 50 people to raise $100today will get that amount matched**** please share this around!

I know, I know — it’s election time & there are so many great candidates asking for donations. But you know what will still be going on on November 7? AIDS. People affected by HIV & AIDS will still need their meds, will still need specialized dental care; and people whose illness has progressed will still need the food bank &/or the home cooked meals that donations provide. Please, if you can, spare a few dollars to help people at my AIDS Walk Austin page.

This will be my 31st  AIDS Walk Austin – I’ve done every damn one of them. I love the AIDS Walk & the Ride (the spring fundraiser for the same organizations) and the people who work at AIDS Services of Austin & the other agencies. They are an example of how we should be — caring for each other, carrying each other. If you haven’t met me, I’m just a teensy bit of a U2 fan, so yeah that was a reference to a song.

One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.
One life with each other: sisters, brothers.
One life, but we’re not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other.
One, one.

My goal is $5,000 this year. I’ve raised $645. They really need it. With the cuts the Orange One’s administration has proposed — and even if we get rid of him, we’d have President Pence who would be even worse, especially for AIDS services — they really, really need it. Please donate at my AIDS Walk page. Please pass this around, ask people I don’t know. This isn’t going to plush offices or research that should be funded by the government. This goes to literally help people — feed them, help with meds, a dental clinic, wellness activities…  Please donate, and if you can’t donate, share.

The theme for the Walk this year is “step to zero” — that every step we take gets us closer to zero new infections. Won’t that be wonderful? Please help AIDS Services of Austin & the other agencies get us there. And here’s a song for you to listen to while you go to my AIDS Walk Austin page & donate:

I don’t know about you, but I could use some warm fuzzies – an AIDS Walk diary


it’s hard to read, but it says: “love is bigger than anything in its way”

So we’ve all been hearing the awfulness brought out by the Kavanaugh hearings. Some of us are reliving/remembering some pretty awful things. I can’t deal with any more horror/disgust/sadness. I can’t go back and re-do the past, make those things not happen. What I can do is try to make now better. I’m writing a diary filled with warm fuzzies. And asking for donations for AIDS Walk Austin.

My first AIDS Walk diary for 2018

Hi. So if you look at my posting history, it’s 99% AIDS Walk & AIDS Ride diaries. Yeah, back in May I posted about going to the U2 concert in Chicago. But really — it’s about the Walk & the Ride; and heading into the fall season, it’s #AIDSWalkATX. This year, it’s in early November:

In its 31st year, AIDS Walk Austin returns to Republic Square on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Benefiting ten sharing agencies including AIDS Services of Austin, this event brings together people (and pets) from all walks of life!

AIDS Walk Austin attracts 1,000+ people annually for an afternoon of celebration and remembrance of those affected by HIV. This year, the Walk will partner with the Farmer’s Market to create an amazing festival atmosphere that will be fun for the families, friends, and pets.

Together, we can add up the steps to equal Zero new infections.

The Other Closet: Living With the Stigma of Mental Illness

From the Motley Moose Archives(Photobucket images are no longer available and have been downsized)

I have touched on the topic of stigma against the mentally ill before, so I’m taking bits and pieces of research from that previous diary. But I’d like to revisit it here in a slightly different way. There was a statement made in another diary the other day that brought this to mind. Someone elsewhere in the blogosphere suggested that the mentally ill should be imprisoned “just like sex offenders” until doctors could determine that they were safe for society. I’m assuming that it was not intended as it was written (I certainly hope not), but unfortunately, there are many out there who do actually think this way.