A refuge of love & peace during the convention (for AIDS Walk Austin)

Hi. These past days, hearing about the convention, my heart just wants to curl up & hide in a corner. I can’t stand all the awful things that are being said, the horrible ideas, etc. So I used to be a preschool teacher & was raised by a preschool teacher — I can’t deal with meanness & petulance. I need to start raising money for the AIDS Walk, so I thought I’d create a diary filled with niceness — happy music & stuff like that. And links where you can donate to my AIDS Walk Austin page

If you donate, here’s some examples of what your money does:

$35 covers one rapid HIV rest – we know that 40% of HIV+ people don’t know it yet. Through testing, we can get them into life saving care, and further reduce the spread of the virus. And there has been a really alarming rise in diagnoses of young people — this is really needed.

$60 pays for a one month supply of medical prescriptions. Medications can reduce the virus so much that it keeps someone healthy and also reduces the risk of passing it along. And did you know that only 1/3 of all HIV-infected people get anti-retroviral therapy?? I think we can do better than that, so here’s where you can donate to my AIDS Walk page

$120 provides education for 440 people. Education is one of the most important tools in reducing new infections.

$250 provides 3 family counseling sessions. It can be devastating for a family when a member is diagnosed, and we know that an intact family unit promotes health and provides a built in support.

$500 provides a month of rent for one family in supportive housing. Assistance with food, daily chores, trips to medical appointments and social support create a foundation for continued health and a step toward independence.

$1,000 gives 450 home cooked meals for hospice patients. When in hospice, there are often unique food needs. You can make sure that final days are spent with delicious food that doesn’t upset someone’s stomach.

So if we’ve met, you know the thing that makes me happiest is U2. I promise, not all the songs will be them, but here’s one I love, California (No End To Love) and this one has good shots of my gorgeous silver fox, Adam, so I like it:


So, there’s a song that makes me happy. And if you want a happy, positive place to hide from the big speech at the convention, here it is. What makes you happy?

and one more time — please donate to my AIDS Walk Austin page



  1. adding more music — these are my Scottish friends who are also U2 fans. They wrote a song honoring Bono’s wife, Ali. I love the chorus: “Surrender now, my love, it’s time to fall in love, time to be what we should be”. If you buy it on iTunes, proceeds go to Chernobyl Children charity


  2. This is a beautiful diary, another! I will donate a little.There’s quite a long wait until payday on August 1, but will give as much as I can spare right now.

    This is a very worthwhile cause and one I am happy to support.

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