Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"The Truth About Love..."


Nothing is true but Love, nor aught of worth;
Love is the incense which doth sweeten earth.

- Richard Chenevix Trench



"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them.  There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to.  Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."


Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"Adam and Andy..."




I love James Asal's "Adam and Andy" strip
Married life really is like this.


"The Whisper Of Truth..."


The Whisper app allows users in anonymity to share secrets.

"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Views To Love..."







In the beginning there was love...



"The Artist's Corner..."


"Coming or Going"
Acrylic on canvas
Steve Walker



Monday, May 22, 2017

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Freedom...  Live Fearlessly"




"The Views To Love..."










After 14 years in love, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak got married in NYC



"This Made Me Smile..."


Amazing dressage performance from 2006



This horse can dance!



"The Whisper Of Truth..."


The Whisper app allows users in anonymity to share secrets.

"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them.  There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to.  Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."


Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"And The Truth Shall Set You Free..."


What happens when the greatest secret of your life is discovered by your family...

A beautiful short film advertisment from Kodak in 2016




"The Truth About Love..."


A pair of bright eyes with a dozen glances suffice to subdue a man; to enslave him, and enflame him; to make him even forget; they dazzle him so that the past becomes straightway dim to him; and he so prizes them that he would give all his life to possess 'em.

- William Makepeace Thackeray



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2705"


"Love Is Filled With Sublime Moments Like This..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"Selfie Love..."


 "Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."


Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"A True Love Story..."


Worth the Wait
Mitch and Jake's Adoption Journey

Editor's Note: How we create families are the best love stories of all...  From Gays With Kids

Mitch and Jake live in Asheville, North Carolina, a small city affectionately nicknamed, “the San Francisco of the East Coast.” They were married on May 23, 2014, and have been together for over 10 years. Mitch, 38, works in event planning and runs his own business from home. Jake, 32, is a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They’re new adoptive dads to 5-month-old twins, Aiden and Andrew.

But the road to adoption was far from uneventful for Mitch and Jake. They began their journey through LifeLong Adoptions, an agency that acts as an adoption facilitator*.

“[Facilitators] work with other agencies nationwide,” explained Mitch, “They built a profile for us, put together a pamphlet essentially, then they sent it out to other agencies. They also have a web presence for women looking for potential adoptive parents.”

Mitch (front, left) and Jake holding their sons

They were first paired with a birth mother after roughly four months. But towards the end of her pregnancy, and after two months of contact with the dads-to-be, the birth mom had a change of heart and decided to keep the baby.

The birth mother unfortunately conceived through the most difficult of circumstance. “The pregnancy actually came from rape,” shared Mitch.

Both Mitch and Jake knew that the birth mom hadn’t spoken about her pregnancy with her family, too afraid of what their reaction might be.

“But when she did decide to have an open dialogue with her family I guess they were really supportive,” said Mitch. “That’s when she decided to keep the child.”

As heartbroken as the two men were, neither could not fault her for changing her mind.


Four months later, they were connected with another birth mom. But sadly, she miscarried very late in her pregnancy. After only two weeks of contact, she dropped off the radar and Mitch and Jake presumed she must’ve had a change of heart. They reached out to their facilitating company and found out that she had lost the child and just didn’t know how to tell them.

Again, Mitch and Jake were crushed.

“I think that was kind of hard as we would’ve understood,” said Mitch. “We would’ve been fine getting the information from her but she didn’t have the heart to tell us.”


“The thing that I struggled with was each month we would get a number showing how many times our profile had been sent out,” said Jake. “So at the beginning it’s exciting, [but] as the months went on, it ended up being a reminder of the process still going on. In hindsight I understand why they do it, but it can be a little disheartening the longer it goes on and you wait.”

Another two months went by before they were connected with their third birth mom who lived in Texas, and was pregnant with twins. Being a twin himself, Mitch was very excited to by the idea of bringing two babies home. But after two failed adoptions, both Mitch and Jake were cautious.

“They were ultimately all tense pregnancies,” explained Mitch. “The last birth parents would occasionally go dark on me in terms of communication.” Still, they understood: the family was experiencing financially difficulties, so from time to time their cellphones would get cut off.


On November 3, 2016, the birth mother was induced; Aiden and Andrew were born at 35 weeks, weighing only 4 pounds. Mitch and Jake were in the room for the caesarian and stayed for three more weeks while they baby boys received care in the  neonatal intensive care unit. The new family of four returned home to North Carolina just in time for Thanksgiving.

Throughout the whole roller-coaster journey to fatherhood, Mitch (“Daddy”) and Jake (“Papa”) never lost hope. They knew that one day they would be dads, when the right situation came along. This happy family of four proves the wait was well worth it.


Aiden and Andrew’s first Thanksgiving at Mitch’s parents’ house, November 2016



"The Artist's Corner..."


"The Workman's New Clothes"
Acrylic on panel
Philip Gladstone



Sunday, May 21, 2017

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Openly...  Live Fearlessly"




"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."


Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Selfie Love..."


 "Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2704"


"Spend The Day With The One You Love..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"The Truth About Love..."


Love renders the proud humble, and tames the fierce; it is at once the most and the least selfish of all passions; for, whilst it would engross the being on whom it is lavished, it will make any sacrifice, or undergo any privation, to insure the comfort of the one* it would possess.

- Charles William Day


* gender pronouns in the original work have been neutered



"And The Truth Shall Set You Free..."


Coming out in the age of Facebook




"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them.  There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to.  Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."


Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"The Whisper Of Truth..."


The Whisper app allows users in anonymity to share secrets.

"Fear Eats the Soul"



"This Made Me Smile..."





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