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  • Column: 2017 - Already One Hell of A Ride

    So far, 2017 has been one hell of a ride. June is already here, which means that it is time to get moving on my “To Do List” for 2017. Almost half a year is gone, and the second half has a habit of going by at a much faster pace. The arrival of June also reminds me to take some time out to celebrate the Summer Solstice later this month, making a Midsummer Night’s Dream by stirring up some merriment and awakening the spirit of mirth. 

  • Column: A Changing Landscape

    Last year as I rode the train from NYC along the Jersey coast to visit my father, I wrote an article about the reasons for candidate Trump’s populist rise to the top. 

  • Column: A Fairy’s Tale…

    Once upon a time, there was a crafty courtier who masterly went about serving his Queen in the land of the Island Realm.

  • Column: A Raging Spirit

    Having just finished reading Chris Matthews’ book, “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit,” I find myself yearning for a time when we had great national leaders on both sides of the aisle that struggled and fought to make our country better.

  • Column: A Rocket to Nowhere?

    As you likely read this, the 101st annual Florida Realtors convention is in progress up to Orlando. Three days of workshops, presentations, and a trade show, followed by two days of committee and governance meetings. Realtors getting a little party on, with some professional components.

  • Column: Am I the Westside Curmudgeon?

    This past week I have been challenged to enjoy comedy again, to enjoy being humorous, and to remember that it’s ok to laugh out loud. 

  • Column: An Artist's Touch

    Summer 2017 is over, schools are back in session, the Fall holidays are fast approaching, and life here in Wilton Manors has just kicked it up a notch. Yes folks, it’s time for my annual warning that Christmas is just around the corner. Think I am crazy? Well, the next few months are jammed packed with activity; and if you think 2017 has been racing by, hold on to your hat because the ride is about to get a lot faster.
    As our city government, along with local non-profits, schools, and others swing back into action from a slower summer pace, calendars have been filling up fast. After September, we have the Jewish Holidays, then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and right into the Christmas holiday season and the end of the year. Before you know it, we will be singing Old Lang Syne and 2018 will be well on its way.

  • Column: Build That Wall!

     

    We hear the chanting. We hear the rhetoric. We are beginning to realize the need and the importance. We are beginning to understand that to do nothing is no longer an option. The problem is on the rise. The invaders are causing havoc and destruction. The chanting is growing louder and louder, Build the Wall, Build the Wall. 

  • Column: Dear Mr. TrumPutin

    Congratulations! Up until now, it has been surprisingly easy to get to this point and I'm sure your ego is extremely happy.  You are entitled to enjoy your fifteen minutes of elation.

  • Column: Happy Fourth of July

    As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this July Fourth, many here in Wilton Manors are faced with a very uncertain future. As Senate Leader Mitch McConnell tries to get away with dumping millions of Americans off of their healthcare insurance, wheeling and dealing in the back rooms of the Senate, many here in our Island City are bracing for the worst.

  • Column: HIV Stigma is Natural, and Still Wrong

    On this World AIDS Day, someone just got blocked on a dating app, because he posted his HIV-positive status.  Your friend who proudly displays his bumper sticker proclaiming equality just lost interest in his handsome neighbor, because he found out the guy is living with HIV.  We’re three decades into the HIV epidemic, yet stigma is everywhere.

  • Column: Missed Connections M4M

    Looking for the handsome gentleman playing darts at GYM Bar ….

  • Column: My First Year as SFGN’s History Reporter

    I was surprised when my first column dealing with LGBT history in South Florida last summer became one of the most viewed stories on our website that week.

    It was a modest first choice.

  • Column: Our Pride, A Response to Orlando

    I was just about to head to Penn’s Landing when I heard. The confirmed death toll from the terrorist hate crime attack at Pulse in Orlando was 20 at that point.

  • Column: Pride and Politics

    My name is Ryan Hurst and I’m gay. As we celebrate Pride this month I feel compelled to share the story of how Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum helped me to find my place in the community and understand the meaning of pride, and in doing so I hope that you will give Andrew Gillum a chance to earn your vote for governor of Florida.

  • Column: Springtime in Tallahassee

    Seems incredible that we have already reached the last full week of March. You would think that springtime would be in full bloom. Unfortunately, for our northern brethren, nobody informed Old Man Winter. We here in South Florida have the pleasure of enjoying the cool evenings and warm days a bit longer before the heat and humidity settle in. With the springtime holidays of Easter and Passover fast approaching, we should take time to enjoy this delightful weather while it lasts.

  • Column: Taking the Plunge - It’s time to address Robert Boo and Gary Resnick

    For many reasons, I have chosen not to get involved with the Pride Center’s recent playground debacle. In addition, it seems like I have annoyed His Honor, Mayor Resnick, with my satirical piece last month. Try, try as I might not to discuss the lack of leadership at the Pride Center and in our Island City, I fear that I can no longer hold back, despite cautionary appeals from within, from taking the plunge.

  • Column: The Lavender Panthers

    In all my years living in Wilton Manors, I cannot remember a time when so many incidents have taken place targeting residents on our streets at night.

  • Column: The Way We Were

    Brian McNaught launches new column for SFGN.Two guys and a dog started for us in 1976, when I drove from Detroit, with my Irish Setter, Jeremy, and met my husband, Ray, in Boston. I was 28, he was 25, Jeremy was 2. I’m now nearly 71, Ray will be 68 on his next birthday, and our Labradoodle, Lincoln, will be 2 on New Year’s Day.

  • Column: This, Justin

    Welcome to my new column, “This, Justin.” SFGN and The Wilton Manors Gazette have made great efforts to keep Wilton Manors and our neighbors informed on happenings in the Island City, and I’m excited to add a City voice to the dialogue.