Stretching my legs up to the sky in a London churchyard on a perfect spring day after a beautiful workshop. Thank you, @alternativesorg for hosting me...and thank you to the many brave British (and Romanian, and French, and Texan, etc) adventurers who skipped watching the royal wedding today in order to pursue creativity and curiosity with me, instead. (I honor your sacrifice!) You were all fantastic in there...honest and willing, funny and REAL...it was true magic. ❤️
One of Rayya’s favorite places in the world was the Fire Island Pines — a beautiful, funky, open-minded, open-hearted, gay-friendly beach community in New York, where she always felt her most free and happy.
This photo was taken of us in the summer of 2016, on the Fire Island Ferry, heading for a vacation in that sweet place of joy. Rayya was already quite sick at the time, and she was undergoing chemotherapy and facing tough realities about her fate, but you can see by the expression on her face in this photo that she was in total happiness, nonetheless. That’s because she was going to the Pines! THAT’S how much she loved Fire Island!
Some wonderful friends of Rayya’s decided that a great way to honor her memory would be with a celebration and fundraiser held in the Fire Island Pines this summer, coinciding with the super-fun weekend of Pride.
SO....I would like to officially invite you to a Women’s Pride in the Pines cocktail party and celebration on June 9, in honor of Rayya. I will certainly be there!
If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation out of the kindness of your heart in Rayya’s name, that would be so appreciated! All donations will go to benefit the LGBTQ FOCUS FOUNDATION — a fantastic foundation that provides funds and awareness to a multitude of vital LGBTQ community organizations.
Click on the link in my bio to attend, or to donate.❤️ I also want to say this: I really appreciate all the love and kindness that my own community has shown to me in the wake of Rayya’s death. It has been a tough season of grieving, but your care and sensitivity has helped so much. This winter was godawful, but the days are getting longer, and the sun is shining, and I am still here, and I still love life — even though the best and most exciting person who ever graced my life has gone. But for now, I just want to report the miraculously good news that apparently the human heart can take a merciless pounding from loss and sorrow, and somehow still carry on. Life gives us the unbearable, and somehow we bear it. Love is everywhere.We are more resilient than we know. That’s the good news.
Thank you, @bymariandrew, for creating this tender and thoughtful offering...yes, yes, yes: bouquets of love for EVERYONE today. ❤️
340 264324:45 PM May 13, 2018
Here is my mother, circa 1966, in all her beauty, shine, determination, optimism, intelligence, competence, curiosity, and courage...and not one bit of that potent combo-platter of power has changed over the years.
I love you, mama. You’re such a lady. And also: you’re the MAN.
Onward with your awesomeness,
36 68414:09 PM May 13, 2018
Good morning, world!❤️
283 276821:33 PM May 5, 2018
Starting to rain
116 75049:10 PM May 4, 2018
Dear Ones: Just wanted to let you all know that I will be giving a talk on creativity next Thursday evening in Hamilton New Jersey at gorgeous GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE...There are still some tickets available… See you there!
149 53687:02 PM May 4, 2018
Important announcement: We have reached peak Redbud bloom.
315 241832:04 PM May 3, 2018
It’s springtime in New York at long last, and the night is balmy, and people are hanging out of their windows in relief and gratitude.