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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Who is Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time.

This presidential year, Kate brings her new show HILARITY CLINTON '08 nationwide. It follows her 2007 show, CLIMATE CHANGE, a CD of which will be released in March, 2008. In 2006, Kate Clinton celebrated her 25th Anniversary of performing with a 50-city IT'S COME TO THIS! tour. A documentary DVD of her hilarious performance with extra features of personal moments along the tour route, rare interviews, backstage banter, readings from her book What the L?, and celebrity cameo appearances is now available.

Kate's twice-weekly video blog is must-see TV. Kate is like an Andrea Rooney pleasantly kvetching about the news and views of the day. But without the eyebrow problem.

Kate has performed nationally since 1981 from Joe's Pub in New York City to the Park West in Chicago to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and back to New York for several off-Broadway runs, with hundreds of comedy club dates in between. She has been featured at comedy festivals including Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York, and Marshall's Women in Comedy Festival. She has come a long way from those first performances in Unitarian Church basements. She still prays to the Unit.

Her two decades plus of material are on record in her eight comedy collections, including Comedy You Can Dance To, Read These Lips and The Marrying Kind. Her first book, Don't Get Me Started, was published by Ballantine in 1998. The audio companion was named one of 1998's Best Audiobooks by Publishers Weekly.

Her second book, What The L? is a laugh-out-loud collection of dangerous humor from one of the all-time-favorite lesbian comics living under one of the all-time-worst presidents. In 2005 it was nominated in the humor category for the prestigious 2005 Lambda Literary Award, considered to be the highest accolade for a book from the LGBT community.

Kate writes monthly columns for The Progressive and frequent columns for The Advocate in which she waxes comical and philosophical about the state of our nation and those who have put us in such a state. She blogs for Huffington Post, Our Chart and Olivia Connect. She has written for The New York Times and George magazine among others. Kate served as a writer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show during its rollout period in 1996

"Kate Clinton has held the mirror that reflects every single issue that has faced us for the last 25 years. We've laughed with her, we've cried with her, and we've been changed by her," said Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

The above from the Kate Clinton Website:

Kate Clinton on Black history Women's History-You won't want to miss this one!

Middle Name Meme

Barbara tagged me for this meme:

Here are the rules:
1. You have to post the rules before you give your answers.

2. You must list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. (If you don't have a middle name, use your maiden name or your mother's maiden name).

3. At the end of your blog post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged.)

OK, here goes:
I first broke the rules because I don't have a middle name and I used my confirmation name. I use the first letter as my middle name initial-hey, since I only use the initial, maybe I can just do the initial-no that would really be cheating!
This is hard!

Marie is my middle name because I was 7 when I was confirmed and was hedging my bets on a career as a nun and thought that to be a nun you had to have Mary or Marie in your name to make the cut. Smart thinking for a 7 year old already thinking about career choices, I think. I would never would have made it wearing the habits of that day. Imagine having a hot flash in all that black fabric with no AC!

Air conditioning is essential for me in the summer. Actually in the winter, too as my median office temp. is 80! Actually my office has no air of any kind. I'm getting a new office within the next couple of months, but presently I'm dressing in layers( I'm currently going down to my bra, just kidding) with two fans going. And I'm a senior-I'm supposed to have a good office!

Rice is one of my favorite starches. It's one of the few foods I can actually cook perfectly. I also love Rice pudding. The Italian kind my mother made was a favorite Lenten food of my childhood-solid, cut in cubes with raisins and Cinnamon and a layer of custard on top, yum.

Iced Coffee and Arizona Stress Tea are my beverages of choice year round. Unfortunately they've discontinued the Tea, so I had buy out the neighborhood.
I'm a real sucker for electronics and by this I mean computer stuff. A new 3 story Apple story-I heart Apples- just went up about 5 blocks away from my apartment and I have a love hate relationship with the place because I want everything especially an iphone-have I said this before. I'm waiting for the contract of my current cell phone to expire.

I tag :
Rev. Donna Quixote
Blue Window
Purpletologically Speaking

Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Five

It's Leap Day!! Whether you're one of the special few who have a birthday only once every four years, or simply confused by the extra day on the calendar, everyone is welcome to join in and play our Leap Year Friday Five.

Tell us about a time you:

1. Leapt before looked: I rarely leap before I look, but I leaped to NY from OH, skipping graduation ceremonies altogether when I graduated from Youngstown State University. I moved to NY to be a lesbian and I was anxious to begin my life.

2. Leapt to a conclusion: There have been many, both correct and incorrect, but I'm pretty conservative in this area.

3. Took a Leap of Faith: When I took my current promotion and moved my job to Brooklyn over a year ago. Good so far!

4. Took a literal Leap: I bought a new sailboat a number of years ago and it was small than I was used to. Yes, I did end up in the marina's muddy water. Yuck. Never did like that boat.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I was published!

I was reading Active, The Magazine of United Spinal Association (I have a SCI.) It's a hidden disability. The only clue is that I carry a stick outside. Well the first letter was addressed to an article I submitted almost a year ago and was published in January 2008. I totally missed the January Issue, can't even find it, BL may have thrown it out ;-( Anyhow US is sending me a couple of copies.
It's online and the original is on the blog under Cauda Equina Syndrome if you want to read it. I published it under the nome de plume Your Friend Flicka as I didn't want my clients/consumers aware of my intimate details.
Here's the link to United Spinal's edited version:’s-tail-or-what-is-cauda-equina-syndrome/