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Skimming pebbles: Part one

published: December, 08, 2014 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Contributors, Living with HIV

Fiction from Dave R - a two-part story set in the South Seas. A man tries to escape his past by moving to what he hopes may be paradise. However, the serpent there confronts him with dilemmas he desperately hoped to avoid.

Skimming pebbles: Part one

“You can keep pondering on which thing to do first or which path to take or by simply taking action now of most any kind, you may just find yourself on the way to where you most needed to go.” ― April Bryan  He pushed at the tiny crab and its miraculous shell. It rolled off the table and fell onto the sand where it waved its legs in a state of helpless confusion; after all, its world had just been turned upside down too! Gazing far out beyond the reef and its seething foam, Andy

Relentlessly speaking about music – November 2014 edition

published: November, 11, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Contributors, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Relentlessly speaking about music – November 2014 edition

It's that wonderful time of year when we bust out the sweaters and jackets from the fall collection while the music industry tries to wow us with their big hitters. A classic diva trots up the charts while a young country pop tart switches genres and pisses off The Big Apple. And three big booty hoes fights to be the Queen of the Ass Generation! My prediction about The Return Of House Music comes true while another pop diva takes an unexpected turn.  It's November and I've got a lot to talk

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Contributors, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps ma

It’s time: national HIV+ coming out day sets you free

published: April, 03, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Contributors, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger says we are often unwilling to take the professional, social, and sexual risks of affirming that we are HIV+. But, he says, come out. You’ll find that nobody really cares about your HIV-status.

In POZ Magazine, Michael Kaplan, CEO of AIDS United, himself HIV+ since 1992, makes the case for a national HIV+ coming out day wherein HIV+ men and women publicly disclose and affirm their HIV status. A good number of readers of this site have asked for my opinion on the matter, and as an HIV+ man, I, along with a good number of readers, have an obvious stakeholder position in this discussion. While I make no comparison of myself to the obvious gravitas and incredible insights and experience

The Power of Touch

published: July, 31, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Contributors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

MT O’Shaughnessy: “In my efforts to keep safe and others safe from myself, I sometimes isolate within a huge bubble of awareness. It does me no good. I’ve wondered if it hasn’t ended up costing me opportunities to show people how similar I am to them.”

No matter how much we know, there is almost always a lag between knowing and understanding, deep into the bones of things.  I can remember learning I was poz and knowing what that meant on a very clinical level.  And on several cultural levels.  But there were whole other areas I really didn’t think through.  One day, about a month after I was diagnosed, I got a paper cut in the office.  For a moment I lost the ability to breathe. Time stopped, my heart too I think. I looked at the l

Seville orange marmalade - the best ever!

published: January, 18, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Contributors, Lifestyle, John McCullagh

Breakfast would not be breakfast for British-born John McCullagh without a slice of toast and home-made Seville orange marmalade.

Seville orange marmalade - the best ever!

  Marmalade is jam made from citrus fruit. It’s common on the breakfast tables of my native Britain, less so in Canada and the U.S. While you can buy it in supermarkets, it’s never as tasty as home-made. The classic and, to my mind, best marmalade is made from the intensely sharp and bitter Seville oranges that, when mixed with sugar, create a mouthwateringly bittersweet jam. Originally, these oranges were grown in southern Spain, where, interestingly, they are rarely consumed, being mo

Positive Living Society of BC.: Sea to Sky Stables in Paradise Valley

published: October, 07, 2011 Categories // Contributors, Events, Upcoming Events, Events

Ride a horse for a few hours on October 22nd at Sea to Sky Valley near Squamish. Their trail rides take you through lush coastal and temperate rainforests and along the gorgeous Squamish and Cheakamus rivers

Positive Living Society of BC.: Sea to Sky Stables in Paradise Valley

Sea to Sky Stables in Paradise Valley Ride a horse for a few hours on October 22nd at Sea to Sky Valley near Squamish. Their trail rides take you through lush coastal and temperate rainforests and along the gorgeous Squamish and Cheakamus rivers. Glacier viewing, eagles and other wildlife such as deer, coyote, wolf and the occasional bear are highlights of the ride.   What: Horseback riding When: Saturday October 22nd 9.00am leave Vancouver Ride 10-12. For those who want to, gather for lunch

Bob Leahy interviews HIV-positive YouTube Phenomenon Aaron Laxton

published: October, 07, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Contributors, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Aaron Laxton was diagnosed with HIV just four months ago. But in those four months his YouTube accounts of living with HIV and his advice for HIVers have been getting lots of attention.

Bob Leahy interviews HIV-positive YouTube Phenomenon Aaron Laxton

  SEE AARON'S VIDEO MESSAGE TO POSITIVELITE READERS AT THE FOOT OF THIS POST.  Bob Leahy: Hi Aaron. First off I have to say how much I’m admiring your YouTube channel “My HIV Journey”. I’m struck by a number of things. Number one is how good you are at it. Do you have a background in broadcasting or something? Aaron Laxton: Thank you for your kind words. It has been a work in progress that has definitely morphed into something quite different than what I originally had i

Wrapping Up New Orleans

published: October, 05, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Contributors, Events, Travel, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy wraps up the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit, plus the trials and tribulations of doing the HIV conference circuit plus photos of the lovely city of New Orleans. .

Wrapping Up New Orleans

Conferences in exotic places like New Orleans – and New Orleans is a rather exotic city, at least for North America – are funny things. You want to cover the conference and all it has to offer, but you also want to see the host city. Typically the very full schedules these conferences have limits your ability to do both. This latest one was no exception. Let me just say a few words about HIVers and travel. Conferences like this are accessible to HIVers even from far flung destinations. Sch

Two new(ish) Shows for Sci-Fi Fans: Terra Nova & Outcasts

published: October, 04, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Contributors, Television, Brian Finch

I'll admit it, I’m a latent Sci-Fi fan. For years I hated Star Trek, and never watched the British show Dr. Who

Two new(ish) Shows for Sci-Fi Fans: Terra Nova & Outcasts

I'll admit it, I’m a latent Sci-Fi fan. For years I hated Star Trek, and never watched the British show Dr. Who. All of that changed with Battlestar Galactica, the remake of the 1970s kitsch answer to star Trek and Space 1999. It was because of this original show that I never checked out the remake until it was a few seasons in. Suddenly I was into Sci-Fi. Last season’s hit for me was Torchwood. It was so dark, taking on Nazi themes as the world tried to contend with the “miracle” that

Happy New Years - a time for renewal

published: October, 02, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Contributors, Health, Brian Finch

I don’t really like to write blog posts where I complain about how I’m feeling, as it tends to focus on the negative. I prefer to look at solutions. . .

Happy New Years - a time for renewal

The Jewish New Year just past last week marking a rather long process of renewal, self reflection, and closure for a new year. Last year I found this process transformative, and this year no doubt is turning out to be the same.  I look back and in the space of 4 – 5 weeks, nothing is remotely like life just prior to that. In the time I learned a couple of very helpful things: 1) I had Vitamin D deficiency and 2) I’m or was anemic for quite some time. I had been dealing with the e

Friday’s Ruling on Insite: It's mostly good. No, it's great! But . .

published: September, 30, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Contributors, Health, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Supreme Court today ordered the Harper Government to back off on Insite, but is it the end of the battle? Plus, we have video footage of MP Libby Davies speaking on the topic last week.

Friday’s Ruling on Insite:  It's mostly good.  No, it's great! But . .

Amidst all the good news that Insite, Canada's first and only safe injection site, has effectively been legalized in BC after years of court battles and harassment by the drug-hating Harper Government, there is one small cloud. You could almost overlook it, in fact, in the jubilation. The cloud? The responsibility for approving safe injection sites like Insite now becomes a matter of provincial jurisdiction. That is as it should be – provinces are responsible for most health matters. Th

Gluing myself together & 30 days of no smoking!

published: September, 28, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Contributors, Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

Slowly the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Since my being down about five weeks ago I've done a complete turn around.

Gluing myself together & 30 days of no smoking!

It is now about a month into not smoking. I actually don't remember the date I stopped, which is a good thing. It's amazing how easily I can slide into smoking and then get myself out of it when I'm mentally prepared to do it. The key part is staying this way. I still have dreams where I'm stressed out about something; I have a debate in my dream head about whether it's worth it to go out and by a pack. Even though I don't think about it during the day, my mind obviously is still quite connect

Action Positive:VIH/SIDA 2nd AGM Sept 27

published: September, 28, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Contributors, Events, Events

Action Positive: VIH/SIDA grows up with it's 2nd AGM with great new board members elected.

Action Positive:VIH/SIDA 2nd AGM Sept 27

For the last two years I have had the honour of sitting as a member of Action Positive: VIH/SIDA's board of directors during the young organization’s first two years. I’m so happy to see this project, which is the only one to be serving Francophones in Toronto who are HIV positive, or affected, grow. It’s been great to watch how the bumpy roads of the first year were overcome. For those who do not know, Action Positive: VIH/SIDA is on the second floor of the AID Committee of Toronto buil

Feature Interview. BLUNT talk: this survivor is putting the MAGIC back in to speaking out about HIV

published: September, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Contributors, Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to the remarkable Daniel Bauer, an American magician whose life and high-flying career was derailed by drugs and despair following his HIV diagnosis but who has found redemption in social media and public speaking.

Feature Interview. BLUNT talk: this survivor is putting the MAGIC back in to speaking out about HIV

Bob Leahy: Daniel, thank you so much for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com. You have quite a story to tell. But tell me first what it is about you and magic. How did you get interested? Daniel Bauer: The arts of Magic (and Escape) are my heart and soul! On my 8th birthday, I got a “Blackstone Harry Jr.” magic kit and it was pure love at first site; kind of like Harry Potter getting his first magic wand and discovering that he too was born with the unique super-human powers to conjure t

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