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									                                     Newsletter                                            Volume XVI Number 8
                                                                                           AUGUST, 2010



•                                                   “SERVICES AND ADVOCACY FOR GLBT ELDERS”
                                                    Serv ing Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered Seniors and Friends




                                                                                 Inside this issue:
                                                                                 From the Executive Director 2

                                                                                 Bits… History Help Needed       3

                                                                                 The “Main Event”—Gay Aging 4
    Bill Gans, Allan Kurth, Ventriloquist with
    phone puppet, Norm, Chuck, Barb’s back,                                      August Activities (Calendar) 5-6
    Char, Bob Sura (waving), Madison’s Joseph &                                  The “Green Sheet”               7-8
    Gordon, Roger, Christoph, Tom, Janie, the
    Editor’s bald head, “Appleton Larry” and Lake                                Gay Aging… continued            9
    Geneva’s “Tony… Anthony,” (roughly left to
    right, and top down) all in the shade of “The                                “Catch-up” from the Editor      11
    Glen.” (The crane fountain remains un-
                                                                                 “Back” to Socializing           12
    named.)
SAGE/Milwaukee News                                                                                               AUGUST 2010                      Page 2


  From The Desk of the Executive Director...
                                    When the humidity rises we all com-        when they apply for services. In this way they will be directed to
                                  plain. We think that we may not survive      the best services for their particular needs, working to help the
                                  such brutality. Well, I was in St. Louis     whole person.
                                  the week before last and we have no
                                                                                   We are also going to be working with a consultant and the Alz-
                                  reason to complain about heat and
                                                                               heimer’s Association of South Eastern Wisconsin to do some re-
                                  humidity here in wonderful, ‘closer to
                                                                               search around dementia and the aging LGBT community. There is
                                  the lake’ Milwaukee. Imagine, if you can,
                                                                               literally no data on this subject and with the numbers of people
                                  the temperature at 98°, heat index at
                                                                               who are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s growing we need
                                  110 and humidity at 96%. And no hint of
                                                                               to know how this is affecting the seniors in our community either
                                  rain anywhere. Now that’s brutal.
                                                                               directly or in terms of providing care-giver services to people who
                                     However, I was hosted by my wonder-       have been diagnosed.
  ful friends Eugene and Jo Ellen Pochen-Webb and we had a great time.
                                                                                 On another note. Starting in September Reverend Ray Mesler, a
  The art museum is a building from the 1904 Worlds Fair and it is spec-
                                                                               member of SAGE will be facilitating a series of sessions on the
  tacular and the collection inside is world class. In front of the building
                                                                               bible. Ray is calling the series “Gaily Thru the Bible.” His goal is to
  is a huge statue of S. Louis on a horse and then the Great Basin. Truly
                                                                               communicate the positive sections of the bible that refer to homo-
  remarkable to look at it and imagine what it was like to stand there and
                                                                               sexuality first and the talk about the negative aspects of the sub-
  watch as the lights were turned on. Just like in the movie, Unfortu-
                                                                               ject. He is hoping that people will attend and have significant dia-
  nately standing there in the heat made my imaginings short lived.
                                                                               logue on the Bible as a piece of literature. We will have the dates
  Except I wondered how those people in their turn-of-the-century cloth-
                                                                               ready when the September newsletter comes out.
  ing withstood that kind of heat. Thank God for shorts and loose fitting
  shirts.                                                                         The Social Events Committee has come up with some interest-
                                                                               ing things to do in August. Music at Alterra on the Lake, an after-
   We did spend an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens and for a gar-
                                                                               noon social at the home of Bill retrum and other fun things to help
  dener this is like heaven. Would that I could have half of the plants that
                                                                               you all DISTURB YOUR ROUTINES. And they are hoping many of
  we saw and maybe a bit more land than my ‘postage stamp’ back yard.
                                                                               you will do just that.
  Oh well.
                                                                                  One of my goals as the director of our organization is to have
    I went to St. Louis to attend part of the National Association of Area
                                                                               this be a full time senior center by the time I retire in 2014. That
  Agencies on Aging conference. SAGE/USA and SAGE of Metro St. Louis
                                                                               means that we will have drop-in hours from 9-5 five days a week
  did a half-day presentation on LGBT Elders and the Department on
                                                                               with lots of new, regular events. Getting funding for this kind of
  Aging. It was well attended and everyone agreed that these agencies
                                                                               operation is based on attendance records that we have estab-
  are all falling short on LGBT cultural competency. What this means is
                                                                               lished. So I want to ask all of you to try to get to more events so
  that they don’t always know how to talk to these elders, that they don’t
                                                                               that we can point to the need for us being a full-time place for
  have any way for them to ‘self-identify’ and that there is a huge lack of
                                                                               seniors who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. Besides,
  training to overcome these difficulties.
                                                                               we all need to DISTURB OUR ROUTINES as often as possible. It
     We are very lucky here in Milwaukee. Through the efforts of Eldon         keeps our joints from getting stiff.
  Murray and Stephanie Sue Stein, the director of the Milwaukee County
                                                                                  By the way...I am looking for more people who can volunteer to
  Department on Aging, a contract was formed and continues today to
                                                                               answer the phones in 4 hour shifts. It is really important that we
  provide Social Worker services to our members. This is possibly the
                                                                               have someone here all day every day so that when the phone rings
  only grant/contract of its kind in the country. We are currently work-
                                                                               or someone walks in the door they will talk to a living, breathing
  ing together to find ways for elders who are LGB or T to self-identify
                                                                               person. Do you Qualify? Call me, 224-0517.
                                                                                                      AUGUST 2010                     Page 3



Bits… and Bobs... (and Barbs, Too)
  From Don Schwamb, of The History Project:                                                  IN THE OFFING…
         Help Reconstruct Our Local GLBT History!                          Not all of the activity at SAGE is visible. There is a lot of
      SAGE members—we need your help to reconstruct a part of         planning behind the scenes. And, it’s not all social.
  the history of GLBT life in Milwaukee, and all Wisconsin!                “SAGE [Chicago] recently hired a new Director of Com-
  Various Wisconsin gay and lesbian publications have been pre-       munity Advocacy and Capacity-Building: Serena Worthing-
  served and donated to the Project. As a result, we are fortu-       ton. She has fantastic experience working on LGBT aging—
  nate to have excellent resources portraying and documenting         and because she’s based in Chicago, she’s only a short drive
  the history of the past 40 years of what happened locally in the    away. (You can read more about her at: http://
  GLBT community. Unfortunately, until these publications are         www.sageusa.org/about/news_item.cfm?news=212)
  "indexed" the wealth of information they contain is difficult to        “To make sure that you’re dealing with one person
  find. As a result, much of the information goes unnoted or          throughout this process, I’m going to ask Serena to kick-off
  unheeded.
                                                                      this work with your board… once she begins on August 2.
      In order to improve access, we are reaching out to differ-
                                                                      As we discussed, she’ll work with you all to bring on a con-
  ent organizations in Milwaukee, including SAGE/Milwaukee, to
  help get these excellent resources “indexed.”                       sultant that would work with your board to develop a 6-12
                                                                      month… plan that would help SAGE/Milwaukee prepare for
      Indexing is easy and FUN! You can explore the publications,     its future.”
  reliving past years' people, events, places, and organizations a        Of course, there ARE social events on the horizon. Third
  few weeks at a time, document what you see for others to find,      Ward Haunted History Tours will be investigated by Roger
  and pretend you’re working at a great public service! All it        Uscilla. They are held May through November. More info
  takes is some time—as much or as little as you choose—and a
                                                                      may be forthcoming after the S E committee has the details.
  high speed internet connection. Yes, you can probably work at
  slower internet speeds, but we don’t want to see you age visi-
                                                                          As if that’s not enough, consideration is being given to
  bly just because you’re helping the GLBT Community.                 visiting the Lynden Sculpture Gardens, Monarch
                                                                      butterfly migration, and the return of the hayride.
     Publications already scanned and posted on line, ready for           On Saturday, September 25, the plan is to at-
  indexing include:                                                   tend the Bay Players’ presentation of "Forbidden
  >>> Wisconsin In Step — various issues from 1984 to 1993,           Broadway." The play spoofs songs from many
  2001, and 2003.                                                     popular Broadway shows. SAGE members can enjoy the
  >>> Wisconsin Light — 1990                                          special discounted rate of $12! Look for more details in the
  >>> Quest — Volume 6 issues (2000)                                  next newsletter. For now, reserve this delightful event on
                                                                      your social calendar!
      If you are interested and able to help, please contact Bill
  Serpe at the SAGE/Milwaukee office—414.224.0517. When we               A final glance into the crystal ball reveals the return of
  have enough volunteers, we will schedule a short 30 minute          the ever-popular Pot Luck Cook-out. Festivities return west-
  session to show you how to do what we want you to do, and           ward, to the gardens of Arlene and Michaelle. Again, save
  probably divvy up the different publications, years, and issues,    that space on your calendar for Labor Day, September 6!
  in order to avoid duplication.
      If you have interest in any other years, or specific publica-      One final [personal] note...this has been a difficult month
  tions, GREAT! Let us know of your special interest(s) so we can     for me, and for the first time in a long time, this issue not
  concentrate on scanning them also, thereby making them              only misses my personal goal of mid-month delivery, but
  available to you.                                                   indeed delivery will probably be after August 1. Please ac-
      Thanks for your help!                                           cept my apologies. As we all know, life is not always easy.
                          Don Schwamb                                                                           Gary Gussick, Editor
SAGE/Milwaukee News                                                                                                AUGUST 2010                      Page 4

                                                                                   What We’re Doing:
Board Business and Advocacy...                                                     In November 2009, the Task Force released Outing Age 2010:
                                                                                   Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-
        As of this writing, the SAGE/Milwaukee Board of Directors
                                                                                   gender Elders, an update to the groundbreaking Outing Age
     has not met since the last issue was published. The regular                   report issued in 2000. Like its predecessor, Outing Age 2010
     third Thursday was unexpectedly rescheduled shortly before                    presents an in-depth look at public policy issues and challenges
     the usual time. GG                                                            facing millions of aging LGBT people in the United States.

 The “Main Event”                                                                  "LGBT elders remain a highly vulnerable and largely invisible
                                                                                   aging population," said Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey.
         Editor’s Note: For the first time since I started “helping” with the      "We know that invisibility leads to greater social isolation, which
     newsletter, there isn’t much news, at least none that has been brought to     can lead to increased vulnerability in many areas. We also know
     my attention. One option: cut out two pages. Not a good precedent.            that discrimination across the lifespan leaves LGBT people eco-
     Another, to fill in with the humor that so many readers applaud. That,        nomically and socially vulnerable as they age. Outing Age 2010
     however, threatens to make this a “comic book.” After all, this is a NEWS     shines a laser beam on these needs and offers concrete recom-
     letter. Turning to the internet for help, I found the following. I see no     mendations on how aging advocates, policy makers and social
     copyright, and indeed as it is partly the result of SAGE contributions, I     service agencies can meet them."
     would presume it’s use is permitted. I have a feeling that, as I pursue its
     “meat,” readers will be seeing more on this matter in the near future.        Additionally, the Task Force continues to work on several fronts
     And so, perhaps, a journey begins…                                            to ensure that the needs of LGBT elders are not ignored.

     Aging                                                                         •    The Task Force, in partnership with SAGE/USA , is working
     Our country is facing an impending and tremendous challenge as                     on a renewed effort to impact aging policies, including a
     baby boomers start aging into their senior years. If you are les-                  map, Find the Dollars You Deserve, to explain to LGBT local
     bian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), the challenge is com-                   service providers and community centers how they might
     pounded because of widespread homophobia, transphobia, racial                      identify federal funds to add or enhance their aging ser-
     injustice and economic inequity. Currently there are an estimated                  vices.
     3 million LGBT elders in the United States. By 2030, that number              •    In June 2007, the Task Force launched From the Long View:
     will nearly double.                                                                LGBT Elders and Experts Speak, a five-part podcast of
                                                                                        interviews from the second meeting of the National LGBT
     Compounding the challenges in addressing these issues is a criti-                  Aging Roundtable. (SAGE/Milwaukee Executive Director Bill
     cal lack of research about LGBT seniors. In addition, older LGBT                   Serpe and Loree Cook-Daniels of FORGE were both inter-
     people increasingly face the unknown dimensions of aging with                      viewed for this project.)
     HIV/AIDS as the first generation of survivors to navigate the im-
     pact of HIV on aging. At the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,             •    We are working with local groups to help them develop and
     we see this crisis approaching and we are responding.                              expand LGBT aging services and resources.
                                                                                   •    The Task Force LGBT Aging Initiative is partnering with
     Why It Matters:                                                                    state and local LGBT groups to do advocacy and policy
     LGBT people face a number of particular challenges as they age.                    work specifically focused on LGBT aging issues.
     They often do not have access to adequate health care, affordable
                                                                                   •    As co-founders of the Diversity in Aging Coalition, the Task
     housing and other social services that they need due to institution-
                                                                                        Force and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) are
     alized heterosexism and transphobia. Mainstream senior providers
                                                                                        building a network of support among those advocating
     have limited information or training in how to appropriately work
                                                                                        policies that reflect the diverse experiences of our nation's
     with and serve our diverse communities. Existing regulations and
                                                                                        elders.
     proposed policy changes in programs like Social Security or Medi-
     care, which impact millions of LGBT elders, are discussed without             Continued on page 9
     our views and interests as part of the debate.
                                                                                             AUGUST 2010                     Page 9


To Your Aging Health and Well Being...
       •   The long-awaited Final Report of the 2005 White          Presently, there are almost 38 million Americans over 65
           House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), released in fall      or 12.6 percent of the population who are probably LGB or
           2006 by the Administration on Aging, marks a mile-       T. This will nearly double by 2030, when there will be 72
           stone in the fight for the rights of LGBT elders.        million over 65. Since the LGBT population is estimated to
           Months of intensive organizing, including town-hall      be between 5–10 percent of the general population, this
           meetings held around the country, and the Task           means that today, 1.4 to 3.8 million LGBT Americans are
           Force-convened Make Room for All diversity summit        reaching standard retirement age with an estimated 3.6
           last December — a counterpoint to the WHCoA —            to 7.2 million projected to be 65 or older in 2030.
           have paid off in the explicit inclusion of LGBT elders
           in the report. Read our Make Room for All report.        Do LGBT elders have specific vulnerabilities?
       • In June 2006, our LGBT Aging Initiative hosted the         What are they?
           first-ever National LGBT Aging Roundtable, bringing
           together LGBT aging activists and professionals to       In 2000, the federal government noted in its Healthy
           discuss their endeavors, as well as to begin building    People 2010 campaign that LGBT people face specific and
           a national network for those involved with LGBT elder    magnified health vulnerabilities. For lesbians, heightened
           issues, services, policies and advocacy. The meeting     risk areas include drug and alcohol addiction, cancer and
           was the first of a yearly gathering the Task Force       obesity. For gay men, increased health risks include HIV/
           will convene to help generate a structure for coordi-    AIDS and drug and alcohol use. Male-to-female trans-
           nated LGBT aging work nationally. SAGE/Milwaukee         gender people are also at higher risk for HIV/AIDS than
           Executive Director Bill Serpe and Loree Cook-Daniels     the general population. Despite identifying these risks,
           of FORGE are both members of the National LGBT           Healthy People 2010 failed to research or track LGBT
           Aging Roundtable.                                        people, or LGBT elders in this landmark health program.
       We are joining with national aging advo-
       cacy and policy development groups to in-                    Due to a lack of commitment by federal and state govern-
       clude LGBT aging concerns and interests in                   ments to study LGBT people, the specific vulnerabilities of
       proposed initiatives in national aging poli-                 LGBT elders are hidden from view and thus impossible to
       cies for the baby-boom generation and                        address. Anecdotal evidence and small studies commis-
       21st-century America.                                        sioned by LGBT community-based organizations and con-
                                                                    cerned gerentological researchers indicate increased
       What You Can Do:                                             potential for social isolation, depression and elder abuse.
       Send information about what your community is currently
       doing about LGBT aging issues to Laurie Young.               What do LGBT elders experience in assisted liv-
                                                                    ing and nursing home care?
       The Task Force expresses special thanks to the Allan Mor-    LGBT elders report an almost universal fear and anxiety
       row Foundation for making our work on LGBT aging issues      of care provision by strangers in assisted living and nurs-
       possible.                                                    ing care settings. The Joint Commission, which regulates
            F(requently) A(sked) Q(uestions)                        assisted living and nursing care facilities, issued regula-
           sheet on LGBT elders & Outing Age                        tions against anti-LGBT bias in 2006. However, these
                          2010                                      regulations have never been enforced and LGBT culturally
                                                                    competent care is almost nonexistent in mainstream
       How many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender              assisted living and nursing care settings.
       (LGBT) elders are there?
SAGE/Milwaukee News                                                                                       AUGUST, 2010                    Page 10

 TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH...                                                      FAQ Continured

      Goodwill Industries Nutritional Health News and More!                  What is LGBT “culturally competent” care?

       Most of us are familiar with Goodwill Industries as a place to        Cultural competency refers to the ability of care providers to
    hunt bargains. It turns out that Goodwill is much more than that!        interact sensitively with members of different cultural
    Goodwill offers a dining program at centers at various locations         groups. Such care generally involves not only an acceptance
    throughout Milwaukee County.                                             of and respect for difference, but also a degree of under-
    What it is: The program offers an opportunity for older Milwaukee        standing of community norms, vulnerabilities and practices.
    County adults (ages 60 and over) to socialize and meet new friends       LGBT advocates have developed cultural competency pro-
    in a welcoming atmosphere, while enjoying delicious, nutritious          grams that improve service to LGBT elders, but there is no
    meals.                                                                   funding or mandate by state and federal aging agencies to
    How It Works: Meals are served Monday through Friday, with doors         train caregivers.
    opening at 9:30am to allow for social time. Meals are served at
                                                                             What are some of the key points put forth in the
    11:30am. A donation of $2.50 helps to defray the cost of the meals.
    Transportation is available at no cost to selected sites.                Outing Age 2010 report?

    To Get Started: Simply come to one of the centers to register and        Federal and state governments must include LGBT elders in
    fill out a nutrition questionnaire. After that you will simply make a    their research or LGBT elder needs will continue to be hidden
    reservation for the days you will be dining. To make a reservation       and ignored; nondiscrimination measures in care giving and
    you call the center directly. For further information and questions      housing are paramount to LGBT elder health and safety; LGBT
    on the dining centers call Goodwill at 414-358-6527.
                                                                             cultural competency for caregivers in home care, assisted
    More Goodwill Offerings: Goodwill Industries offers free com-            living and nursing homes must be mandated to ensure LGBT
    puter classes for Milwaukee County seniors at it’s Lifelong Learning     elder safety and dignity.
    Internet Café. The goal of the classes is to teach older adults basic
    computer skills. You can learn how to safely send emails to family       FOR MORE on this important issue, see: “Outing Age 2010:
    and friends, download photos and more. Work at your own pace             Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
    under supervised instruction and have access to computers during         Transgender (LGBT) Elders” or watch future issue(s) of this
    open lab times. Currently classes are only offered at the James O.       publication. (Copies are available at the SAGE/Milwaukee
    Wright Center, 6055 N. 91 Street. Contact Goodwill’s Business Cen-
                                                                             office to check out and take home.) GG
    ter at 414-353-6400 extension 197.
    Stress: Stress seems to go with our lives. How we choose to deal
    with it makes the difference. As we have become older in years we
    have also become wise in what truly does matter in our lives. We
    don’t try to control other people’s behavior, instead we focus on
    what we can control, such as how we will react. We have learned to
    take time for ourselves and nurture ourselves. We spend time with
    positive people. Hopefully we have kept our sense of humor and can
    still laugh at ourselves and our foibles, never in a mean-spirited way
    of course. We no longer rush as we did in our younger days. We
                                                                                                                            Jan Singer
    don’t hurry and we take time to smell the flowers that we planted.                                Social Worker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W
                                                                                                 414-224-0517, voicemail box # 204
       Getting older is no walk in the park but we can still embrace life    This outreach service partially funded by the Milwaukee
    and weather the storms with a great deal of aplomb. RU                   County Department on Aging to provide free services to low
                                                                             income clients.
        >>A clear conscience is a sign of a bad memory.<<
                                                                                  Counseling services are completely confidential
                                                                                                          AUGUST, 2010                     Page 11

The Last Word...From The Editor
          25...or 6?...To 4:00                 running in place to warm up. The canopy of
                                               trees was our savior, and I, at least, was
    While I might be able to sing most of      thankfully invisible to our blood sucking
“Chicago’s” song titled above, I don’t re-     intruders. No, the IRS people didn’t come; I
member if it really was tied to the theme of mean the mosquitoes. Of course, there
time or not. However, between newsletters was a snag or two. The social events com-
looking ahead (and trying to publish mid-      mittee had forgotten to “assign” plates,
month) and Board minutes (always after         cups, and the like to anyone, so my reserve
the fact), I rarely feel I know just what time of odds and ends filled the bill, until Bill
it is! What was the movie’s title? “If It’s    Serpe made a rescue run. The “handy
Tuesday this must be Belgium.” Well it’s       dandy gas grill” borrowed                       the high road,” and then do the same to oth-
Tuesday as I write, but I’m in Glendale.       from neighbor Ruthie                            ers? Second, where are all the GLBT volun-
                                               decided to have its regula-                     teers for the five Board positions that remain
    Ah, the lazy, hazy, crazy, lazy, days of
                                               tor go kafluie (you spell it                    unfilled? And finally, allow me to remind—or
summer are here! Why “lazy” twice? Be-
                                               your way, I’ll spell it mine)                   perhaps inform you for the first time—that
cause it seems like I’m twice as lazy.
                                               at the last minute, so Arlene to the rescue.    the By-laws require all regular Board Mem-
Makes me long to be down south—North
                                               But wait, that’s not a big enough challenge.    bers to make an annual commitment of $600
Carolina’s my first choice—because the
                                               You must add the fact that I don’t use char-    for the privilege of serving on the board.
people from NC know how to deal with the
                                               coal fluid to “light my fire,” but rather a     There are ways to circumvent this commit-
heat. Nobody with a brain moves fast,
                                               chimney—no fossil fuel, no fumes, and less      ment if a person cannot pay that amount.
social gatherings are later in the evening,
                                               pollution. Unfortunately, that meant we had     Think of your annual contribution. How close
and the clock is much more forgiving—you
                                               one “lighter” and two needy grills. Bill        to $600 a year do you come?
can arrive for an 8 o’clock dinner at 9
                                               Retrum tirelessly tried to get number two
o’clock and people just smile, and have
                                               going, but success eluded his grasp. Fi-             Speaking of money, I went to purchase new
another mint julep, as the host begins to
                                               nally, fire #1 was going well enough to take    glasses yesterday. Simple glasses. Yes, bi-
fire up the grill. Would that Milwaukeeans
                                               the chimney to grill #2. The bottom line:       focals. Progressives—that added $10 more...a
were that laid-back!
                                               our plan to have the meats ready by 1:00        drop in the bucket as it turns out. Simple wire
                          This month’s column came up short—quite short. Being the             rim frames. The first ones I touched were
                      is about catch-up.       seasoned seniors that we are, the delay         $300...for frames alone. We searched for a
                      First, I pay belated     was taken pretty much in stride.                lesser price, and got down to $139 I think.
                      homage to Carol Ste-                                                     Lenses, roughly another $350. Fortunately,
                                                    Although every one of the 35 or so peo-    there is a “half-price” sale going on for the
                      vens. Timing—and the
                                               ple who attended are special, a few get a       lenses if you buy the frame. Candidly, I had
                      lack of personal trans-
                                               little “plus” after their names for travel.     little choice other than to walk away from this
                      port—kept me from
                                               That includes “Tony…Anthony” (as he intro-      “wonderful deal.” As I did, I wondered out
both her partner, Jai’s, birthday celebra-
                                               duced himself to me) from the Lake Geneva       loud, to my companion, “Do you think glasses
tion, and Carol’s Memorial Service not too
                                               area, Joseph and Gordon from Madison,           would be so expensive if there were no such
many days later. I can’t help but remember
                                               and Larry from Appleton. The SAGE/              thing as vision insurance? Yes, I know one
Carol’s sweet, loving ways—I always felt I
                                               Milwaukee reputation seems to be spread-        can go to Walgreens and get “magnifiers” for
had just a special little corner of her heart,
                                               ing. I think that’s a good thing….              $5.00 or perhaps even less. Unfortunately,
as she did mine. Bill’s choice of Carol
“disguised” as a cat in his photo tribute              Between Milwaukee’s “big little town”   not for my condition.
was the perfect choice! While she will be      atmosphere and the fact that the gay com-           One final little item: last month I referred
missed here in this lifetime, it will be great munity likes to talk, “one hears things.”
                                                                                               to a (hopefully) improved method for SAGErs
to see her again in the next.                  Lately I have heard “rumblings” about wel-      to exchange needs and offers, somewhat akin
                                               coming “straight” board members. Three          to the old “Bulletin Board.” I still anticipate
    Next, the Independence Day celebration
                                               “quick” points. First, most of us who are       success, but have as yet been unable to “get
here in the Glen was great! The energetic
                                               gay have been discriminated against at          it together.” Any volunteers, or suggestions,
wind keep the worst heat at bay, although I
                                               every turn of our lives. How can we “take       will be gratefully received!
didn’t see anyone doing jumping jacks or
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       SAGE/Milwaukee                   OF           There are three Social activities of special note in August. The first is a FREE
      Board of Directors                             night of Latin Music, courtesy of Altera Coffee. Imagine yourself on your own
•     Arlene Schultz            SEECIAL              lawn chair, enjoying a hot or cold beverage of your choice, whilst listening to hot
            President                                and sultry Latin rhythms. At the same time,, there is the “cool,” cosmopolitan
•     David Schneider
•           Vice-President
                                  NOTE:              feeling of staying up past your normal bed time, and that lovely Lake Michigan
•     Gary W. Gussick
                                                     breeze flowing gently over your body. “Oh What a Night…” It’s suggested you
            Secretary           arrive early and look for the SAGE bunch. It’s always cooler by the lake...bring a sweater!
•     Georgia Becker
            Interim treasurer      Next, —The Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W. Wells). Meet in the Lobby, show your ID, grab a wheel
•     William Retrum
                                chair ($1) if you tire easily, a SAGE friend or two, and relive some of your past. After reminiscing, you
•     Donna Spars
                                may choose to join the gang as they visit a nearby “feed bag” for a “Dutch Treat” luncheon.

   SAGE/Milwaukee Staff            “Low” Tea, “High” Tea, or no tea at all, plan to enjoy the ever-so-enchanting yard of Social Events
• William ‘Bill’ Serpe          Chair Bill Retrum. This event was a grand success last year, and should be even more special as
     Executive Director
                                we’ve added ICE CREAM! Slurp a “Black Cow” as you sample the sweets contributed by people like
• Jan Singer,
     Social Worker              you—and YOURS! Additional Ice Cream flavors are welcome, or bring you favorite brownies, cook-
• Kimberley Bartlein            ies...you get the idea. The feasting begins at 2:00 and ends at 4:30, or so. FOUL WEATHER ALTERNA-
     Social Work Intern
                                TIVE: same activity, different location, as the fun moves to the ever so charming (and dry) SAGE OF-
                                FICES. Remember: Get Disturbed...er, or rather, “Disturb Your Routine.” GG

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MONDAY Drop-in
The topic is: WHAT EVER YOU WANT IT TO BE!
                                                        MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM
                                                        >>10:00 AM @ the Museum
                                                                                                                       Happy Birthday
                                                                                                                            To
Chat, play games, tell dirty stories (gardening tips)
                                                               (SEE BACK PAGE for more.)
or just “chill.” While food is available, you may
bring more. ALSO, contributions to “The Jar” are
very much appreciated.
Sage Office, 1845 N. Farwell #220
                                                        >>> Friday, August 20
                                                        Fish Fry
                                                                                                                        All Of You
         ***NOTE: SKIP to the 16th***                   Cocktails 6PM (2-4-1 til 7) Dine 6:30pm
                                                        MONA’S Out ‘N About Corner of 1st. &
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THURSDAY Drop-In                                        for only $14.00 WOW
How are Thursday Drop-Ins different from Mon-           Reservations a MUST by August 18: 414-224-           Arlene K        08/04
days? Easy. They’re on Thursdays! Chat, play            0517                                                 Beatrice G.     08/05
games, or just “chill.” While food is available, you                                                         Alton B.        08/05
may bring more. ALSO, contributions to “The Jar”        >>> Friday, August 22                                Jamie W.        08/05
are very much appreciated. Sage Office, 1845 N.         Ice Cream Social & “Low” Tea                         Lisa S.         08/06
Farwell #220                                            2-4:30pm                                             Gary C.         08/07
                                                        >>Home of Bill Retrum, 4061 N. 50                    Anthony R.      08/07
                                                               (SEE BACK PAGE for more.)                     Patrick B,      08/08
>>> Wednesday, August 11                                                                                     Paula K.        08/08
Bingo                                                                                                        Pamela W.       08/10
7pm – 9:30. Try your luck. Prizes include a new         >>> Wednesday, August 25                             Glenn V.        08/11
car, a cruise, or a million                             Rummikube 7:00 – 9:00 PM                             Valery M.,      08/110
dollars. Well, not really, but                          Rummikube is a table game variation                  Janice S.       08/14
we got your blood going,                                of the card game.                                    Nancy Z.        08/15
didn’t we?! SAGE Office                                 >SAGE Office 1845 N. Farwell #220                    Bob O.          08/17
>>> Thursday, August                                                                                         Tracy K.        08/19
12 **SPECIAL**                                                                                               John H.         08/19
                                                        >>> Sunday, August 29                                Raymond M.      08/20
“Alterra @ the Lake ”                                   Open Cards 2:00 – 4:00 PM                            Dorothy A.      08/22
7:00 start, but early folks get better locations. Fo-   SAGE Office 1845 N. Farwell #220                     Kathy W.        08/22
cus: Latin Music
                                                                                                             Ed L.           08/24
Bring a lawn chair. No Cost. You may purchase
                                                        >>> Tuesday August 31                                Brian W.        08/25
food or drink.
                                                        Canasta 7:00 – 10:00 PM                              Thomas P.       08/27
         Altera, 1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
                                                        Play, learn, laugh, nibble. All levels, novice to    Sue H.          08/27
                                                        “pro” welcome!                                       James H.        08/27
>>> Sunday, August 15                                   >SAGE Office 1845 N. Farwell #220                    John H.         08/28
Open Cards 2:00 – 4:00 PM                                                                                    Vicki H.,       08/30
Pick a partner, pick a game, pick a card—any                                                                 Robert H.       08/31
card. Food? Of course, it’s a SAGE function!                                                                 Richard F.      08/31
SAGE Office
                              The Green Sheet...                                                                         VOLUME 17 ISSUE 8

                            SAGE/Milwaukee News                                                                          AUGUST, 2010

                                                                                                                       These comments are claimed to be actual
         THE GOLDEN AGE OF HUMOR                                The next morning my partner drove me to the        comments made by patients during their
                                                            clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried colonoscopies:
                                                            about the procedure, but I had been experiencing           >>“Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going
    SERIOUS NOTE: While the following is meant to be        occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage           where no man has gone before!”
humorous, colon cancer is serious business. I lost              At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowl-        >>“Find Amelia Earhart yet?”
both of my parents to it. However, it is one of few         edging that I understood and totally agreed with           >>“Can you hear me NOW?'
medical procedures (of which I’m aware) where the           whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led            >>“You know, in Arkansas , we're now
anticipation and preparation are far worse that the         me to a room full of other colonoscopy people,         legally married.”
deed. In fact, when over, the relief and possible touch     where I went inside a little curtained space and           >>“Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
of light-headedness are almost pleasant.                    took off my clothes and put on one of those hospi-         >>“You put your right hand in, you put your
    Laugh at this essay. Don’t laugh of your duty to        tal garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind right hand out….”
yourself. Your health is your responsibility. GG-Ed.        that, when you put it on, makes you feel even              >>“Now I know how a Muppet feels!”
              “FIFTY PLUS” IN ACTION                        more naked than when you are actually naked.               >>“Hey Doc, let me know if you find my
    I called a gastroenterologist, to make an appoint-          Next, a nurse named Freddie put a little needle dignity.”
ment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office,    in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have      >>“Could you write a note for my boss saying
the doctor showed me a color diagram of the colon, a        fainted, but Freddie was very good, and I was          that my head is not up there?”
lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place.        already lying down anyway. Freddie also told me          WHEN “CONDENSED MILK” WAS NEW…
He explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a           that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.              A little old lady from Wisconsin had
thorough, reassuring and patient manner.                        At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of worked in and around her family dairy farms
                            I nodded thoughtfully, but I    that, but then I pondered what would happen if         since she was old enough to walk, with hours
                        didn't really hear anything he      you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bath-     of hard work and little compensation.
                        said, because my brain was          room...                                                    When canned Carnation Milk became avail-
                        shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK         When everything was ready, Freddie wheeled         able in grocery stores in approximately the
                        A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR          me into the procedure room, where the doctor           1940s, she read an advertisement offering
                        BEHIND!'                            was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. $5,000 for the best slogan. The producers
     left Andy's office with some written instructions,     I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew they wanted a rhyme beginning with “Carnation
and a prescription for a product called “MoviPrep,”         had it hidden around there somewhere. I was            Milk is best of all.”
which comes in a box large enough to hold a micro-          seriously nervous at this point. The doctor had            She thought to herself, “I know all about
wave oven. I spent the next several days productively       me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiolo- milk and dairy farms. I can do this!” She sent
sitting around being nervous.                               gist began hooking something up to the needle in in her entry, and several weeks later, a black
    On the day before my colonoscopy, I began my            my hand.                                               limo pulled up in front of her house.
preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I              And then it was time, the moment I had been            A man got out and said, “Carnation LOVED
didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken   dreading for more than a decade. If you are            your entry so much! We are here to award
broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.     squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going you $2,000 for your entry, even though we
    That evening I started drinking the prep. You mix       to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was   will not be able to use it!”
two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic       like…                                                  HERE IS HER ENTRY:
jug, then fill with lukewarm water. (For those unfamil-          have no idea. Really. I slept right through it.       Carnation milk is the best of all,
iar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons).   One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen,               No teats to pull, no hay to haul.
Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about      feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next             No buckets to wash, no shit to pitch,
an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am            moment, I was back in the other prep, waking up            Just poke a hole in the son-of-a-bitch
being kind - t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e !                              in a very mellow mood. The doctor was looking
    “This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience: you       down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excel-
eliminate everything. And then, just when you figure        lent. I felt even more excellent when the doctor
you must be totally empty, you have to drink another        told me that It was all over, and that my colon had
liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell,    passed with flying colors. I have never been
your bowels travel into the future and start eliminat-      prouder of an internal organ.
ing food that you have not even eaten yet.                  On the subject of Colonoscopies...
SAGE/Milwaukee News                                                                     AUGUST, 2010                                                    Page 8

                                    Funny… at ANY Age:                                                      pened? How did you get a good night's sleep?”
                                                                                                               “Well,,” Frank replied, “we got ready for bed and I
                                                                                                            went over and tucked John in, pinched him on the butt
       And God Created Pennsylvania ...                    out,” and he leaves.
                                                               The duo sit and wait, and wait. Two          and kissed him good night.”
                                God was missing for six
                                                           months pass and they are still waiting. As          “What happened next?”
                             days. Eventually, Michael,
                                                           they wait, they discuss that if they were           “John sat up and watched me all night…”
                             the archangel, found him,
                             resting on the seventh day.   allowed to get married in Heaven, what with              SUBJECT: COPPER WIRE FOUND
                             Michael inquired, "Where      the “eternal” aspect of it all, what if the         After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year New
                             have you been?"               marriage didn’t work? Eventually they won-      York scientists Found traces of copper wire dating
     God smiled deeply and proudly pointed down-           dered, “Are we stuck together forever?'         back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their
wards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look                 After yet another month, St. Peter finally  ancestors already had a telephone network more
what I've made."                                           returns, looking somewhat bedraggled.           than 100 years ago.
     Puzzled, Michael said, "What is it?"                  “Yes,” he informs the pair, “you can get             Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the
     "It's a planet," replied God, “and I've put life on   married in Heaven.”                             weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to
it. I'm going to call it Earth’ and it's going to be a         “Great!' says the couple, but we got to     a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA
place to test ‘balance.’"                                  wondering, what if things don't work out?       Times read: “California archaeologists, finding
     "Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."    Can we also get a divorce in Heaven?'           traces of a 200 year old copper wire, have concluded
     Pointing to different parts of Earth God ex-              “St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slams     that their ancestors already had an advanced high-
plained, "For example, northern Europe will be a           his clipboard onto the ground.”                 tech communications network a hundred years ear-
place of great opportunity and wealth, while south-            “What's wrong?” ask the frightened pair.    lier than the New Yorkers.”
ern Europe is going to be poor. Over here I've                 “OH, COME ON!” St. Peter shouts, “It took       One week later, The Courier Hub, a local newspa-
placed a continent of white people, and over there         me three months to find a priest up here! Do    per in Wisconsin , reported the following: "After dig-
is a continent of black people. Balance in all things."    you have any idea how long it'll take me to     ging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near Stoughton,
God continued pointing to different countries. "This       find a lawyer!”                                 Wisconsin, Ole Olson, a self-taught archaeologist,
one will be extremely hot, while this one will be                   IT’S ONLY A DEER, DEAR                 reported that he found absolutely nothing. Ole has
very cold and covered in ice."                                                   The guys were all at deer therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Wisconsin
     The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then                           camp. They had to bunk two had already gone wireless."
pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?"                          to a room. No one wanted to                          THE BRIDGE
     "That's Pennsylvania , the most glorious place                          room with John because he        A man was riding on his Harley along a California
on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and                          snored so badly. They de-     beach. Suddenly the sky clouded and in a booming
streams, lakes, forests, hills, and plains. The peo-                         cided it wasn't fair to make voice God said, “Because you have tried to be faithful
ple from Pennsylvania are going to be handsome,            one of them stay with him the whole time, so to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.”
modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are            they voted to take turns.                           The biker pulled over and said, “Build a bridge to
going to travel the world. They will be extremely             The first guy to sleep in John's room                            Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I
sociable, hardworking, high achieving, carriers of         came to breakfast the next morning with his                         want.”
peace, and producers of good things."                      hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot. His                             God replied, “Your request is
     Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but          buddies asked, “Man, what happened to you?'                         materialistic. Think of the enor-
then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said            He replied, “John snored so loudly, I just                       mous challenges: concrete and
there would be balance."                                   sat up and watched him all night.”                                  steel supports reaching the bottom
     God smiled, "Not very far from Pennsylvania is           The next night it was Tom’s turn. In the                         of the Pacific. It is hard for me to
Washington, D. C. Wait till you see the idiots I put       morning, they saw the same thing—hair all       justify your desire for worldly things. Try to think of
there."                                                    standing up, eyes all blood-shot. They said, something that could help humankind.
           HEAVENLY CONSTITUTION?                          “What happened to you? You look awful!”             The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally,
    On their way to getting married, a young pair of          Tom answered, “Man, that John shakes         he said, “God, I wish that I, and all people, could un-
lesbians is involved in a fatal car accident. They         the roof. I just sat up and watched him all     derstand their lovers; I want to know how they feel
find themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates,          night long.”                                    inside, what they’re thinking when they give me the
waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven.            The third night was Frank's turn. The next silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when
    While waiting, they begin to wonder, would they        morning Frank came to breakfast bright          they say nothing's wrong, why they snap and complain
possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter             eyed and bushy tailed, looking well rested.     when I try to help.
showed up, they ask him.                                                                                       God replied, “Do you want two lanes or four on that
    St. Peter says, “I don't know. This is the first          “Good morning,” they said. “What hap-        bridge?"
time anyone has asked that. Let me go and find

								
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