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Our next Six Month Series in the Gay (Intellectual) Salon has the general theme: CELEBRATING OURSELVES -- /HANDLING THE DIFFICULT

From: Lee R.
Sent on: Friday, October 12, 2012 8:36 PM

CELEBRATING OURSELVES -- /HANDLING THE DIFFICULT

Our intention in this series, to include approximately 6 monthly Meetups, is to examine the upsides of our own lives and our GLBT community and culture AND to examine how we handle the difficulties that inevitably arise to accompany the events, actions and behaviors we celebrate.

Each of these Meetups will include opportunities to discuss our successes and triumphs and what led to these and to examine the difficulties and how we overcame them as well as disappointments as well as some downsides when we fail to get -- or even when we do get -- the results we sought.
Some controversial examples might include gay marriage -- perhaps followed by gay divorce; assimilation -- perhaps followed by decrease in community cohesiveness; finding a life partner -- perhaps followed by conflict; material success -- perhaps followed by finding more consumption but less time and freedom less fulfilling than expected.

Each evening will include a brief introductory activity, a series of questions for discussion, small groups facilitated discussions and, finally, a return to the larger group for final points and individual interactions.

Our briefly described currently planned topics for the next three monthly Meetups
(on the 4th Weds. of each month at the LGBT Center 7-9:30 p.m.) are the following:

Oct. 24, Weds.: AFFLUENCE AND CAREERS: Our life achievements and career successes -- /Looking back and ahead -- were these/will they be -- meaningful; the difficulties and the disappointments that arose and how we managed them.

November 24, Weds: POLITICS: Celebrating the possibilities of political action and elections for our nation, our community, ourselves -- /Handling the difficulties (whoever wins!) of U.S. elections; U.S. divisiveness for -- and within -- the LGTB Community, our nation and world, ourselves.

Dec. 26, Weds. (right after the Christmas holiday): OUR YEAR THAT WAS: Our various joys, accomplishments, discoveries -- /Our difficulties and how we handled them, what we learned; changing values over the course of our lives? + an invitation to bring some snacks to share.

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