We'll be considering romantic relationships of course -- but also friendship, familial ties, jobs and careers and locations of our homes. We'll discuss the values and joys of enduring relationships with others, in our work, in our home cities and neighborhoods -- and how changing values over the course of our lives, maturation, familial rejection, new opportunities and pressures to change location affect us -- and how to handle endings and impermanence.
o Do you have general preferences in your life for change and variety vs. permanence/stability – in such areas as romance, friendship, careers/jobs, where you live?
o What is/was your longest personal relationship? Is LTR important to you?
o Were there “issues” to deal with to allow it to continue LT-long-term?:
- What were they?
- How did you attempt to deal with them? Success?
o What are similarities/differences in relationships with relatives vs. friends vs. erotic/romantic?
o Differences in gay and non-gay friendships?
- What factors cause such differences?
- Generational differences?
o How does on-line social networking affect friendships? – for good or ill?
o Have long have you lived in any one area; one residence?
- Is geographic/dwelling stability important for you?: if so, why, how?
o What has been the range of duration for you in career(s)? in specific jobs, employers? Is career, job, employer longevity been important for you?
o If longevity is important for you, what makes it important?
- Does being gay affect some of your longevity concerns?
- Have your longevity preferences changes as you’ve gotten older?
Event Leader: Lee Robbins
Icebreaker Leaders: Ed Porter and Patrick Morgan