Expect the Unexpected

Life can change in an instant. Life is great, but sometimes things happen, usually without warning. Some of those things can be good (sometimes very good) and sometimes they are not. Just because something is unexpected doesn’t mean we cannot be prepared. Recently, the Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce sponsored a presentation on this topic.…

Ophelia and Shingles

Exodus Moon will never forget the time he In Part 1 of this two-part entry, I explained the significance of the death of my cat, Miss Ophelia. It discusses modalities of self care during emotional trauma. If you have not read it, I suggest you do, as it provides the context for why I was…

New Data Shows Latest Impact of Pandemic on LGBTQ Community

A new survey released November 9, outlines the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community, including experiences with overall health during the pandemic, getting vaccinated and concerns with the Delta variant. Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and conducted by Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, the data found…

Hope for a cure after 40 years

Forty years after the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the country and there are more than 35,000 new infections each year. As of December 2019, the number of people in North Carolina living with the virus was 38,400 and in South…

Ophelia and Shingles

Jack Kirven completed the MFA in Dance at UCLA, and earned certification as a personal trainer through NASM. His wellness philosophy is founded upon integrated lifestyles as opposed to isolated workouts. Visit him at jackkirven.com and INTEGRE8Twellness.com. On Oct. 2, 2021 at 1:32 a.m., my 16-and-a-half-year-old kitten crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Miss Ophelia was a…

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