Still We Rise

by Tom Moon, MFT, The Examined Life

In the days following the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, I talked with women and gay men who had been re-traumatized by the whole spectacle. I heard stories of rape, beatings, threats, and bullying, almost always at the hands of young men. Some said that they had never told their stories before, and almost all said that they carry the wounds of their experiences to this day. Their suffering, and their courage and resilience in responding to it, was deeply moving.

Last time I wrote about “victors” – those spiritual giants among us who are able, not merely to survive their traumas, but to triumph over them. As an example, I mentioned Viktor Frankl, the Viennese psychiatrist who found that, even in the hell of Auschwitz, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

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The River City Chronicles by J. Scott Coatsworth

Sacramento author J. Scott Coatsworth has written and published a number of short stories, novellas and full-length novels, but “The River City Chronicles” holds a special place in his little writer heart.

In many ways, it is a love letter to Sacramento, one that we wanted to share with Outword’s readers. To do that we have uploaded the first nine chapters of the book here, for you to read online.

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Don’t Miss Singer John Paul White At Harlow’s This Sunday, Oct. 21

By Chris Narloch

Four-time Grammy Award-winning Americana artist John Paul White (one half of the beloved defunct duo “The Civil Wars”) will be at Harlow’s in Sacramento on Sunday evening, with new songs in tow - including the just released, “My Dreams Have All Come True.”

You can preview that tasty track and hear a snippet of White’s heavenly voice at:

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New Documentary on George Moscone to Air on KVIE in November

Moscone: A Legacy of Change, a powerful new documentary about George Moscone, will air on KVIE Public Television in Sacramento, KQED Bay Area, and other stations throughout California and the U.S. in November, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the San Francisco mayor and early and passionate supporter of civil and LGBTQ rights.

On November 27, 1978, San Francisco suffered the darkest day in its political history: the double assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by an ex-cop and former city supervisor Dan White. The murders shocked the nation and traumatized the city.

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A Same-Sex “Oklahoma” Shakes Up Oregon Shakespeare Festival

By Chris Narloch

You have until the end of October to catch the queer theatrical event of the year on the West Coast. That’s when Bill Rauch’s thrilling same-sex production of “Oklahoma” will close out the current Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) season in Ashland, OR.

I saw the daring, new queer “Oklahoma” the other weekend in Ashland and can report that it was one of the peak experiences I have had as a gay man in all of my years attending the theater. Below is my review of that amazing musical plus two other plays I saw at OSF.

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