Horoscopes – January 2017 Living Smart 

Horoscopes – January 2017

ARIES– Neptune in the 12th house – don’t be limited by small ideas where your home or property is concerned. The time is ripe for big steps, bold moves and investments in your future. Let a cautious relative know you will no longer be bound by petty restrictions. Aries and Libra play key roles this month.   ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Taurus – Neptune in the 11th house – an adventure you’ve been waiting for begins. Your happy-go-lucky attitude draws many persons to you, including someone of the opposite sex who is interested…

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Hungry for the Holidays – Recipes Living Smart 

Hungry for the Holidays – Recipes

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting INGREDIENTS: • 1½ cups flour • 2 tablespoons ground ginger • 2 teaspoons cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves • 1½ cups butter • 1 cup sugar • ½ cup brown sugar • 3 tablespoons molasses • 4 eggs, at room temperature • 1½ teaspoons vanilla • 4 cups powdered sugar • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 1 tablespoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon vanilla • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tins…

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More Suitcase Memories at jericho library Out and About 

More Suitcase Memories at jericho library

On Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2016 at 2:00pm, a white spot poured across a Steinway grand piano located center stage. Soon, the first few notes were heard, and Lydia Sabosto began to transcend the room. Sabosto, with her one of a kind smile greeted the audience and opened with the theme from the motion picture Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory that was easily identified as “Pure Imagination”. She took firm hold and like a whirlwind brought the audience through a kind of musical time warp. Beginning with the back to Broadway segment,…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Movies Out and About 

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Movies

Who doesn’t love movies? The DVD and Blu-ray titles that follow cover a broad range of subjects and genres. There are dramas (including The Dresser), comedies (such as the Neighbors sequel), and several documentaries (Tab Hunter Confidential, for example). In other words, there’s something for almost everyone on your holiday gift list. There are probably even movies that you might enjoy watching or owning. Popcorn and Milk Duds sold separately. FOR THE POLITICALLY MINDED: The 2016 Presidential election may be a memory but politics aren’t. All The Way (HBO Home…

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Dancing in the dark Out and About 

Dancing in the dark

There are dark days ahead with the Trump/Pence team taking office. As they begin to erode our inalienable rights, let’s hope that dancing is not high on the list. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that neither Trump nor Pence is smart enough to decipher the name of electro-pop band STRFKR. Otherwise, Trump might add the band the list of those owing him an apology for imagined insults. With its Norman Rockwell homage cover art and perspective of finding our collective place in the universe, the band’s fifth…

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HIV Advocates Face Challenges New and Old After U.S. Elections A full repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, but the Ryan White Care Act will be even more important to people with HIV Out and About 

HIV Advocates Face Challenges New and Old After U.S. Elections A full repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, but the Ryan White Care Act will be even more important to people with HIV

It is not an overstatement to say that the nation Americans woke up to Nov. 9 is charted on a fundamentally different course than the day before. The differences in both temperament and in policy between the now President-elect Donald Trum and Hillary Clinton could hardly have been starker. For people living with or affected by HIV, the choice was between a woman who had been working to end the HIV epidemic for more than two decades as a First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, and a man whose…

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IS LOVE IS LOVE Out Front 

IS LOVE IS LOVE

MICHAEL BUBLÉ ON LEAVING AN LGBT-AFFIRMING LEGACY, MAN CRUSHES AND MALE ADMIRERS – BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI “You know what I’ll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff,” says Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results. All you lovers, though, needn’t search beyond the dreamy crooner’s recently released album, Nobody But Me, and its 10 feel-good tunes, including several new originals and reimagined classics gleaned from the Great American Songbook. Love, naturally, is featured prominently on Bublé’s ninth studio album, as…

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National news: Cherokee Nation Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage In The News 

National news: Cherokee Nation Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

The attorney general of the Cherokee Nation issued an opinion on Friday indicated that the tribe of approximately 300,000 living mostly within the state of Oklahoma, will recognize same-sex marriages. Tulsa World reports: While agreeing that the tribe, as a sovereign nation itself, was not bound by the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, Todd Hembree echoed the court’s reasoning, deciding that the tribe’s own constitution “protects the fundamental right to marry,” regardless of the genders involved in the relationship. That decision…

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National news:  Mom Sues Trans Teen Over Medical Transition In The News 

National news: Mom Sues Trans Teen Over Medical Transition

A lawsuit filed by a Minnesota woman, Anmarie Calgaro, on Wednesday alleges that her 17-year old transgender daughter wrongfully underwent transition-related medical care without her mother’s consent. Calgaro named her child, referring to as her “son” and by the initials “J.D.K.” in the suit, as one of the defendants. The teen’s health care providers, Park Nicollet Health Services and Fairview Health Services, were also named as defendants, as well as St. Louis County and the teen’s school district, all for treating her as an emancipated minor. Calgaro is being represented…

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National news: AP- Pulse Owner Decides Not to Sell Club to City of Orlando In The News 

National news: AP- Pulse Owner Decides Not to Sell Club to City of Orlando

The owner of the Florida nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place said Monday that she is no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando. Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma said in a statement that she can’t walk away from the property, where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured during a massacre last June. Gunman Omar Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members after a three-hour standoff, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Poma…

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National news: Startling new report shows more must be done for LGBT Youth In The News 

National news: Startling new report shows more must be done for LGBT Youth

A report released recently by Human Rights Watch reveals that despite the “positive trends” for LGBTQ rights this past decade, there is still a great deal of work to be done to support and affirm LGBT young people in the US. LGBTQ youth, according to the report, still “have disproportionately high rates of homelessness, physical and mental health concerns, and suicidality.” They can be put into “conversion therapy,” which is legal in all but five states, and in 2016, lawmakers in at least 18 states tried to pass legislation to…

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National news: North Carolina’s Governor-Elect: “Time to Repeal” Anti-LGBT Law In The News 

National news: North Carolina’s Governor-Elect: “Time to Repeal” Anti-LGBT Law

ADVOCATE – In one of the few bright spots on election night, North Carolina elected Roy Cooper to be its next governor. The Democrat recently addressed supporters gathered at North Carolina State’s McKimmon Center, saying that after weeks of a recount that stalled the outcome of the painfully close 2016 election, it’s time to nullify North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law. “With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation,” Cooper told the crowd, which packed the room to hear his speech. “Let’s finish the job and repeal…

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National news: National Center for Transgender Equality Releases Latest Survey Results In The News 

National news: National Center for Transgender Equality Releases Latest Survey Results

The National Center for Transgender Equality has released results from the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey (USTS), the follow up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey and the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. The study was developed and conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality in 2008- 2009, and the results were released in the 2011 report: Injustice At Every Turn. As the single-most cited study about trans people—cited by media over 15,000 times—it has dramatically changed…

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International news: India: Protester Take to Streets over Law Criminalising ‘Homosexual Acts’ In The News 

International news: India: Protester Take to Streets over Law Criminalising ‘Homosexual Acts’

UK INDEPENDENT: Hundreds of gay rights activists marched to the beat of drums in Delhi recently both to celebrate their sexuality and to draw attention to the continuing discrimination India’s LGBT community faces. Some participants in the annual gay pride parade said the ninth event felt different to past marches because more people have come to accept gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. But others said India’s right-wing government is reversing rights gains by re-instating a law criminalizing ‘homosexual acts.’ In 2009, activists cheered and danced in the street when…

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