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Sara S. Jansen Book Signings

Never Coming Back Book Signing

Never Coming Back, a lesbian suspense/romance that takes place in Northampton, MA and the surrounding area, is now available in four editions (Kindle and Print versions of Never Coming Back and Never Coming Back: Special Erotic Edition).  In honor of the primary location in the book, I will be making my first appearances for book signings in Northampton, MA at the night club, Diva’s.  The first is this Sunday, April 14, for the T-Dance from 3:00-7:00.  I will also be at Diva’s for the After Pride Party on Saturday, May 4 from 5:00-8:30.  I will be selling the books for $10 each (tax included) and signing every one!

You might also see me walking around, or checking out the Pride and Joy booth, at the 32nd Annual Northampton LGBT Parade and Pride Event on Saturday, May 4. This year’s event will take place at the 3-County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Our Journey is Not Complete.” Admission and parking are free.  This year’s lineup includes some awesome speakers, bands, and drag queens and kings, and will be ASL interpreted. They also provide a sectioned off Kids Area away from the stage area.

Then, after you are done at the parade/rally (rally ends at 5:00), join me at Diva’s for my book signing!  Hope to see you there!

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Boston city hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DOMA Justice Rally

I will be attending the Historic DOMA Justice Rally in Boston, MA and hope all my friends and supporters will join me, in Boston or at your local capital!  Here’s the details for Boston:

Government Center, Boston City Hall Flag Pole
3pm March 26th
Starting on the 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two cases about the freedom to marry. These two cases – which concern the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 – are fundamentally about whether gay and lesbian Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.
Here’s the Facebook Page for the MassEquality Boston Rally:  https://www.facebook.com/events/218929384898397/

Obama’s Promise of Freedom and Equality

As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I can only say that today’s Presidential Inaugural Address was inspiring and made me proud. This is the first time I have heard a President show such a firm commitment to bring the country forward, united as a group for the common welfare. “We the People” can do it together, focused on the betterment of all.  I have waited my entire adult life to hear a President voice that sentiment. It is not “us vs. them” for this President.  It is “We the People.” Thank you, President Obama, for giving me hope for myself, my WWII veteran father, my Vietnam veteran mother, and my young daughter. He is right that we cannot sacrifice one generation for another. My three-generation family represents four generations of this country, and I am not willing to sacrifice any of the generations of my family. Neither should my country. Again, thank you, Mr. President.

Scott Lively on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

LGBT flag map of Uganda

I couldn’t be happier typing that title, “Scott Lively on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity.” Well, I would be happier if the title were, “Scott Lively Jailed for Crimes Against Humanity.” But that may come in time. Even if he does no time, my hope is that the publicity will reveal just how hateful and ridiculous he is.

For those of you who may not know, Scott Lively is a fear monger who lives in my city and has been spreading his hatred around the world. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal suit against him in March of 2012 on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda. “The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the formulation of anti-gay legislation and policies aimed at revoking fundamental rights from LGBT persons constitutes persecution. This is the first known Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

What does that mean exactly? Well, over the past decade, Scott Lively has traveled to Uganda, and coordinated with various people in Uganda, to spread his lies and hatred to people who already live in fear every day of their lives. He has spread fear that gays use pornography to recruit children and participate in the rape of children. I guess he missed the repeated studies and statistics that show that PEDOPHILES rape children, not homosexuals. His work has resulted in the compilation of a list of gays and lesbians, to be used for pubic outings in the media and publication of their names, photos, and contact information. This has led to persecution, discrimination, arrests, deaths, and even denial of healthcare. Lively has gone so far as to publish books that claim gays are responsible for the Holocaust, the Spanish Inquisition, the French ‘Reign of Terror,” South African Aparthied, two hundred years of slavery in America, the breakdown of Christianity in America, and even the genocide in Rwanda.

Even my eleven-year-old daughter is dumbfounded by the rantings of this lunatic. One can only wonder just what atrocities he has suffered, or how much he hates himself, or how much he is suppressing in himself, to create such a deep level of hatred against a group of individuals that merely want to have the freedom to live their lives the way they see fit – precisely, by the way, what our system here in America has afforded Scott Lively.

Lively Hate for Gays and Strippers

 

Downtown Springfield, MA

Sometimes I don’t want to be right, but I predicted this one.  My local whack job, Scott Lively, is now claiming credit for the gas line explosion that blew up a strip club in my city, Springfield, MA.  Apparently, the utility worker that accidentally hit the gas line was doing God’s work in trying to blow up himself and a bunch of police officers and firefighters.  I wonder what good ole Scott (Defend the Family of Abiding Truth Ministries) and his Holy Grounds Coffee House will pray for next for Springfield.  It hasn’t even been two years yet since he told the Boston Globe that he is “toning down his antigay rhetoric and shifting his focus to helping the downtrodden.” Does that means he is willing to let hundreds of now homeless people crash at his house?  Is he willing to give all of those unemployed exotic dancers well-paying jobs in his ministry?  Well, why not?  His manager was a convicted pedophile.  And he lived ABOVE the coffee house.  Oh wait!  That’s right!  Scott “didn’t know.”  And even if he had known, he said, “That’s the beauty of the salvation of Christ.  When you come to Jesus Christ, and you accept his forgiveness for your sins, then you are forgiven by Him and enter a new life. It doesn’t surprise me that he had a rough past, that he has a criminal record.”  Maybe it doesn’t surprise him because he has his own checkered past, as an alcoholic and drug addict who hitchhiked across the US (doing who knows what) until he found God in an evangelical church.  Maybe he should have tried AA first!

 

 

So anyway, back to caring for the downtrodden… That must be what he was doing when he asked everyone to pray, “Finally Lord, we pray that you would destroy the works of Satan in this city [Springfield, MA] and ask you demolish them in such a way that it is clearly by your hand alone and not the works of men, saving the people but destroying the institutions that have set themselves against your truth.”  I guess he didn’t like that God sent a utility worker to blow up the strip club, as it is not apparent enough that it was God’s work.

 

 

I just can’t get over how crazy this guy is.  Well, at least he is not saying I am bisexual because I had sex with demons in my dreams.  Well, not yet, anyway…  And the guy is seriously considering running for governor!

 

 

 

 

Show Some Respect!

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Flag of the United States of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Okay, I have decided that it is time for another one of my rants. So you have been forewarned.

Personally, I am so sick and tired of all of the disrespect floating around the Internet. Especially on Facebook. Now admittedly I don’t spend a lot of time on other social networking sites, so it is possible that the disrespect is just as bad on those sites. However, it is specifically the Facebook posts that get to me the most.

What disrespect are you talking about? I know that’s what you’re asking. All one has to do is read all of the pictures, postings, statuses, videos, and so on to see the disrespect. Come on! How can you miss it?

Specifically, I am referring to the disrespect perpetuated by the far right who are upset about the election outcome. This has manifested in a slew of pictures being posted on the Internet of upside down United States flags. I am politically independent, so I have been able to let most of it go. But I can only take so much.

Both of my parents are veterans of wars. I have many uncles who served in the military. My father even gave up his kidney for the war. He was bayoneted in the kidney by a Japanese soldier during World War II. My mother served in the military for 23 years, and continued to serve by working for the civil-service after she retired from the military, and she currently works for the VA. That is a lifetime of dedication to the United States of America.

I, personally, take it as disrespectful to see the American flag flipped upside down, whether it is on someone’s profile picture or it is a picture of a McDonald’s with an upside down flag. I don’t care if it was a flagpole malfunction. It is disrespectful either way.  I’m not fond of the flag with Obama’s face on it either, by the way.

The second thing that gets me all riled up is the disrespect shown to the President of the United States. I understand that people are upset that Romney didn’t win. I understand that people are upset that Obama did win. The fact of the matter is, Obama did win. The fact of the matter is, he is and will continue to be for another four years, the President of United States. The most powerful man in the world. Show the man the respect he deserves. I don’t want to hear about people wanting to punch him in the face. I don’t want to hear about people threatening to kill him. As far as I’m concerned, both of those actions mean that the people who say them deserve to be thrown in jail. Show some frickin’ respect people!

If you don’t like this country, you can move. You can move to Canada where they have socialized medicine, legalized gay marriage, and 45% of their population is atheistic. Or you can self deport to Mexico. I don’t really care. But I do care about what you do to our flag and what you say about our President.

Gas Rationing Can Lead to Love

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gas lines (Photo credit: SpecialKRB)

It appears we have gone back to gas rationing in this country.  No, not everywhere, but for millions of people in NY City and Long Island and New Jersey, people will once again have to pay attention to the number on their license plate. The last number of your plate determines whether you can buy gas on even or odd days.  NYC Mayor Bloomberg signed an emergency order on Thursday, and the gas rationing is to begin on Friday with odd-numbered plates.

His website quotes, “Last week’s storm hit the fuel network hard – and knocked out critical infrastructure needed to distribute gasoline… Even as the region’s petroleum infrastructure slowly returns to normal, the gasoline supply remains a real problem for thousands of New York drivers. Earlier today, I signed an emergency order to alternate the days that drivers can purchase gas, which is the best way to cut down the lines and help customers buy gas faster.”

Of course, this doesn’t answer the question of the thousands of people waiting on foot in line with 5-gallon cans to run their generators.  This doesn’t account for the out-of-towners that need the gas to help the residents, to drive to locations and deliver the food, water, clothing, and other goods collected from the rest of us in the nation.  The pictures of the lines are unbelievable.  They remind one of another time.

Those of you over the age of 40 will remember the gas lines of the mid-1970s.  At the time, we imported over half of our oil supply from the Middle East.  Our alliance with Israel caused those oil-rich Arab nations that attacked Israel to cut off all shipments of oil to the US. The gas-guzzlers we were driving at the time exacerbated the problem.  Cars were lined up around the block.  Gas rationing was nationwide. Patience was stretched thin and tempers flared.  Violence ensued.

One can only hope the gas problems in NY and NJ, created by the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, will not have the same results. Most of us are not affected.  Most of us can only sit in front of our televisions, or in front of our computers, and look at pictures of the unbelievable scenes being played out before us.

When a tornado ripped through my state, through my neighborhood – in fact, directly over my house – I witnessed first hand the effects weather can bring. My daughter and I felt like we were living in a war zone. Everywhere we looked we saw torn up houses, overturned or crushed cars, uprooted trees, strewn belongings, and debris – so much debris. I even had to show my ID to get into my own neighborhood. You can still see the damage in the trees, now dead and overgrown with vines.  You can still see it in the houses – the ones not being repaired or torn down, as the owners do not have insurance, or did not have the money up front (to be reimbursed later by the insurance companies), or did not have the inclination to start over.

The first time I saw anything like this was in my childhood, from the blizzard of ’78.  Then I moved to northern Florida just in time for Hurricane Frederick.  With the spread of the Internet, I have seen through pictures and video the devastation of a tsunami in Japan, and earthquakes around the world. I have witnessed the devastation in my father’s Vermont neighborhood due to Hurricane Irene. On business trips, I have seen the damage done to hundreds of acres of crops in upstate New York. I watched many of our trees in western Massachusetts, weak from the tornado, crumble under the weight of the freak snowstorm on Halloween last year. What I didn’t see firsthand, I saw on the television and the Internet. And now this.

We are becoming a society of PTSD sufferers.  I watched the Twin Towers fall at least one hundred times in September of 2001.  I cried for the thousands that died.  I cried for the people swept out to sea during the tsunami in Japan.  I cried for the loss of life for all of the earthquakes, volcanoes, bombings, wars, you name it.

But I am glad that I cry for them. I would much rather suffer PTSD, possibly over-reacting to every warning we receive on the Internet and the television, than be desensitized by it all. I love that people are reporting random acts of kindness after Sandy. I just hope we can keep it up.  I hope that we don’t turn to violence. I hope that we keep helping each other – that we cross all political, socio-economic, racial, gender, ethnic, age – all social boundaries, to help our fellow man. That is my hope for the future, and for today.

So, if you haven’t already, find a shelter that can use your old clothes, coats, hats, mittens. Or donate some food, and your time, to your local food pantry.  Or donate money to the relief effort, or to save starving children somewhere in the world.  Just start somewhere.  And start now.