Thursday, July 20, 2017

"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."


Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"Adam and Andy..."


I love James Asal's "Adam and Andy" strip
Married life really is like this.

"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them. There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to. Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."

Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2759"


"Love At Home..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"The Artist's Corner..."


Dante Amoretto



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Happiness...  Live Fearlessly"




"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2758"


"Let Life Be The Celebration Of Love..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them. There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to. Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."

Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."


Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"The Imitation Of Life..."


When the truth doesn't matter...





"The Views To Love..."




Happiness and love live together in two hearts that become one...



"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



'We Were Always There..."




"The Truth About Love..."


Love is a very contradiction of all the elements of our ordinary nature -- it makes the proud man meek -- the cheerful, sad -- the high-spirited, tame; our strongest resolutions, our hardiest energy fail before it. Believe me, you cannot prophesy of its future effect in a man from any knowledge of his past character.

- Edward Bulwer-Lytton



"The Artist's Corner..."


"Red Trunks"
Acrylic on canvas
Douglas Simonson



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Gay PDA Is Okay!"


"Love Is Worth Everything...  Live Fearlessly"




"The Truth About Love..."


Some people will only love you as long as you fit in their box. Don't be afraid to disappoint.

- Anonymous



"Selfie Love..."


"Selfie Love" - those beautiful, grainy, out-of-focus self-pics that capture the truth of true love...



"The Views To Love..."





Love is as plain as black and white...



"This Made Me Smile..."


Still funny after all these years...

As a boy, The Carol Burnett Show was the highlight of my week.  The sketches were hilarious and although it didn't occur to me at the time why, I adored the musical productions with the Ernie Flatt Dancers.




"It's True, Lovers Do Start To Look Alike..."


Amongst gay couples, it's often referred to as "A Boyfriend Twin"

"While you may be familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” in reality, what the heart wants is someone who resembles its owner and that resemblance increases the longer two lovebirds stay together.

University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc conducted an experiment to test this phenomenon. He analyzed photographs of couples taken when they were newlyweds and photographs of the same couples taken 25 years later.

The results showed that the couples had grown to look more like each other over time. And, the happier that the couple said they were, the more likely they were to have increased in their physical similarity."


Read more about this interesting phenomenon here...


"Fear Eats the Soul"



"This Is A Love Song..."




Misty Blue
David McAlmont

Oh, it's been such a long, long time
Looks like I'd get you off my mind
But I can't
Just the thought of you (just the thought of you)
Turns my whole world misty blue (misty blue)


Oh honey, just the mention of your name (just your name)
Turns the flicker to a flame
Listen to me good, baby
I think of the things we used to do
And my whole world turns misty blue (misty blue)


Ooh baby, I should forget you
Heaven knows I tried (heaven knows I tried)
Baby, when I say that I'm glad we're through
Deep in my heart I know I've lied
I've lied, I've lied (just the thought of you, misty blue)


Ooh honey, it's been such a long, long time
Looks like I'd get you off my mind
But I can't
Just the thought of you, my love (just the thought of you)
My whole world turns misty blue (misty blue)


Ooh, oh, I can't, oh, I can't
Oh, I can't forget you
My whole world turns misty blue (misty blue)
Ooh, oh, my love
My whole world turns misty blue (misty blue)
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Baby, I can't forget you
My whole world turns misty blue (misty blue)


Songwriters: Bob Montgomery
Misty Blue lyrics © Reservoir One Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc



"Love And Life's Journeys..."


From the work of Chicago born photographer Richard Renaldi. Over the course of more than a decade, Richard has recorded images of himself and his partner Seth Boyd in their hotel rooms across the country and around the world for his project "Hotel Room Portraits."

I fell in love with these images from the very first time that I saw them. There is something incredibly familiar and comforting in recognizing not only the love between Richard and Seth, but also the rigors of travel and the occasional weary eyes and tiredness that we all fall prey to. Moreover, these photos reveal an intimacy and comfortableness that one finds only when two people are truly in love... They reveal "love and life's journeys."

Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press.



"We Were Always There..."





"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2757"


"There Is No Greater Declaration Of Love Than This..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"The Artist's Corner..."


Dante Amoretto



Monday, July 17, 2017

"Same Gender Loving People - No. 2756"


"Love Is The Beginning Of Life's Many Joys..."

Positive images of people like me... The truth of the matter is that we all need to see people like ourselves. So everyday, I'll post a photo, drawing or some other artwork that depicts Same Gender Loving People as what we are... Only Human.



"A True Love Story..."


CHRIS & DOUG
“It's Never Too Late”

Doug was married to his wife for 22 years. At a rocky point in their relationship, they separated. After 6 weeks of separation, Doug’s wife visited and asked him to come home.  Doug’s answer; “I can’t come home.  I am finally being the person I am supposed to be. I am gay.” He has been living as an openly gay man for over 20 years.

Similar to Doug, Chris knew he was gay from a young age, but Chris went through “ex-gay therapy” as part of his fundamentalist upbringing. Chris was married for 37 years. Coming out and ending his marriage was driven by suffering from being in the closet and the ensuing PTSD. He came out 4.5 years ago.

Chris and Doug met in May of 2013 on Match.com. After some chatting on the site, the two met for coffee for their first face-to-face meeting. As Chris described: “I entered the coffee shop as Doug was coming out of the washroom and instantly thought, this is someone I can connect with.” Once at the table Doug “took off [my] jacket and saw Chris’s face and thought: ‘yeah, I got him!” Must have been something to do with the fact that Doug is a personal trainer. More importantly, they spent three hours really connecting with each other and the time flew by. Chris stated, “I didn’t want it to end. I felt so comfortable with him, no pretense. I walked him to his car, which just happened to be a Lexus sport coupe Pebble Beach Special Edition. I thought: 'I can deal with this!'”


For their second date, they went on a Day Cruise of the Toronto Harbour on a Tall Ship. Not really taking much notice of the scenery, or the other travel guests, again they were totally absorbed in conversation about their lives, their families, and their life journeys.  Doug and Chris were pretty much together every chance they got every weekend for the next 4 months. Chris invited Doug on a vacation escape to St. Maarten. “I had not been on a vacation in 20 years without having a big argument with my travel partner, so I was kind of apprehensive that this vacation may ruin what was developing,” Doug pointed out. “We never argued then and have never fought in four years,” Chris underlined. “We are each other’s soul mate. Our differences of opinions are simply that: different points of view, where we always conclude with compromise and agreement. At our age, life is too short to spend time in arguments. We have always believed that communication is key to a good relationship.”


Chris and Doug remember going on a tour excursion to the French side of St. Maarten on a rainy day. During free time, they found a cozy little French cafe, where they sipped wine under the awning, shared tears and freely spoke to each other about some difficult periods in their lives before they met. It was a precious time together and their feelings for each other deepened further.

From that point onward, the two pretty much spent every weekend together until the summer of 2014, when they bought a home together in a quaint little artsy village in southern Ontario about 1.5 hours outside of Toronto.

Two years into their relationship, Chris and Doug started talking about getting married. “I knew Doug was waiting for me to ask and I was going to do it on a vacation we took to Hawaii, but couldn’t find the right moment.” That moment did come on June 8th, 2016, on the anniversary of their first coffee date.

The night the couple got engaged. 

The two were out to dinner and Chris was ready to pop the question, only to be scuttled by a family with children sitting down next to them and “ruining the ambiance.” So, the two headed outside where it was fairly cool. Chris asked Doug to sit down on a bench beside the river that runs through their village, to watch the swans. Doug replied, “Shouldn’t we just go to the car?! It’s cold.” But, Chris insisted and asked Doug to marry him. His answer was: “Really? Here?! Are you serious or just playing with me?” “Yes, really.  Here.  It’s for real.  I know you have been waiting for some time.  I love you very much. Will you marry me?” “Of course I will,” Doug replied.


The two worked with a jewelry designer to design their own rings from gold and diamonds they had and then set out to plan the wedding.

“I had no idea where to start,” said Doug. “I had nothing to do with planning the first one!” So, Doug took to Facebook and sought out a “good wedding planner.” (It is sheer coincidence that the woman they picked shared Doug’s last name.) “She’s been so helpful, especially in finding a photographer comfortable photographing gay men, able to capture the romantic feeling,” said Chris. “We really don’t have to do anything, but being gay men we have to be a little involved!” They also found Men’s Vows on the internet and loved the site!

They are keeping their wedding very relaxed: “No ties and no dress-up. Just a garden cocktail party,” described Doug. And, while not specifically themed, Doug is incorporating the color teal into the overall design and the two have opted for jackets, open shirts, boutonnieres, and boots for themselves, and have outfitted their children and grandkids in off-white and Taupe.


While the two will marry in an Anglican church, the service won’t be religious, but rather spiritual. And, in honor of Doug’s 20+ years in musical theater, the ceremony will include a couple of their favorite songs from Gershwin to Groban. A close friend of Chris’s – one who helped him through his coming out and divorce – will officiate.  Chris’s youngest son will give a reading and Chris’s psychotherapist will be using the reading as well, to speak briefly about Love.  Close to the end of the ceremony, we are also having the Rector from the Church give an Aboriginal Blessing. Doug pointed out: “it takes a village to get married!”

As for the reception, the soon-to-be-husbands will host 80 guests in their back yard.

When asked about their registry, they answered: “We had an awful time with that!” Given both men have a “full house,” and recognize that people might want to give them gifts, they’ve simply asked for people, if so inclined, to contribute to “their Wishing Well.” As for their honeymoon, they’re planning a River Cruise in Europe. Given the success of their numerous vacations together since St Maarten, their Honeymoon will no doubt set them on a wonderful life path as husbands.

“By the way, our former wives are attending our wedding,” the two proudly said. “And our kids and grandkids cannot wait to see us married.” Chris said: “When we found each other, I realized that the romance, connection and love that I watched over the years in the movies, and that always seemed to escape me, I found in Doug and in my genuine, authentic being.”


As for Doug, “I thought love had passed me by, but as I analyzed it, I just wasn’t ready. That’s why I had not met Chris until 2013.”

Both Chris and Doug specified that they could not be happier. Their blended family is so supportive and wish all the ‘happiness for us as a married couple’.

As we celebrate Chris and Doug, we want all of you to take great assurance and confidence in the fact that it is never too late for love, especially when you are ready for it. In Chris and Doug, we’ve found great inspiration and example.



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