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Friday, September 15, 2017

The new age --- Perry Brass turns 70

By Perry Brass

Perry at the age of 3

On September 15, I turn 70.

How could it happen? It’s a question I’ve asked myself for a long time, and when I was younger it seemed so far away that it was unimaginable. 70, that is old.

There is no way around it. I have stopped telling myself that I am anything but an old man, but, definitely, I am not an old man the way I remembered old men in my youth. The gay, lesbian, straight, bi, trans (and even all those “micro-sexualities” and “genderalities” somewhere in the middle) Baby Boomer generation is heading toward the Big 7-0, and really changing the perceptions and definitions of age and aging. The generation that said, à la the Who song, “Hope I die before I get old,” is now… well, old. But we are looking at it more creatively, with more flexibility, and with enough surprises in common emerging that some are now being institutionalized and accepted within the culture.

Perry at the age of 15

Pioneering LGBTQ activist says his generation now embraces its “oldness."

Among them: that you are never too old to change, and that nothing is too young for you — although some things, like the big-time drugs we used to take and the over-the-top binge-eating-drinking-and-sexing, too — I’m afraid to admit, are.

Perry discovering his sexuality

I am a peculiar old man. Like a many of my gay contemporaries, there’s still some wild boyishness left inside me from the 1960s and 1970s. I have prostate cancer, but I have kept my body in great shape. I have a 32” waist; weigh what I did at 30 — about 150 pounds — can do 100 push ups (in four sets of 25, to prevent too much stress on joints, something seniors need to watch), can stand on my head for 90 seconds, and generally walk faster than most New Yorkers. I enjoy a drink in moderation, an occasional drag on a joint, and a real sex life.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New in the gallery --- Frank Fruzyna

Frank Fruzyna

Born and raised in Chicago, Frank began selling his artwork at age 12. After enjoying a 25-year career in commercial art and graphic design, he retired in 2004 to devote himself full-time to painting. He developed a loyal clientele in portraiture, and his abstracts are featured by Chicago’s top interior designers.

Frank relocated to Paradise, MI, in 2009 and takes great inspiration from the local wildlife and landscapes.

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