Articles tagged with: Green Acres

Tired of being tired?

published: April, 27, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy takes a look at one of the most common, under-reported and under-treated conditions out there. We don’t even talk about it much. It’s HIV-related fatigue.

Tired of being tired?

If there is one thing that gets to me about being HIV, a condition which I’ve otherwise learned to accept and adapt to, it’s that I’m tired of being tired. My common sense approaches to it, like taking naps in the afternoon or going to bed earlier, do in fact help, even if they don’t eliminate the condition. It’s a constant in my life, though.  I can’t even remember a time since my diagnosis in 1993 when I haven’t been tired. Of course aging hasn’t helped I had a cold this

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part Two

published: April, 20, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Drawn from life: a photo-essay in which Bob Leahy continues his exploration of the role of minorities, including gay men and people with HIV in particular, in his and other rural communities

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part Two

(Part One appears here) The notion that rural Canada is unwelcoming of minorities may in fact be true in some places, I don’t know. It certainly prevents some queer rural folks proclaiming they’re gay. It certainly inhibits HIV positive folks from disclosing their status more often than not. When I first moved to the country thirteen years ago, I met another guy who was out as a gay man, but not ready to announce his positive status to the world. “People will burn your house down if you

Stand-out in the Sun

published: April, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

An interview with a remarkable man. His name is Paul Gallegos, he’s an HIV activist and you can find him, when he’s not public speaking, out on the streets in the hot California sun promoting HIV testing to motorists and passers-by.

Stand-out in the Sun

I first came across the work of Paul Gallegos through Twitter. (He’s @pauly1999) Paul uses social media voraciously in support of his advocacy for people living with HIV and the need for testing of those who aren’t. One Twitter trail led to another, which in turn led me to find a story about Paul  in a Palm Springs journal. The bare bones of his story are this. In 1999, Paul already had years of heavy drinking and drug use behind him. In preparation for a construction job, he’d deci

Canadian AIDS Service Organizations are using social media – but where are the gaps?

published: April, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Many are using Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and even YouTube to reach out. That’s good. But others are not. That’s bad. Bob Leahy looks at where ASO's rank in adopting social media, whether it’s good enough and what needs to change.

Canadian AIDS Service Organizations are using social media – but where are the gaps?

First some disclosure. PositiveLIte is in something of a unique situation. Because of it’s almost full-time on-line presence, it knows which players use social media and which don’t.   It knows the stars who use it to the hilt – I could name off a long list – and those who haven’t got their feet wet yet – I could name off a long list of those too. But I won't.  Let's just say it's a very mixed picture right now, but in truth getting better by the hour. Now, I like to

Dancing with the real stars

published: April, 14, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes beyond the dance shows of reality TV to see the best there is to offer in the world of contemporary dance, live and on stage at Toronto's Harbourfront

Dancing with the real stars

                        It isn't often that you see a tiny little woman old enough to be your mother (yours, not mine) repeatedly launch herself in to the air so that her body is parallel to the ground, spin dizzily on a horizontal axis before being caught by a male partner. The woman is Louise Lecavalier.  She’s fifty-three years old  and the astonishing spinning manoeuvre is called a barrel flip  You won't see THIS on Dancing with the Stars, even though

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part One

published: April, 07, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and a photo-essay on being out as a gay and poz man in the country and the role of HIV/AIDS activism in rural settings

Assimilation in the Land of Cows - Part One

There are many defining moments that occur when one first moves to the country. The first and perhaps most defining of all is when the empty moving van pulls out of your gravelly rural driveway. It has just deposited all your worldly possessions in to what smells, looks and feels like a distant outpost in another world. It is a moment of second guessing (was this idea really so smart?), self doubt and above all, finality. The second defining moment comes next day when you realize that your new

How queer: going to the theatre

published: April, 05, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at what the Toronto theatre scene has to offer queer folks, and in particular the exciting fare at smaller and often overlooked venues like Buddies and World Stage.

How queer: going to the theatre

There has always been a connection between being gay and the theatre. Why this is and why there isn’t the same connection with, say, gays and sport or gays and rock-climbing I’m not sure. There just isn’t. Go to a Toronto theatre though, and you’ll see lots of gay couples out for an evening. Go to the opera – as I occasionally do, because my tastes are all over the map – and you’ll see even more. We love our shows, out show tunes, our divas, whatever flavour they come in. Having

Eating Healthy - and The Best Chilli Recipe Ever

published: April, 02, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the importance of eating healthy for HIVers, even though he himself hasn’t met a donut or a grilled cheese sandwich he doesn’t like

Eating Healthy - and The Best Chilli Recipe Ever

Anyone who knows me will immediately see the irony of me starting a regular feature here about good nutrition. It’s not a subject I can claim great expertise in other than the fact that my partner is on Weight Watchers. Now I’m not sure if folks know the Weight Watchers' program, but it certainly involves eating extremely healthy while seeing the pounds slip away. And when he’s on Weight Watchers I eat much the same thing.  Plus extra stuff.  Like chocolate.  Lots of it. W

SNAP! IT UP1

published: March, 31, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s recent - and very classy - photographic fundraiser.

SNAP! IT UP1

Brian Finch will be reporting more fully on this event – he had a video camera AND a videographer in tow, I just had my usual Nikon D90. So this taste of the visuals of the event is an appetizer for his more complete coverage to come later. And yes, SNAP! is a very visual event, one where there is much to look at, and not just on the walls. The lobby/atrium of National Ballet School in downtown Toronto was the venue and it worked well in housing and feeding a capacity crowd on two levels. I

What’s the harm?

published: March, 30, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Updated March 30, 2011 Bob Leahy goes to a harm reduction conference and speaks with one of its organizers, Chris Mallais, from the AIDS Committee of Durham.

What’s the harm?

Nobody working in the HIV field can know everything. The subject, in all its infinite variety, is just too huge to grapple with. Ot at least it is for me.  But that’s surely why AIDS Service Organizations essentially distribute pieces of the pie amongst a bevy of workers, each one an expert in his/her field.  Or why there are separate organizations which each deal with just one piece of the HIV pie. Me,  I’m not really an expert in ANY field, although some subjects, like gay

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