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The Way We Were: A Photo From The Archives. Last Week In 'Uncensored!' We Got To Hear Wigmore Fairly Pant When We Telephoned Christine Fix (Middle). I Thought I'd Provide A Visual Reference. Anyway, Well Placed Panting, But Jesus, Man. Keep It Together. Photo: Shaun Proulx Media

Episode 4 of my new weekly podcast ‘Uncensored!’ with my former radio gal-pal Mark Wigmore is now available to listen, below. THANK YOU for the lovely words and notes and yes, shortly there will be an app for that, so you can listen anytime anywhere. This week: Flying brides, bitching on bullies, Joan Rivers, and Mark attacks a 21-year-old.

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Flashback: The 4:20

Hey, I was digging through my writing and came across this copy for one of my daily “4:20″ commentaries on my former radio show and thought I’d share with you today …

So I was on vacation last week and as I said to my Assistant before I left “It’s my strong preference not to be on the phone or emailing or texting while on holiday.”

Right? What is a vacation when you’re still using da brain?

But I did check Facebook from time to time. I checked Facebook because as a mother who’d left her two babies home with a sitter, I like to stay in communication with the babysitter, and Facebook was her method of choice.

My last status update was as follows: ” Shaun Proulx is unplugged”. When I was next back on Facebook, in my inbox there was a message from someone named Jason White. I didn’t know him, but I don’t know all my Facebook friends. The subject line was a mere question mark, and the message read: “How long have you been sick?” Continue Reading…

Classic Commentary

Hey, so we’re adding a commentary element to The Shaun Proulx Show on OUTtv, based on my popular daily “4:20″ commentaries I used to give every day at … 4:20 … on my former radio programme.  Leafing through old scripts I wrote, I came across the one below from April, 2009.  It’s in keeping with my earlier post featuring recent video of Toronto neighbours in confrontation with local door-to-door evangelicals.  xS

And now a word on Jesus.

So a long weekend approaches, we’re off because Jesus died and was resurrected about this time a while back.

God, Jesus has caused a lot of strife, hasn’t he?  I mean, the faith founded in his name still wrestles with the ultimate question of Who He Is.  During his lifetime his followers had differing answers and after his death it took more than 300 years of violent contention and suppression before even the murkiest answers emerged.

I’m sure he didn’t mean for all this when he came to us in that manger way back, that star in the sky blinding him like a disco ball.

But, even today, the Christian right sure like to use the poor bugger as they perform their most un-Jesus like acts, trying to stop people from loving people.

Understandably, too, these days people are turning their backs on Jesus in record numbers.

Then there’s those of us who take his name in vain far more frequently than probably HE would appreciate, and did I mention a fair number  of wars seem to have been caused in His name?

But throughout recorded history, people have always had spiritual needs.   We have a need for a basic understanding of life.  We have a need for a sense of meaning, and purpose.  We have a need to feel connected to something greater than ourselves.

As we celebrate Easter, be it on the dance floor,  or by hunting chocolate eggs in the most unusual of hiding spots, or attending Church to praise Him, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all take pause and remember one little thing?

Jesus said LOVE, bitches!

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The 4:20 – Hope And Possibility.

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Last week was a goodie for queers and their allies. To see California’s ban on same-sex marriage receive a kick in the cajones by the declaration of federal judge Vaughan Walker that it’s unconstitutional, is hope and possibility of final victory when the case goes to the Supreme Court.

It’s been interesting to note, as thousands of stakeholders declared Walker their hero on Facebook and Twitter networks, that actually, Walker – a George W. Bush appointee, to the chagrin of queers at the time – has career notches from his former legal private practice which include representing the U.S. Olympics in a lawsuit against the “Gay Olympics”.  At the time Walker put a lien on the games’ founder’s house, who was bedridden, dying of AIDS.

Seems Walker represents more hope and more possibility than perhaps many of us even realized.

* Further related reading: On HIMBO!‘s sister site GayGuideToronto.com, blogger Andrew Vail felt so poorly for the distraught evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson following the Prop 8 gain, he just had to write a conciliatory open letter.

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The 4:20 – When Y&R's Lessons Don't Help

Epilogue: Lilac died. Lilac turned out to be fine.  Apparently in fall #1 he his knee in a weird way that left him all nauseous, so when he went to sit down after our chat, he fainted.  Oh, Lilac!

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The 4:20 – When Y&R’s Lessons Don’t Help

Epilogue: Lilac died. Lilac turned out to be fine.  Apparently in fall #1 he his knee in a weird way that left him all nauseous, so when he went to sit down after our chat, he fainted.  Oh, Lilac!

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In Other Words …

Fair Enough, The Ears And The Eyes I Can See ...

Over on Twitter someone asked: “Anyone else think @shaunproulx went kinda Yoda on us yesterday?”, pointing to this blog post in which I offered a perspective on the drama that’s been underway concerning Toronto Pride.  (It’s not what some would expect (or worse still – want) me to be saying, but I’s sayin’ it.)

Anyway, I’m no Star Wars fan but was assured that “Yoda is uber-cool” by one of my Tweeps, and that’s good enough for me.  And while we’re assuring each other, rest assured from me, my “Yoda” attitude on the topic of Pride or many other gay issues or even general life issues, is nothing new.  Here’s a clip of a 4:20, the daily commentary I did on my former radio show, from March of this year:

Again, you get it or you don’t, you’re there or you’re not.  It’s all okay by me.

Peace and love!

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The 4:20 – The Pride Of Toronto

(Pssst! Do you enjoy a good 4:20?  Check this out: Marble Slab Creamery asked me to create the flavour in honour of my popular on-air daily commentary; and who was I to say no?  I have created an intoxicating blend of Swiss chocolate, classic caramel and brownie bits, my favourite combo (“Ideal!” says my friend Maryjane.)

Best part:  Marble Slab Creamery will donate $1 to a project I’m involved in: HEART FM in East Africa, with the goal to support human rights messaging there. Their generous offer is for 4:20 ice cream sold in the month of May, so run don’t walk.

A new Marble Slab Creamery is at Yonge/Dundas across from the HMV, there’s one in The Beach, and several across the GTA. (For my American and cross-Canada readers, check your local outlets and see if they carry the new flavour!)

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