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18 January 2017 @ 09:11 pm
It feels like everyone is holding their breath until Friday's event.

I wish I had some nuggets of wisdom, but I really don't have anything to share.

I'm close enough to the action that my normal Friday traffic might be affected, since I work in Reston Virginia--not as much as potentially that of my workmate whose route brings her closer to the DC beltway, whereas I'm coming from the west.

Some people very close to me are having trouble coping with what is about to transpire, and still in wonder of how we got here. There is not much I can say that helps.

All I know is, we can't just give in. We can't pretend that everything is close to being normal, or that the similarities outweigh the differences of other years.

Anyone need someone to talk things over with? Are you okay?
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11 January 2017 @ 08:00 pm





It's my pleasure to announce the Birthday of an Honorary Furry...



~ Laura! ~





She's just a wonderful friend along with her Mum who live in the UK, and we chat daily on Twitter. She loves Rainbow Ark and everything we do. Please add your well-wishes here in comments because I'm linking this to her on Twitter. Please also follow her: @LittleBear_1985 (She currently has her account locked because of some troll and bullying activity, but she'll see you and let you in)
 
 
10 January 2017 @ 02:58 pm
A co-worker of mine with 4th stage congestive heart failure is going for a heart procedure tomorrow to implant a pacemaker. She has a husband and two small children. Please pray that it goes well.
 
 
10 January 2017 @ 05:18 am
I don't know why, but for some reason lately, I've been feeling tired a lot. Have been sleeping 11-12 hours when I go to bed for the day and even now, I'm going to take an unplanned nap because I feel so tired. I need prayer that I'll be healed of whatever is causing this, that I'll be healed in the next couple of days and that I'm not coming down with something, especially not a chronic condition.
 
 
08 January 2017 @ 01:20 pm
...from our historically talkative Arkers, please share and give us points for consideration and discussion.

I've been the only one posting entries since December 1st, and let's face it, I can be pretty damn boring. I'm all about The Resistance nowadays and I know most of that isn't appropriate for our group, at least not for extended periods.

There are a lot of good recent articles out there about affirming ministries and being true to yourself and your beliefs. I've occasionally been chastised for sharing too many articles--that that's something people can find on their own and not have to live through a reenactment here.

I'm to the point that I don't know what you'd like me to share here, and anyway I'm happier when others take the lead and begin talking about things that maybe I wouldn't have thought about sharing. I'm not going to give you any sentimental tripe today lamenting about how we used to be more active. But I do want to make sure today that people know they're welcome to share what's on their heart, that there's still a few of us ready to respond.

To our group how it is today, what do you want to see here?
 
 
31 December 2016 @ 06:05 pm
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690 2 fursuitauctions 20 October 2004 Open All Members
702 1 suckitupdyke 02 April 2005 Open All Members, Moderated
737 2 ftm 19 December 2000 Open All Members
756 3  3  3 rainbow_ark 07 February 2004 Open All Members, Moderated
998 4 demisexuality 21 June 2010 Open All Members
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1362 6 transgender 23 June 2001 Moderated All Members
1388 4 devotional365 13 November 2004 Open All Members, Moderated
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1455 5 furcast 15 August 2010 Moderated All Members
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1697 6 eastcoastfurs 23 April 2002 Moderated All Members
1739 7 bare_furs 12 November 2006 Open All Members, Moderated
1759 8 bi_guys 12 April 2002 Moderated All Members
1767 6 buddhists 23 January 2001 Open All Members, Moderated
1881 8 openpaws 22 May 2002 Open All Members, Moderated
1889 9 addme_glbt 12 June 2004 Open All Members, Moderated
2013 7 refiningold 20 August 2016 Closed Select Members, Moderated
2040 8 catholicism 16 May 2001 Open All Members
2175 9 wikifur 04 August 2005 Open All Members, Moderated
2228 9 endtimes 17 June 2003 Open All Members, Moderated

 
 
22 December 2016 @ 09:37 am
...but we've all been brainwashed into being infinitely more gay-affirming than our parents.

Here is an excellent little article on how growing up with Rudolph facilitated the change...

How the lessons taught by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer have changed America
 
 
14 December 2016 @ 11:30 am
So hey! How's everyone doing? I have no YouTubes to share or links to articles, just thinking about my critters and crew here and hoping you're making it, or at least holding things together.

I see Quentin Coyote's back on LJ after a lengthy hiatus. It's nice to see him again.

I was just sitting here at work, looking out the window at the blue sky and traffic, and thinking 'hey! I haven't used my Suzy's Zoo Christmas raccoon avatar yet this season, so I need to get that done.'

You know, if there is anything you'd like to see here, that isn't here, you can always suggest the addition, or better yet, haul off and compose and share it with us.

Sometimes the current events are overwhelming and we wonder what next year or even tomorrow will bring. It's important to remember that at least in a few important dimensions, we have each other. There are others here facing similar concerns and tribulations. There is always a way through.

I however you celebrate the season, may your days be bright. Merry Christmas, Joyous Yule, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa!
 
 
 
This page features a list of the top 25 Rainbow Ark-related communities on LiveJournal, with links to each one.

http://myrainbowark.com/topjournals.html
 
 
 
 
21 November 2016 @ 12:39 pm
I'm sorry for the presentation of my recent entries here, in terms of whole articles presented with little or no commentary. With the recent developments of the empowerment of previously dormant white nationalism in this country, and with so much happening out there right now, more than ever I feel it's necessary to keep all of my friends here informed about what's going on—which is really only a fraction of the articles I'm sharing on Twitter as @Rainbow_Ark if you'd like to follow me there.

I'm keeping up with a large amount of information especially now since I can read better after my recent eye surgery. I'm trying to keep the political stuff here to an absolute minimum except where it seems the most pertinent to our interests. The intent is not to add to your stress of events over the last several weeks and months, but to try to distill it all into something that is hopefully helpful and informative, without causing overload. No one has actually contacted me in private about this, but I just felt like an explanation was in order since my recent delving into a more political arena.

To tell you the truth, before November 9th, I thought 2017 would be the year for me to begin to wrap things up here with Rainbow Ark. We seemed to do what we had set out to do. The safe spaces which were once rare, are now numerous. Both laws and public opinion has shifted toward equality and it seemed like we were about ready to come into port. I was going to close the lj and probably re-purpose the website.

Now, there are suddenly uncertainties. We don't know how everything is going to shake out. But one thing is certain - We Will All Get Through This! Stay strong. Don't give in to fear. Rainbow Ark isn't going anywhere.
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To brine or not to brine the turkey used to be the hot-button topic that divided families on Thanksgiving. Not this year, especially for many in the LGBT community, who are trying to decide whether to break bread with their family members who supported President-elect Donald Trump. That’s because Trump and some of his closest advisers are widely seen as racist, anti-Semitic, misogynist and homophobic. This year the tough questions are: To boycott or not to boycott? And if you decide to sit down together, how do you protect yourself from any gloating or vitriol?

“I’m not so much scared to go home as I am dreading it,” said Dustin Miller, a 29-year old gay man who messaged me this week when I asked Facebook readers for their holiday survival strategies in the wake of the election results.

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The link
 
 
19 November 2016 @ 08:33 am
It is a Sunday afternoon in a provincial town in France. Two men meet at a cafe. One of them, Berenger, is half-drunk. He is being berated by his companion, Jean. All of the sudden, they hear a great noise. When they and other townspeople crane their necks to figure out what’s going on, they see a large animal thundering down one of the streets, stamping and snorting all the way. A rhinoceros! Not long after, there’s another. They are startled. It’s outrageous. Something must be done. What they begin to do is argue heatedly about whether the second rhino was the first one going past a second time or a different one, and then about whether the rhinos are African or Asiatic.

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html
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