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There is a lot going on in the month of October. There’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, Gay and Lesbian History Month, National Coming Out Day, Hispanic Heritage Month is with us for a couple of weeks, and yes, ladies and queers, there is also Halloween. Actually, in checking around, I found that a list of well over 80 things that claim October as its official month. They include things like National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, National Bake and Decorate Month, Global Diversity Awareness Month, Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month, National AIDS Awareness Month, Emotional Intelligence Month, National Popcorn Poppin’ Month and a slew of other serious issues and silly delights. I might have to go and get a pizza, loaded up with pineapple, pear, sausage, spinach, chili, country ham and rhubarb, with some friends, in celebration of the official month for all of those things, as well as honoring it Tackling Hunger Month and Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Although I don’t know how the vegetarians will feel about all that meat on our official pizza during Vegetarian Month. Hmm… I can barely remember that today is Thursday, let alone remember all those things I should be aware of or celebrating. It’s a good thing it’s World Menopause Month, so I know I’m not the only one with memory issues. So, if it’s okay with you, I’m gonna stick to the easier ones to remember. And in this particular issue, you will find something on each of them, mixed in with other great and memorable things like the both the Tampa and Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals and Melissa Ferrick, who probably has her own well-deserved month by now, as well. If not, many of you are probably already seeking to make that happen. So yeah, there is a lot going on in the month of October. There is so much to do, see, be aware of and celebrate. I don’t know about you, but my left brain is exhausted from thinking about each of the things on that 80-plus list during Right Brain Thinkers Month. So, I’m just gonna cross my fingers and hope that it’s Editors Get to Take A Nap Month somewhere! See you next month!

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The original movie Five is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer. Five highlights the shared experience each short film’s title character endures from the moment of diagnosis, through an interconnected story arc that uses humor and drama to focus on the effect different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves while searching for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure. The cast includes Rosario Dawson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, and Kathy Najimy. Premieres Monday, Oct 10, 9pm on Lifetime.

Atlanta-based singer/songwriter, Doria Roberts has released her seventh independent CD project, Blackeyed Susan. With the new record, Roberts returns to her roots with a blues inspired tribute to her mentor and dear friend, Civil Rights era folk musician Odetta. “Odetta passed away before I had a chance to work with her and it was devastating to lose her so suddenly,” says Roberts. “This project was a huge part of my grieving process. While it’s about honoring the past, it’s also about moving on and making sure I’m doing the work I was meant to do. “

Get ready for the Divine Miss M’s triumphant return to Las Vegas with Bete Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On available on Bluray and DVD on October 4th. Taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade features many of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters. Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13piece band. Bette’s superstar power shines in renditions of her immortal songs.

In theaters on October 21, is the adventure flick The Three Musketeers. In the 17th-century, famed Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos steal highly coveted airship designs from a high-security vault, but the sweet taste of success is short-lived. Their beautiful partner-in-crime, Milady (Milla Jovovich), drugs the trio and sells the designs to a higher bidder, a major blow to the famed swordsmen. So one year later, the devil-may-care young D’Artagnan journeys to Paris to realize his dream of becoming a Musketeer, but he finds them a shadow of their former selves, working menial jobs and seeking a cause worth serving.

Tori Amos has just released Night of Hunters. The iconic, platinum-selling singersongwriter continues her legacy of groundbreaking recordings with this 21st century song cycle inspired by select classical pieces spanning the last 400 years. With Night of Hunters, Amos carries on the classical tradition of variations on a theme: taking inspiration from classical forms to create a bold new work while paying tribute to the mastery of the original compositions. “One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us,” the singer explains. And yes, the tour is coming.

Hitting small screens this month is the new series Once Upon A Time, beginning on Sunday October 23 at 8pm on ABC. The series is loosely inspired by the classic fairy tale stories except set in the present day. The stories hold a key to the mystery that will draw a bail bonds collector and the son that she gave up for adoption 10 years earlier to a New England town called Storybrooke. This town is actually a parallel world in which fairy tale characters look like normal people and don’t remember their true identities or anything about their true lives.

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IN THE NEWS FIRST 2010 ESTIMATES OF SAMESEX COUPLES RELEASED The U.S. Census Bureau released at the end of September new statistics on same-sex married couple and unmarried partner households. According to revised estimates from the 2010 Census, there were 131,729 same-sex married couple households and 514,735 same-sex unmarried partner households in the United States. The results of the 2010 Census revised estimates are closer to the results of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) for same-sex married and unmarried partners. The 2010 ACS estimated samesex married couples at 152,335 and same-sex unmarried partners at 440,989. The new, preferred figures revise earlier estimates of same-sex unmarried partners released this summer from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 because Census Bureau staff discovered an inconsistency in the responses in the 2010 Census summary file statistics that artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples. After discovering the inconsistency, Census Bureau staff developed another set of estimates to provide a more accurate way to measure same-sex couple households. The revised figures were developed by using an index of names to re-estimate the number of same-sex married and unmarried partners by the sex commonly associated with the person’s first name. The 2010 Census preferred estimates have been peer-reviewed by Gary Gates, a demographer with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, by Philip Cohen, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and by Megan Sweeney, professor of sociology at UCLA. The Williams Institute conducted a survey of same-sex couples immediately after Census 2010 showing that most same-sex couples who described themselves as spouses are in legally recognized relationships, but not all are actually married. The analyses suggest that approximately 70% reported that they were legally married, and another 15% said that they were in civil unions or registered domestic partnerships. The remaining 15% indicated that while they were not actually in a legally recognized relationship, they considered themselves to be spouses. The Williams Institute estimates that about 50,000 same-sex couples have married in the following states, and in the following numbers: Massachusetts (2004-2009) 16,129; California (2008) 18,000; Connecticut (2008-2010) 6,752; Iowa (2009-2010) 2,099; Vermont (2009-2010) 1,425; New Hampshire (2010) 1,805; District of Columbia (2010) 3,500. Data on marriages in New York are not yet available. In addition, as many as 30,000 same-sex couples may have been married outside of the US. The Williams Institute also estimates that approximately 100,000 same-sex couples are in non-marital forms of relationship recognition like civil unions and registered domestic partnerships.

“TWO YEARS AGO, I STOOD AT THIS PODIUM, in this room, before many of you, and I

made a pledge. I said I would never counsel patience; that it wasn’t right to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for others to tell African Americans to be patient in the fight for equal rights a half century ago. (Applause.) But what I also said, that while it might take time –- more time than anyone would like -– we are going to make progress; we are going to succeed; we are going to build a more perfect union.” “I VOWED TO KEEP UP THE FIGHT AGAINST THE SO-CALLED DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT. There’s a bill to repeal this discriminatory law in Congress, and I want to see

that passed. But until we reach that day, my administration is no longer defending DOMA in the courts. I believe the law runs counter to the Constitution, and it’s time for it to end once and for all. It should join “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the history books.” —Part of President Obama’s remarks at the Humarn Rights Campaign’s 15th Annual National Dinner at the Washington Convention Center on October 1, 2011.

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Coordinated by Equality Forum, a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, LGBT History Month was launched in 2006 with 20 organizations having a link on their websites. In 2010, over 700 organizations and educational institutions had a link, making LGBT History Month the largest LGBT collaboration. Also in 2010, the federal government recognized the project with Secretary Arne Duncan launching LGBT History Month ceremonies at the US Department of Education. As of October 1st, each day, one of the 31 icons is featured. The 31 Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor; for their status as a national hero; or for their significant contribution to LGBT civil rights. The LGBT History Month Co-Chairs, Professor Katherine Sender, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Kenji Yoshino, New York University School of Law, review all nominations and recommend 31 Icons. To learn more about each icon, visit [SHEMAG.COM OR LGBTHISTORYMONTH].

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TAMPA INT’L GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL Oct 6-16 • Tampa, FL tiglff.com • 727.828.0735 K.D. LANG LIVE Oct 8 • 8pm Dreyfoos Hall West Palm Beach, FL kravis.org • 561.832.7469 COME OUT WITH PRIDE Oct 6-9 • various locations Orlando, FL • comeoutwithpride.org FT. LAUDERDALE GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL Oct 13-16 The Manor • 2345 Wilton Drive flglff.com TASTE OF TIGLFF & STREET FESTIVAL Oct 15 • 12pm - 5pm Downtown Tampa stpetepride.com • 727.643.9160 15TH MIAMI RECOGNITION DINNER Oct 15 • 6:30pm Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach, FL thetaskforce.org/miami SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE Oct 15 • 7:30am Bayfront Park Downtown Miami komenmiaftl.org FANTASY FEST Oct 21-30 Key West, FL fantasyfest.net MAMMA MIA! Oct 25-30 • 8pm Dreyfoos Hall West Palm Beach, FL kravis.org • 561.832.7469 HELLROTIKA Oct 29 • 8pm Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail Miami, FL hellrotika.com

? 2011 ICONS *pictured Rita Mae Brown – Author* Virginia Woolf – Author* John Ashbery – Poet Wanda Sykes – Comedian/Actress* Michael Guest – Diplomat Ricky Martin – Singer* John Berry – Government Official Amanda Simpson – Government Official* Dustin Lance Black – Screenwriter Alison Bechdel – Cartoonist* Neil Patrick Harris – Actor Amélie Mauresmo – Athlete* Keith Boykin – Commentator Frida Kahlo – Artist* Denise Eger – Rabbi*

Aaron Copland – Composer Alan Cumming – Actor* Constance McMillen – Youth Activist* Lady Gaga – Singer Dan Choi – Activist* Daniel Hernandez Jr. – Hero David Kato – Ugandan Activist Michael Kirby – Supreme Court Justice Victoria Kolakowski – Judge* Dave Kopay – Athlete Ryan Murphy – Writer/Director Dan Savage – Journalist/Author Lilli Vincenz – Gay Pioneer* Langston Hughes – Author Kye Allums – Athlete* Pedro Zamora – AIDS Activist, MTV Personality* SHE -

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Now in its third year as a stand-alone festival, the Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is unveiling a dynamic roster of 17 films for the 2011 season, announced Franc Castro, executive director of the festival. New for this year will be a gala opening night reception and film followed by a VIP after party, plus an expanded schedule of more short films, documentaries and feature films that are by, about, and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community and its allies. This year’s line-up also features an expanded roster of screenings for women. “Women’s films are an important part of the mix of the Festival,” Castro said. “We’ve brought together an amazing and diverse mix of films that will appeal to the whole community. These films will inspire, inform, entertain, and maybe even provoke, but in every case, the festival promises a wonderful time out at the movies for the entire community.” All screenings will be held at The Manor complex, 2345 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors, with the exception of the Opening Night reception and screening, which will be held at Cinema Paradiso, 503 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale. Here is a list of women’s interest films. [ THURSDAY, OCT. 13 ] > OPENING FILM 6pm Reception 7:30pm Screening at Cinema Paradiso • 503 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale “DIRTY GIRL” • Directed by Ave Sylvia It’s 1987 and Danielle’s misbehavior gets her banished to Special-Ed, where she is paired with Clarke, a friendless closet-case on a parenting

project. Danielle is determined to find her real father and Clarke is desperate to escape being sent to military school by his homophobic dad. They hit the road and on their journey they discover each other, themselves and the ultimate value of friendship. [ FRIDAY, OCT. 14 ] > “SO HARD TO FORGET” (“COMO ESQUECER”) • Directed by Malu di Martino • 6pm After a painful breakup and burdened with unbearable melancholy and memories, Julia struggles in her new life. Suddenly, when hope seems out of sight, she meets Helena, a woman who is going through similar circumstances. > “WE ARE THE NIGHT” • Directed by Dennis Gansel • 7:30pm Louise, the lesbian vampire leader, has been looking for love for centuries. When Louise sees Lena as the love of her life, she transforms her into a vampire. Lena initially feels lost, but quickly joins the trio of women vampires. When they attack a group of criminals, Police Officer Tom investigates and so begins the hunt for the vampire pack. [ SATURDAY, OCT. 15 ] > “TOMBOY” • Directed by Celine Sciama • 2:30pm 10-year-old Laure moves to a new town where she convinces her new friends she is a boy named Michael. Michael grabs the attention of a particular girl named Lisa, who ends up falling in love with him. When the summer comes to an end, will Michael’s true identity be unwillingly revealed? > “HIT SO HARD” • Directed by David Ebersole • 4:30pm SHE -

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GOT BAD BREATH? BY ANNA LEPELEY, M.S. PHD (CAND.), CSCS, CISSN

It’s that time of year to indulge in all your fears and frightful thrills for the sake of the Halloween season. But perhaps one of our biggest fears can be encountered year round. Scarier than the scariest of horror movies; it can make you turn your head away faster, cringe more intensely and run for safety faster than [pre-op] Bruce Jenner. Being around someone with halitosis (bad breath) can be a nightmare. If you or someone you know suffers from cow manure breath, there are a variety of simple potential solutions. First and foremost, dental hygiene is a must. It’s a daily habit that has no exceptions for lacking, except for the occasional coming home so obliterated from alcohol that you fall asleep in someone else’s underwear, with one shoe on (thankfully yours) and your phone on your forehead. Brushing twice daily and flossing everyday will fight off the plaque and bacteria that can wreak havoc on the odor of your mouth. In addition, cleaning your tongue will help keep one of your oral bacteria breeding grounds in check. You can use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper and it might even cause a fun gag effect for those of you whose non-suppressed gag reflexes could never make it in the porn industry. Drink plenty of water, daily. A dry mouth and dehydration go hand in hand with halitosis. Adequate hydration is not only vital for our overall health, but is also a great combatant against bad breath. Drinking water stimulates your salivary glands, contributing to a cleaner mouth. (Kissing also gets saliva flowing. Just make sure they have good breath and no illnesses, first.) While you’re drinking away your chances for bad breath, include some green or black tea. In addition to providing an abundance of health benefits, drinking green and black teas are contributory to oral hygiene. Cigarette smoking is the antithesis to a fresh smelling mouth. It also increases the risk of developing gum disease, which can just add more fuel to your halitosis fire. Extreme dieting/ borderline starvation and/or an extremely low carbohydrate diet may also bring about a malodorous stench caused by ketosis. Low carbohydrate diets are great for losing weight but you don’t need to go to the extreme and definitely do not starve yourself. Once you start eating again, you’ll put on weight faster than people were running away from your oral air pollution. What we put in our mouth can surely demolish the quality of breath. Onions and garlic may be the first that come to mind but sugary food and drinks are not only a guaranteed pre-cursor to tooth decay, but also to bad breath. Unless you walk around with a vibrating toothbrush down your pants (killing two birds with one stone) all day, I suggest opting for sugar-free drinks and chewing gums. If you’ve tried all of the aforementioned and people are still avoiding you, it’s not a bad idea to get checked for potential underlying medical issues and/or inquire about potential side effects of medications you may be on that can interfere with your breath (i.e. cause dry mouth). Until then, stay the hell away from me and everyone else!

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She’s been a part of the music industry for 20 years now, with 17 records and a loyal fan base following her across the country—whether you’re a fanatic or just hearing Melissa Ferrick for the first time, there is something about this artist and her music that you’ll relate to, and undoubtedly connect with. We’re thankful and thrilled that Melissa Ferrick is “Still Right Here.” STILL RIGHT HERE IS YOUR 10TH RELEASE OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL IN TWO DECADES—

family. Those are really great things to have. I think I needed that. After about a year and a half of that, I slowly started to write again and realized that I was writing some songs that I wanted to make a record with. Then the real question was ‘how am I going to do this?’ because I didn’t want to do it on my own again. It’s too exhausting, it’s too much. I reached out to MPress Records, and after some meetings and talks, it all fell into place with them and I signed a deal that I’m really happy with.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THIS NEW PROJECT?

DO YOU FIND HAVING A LABEL BEHIND YOU HELPS FREE YOU UP CREATIVELY?

Wow, that’s a good question! I think for this one it was a little bit of a surprise, because I really didn’t know if I was going to be making any more records. I was not writing, and really happy to be settling into a life of teaching full time and having a normal routine, being at home, not touring or being on the road. So I wasn’t really writing at all. Then after about six months, I got used to sleeping in my own bed, and having a quiet, consistent life, and reconnecting with my

Well, yeah, but it’s mostly a relief. MPress is connected with publicists and distributors, and they have a team of people who go into an office everyday and work. I never had that, so that’s pretty fantastic. I mean, they have a social media person! I love having an entire office behind me. It’s really great. I still manage myself so I’m still somewhat on the business side. But the support with a label is great, really. ON STILL RIGHT HERE, YOUR TOURING BUDDY SHE -

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ANI DIFRANCO LENDS SOME TALENT TO ONE OF YOUR TRACKS. WHAT DO YOU FEEL ANI BRINGS TO THE TABLE AS AN ARTIST?

I sent her two songs, “Headphones On” and “You Let Me Be” .with lyrics and just said “Hey, if you hear something, I’d love to have you sing or play.” She sent me back “You Let Me Be,” and it blew me away. It was just something I hadn’t ever heard with the song, which is not surprising because she is so frickin’ talented, and I was really touched. It was such a generous thing, kind thing to do. I mean, we’ve definitely connected over the years, particularly in the last few years. I think this will be our third tour together in November. I just adore her, I love her so much. She’s an incredible artist. To get to watch her do her thing, and see someone who I consider to be one of the most important, prolific song writers of my generation do her show, and then get to know her as a person, too, is really cool for me. IS THERE ANYONE RIGHT NOW IN THE MUSIC SCENE WHO STANDS OUT TO YOU, WHO

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BY DENISE WARNER PHOTOS LAURA CROSTA

YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH ON A FUTURE PROJECT?

[Laughs] Oh...Hmm...Well, I go right to the big guns, I go to like, my dream land—so, like Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, the lead singer of ColdPlay—he’s pretty unbelievable, great ears, great sense of arrangement on that guy. I go to people like that. I think I’m way more of a classic American rock & roll singer. Getting out of the ‘girl with a guitar, folk singer’ is somewhat of a struggle. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I do want it loud. I want it to rock. I want people exposed to that part of me, too. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TODAY’S CHART TOPPERS. DO YOU THINK THEY FOCUS MORE ON THE PERFORMANCE AS OPPOSED TO MUSIC AND LYRICS?

I kind of think they’re focusing more on themselves than anything else. I don’t think they focus on music at all. I think it’s two separate worlds, really. Listen, there are certainly people who stand out and think about the music, but right now, in the Top 40, not so much. There are a few who can blend the music and the performance, I mean, look, Nikki Manaj is great, and Lady GaGa is a frickin’ force of nature, and Beyoncé. So, some do, and some don’t, I guess. WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU AFTER “DRIVE” SKYROCKETED. IT SEEMED LIKE IT PROPELLED YOU TO A DIFFERENT LEVEL. DID YOU FEEL A PRESSURE ON YOUR FOLLOW UP PROJECTS AFTER THAT?

I do think that “Drive” propelled me to a different level because of maybe the amount of recognizability that came from it, but hey, I would love to have Pink cover that song so I could pay off my mortgage! [Laughs] But it makes me happy that dykes have a song of mine that they love that’s still on their playlists. Seriously, though, I would l love to have some great remixer come along and club that song up, and take it to the gay clubs because I think there’s a lot of life left in “Drive” and we haven’t heard the end of it. I’m working on a remix of “Still Right Here” which will be fun. But with “Drive” particularly, I’m dying for someone to come along and take the raw song, with that vibe and slam it up. That’s a side of me that many people don’t know about; I love dance music, and dancing with the gay boys. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR SEXUALITY PLAYS A PART IN YOUR CAREER?

I don’t think in any negative way. I think it was definitely a good thing for me. I mean, I came out so long ago, it’s really a nonissue at this point. I was just telling someone the other day that I think it’s kind of funny when gay people do interviews about being gay for gay magazines, because the readers are gay and already know who’s gay! It’s not surprising anyone. Take Ellen and Portia, Elton John, k.d. lang, or Melissa Etheridge—what they do is great. I mean, posing naked with your girlfriend on a billboard or the cover of a magazine—now that’s f*cking coming out! But they’re so famous already, they have opportunities

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like that. For me, when I started, I was 22, unknown, my label wanted me to come out and I was scared. It was the early 90’s and I was afraid. So, I did it on the next record, in 1995, I was on the cover of Out and The Advocate, and that was the end of that…I have certainly not been embraced by every lesbian community out there. I don’t sell the kind of tickets that Melissa Etheridge does, I haven’t had the kind of radio play that The Indigo Girls have, so I’m more like the indie, underground lesbian artist that they happen to find. But when people do come and see me, for whatever reason, they tend to come back…

beyond. But it’s a real thing. That was hard to go through. Physically and mentally exhausted. You just shut down. Going through that, and then putting out Goodbye Youth, again, by myself, self-distributing, again. It was a lot. I think in my reflecting, I needed to learn that it was too much. I have to have lessons banged into my head over and over before I get it, and now I got it. This record reflects that.

YOU’VE HAD SOME REALLY BIG CHANGES IN

No, definitely not. I had finished Enough About Me and I wasn’t writing. I didn’t really know what I was going to do…I decided to just take it because it was in front of me. It was a 5 week gig. Young kids, like 14-17. I knew I’d be home. It was a set amount of money. And it turned out good. After a while, I found I could do some shows on the weekends, I still had a sense of stability with the job and I started writing again. I wrote a song that first summer. Then I started writing a ton of songs.

YOUR LIFE OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. HOW DO YOU DECIDE HOW MUCH OF IT TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR MUSIC AND WHAT NOT TO SHARE?

I think my song writing is a personal journey, so I definitely keep my therapy bills down by writing. [Laughs] When I went through a period of not writing, I took a step back and assessed the relationship I’ve been in and out of, and it’s been a lot of work. It’s hard but I keep coming back to her. Certainly the idea of having a real home, and routine and having that person in your life every day—being back in Massachusetts, it was something I had to think about. I mean, I’m 40, I have to think about that. So those kinds of thoughts, coming up against life...it’s expressed in those songs. Songs like “Back You Up” and “Weightless and Slow” are songs that were derived out of this relationship and what I learned knowing there’s a possibility that someone is going to love you no matter what… YOU SAID THAT STILL RIGHT HERE IS THE RECORD YOU WANTED TO MAKE FOR A LONG TIME. TELL US WHAT THAT MEANS.

WHAT MADE YOU TAKE YOUR TEACHING POSITION AT THE BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC? DID YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR HEAD THAT YOU WERE GOING TO GET A BIG-GIRL JOB?

HOW DO YOUR STUDENTS REACT TO YOU? YOU’RE MELISSA FERRICK!

What’s cool is, first of all, they can’t believe I’m 40! [Laughs] And they don’t really know who I am. I get a lot of young, straight kids, too and that’s great! Like, I’ll tell them at the intro of the class, “I’m supposed to teach you songwriting, but I don’t believe that’s something anyone can teach,” and right away, they like me. I tell them, “I’m here to encourage you, I’m not a professor, I am a singer/songwriter.” I get to introduce them to all kinds of music—Ryan Adams, Ani...it’s amazing, I’ll play the song, and ask how many

people know the song, and maybe, maybe two kids will raise their hands, so I’m getting to introduce them to great stuff they may have never known. It means a lot when they come back and tell me that these songs now mean something to them. I try to get them to write about things they may not want someone to know and these songs show them what happens when you do that. These kids come from all over the world, so it’s really awesome. I feel this connection with them each time, because I’ve done this for three summers now. And these kids still email me even after their five-week course. Kids from the first summer still keep in touch and tell me about break-ups, dates and family stuff and their projects. It’s so cool. It makes me so happy. I WAS GOING TO ASK WHAT TYPE OF ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE YOUNG, STRUGGLING MUSICIANS FILLED WITH HOPES AND DREAMS OF MAKING IT IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, BUT I THINK YOU MAY HAVE ANSWERED THAT!

There will always be that one songwriter that can write fantastic songs and that really breaks through, like an Adele or a Tracy Chapman. There will be that “Galileo” or the “Constant Craving,” but it’s the whole career that matters, and how you treat yourself, but more importantly how you treat the others. It’s important to respect other songwriters, and others that are coming up behind you. It’s important to champion writers that may be better than you, too. I mean, who’s to say what the future will bring? Who’s opening for you today—you could be opening for tomorrow, ya know? So, it’s not about winning. It’s about enjoying the whole process. [MELISSAFERRICK.COM]

Well, aside from having grown and reflecting, it’s also that I’m just not bitter about stuff anymore. I mean, now I’m on a mission, I feel a new resurgence of commitment to the live show, and I have a really deep understanding that I am lucky to have the life I have, and to play these shows. I think I was worn out, being on the road from 2005-2006. I was down to 106 pounds, I was exhausted, literally suffering from exhaustion and I never even knew what that I meant! I never believed you could work your body so far

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OCCUPATION: Model,

Singer, Performer, Criminal Law

SENSITIVE BODY PART:

For me to know and you to find out. I have

DREAM JOB: My own law firm

only one.

MY MOTHER THINKS I: am an accomplished well-rounded, intelligent woman with a side of wild and crazy. DREAM GIRL: Penélope Cruz TURN-ONS: Good conversations, intelligence, literature, humility, and a killer smile. TURN-OFFS: I would not call them turn-offs just things I can do without. One of the top is a person who is needy. MY PETS: I have downsized the family tree to only one cat. MY GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: High fashion and I’m only 5’3. CELEBRITY’S BUTT I’D MOST LIKE TO SQUEEZE: Not much of a butt person, but if I have to pick, definitely JLo. I HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR: Men’s cologne and almond M & M’s THE LAST BOOK I READ WAS: 120 days of Sodom I THINK OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS: Better role models. I think we have lost track of what qualities make up a role model and have veered away from having inspirational speakers and activists in our lives. MY COMING OUT WAS: Difficult, personal, but understood. I LIKE TO WEAR: Anything black with killer pumps. WHAT BREAKFAST CEREAL BEST DESCRIBES YOU: Just bunches, from Honey Bunches of Oats. MY FAVORITE QUOTE: “To live and die without regret.”

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CHOOSE: Absorb memories, thoughts, feelings and abilities from any human through any physical contact. It would always allow me to know exactly what that person is thinking. THE STRANGEST PLACE I’VE EVER BEEN NAKED: I am a very private person so not very many (chuckles) FRENCH FRIES, FRENCH VANILLA, FRENCH TOAST OR FRENCH MANICURE?: French

Manicure. Less calories.

IF MY LIFE WERE MADE INTO A MOVIE,MY PART WILL BE PLAYED BY:

Scarlett Johansson

I JUST WON A MILLION DOLLARS.THE FIRST THING I AM GOING TO BUY IS: I would just make sure my family is taken care of, especially my mom. She is my biggest role model. IF YOU WERE TO BECOME AN ACTIVIST IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY, WHICH ORGANIZATION WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?:

I belong to the GLAA (Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance.) It is the oldest running non-profit organization fighting for civil rights of the LGBT community. Therefore, I am an active activist and have been for some time now. I will be an activist for anything that touches my heart, anything that moves me towards a better community and better living for the next generation to come.

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%). The American Cancer Society’s estimates that in 2011, about 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, about 57,650 new cases of the non-invasive and earliest form of breast cancer will be diagnosed and about 39,520 women will die from breast cancer. Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional at least every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year. Breast self exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE, and should report any breast changes to their health professional right away. Women at high risk (greater than 20% lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk (15% to 20% lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Yearly MRI screening isn’t recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15%. [WOMEN AT HIGH RISK INCLUDE THOSE WHO] • Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, but have not had genetic testing themselves • Have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation SHE -

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sionals estimate a woman’s breast cancer risk. These tools give approximate estimates of breast cancer risk based on different combinations of risk factors and other information. As a result, they may give different risk estimates for the same woman. It’s a good idea for women and their doctors to discuss results obtained from any of the risk assessment tools. It is recommended that women who get screening MRI do so at a facility that can do an MRI-guided breast biopsy at the same time if needed. Otherwise, the woman will have to have a second MRI exam at another facility at the time of biopsy. There is no evidence right now that MRI will be an effective screening tool for women at average risk. An MRI is more sensitive than mammograms, but it also has a higher “false positive” rate. In other words, it’s more likely to find something that turns out not to be cancer. The American Cancer Society believes the use of mammograms, MRI (in high-risk women), clinical breast exams, and finding and reporting breast changes early offers women the best chance to reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer. This combined approach is much better than any one exam or test alone. Although mammograms are a sensitive screening method, a small percentage of breast cancers do not show up on mammograms but can be detected by women and their doctors. For women at high risk of breast cancer, like those with BRCA gene mutations or a strong family history, both MRI and mammograms of the breast are recommended. [MAMMOGRAMS] A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. A diagnostic mammogram is used to diagnose breast disease in women who have breast symptoms or an abnormal result on a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms are used to look for breast disease in women who are as-

ymptomatic; that is, they appear to have no breast problems. Screening mammograms usually take two views of each breast. Women with implants may need more views. Women who are breastfeeding can still get mammograms, but these are not quite as accurate because the breast tissue tends to be dense. For a mammogram, the breast is pressed between two plates to flatten and spread the tissue. This may be uncomfortable for a moment, but the good news is that it only lasts a few seconds. The entire procedure for a screening mammogram takes about 20 minutes and produces a black and white image of the breast tissue either on a large sheet of film or as a digital computer image that is read or interpreted by a radiologist. Digital mammography may help doctors read mammograms more accurately. [WHAT THE DOCTOR LOOKS FOR ON YOUR MAMMOGRAM] The doctor reading the films will look for several types of changes: • Calcifications are tiny mineral deposits within the breast tissue, which look like small white spots on the films. They may or may not be caused by cancer. There are 2 types of calcifications: • Macrocalcifications are coarse (larger) calcium deposits that are most likely changes in the breasts caused by aging of the breast arteries, old injuries, or inflammation. These deposits are related to non-cancerous conditions and do not require a biopsy. Macrocalcifications are found in about half the women over 50, and in about 1 of 10 women under 50. • Microcalcifications are tiny specks of calcium in the breast. They may appear alone or in clusters. Microcalcifications seen on a mammogram are of more concern, but still usually do not mean that cancer is present. The shape and layout of microcalcifications help the radiologist judge how likely it is that cancer is present. If the calcifications

look suspicious for cancer, a biopsy will be done. • A mass, which may occur with or without calcifications, is another important change seen on mammograms. Masses can be many things, including cysts (non-cancerous, fluid-filled sacs) and non-cancerous solid tumors (such as fibroadenomas), but they could also be cancer. Masses that are not cysts usually need to be biopsied. • A cyst and a tumor can feel alike on a physical exam. They can also look the same on a mammogram. To confirm that a mass is really a cyst, a breast ultrasound is often done. Another option is to remove (aspirate) the fluid from the cyst with a thin, hollow needle. • If a mass is not a simple cyst (that is, if it is at least partly solid), then you may need to have more imaging tests. Some masses can be watched with periodic mammograms, while others may need a biopsy. The size, shape and margins (edges) of the mass help the radiologist determine if cancer is present. Having your previous mammograms available for the radiologist is very important. They can be helpful to show that a mass or calcification has not changed for many years. This would mean that it is probably a benign condition and a biopsy is not needed. [LIMITATIONS OF MAMMOGRAMS] A mammogram cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer. To confirm whether cancer is present, a small amount of tissue must be removed and looked at under a microscope. This procedure is called a biopsy. You should also be aware that mammograms are done to find breast cancer that cannot be felt. If you have a breast lump, you should have it checked by your doctor and consider having it biopsied even if your mammogram result is normal. For some women, such as those with breast implants, additional pictures may be

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needed. Breast implants make it harder to see breast tissue on standard mammograms, but additional x-ray pictures with implant displacement and compression views can be used to more completely examine the breast tissue. Mammograms are not perfect at finding breast cancer. They do not work as well in younger women, usually because their breasts are dense and can hide a tumor. This may also be true for pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding. Since most breast cancers occur in older women, this is usually not a major concern. However, this can be a problem for young women who are at high risk for breast cancer due to gene mutations, a strong family history of breast cancer, or other factors because they often develop breast cancer at a younger age. For this reason, the American Cancer Society now recommends MRI scans in addition to mammograms for screening in these women. (MRI scans are described below.) [WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU HAVE A MAMMOGRAM] • To have a mammogram you must undress above the waist. The facility will give you a wrap to wear. • A technologist will be there to position your breasts for the mammogram. Most technologists are women. You and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram. • To get a high-quality mammogram picture with excellent image quality, it is necessary to flatten the breast slightly. The technologist places the breast on the mammogram machine’s lower plate, which is made of metal and has a drawer to hold the x-ray film or the camera to produce a digital image. The upper plate, made of plastic, is lowered to compress the breast for a few seconds while the technician takes a picture. • The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. The actual breast compression only lasts a few seconds. • You will feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed, and for some women compression can be painful. Try not to schedule a mammogram when your breasts are likely to be tender, as they may be just before or during your period. • All mammogram facilities are now required to send your results to you within 30 days. Generally, you will be contacted within 5 working days if there is a problem with the mammogram. • Only two to four mammograms of every 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of cancer. About 10% of women who have a mammogram will require more tests, and the majority will only need an additional mammogram. Don’t panic if this happens to you. Only 8% to 10% of those women will need a biopsy, and most (80%) of those biopsies will not be cancer. SHE -

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NOTICIAS ESTAN ENCABEZADOS MAS DE 646 MIL HOGARES POR PAREJAS GAY EN E.U. Más de 646 mil hogares están encabezados por parejas homosexuales en EE.UU., una revisión a la baja respecto a un informe divulgado durante el verano, informó la Oficina del Censo. Según el informe difundido con base en el censo de 2010, un total de 131 mil 729 hogares en Estados Unidos están encabezados por parejas homosexuales casadas, y otros 514 mil 735 lo están por homosexuales no casados. El nuevo total entre los dos tipos de hogares, de 646 mil 464, refleja una revisión a la baja después de que los demográfos de la Oficina del Censo descubrieron “incongruencias” en los formularios rellenados en 2010. Al parecer, los errores en esos formularios”inflaron artificialmente el número de parejas del mismo género”. Un informe divulgado en el verano había señalado que 349 mil 377 hogares estaban encabezados por parejas homosexuales casadas, y otros 552 mil 620 por los no casados. El 2010 fue el primer año en que la Oficina del Censo recabó información detallada sobre los hogares encabezados por homosexuales en Estados Unidos. Aún con la revisión, grupos defensores de los homosexuales calificaron como una victoria que Estados Unidos haya comenzado a contabilizar a esta minoría hasta ahora”invisible”. “Los datos divulgados representan otro paso para borrar la invisibilidad de nuestras vidas. Nuestros matrimonios ya no permanecerán invisibles en la radiografía de nuestro país a través, y ya nadie podrá ignorar la presencia de nuestras relaciones en todo el país”, dijo en un comunicado Rea Carey, directora ejecutiva del Grupo de Trabajo Nacional de Gays y Lesbianas (NGLTF, en inglés). Agregó que, de todas formas, “no es el final del camino” porque las lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y de transgénero “todavía no están contados en el censo ni en decenas de otros estudios que supuestamente deben reflejar la diversidad del pueblo estadounidense”.

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Luego de que Ricky Martin aceptara públicamente su homosexualidad, diveros círculos religiosos desaprobaron la actitud del cantante, al punto de que diveros grupos católicos han pedido que no se presente en Honduras por su opción gay. Estos grupos evangélicos, cristianos y católicos han acudido al Ministerio del Interior para solicitar que se cancele el espectáculo del boricua, programado para el 16 de Octubre en el estadio Chochi Sosa del complejo multideportivo Villa Olímpica de Tegucigalpa. En respuesta a estos líderes conserbadores, Sandra Ponce, fiscal de derechos humanos en Honduras, aclaró que cualquier autoridad que impida a una persona el ingreso al país por su orientación sexual estaría incurriendo en un grave delito.

TODO UN EXITO MARCHA POR LA DIVERSIDAD EN SANTIAGO DE CHILE Más de cinco mil personas, según los organizadores, participaron esl pasado sábado 1ro de Octubre en Santiago de Chile en la XIII edición de la marcha por la diversidad sexual, realizada en la céntrica Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, en un ambiente pacífico y festivo. La manifestación, que hasta hace algunos años se llamaba “marcha del orgullo gay”, tradicio-nalmente ha sido organizada por el Movimiento por la Diversidad Sexual (Mums) y el colectivo Acción Gay, a los que se unió este año la Fundación Iguales, que tiene una mayor proyección hacia el mundo político Dirigentes políticos de oposición como Carolina Tohá, exportavoz del gobierno de Michelle Bachelet, y Andrés Velasco, que fue ministro de Hacienda en esa misma administración, se unieron a la marcha, la mayoría de cuyos parti-

cipantes iban ataviados con ropas de colores vivos, maquillajes exagerados y otras muestras carnavalescas de su condición. La marcha se desplazó por más de 25 cuadras en el centro de Santiago, pasó frente al Palacio de La Moneda y culminó con un acto cultural y artístico. Este año la manifestación estuvo cruzada por el debate surgido en torno al proyecto de Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja (AVP), enviado por el gobierno al Congreso y que legaliza la convivencia entre parejas no casadas, incluidas aquellas formadas por personas del mismo sexo. La iniciativa es rechazada por la Iglesia Católica y sectores oficialistas, uno de cuyos partidos, la Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI), reafirmó en un Consejo Geberal celebrado este fin de semana que sólo acepta el matrimo-

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AUN EN NUESTROS TIEMPOS... ¿Y DÓNDE ESTÁN LAS ORGANIZACIONES MUNDIALES QUE VELAN POR LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS? Era uno de esos días en que mi pareja y yo rentamos 2-3 películas para no hacer nada mas que no sea estar juntas en el cuarto. Vimos los avances de una película que nos llamó la atención y la rentamos. Titulo: “The Stonning of Soraya M”, salió al mercado en DVD el 9 de Marzo del 2010 y esta basada en el libro de su mismo titulo. Sinopsis: Un drama que toma lugar en 1986 en Kupayeh, Irán, donde un periodista Frances-Iraní se detiene a reparar su auto y entra en conversación con Zahra, quien le cuenta la historia de su sobrina Soraya, de quien el esposo (por matrimonio arreglado) busca divorciarse y la acusa de adulterio. La ganancia de la película en taquilla fue de $636,246 (USA); una miseria al lado de la ganancia de $2,669,393,054 (USA) que obtuvo la fantasía de la famosa película de “Avatar”. Lo que no es fantasía es “The Stonning of Soraya M”. Esta fue una de esas historias que marcaron nuestra conciencia, mas que nuestras vidas, tanto así que se me revuelve el pecho mientras escribo esta columna. Esta película esta basada en la realidad que vivió Soraya Manutchehri, una mujer que murió a los 35 años. A Soraya la casaron a los 13 años con Ghorban-Ali, un Islam extremista de 20 años (Vale comentar que en Irán los “verdaderos matrimonios” no son por amor, sino por conveniencia o por arreglo previo). Soraya tuvo 9 hijos y perdió 2. Los últimos 7 años de matrimonio fueron un infierno. Recibió maltratos físicos y verbales, soporto las infidelidades de

su esposo y luego, el que sus dos hijos más pequeños se volvieran contra ella por influencia del padre. Aunque en Irán la poligamia es permitida según las leyes endorsadas por el Ayatollah Khomeini en 1979, Ghorban-Ali sencillamente no quiso tener a su cargo dos familias. Spray Manutchehri murió a los 35 años acusada de adulterio. Fue juzgada por una corte Sharia (que significa “la forma en que los musulmanes deben vivir y es extraída del Corán. Tiene distintos significados según el área, pero es obviamente llevada al extremo por Islámicos ortodoxos). Soraya fue sentenciada a muerte por un adulterio fabricado por su esposo, quien buscaba el divorcio para casarse con una muchacha de 14 años que había conocido (según las leyes, si el hombre es acusado de adulterio por su esposa, esta debe probar que él es culpable. Si una mujer es acusada, esta debe probar su inocencia). Para cumplir su sentencia, y como es aún la costumbre, se abre un hueco en la tierra donde la acusada es enterrada hasta la cintura y sus manos atadas. Soraya fue sentenciada a ser apedreada (también existió en el antiguo Judaísmo) hasta la muerte (lapidamiento), mientras los que presencian este acto gritan: “Dios es grande, Dios es grande”. ¡Que ironía! El Dios que yo conozco es todo lo contrario. Ya bien lo dijo Jesús: “El que este libre de pecado que tire la primera piedra”. Muertes como la de Soraya actualmente suceden los lugares como Somalia, Afganistán, Pakistán, Nigeria o en cualquier lugar donde la SHE -

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Sharia es la ley del lugar. Según el autor del libro, Freído une Sahebjam, más de 1,000 mujeres han muerto hoy en día de esta forma; de la misma forma en que se castiga al hombre homosexual en esos lugares. Esta película nos llevo a buscar en Internet todas esta “leyes” patriarcales por las cuales se rigen en Irán y en muchos lugares del Medio Oriente. Es que resulta imposible creer que hoy en día vivan mujeres victimas de semejante abuso físico, mental, cultural y todo…en nombre de la religión, en nombre de sus creencias extremistas y machistas. ¿Y dónde están las organizaciones mundiales que velan por los derechos humanos? Obviamente el cambio debe de venir de los políticos al poder, que hagan estas leyes obsoletas. Pero después de todo, esos mismos políticos han vivido de esa forma y se han criado con esas mismas creencias. Y a los religiosos extremistas, ¿quién les dicen que su “religión” esta equivocada? Después de todo, creo que todas las religiones manejan o interpretan la misma según su conveniencia. Pero basta de comentarios. La información encontrada es mucha, por eso, está en ti para que descubras como viven estas mujeres, maltratadas y limitadas por unos H.P., sin derechos de ningún tipo, sin voz, a años luz de la igualdad, regidas a cierta esclavitud y mas aún, muy lejos del amor. Debemos conocer y ayudar de alguna forma a erradicar estos abusos que se hacen en nombre de la religión, aún en estos tiempos.

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AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 19 Your mind is going 24/7. While you can’t always work with all of your ideas at once, you can turn your wildest fantasy into real time fact. Take the time to choose the right project and then have the patience to set it up properly. Share your thoughts with trusted confidantes and then listen to their thoughts so that you can plug any leaks before you set sail on your next big adventure.

LEO JULY 23 - AUG 23 Use the emotional energies being stirred up by the planets to gain insight on family dynamics. The best thing to do is to face them head-on. The opportunity to explore, explain and expand upon your relationships within your family circle is a gift from the Universe, meant to allow you freedom from past mistakes. This will improve the quality of those relationships, and of all your relationships. Remember that conversation, cooperation and compromise will resolve conflicts.

PISCES FEB 20 - MAR 20 The planets are pushing you out of your rut. However brilliant your plans are, you shouldn’t throw caution to the wind. You also need to be realistic about your own resources and those your partner(s) may ante up. Your wildest fantasies can be realized with a well thought out plan and budget. These take time to assemble and get up to speed. Take your time getting to where you want to go and enjoy the journey.

VIRGO AUG 24 - SEPT 23 It should come as no surprise that you’re focused on ways to improve your finances. It should also be no big surprise that there are a lot of volatile and conflicting emotions at play within yourself and your business relationships. Avoid mixing business with pleasure. Stick to facts rather than fantasy. Above all, be patient, and don’t make rash decisions. Be fiscally resourceful, making the most out of what you actually have with an “attitude of gratitude.”

ARIES MAR 21 - APR 19 Even though you are the “I” of the zodiac, this month you’ll have to adapt to having a “We” attitude if you want to enjoy interacting with your significant other(s). You’ll have to change your tactics if you want to change minds, and ensure the much needed cooperation of everyone involved, in order to assure success. Avoid being argumentative. Listen carefully, don’t just wait to speak.

LIBRA SEPT 24 - OCT 23 You get to re-invent yourself yet again. However, you’ll have to first review and reaffirm your goals. Balance what you need with what you want, as well the wants of the significant others in your life. No worries. Just make sure you stay true to yourself. Don’t equate your selfworth with your net worth. You have a renewed ability to grow your fiscal garden, so don’t be afraid to get dirty.

TAURUS APR 20 - MAY 20 You’re into making improvements of all kinds. Making necessary changes in your diet and exercise routine will greatly enhance your over-all health and will greatly enhance your natural ability to attract what you want. Don’t let your confidence make you do something rash. Do your usual tasks and chores graciously and make time to offer your help to loved ones.

SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22 Your focus is on self exploration, with the objectives of adjusting any self-defeating patterns. You might also discover hidden treasures if you actually clear all the debris from your past, as well as from your home. Choose your words carefully and then make sure that what you said is what was actually heard. Avoid mixing business with pleasure. If you can maintain control of yourself, your emotions and desires won’t get the better of you.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUN 21 You have to improve your multi-tasking skills in order to take advantage of some serious opportunities for romantic-comedy-adventures without risking your livelihood. Even though distractions abound, you’d do well to focus and finish your tasks. Don’t let yourself ignore your loved ones in pursuit of new experiences and you can have your cake and eat it too. You’ll have innovative ideas on how to improve the quality of both your finances, as well as your love life.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21 Use who you know, along with what you know, to create opportunities for yourself. You’ll need to use good judgment, as well as good old common sense, when choosing the company you keep. Network yourself, your skills and services anywhere and everywhere, and tell anyone who’ll listen all your great ideas. Keep your eye on your bottom line and focus on increasing not only your cash flow, but your net worth as well.

CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 You’ll have to control your impulsive reactions and avoid making changes that will unsettle your security base. Work harder to balance your needs with the needs of your family, friends and job. It will be worth it. Envision a better future and aim towards your most cherished hopes and dreams. Don’t lose that vision in the mundane, everyday stuff of your life, and whatever you do, avoid confrontations and conflicts, especially about money.

CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 19 Your focus is where it needs to be— on your career and financial success. However, your little kids really want to go out and have fun. Your mind may be on strategies for reaching your long-term goals, but other parts of your anatomy are definitely strategizing different kinds of conquests. By the end of the month you’ll be super-charged, and will be the “energizer goat,” able to leap over all obstacles, and climb the heights of your fantasies.

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