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9/11.  Yep, I remember it.  Hard to believe there's a whole generation who are now adults - born after that date.  They don't remember air travel before all of this, society before security cameras everywhere, etc...  I was at school when it happened, and everybody was glued to the news. 

 

My husband remembers it even more clearly.  He was a teenager, and had actually been to NYC and up in the WTC just one week prior.  A lot of his classmates went to war in the years that followed.  The human cost lasts far beyond the initial day, but for many it seems like the world is divided into "pre-9/11" and "post-9/11" time periods. 

 

 

 

 

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I know what you mean, @Willow. When I first tried on some of my sisters clothes. I knew it was strange and weird. But it felt right. With every piece of feminine clothing I have gotten it still feels right. Every time I step out the door dressed more feminine that normal, It feels right. I never in a million year ever thought I was transgender up until about 5 yrs ago. Once things started falling into place and I learned why things in my life happened. It finally hit me like a ton of bricks.

 

I never really knew why I joined the service, until now. it is like the switch was thrown.

 

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Drinking coffee so I might as well chime in. The first 5 years of experimenting was in the closet. The last of which I was posting on a naughty sight. Each time I dressed I thought of how I felt was it just some fun or did it have sone real meaning. Not until that 5th year did any feeling of femininity hit me very hard, and now my mind was saying yeah your a girl. In June of the year (2018) There was no doubt--I was as woman or that was the most likely position to take. It was November 10, 2018 that I declared myself Stephie, so I was born again as a woman. By my first birth I was 59. It is only two months until I will be 4 years old.

 

But I was still in the closet, except online at another social site where I met some very encouraging friends. One of which told me to take that first step as Stephie. She was also helpful in coming out to my gf/partner. We bounce ideas of each other. Finally I decide I was trying to think it through, where what I needed to do was feel my way through. So one day my partner told me I made her happy. Lights flashing I will ask her if I would still make her happy if I was a girl. There was puzzlement and doubt. But the main thing was I was not rejected. When I decide I wanted to transition she wasn't keen on it, but I went ahead and came out to my therapist on July 10, 2019. So I considered that the beginning of my transitioning.. My Partner fairly quickly came around and taught me how to do my make up and took a lot of the pics for a photo shoot my therapist wanted me to do. By January 2020 I was full time and the following April I start feminization hormone treatment. That has given the short life of Stephie everything she ever want for her body (except her belly).

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I was at work for 9/11.  In school for JFK.  

 

My father was a kid for WWI, served in WWII.  I got drafter during Viet Nam, but ended up in Europe.

 

10 hours ago, Willow said:

…how is it our fault when we didn’t know we were transgender?

Personally, I wasn't aware that there was such a thing.  I was always curious about girl things.  Never cross-dressed except once for Halloween.  I had 2 sisters who were much younger than me, so we were not close.

I learned pretty quickly that being a "sissy" was not a good thing.

When I got to Jr High I realized I was carrying my books like a girl and made myself switch to guy mode.   From then on I made a point of getting rid of any girl mannerisms I had. (sitting walking etc.)

It's hard to explain… I felt like I was kinda part girl, and this was something I had to hide and overcome to be like the other guys - or people would discover my shameful secret.

Oddly enough, I would still prefer a bit of "girl" jewelry, somewhere inconspicuous.  Any "girl" items I somehow acquired were precious to me.

But I still didn't know transgender was a thing.  I was more worried about being gay - which I wasn't - although I didn't date girls.  I think I thought I wasn't "manly" enough to interest them.

I did experiment just once with a guy, but wasn't impressed.

Soon after, I got together with my ex-wife.  I figured that settled the matter, and lived as a homo/trans-phobic guy for the next 40+ years.  Admittedly I was kinda jealous of her body and all.  But I had to accept "reality".

After many years, I slowly began to acknowledge some of my feminine tendencies - always jokingly.  But when my marriage broke, I had a chance to see what was really going on, and the dam broke.

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Good morning

 

As I read your replies, listen to your coffee talk, it’s pretty obvious we all share similar beginnings.  Today’s kids seen to figure it out earlier and with different stories but as we get older before knowing our stories seem to align.

 

Speaking of coffee, I have a new sponsor starting today, Folgers Black Silk.   Not as bitter as some of the others I have been sponsored by in the past.

 

I’ve been making pizza dough lately.  My wife made a raisin/pecan bread yesterday and I have plans for a crusty round bread later in the week.  I tried a friend’s dessert recipe yesterday and that turned out pretty good too.  We are sharing the cooking lately although mine is somewhat more limited.  More baking than cooking but I do have some meals I make too.

 

Guess I’ll be doing some housework today.  We have a home health visit scheduled for Wednesday.

 

have a great week, 

 

hugs

 

Willow

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5 minutes ago, Willow said:

Good morning

 

As I read your replies, listen to your coffee talk, it’s pretty obvious we all share similar beginnings.  Today’s kids seen to figure it out earlier and with different stories but as we get older before knowing our stories seem to align.

 

Speaking of coffee, I have a new sponsor starting today, Folgers Black Silk.   Not as bitter as some of the others I have been sponsored by in the past.

 

I’ve been making pizza dough lately.  My wife made a raisin/pecan bread yesterday and I have plans for a crusty round bread later in the week.  I tried a friend’s dessert recipe yesterday and that turned out pretty good too.  We are sharing the cooking lately although mine is somewhat more limited.  More baking than cooking but I do have some meals I make too.

 

Guess I’ll be doing some housework today.  We have a home health visit scheduled for Wednesday.

 

have a great week, 

 

hugs

 

Willow

I guess there is a spectrum for sponsors, just like genders, except for that choose not to identify within the spectrum. I would love to make my pizza, but opiate withdrawal just won't let me do it yet.

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25 minutes ago, Willow said:

Speaking of coffee, I have a new sponsor starting today, Folgers Black Silk.   Not as bitter as some of the others I have been sponsored by in the past.

Good morning everyone,

I share the same sponsor as Willow, served HOT, black, and strong.

Suzie is the baker in the house, and I'm the primary cook. I love cooking busing the table, cleaning the stove, and counter tops. However I don't do the dishes. Not because I won't do the dishes. Suzie just doesn't think I load the dishwasher correctly. So we mess them up, I bus them up, and she washes them.

 

Hugs,

 

Mindy🐛🏳️‍⚧️🦋

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Good morning Mindy, thanks a morning chuckle. It used be whoever cook the other would do dishes. Well, I have taken over the kitchen, and really my partner with all hear arthritis finds it hard to do any cooking although we made beef stew about a month ago. I had also took over as chief bottle washer, until my neck went south for the third time. But I'm back to doing the dishes. Actually I decide it was fun. Organize it as to do it it the least amount of time.

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I was up on a ladder siding an addition on an old stone house in Bucks County PA on the morning of 9/11.  One of my helpers returned with coffee and the news.  At first we thought it a joke but soon had the clients TV going and saw the towers fall.  Soon the skies were quiet.  I was scheduled for a heart procedure just across the river from NY on the 12th and thought that would be canceled but there were too few wounded to fill the hospitals.   A bit west of us a plane went down in a field.

It wa a day i remember well as it affected many friends, family and the world.

 

Hugs,

 

Charlize

 

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We actually had a cold morning, so it seems that fall is almost here.  My husband gets up really early to go to work, and GF usually gets up with him and they start their day together.  My sister and another of my female partners get up about the same time.  I usually sleep later, but today I just couldn't quite warm up again.

 

We don't drink coffee here, we usually have tea.  Having a Russian GF, I had to get used to that.  I prefer jasmine tea, but we usually have this strong black tea that gets made as a concentrate, then diluted with hot water.  

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I was in 6th grade when JFK was shot. Kids went home for lunch in those days, and right after lunch, I was at my location guarding one of the crosswalks. David W. came up to me and told me that Kennedy had been shot. No joke, he said. We all spent the afternoon session sitting in class, waiting for updates.

 

9-11, I was scheduled for an evening shift at the O'Hare radar facility. Our new assistant facility manager called to inform me of the situation, that all air traffic was grounded, and to get to work early to get through the new security. I hadn't met the guy, and thought someone was pulling a sick joke. Strange to be at work, staring at the radar screen making sure nobody was flying, as opposed to a sky full of airplanes. 

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Big things are happening in my life right now.  I'm fully out to all my wife's family.  So far only my mother in law has flat out rejected me.  She's not a nice person anyway and I always knew she was going to be the most difficult.

Next month I'm going to a family wedding and I'm going purely as myself.  I have a gorgeous green dress already lined up to wear.  Last year I went to a family wedding and I had to wear a men's suit.  I was miserable and I was tortured having to see all the women at the wedding in their gorgeous dresses and gowns.  This time I'm going to be one of those women!!!!  Oddly the man getting married last year is the brother of the woman getting married this year.  

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3 minutes ago, Becoming Diana said:

I'm fully out to all my wife's family.  So far only my mother in law has flat out rejected me.  She's not a nice person anyway and I always knew she was going to be the most difficult.

Congrats @Becoming Diana on coming fully out to your wife’s family. This was a very difficult thing for me also but of course, it had to be done. Sorry to read that your coming out wasn’t a 100% affirming but it rarely is especially in this political climate. Luckily, you’re not living to please her or anyone but yourself.

 

17 minutes ago, Becoming Diana said:

Next month I'm going to a family wedding and I'm going purely as myself.  I have a gorgeous green dress already lined up to wear.

Have fun at this upcoming wedding.😁 I have yet to attend a wedding as my authentic self but it is on my bucket list. I agree that wearing a beautiful dress or gown would be a such nice change from those stodgy suits and tuxes that I’ve always worn at every previous wedding I’ve attended, including my own. I bet you’re going to look fabulous in that green dress.

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Diana, It sounds like great progress, and it sounds similar to how I came out. In measured steps. Keep it up girl.

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15 hours ago, Hannah Renee said:

I was in 6th grade when JFK was shot. Kids went home for lunch in those days, and right after lunch, I was at my location guarding one of the crosswalks. David W. came up to me and told me that Kennedy had been shot. No joke, he said. We all spent the afternoon session sitting in class, waiting for updates.

 

 

At age 22, I watched the funeral cortege arrive at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. It was a cold, clear day. The mood was somber, and we heard nothing but the sound of the horses' hooves on pavement. I went up to the gravesite after the ceremony but before the coffin was interred. Security was lax. I had no camera, but those images remain in my mind. 

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Early thunderstorm, so up even earlier than usual. 

 

Yesterday I went to Soma and picked up a couple bras, just walked in and said I needed to start wearing them (not mentioning I had worn them occasionally almost as long as I can remember). The two women were fairly nice about it, considering the whole early Monday morning vibe. Then at a different store got 'ma'am'ed in one of those still rare occasions where it doesn't get withdrawn or corrected, amazing that two little interactions like those can lift your spirits for a day. 

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Good morning.

 

Wow, it's already Tuesday.

I had quit the weekend. We had a lot of rain on Sunday afternoon which in turn caused a tree, in my back yard, to fall. The tree took out a utility pole and ripped the electrical from my house. Thankfully they had my power back on by 9am but the tree and pole are still laying there. My neighbors were nice enough to let me plug a cord into their house so I could have some power and a plus to being vegan, I don't have to worry about meat or dairy products going bad while the fridge is out.

 

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In other news....

My BFF may be moving in with me at the end of the month. She's is and had been fighting with her BF. Not physically but over just about everything else, including money. She swears it has nothing to with me but I'm not entirely convinced. Maybe I was a catalyst.

 

Socially, I think I need to set myself to a higher standard. One of the people I had been seeing told me last night how they got approval from the board for us to date. Board? What? Apparently having a relationship with me could cause some unforeseen political issues and required approval before we cross the casual dating line. I can honestly say I have never felt like I was worth so much to someone and it's all based on who I am, not what I can do. But, I feel I may need to revamp and upgrade my wardrobe.

 

have a great day everyone.

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8 hours ago, Becoming Diana said:

Big things are happening in my life right now.  I'm fully out to all my wife's family.  So far only my mother in law has flat out rejected me.  She's not a nice person anyway and I always knew she was going to be the most difficult.

Next month I'm going to a family wedding and I'm going purely as myself.  I have a gorgeous green dress already lined up to wear.  Last year I went to a family wedding and I had to wear a men's suit.  I was miserable and I was tortured having to see all the women at the wedding in their gorgeous dresses and gowns.  This time I'm going to be one of those women!!!!  Oddly the man getting married last year is the brother of the woman getting married this year.  

Congrats- now we need to see the dress and just as importantly- what shoes will you be wearing!

 

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2 hours ago, RhondaS said:

Early thunderstorm, so up even earlier than usual. 

 

Yesterday I went to Soma and picked up a couple bras, just walked in and said I needed to start wearing them (not mentioning I had worn them occasionally almost as long as I can remember). The two women were fairly nice about it, considering the whole early Monday morning vibe. Then at a different store got 'ma'am'ed in one of those still rare occasions where it doesn't get withdrawn or corrected, amazing that two little interactions like those can lift your spirits for a day. 

Brings me joy to here stories like that. You keep going for it ma'am 👩

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I had a wonderful evening yesterday.  The women who run the fashion consignment shop I love came over to go through my closet and drink a lot of wine ;). The goal was to help me "garanimal" my outfits so I can not get so overwhelmed in the mornings. Over the last 2 years I've just been grabbing pieces that I thought I would like but not knowing what to wear them with.  We spent 2.5 hours ravishing the closet, putting things together and taking pics for my reference. In the end they made me toss about 50lbs of clothes that don't "work" for me.  At times they wanted to see what something looked like on me so many clothing changes were happening.  I was trying to be modest wearing a cami top and shorts and pulling things over it or running to the bathroom to change and eventually they all just said "girl, just take off your top and shorts, you're safe here". The only one who has seen me semi naked was my ex wife (who was there to witness the whole circus). I was a little uncomfortable for a second.  Once I did however it was so nice. I felt like it was a "girls locker room"  kinda thing. They did comment that my boobs came out amazing 😊  I responded with "take a gander at what $8k boobs look like ladies". lol. Anyways, it was so much fun and I am so blessed to have such good friends helping me learn quickly what to wear and what not too.  We then made an itemized shopping list that I have to stick to to complete a bunch of looks.  Mostly basics like black t-shirts and big blocky "gem colors" sweaters.  They know my sizes and will pull items that I need in the consignment shop as they come in for me to come try!  Here's some of the combos they helped me put together plus the reject pile. Anyone in the DC area a size 8-10 or size 16 jacket want to go through the rejects? ;)

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Good morning 

 

Today I have to finish picking up and cleaning the condo.  I also need to make a trip to my boat to check on some things, pump the water out of my dinghy (we’ve had a lot of rain) and possibly do a few other things.  So it could be a busy day.  
 

I’m not enamored with my new sponsor.  I’m used to a stronger roast, and since I’m using single cup brews, I can’t really increase the amount of coffee or perk it longer.  On the up side it is smoother.

 

Weatherwise we can’t get out of the pattern of moisture.  We still have a high stuck offshore and a low that is starting to squeeze it but combined they and pulling warm moisture up from the gulf.  The low is supposed to win the battle later today but that isn’t always a good thing.  High pressure systems seem to steer potential hurricanes away. At least the next two possibilities are one to two weeks away.  This is the peak of the season.

 

@Bri2020 I understand what you mean about clothes that were a good idea at the time but aren’t now.  I have a hard time putting things together in my closet too.  Part of my issue was the while living on our boat, we had to use a laundromat.  The machines there ruined a lot of our clothes so combinations I bought are now missing half, usually the tops.

 

it’s tough keeping a usable closet.

 

well the day isn’t getting any younger.  I guess I need to get started.

 

ANYONE KNOW WHY MY EDITOR DOESN’T CLEAR sometimes after I POST.  Caps for attention not yelling.

 

hugs

 

Willow

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4 hours ago, Bri2020 said:

Congrats- now we need to see the dress and just as importantly- what shoes will you be wearing!

 

I have a pic of my dress on my profile page.  As for shoes, I have a pair of black open-toe fancy shoes I might wear and I can paint my toenails green.  Or I might have to invest in a pair of green shoes.  But the wedding is already costing us a lot with travel and a hotel stay and funds are tight right now.

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Hi everyone,

 

Well I have some things to share. I am not sure how to start. I am feeling happy, almost elated actually. Two weeks ago I had an interesting time at a LBGTQ camp ground. On Saturday night back then two acquaintances that I made who were CD introduced me to a trans woman, they thought that it would be nice for me to talk with someone like myself. I met C and we talked for almost two hours before we went our separate ways. We exchanged contact information and she invited me to comeback and visit her.

 

Well on this past Thursday night we met up for dinner at her RV and a game night in the camp rec center. We had a lot of fun. On Friday she asked if I wanted to hang out with her again. We met up on Friday and just had so much fun together that it was 4AM before we even knew it. I spent the night with her and we also spent all day Saturday and Saturday night together. Sunday morning, we had breakfast and I just had to get back home. So we said our good byes.

 

It was a very surreal experience. We talked a lot and enjoyed each other’s company. I felt like we had been friends for years. Everything just seemed to click at all the right moments. We shared our pasts and even some of our darkest secrets with each other. I am experiencing a happiness that I had not felt for years. When I am with her I feel myself… Rachel is free and happy.

 

~Rachel

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      @MiraF Regarding Joe Biden, I wasn't referring to antisemitic remarks., (those belong to Ihlan Omar and some others) I was referring to blatant racism in a speech he made on the Senate floor in 1974. In this speech he came out against bussing to end segregation in the public schools stating that he was against school integration because, in his own words he didn't want his children "growing up in a jungle." That's but one example that's largely forgotten as are his political mentors included such people as James O. Eastland, Cory Booker and Strom Thurmond who was a member of the KKK for decades. Also, keep in mind that thee democratic party brought us, and supported, such friendly folks as George Wallace and perpetuated most of the Jim Crow legislation in the South that lasted from the reconstruction period to the 1980s. There isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties in any significant way on any issue.    As for US legal definitions not mattering, we're going to have to disagree. They do matter in the United States regardless of what any of us like or dislike.  That's just a fact, and facts are neither true nor false; they simply are. And it's a fact that UN definitions do not apply to the USA, just as US definitions of law do not apply in Canada or any other country. And rightly so.    And as for Roe, as early as the original decision was made, numerous legal scholars have argued that it was poor legal precedent as early as the 1970s including Leon Derschowitz who is pretty liberal. And, in the recent Roe decision, as I understand it, what SCOTUS to a rigid constittutionalist view and returned the decision to the states as there was no federal jurisdiction. My personal beliefs on this don't come into play here. The practical solution is for congress to enact legislation on the abortion issue, but they won't because it's a potential political firestorm and a really good wedge issue. As to how SCOTUS is going to vote on any anti-trans legislation that comes before, it might be a good idea to wait and see before casting judgement. The record of this court has been all over the place; particularly the votes of Roberts and Kavanaugh.  
    • Mx.Drago
      I miss my cat, best hugger.😞
    • Ticket For Epic
      OMG girl!  I've been of site for a while and almost didn't recognize you, you look incredible!  Whatever your doing, keep doing it cause it's working!  Hashtag transition goals!
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