Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Today on MC I discussed the book TRANSGENDER LIFE STORIES FROM SOUTH AFRICA check it out

1. To act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision:
2. To engage in discussions or negotiations, especially so as to achieve a compromise or gain time.
3. To yield to current circumstances or necessities; act to suit the time.
EG. They did not falter, they did not stall, they did not temporize.

Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine. ALSO DID YOU KNOW The world’s smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means “tiny dog in the sky.”

South African Trivia QUESTION
The Old Gunpowder House is a National Monument in South Africa. Where is it situated?
A – Potchefstroom B – Cape Town C – Namibia
Answer: A – Potchefstroom

How to Always Be in a Good Mood
originated by:Anonymous, Sondra C, Horses4Ever, Flickety
Sometimes you are just having a really bad day, and you really just need to strangle someone. When bad things happen, it is easy to become pessimistic, and not able to appreciate life to it's fullest. Here are a few pointers to help yourself out of that rut.
Smile. Scientists can prove a direct connection between smiling and being happy. Plus, it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.
Exercise. Exercising creates Endorphins, which stimulate creation of the chemical Dopamine, which makes you happy and it will help you stay in shape.
Chill. Take deep breaths; relax on a beanbag, whatever calms you down.
Don't Drink. Drinking alcohol causes you to create excess Dopamine (the chemical that makes you happy), and the day after, your body can't produce enough to compensate, making you more depressed then usual- not to mention hung over.
Do Something You Love. Spend everyday doing something that makes you smile, be it cooking, reading, or exercising. If all you can think of is watching the television, get out of the house and try something new!
Think About Something You Love. Thinking about sad or depressing things will bring you down. Cheer up with optimistic thoughts about something you have been excited about or something good that has happened.
Think of Others. There is nothing like forgetting yourself and looking for ways to help and serve others when you are feeling down. As bad as you are feeling, there is definitely someone in the world who is feeling worse. Even if you just go over to a friends' house and let them vent at you, it will be worth it. Moreover, if it is not, at least you made their day better.

Today on Gender Hub Wednesday we focused on a book called, “Transgender Life Stories from South Africa”. The book is edited by Ruth Morgan, Charl Marais and Joy Rosemary Wellbeloved, published under the auspices of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action) +27 11 717 4239 and Gender DynamiX+27 21 6335287 , by Jacana Media and funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, was welcomed enthusiastically by the LGBTI community, Academics, Activists and Health Care Professionals.

I had the two co-editors Charl Marais and Joy Rosemary Wellbeloved live in studio discussing the book as well as their personal experiences. The book starts out with a Glossary which according to Joy Rosemary Wellbeloved is never done in books. The Glossary is made up of words that are considered offensive and then of course the preferred wording. For instance the word transsexual. Transsexual is considered an offensive word; the appropriate term would be transgender. Besides the glossary the book consist of twenty-six true life transgender stories from South Africa. Two participants in fact joined me in studio as well; Laura Meads and Charlie Takati.

Both Laura and Charlie says that the knowing that as an individual you are different and this case transgender begins at a very early age, as young five years old. For most transgender individuals they experience loads of difficulties even well into there adulthood. When they’re young they experience confusion not understanding what’s happening to their bodies, are they lesbian etc. It’s said that during puberty it’s usually the suicidal period for most transgender. Parents find it difficult to understand and to come to terms with, some never do. For Instance take Charlie Takati’s story he was banned from his family once he told them his a transgender male (born a female) and his family has yet to come to terms with. For Laurie Meads, she remembers an incident where she had decided to dress-up like a female and on her way out her father refused to let her leave and threw her up against a wall. There are even instances where some gays and lesbians don’t accept the transgender society according to my speakers this morning.

Transgender life stories from South Africa is a great way to educate one on transgender. The reason for twenty six stories as suppose to one is simply because everyone’s experience is different. The book can also provide much needed support to transgender individuals. The book is available at most book stores, so no excuse.

Sister Busche
We are like tea bags - we don't know our own strength until we're in hot water.
That’s it for the Morning Cruise, where we cruise through your weekday here on BushRadio 89.5fm live on your stereo between 9am – 12pm with me Denisia Adams. Take Care ... make the best of your day and Keep the Faith. Stay Real!!!!!!!!!!

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