Mx. Stevie (or Stephen) Cole
Attracted to magic both practical & impractical
Writer of short stories and philosophical musings
Save the arts, they may save you one day
The hashtags have ceased to trend, but there are passionate voices here in the UK to save the arts industry from the near collapse brought upon it by the pandemic (and the government, but that's another story for another time). There seems little mainstream appreciation for the fact that the arts are a channel through which education, emotional connection, stress relief, and spiritual uplift can all be achieved, sometimes all together.
Dancing Out of the Closet
If there's one thing that would spring first to mind if you ask my loved ones what they think of when they think of me, it's THEATRE. It's not just my job, gentles and lady-men. It's a lifestyle. So, of course, in fitting "me" fashion, when I came out, I did it in public, and I did it to music. I was simultaneously appearing in two musical, and completely queer, productions. So the music that helped me find myself, from those two shows, takes the top spots on my playlist for Pride 2021
Balance is the Key
Geminis are perceptive beyond surface appearances, so it's visible to us how the figures behind a lot of the world's issues - the politicians and lawmakers - are deliberately using polarising talk to divide their opposition. Talk in America right now, for example, such as "If you're an atheist or a leftist you're un-American", ignores, alienates and aggravates those atheists and leftists who care for and contribute to their country's good, while enabling and empowering any conservative Christians who might do it harm. How about judging the benefit of someone's political and religious beliefs to their country by putting aside those prejudices and actually looking honestly at the good or bad consequences of both sides' words and actions instead? No, that wouldn't stir up the cheering mob of voters, would it? So the divisive rhetoric continues.
IF THIS, THEN THAT: VAMPIRE BATS I love a good superhero movie. I also love the classic tale of Dracula. And I never suspected how much I would find when I looked into how those two things could be connected. One hero in particular stood out as a close literary relative of the sinister Count, and it's exactly the one you'd expect.