By GLEN WEBER
This has been a very nice but quiet Christmas season for me. I have been to a few nice
parties. The P.W.A. Christmas party
held at Bering Church was wonderful.
Ray West, P.W.A.'s resident hunk,
emceed a fun evening. I was blessed with
seeing so many people I know. I even won
a raffle prize. They were giving away
beautiful Polo type shirts. I asked God if
1 could win one, and one minute later they
called my number.
For those of you who think I have gone off
the edge of religion righteousness, let
me --..iv I have never been more happy and at
peace with myself. For the first time, my
relationship with God has given me
hope. I will beat the AIDS virus. Whai I also
like is the high quality of the men and
women who go to M.C.C.R. These are people who have jobs and lives. It is wonderful in go io church and have everyone
glad lo see me and ask how I am doing.
My book is coming along at a fast pace. I
have already decided where I will hold my
first book signing. I know all of you will be
pleased by my efforts, and my hope is it will
help you dear readers who are still battling with the reality of the AIDS virus. As
I have said before, I am beating the disease, and I know all of you can beat it as
1 would like in say a few good words about
mic of my favorite people, Kathie Lee
Gifford. She has gotten a lot of bad press
coverage for some things she was not
responsible for, but she gets very little
coverage for the projects from her
heart. Yes, I do get up every morning lo
watch Regis and Kathie Lee . It is an entertaining hour filled with love and laughter. I even love her singing.
What Kathie Lee has done is take a million
dollars ot hei own money to found Cas-
sidy's Mouse, a home for AIDS and crack
babies. You can only imagine what a crack
baby must go through to beat it's addiction. She is now getting to open Cas-
sidy's House II. We need everyone,
especially with money, to help us and our
children win this battle. I would like to
nominate Kailne Lee for Humanitarian of the Year.
In a column a while back, I criticized
award shows where all the audience wore
ted ribbons. I though) ii was a meaningless effort to show support for AIDS people. Red ribbons only have meaning
when the wearers are sincere. I would
rathet nol people wear them if they are not
interested in our cause.
I recently talked to a friend of mine in Cal
ifornia. He called my folks to get my
number. He has lived almost 15 years with
the AIDS virus. After about two years of
bad health and hospital stays, he is now
very healthy. He eats only health foods,
drinks vegetable juices for cleansing,
and meditates several hours a day. I
envy him. I would like to learn to meditate myself. My courtyard in my new complex looks like a tropical island with a
pool. That would be a beautiful quiet
place to medicate.
He is looking forward to another healthy
year. His new lover is HIV-negative, and
my friend says he is a great support. He is
excited for my column and calls me a hero.
I think he is the hero. He sets an example
for me and all those he touches with his love
of life and his determination to beat the
virus. I hope I set that example for you
I had a wonderful time at the M.C.C.R.
Christmas party. Our choir has the most
beautiful voices I have ever heard. It
reminds me of the Angels singing. So
much joy filled the church. What a great
place to be. I have said this before. I you
don't like where your life is now, and you
are uncertain of your future, come see us
at M.C.C.R. I am now an the right track and
1 am happy. Even my folks, who worry so
much about me, have now relaxed and are
also happy for me.
Hawaii, and other states are now trying to
legalize gay marriages. I think it is a mistake for two men to legally bind themselves together. What if you marry someone who is only after your possessions,
and files for divorce. You stand to lose
everything. I think the commitment
ceremonies available to loving couples is beautiful enough. If two lovers
commit themselves in their hearts and
souls, thai should be enough. I know many
of you disagree with me, but why lose it
all to some little hustler. Look at all the
rich old men who marry sexpots only to
have to be ordered to give up half of their
wealth to these women.
As my 43rd year approaches, I can truthfully say I am no longer afraid of death.
Pain, yes. Death, no. I am certain I will
live a long time, and that I can continue to
help those of you with my AIDS ministry
through my column and book. The greatest joy I get is knowing I have positively
helped people with their lives. I am so
blessed by God, and all of you dear readers who let me into your homes every week
to share with you my thoughts on beating
the virus. I wish all of you a healthy New
Year, and please keep in mind we are all in
this together. I love you all.
You can't get HIV from a telephone,
but you can get prevention.
Education is the Titst step to preventing lhe spread of
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