Her name is Linda

Recently my wife and I were in Atlanta, Georgia for a long weekend visit. After spending the day at the Georgia Aquarium, we were walking down Baker Street, holding hands as we usually do, and talking about where we might grab something to eat. It was a beautiful day, and we were just strolling along, …

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Smart, funny, caring, courageous… and gay

The sun shone brightly through the windows of our plane as we descended through the clouds on our final approach. The small commuter hop from LAX to Santa Barbara was very different from the giant stuffed sardine can that had carried us across the country. As the small plane made its way north up the …

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On families, death, and liberation…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I have a good excuse. On April 26th this year my mother died suddenly. This news found me in a very different place however than most sons who hear they have lost a parent. My relationship with my mother (like so many of us I am …

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I believe…

I've been giving some thought lately to what I believe. What is it that makes me, well me. While certainly I would never consider boring you with a complete list of everything that I believe, this is a few that came to mind today... I believe that laziness is a good thing. If it were …

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Welcome to my new home ~ johnnyb.me!

If you are a fan of Rhythms & Beats, you probably have noticed there have been some changes around here. The original concept for me behind starting Rhythms & Beats was to have an outlet for the musician in me. A creative place to embrace the drummer that is always lurking inside me - right under …

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All grown up…

As I sit in the photographers studio waiting, I can't believe what I am seeing. I'm watching an incredibly beautiful young woman strike pose after pose for the photographer. She is tall, thin. blonde and gorgeous. The camera loves her and the pictures will be amazing. All I can see though is the slightly pudgy, …

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