FURRY FRIDAY ~~ Midwest Men’s Festival Style

So last Friday I was at Midwest Men’s Festival with extremely iffy Internet access and so…no Furry Friday. I could have gone ahead and done it a week ahead of time but then I was thought I might not have access at all and then it would have been posted here and no one would have known about it. Therefor to make up for it, I thought I would present some Faeries, some real ones, for you this post. There are some beautiful men here of all types and ages. No poll though. I think they are all perfect and no need for a favorite!

Namaste,
BG “Ben” Thomas Continue reading

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Eight Days Until Midwest Men’s Festival

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Tomorrow is day two of the six day stretch of enforced overtime, but thanks to Jan Valdez I am going to start counting down to Midwest Men’s Festival instead. It was way too great an idea.

For those of you who have read my book Summer Lover, the “Heartland Queer Men’s Festival” is patterned after the Midwest Men’s Festival that I go to each year. Over ten years now!

I actually get to Camp Gaea two days before Festival starts and observe happily as my fellow Faeries arrive. It’s wonderful.

R helps set up and then head home for a few days. Doesn’t usually arrive until Wednesday or Thursday ad that’s okay. He doesn’t love the nature seclusion as much as I do and I get a little alone time. And one on one time with a few of my very favorite Faeries like Domi and Cim and Greg. I love that too.

I will get up the first day and write write write and hopefully get a lot of writing done! I also hope I finish edits on a certain well anticipated book before I leave, but that depends on how many more overtime days there are left. Send me some good vibes.

And now I will think of my brothers and how much I love them and now I can’t help but smile!

Namasté,
Gentle Ben (my Faerie name)

Release Party for “Summer Lover” at Midwest Men’s Festival

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So I am home from the Midwest Men’s Festival 2014.And I had an amazing time! So very wonderful and so hard to come home!

I walked and walked and walked! I can hardly believe it! There were times I was in tears with joy and gratitude knowing that I COULD WALK! And for those of you who don’t know, in the last few years I have had both my knees replaced. It used to be that every single step was agony. And now? I can walk!

So much wonderful fellowship and new friends, including the simply amazing young man named Cameron.

I had my official release party for my new book, Summer Lover, and within ten minutes sold every copy that I brought with me! I can hardly believe it! And it was my first release party! It was so exciting and everyone was so supportive. Sold a chunk of my old books as well.

See, what was so exciting for me is that this event, Midwest Men’s Festival, was the inspiration for my book Summer Lover. MMF changed my life.

Here is what MMF says about itself:

Begun in 1982 as a regional gathering for men exploring changes in their lives and roles, Midwest Mens Festival has grown in size and scope over the years to encompass men from many parts of the nation, indeed the world, who represent diverse walks of life, age, and personal experience.

Although the Midwest Men’s Festival is attended primarily by gay men, many of whom are involved in earth-centered spirituality, men of varied cultural or ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, or spiritual beliefs are invited and encouraged to attend.

Festival provides a place where men can come together for sharing and individual growth, and it fosters interpersonal interactions and community building, while respecting boundaries and encouraging supportive, non-competitive self-expression. Festival is a pleasant place to have fun and create friendships. Whatever your sexuality, race, or creed, Festival can provide the opportunity to explore personal and collective growth, joy, nurturing, and change.

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And Festival has done all those things for me and more. Which is why I had to write about it–sort of. I took liberties. But I have also had friends who attend and who read my book say some wonderful things about Summer Lover. Including that if he were to want to help someone who had never been to Festival what it was all about, he would have them read my book.

So how wonderful and miraculous that the official release party and release date happened at Midwest Men’s Festival! It was an amazing blessing!

Happy to be home but sad it will be a year before I see my close friends again!

Love,
BG

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