That does sound an inspiring book to read. Thank goodness they have lived long enough to see such changes and they can love each other and have a secure future together.
There will always be some people against marriage for the same sex but they have to accept life as it is now, in the 21st century.
Naomi, this sounds fascinating and one I want to recommend to several gay couples I know who also have wonderful relationships, albeit not so long as these two! It sounds as though both men were fortunate to find their match long ago and survive the challenges that came with that -- particularly years ago. Thanks for sharing it.
Wow what a couple! And what a journey they must have had because they certainly must have faced terrible homophobia over the years. 50 years together is remarkable for any relationship.
I love that painting too.
I bet the book is fascinating. :)
ok you convinced me to get this book and I have a friend who I know would like to read this!
it will never cease to amaze me how people can condemn someone because of how they were born. Be it gay/ transvestite etc.. no one asks to be born different in any way... be it sexual orientation or to be born with a disease or no arms or legs... you live with what life gives you and it will always be wrong to deny any human being any rights that are given to others.
ok.. i am off the soap box and going to find this book! lol
Wonderful review Naomi and I will go check it out. To have survived so many years with all the outside forces battering them is remarkable. Truly a love story.
With all your links to show business, I think you should replace Kevin Bacon in the 7 degrees game.
Great post! They look so happy on the beach -- love shines through this everyday activity picture. I'd love to read this book -- it was fun reading your 'inside story' too. It is gratifying that this couple are here to celebrate the changes for the better. And gratifying to know that sometimes, at last, good things do happen.
I'm definitely going to read this!!! Thanks!!!!
oh this makes me think of my uncle Johnny and his partner Lee
they met in the late 50s and stayed together for a very long time until the pressure of dealing with professional and family prejudices causes them so much pain
I love a story of surviving and thriving
Just getting back (slowly) into Blogdom. So glad I read your last post. My partner and I have a story to tell and we are so different from each other, yet we both are published writers, so the idea of each of us making a chapter, our view of an event, would make (I think) for a good read. It warms my heart when these walls crumble and another barrier to love and equality is broken down. For those in their later years it is especially poignant. I'll be reading this book. Thank you.
Wow Naomi what a wonderful review. I want to get this book now. My daughter interviewed a High Court Judge here in australia that has been with his partner over 50 years too. We need to hear more of these stories and then perhaps people would not be so judgemental and understand why everyone needs to be on an equal footing. We all deserve that. You are such a wonderful writer. I am always stuck like glue to your posts from beginning to end.
And I have added Chocolate Souffle to my list thank you, its a safer past time then sky diving lol.
Lovely post ... Brought tears to my eyes. You have such a beautiful way with words and such a wide open heart to love and understanding. Of course your work always expresses that. Too bad the whole world doesn't think like you do.
And what a memory! Just reading your prev post... Fascinating!
Wow - two handsome men and how wonderful that they have gotten to be legally married after all this time. I love to hear about long years of commitment.
And that picture of them on the beach chairs is great. Loved this post!
I loved your review of this book Naomi. It does sound very interesting! Being together so long certainly shows their love for each other. I love that painting!!! Very unique! Hugs!!!
It sounds like a very interesting book, Naomi. Unfortunately, it probably wouldn't change the minds of bigots.
I've not heard of these two, but this certain sounds like an interesting read... even more so for yourself what with knowing some of the people in it.
It sounds like a great book-- a real love story of the lasting sort as well as about each following their calling. Beautiful and if more people knew more gay couples, there'd be less of this bigotry and fear-- even from Christians.
There are so many untold stories of such "ordinary" people that when couples like these two can have their story receive such public exposure with this book, hopefully, others will benefit from attitude changes toward them.
The issues of health care decisions and various rights are so important in couple relations whatever the genders that denying marriage with all it denotes is simply so intolerant.
What a lovely post Naomi. I just opened my computer which has been shut for several days while we were away and I enjoyed reading this as my first post reading. These men are truly outstanding – 50 years – this is a rarity for any couple. Unfortunately there is still so much bigotry out there. A great review Naomi about a book to be read.
Naomi: How can we reach you? We have just read your beautiful column about our book "Double Life" and we want to thank you. You write so brilliantly and that you even included pictures and one of Norman's paintings. You are amazing. We were so happy to see that people wrote in and wanted to read the book. Unfortunately in May and June, Amazon and many bookstores ran out of copies but a second printing has just gone to warehouses so it should be available. I remember our dinner at Elsa's and I am glad she's well. I wonder if she's read our book. She is not in it but she had a creative effect on Norman's life. Please contact us
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