I've noticed my activism and moods about activism go through optimistic cycles and discouraged/frightened cycles. I'm in the weak cycle now. Thanks for including me in your prayers - it's appreciated a lot!
Called my husband up just now (I'm at home, he's at work) and when he answered, he was in the middle of a conversation with a (gay) friend, chatting about where we would all live if we flee the country. It's a conversation we've had several separate times over the past few years, when we're feeling spooked by the patriot act stuff, the anti-gay witch hunts, etc. It struck me as ironic that DH was having a conversation about these exact same things with one of our friends at the same exact time I was posting here.
I liked your (Mel's) list. I LOVE Edna St Vincent Millay - a friend once told me that she was bi, and that her poems reminded him of me. Have you ever read her poems? Renascence is really great, and she was only something like 17 or 18 when she wrote it.