Sister Edith Myflesh
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26 June 2005
In The Pink...
Last night was the Sisters' annual street party, Pink Saturday. This was my fourth time at this event and my third as a Sister and I'm pretty sure it was the best one yet. Although the weather was cold and wet all night, the crowd was larger than it's ever been and the energy at the event was festive and joyous. Our stellar DJs did a great job of keeping everyone entertained, the SFPD did a great job ensuring everyone was safe and the Order and our volunteers did a great job at the gates. Not only did we throw a fabulous party, but we brought in a lot of money that will go out to the community in July.

This year was a first for me. In previous years, I've spent the night out and about wandering though the crowd and experiencing things first hand. This year I was hidden away at our "undisclosed location" sorting and facing the money from the gates. It was very different but still very rewarding as I got to see the immediate fiscal results of all of our hard work. I always try to remember that if it were not for the support of the community, the Sisters would not be able to do the work that we do. And the community definitely provided some awe inspiring support last night.

Of course, now that Pink Saturday and Pride are over with, I get to start making plans for the Sisters' involvement with both Dore and Folsom. There is truly no rest for the wicked.
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22 June 2005
Sachet With The Sisters
Sachet With The SistersAs a Sister, I occasionally find that there are events that I attend "just because." Generally, it's because I feel some obligation as the Order's President to be there. I always try to have a positive attitude about every event I attend, but sometimes that's a challenge due to my low expectations. And sometimes, I'm delightfully surprised when what I thought was going to be a ho-hum event turns out to be a lot of fun. Such was the case with the Sachet With The Sisters event held at the San Francisco LGBT Center on the 18th.

Part of what made the event was the awesome Sister turn out; I counted about 15 Postulants, Novices and Fully Professed Sisters. We were also joined by Sister Gabriela Perpetua Promisca who is visiting from Berlin. More Sisters means more fun, of course. The cool grooves by DJ PussPuss also helped, as did the open bar and cute little hors d'oeuvres. And Donna Sachet, as always, did a great job of making what could have been a boring awards presentation into a fun party.

It was also really inspiring for the Order to receive so much praise at once. We were honoured with the Charles M. Holmes Award for 25 years of community service. How appropriate that the Sisters be given an award named after an infamous gay porn director. We also received certificates of recognition from California Assemblyman Mark Leno, California State Senator Carole Migden and Acting Member of the California State Board of Equalization Betty Yee.

All in all it was a fun event and a great start to the Pride festivities.
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11 November 2003
I Left My Habit In New Orleans
Well, not really. But I certainly managed to have a fabulous time in New Orleans. Of course, I would've had to have worked really hard not to. The trip was a huge success in all respects: I had a great time sightseeing and doing tourist stuff, I finally got to spend some time with the legendary Sister Reyna Terror and The Sisters made a great impression on all of the lovely folks we met. Our little Halloween party raised about $600 for The New Orleans AIDS Task Force and the Belle Reve Hospice and, in true Sister style, we had a great time doing it. We also impressed the lovely owner of the Country Club so much that he would love to have us back again next year. I certainly wouldn't say no to that! read further …

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29 October 2003
Sister Edith's Great New Orleans Halloween Adventure
Well my darlings, in less than twenty-four hours I'll be on a plane headed for New Orleans. Many months ago, a couple of my Sisters suggested that we travel to New Orleans for Halloween. Having been there before, I thought it sounded like a grand idea. So tomorrow I'll be joining Sisters Kitty, Rox! and Zsa and we'll be off. We're staying with Sister Reyna Terror, one of our own SF nuns who moved to New Orleans some time ago. I've heard a great deal about Reyna and am looking forward to meeting her. read further …

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15 September 2003
A Bevy of Blessings
While Sister Betty and Sister Dana were jaunting up to the River to join our Russian River Sisters for an afternoon of fun in the sun and bingo, I was at home struggling with my whiteface in San Francisco's heat. I had planned on going up to the River with them, but I had made a previous commitment to be at a benefit and, still not having mastered the art of bilocation, chose to honour my earlier commitment.

Despite the short notice, I was able to convince my darling Sisters Gina and MaryMae to join me at El Rio for "Juicy Sexy Cool", a cabaret benefit for the Jon Sims Center. Fortunately, the day had cooled off somewhat by the time we got to the Mission. read further …

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31 August 2003
"Why Not?" Indeed
This afternoon at around three, Sister Gina rang me up and said, "Sister, I'm thinking about going out into the Castro this fine evening. Would you care to join me?" I thought about it briefly, then decided "why the hell not!" I got into Habit and took a cab over to Sister Gina's. From there, we headed off into the Castro

Our first impression was pretty discouraging. The streets were eerily quiet; it was a Sunday, but it was Labor Day weekend for Buddha's sake! When we passed by the Metro and saw that it was closed, we started to think that the evening would be a total waste of a Face. However, in true Sister fashion, we pressed on. read further …

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Ganesh Chaturthi
I worship an elephant-headed god!Today marks the beginning of the Hindi festival Ganesh Chaturthi. This celebration will last for 10 days and marks the birth of the god Ganesh. Ganesh is the elephant-headed god of wisdom, prudence and learning and the "Opener of the Way". He is also one of my favourite dieties. I've got several images of Ganesh around my home and a three-headed Ganesh on my altar. Ganesh teaches us many things.

Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe

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13 June 2002
"I, Novice Sister Edith Myflesh…"
I have always thought that San Francisco's city hall was a gaudy and ostentatious building. Last night, however, it was one of the most beautiful sights in San Francisco. read further …

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10 June 2002
Penny Drive: Dispensing doughnuts and dough
Despite the number of times that it happens, I always am amazed at the transformation that occurs when I am getting ready for an event. Regardless of how tired or cranky or down I feel, once I start putting on the makeup, it all changes.

Yesterday was the monthly Penny Drive. This Penny Drive was unique in that it was scheduled to last from 9am until about 5pm: a Penny Drive marathon, if you will. Like so many other public service groups, the AIDS Emergency Fund — the charity we collect the money for — has recently taken a hit in the latest round of budget cuts. They have much less money to give to the people who need it.

I was up around 10 am, tired and certainly not ready to go out and be Sisterly. However, once I got out of the shower and started applying foundation, I found my spirits lifted and I was full of energy. read further …

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16 February 2002
curtain call
Tonight's the night. I will be attending the first event that I have had a major hand in organising and helping to pull together. And, for the first time, I will be doing bingo as a member of the Order and I won't be in the sound booth all night.

Sister Betty has threatened to give me a mic, so I will not only have to be pretty, but I will also have to be witty as well. I'm sure it's going to be fabulous. I just need to relax, ground and centre and let it happen. Confidence is the skill of being relaxed in the immediate present… [being] attentive to the immediate present, without rigidly patterning that present as it unfolds.

Oh, and did I mention that I'll be wearing the new black chasuble with my new black opera-length gloves?
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16 December 2001
For $20, we do any measurement you'd like.
I met Sister Constance in front of Welcome Home for a quick brunch before we started getting ready. I was going to be good and only get a bowl of grits and toast, but when I saw the biscuits and gravy, I couldn't say no. And, by the end of the day, I was glad that I had carbed up.

As we tucked into our food, Sister Constance and I chatted about Big Sisters. At the Saturnalia, I had asked Constance to be my Big Sister. Although she felt honoured and wasn't going to tell me no, she felt that I would be better served by picking a Sister who hadn't just gotten her Black Veil the month before I was raised to Postulant. We also talked about the mentoring role of the Big Sister and how a Big Sister guides her little Sister and helps her to grow and vice versa. read further …

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13 December 2001
"The higher the hair…"
I met Sister Lola at four o'clock in the Castro. Because I was ravenous and she was feeling a bit peckish, we went to Harvest Market where we got salads and some surprisingly good veggie sushi. Our hungers sated, we retired to her place to begin the transformation. read further …

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Ten minute curtain call
Tonight's the Saturnalia and the first night that I will be going out in public in full drag for the Sisters. I am incredibly nervous, even though I'm sure things will be fine. I will have Sister Lola's guidance and the valuable advice from Ms R and my roommate's mother. I will be flawless.

Also, after talking it over with Sister Lola, I — or rather we — will be making our debut as Sister Katie Klysm, the Immaculate Accident, Daughter of the Deluge Here's hoping that we make a splash!
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06 December 2001
Singing in the rain
My second Sisters' General Meeting was last night. It was much longer than the last one, although they say this was exceptional and that the meetings usual won't run as long. Part of the reason for the meeting running so long was Sister Dionna Cross getting her black veil. She was voted in as a Fully Professed Member and will publicly receive her veil on Thursday at the Saturnalia. The Veiling Ceremony is such an amazing thing to watch; yet another reason to look forward to Thursday. read further …

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02 December 2001
Peace, Love & Gold Glitter
Last night at around seven, I walked into my roommate's room and announced that if I were a Novice, I would be getting into the shower now to start getting ready for my 9:30 event. He suggested that I start getting ready a lot earlier than that. Given my extensive inexperience with makeup, and the amount of work that whiteface is going to take, he's probably right.

Fortunately for me, Novice is about six months away and I actually didn't start getting ready until about 8:30. I threw on my "Sisters mix" and jumped into the shower. The rain that had been pounding my city all day had tapered off to a light mist, but I brought my heavy Kenneth Cole raincoat anyway; San Francisco's weather is unpredictable and it can turn on you in an instant.

Arriving at our meeting place, the Twin Peaks (a.k.a. the Glass Coffin), I found Sister Hellen Wheels and Guard Woody Blowhard already there. Sister Hellen commented on my punctuality, wryly noting that it would probably be a while before the others arrived. I ordered a vodka gimlet and we talked about the economy, weekends in Paris and how the community's view of AIDS has shifted since the 80s. Sister Hellen is one of the older Sisters and I found it interesting and valuable comparing her views with mine. read further …

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