Catherine Linda Michel

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The Home That Love Built
A new universe from Catherine Linda Michel

Consider this an introduction to my dream of a place where abused, impoverished, cast out T-girls could go to and be respected, helped, and loved. It's been my dream for many years of such a place, and I thought I'd write about it.

Thanks to everyone who read, voted and/or commented on Desert Misstake

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I want to say thank you very much. As I said, this is a story which, I hope, will be just the first of what will be nothing but complete stories from me, from now on.

The beginning of a new life, free from cigarettes

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Yesterday I finally obtained a prescription for the anti-smoking drug, Chantix. This morning I took my first pill. I have set a date to finally be off cigarettes. March First is the date.

Desert Misstake

This is a work based on one of the most famous movies of all time. Those who have seen the movie will, no doubt, recognize some of the names and situations described. For those who haven't seen the movie, the title is at the end of this story.

A warning to readers and fans, about Luck Be A Lady.

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While I might be cutting my own throat, hit and comment-wise with this, I feel it's only fair to let everyone know that Luck Be A Lady is incomplete, ending with Chapter 8. There WAS a chapter 9, but I have decided that it is non-canon, and it will NOT be re-posted here, or anywhere else.

Since I wrote the story, so much has happened in my life and it seems my muse has gone on semi-permanent vacation. Thus, the story remains in it's unfinished state, with no inspiration in sight for a close.

Luck Be A Lady -6-

I watched while Kim began to change and as he lost height, he gained other, ummm assets and his hair vanished. Then his whole body seemed to hesitate for a second or two before really beginning to change rapidly. As the change speeded up I could actually see the changes taking place and I just stood there, watching, absolutely amazed at what this little machine could do!

Luck Be A Lady

Part 6

By Catherine Linda Michel

I'm confused.

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My RLT is going great. I'm accepted by almost all of my friends, all of my co-workers, and some of my family. I live with a wonderful woman in a 16 year platonic partnership, I have recently discovered that an angel, an incredible, beautiful, intelligent, understanding woman, is in love with me, and I feel the same about her...and yet.

Luck Be A Lady -5-

"You have a lot to learn about being a sexy woman, Billie and I intend to make sure that you learn everything you can so you can be convincing in that new body for as long as you have to wear it. The last thing we need right now is any more attention from the world in general and if you continue to act like a man in a female body, it’ll attract attention more than if you act like what you look like."

Luck Be A Lady

Part 5

By Catherine Linda Michel

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"As far as an alien invasion goes, don’t you two think that if there was really a threat, the government would already know what’s going on? No doubt they just want to get you two out of the way and get hold of those devices so you don’t screw something up that they might have planned! You two are being suckers and I would bet that those guys chasing you are actually just herding you towards some kind of a trap!"

I looked at Neri in stunned disbelief for a few seconds. I had never considered what she had postulated and it set me back on my heels to think that this kid might be right! Prue chimed in just about then and added her two cents to what Neri had said. "She could be right you know, Bill..ie! What if she IS right? That would mean that we are just a couple of lab rats being put through our paces and we have no chance at all of getting away. At least we have no chance if we keep on doing what they drove us into!"

Luck Be A Lady

Part 4

By Catherine Linda Michel

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"Doesn’t that car look familiar, Prue?" I asked. She looked at it and thought for a moment and then said, You’re right, Bill! It looks like the same kind of car that was at my Grandfather’s motel! The one that those government people came in!" She was getting excited and, I think, a little bit scared thinking that, somehow, those agents had tracked us to this place. I tried to reassure her, and MYSELF in the process, but there were doubts in my mind as well. COULD they have tracked us here, somehow?

Luck Be A Lady

Part 3

By Catherine Linda Michel

Luck Be A Lady

My first thought was that I had stumbled on a scout craft of some kind from an invasion force and this little laptop type thing was their means of infiltrating the governments of the Earth! It made a kind of sense, the more I thought about it. I mean, there was the makeup kit, and the hair styler and now this thing which purported itself to be a body changing machine! It all pointed, in my mind, to some kind of alien invasion threat and, now I was getting worried!

Luck Be A Lady

By Catherine Linda Michel

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My first thought was that I had stumbled on a scout craft of some kind from an invasion force and this little laptop type thing was their means of infiltrating the governments of the Earth! It made a kind of sense, the more I thought about it. I mean, there was the makeup kit, and the hair styler and now this thing which purported itself to be a body changing machine! It all pointed, in my mind, to some kind of alien invasion threat and, now I was getting worried!

Luck Be A Lady

Part 1

By Catherine Linda Michel

Re-evaluating Priorities

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An incident which occurred tonite has made me realize that my priorities are way out of whack. My best pal, my housemate, the one person on this planet who knows me better than I know myself, called me, crying, feeling deserted and alone, and unloved. She was out driving at the time because she felt the need to be alone by choice, instead of an enforced aloneness caused by someone dumping her...again. I begged her to pull over and stop, and she complied, thus removing some of my sudden anxiety. But.

First Transgender Mayor Elected In Silverton Oregon!

The small town of Silverton Oregon has elected the first Transgender Mayor in the United States.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/07/ore-town-elects-nati...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTTY!!!!

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Some, if not many of you, don't know Scotty, but he has been an unofficial ambassador to many of the 'girls'. In the past year or two, Scotty has traveled to several of the girls homes to visit and, in a few cases, to get them out of their houses or wherever they live, and out into public for a meal, or just a drive. Some of them had never ventured out of their places of residence en femme.

Milestone Reached.

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I've been writing and posting stories for over 8 years now. I started with FM, moved to Storysite and Sapphire's, then to here. I am proud and humble at the same time, to announce that, at Storysite, I have passed 225,000 hits on my stories. That's a lotta hits, folks, and I am psyched. Since there are no counters at FM, I have no clue how many have hit on my stories there.

A Most Powerful Piece Of Music

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I've recently re-discovered one of the most powerful pieces of music I've ever heard. It made me cry and smile at the same time, and is without doubt, one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zJ0yVSSvE

The World Professional Association For Transgenger Health

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has released a new statement concerning the medical necessity of TS surgeries and patients mental and physical health.

http://www.wpath.org/documents/Med%20Nec%20on%202008%20Lette...

An update on my blog post: "Need advice,etc."

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As promised, here's the update on my meeting with my sisters and the lawyer.

My housemate went with me and stayed right with me through the whole meeting. When we walked in, early, by the way, my sisters were already there, with one of my nieces. None of them would even met my eyes, so things were kinda tense for several minutes.

Thank You, to everyone who responded. My decision is made.

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The meeting has been moved up to Wednesday at 11AM, and Cathy is going to be there in all her glory. It IS time my sisters learned that this is not a whim, or something I thought would be cool to do for awhile. Cathy is who I am, Cathy is who I'm, going to be, and that is the long and short of it.

Need advice / thoughts / views / whatever ASAP

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I have to meet with the lawyer Thursday the 17th to settle Mom's will. I am in the second month of my RLT. BOTH my sisters will also have to be there, and they are religiously dead set against me being myself, that is to say, Cathy.

Subject: NEWS - Congress' 1st hearing on Gender Identity (June 27, 2008)

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Subject: NEWS - Congress' 1st hearing on Gender Identity (June 27, 2008)

Gender Identity Discrimination in the Workplace gets First Hearing in Congress

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingt onpost.com/ joe-solmonese/ gender-identity- discrimin_ b_109352. html

Posted June 26, 2008 | 09:58 AM (EST)

This will probably make me unpopular, but...

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This will probably make me unpopular, but...I don't like drabbles! If I'm gonna click on a story, I want a STORY...not a short article. Sorry. That's the way I feel.

Does it take talent to do drabble? Of COURSE! It also takes talent to do Rap, and I can't stand those either. Now I'm pretty much done with this mini-rant.

In Memorium For KimEm

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I didn't write the following. The words were written by Becky Hobbs, and the song was sung by Alabama. There's a youtube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9txzREaNO4

"I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.
But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.

9 Days into my RLT. So far, so good.

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Over the past 9 days, I've done things I never even dreamed I would. I've been in countless situations where something could have gone wrong, or someone could have made a comment that could have caused trouble, but none of those situations have come to anything bad, thank goodness! In fact, no one has said ANYTHING out of line or wrong, within my hearing range, at all.

Well, I've made it through the first week of my RLT.

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though not without incident. A couple of really bad things, about which I have already blogged, marred what was, otherwise, a dream for me. I am slowly coming to grips with the passing of my Mom, and I will be okay. My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who posted comments to my blog entries about it.

But:

Mom passed away last night at about 11:50 PM.

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According to my sister, who called me at 11:55PM. She assured me that Mom was at peace and in no pain, with her family around her. While I feel very sad right now, I also feel relieved that I didn't try to force my 'new self' on my family members while a tragic event was unfolding.

Mom is not expected to live out the day.

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I received a call from my sister this morning, telling me that Mom is under heavy sedation, and slowly fading. Apparently there is nothing more they can do for her, except to make her last hours peaceful.

Well, the interviews went okay, but the signing was a bit disappointing.

The radio spot went off with nary a hitch. The interviewers asked insightful and intelligent questions, and never once strayed from that format. I think I got at least some of our message out, as well as promoting our stories and writers.

As I said. I get nothing good without something bad to counter it.

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After a day of days for me, a day in which I affirmed my femininity and my writing. After a day filled with interviews with Radio, Television, and Newspaper, a little while ago I got word that Mom is back in the hospital with what appears to be a major stroke.

Today will be a busy, stressful day, but hopefully, fun too.

Well, today at 9:30 A.M. I go on the air with one of our local radio station, live, for an interview about the book, the signing, and my being TG. Am I nervous? You bet your bippy I am! Then, as if that isn't stressful enough, at Noon I go to the Chautauqua Mall for a television bit about the signing!

The first day of the rest of my life, OR, The first day of my Real Life Test.

Today was the first day of my Real life Test...officially, that is. Unofficially I began on Sunday, spending the whole day and the following Monday, Memorial Day, as my real self.

Random thoughts...at 5 0'clock in the morning.

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5:22 in the AM, and I can't sleep...well, not much anyway. Too many things running into one another in my mind. Nobody to sleep with anyway. Used to have a cat, but I let him down and had to have him put to sleep.

The time has come to say goodbye to my little buddy,

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quicker than I thought it would. In about an hour, we will be on our way to the Vets so he can be put out of his misery. I appreciate all the wonderful, caring responses I've received over the last day or so, to my blog entry. Please don't feel obligated to respond to this one though.

It seems like nothing good ever happens without something bad to offset it.

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So I'm happier than a pig in s--t, with my RLT starting next Tuesday and the book signing on the 31st, when, out of nowhere, I get word that Mom is in hospital with pneumonia. She's just been through an amputation of her left leg, now this.

It seems that Ontario will cover SRS under their medical coverage.

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Here's a link to the article. http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/425995 I wonder how much it costs to move to Ontario? Hmmmmm.

Huggles from,
Catherine Linda Michel

Well, everything for my RLT and Book Signing is set.

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I met with my boss this morning and we finally decided on a start date for my RLT to begin, so on the 27th of May, Catherine finally comes into her own...or at least begins to. The county Attorney is also on board in this and I have his backing as well.

The Date For My Book Signing Is Set!

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I just got off the phone with the Waldenbooks store manager. Between us we have set the date for the signing! It will be May 31st, which is a Saturday afternoon, from 2-4PM. See my previous blog entries for the location. All advertising has to be done by me, including some kind of poster they can hang in their window, explaining what, when, and where.

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