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Two new books, one for middle grades and one for young adults, show two different ways of incorporating LGBT characters and themes into a story.

In Erica Perl’s middle-grade novel “All Three Stooges” (Alfred A. Knopf), seventh-graders Noah and his friend Dash share a love of comedy and a somewhat reluctant commitment to their bar-mitzvah preparations. Noah has a sister and two moms, and the latter are introduced without fanfare — this isn’t necessarily a book about having two moms.

Something unexpected has happened. I’ve rediscovered something that has been seemingly elusive: an affordable, overnight trip to New York City to see a gay show on Broadway. The city that never sleeps has a reputation for sky-high hotel rates. It’s been tough to find both a chic hotel at a great price and an LGBT-themed show.

Living with chronic pain is no joke. You may look at people without realizing that they are pushing through the pain, discomfort and — at the same time — trying to appear OK. This can be an unpredictable occurrence. A person can feel fine one minute and begin to suffer the next. Some days may be worse than others.

Anyone who knows me knows that I start counting down the minutes until the first day of spring once December starts, and this winter has been especially unkind to those of us who prefer an air temperature above glacier. But going through the milestones to spring, I’m almost ready to start smiling again. Just get The Flower Show started and Daylight Savings Time rebooted and I can glide the rest of the way to 12:15 p.m. March 20. 

The past year saw several attempts to enact policies and legislation that would negatively impact LGBT older adults. Many of these efforts are set to continue in 2018, requiring us to be vigilant against any attempts to deny civil rights, benefits and services that older members of our LGBT communities rely upon.

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