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This is a story of my journey from married man with three sons, involved in ministry in the NW, to my current life as a gay man in Palm Springs, CA. I weave in interesting interviews with amazing people whom I've met along the way. Life is fascinating, it's a gift and it's always leading me down new roads to explore! It's stunning for me to look back on my adult life and to see the changes that have taken place- from a closed minded, judgmental, very unhappy man to the energized, open minded, hopeful, loving man I am becoming today. The Universe always continues to send me just the right people at just the right time to open up a new door in my mind. I've learned so much from these souls. Join me as I have conversations with these fascinating people and share this journey with you.

This is a story of my journey from married man with three sons, involved in ministry in the NW, to my current life as a gay man in Palm Springs, CA. I weave in interesting interviews with amazing people whom I've met along the way. Life is fascinating, it's a gift and it's always leading me down new roads to explore! It's stunning for me to look back on my adult life and to see the changes that have taken place- from a closed minded, judgmental, very unhappy man to the energized, open minded, hopeful, loving man I am becoming today. The Universe always continues to send me just the right people at just the right time to open up a new door in my mind. I've learned so much from these souls. Join me as I have conversations with these fascinating people and share this journey with you.

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United States

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This is a story of my journey from married man with three sons, involved in ministry in the NW, to my current life as a gay man in Palm Springs, CA. I weave in interesting interviews with amazing people whom I've met along the way. Life is fascinating, it's a gift and it's always leading me down new roads to explore! It's stunning for me to look back on my adult life and to see the changes that have taken place- from a closed minded, judgmental, very unhappy man to the energized, open minded, hopeful, loving man I am becoming today. The Universe always continues to send me just the right people at just the right time to open up a new door in my mind. I've learned so much from these souls. Join me as I have conversations with these fascinating people and share this journey with you.

Language:

English

Contact:

206-595-6699


Episodes

An Interview with My middle son: Dave Wilkinson. We chat about his journey from each of our perspectives, his family, his business and his perspective when I came out to him as a gay man in 1999.

7/13/2022
In this episode, I interview one of my favorite people in this world: my son David. Two people can experience the exact same event and yet they can have two different perspectives on what happened. So we discuss what I saw as an amazing turnabout in his life from a very average high school student, to his life now as an attorney with multiple law offices on both coasts. He talks about his current life as a married man and dad and we share some memories of his life growing up. Lastly, we...

Duration:00:23:18

Richard Jessup: Producer, Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Dancer and Bodywork Practitioner.

7/10/2022
RICHARD H JESSUP Richard has been Producing, Directing, Choreographing and Teaching Dance since 1982. He has focused his work in the genres of Musical Theatre and Concert Dance. Richard has directed and/or choreographed over 100 productions. Richard was the founding member of Against the Grain/MEN IN DANCE, and is the Producing President for the organizations Festival of MEN IN DANCE, now in its 26th year. Some of Richard’s other favorite things to do, include massage, hiking, travel, and...

Duration:00:28:10

An Interview with Bar Bionic: A Non-Binary Visual and Musical Artist.

7/6/2022
An Interview with Bar Bionic: A Non-Binary* Visual and Musical Artist. Pronouns: They/Their/Them* Bar and their friend came to visit Palm Springs over the 4th of July holiday weekend and they stayed at my Airbnb. I found Bar's story, look and history to be fascinating. In this interview, we chat about Bar's life in Israel, coming to the USA and landing in New York City where they experienced the brutal "Chew them up and spit them out" mentality found in parts of the entertainment industry....

Duration:00:24:19

An Interview with Ben Miller. Searching: The Wanderlust of a 60-Year Old Gay Man from Pender to Pittsburgh, From Lincoln to LA, and Many Points in Between.

7/3/2022
An Interview with Ben Miller. Searching: The Wanderlust of a 60-Year Old Gay Man from Pender to Pittsburgh, From Lincoln to LA, and Many Points in Between. Ben Miller and I discuss his interesting sixty year journey to where he is today. He shares some of his spiritual practices which he uses to find peace and ground himself. And he discusses a long term struggle with addiction and how he has managed to stay on the upper road in his journey for many, many years. I was introduced to Ben by...

Duration:00:32:36

Lui Gervais discusses his new book: "The Nipple Whisperer and other erotic epiphanies". He chats about what brought him to the point of writing this book, and his past experience in dance, his workshops and his life as a sacred intimate.

6/29/2022
LUI GERVAIS is the author of "The Nipple Whisperer and other erotic epiphanies". Here is the review that I wrote after reading his book: "When Paul, my Seattle friend called and told me that he received Lui's new book, I immediately ordered a copy. I was familiar with Lui from some past experiences with him. Notably, he offered a portion of the material in this book to a group of men who gathered for a workshop at my place in Palm Springs pre-covid. The workshop was only a few hours but I...

Duration:00:29:19

An interview with Dr. Jallen Rix. “Isn’t the world a better place when we all have the opportunity for a happy and healthy sex life”?

6/22/2022
Dr. Jallen Rix "Sex educator, author and activist Jallen Rix holds a Doctorate of Education in Sexology from Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, where he later taught as a Professor. He maintains a private practice in Palm Springs CA, which includes personal consulting, sacred intimacy work, and surrogate-style partner experiences. He has appeared on talk shows, like Our America with Lisa Ling on Oprah’s OWN Channel, and ABC’s News Magazine 20/20. He is a...

Duration:00:24:49

Jill Langham: The Dancing Queen of Palm Springs. We chat about what brought her here, how she became the Dancing Queen, and why she feels so comfortable around gay men.

6/19/2022
From the Prologue to Jill's book: "In a million years I could not have predicted that I would become the Dancing Queen of Palm Springs. I could never have foreseen my growth and evolution into someone who the Gay Community would come to love and respect. I did not know that I had so much in common with gay men, yet I do. It still amazes me that it is through my Dancing that we have all come together. It is my hope that by reading about my journey, you may gain some insights into your own...

Duration:00:28:21

An interview with Barry Schoenfeld... Creator of California Community of Men. Community Organizer & Connector of Men.

6/15/2022
Barry Schoenfeld is the creator of the California Community of Men. Barry Schoenfeld founded and runs Clear Vision Partners, an independent marketing consultancy, based in Palm Springs. Before moving to Palm Springs in 2014, he held several executive roles in advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles. In 2012, he founded The California Community of Men ("CalComMen"), a global mens' community of over 10,000 men-who-love-men, who goal is to provide drug, alcohol, smoke and electronics...

Duration:00:27:36

I've said before that my Iranian friend Ideene Dehdashti is a bit wild and crazy. True to form, she didn't fail this last week - she switched things up and insisted on interviewing ME! Here we go....

6/12/2022
She's Iranian and she's opinionated. After I interviewed Ideene for the last podcast episode, she insisted on switching mics and put me in the hot seat so she could interview me. Here's the result. Here's the link to Wilkinson's Vacation room rentals for males at his "Palm Springs Interlude": https://www.airbnb.com/users/251586484/listings Photo credit: Selfie of us by Ideene Dehdashti Opening and closing music courtesy the very talented Zakhar Valaha via Pixabay. To contact Wilkinson-...

Duration:01:00:43

I've never met anyone quite like my wild and crazy Iranian friend, Ideene Dehdashti. We met several years ago via a couchsurfing experience in Seattle. She's a world traveler, a comedian, a fitness model, an actor, and so much more!

6/8/2022
While living in Seattle, I became a couchsurfing super host. Over a few years, I hosted over 650 (primarily International) travelers in my home. Lifelong friendships were formed with many of these folks, and not a few have subsequently visited me here at my place in Palm Springs. Ideene Dehdashti and her former boyfriend James are two such people. She and I chatted on one of her recent visits. This is one of my most light-hearted episodes, and we had fun recording it. Photo: Copyright...

Duration:00:25:08

Larry Dean Harris: playwright, storyteller, great listener, freelance copywriter, consultant, writer, and Producer of the Strong Words storytelling events in LA and Palm Springs.

6/5/2022
LARRY DEAN HARRIS Larry Dean Harris is a storyteller, playwright, producer and founder of Strong Words. He’s performed stories in LA, Chicago, his hometown Toledo, New York City and Palm Springs. As a playwright, he’s earned New York Outer Critics Circle Award, Ovation Award, GLAAD and LA Weekly Theatre Award nominations. Larry sits on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and teaches storytelling and performance with fellow Strong Words producer Marlene Nichols. For more...

Duration:00:34:01

In today's culture, we've almost become immune to the heartache of death. This is one man's story of LIFE. Michael Sartori tells what it's been like surviving HIV for 40 years!

6/1/2022
How would you feel in this scenario? You're a twenty year old, and you receive a phone call at work from the local hospital, coldly telling you that you are HIV positive and that you need to "Get your papers" in order because you only have 6-12 months to live? That was FORTY years ago. Listen to Michael Sartori's amazing story... Photo: Copyright Wilkinson/2022 Opening and closing music courtesy the very talented Zakhar Valaha via Pixabay. To contact Wilkinson- email him at...

Duration:00:24:45

An interview with Robert Aerts: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He discusses his own coming out story, working with his LGBT clients, and some of their challenges.

5/29/2022
Just in time to wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month! Robert Aerts is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He owns and operates his own practice called Aerts Family Counseling in Apple Valley, CA. Robert is a husband, father and grandfather. Robert graduated from Cal Baptist University with his Masters in Counseling Psychology and has worked for public service for over 30 years. He has worked with the Aging and Adult population as well as school aged children from elementary to high...

Duration:00:36:08

Meet Carl Marshall and Michael Harper. They've been in a loving and happy "May - December" relationship for 20 years.

5/27/2022
Carl is 74 and Michael is 40. They've been together now for twenty years. We discuss how that's worked out in this May-December romance, partnership and marriage. Photo: Copyright Wilkinson/2022 Opening and closing music courtesy the very talented Zakhar Valaha via Pixabay. To contact Wilkinson- email him at BecomingWilkinson@gmail.com

Duration:00:37:45

Bryce Bailey is an Art Therapist. What's an art therapist, you ask? He shares his own story of how art helped save his life. And now he shares that healing with others. And since May is Mental Health Awareness Month- this is perfect timing!

5/25/2022
Bryce Bailey, MA, ATR. Registered Art Therapist from Seattle, WA currently living in Palm Springs, CA. He launched his own creativity/ design consulting practice “EmpowerART Studio” and offers Per Diem Art Therapy at a local physical rehabilitation hospital. He leads art therapy groups and facilitates creativity workshops in community. Bryce is passionate about utilizing the creative process to facilitate personal growth, transformation, healing and connection through artmaking. He has...

Duration:00:31:49

An Interview with Larendee Roos: Spouse, Mother of ten, Grandmother, Entrepreneur, Life Coach, Consultant, Business Owner, and Minister of A Course in Miracles.

5/22/2022
"I had another experience when I was meditating that affirmed my life was transforming again. I dreamed I was standing on a river bank. There were people in canoes peacefully rowing in a river. I came to understand that the river was peaceful flow. The people in the canoes waved and smiled to come in. I looked up and down the river bank. There were countless people standing on the banks. Some walked into the river and a canoe appeared for their transport. Some shook with fear on the side....

Duration:00:35:01

What do you do when you're a married man with kids, you donate blood and then the clinic calls you in and tells you that you're HIV positive? Bob Blackford discusses what happened to him and how he negotiated his life - bringing him to where he is today.

5/19/2022
Bob Blackford discusses how he felt after donating blood, only to have the clinic subsequently call him in to discuss some "irregularities" that the testing had revealed.... then informing him that he was HIV positive. This was when he was in the ministry, was married with kids and it was prior to meds being developed. He basically heard a death sentence. He had to not only tell his wife that he was HIV positive, but also that he had had some gay sexual experiences. He describes how they...

Duration:00:37:45

Musings on what is important in life and some of the milestones in my journey. A compilation of four short, earlier episodes.

5/17/2022
Chapter One: The Law of Attraction. I've learned that "Where focus goes- energy flows"! What we choose to throw out into the Universe is what comes back to us. I share some of the rather profound experiences I've had in this area. So many of my friends are amazed at what I seem to create or attract into my life. I've learned that "Where focus goes- energy flows"! What we choose to put out into the Universe is what comes back to us. That means if we expect good, it will come to us. But if we...

Duration:00:09:04

John Woodruff: From athlete to "Fat Johnny" to ripped. And... from "straight" minister to gay trainer. Here's the story of his journey. And you'll love his sexy southern accent!

5/15/2022
I met John Woodruff at a pool party some time ago. I was immediately drawn to his friendly personality and Southern accent. And his body was pretty amazing as well! I gave him a business card and we eventually did a couple very fun photo shoots. He's definitely fitness model material! Some time after that, I read one of his social media posts where, in 2015, he described his weighing 245 pounds and he couldn't stand for more than ten minutes at a time due to degenerative disc disease. His...

Duration:00:30:24

David Wichman: Author, Speaker, Sex Love & Intimacy Guide, Soundbath Massage & Sexworker, Scuba Diver & Lover of All Things Wildlife. Get ready to set aside some preconceived ideas as you listen to this gentle soul share the story of his journey.

5/12/2022
David Wichman is an author, speaker, sexual healer, and entrepreneur who is respected and well-known all over the world to those who seek to live free of stigma, shame, and fear around sex, love, and intimacy. Raised in Fremont, California, David survived a childhood marked by severe neglect and abuse, which led him into years of homelessness, alcoholism, and drug addiction. After decades of struggle and rehabilitation failures, he finally obtained freedom from his addiction in 2005. He...

Duration:00:39:23