Our niece came to visit us this week. She’s a typical teen, going through lots of changes and discovering herself, questioning everything. Like many of us, her most important discoveries of self don’t fit in well with her traditional Christian upbringing. It’s scary to realize your truest self isn’t what your family expected or may… Read More New York City!
“Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes What if we all just stopped and listened to one another? I mean really shut up and listened without a “yes, but…” ready on our lips. That yes, but… that tells the other person we’re not really… Read More Yes, but…
Feminist. I remember the term having a negative connotation when I was a young woman. The word equated to “troublemaker” or “undesirable.” I never wanted to be those things as I struggled to make my way in the world. Now I understand that oftentimes being branded a troublemaker simply means speaking your mind. Funny how… Read More Lessons on Feminism
Gay rights pioneer Gilbert Baker passed away last week. Gilbert was best known as the creative talent gave us the rainbow flag. Our flag. The symbol of the gay rights movement. Our symbol of Pride. During the Obama administration, our community made great strides toward full equality. Don’t Ask, Don’t tell was finally wiped away,… Read More Proud to be counted
Every movement or struggle for social change and equality has been met with backlash and even violence throughout history. The sea change that comes when people of conscience join forces with minority communities to demand justice is a non-violent force that may be slowed or detoured at times, but can never be stopped. These battles… Read More Privilege
I warned you there might be a political rant or two coming in the near future. Last week a few folks really got me going, not because we had an honest disagreement about fake news or the insane dictator’s last tweet. This was far more personal and I believe dangerous for our collective futures. Most… Read More Don’t tell me to compromise
2016 was the year I realized retreat was not an option. I have no choice. Either speak from my heart, regardless of the consequences, or die a slow death of regret. I’m a writer. I choose my voice. I choose a creativity that embraces my complexity. The intersectionality that makes each of us unique individuals.… Read More Retreat is not an option