A while back my wife came home from a visit with our neighbor, Joan (not her real name). With a tone of disbelief she told me they briefly touched on a racial issue, during which our neighbor repeated a common racist line when discounting why she should care about systemic racism: “It’s not my fault,… Read More Lesfic teaching tolerance
Surviving our national challenge of 2017 has taught me something important about writing. Not just any writing—our writing. Our stories. Queer, feminist, black, white, survivor, triumphant, unique and challenging stories. The lessons of our life told through our fiction and poetry and lyrics. We live in uncertain, volatile times. Everyday brings another assault on our… Read More Writing from the heart
What is creativity? originality, imagination, inspiration, inventiveness, resourcefulness, and vision You might have heard that November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, is in full swing now. Many writers and aspiring novelists use this 50k writing challenge to jumpstart their creativity, but for me, the format has always seemed terrifying. But, since I had been… Read More Creativity Unleashed
My wife and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary yesterday. After twelve years of loving, monogamous, commitment to each other, we were finally married by the state of Massachusetts in 2009. We had a destination wedding, not because it was fashionable, but because our own state did not legally allow our marriage. It took another… Read More Solidarity and #takeaknee
My favorite personal project this year has been researching our family tree online. I love history and have always been a Civil War junkie. So, you can imagine how stoked I was to find out that Sandy’s family is an old New England clan that can trace their lineage back to the landing of the… Read More Finding Jonas
Service and sacrifice. That’s what our military has always been about. Any able-bodied US citizen who wants to sign up to defend our country surely ought to be welcomed with open arms and honored for their devotion. Last week, the president’s latest shameful tweets declared his intention to roll back Obama’s executive order allowing transgendered… Read More Military readiness and equality
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!