The Big Purge: getting rid of possessions

The Big Purge: getting rid of possessions

[This is the second in a series of posts about my upcoming journey / vision quest of sorts. For the first post, click here.] Going Minimal One of my intentions in this transition is to live a more minimalist lifestyle. I’m giving, selling, donating and recycling most of my possessions. In a consumer-driven society this … Continue reading

Hit the Road, Jack (announcement)

Hit the Road, Jack (announcement)

Dear Friends & Readers, I’ll give it to you straight. 2014 has been a rough year. Lots of loss, transition, and yet more loss…Rather than trying to force things to go in a particular direction, I’ve decided to go with the flow and open myself up to something new. I’ll be on the road come … Continue reading

Funny Essay – Speaking in Tongues

Funny Essay – Speaking in Tongues

Need a little humor tossed into your day? Let me entertain you! My short essay, “Speaking in Tongues” is up at Crack the Spine, issue 116. Adapted from my memoir and layered in dark humor, this slice-of-life from a kid’s perspective explores fanaticism, women’s issues and mental health. Warning: When I read this aloud at my … Continue reading

A Tribute to Matt Kailey

A Tribute to Matt Kailey

I’m feeling a mixture of things as I write this. I am both heartbroken over the loss of such a great soul and honored to have known Matt Kailey. For those of you who don’t know, Matt was a transsexual man and award-winning author, blogger, activist, and nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues. Our connection … Continue reading

Hate Mail: We’ve Got Your Puppy!

Hate Mail: We’ve Got Your Puppy!

“If everybody loves you, something is wrong.” -Paulo Coelho, author I’ve been getting hate mail lately. My writing exists in various places on the web and in print. Some of the senders don’t bother to mention which essay, interview, or short story pissed them off. Others are kind enough to inform me that they read such-and-such … Continue reading

Interview with Cara Anna: Talking about Suicide

Interview with Cara Anna: Talking about Suicide

Each year approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. die by suicide. An estimated 800,00 per year attempt suicide. Due to the stigma, you almost never hear from attempt survivors. My theory is that if we heard more from attempt survivors there would be fewer attempts. Thankfully, this is beginning to change because of people like … Continue reading

Why It’s Good When Things Go Wrong

Why It’s Good When Things Go Wrong

  I recently heard a famous motivational speaker talk about visualizing your day going exactly as you want it to, having all the feelings you want yourself to have and even finding the right parking space. My reaction? Totally stunned. Was this guy kidding? That life should boil down to finding the right parking space … Continue reading