Long Without a Tribe

There must be others like me. Where are they? It took me more than three decades to even ask this question. The journey began on Father's Day, 1975, when I asked my dad if had ever been unfaithful to Mom. He'd always been a shameless flirter. I was 24. He stunned me by answering a … [Read more...]

Dear Stephanie, Stronger Than You Know

Dear ??Stephanie, The most important message I can send you is that you are stronger than you know. I also know it seems the world is crashing down around you, that life feels dismal at times, even hopeless. It???s 1983 and you feel alone, buried in your taboo family secrets???but you are not … [Read more...]

What Can I Give?

I'm finding writing to be difficult this month. I want to retreat to an isolated place and pretend the outside world doesn't exist. The past few weeks felt overwhelming as Pride month ramped up and then 49 people lost their lives in Orlando due to hate and discrimination. This last week I watched … [Read more...]

Pride Then, Pride Now, Pride Always

I have to admit, I had written a piece on my first experiences with pride and what it means to me the week before the Orlando shooting. With an exceptionally broken heart and eternally bruised soul I sat and stared at what I wrote and said no, there's more to this idea of pride and sharing my first … [Read more...]

Through My Father’s Eyes

I was a nonverbal child until I was around three years old. My grandmother kept sounding an alarm, even suggesting I might be +ACI-retarded.+ACI My father pushed back, in no uncertain terms. +ACI-Laurie is fine,+ACI he said. I loved that about him. He always knew I was fine. +ACI-When I carried you … [Read more...]