My Wisconsin Adventure

Purple Chasm photo purple.jpgThis piece was written in the way-, way- back...I'm pretty sure we're talking 1994...because that's when it all took place.

I should probably apologize for any squickage now, because after you have read it may be too late.

I also apologize for the length. This will undoubtedly be the longest chapter in the book.

At the time, I had been sharing my last five weeks before surgery in an online diary. I would now be offline for the next five weeks or so.

The graphic to the left is entitled Purple Chasm.

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I am a Lesbian

It was early October of 2007. Congress was finally considering ENDA...although anyone with half a brain knew that the Half-a-Brain-in Chief in the White House would eventually veto anything which might be passed that was beneficial to LGBT people. And John Aravosis was hell-bent on snipping the T off the end of LGBT...because we were just too pushy.

That was the setting in which I wrote the following essay.

The graphic at the right is entitled Lace Egg

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The Breakfast Club (Ground Speed)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Beyond Belonging

This was first written on August 8, 2008...which was one day short of 14 years after my reassignment surgery.

And I'm still talking about finding a place where I can belong.

My adult life has been built around teaching, which to me is about helping others find a place where they belong, where they are valued. I've spent most of my life being told I should go away because I didn't fit in, that if I had any value, it lay elsewhere. Or at least that's the impression I received. As a kid. As a hippie. As a spiritual person. As a PFLAG parent. As a GLBT person. As a human being. As a woman. As a lesbian. As a transgender person.

Yep, I've even been attacked by my own communities from time to time because I was somehow different, sometimes based on issues like emotional sensitivity or body morphology, but more often because of my views on life. And my views on who belongs. And where. And why.

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A Need for Dialogue

Self-portrait, most days photo herx.gifAs I wrote about last time, in Women-only Space: who belongs?, I worked long and hard trying to be accepted by the community of which I wished to be a member. At my first Women's Project Retreat in 1996, I some of read my poetry. I don't remember which poems I read, but I can't believe I didn't read Is there a Place for Me at the open mic:

The graphic to the left is entitled Self-portrait, most days.

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The Breakfast Club (Unforgetttable)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

President Ronald Reagan born; Hillary Clinton runs
for the U.S. Senate; Britain's King George VI dies; baseball legend Babe
Ruth and reggae superstar Bob Marley born.

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Happy Birthday, Natalie. Be well

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

What's One More War

I don't claim to know how to solve all the world's problems, but arming everyone and letting God sort it out hasn't worked very well lately.

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