Derailed

My birthday list has been derailed because my life has been derailed. On December 11, I found out that my dad died. No warning whatsoever. He had a heart attack in bed. I’m thankful that he passed quickly and painlessly (I hope anyway) but sometimes I think the magnitude of shock and grief might kill […]

Theater for All

When I came across reduced tickets to a production of Billy Elliot the Musical, I immediately bought them—not only because I love the film and musical, but also because it was being produced by a theater company that I hadn’t been acquainted with yet. Wheelock Family Theatre is on the campus of Wheelock College. The […]

A Promise to My Two-Year-Old Niece

Dear Niyah, I promise you that I will do everything I can to ensure you are safe and supported (legally and emotionally) if: You love, and wish to marry, a woman; You decide you will be happier living as a male; You want to use birth control; or You want to get an abortion. I […]

A Reunion and a Mystery

A few weeks ago, my dad and I attended a family reunion with 100+ strangers. Let me explain. About a year ago, as I was doing some genealogy research, I learned that a family reunion was being planned for August 2015 in the town where my mom grew up. The reunion was actually for my […]

Somebody Loves You

A few weeks ago, I volunteered for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s national Overnight Walk for the second time. In solidarity with the walkers, I took the 12:00 to 6:30 am shift. I walked into a disorganized situation because of the weather. It had been raining for hours and it wasn’t about to stop. […]