“Aren’t we all queer? Different? Odd? Peculiar? Strange? Freaky? Weird? Losers in our own way?”
“Instead of tormenting those who are different from us, we should be embracing them, and be thankful for their presence.” Mary As Double Exposure finds its way in the world, many readers have shared their own stories with me. I am continually awed and inspired by their honesty, tenacity and courage. What stands out most… Continue reading Growing Up Intersex: Embracing Teens Who Are Different
“Guess which book we picked for the Badgers? That’s right, DOUBLE EXPOSURE!!” The amazing and dedicated Heather Newton, sent me these pictures, and these words, in her recent email! Hurrah for DOUBLE EXPOSURE and of course our very own BADGERS, who just like this celebrated book are headed for the FINAL FOUR!
“Mom, why don’t you self-publish?” For over twenty years my son, Quinn, had witnessed my fledgling writing career. He knew about the countless near misses. He’d seen me at my desk, day after day, hour after hour. Once, when he was in middle school, he even caught me still in my p.j.’s at the computer… Continue reading On “Write Now” Blog: My Son Said, “Why Not Self-Publish, Mom!”
How will you answer Leelah’s call for change? The recent death of Leelah (Joshua Alcorn) has created a storm of responses. Some coming from a place of love and compassion, others ringing with anger, blame, and the same intolerance that propagated the pain, which led to Leelah’s fatal decision. Those of us who’ve read Leelah’s suicide note… Continue reading A Call for Compassion for Trans Teens (And Parents, Too)
Recently, I reconnected with my sister whom I had not spoken with in many years. Though we live thousands of miles apart, we soon found ourselves laughing, despite tears. In that magical moment when I heard my sister’s laughter coming through the line, gratitude filled my heart. For it could only be some kind of… Continue reading HA! Laugh Camp: What’s So Funny About That?
Just finished listening to the audiobook of Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner. This is a fabulous YA novel, an excellent choice for “cool guys,” reluctant readers, or in my case, listeners. Several LOL moments, along with the grossest description of a runny nose ever put in print, but with enough poignant heartfelt humor that the scene and the entire book rises above any threats of crassness.
Just finish reading Alex Sanchez’s YA novel called “The God Box.” A well-written, and in my opinion, important book that explores the intersection of spirituality and homosexuality. It is the story of a young man Paul/Pablo, coming to terms with, and finding the intersection between, his faith and his sexuality. In the end, after almost turning away… Continue reading YA Book Explores Strange-bedfellows: Spirituality and Homosexuality