Before you play In the beginning, there was gender. There was Hot Wheels and Barbie, princes and princesses, and later on “girly-girls” and “tomboys”. Even though I was fortunate to have a gender-neutral nursery (yellow instead of pink and decorated in vintage Winnie the Pooh), I still had a subtle-ish identity crisis when it came… Continue reading Gender Games
There are as many different needs for a Chosen Family as there are families. Some people lose their families, some walk away. Others live far away from their support system and form a new circle with “Friendsgiving” and fun Christmas parties with those ugly ass sweaters. As someone with at least three memoirs worth of… Continue reading How to build a family (Some assembly required)
I’ve always done things a little differently, a little more “me”. And the day of my birth (my origins if you will) is no exception. Growing up, I lived for my birthday parties. As someone who lives for attention, I loved the idea of entire celebrations devoted to me and how much people like me… Continue reading It’s my birthday and I’ll do what I want to.
My first ever flight to Seattle was at 5:30 in the morning. The night before was a slow ballad of last goodbyes and deciding what would make the final cut to go in the two suitcases. To be honest, I don’t remember falling asleep that night. I remember saying goodnight to one friend as they… Continue reading How to Leave Behind Your Entire Life and Move Across the Country: A Journey