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The Ghost of Family Stories

Recently a cousin of mine related a story he heard from his Dad about one of our ancestors. That ancestor was Pennell Pittman, and my cousin’s story was very different than the one I heard from my Dad. I first heard about Pennell Pittman when I was in my early teens when I asked where … Continue reading

Letter To Me

There is an initiative for International Women’s Day that offer’s women the opportunity to send a message back to their younger selves. It is meant to be a way to encourage young women today and help them thrive. You can see my GIF here . On my Facebook posting I said: “I know it’s hard, … Continue reading

Butterfly A Rose: 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog., and sent it to me in an email. While I wasn’t expecting to get something like this, I’m glad it was sent. It’s started me thinking about the rather tiny presence this blog has on the web, and what, if anything, I … Continue reading

Procrastination And Other Excuses For Living

A friend of mine recently posted some words from poet David Whyte, which you can read in the original on his Facebook page here. For myself, I definitely resemble this remark! Procrastination can be in fact a way that I ruminate over stuff, and can lead me to write things I really like.  And at … Continue reading

Spinning Around Portland

This past Friday morning I had the pleasure of appearing on the LGBTQ friendly radio station Wild Planet Radio. The program is called Spinning Around Portland and is hosted by Dan Johnson. I read some poetry, and was interviewed and had a lovely time. You can listen to the broadcast here. I also appeared on … Continue reading

Reading Water, A Dance Between Poetry and Art

This Sunday my dear friend, Shu-Ju Wang and I gave a joint talk/poetry reading about the artist’s book Water which we collaborated on. The event was the monthly poetry reading series hosted by Stonehenge Studios and organized by Leah Stenson. The creation of this book began with Shu-Ju inviting me to collaborate with her. I … Continue reading

SAGE PhotoVoice Project

I participated in a PhotoVoice project for SAGE Greater Portland this year. You can learn about what PhotoVoice is all about here. For SAGE our theme was LGBT elder housing, and these photographs and my prose poems about them were my contribution. My life on display. From babies bookended by Dad and the Other Mother … Continue reading

My Garden Grows

Today I went out to my garden. I took out the tomato and green pepper plants last week, turned the soil and dropped clover seeds on the bare ground. After a week of rain the clover is beginning to sprout. I’ve done a lot of work on my ten foot square plot over the last … Continue reading

My Reading At Dickinson

I haven’t been back to my Alma mater, Dickinson College, since 1967.  But this week I’ve had the privilege of sharing my transgender story, my experiences as an activist, and Shu-Ju’s and my artist’s book Water. With some trepidation I spoke on behalf of both of us for a talk and reading at Dickinson’s Waidner-Spahr … Continue reading

Two Down and One To Go

Last week Shu-Ju and I did the second of our three artist’s talks/poetry performances in Portland. The first one at the Waterstone Gallery was more focused on the art itself because Shu-Ju’s show there contained paintings she was inspired to create by our book Water, as well as the book itself. The second one at … Continue reading