We Called Him Kevin

This week has been weird, emotionally. I have spent a lot of time this week thinking about this country, and the people in it.¬†We are so divided. I fear we are headed down a destructive path that could take years, if not generations, to repair. But I digress…...

Alt Reality: Day 621

Well, it’s been 621 days. 621 days of what I feel is a complete shit-show. I keep thinking – things can’t get much worse, SOMEONE has to stop this, right? RIGHT?! But who? Perhaps there are too many high-powered people benefiting from the current...

Sexism & Gender Roles

It seems that often in life we fail to see things that are clearly visible. Sometimes it’s because we want to deny the truth, and sometimes it’s because the thing has been so bred into our culture that we don’t even notice it exists. Few things bring...

Alt Reality: Day 502

I have a confession to make: I don’t really read or watch any news about 45. I actually change to a different radio station when sound bytes of him are played on NPR. I have lived in chosen ignorance for the last several hundred days. Even though I work at a...

What She Said

This year, Michele Wolf was the comedian to do the monologue at the annual White House Correspondent’s Association dinner. She received immediate and harsh backlash for some of the things she said. And I have to admit, a few of her jokes were more vulgar than...

A Pirate Looks at Forty

As my 40th winter nears an end, I find myself in a strange place in my life. In so many ways, the last year has been the absolute worst of my life. But in other ways, it has been the best year of my life. I have had moments of utter despair and moments of total peace...

Total Eclipse of the Heart

I have always loved the moon. I often gaze at it, wondering . . . so many things. Last year, the moon changed my life. Like the tides, the moon pushed and pulled me in directions that changed my perspective, my heart, my life. This is, of course, a love story. It...

Alt Reality: Year One

When I began writing this “Alt Reality” series I couldn’t have chosen a more fitting name. Exactly one year ago today, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. I reflect on the last year, and the R.E.M. song ‘It’s the...

A Private Hell

The last few years have been very difficult for me. I have shared some things with some people, but few know everything. The main reason for my silence is shame. Deep shame. But I think shame is often associated with things because they are not discussed, which is why...

Last of the Free-Range Kids

As I get older, it seems like time moves faster. Or things happen faster now. Exponentially faster it seems. Besides being a reporter for a newspaper, I am also a freelance photographer. Last weekend I was shooting a wedding in an historic downtown hotel. The bride...