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...

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...

Every Woman

This week the hashtag #metoo has taken over social media as sexual abuse allegations swarm in Hollywood. I’ve even seen a few men post their apologies to women for anything they may have done to make women uncomfortable in the past. I think all this is good....

Wasicu

One word I learned quickly after becoming a correspondent for a Native American newspaper in South Dakota was the Lakota word Wasicu (pronounced Wa-see-choo). I’ve heard a few different translations and stories, both similar in their meanings of “someone who takes the...

Alt Reality: Day 128

It’s been 128 days since our 45th POTUS took office and 201 days since the election. It’s been rough. The news headlines alone, that seem to come out daily, are a constant barrage of WTF?! moments. So much so that I even had to de-activate my social media...

Death by Suicide

This morning I woke up to the news of a friend passing away, presumably by suicide. This is the second friend this year to take their own life. I didn’t know either very intimately; the first was a transgender girl who I met through mutual friends, and the...

The Death of Democracy?

I keep asking myself the same question, again and again: What the fuck? Seriously, guys, what the fuck is happening to America? I struggle to find any hope to cling onto in this sea of greed that is drowning our country. Each day, I see headlines in the news that make...

What Nobody Told Me

When you are an expectant parent, it seems like everybody has advice for you. And I do mean everybody. Your family. Your partners family. Your friends. Your co-workers. The cashiers at stores. The clerks at gas stations. The waitresses at restaurants. Strangers on the...