Essay #12 Outhouse

852 Words How many hours did I sit in an outhouse before we got indoor plumbing the summer I was eight years old? There was always an outhouse standing behind our home, wherever we lived. People try to find the perfect balance between convenience and smell when they are building or choosing the site for Read More …

Essay #11 Another Friday Night

Another Friday night in South St. Louis. It’s 1962. May or September – one of those months before or after the unbearable humidity soaks the days until they bleed through the night. Ronnie and I are three years into our enforced teen marriage, and our two-year-old son is asleep in his room. It’s ten or Read More …

Essay #10 Coming Out for Forty Years

Essay #10 Coming Out for 40 Years                                                784 words On April 3, 2017, forty years will have passed since the day I first called myself a lesbian. I’d had a hunch for several years, had even been part of a menage à trois for several months a few years before, but in Read More …

Essay #9 Review of In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi

  In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi, 417pp Metropolitan Books.   This creative non-fiction book is about identity: national, political, gender. Faludi received an email from her father with the subject line “Changes.” They had been estranged for years, and suddenly he announced he had transitioned from male to female at the age of 76. Read More …

Essay # 7 Shame

  In the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism, Right Speech is the first principle of ethical conduct. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. Read More …

Essay #6 Why I Write

I write because it’s the only way I know to time travel. If there were a time machine, I’d be lining up with everyone else in my income bracket for a ticket. Some people want to go to the future, but the first place I’d go is back to the time when my dad was Read More …

Essay #5/52: Overthrowing the Patriarchy

  Every time I write something outside the norm, every time I resist greed, every time I publish my words, every time I take a direct action in support of freedom and equality, I am taking steps to overthrow the patriarchy. Last week I published an essay on my failed abortion attempt. More than forty Read More …

My Abortion

  It was August, 1959. My period was due around the first, but it hadn’t come. I didn’t think about it too much because I was never regular anyway. Hadn’t I been gulping down Lydia Pinkham’s Menstrual Tonic ever since I was thirteen? Every time I had the cramps, or was early or late, my Read More …