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Porn Star __________________: Reductive ID tags, Scarlet Letters, and Silence

Some headlines of the moment: “Porn Star Stormy Daniels Is Suing President Trump Over ‘Null and Void’ Nondisclosure Agreement,” Time, March 7, 2018 “Lawyer: Porn star sues to clarify record on Trump affair,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 7, 2018 “READ: Porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Donald Trump,” CNN, March 6, 2018 “Porn star Stormy […] Read More

3 Truths and 3 Lies

Truths I did my senior lit project as a story cycle about girls and Y2K as a spiritual experience. I believe who and where and what context and to whom we’re born to is one universal defining struggle. I think this is true even for those who have ‘happy childhoods.’ See Relating Narratives by Adriana […] Read More

Listening to Zoë Quinn post-Gamergate

When I can’t sleep, I often listen to Public Radio, sometimes the BBC through the Minnesota Public Radio stream, but sometimes the Public Radio International (PRI) internet stream. Late one recent night the show To the Best of Our Knowledge from PRI came on with an episode titled “Why the Internet is Toxic for Women.” […] Read More

A Photoshoot Echoing my Great-Great Aunt’s Watercolor

In about 2010, I received the motherlode of watercolors my grandma’s aunt Alma painted. My grandma’s last remaining sister was in the nursing home and therefore her second home, which had once been my great-grandmother’s was finally being sold. But first it had to be emptied. My dad knew Alma’s painting style, and he was […] Read More

A Cranky Pants Moment: The only #disability…

I really hate this sentiment. And I’m not the only one offended. “The only disability is a bad attitude” either excludes people from the us with proper attitudes or erases the us with disabilities. It also supposes that these are separate groups. At the moment I appear visibly to not be in the “us with […] Read More

I Have a Disability

I have a disability. I still remember a job interview years ago when I explained a gap in employment by telling the interviewer that I had a disability and had been dealing with medical issues during the gap. Her response: “But you don’t look like you’re disabled.” She repeated this comment 3 times, each time […] Read More

The Vitamix I Didn’t Buy

Buried way back in my FaceBook statuses, I think from 2010 is a status about dreaming I overdrew my checking account buying a Vitamix. Now if you don’t know, a Vitamix is a very fancy blender. It can cook soup, grind flour, reduce nuts to powder, etc. It’s also fantastically expensive: $409 2014 dollars for […] Read More

Powerful Language or The Metaphor in Action

One of the most fun experiences I’ve had in teaching writing was when I first taught metaphor to people with chronic mental illness. When teaching I always define metaphor as something is something else. A metaphor: Healing from trauma is eating a raw onion.For many of my students part of their mental illness is believing […] Read More