I have lived long enough to see many of the presumptions, stereotypes, and predispositions of the world I was born into change in a way that provides for more opportunity and inclusion for people who were otherwise denied.
Writer Stereotypes Redefined
Give people 'Spaces of Grace' to be themselves.
Me and my best friend started a project earlier in the pandemic. It was called ‘a new friend project.’ We made handwritten get well cards and sent them to our local hospitals (that accepted donations) with covid patients. Each card would have a picture on the front and a note inside which always ended ‘from a new friend.’ We also created an Instagram page and a website to encourage others to participate.
We both wanted to do something nice for those who were struggling, and let them know they were being thought about by others. It’s a scary feeling being by yourself in a hospital,...more...
I also wanted to add for anyone who is in need of it, this past year has been rough for many people and I know that it’s been frustrating, but this is just a quick reminder that things will change. All the pieces will fall into place, and there will be a day when this is nothing but a distant...more...
I've spent the last few years teaching (and learning!) creative writing, drama, and ESL with Worcester youth and young artists in the city - it's some of the most fulfilling work I've had the privilege of engaging with, and why I am excited about my future career as an educator.
I give platelets and make masks for others.
I don't wear a mask to make a political statement. I wear a mask because I care about others, and I would like to set a good example. I feel if we all do our part, we could squash this bug. Sure wearing a mask can be uncomfortable. But there is an upside for all of us menopausal women out...more...
Encouraging people to vote in November.
Being HIV+, for a long time, people simply expected me to keel over and die at any point. I tested positive in 1990. Still here.