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Thinking the name of my "book" when I get it done will be "Neither here nor there." This song has always reverberated in me from the first time I heard it in 1969.  Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell Rows and flows of angel hairAnd ice cream castles in the airAnd feather...

Put Christmas in the Balance

When you make your decision to transition   Twenty-two years ago, over Easter weekend, I came out to my daughter as a transwoman. It was 1997 and she was in graduate school at Auburn University. She was a “traditional” student, meaning she had begun her college...

A simple test and I flunked

I failed another test today. A test of conscience. As I parked my car outside my condo after walking at the park, I saw my downstairs neighbor getting in his car. He drives for Uber and Lyft to supplement his income, so he comes and goes a lot. I walked over and told...

Sound Off!

“YOU'RE THE MAN DAWN!! LETS GOOO!! YOU DON'T KNOW HOW LONG I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT! THANKS FOR THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS DUDE!!” That is a recent comment on one of the how-to videos I make for my students. Although my name is Dawn and I have a photo of...

Wigwam Village

Somehow a Tweet about Wigwam Villages showed up in my feed today. I have no idea why. For those of you who are too young or not lucky enough to live in Birmingham back in the 50’s, you may have no clue what I am talking about. After we got our first car in 1949, my...

Unconditional love

I know it is a trite phrase – unconditional love. So easy to throw into a conversation and everyone’s head nods to say they agree with how important it is. But I think sometimes we do not realize just how much our family and friends depend on that unconditional love....

Veteran’s Day 2016

I am still in shock over the presidential election, as I know many are. One of the things I cannot forgive our new president is his unwillingness to serve our country in uniform during the Vietnam War. Last year, I wrote a post about six of my Academy roommates and...

What do I do now?

I have been very down these last 12 months. I really did not see much point in "keeping on keeping on." But like so many of us, I am deeply troubled by the results of yesterday's election. I worry about my daughter's family - what does their future look like now? And...