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Dawn Elizabeth Wright

Just Me

1961

In April of 1961, my date and I were lucky enough to get tickets to see Jerry Lee Lewis perform at the Birmingham Armory. My date was the sibling of a close friend with whom I had a friendship but no deep feelings. Jerry Lee was on top of his game and sang his hit...

Wicked Witch of the West and me.

Yesterday I made a post share on Facebook about a meme that I thought was very funny. I was responding to a “suggested” post about a meme of Anne Coulter, the ultra-right-wing Fox contributor. When I saw the meme, I immediately laughed because I dislike Ms. Coulter’s...

One course down – one course not so good

As I've previously posted, I have been taking several MOOCs in an effort to keep my skills sharp and also learn new things. I just had two MOOCs end, one successfully and the other not so successfully. By that I mean I will earn a certificate of completion for one and...

Bring Me Men

This is a picture taken by my fiance’ Cyndy Long, in 1966. She was waiting for the cadet wing to march up the ramp on the way from the parade field to the Terrazzo . You can see the 17 spires of the Cadet Chapel (one each for the 12 apostles and the five chiefs of...

Christmas gift for Ellie

My daughter and son-in-law have a tradition of not exchanging gifts for Christmas. Instead, they find ways to contribute dollars or preferably time to folks in need. I think that might change a bit now that they have a child, but David suggested I spend time writing...

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...

Thursday, July 02, 1998

Something Bruce Jenner said during the interview on 20/20 Friday night resonated and brought me thinking back to a critical juncture in my own path to transition. "You can still call me Dad."   (Note I hid in Tef's carryon bag for her 1998 trip to Oz) "Your...

You ought ‘a see the other guy!

                  Nike before the swoosh. The beginning of "Just do it." Yes that is a relief of the Goddess Nike. I think you can see the beginnings of a swoosh in the flowing dress. This picture was taken in late 1969 and...

A bit of trans-activism

In 1999, when I came out to my long-time boss and friend, Hap Myers, an Alabama State Senator and conservative Republican, he was, to say the least, shocked. And he was afraid, not just for the blowback on the company for which I had worked 25 years, but also for me...

Help! I’ve fallen down a trans rabbit hole and I can’t get out.

In 2006, my world seemed to be approaching normality. I was back in my doctoral program, had found a wonderful supportive Catholic nun, and was awarded the honor of Vagina Warrior by the Feminists for Progress. And just prior to my 61st birthday in December of 2006, I...