Aaron and I co-wrote Write To Be Heard after meeting in the low-residency MFA at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Since he has taken down his website for now, I wanted to make sure this useful piece is readily available: Some time ago, I sent in an early draft of the first book of my Hand of… Continue reading GUEST POST: Sneaky Prose Killers by Aaron D. Gansky
The Green Bench
Just a reminder about an award-winning short I made a few years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np104Ak6GWQ Thanks for watching!
My Dad As A White Man
My father was born 118 years ago today. He’s been dead for close to four decades. My research for my trauma memoir, BAGGAGE CLAIM, coupled with the racial (re)awakening after George Floyd’s death, compelled me to take a deeper look at his life as a Jamaican immigrant in the United States. Ellis Island I learned… Continue reading My Dad As A White Man
Women and Children First
Photo by NOAA on Unsplash Yesterday was a hard day. I was acquainted with one of the sixty women who came forward about Bill Cosby and have some idea how difficult it was for her and how much it cost her physically, mentally, and emotionally. Before the trial but after a news conference with the other women, I… Continue reading Women and Children First
I Am Not Who I Was Pre-Pandemic
Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash I am not the same person I was when the pandemic began. I used to be a Catholic. It’s easy to get caught up in your own life and enjoy the music, friendships, serving, and more in a faith community, but when I saw yet another priest caught not only with child porn,… Continue reading I Am Not Who I Was Pre-Pandemic
Asphyxiating Toxic Cycles
As a childhood trauma survivor, I learned some years ago that we often hold our breath. It’s a way of not feeling when so much of what we feel is bad. It’s a way of disconnecting from our body because our bodies were hurt and abused. For me, it was due to incest, terror, humiliation… Continue reading Asphyxiating Toxic Cycles
Traumas Public and Private: What if the Inner Child Grew Up?
Is it time to give up all hope that this pandemic and its mandatory pause might help us build a better society? Seems like it. We’re literally coming out of this pandemic guns blazing in the United States. 45 mass shootings in 30 days. Then today, Kenosha and Austin, with Austin mere hours after Ted… Continue reading Traumas Public and Private: What if the Inner Child Grew Up?
The Green Bench Originally published on September 14, 2010 by The Citron Review, nominated for Pushcart, and adapted into an award-winning short film in 2016 by Diane Sherlock Listen to him barking in the night. Fear shifts on the bed next to you, hogging the covers. Stare at the ceiling and wonder what to do. Forget… Continue reading Flash Fiction
Ignore The Shadow At Your Peril
On January 6, 2021, Georgia moved us closer to democracy than autocracy. On January 6, 2021, the Confederate flag flew in the United States Capitol. On January 6, 2021, there was an attempted coup to subvert the election certification process in advance of Joe Biden taking office on January 20. Eleven Senators, led by Ted… Continue reading Ignore The Shadow At Your Peril
Tragedy upon tragedy
Every year since 9/11, I've paid tribute to these two men who died in the Twin Towers. I nearly skipped this year because I've been focused on the numbers of Americans who've died in the pandemic. Covid deaths dwarf those lost in the attacks, over 200,000 to date, but that doesn't negate what happened 19… Continue reading Tragedy upon tragedy
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