Dear Frustrated Human,

Let’s start with disclaimers:  White, Female, Blonde, Gay, Veteran, Middle Class, 50-something, Alive. Now let’s get into the reason for this letter: I know you’re frustrated.  COVID has got you down.  You’re being told what to do.  You’re living in a world where you just can’t be yourself.  Can’t express yourself fully.  Can’t just goContinue reading “Dear Frustrated Human,”

Intersectionality…The Bigger Picture

It starts with an email, asking me if I’ll come speak to Gender/Sexuality Alliance teenage students in a local high school, for me to share my experience with them as a gay woman.  It’s always a Yes.  I feel it’s important to share my personal experience with self-rejection and societal-rejection, and my journey now backContinue reading “Intersectionality…The Bigger Picture”

Yes…Even in 2018

In my efforts to follow the Universe’s guidance, this week I spoke to a group of Gender/Sexuality Alliance (GSA) students at a local high school this.  It meant a lot to me, and it’s a tiny one step forward in a journey of a thousand miles. The students?  Awesome, amazing, smart and kind.  Their questions?Continue reading “Yes…Even in 2018”

Finding the Gift when You’ve Been Discriminated Against…

I’ll bet you’re thinking, “What the heck!  There is no possible way to find any gifts in discrimination…Karen is truly losing her mind.  How sad for her.”  Hey, I appreciate your concern…it means a lot to me! And you know how I am… I believe that there is always a light shining in the dark.  ThisContinue reading “Finding the Gift when You’ve Been Discriminated Against…”

Why Community Saves Lives…

A few weeks ago, I started reading the book, When We Rise. My Life in the Movement, by Cleve Jones. The first sentence in the Preface reads, “The movement saved my life.” Cleve (who was mentored by Harvey Milk) was 17.  It was 1971, and he was living in Arizona with his parents, and skippingContinue reading “Why Community Saves Lives…”

LGBTQ+ | Operation “End Suicides”

And then the Universe answered my questions, from many angles and in different ways.  The question was, “What do you need from me?”  Essentially, “Where can I best serve?” You would think that I have heard this response before but, in all honesty, I was in denial.  “How will I be received?  Who won’t readContinue reading “LGBTQ+ | Operation “End Suicides””