Tough Broads

Ever since my daughter, Jade, was a little girl and we both had to use a squat potty on a trip to visit her dad’s family in Malaysia, we’ve jokingly called each other tough broads. It expanded during her Girl Scout years when we named a rainy weekend camping trip, the...

Honoring Nine-Eleven

Honoring Nine-Eleven It’s been fourteen years since the 9-11 attacks.  In today’s contentious political environment, it’s hard to remember how united we were then as Americans. I don’t remember right wing or left wing factions yelling at each other. I remember intense...

Before and After Katrina

Before and after Katrina is how we mark time down here in south Louisiana. There’s been other storms since then, but 10 years later, if someone talks about THE storm, you know they’re talking about Katrina. It’s the event that changed our lives forever. What makes my...

In memory of a Wild Woman

Today would have been my Mom’s 87th Birthday. In honor and memory of Jimmie Dee I repost this story I wrote a while back that’s full of my favorite wild woman stories of her.  Caution: contains explicit language; I’m quoting my mother. At some points in my...

One Degree of Separation

It’s been a transformative year for the LGBT community. I live in a place that is one of the last holdouts for trying to “keep things the way they have always been”. Most people in my sleepy, river town don’t know this place has a rainbow-hued history with historical...