Monthly Archives: October 2016

Opening of Egypt’s Library of Alexandria

For more than 17 years I had a dream job. I was an editor at a top newspaper syndicate and read comic strips, features, op-ed columns, etc. Then the parent publishing company laid off 150 people, closed the distribution and … Continue reading

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Truly Great Mentors

I was fortunate to find two mentors when I least expected to meet them. Through them I have widened my interests and increased my self-confidence. I had attended the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival in about 2000. Jamie Rich, the … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village

I don’t think of myself as particularly superstitious, but I do believe in paying it forward. Sometimes, I wonder if good deeds or bad deeds lead to repercussions — favorable or not so much. On Aug. 26 of this year the … Continue reading

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Eleanor Rigby & the Impostor Syndrome

The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby wears a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. Some interpret that line to mean that she applies makeup before heading out. I believe that she hides her loneliness and feelings of inadequacy when … Continue reading

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Hope Is Her Middle Name (Literally)

Tonight I drove with a friend to Topeka to hear “Poetry First: An Evening With Annette Hope Billings” at First Congregational UCC. I’ve known Annette for almost two years, and she’s become a dear friend. When I tell people how we … Continue reading

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Sandra Moran on The Tenth Voice-KKFI

On Jan. 3, 2015, Sandra Moran and I met at the Black Dog Coffeehouse in Lenexa, Kan., to discuss ways she could give back to the lesbian community here in the Kansas City area. I did not know her well, … Continue reading

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Parenting Tips: I Did It My Way

I am grateful that I was an older parent, and my sons were born when I was 33 and 35.Their father was in his 40s. We read all the books, went to parenting classes, and then ignored much of the … Continue reading

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Learning Not to Pull the Triggers

I never know. It could be stress, or travel, or red wine, or liquor (or two+ beers), or too much sun, or sleeping in a wrong position, or barometric pressure, or too much (too little) sleep, or certain foods  (or … Continue reading

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Favorite Lesbian Films

Today my friend Johnda and I covered more than 400 miles, first from Kansas City to Dover, Kan., for the Sandra Moran Memorial 5K, and then to Topeka to meet Annette and her granddaughter for coffee. We then lit out … Continue reading

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Sandra Moran’s Laughter and Joy

Tomorrow morning in Dover, Kan., the Sandra Moran Memorial 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. If it’s like last year, the course along country lanes will be marked by pumpkins, and most of the participants will be Sandy/Sandra’s family and … Continue reading

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