Category Archives: Personal

wonder women – southern style (part II)


A politician/philanthropist from Faith, North Carolina who settled in Charleston; an attorney who moved to Columbia from Key West, Florida; a midlands YWCA executive director from Detroit, Michigan — three women whose different, yet similar, stories were chronicled in Southern … Continue reading

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wonder women – southern style (Part I)


Don’t get me wrong. The men whose stories were included in Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home are just as important as these women I celebrate today, but it is Women’s History Month after all. As I wrote … Continue reading

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on International Women’s Day, I salute Pretty


“I knew I was a lesbian, and I also knew I wouldn’t disguise who I was, because to do so would send the message to my son Drew there was something wrong with it. If I didn’t name it, if … Continue reading

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the 21 club


Although South Carolina has been my home state for nearly 50 years, I was born and grew up in Texas. During one of my countless classic goodbye scenes with my parents in my early twenties, daddy quoted one of his … Continue reading

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beam me up, scottie – it’s Women’s History Month!


Last night I took a trip in time travel with Stephanie Rule who narrated a documentary called On the Basis of Sex which looked at the people, places and events that shaped the American woman’s odyssey to become an equal citizen … Continue reading

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red rants and raves over lady gaga and the president’s fixer


Oh my, oh my. Sometimes I long for the wit and wisdom of The Red Man who, sadly, left Pretty and me three years ago this month at the ripe old age of 14. Red, our rescued Welsh terrier who … Continue reading

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the battle my grandmother lost


my early years in my hometown of rural Richards, Texas (circa 1949)   my dad and me at a family picnic in matching shirts made by my grandmother (circa 1951)   a birthday party dress made by my grandmother (circa … Continue reading

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hi-yo silver AWAY!


And I’m not just talking horses here. The 2020 presidential election is off and running with a posse of candidates already declared for the Democratic primaries – a group marked by the conspicuous absence of silver hair. No more “old, … Continue reading

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which anniversary is this? better ask Pretty


fun with friends at DeBordieu, 2007 So Pretty and I are having dinner with our friends Nekki and Francie after the South Carolina women’s basketball game last night, and the conversation turned to our anniversary which is this Saturday, February 9th. … Continue reading

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new book Four Ticket Ride dedicated to blogging friends Ann, Annie, Luanne, Rachel, and Susanne…and of course, to Pretty


How did I come up with the title for my latest book Four Ticket Ride? Spoiler Alert: Preface My friend Esther Isom told me this story one day as I rested in her salon chair for a pedicure which was … Continue reading

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