Pretty and me in earlier days
Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. I hope this will be the first of many visits! I call myself an essayist with humorist tendencies, but I’ve recently learned to embrace the label of personal historian + flash nonfiction writer which means I have something to say but I don’t waste many words in saying it. Basically I tell short stories that are true.
This blog is an extension of my lifetime commitment to working for social justice. Civil rights, women’s rights, queer rights – these are the causes that captured and continue to inspire my writing. Issues involving police brutality toward people of color, gun control, abuse of power and corruption of our government, the hash tag me too movement, treatment of asylum seekers, outrageous incarceration rates of people of color, the insurrection of January 06th – these topics have emerged out of my original Big Three categories to become targets for my political essays.
Don’t expect every post to be too serious, though, because this blog is also about family; family today and family yesterday. My wife Pretty and I will have been together for 20 years in February, 2021. That is amazing to think of for both of us. We began our life together at the turn of the century and are so very happy to celebrate each day still as we climb into each other’s arms every night. (That is, when our dog Charly lets us.)
On October 01, 2019 our son Drew and his wife Caroline gave us the greatest gift of a lifetime, a beautiful baby girl named Ella Elisabeth James who has quickly become the subject of an inordinate amount of love and photos – and blog posts as well. As much as we vowed to avoid being the typical grandparents, we are now the typical grandmothers so enjoy with us.
I hope you will join our family of readers in cyberspace from all over the world – you’re so very important to us. What are storytellers without listeners…
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Pretty and our granddaughter Ella James – January, 2021