Outside the Box: Sexuality, then and now

  Today's post is from my friend Laurie Works, who blogs at laurieworks.com.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about relationships and sexuality. Who am I kidding. I’m always thinking about sex. I have been fascinated with sex and sexuality since I was 10 years old. I taught myself what sex was, with my parents confirming shortly … Continue reading Outside the Box: Sexuality, then and now

Outside the Box: Verticality, sameness, and the world of The Giver

  My friend J.B started blogging this summer over at Finding Normalcy: Insights in a Noisy World. Here are his thoughts. Jonas wasn’t interested, just then, in wisdom. It was the colors that fascinated him. “Why can’t everyone see them? Why did colors disappear?” The Giver shrugged. “Our people made that choice, the choice to … Continue reading Outside the Box: Verticality, sameness, and the world of The Giver

Outside the Box: We are less fragile

  My friend Mary, who I knew as Elraen, was the first blogger I started regularly reading while I was in the box. She blogs at Threads of Stars. Here is her post. I grew up believing that I could break other people, break myself, break the world, with the smallest of missteps. There was … Continue reading Outside the Box: We are less fragile

Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

  Today's post is from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.  Content note: marital rape Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The memories of childhood often evoke feelings of longing for a time when happiness abounded. For … Continue reading Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

Poem: Outside

The sun is shining over the flowers my grandfather planted. They're still growing, long after he died in 1995. One of my goals for 2016 is to write a new spoken word poem every month. Here’s February’s poem. We can breathe again, out here in the open.Drink in lemonade sunlightbecause each one of us has … Continue reading Poem: Outside