January 4, 2022

"Normal Life", "Essential
Services", and "Times that Try"

The winter issue of The BeZine, with the theme of Life of the Spirit and Healing, includes three of my poems about Life in the Time of Covid. "Normal Life" and "Essential Services" first appeared in Local Gems Press' CHAOS: The Poetry Vortex, published in August 2020, and "Times that Try" debuted in the Indie Blu(e) anthology As the World Burns: Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad, published in November 2020.

It's discouraging how little has changed.

A quarterly online arts-humanities-literary zine, The BeZine publishes work on the themes of peace, sustainability, and social justice.

"Searching for Identity: Finding Words"
Words have always been my stock in trade -- for more than four decades publishers of every ilk paid me to write articles, editorials, reviews, advertising copy, marketing materials, poetry, fiction, personal essays, etc. But, until very recently, I never found any to describe my own gender identity.

My essay about "Searching for Identity: Finding Words" placed third in the 2021 RCWMS Essay Contest, which asked writers to "focus on the theme of identity and belonging." You can now read "Searching for Identity: Finding Words" in the Winter issue of South of the Garden.

Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, "committed to supporting women as they find their voices and make them heard", weaves "feminism and spirituality into a vision of justice for the world."