Don't let your schooling interfere with your education.
~ Pete Seeger

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Wild Week #2

Well, here’s another wild week in the past, though this one was less insane than last week. Things should slow down considerably over the course of the next week, and I’ll make more entries, perhaps even get back into a groove.

This one started with the insanity of last weekend close in the rearview mirror. We’re going through a computer transition, so that doesn’t help anything – except that everything is faster on the new one. Finally got the new one basically running, though setup remains incomplete (we can’t print, for example).

Work was fine. And so was performance.

That’s right, I was right in it again, out on stage, this time for Body Talk: Women talk about their lives, a new production produced by our university’s Women’s Center. Smaller cast, more informal. I can’t say more fun – both this one and the Vagina Monologues were fun – but different. I was gone pretty much all day Wednesday through Friday, coming home only to sleep and perhaps eat a bit and wash up. The rest of the time, I was at work, at rehearsal, or performing.

It was a fine time, and a successful show. We had a question and answer period after each show, and it was clear that the audience felt they got their money’s worth, that they felt empowered and informed. Their horizons had expanded.

It was wonderful, again, to be in women’s space, to be working with so many other wonderful, fascinating women – to share their lives. I’m so very glad I did it. But I’m glad it’s over, too. I’m ready to spend more time with my family, more time writing, more time exploring life at home.

And next year, I’ll be glad to do it all over again!

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our
Beloved's.
~Hafiz