My Disability Story

On April 19, 2003 I had an on the job injury that left me with chronic back pain and eventually cost me my ranger career. Over the years...

I Draw Freehand

I’m a self-taught comic book artist. I took art classes every chance I had at Marsh Valley High School back in Idaho, but it wasn’t as if...

Finding My Tribe

I still hadn’t told anyone that I thought I was a lesbian when I started college in 1985. I didn’t know any out LGBT people although I...

My Mind's Eye is Blind

My mind’s eye is blind. I have aphantasia or the inability to conjure visual imagery in my mind. This impacts my fictional writing when...

Art Paralleling Journalism

Earlier this week the Retrograde Communications crew wrapped the May/June issue of Plus magazine focused on those who have recently...

Don't Share My Pain

I’ve tended to avoid being really public with my struggles around pain and disability and some of the reasons are that when you do share...

Two-Spirit Elder Praises Swimming Upstream

I was moved beyond words when Beverly Little Thunder—a Two-Spirit Native American activist, Standing Rock Lakota Elder, and author of the...

Ki's Morning Chores Based on My Own

This is me in 1979 with Buttercup, one of our Saanen goats in the corral I helped my father build. Like my character Ki, I was raised on...

My Youth Informs Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream is a work of fiction, but it has been deeply informed by my own experiences growing up. Like Ki and Brooke I grew up in...