What Teaching has Taught Me

I’m not going to sugarcoat things. What teaching has taught me most of all is that I don’t like teaching. Don’t get me wrong; teaching can be rewarding, fulfilling, even fun. There are moments of lightness and joy sprinkled into most lessons that, I think, are what make teaching worthwhile to many career educators. There […]

Một Năm Mười Tháng

People often ask me how long I plan to stay in Vietnam. I know that when I first arrived, in my mind I thought maybe 10 months. Ten months came and went, and by then I had signed onto a year contract at my second job here. The contract ended, I’ve done some traveling, and […]

National Coming Out Day ’16

It’s been five years since I came out, but it feels like much more time has passed. Who I was, leading up to that moment, is a distant memory; a person I can really only remember through feeling. Coming out began with coming out to myself. As difficult as it can be for people like […]

A Letter

Fellow queers: (I use “queers” loosely as a blanket term for LGBT as well as anyone who otherwise claims an identity beyond the human-made borders of heteronormativity) We all have at least been acquainted with people who consider what we do to be “sin”—and by “what we do”, I mean “exist”—and some of us have […]

My Own Understanding

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, And he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, And do not resent his rebuke, Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, As a father the son […]

What Therapy Has Taught Me

Over the course of the last two years I developed a drug problem, specifically cocaine. About this time last year marks the beginning of the climax of a period of self-neglect that culminated in an emotional breakdown on a cloudy winter morning in Portland. The first person I called was my dad, followed by my mom, […]