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For a program called Word Play in NYC on March 29, I read the following non-fiction pieces. The announced theme of the evening was experiences that were embarrassing or humiliating: ONE Will it surprise you to learn that I belong to an oppressed minority? A minority that has long been subject to humiliation, disgrace, and […]

NOT WHAT YOU THINK–Being Yourself Isn’t as Easy as You Always Assumed

Dear Friends, Adversaries, Acquaintances, and Strangers:                                              (I believe that takes in everyone.)   This is a journey in search of identity, which sometimes isn’t what we think.   We begin in New York […]


I grew up knowing I was different. This led to feelings of alienation. I heard names, stereotyping, taunting chants in the schoolyard.   I belong—I realize this is a sensitive topic—to an oppressed minority: we who have red hair, who are called carrot top, copperhead, Woody Woodpecker.   Few groups have been treated with so […]