It’s clear by now that I’m terrible at keeping a blog, so I won’t make any pretense or promises that I will suddenly reemerge with a consistent cadence. However, the current environment being as it is, I feel the need to at least nudge this blog out of its Rip Van Winkle-like sleep, if only to be at the ready for whatever musings or fiery soapbox ramblings that might suit my mood.

Truthfully however, I’m reawakening this in large part to provide a friend a forum for her #YouKnowMe story. None of us owe you our stories. I’ve chosen to share mine here, as has my friend, but there are so many stories out there that remain untold. For every story there are dozens like it.

So if our stories do some small part in changing opinions, strengthening resolve, or creating empathy, then I think those of us that are able to share them feel that it’s worth it – to give voice to the silent stories of those who, for reasons of their own, cannot share theirs.

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