Human Parts
A publication from Medium about humanity: yours, mine, and ours.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

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Taking the author photo for my debut memoir, Open: An Uncensored Memoir of Love, Liberation, and Non-Monogamy, was an unfortunately vital moment in my career. Thanks to social media, how an author looks — sometimes euphemized as their “brand” — has never held more weight. Even as a cis, white…

HUMANS 101

Space Invaders was released the year I was born — 1978. By the time I was four it had cemented its place in history, grossing $3.8 billion to become the best selling video game of the time. That’s nothing however compared to its impact on pop culture — not just…

HUMANS 101

The Eye of God Nebula. Photo: Stocktrek Images / Getty Images

A young man I work with lost his sister suddenly several years ago; she died of a congenital medical condition, which had never been diagnosed. It is a rare and tragic death — a seemingly healthy young woman simply dropping dead. In their family of several siblings, the two were…

LIVED THROUGH THIS

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I sat hunched over my phone at a small table in the windowless basement of the clothing store where I worked, and watched the New York state Assembly pass a law allowing adoptees access to their original birth certificates (OBC). I sobbed. 2019. 51 years old. Finally. …

THIS IS US

This is my boss, Fish. Photo courtesy of the author.

Don’t freak out about the headline. Fish doesn’t know he’s the wrong dog; I’m the only one agonizing about our relationship. As far as Fish is concerned, my house is a pretty nice hotel, although the staff could be better trained.

Fish (not his real name) came into my life…

THIS IS US

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It was indeed a white Christmas. The Reno-Lake Tahoe area was totally snowed in, and the surrounding major highways and freeways were closed. I was desperate to get out of the city, but my flight got canceled, and there was no getting around the aforementioned road closures. I was stuck…

Human Parts

A publication from Medium about humanity: yours, mine, and ours.

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