Heads-up: this is not for the faint of heart.
On May 13, I participated in a reading through LipService West, at the urging of a friend and the welcoming by the organizer, Joe Clifford. LipService West hosts monthly readings of writers (and others) telling true stories of incidents in their lives. I decided to write the story of my Oakland hockey team – how they got my back when I needed them most. It’s not for everyone, as it talks about an attempted mugging and how I dealt with it, but if you are interested in this story, here’s the video of the reading. Reading my story that night helped me get through it and let go even more so of the fear and anger and sadness I had carried for several months. It also drew several listeners to talk to me about things that had happened to them, and how they fought back even in their healing. I still believe being open about things that are difficult allows us all to let our walls down just a bit more and connect.