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Winter Underworld article
Winter Underworld
JH Weekly, January 18, 2012
     For years, I was eager to divulge that I take an antidepressant. “I have depression,” I’d say, the way one might announce a common cold. Enough of the shame, I’ve bellowed. This is a manageable health issue, I told others and myself, thinking that I’d cracked the code to how to live sanely with this particular form of insanity.

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Steeped In History
Steeped in History
Homestead, 2012
      Just after New Year’s Day 1887, an Ohio family watched their house and barn burn to the ground. Undaunted, they decided to rebuild immediately. The husband kept a journal the process, including deliberations with his wife. “She made me promise if I could not build it for $1,000, that I would quit. I told her to please have faith that I would.”

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Photos Challenge article
Photos Challenge Idea of What It Means to See
Jackson Hole News & Guide, March 28, 2007
     The latest art exhibit at the Teton County Library sounds like a contradiction in terms. “Shooting Blind: Photographs by the Visually Impaired” features two dozen photos taken by artists who can’t see well, or at all.
     On display through May 11 at the library’s Exhibit Gallery, the free exhibit captures the unique visions of members of a New York City art collective called Seeing with Photography. The collective was started by sighted artist, Mark Andres, who has been teaching photography to visually impaired people since 1985.

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Nobody Passes book jacket
REVIEW: The good, bad and in between of bucking the social norm
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, April 9, 2007
     Remember the first time you weren’t carded at a bar? You passed. Maybe you were actually 18 and getting away with something. Or maybe you were 32 and relieved to finally pass as the adult you’d been for more than a decade.
     In her latest anthology, “Nobody Passes,” queer writer Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, takes on passing in its more pernicious social forms. Sycamore, who uses the female pronoun, asserts that passing equals assimilation, and that equals conformity, all of which equals tyranny and violence. Sycamore gathers 26 disparate voices—transgender, immigrant, rural, mixed race and others—to support her maxim. But, it turns out, some form of assimilation may be desired by even the most radical among us. Sycamore’s contributors clearly show that “passing” does not mean the same thing to everybody.

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Bitch "Bi Rite" first page
Bi Rite: Jennifer Baumgardner on the Evolution of Bisexual Politics
Bitch, Fall 2007
     I first met Jennifer Baumgardner at a feminist event in New York City in the mid-1990s. I’ll admit I was a bit starstruck: Not only was she writing smart, incisive journalism for Ms. and the Nation and becoming a major voice for third-wave feminism, she was also (as my friend who’d invited me to the event leaned in and whispered to me) dating Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls. As in, Amy Ray, one of the sexiest out lesbian performers EVER.

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Planets cover
Dava Sobel finds lyricism in science with her 'Planets' tour
The Oregonian, October 23, 2005
     With “The Planets,” Dava Sobel, the best-selling author of “Galileo’s Daughter,” continues her reign as one of the most engaging and lyrical science writers around. She manages to warp time, space and genre to bring into focus the rockiest outcroppings of our solar system.

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Covering All Partners
Covering All Partners
Oregon Business, April 2005
      Human resources expert Jim Morris couldn’t get his spouse on his health plan.
      Try as he might, the answer kept coming back “no” from the insurance company that provides health coverage for the two other principals and three employees at MBL Group, a human resources consulting firm Morris co-founded in 1992. His colleagues’ dependents are covered under the firm’s health plan.
      Morris’ family wasn’t viewed differently because his spouse has a preexisting condition—unless being a 50-something classical guitarist is a huge risk factor in the eyes of an insurance actuary. The only reason was that Morris is married to Richard Colombo, a man.

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Beth Burns at home
Master Builder
Portland Monthly, May 2005
      As if she did not have enough repair work to do helping homeless teens get their lives on track, last winter Beth Burns bought a fixer-upper that she plans to transform into a home. The house’s blue-gray aluminum siding frames a porch littered with drop cloths, random pieces of lumber and dog toys.
      “I told my neighbors I’m not really a slob,” Burns said on the day we met. Clad in a mismatched flag-red T-shirt and tomato-red cardigan, the lanky 33-year-old had just returned from her hometown, Chicago, where she caught a cold. But under the weather for her looked like most people’s caffeinated. She jumped up to show me around while regaling me with tales from the Windy City.

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Norman (Genderqueer) Rockwell
Norman (Genderqueer) Rockwell
Silverton’s cross-dressing city official
Just Out, 12/3/04
      Stu Rasmussen is the kind of woman who could stop traffic—and he knows it.
      The leggy, 56-year-old redhead is sitting across from me at a cafe table overlooking Silver Falls in Silverton. Dressed in a miniskirt, tall black boots and cleavage-revealing black top, Rasmussen’s appearance invites head-turning. And that is just how he likes it.

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The Other Healthy Forests Initiative
Community-based forestry takes root in the U.S.
Grist Magazine, 9/3/03
      Can a “forest economy” be good for the forest? A new movement known as community-based forestry says yes. Also referred to as community forestry, CBF is dramatically different from most forest management practiced in the U.S., and increasing numbers of environmentalists are championing the cause.

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