A blogger-friend of mine (Mia) is an editor of a magazine that's online and in print. It's called Holl & Lane. Mia asked if I wanted to contribute an autobiographical essay. I did. Writing the piece was therapeutic and fun.
The essay describes an aspect of my life. You may learn something new about me. The essay went up today and you can read it here.
Oh Ally, that was such a wonderful account. You left on such a positive and hopeful note and I hope anyone reading it who is afraid to express who they are takes your wonderful message of being who you are. The suicide rates are shocking! I had no idea. I also learnt about your parents which I didnt know. What a evocative writer you are!XxReplyDelete
Thank you, Kezzie. Life is hard for many of us and the only real way to respond is to be positive. Persevere and help others.Delete
That was fabulous, thank you for the read! Really enjoyed learning more about you. (But I think I liked the mermaid photos even more!)ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, the mermaid pics are a crowd-pleaser. :-)Delete
(I did a whole post of them; click on the link under My Favorite Posts on the right-side.)
That was awesome, Ally! Well done! I have read most of this about you here and there here on your blog, but it's so inspiring to see it all together. Hugs to you, my dear friend!ReplyDelete
Wonderfully written. I'm glad you have had the opportunity to see the changes in the world. I hope you continue to see positive growth for yourself as well as society.ReplyDelete
I'm so proud of you. Everything about this made me so happy to consider you a friend <3 Thank you for sharing and introducing the world to the beautiful Ally-cat. XOXOReplyDelete
I'm happy you're my friend, too!Delete
What wonderful essay. I cannot imagine the struggle and just how soul crushing it must be to be told you need to be someone else. The fact that you are so upbeat and positive despite these issues is a testament to your character.ReplyDelete
Hugs to you!
That is an awesome article ... just like you Sweet Ally. Thank you for sharing all the intimate parts of your journey with us ~ Much respect to you!!!!ReplyDelete
Beautifully expressed. I love that flower photo! All the warm colours together sing. Your strength is so inspiring, however I'm sure you would exchange the need for it in a heartbeat. The question is, would your life be as rich? xo Jazzy JackReplyDelete
Good question. I can't imagine an easy life.Delete
We were so happy to have you, Ally! Thank you for sharing your heart and your story with us. You're a beautiful person inside and out. xoReplyDelete
Aww, Mia... you're a dreamboat!Delete
I loved your essay, Ally...and your beautiful and optimistic spirit. I think the photo of you in the pink w/flowers may be my all time favorite. Your feminine loveliness and your joyful, caring nature are captured magnificiently in that photo. xoReplyDelete
Thank you, Lisa. I appreciate that. Your opinion means a lot to me.Delete
I loved reading your essay and the mermaid picture is one of my faves.ReplyDelete
One of the things I admire most is that from a very early age you knew it was not you who was wrong but society. A big hug.
An essay long overdue, awesome!!!ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful and powerful essay, Ally. Your struggles as a child brought tears to my eyes. I know that it was a different era, and I certainly do not judge your parents, but stories like yours make me realize how much more difficult my son's life would have been and would be if his father and I weren't of the mindset that we are. We have always loved and appreciated him for who he is and I wouldn't have it any other way. We have come so far as a society, but we still have so far to go. Like you, I too hope to see the day where we, as a whole, are loving and accepting of everyone, no exceptions.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Debbie. I admire the way you're raising your child.Delete
I cannot imagine how crushing it must feel to be rejected so harshly for simply being true to yourself. Your courage to be true to your own spirit in the face of that is so astounding and uniquely inspiring Ally.ReplyDelete