Over the years, I've come across some amazing stuff. Essays, poetry, art, letters...I save it on my hard-drive and there it sits. And then I realized -- I have a way to share these things that have moved me so much. That's what this section is about -- giving voice to others who need to say something. So, please remember -- I didn't create any of this. You can write to me about it if you want but I'm not going to defend or interpret it -- as far as I'm concerned, this is art -- and what it says to you might be different from what it says to me. Yes, some of it is anonymous. Sometimes there are things that can't be said any other way. Yes, for the most part, I know who these people are (I am currently having an ethical crisis -- I didn't save enough identifying information on some of the best stuff...and I REALLY want to share it...but have no way to get permission. I'm not quite sure what to do about that). But I am going to respect any decision to remain anonymous. I feel no obligation whatsoever to give voice to some "other side" -- I might but then again, I might not (hey, if you think you can write something compelling in answer to something you've read here, go for it. Email it to me and we'll talk). The way I see it, "the other side" on most of the issues that I feel strongly about has more than enough exposure. This is the stuff that's hard to find. And I fully expect some of it to be controversial, some of it to piss you off or challenge you. Remember, being challenged is a good thing, it'll make you more sure of exactly what you do believe! All of that said, I hope you are moved by what you see here. I was.
July 28, 2006