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Ali Finds Her Self

When Snow Falls in November

It’s snowing in Allen Park, MI in November. Not a completely unheard of event, but it’s strange to see white powder on the ground while there are still some lingering dead-brown leaves on the trees.  It was snowing seven years ago on this day, too, the day my older daughter Dawn was born. I remember […]

HRT One Year Later

On November 18, 2013 I took my first dose of hormone replacement therapy. Now it’s one year later and I can hardly believe it’s been so long. On a day to day basis it is NOT that big of a deal. Except that it is, because I’m 100% certain that I’m thinking better and being […]

Moving the Trans Narrative Beyond Transition

A lot of trans people write coming out stories. It’s the standard trans narrative and the one that everyone seems to be interested in reading. Why not give the people what they want, right? Besides, if a trans person is going to tell their story than their transition is an obvious choice because it is […]

The Process of a Name Change in Michigan

I felt it would be worth laying out the steps I took for getting my name changed in my home state of Michigan (and specifically Wayne County). By cataloging my experience, I hope to show others how they can expect the experience to play out. I am not a lawyer; just consider this what I’ve […]

The Name Change!

The night before my hearing for my name change, I started to cry. This strange, melancholy mixture of regret, sadness, failure swept over me. It was like I was mourning; I guess would be the way to phrase it best. I blogged about it early Friday morning because I needed to work that crap out […]

Reflections on a Lousy Life

Later this morning I will be in a courtroom, awaiting my turn before a judge. After that, I will spend days putting the final nail in His coffin (metaphorically speaking). I’m feeling weird today. Part of me can hardly believe I’m here, at this point, less than two years after I started and less than […]

B201: Week One Tasks

I thought it best to relegate my Blogging 201 posts to weekly-ish summaries, rather than to post every day about the process. B201 isn’t like B101, where every day was a post; B201 is as much about what’s going on behind the scenes as it is what’s going on in front of them. So prepare […]

B201: What is My Brand?

So today’s Blogging 201 was an interesting one (I’m writing this at midnight, so “today” was technically yesterday, but hey, I get it done when I have the time). Today’s assignment: audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what […]

B201 Day One: Three Goals

Okay, time for the first challenge! Today, the Blogging 201 requirement is to set three long-term goals for my blog and (if daring) to post the goals publicly. I can do that. The post starts of by offering two thinking questions: Why do I blog, and what do I want this blog to be? Okay […]

Starting Today: Blogging 201

Earlier this year I engaged in an activity called Blogging 101. It resulted in some random, unrelated-to-this-blog posts, and it ended abruptly when I lost my job. However, the time I spent doing it was fun, and I didn’t feel ending early was a loss for me since finding a focus for this blog and […]