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My First Published Personal Essay

My First Published Personal Essay

This illustration by Gabrielle Gamboa perfectly captures the spirit of the essay I published today on Narratively as part of “Modern Families” week. It’s a piece about my passion for dancing to hip-hop and salsa, and how that passion has defined much of my adult life, including my romantic relationships. A conventional life of marriage […]

A Story in Black & White

A Story in Black & White

Today I’m celebrating the life of two people I never met but have come to know and admire intimately: my cousin Shirley Greenblatt and her husband Collins “Pat” Patterson. 60 years ago, in 1952, they were among the first interracial couples to marry in California (Shirley was Jewish and Pat was black). But because of […]