Audre Lorde,  Photo stories

Speaking your truth

“Once you start to speak, people will yell at you….
or put you down and suggest it’s personal. 
And the world won’t end. 
And the speaking will get easier and easier. 
And you will lose some friends and lovers, 
and realize you don’t miss them. 
And new ones will find you and cherish you. 
And at last you’ll know with surprising certainty 
that only one thing is more frightening 
than speaking your truth. 
And that is not speaking.”  
Audre Lorde



Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.


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