The Gallery in Artisan Square, Bowen Island, May 15, 2016

The Gallery, Bowen Island
The Gallery, Bowen Island

“Things have changed in the Mormon Church since you grew up, haven’t they?” The voice of the woman in the audience seemed to ask for reassurance that I couldn’t provide. I knew without her telling me that she must have extended family who were members, or perhaps the children of friends. They couldn’t possibly be subject to the religious rules that had governed my childhood, could they???

The question came up during the Q&A of my first presentation and reading of In Polygamy’s Shadow at the Gallery in Artisan Square on Bowen Island. With so many years between me and attendance at church, all I could tell her was that I knew black men were now allowed to hold the priesthood and that it was still a patriarchal structure. Keep reading →

Normal

Kayaking at Hollyhock, Cortez Island
Kayaking at Hollyhock, Cortez Island

“How did you turn out to be so normal?” I laugh every time anyone asks me this. Friends and acquaintances always do when they learn of my Mormon upbringing.

My spontaneous answer is, “It wasn’t easy.“

I haven’t always felt normal, the way that I do today. When presented with a request for my cultural heritage on documents, my hand wavers between penning in Mormon, or, Italian and French with a little English thrown in. Keep reading →