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First Taste of Racism Arrived in 6th Grade

I’ll never forget the first time I experienced blatant racism. It was from a parent at West Woods School. This is the same Hamden school that recently made international news after one of its teachers cast a 10-year-old black student as a slave in a play about colonialism. After living in New Haven and attending private school for three years, my family moved to Hamden, and I was enrolled in West Woods as a fifth-grader. I was also 10 years…

Learning about Pride all Month Long

Photo: Middletown Press By Stacy Graham-Hunt I love to take my son on a new adventure on Saturdays. Two Saturdays ago, I decided to take him to Kid City, a children’s museum in Middletown. Little did I know that the city would be celebrating its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender queer/questioning, or LGBT, community that same day. I drove for about 40 minutes on a bright, sunny and clear day, uninterrupted by traffic, while my 21-month-old son slept peacefully in…

Textual Healing – Week #2

[caption id="attachment_1088" align="alignright" width="300"] Textual Healing Session #2, September 15, 2018. Photo by Jess Gilliam, Ignite the Voice, Inc.[/caption] On Saturday, I led a discussion and journaling activity on the topic of Rejection in Session #2 of the 6-week series, "Textual Healing," sponsored by Ignite the Voice, Inc. The majority of the middle and high school-aged participants were able to recall scenarios where they had experienced rejection - mostly in the areas of friendship and from authority figures. As I…

Thank you for Supporting My First Book Signing

Thank you to everyone who attended, supported and helped out with my first book signing event in New Haven in June! View on Flipagram My next event will be on September 9, 2017 at 10am at the Bridgeport Library, 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Refreshments will be served and books will be sold and signed. Hope to see you there!

Behind the Story: Miss Light

I don’t really feel like I can take credit for writing the “Miss Light” story because it came to be while I was half asleep. Saturday night around 3am, I experienced sleep paralysis and woke myself up exerting so much energy trying to turn over. “Write about your friendship with God,” a voice in my head said. “What?! How the heck am I supposed to do that?” I thought back. “Don’t worry, I got you. Grab your notebook.” And out…

New Posts Coming in January!

I started this blog back in May as a place to store very personal stories about myself. I shared these stories as a dare from God and my therapist. Throughout this journey, I’ve learned how much shame and hurt I was carrying inside, I’ve become more aware of my feelings, and I’ve started to take them more seriously. I’ve learned more about my likes, my dislikes, and what behaviors I’m willing and unwilling to accept from others. I’ve also learned…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!! I'm so grateful to each and every one of you who have read my stories. Thank you for allowing me to share some of my most humbling moments with you.  Have a great day!  Love always, Stacy 

Election Grief

Denial. Bargaining. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. I am grieving. Yesterday I took lots of naps, ate macaroni and cheese and cookies, and started lots of fist fights on Grand Theft Auto. While I am disappointed that President-Elect Donald Trump will be my next president, I am more upset by my peers who supported him throughout this season. You have disappointed me. Yes, I actually mean you…as an individual. You – the former classmates, the former coworkers, the people I’ve danced with,…