July 15, 2016
This project started out being shared in real time on Instagram. However, it was never suited for the instant fleeting snippet that is the nature of social media, but rather meant to be a body of work, a mindful artistic expression, curated to tell a whole story. In sharing as I create, I feel distracted from the deeper internal work and reflection needed to capture the power of my recent explant surgery and many other last cuts in my life. I do not feel overexposed or as if I have been too vulnerable in this forum. I desire to share this completed work in an even more raw, vulnerable fashion. These cracked open moments of truth are where change happens. I am here to enact change and now realize sometimes we have to be patient in doing so. These moments of reflection and honesty are where we heal, learn, connect and grow and they take time. In the same way a songwriter would not share a half written song or a designer half a dress, I will curate my story into a book, without distraction or diffusion.
That being said, with all the acts seeking to divide and discourage humanity both in my country and throughout the world, now more than ever, I still want to hear your stories about what is most true to you and how you live it. Underneath any and all differences in color, sexual and gender orientation, religion, origin, work and political persuasion exist threads of values, truths and love that connect and strengthen us. Those ties are the gold that comes out in the Last Cut Conversations. While I am pulling my own story offline and into the private sphere until complete, I will continue to share the Last Cut Conversations publicly, because seeking the ways in which we are one and the same is more timely than ever. So, please reach out if you would like to share your story . I want to hear it.
I loved that this sentiment was reflected back to me in a line from the recent season finale of the show, Outlander, “But don’t stop asking the hard questions. That’s the way the world changes.” Let’s keep asking the hard questions. Thank you for the continued support of my journey and this project. I am forever grateful.