Ellen Krug Posts

Skirting the Issues: Erasure

Have you heard about the referendum in Massachusetts to strip people of color of the right to use public accommodations without fearing discrimination—places such as restaurants, libraries, hotels, malls, public transportation services, and bathrooms and […]

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

Skirting the Issues: Magic Number

Warning: you’ll probably want to file this under “TMI.” I’m going to talk about sex, or more precisely, my lack of it. Woe is me. Several years ago, I met a vibrant young woman—I’ll call […]

Skirting The Issues: Road Trip

“Tell me another story.” I looked over to the passenger seat at my 26-year-old daughter, Meredyth, and smiled. I had just shared a story about life when I was my former self, presenting as man. […]

Skirting The Issues: Canary In A Coal Mine

A couple months ago, I spoke at a national conference for government clerks and finance officers in a mid-Atlantic coastal city. My topic was Gray Area Thinking®, a training on human inclusivity and on how […]

Skirting The Issues: Three Years

Hello. I’m Ellie and I’m an alcoholic. If I make it to June 28 (a few days after this year’s Pride Weekend) without taking a drink, I will have been sober for three years. In […]

Skirting The Issues: Ellie Gets Braces!

Seven weeks ago, I got braces. Yes, you read that right—Ellie Krug, 61 years old—has braces for the first time in her life. I escaped the ordeal of braces as a teenager because my teeth […]

Skirting the Issues: Two Humans

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had two conversations that have impacted me greatly. In each instance, the person I spoke with was a black man. One conversation followed a talk I gave at a […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealism Buoyed Hundredfold: Part 2

Last month, I wrote about my plan to travel across the South to speak about hope with the goal of figuring out if my idealism actually means anything. I took that trip. Over the course […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealist or Naïve: Part I

My official biography lists that I’m a “hopeless idealist.” Often when I’m introduced to audiences, the person making the introduction points this out about me, smiling as they do so. I’m never quite sure whether […]

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