Ellen Krug Posts

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 […]

Skirting The Issues: Death Gap Math

When I was younger, like in my 20s, 30s, and early 40s, the concept of death was relatively foreign, as in, “That’s so far away.” But not now. At 61, I’m thinking about death quite […]

Skirting the Issues: Ordinary Heroes

What makes for a hero? I’m talking real-life, human-inspiring heroes; not ones that social media manufactures or people to whom others latch on to because of their fame or money. Think humans who stand up […]

Skirting the Issues: Loving a Son

“Can I ask you a question?” The inquiry took me by surprise. It came from a heavyset mustached man named “Jim” who had provided tech support for my human inclusivity training session in Norfolk, Virginia […]

Skirting the Issues: Allies

I’ve written before about how transgender folks (and yes, even the great Ellie Krug!) need allies, particularly those who engage in “allyship”—the action part of being an ally. “Action” as in, “Hey dude, you just […]

Skirting The Issues: Dating Revisited

The last time I wrote about dating—in 2013, I believe—I lamented how exceedingly difficult it was to snag a date, let alone forge a real romantic relationship. Given that others told me I was relatively […]

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