Catherine Linda Michel

Re-evaluating Priorities

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An incident which occurred tonite has made me realize that my priorities are way out of whack. My best pal, my housemate, the one person on this planet who knows me better than I know myself, called me, crying, feeling deserted and alone, and unloved. She was out driving at the time because she felt the need to be alone by choice, instead of an enforced aloneness caused by someone dumping her...again. I begged her to pull over and stop, and she complied, thus removing some of my sudden anxiety. But.

First Transgender Mayor Elected In Silverton Oregon!

The small town of Silverton Oregon has elected the first Transgender Mayor in the United States.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/07/ore-town-elects-nati...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCOTTY!!!!

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Some, if not many of you, don't know Scotty, but he has been an unofficial ambassador to many of the 'girls'. In the past year or two, Scotty has traveled to several of the girls homes to visit and, in a few cases, to get them out of their houses or wherever they live, and out into public for a meal, or just a drive. Some of them had never ventured out of their places of residence en femme.

Milestone Reached.

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I've been writing and posting stories for over 8 years now. I started with FM, moved to Storysite and Sapphire's, then to here. I am proud and humble at the same time, to announce that, at Storysite, I have passed 225,000 hits on my stories. That's a lotta hits, folks, and I am psyched. Since there are no counters at FM, I have no clue how many have hit on my stories there.

A Most Powerful Piece Of Music

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I've recently re-discovered one of the most powerful pieces of music I've ever heard. It made me cry and smile at the same time, and is without doubt, one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zJ0yVSSvE

The World Professional Association For Transgenger Health

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has released a new statement concerning the medical necessity of TS surgeries and patients mental and physical health.

http://www.wpath.org/documents/Med%20Nec%20on%202008%20Lette...

An update on my blog post: "Need advice,etc."

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As promised, here's the update on my meeting with my sisters and the lawyer.

My housemate went with me and stayed right with me through the whole meeting. When we walked in, early, by the way, my sisters were already there, with one of my nieces. None of them would even met my eyes, so things were kinda tense for several minutes.

Thank You, to everyone who responded. My decision is made.

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The meeting has been moved up to Wednesday at 11AM, and Cathy is going to be there in all her glory. It IS time my sisters learned that this is not a whim, or something I thought would be cool to do for awhile. Cathy is who I am, Cathy is who I'm, going to be, and that is the long and short of it.

Need advice / thoughts / views / whatever ASAP

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I have to meet with the lawyer Thursday the 17th to settle Mom's will. I am in the second month of my RLT. BOTH my sisters will also have to be there, and they are religiously dead set against me being myself, that is to say, Cathy.

Subject: NEWS - Congress' 1st hearing on Gender Identity (June 27, 2008)

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Subject: NEWS - Congress' 1st hearing on Gender Identity (June 27, 2008)

Gender Identity Discrimination in the Workplace gets First Hearing in Congress

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingt onpost.com/ joe-solmonese/ gender-identity- discrimin_ b_109352. html

Posted June 26, 2008 | 09:58 AM (EST)

This will probably make me unpopular, but...

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This will probably make me unpopular, but...I don't like drabbles! If I'm gonna click on a story, I want a STORY...not a short article. Sorry. That's the way I feel.

Does it take talent to do drabble? Of COURSE! It also takes talent to do Rap, and I can't stand those either. Now I'm pretty much done with this mini-rant.

In Memorium For KimEm

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I didn't write the following. The words were written by Becky Hobbs, and the song was sung by Alabama. There's a youtube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9txzREaNO4

"I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.
But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.

9 Days into my RLT. So far, so good.

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Over the past 9 days, I've done things I never even dreamed I would. I've been in countless situations where something could have gone wrong, or someone could have made a comment that could have caused trouble, but none of those situations have come to anything bad, thank goodness! In fact, no one has said ANYTHING out of line or wrong, within my hearing range, at all.

Well, I've made it through the first week of my RLT.

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though not without incident. A couple of really bad things, about which I have already blogged, marred what was, otherwise, a dream for me. I am slowly coming to grips with the passing of my Mom, and I will be okay. My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who posted comments to my blog entries about it.

But:

Mom passed away last night at about 11:50 PM.

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According to my sister, who called me at 11:55PM. She assured me that Mom was at peace and in no pain, with her family around her. While I feel very sad right now, I also feel relieved that I didn't try to force my 'new self' on my family members while a tragic event was unfolding.

Mom is not expected to live out the day.

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I received a call from my sister this morning, telling me that Mom is under heavy sedation, and slowly fading. Apparently there is nothing more they can do for her, except to make her last hours peaceful.

Well, the interviews went okay, but the signing was a bit disappointing.

The radio spot went off with nary a hitch. The interviewers asked insightful and intelligent questions, and never once strayed from that format. I think I got at least some of our message out, as well as promoting our stories and writers.

As I said. I get nothing good without something bad to counter it.

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After a day of days for me, a day in which I affirmed my femininity and my writing. After a day filled with interviews with Radio, Television, and Newspaper, a little while ago I got word that Mom is back in the hospital with what appears to be a major stroke.

Today will be a busy, stressful day, but hopefully, fun too.

Well, today at 9:30 A.M. I go on the air with one of our local radio station, live, for an interview about the book, the signing, and my being TG. Am I nervous? You bet your bippy I am! Then, as if that isn't stressful enough, at Noon I go to the Chautauqua Mall for a television bit about the signing!

The first day of the rest of my life, OR, The first day of my Real Life Test.

Today was the first day of my Real life Test...officially, that is. Unofficially I began on Sunday, spending the whole day and the following Monday, Memorial Day, as my real self.

Random thoughts...at 5 0'clock in the morning.

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5:22 in the AM, and I can't sleep...well, not much anyway. Too many things running into one another in my mind. Nobody to sleep with anyway. Used to have a cat, but I let him down and had to have him put to sleep.

The time has come to say goodbye to my little buddy,

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quicker than I thought it would. In about an hour, we will be on our way to the Vets so he can be put out of his misery. I appreciate all the wonderful, caring responses I've received over the last day or so, to my blog entry. Please don't feel obligated to respond to this one though.

It seems like nothing good ever happens without something bad to offset it.

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So I'm happier than a pig in s--t, with my RLT starting next Tuesday and the book signing on the 31st, when, out of nowhere, I get word that Mom is in hospital with pneumonia. She's just been through an amputation of her left leg, now this.

It seems that Ontario will cover SRS under their medical coverage.

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Here's a link to the article. http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/425995 I wonder how much it costs to move to Ontario? Hmmmmm.

Huggles from,
Catherine Linda Michel

Well, everything for my RLT and Book Signing is set.

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I met with my boss this morning and we finally decided on a start date for my RLT to begin, so on the 27th of May, Catherine finally comes into her own...or at least begins to. The county Attorney is also on board in this and I have his backing as well.

The Date For My Book Signing Is Set!

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I just got off the phone with the Waldenbooks store manager. Between us we have set the date for the signing! It will be May 31st, which is a Saturday afternoon, from 2-4PM. See my previous blog entries for the location. All advertising has to be done by me, including some kind of poster they can hang in their window, explaining what, when, and where.

More on the Book Signing

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The date (when) is still to be determined. No more than a week or two from today, I believe. The where is The Waldenbooks Store, in the Lakewood/Chautauqua Mall, in Lakewood, New York. Likely either at 7-9PM on a Friday evening, or 2-4PM on a Saturday afternoon.

THE BOOK SIGNING, AND MORE, IS ON!!!!!

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I just got off the phone with the manager of our local Waldenbooks store. It seems that they CAN order my book and STOCK it, which means that they CAN and WILL schedule my book signing!!

I informed the manager of my TG status and that I would be into my RLT by the time we get this set up and she replied that it would be no problem!!!

The following is a copy of the letter I intend to distribute among my co-workers.

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To all my friends and co-workers at CARTS:

As many of you are aware, I have been undergoing some changes in the last year or more. This is due to the simple fact that I am transgendered...that is, a woman in a mans body. I am treating this as simply a mistake made at birth and I am undergoing constant therapy and medical intervention to correct the 'birth defect' I was born with.

Well, the "Let The Punishment Fit The Crime" contest is over.

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Actually, it turned into pretty much a non-contest. It's okay. I know how daunting it must be to try to complete another writers story, and truthfully I didn't expect any entries, but I thought it'd be worth a try.

Attention Writers! I Need Your Feedback On This!

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If my book signing comes off, I fully intend to publicize other books written by you, as well as talk about those who haven't published yet, but who have more than enough talent to publish.

What I need to know from ALL of you is, do you WANT me to talk about your work by story titles and pseudonym, or do you want to remain in 'stealth' mode?

It looks, more and more, that the book signing will actually happen!

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I've contacted Borders Books and I have their phone number to call, Monday morning, to try and work a deal with them. So far, the manager of our local Waldenbooks is more than happy to host the signing, even though I informed her as to the content of the book, and my Trans status.

I have received my "carry letter" today!!!

I fully realize that this is not a 'get out of jail, free' card, yet I feel as though I have just been, finally, given permission, not that I needed permission, to finally begin being the person I should always have been. I am ecstatic at the moment, and only waiting for the go ahead to begin my real life test.

I'm back, hopefully for good, and with a new purpose and resolve.

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I know I've been more than a bit 'melodramatic' over the past few weeks. All I can say in my defense, is that I have been wrestling with old, bad memories and present day fears. It's taken a couple of days of "alone time" recently, to wrestle with my demons, major and minor, and at the end of that, I found myself with a new purpose, or a redux of my original purpose.

I am leaving for awhile.

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There are too many things on my mind and I cannot concentrate or even communicate with clarity. i know where my mind is headed and its a place I know very well. In that place I can harm people without caring what harm I do, and none of you deserve that, so I am leaving before I do that.

Some exciting news! A possible BOOK SIGNING at Waldenbooks for me!

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While out with friends today, Saturday, we stopped at our local mall Waldenbooks store. I casually remarked, while checking out with our books, that if I ever saw MY book in the place, I'd probably faint. The clerk, as we were leaving, asked me, "You have a book out?"

CONTEST - Let The Punishment Fit The Crime: Part Two

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Awhile ago I posted a story, 'Let The Punishment Fit The Crime'. It got more reads and comments than anything else I've ever posted here and people want a part two. Therein lies a problem. You see, I never intended to even POST that story!

I am doing the Snoopy happy dance!

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Mom came through with flying colors, my friend is FINALLY out of prison, sent there for a crime he didn't commit, and I got my first royalty check from Lulu from sales of my book, Headlights Girl!!!!!

All in all, life is pretty good right now, for the first time in a long time, even though I'm, still fighting a cold, and KimEm is in hospital.

Mom came through just fine.

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I want to thank everyone who kept a good thought for her, or a prayer. They took her leg, just above the knee, and she'll be in rehab for a month or however long it takes. Fortunately, she will be in a rehab facility where I'll be able to visit her on a semi regular basis, since I go there quite often in the course of doing my job.

In just a couple of hours, Sephrena will be winging her way

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toward the left coast and her first face to face with Chelsea. Lets give her a rousing sendoff!

Best of luck, Sephy and Chelsea! My prayers and hopes for you both go with Sephy.

Good luck huggles from
Catherine Linda Michel

May I ask for everyone's prayers and good thoughts?

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This coming Thursday, my Mom will be going in to the hospital. Because of her diabetes and other problems, my 81 year old Mom will likely be having her leg amputated at the knee. She's a toughie, and a fighter, but I'm worried about her.

(With apologies to Martin Luther King for borrowing his words) I Have A Dream.

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In my dream, there is a place, a real life place, where those of us who have been abused, deserted, thrown out by their families, whatever, can come to for a fresh start. This is not just my dream, it's the dream of many others. This would include Sephrena's idea about a lottery monthly for someone to receive their transitional surgeries, M-F or F-M.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Since I'm still blocked on the two stories I'm currently writing, I'd like to re-post this old story of mine here. It was the first fiction story I tried to write. I've gone over it and corrected a lot of things and generally cleaned it up. I hope you'll enjoy it. It's a long one, but I didn't want to push other, newer stories down the page by posting it in parts.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

By Catherine Linda Michel

Halloween 2000

"We love you and if this is part of you, then we have to accept it. We don’t necessarily approve of it, but you are our friend/brother/son and we will always care." This, to me, was a revelation and, to not have to hide anymore was the most wonderful feeling in the world!

Halloween 2000

By Catherine Linda Michel

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