Interviews

Q & A: Phone Sex Operator

Charlene got started in the phone sex industry 27 years ago when she responded to an ad that read, “Conversationalist. Adult Talk. Work from Home.” She makes about $5 for every 15 minutes she spends talking and listening to phone sex addicts, guys who want to have sex with their mothers and guys who are […]

Coping with Daughter’s Death

In 1994, at the age of 20 Nicole gave birth to a daughter with a heart disease in which life expectancy was three years. Nine and a half years later, Nicole’s daughter Kassie lost the fight to Hypoplastic Left Ventricle Syndrome while she laid next to her in their apartment. Few people would judge Nicole […]

Q & A: Iraq War Veteran with PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed in veterans, victims of terrorist attacks, rape, kidnapping, torture, abuse, plane crashes and violent assault. The symptoms and side effects of PTSD include among other things, flashbacks, loss of interest in life, emotional detachment, outbursts of anger, intense distress and at times, suicide. Clint Van Winkle author of Soft […]

Ghana to the U.S. with $20

Since childhood Kofi wanted to see the United States.  His ultimate arrival would be preceded by the murder of his brother and followed by both a love of his new country and a deep frustration over the prejudice he found…in the most unlikely of places. Here is a bit of his story. How was your […]

Lessons in Getting Sober

Rebecca is a dear, dear friend of mine. When we met, we became quick friends. I have never known her to be anything other than supportive, trustworthy, lovable and fun. In my opinion, the questions I asked are somewhat common things to wonder when you are not familiar with alcoholism. Her responses, however, were something […]