"'Behind the Brim' is really how I’ve lived my whole life. On the outskirts, just out of reach of all that is possible, hiding safely in the shadows."


So I’m sitting here naked, having my picture taken. It’s awkward at first, but not for long. Very quickly, the awkwardness fades, and all of a sudden, it’s freeing. 


I write a column titled “Behind the Brim”. Titled so because that’s how I often write – sitting in a coffee shop, hiding behind the brim of a coffee cup, hiding behind the brim of my hat pulled way down low, hiding behind my computer so all you ever get are the words, with very little sense of where they come from. Writing is both my expression to the world and my way to hide from it – you get who I am without actually seeing me. 


“Behind the Brim” is really how I’ve lived my whole life. On the outskirts, just out of reach of all that is possible, hiding safely in the shadows.


When Kailie told me about this project, I knew instinctively, before the words had formed in my mind and then fallen out of my mouth, that I would participate. Because, like Michael Franti was singing in the background as Joslyn started to take those first shots of me, “Revolution doesn’t come with a warning”. This is my personal revolution. A revolution through a revelation, if you will. Showing you who I am, as I get over myself, and my hang-ups, and my insecurities. No more hiding behind the computer. No more hiding behind the brim. Just my words, and me.
















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