Corinne’s Chronicle

Corinne Ivy Squier Lewars
Trans life in 2021; work, life, and other imbalances; comedy, sex, absurdity, politics ... and more
Created 29 Sep 2021
  • "One Is Not Born, But Becomes, A Woman"
    07 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    No one had ever written anything like The Second Sex when it came out in France in 1949. Author Simone de Beauvoir brought together sociology, anthropology, psychology and existential philosophy to pr...
  • She's Going Home ...
    04 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    It's about 9 a.m. on a perfectly miserable October morning, gray and drizzly, the last Saturday of the month, and I'm helping the best friend and housemate I've ever had pack her car for her solo trip...
  • I May Not Look My Age, But ...
    02 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    I still love it when people hear how old I am and do a double-take. (Even an occasional jaw-drop: those give me a warm glow inside. I'm as weird as a whistling fish, is why.) I'm turning 65, but I hav...
  • Are Trans Folk More Attuned to the Spirit World Than Other People?
    31 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    I have read and seen a fair amount, as I researched transgenderism out of more than casual interest over the years, of the notion that transgender people are more, let's say spiritually capable, more ...
  • Is It Possible To Survive Modern Higher Education?
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    It's a mild, bright Thursday afternoon in Buffalo in the fall. I've finished up some life stuff by about 1:00, lots of phone calls and wrestling with the interwebs, and decided to come up to the Centr...
  • What's So Important About Transition?
    28 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Nobody quite asks the question the way I worded it in the title up there. It comes in a few different forms: “You really think you need the surgery?” or “Aren't clothes and makeup enough?” or even “Wh...
  • There Are Women Who Don't Quite Sound Like Women. I'm One of Them.
    27 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    The woman at the gas company call center was so clearly not listening. “Okay, so, Martin, I see in your records that you're carrying an overdue balance of --" I had just gone down the road with her ab...
  • "So, Corinne ... Why'd It Take You Fifty Years?"
    25 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 1
    I first learned about gender transformation when I was age 14, around 1970. Newsweek magazine had a long and riveting article on people who had had their sex changed, including celebrities like Christ...
  • American Exceptionalism:You're Trying to Do Too Much
    23 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    When I first heard the expression “American exceptionalism,” a few years ago, I was a little taken aback. My stepdad, Joseph Murray Page, taught at Buffalo State College for 35 years, in the Exception...
  • Interview With a Young Trans Woman
    22 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    I had come onto the admissions floor of my workplace (and purgatory) the Buffalo Psychiatric Center to, I think, return a patient chart my nurse had borrowed. That or I was borrowing blankets or medic...
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