Maribou is a voracious reader who also likes to watch, stare at, and listen to stuff. Occasionally he makes stuff, too. They work in a small liberal arts college library, and share a house in Colorado with their husband Jaybird, three cats, and what looms ever closer to ten thousand books. She is identifiable as genderfluid, trans, farm-raised, citified, and bisexual, among a plethora of other adjectives.

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  1. That’s a lot to carry around. Putting down some of it has to feel good – and it was good to read – thanks.

    Nor familiar with Dar Williams, just read the post through (rereading parts) – will go back later and listen. I’m sure it will add a lot, yet the post stands strong without it.

    How a piece of land can contain so much about us is always worth thinking about.Report

  2. Avatar bookdragon says:

    Wow. I admit I had not heard of her before, but these are wonderful. Thank you.

    I am not transgender, but “When I Was a Boy” spoke to me too, if in lesser degree. I have always been a tomboy, fitting in with the guys more than the girls and very often feeling very restricted by the expectations of who/what I was supposed to be and how I should behave because I’m female.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to bookdragon says:

      @bookdragon I’m glad you enjoyed them! They weren’t part of the concert tonight, but I’m also really fond of her songs Are You Out There and It Happens Every Day. (One of the other of them may be in that long concert at the end? Not sure.)

      I was talking to her for a few minutes after the concert (!! !) and I think her experience was very similar to yours… we were discussing how at that point in the 90s (the song came out in 94? i think?) there was sort of this whole big SPACE in music that opened up for women to talk about and explore gender in a new way, and that it also made more room (in our opinion anyway 😉 ) for trans people to do the same thing…Report

  3. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    You know, I grew up next to the sea, also. Last time I went back there it was all so different. It’s a resort area, and it’s all been developed with condominiums – some timeshare, some regular. Most of the buildings and structures that I knew growing up were torn down. But standing on the beach at Birch Bay State Park and looking across the bay, where the ashes of both my parents are scattered, I realized that the bones of the country weren’t changed at all. I knew all the hills and byways and angles and they were still there for me. And the sea, well it’s always changing and always the same.

    I was thinking of this yesterday when we had a discussion of the “soul of a city”. It means something else to me than crumbling brownstones. They didn’t ask my permission to change everything at Birch Bay. It doesn’t belong to me. It seems I thought it did. I will diminish and go into the West.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Doctor Jay says:

      @doctor-jay Yeah, I didn’t get into it much here, but that hill is far more populated than it was when I was a kid. Like X100. As is the road where I lived as a teenager. Then again other parts of the Island that were more populated when I was a kid (like the countryside where I spent ages 2-4), are now more spacious and more forested. It’s a rolling thing, there, and as a 40-year-old the cycles are pretty obvious. I know what you mean about the bones of the country, though.

      I’m actually very lucky, in retrospect, that my grandfather’s land became a provincial park. Parks change far more slowly than resort land generally does. There’s a soccer field and a cricket pitch where there used to be trees, and the clubhouse-sort-of-area is 2 stories now, but otherwise things are much the same.

      “It doesn’t belong to me. It seems I thought it did. I will diminish and go into the West.”

      This was beautifully put, as was your whole comment. Thank you.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I’m really glad that this February managed to not be a struggle.

    Next year will be even better.Report

  5. Avatar rexknobus says:

    Courageous living. Courageous writing. Thank you for that. And for Ms. Williams as well — previously unknown to me, but a new voice to explore.Report