we celebrate and we mourn

I briefly spoke with the Associated Press, really didn’t pause for questions (unlike when I’m in front of a camera, and my brain freezes searching for words). “My story’s old,” I said, “but there are other former members who now have a voice.” We celebrate, but we also mourn for all the damage done, especially for the 4 deaths that occurred in there without any medical care, and the families of those who died, and for the current members and their families from whom they’ve been separated for years, some for decades. As my daughter Rebekah once said, “the pain never fully goes away.”