The Voracious Hunger for Life

That winter death looked straight into our eyes and stared long, without faltering. It wanted to hypnotise us, like a boa constrictor hypnotises its intended victim, stripping him of his will and subjugating him. But those who sent us so much death miscalculated. They underestimated our voracious hunger for life.

-Poet Olga Berggolts reflecting on winter of 1942 during the Siege of Leningrad.

In my newest play, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? A Comedy about Broken Bodies, Large and Small, I look at all kinds of survivors as I consider what it takes to remain human in the midst of suffering and fear.


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  1. Jennie Lynne Rennie on April 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hello from Regina!

    I have finished another semester at Luther and it’s been quite the ride. Right before final exams, my son informed me that he wanted to be called Emily and I informed him it didn’t matter to me what he called himself – I will love him no matter what his name is or his sexual orientation. I know he is in God’s hands and I love him no matter what. After he told me, my heart ached for him because of the struggles he must be going through.

    I’ve contacted low-income housing and we have an interview on Wednesday for a place for my two boys and I to live. My eldest, Elijah – who wants to be called Emily and my youngest, Benjamin – he was cutting himself until he bought himself a cat – I call Miss Kitteh his therapy cat because he has not cut himself since he brought her home from the animal shelter.

    I am writing you to ask you if you and your husband could please pray for us. The ex-husband is slowly killing their spirit and I cannot stand by and watch. Thank you for your prayers and I brag about you to my boys and my friends.

    Sorry for a heavy prayer request and will keep you informed on what’s happening.
    God bless and be blessed.

    Jennie Lynne Rennie

  2. Peterson Toscano on April 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Jeannie, yes we will pray for you all, hold you in the Light, as we say in Quaker circles. I am about to go to Quaker meeting, so I will especially think of you and Emily and Benjamin during this time of change in your family. Emily sounds like she is a person of intergrity and strength. And although this must be new ground for you to travel, you are reaching out, and I am sure will continue to do so. There are lots of great resources out their for parents of trans* and gender non-conforming children.

    Besides prayer, let me know how I can help in finding you resources and connecting you with people who can relate.

    Much love,

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