2019: My Year in Writing

The top 10 essays you most read

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Here’s my last look at the year that was 2019. There’s no other way to put it: 2019 was hard. It was a year full of loss and challenges I’m still dealing with. But the year wasn’t all bad, new beginnings rose from ashes on occasion. I’ve compiled ten of my most popular essays for you—okay, twelve; I threw in two bonus essays. Check ’em out, you may find a new favorite or want to revisit something you’ve read before.

Thank you for spending some time with my writing. I greatly appreciate your efforts.

Happy new year and love one another,
Clay

Hello Chelsea. It’s Me, Clay.
October 4, 2019

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In September, comedian Chelsea Handler created a documentary to bring attention to privilege in America and how it serves some and diminishes others. Here are my candid response and assessment of her documentary.

Losing, Reclaiming, and Reconciling My Religion with My Sexuality
June 6, 2019

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What else is there to say about this essay? The title pretty much sums up the internal battle that roils within most gay Christians. People really seem to get into this one.

On Color-Blindness and the Myth of Not Seeing Race
May 2, 2019

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This essay sets forth the notion that instead of whitewashing a Person of Color’s ethnicity, it’s good to have a palpable respect, a healthy curiosity about, and a bold appreciation for people’s ‘color.’ No shaming or blaming here, just an unvarnished look at an important dynamic in human relationships that unfortunately gets ignored.

Submission Guidelines
March 23, 2019

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In February/March, a potential client requested that I write a seminal, day-long class on diversity and inclusion—for no money; instead, I presented a proposal that while well-received, went ignored. Not one to be limited by other people’s shortsightedness or purse strings, I transformed the idea into the online publication, Our Human Family. These are our submission guidelines.

The Horror That Is ‘When They See Us’
June 2, 2019

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My review of Ava DuVernay’s award-winning docudrama about the case of the Central Park Five.

Write Now with Clay Rivers
May 8, 2019

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An interview for The Writing Cooperative about what, when, where, why, and how I came to writing; and why I’m still giving it a go.

The Truth About Dwarfism
June 11, 2019

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I’ll just give you the opening sentence of this essay. It seems to have caught the attention of a great number of people.

I’m a guy who stands forty-eight inches tall in my stocking feet. I am not a halfling to be pitied, a pet to be pampered, or an object to be fetishized. I am not an inspiration. I am a human being trying to figure out this thing called life one step at a time, just like you.”

Go figure.

Shining a Light on Institutional Racism
February 15, 2019

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Well, let’s just say there’s so much to unpack about this essay and what it addresses. So much so that I put it all in one essay. Enjoy.

Symphony for a Friend
September 24, 1029

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This is an essay about a dear friend’s talent, love, and dedication to one’s ministry, calling, purpose in life—and friendship.

The Mayor of the Magic Kingdom
June 25, 2019

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This essay, by far, was my most read essay of the year. The span of it’s telling covers almost forty years. It is a tribute to a man who lived authentically, loved people across differences with his eyes and heart wide open, and his send-off — one Orlando had never seen before and probably never will again.

This Is Why We Do
August 8, 2019

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So a few months into launching Our Human Family I received a moving letter from a regular reader about our efforts that warranted an open letter of thanks. And again, you guys were right on board with me. Thank you.

Why Love Is the Word of 2019
January 7, 2019

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Talk about prescient. There’s no way I could have know in January that love truly would prove to be the thing that the world would be in dire need of throughout 2019. This was my take on the need for and the power of love.

Author, artist, accidental activist, founder Our Human Family (http://medium.com/our-human-family). Social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

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