Katy Bourne

Andrew Luck, Metta and the search for our humanity

POSTED ON August 26, 2019 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

On Saturday, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from football. After seven successful seasons in the NFL, the toll on his body became insurmountable. He explained that he’d been caught in a “cycle of injury, pain and rehab,” which was “unrelenting, both in season and off season.” This is understandable. Over the course ... Read More

State of Things. State of Mind.

POSTED ON August 15, 2019 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything. For the past several months, I’ve been in an abyss of sorts, uninspired to write or sing. The muse wandered off someplace, and I’ve never experienced such a prolonged period of creative drought. It feels as if my very soul’s been frozen. Although I’m still thinking it through, I ... Read More

Last Christmas with Mom

POSTED ON December 18, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 9 Comments

My mother died on December 9, a little over a week ago. The ravages of pneumonia were too much for her tiny frail 91 year-old body. She spent her final days in inpatient hospice care. This unassuming wing of a quiet Albuquerque hospital was like a Zen monastery – serene and oddly sublime. Here, she ... Read More

Trump vs. Trans, the fight for peace and dignity

POSTED ON October 31, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

According to a memo last week, the Trump administration is pushing to redefine gender as strictly binary- male or female- based on designation made at birth. If adopted, this narrow and egregiously flawed definition would erase the identities of millions of transgender and nonconforming people across the country and significantly roll back protections as granted ... Read More

Dear Dude…

POSTED ON September 20, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

I was such an inconsiderate idiot.  I’m so sorry, dude, that I totally wrecked your day. We were driving along in the late afternoon yesterday, and I stopped to let a guy cross the road. You were behind me. There were a lot of cars, and the guy had been standing there for a minute, ... Read More

A Riff on Joy

POSTED ON August 22, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments

There’s a dirty haze over Seattle tonight. An orange sun glares eerily in the smoky sky. The usually bustling city is subdued.  It’s hot still and uncharacteristically quiet. The feel is almost apocalyptic. Many people, near and far, are having a hard time right now. I’m good at articulating the problems but not always the ... Read More

Self-Care for the Apocalypse

POSTED ON July 09, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | One Comment

Every day, there’s a new affront: another egregious human rights violation, another deplorable policy, another nefarious assault on fundamental decency. Just when we think it can’t get worse, that there is nowhere lower to sink, we’re proven wrong, slapped in the face once again. Most recently, it’s asylum-seeking families being treated like criminals, with children ... Read More

12’s for Racial Justice & Equity (Coming soon…)

POSTED ON May 21, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve become increasingly angry at how the NFL treats players who kneel during the national anthem and/or who speak out against police brutality and systemic racism. By NFL, I mean everyone from Roger Goodell and the franchise owners to a loud faction of the fan base ... Read More

Racism & the NFL: What’s a Fan to Do?

POSTED ON April 16, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 2 Comments

Last week, the Seattle Seahawks canceled a planned meeting with Colin Kaepernick. My understanding is that the purpose of the meeting was for Kaepernick to work out with the team and to discuss potential opportunities with the franchise. However, according to reports, Seahawks management called off the meeting when Kaepernick would not disclose his plans ... Read More

One Fan’s Letter to Richard Sherman

POSTED ON March 13, 2018 | POSTED IN: My Blog | Post A Comment

Dear Richard, It’s not like I didn’t know it was coming. It had been all over social media and sports radio for days. Still, when the official news broke, it hit me like a sledgehammer. I was at my desk at work and lost my breath for a moment. My gut knotted up. I was ... Read More

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Katy Bourne is a Jazz Singer and Writer.