My Life in the Middle Ages

Gayle Saks-Rodriguez

Gayle Saks-Rodriguez
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
November 11
Gayle Saks-Rodriguez has been a writer since filling her fourth grade diary with such perfectly crafted sentences as: "Ricky is getting confirmed tommorrow. Since I'm Jewish, I'm not really sure what it does. I should congradulate [sic] him though." She has written about everything from her mother’s double-suicide, online dating, to her work with female inmates, with deep honesty, candor and humor. Saks-Rodriguez (when she wasn’t yet a hyphenate) grew up on Long Island in a town that most people have never heard of and lives in Greater Boston with her husband, daughter, two orange tabbies and one slightly insane Lab mix. Please follow me directly on my site at:


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OCTOBER 1, 2012 12:29PM

40 Years in 4 Hours

No, no, no, this was NOT my 40th high-school reunion.  I might not admit when that one comes around.  It was my 30th, making me sound old enough.  I remember, when I was younger, hearing people wistfully mention such high numbers and I just assumed they'd be dead soon.

As I've/…

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JULY 19, 2012 12:08PM

My Transgender Stepson Is Not a "Clown"

I'm still reeling from a post that appeared here a few days ago, so appalling that I didn't think it worth commenting on.  Now that I've reread it several times I know that my words will not change such a bigoted mind, but this is MY truth, my stepson's truth, my… Read full post »

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JUNE 8, 2012 12:06PM

Why Women in Prison Lose Their Dreams

One of the most gut-wrenching things I learned about a woman in the weekly workshop I teach in prison was that her mother shot her up with heroin for the FIRST time when she was 10-yrs old.  That was until today when I was told that a woman in my class/…

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JUNE 7, 2012 12:42PM



I have had the idea of writing about forgiveness for several weeks. This morning, I started to google quotes to lead off this post that would reflect its content, but had to cut the search short to teach my bi-weekly writing workshop to female inmates at a Boston prison.

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MAY 21, 2012 4:38PM

Is Intellect A Safety Net?

This past weekend I was part of a 2-day training on how to speak publicly about suicide. I was in a room with six people, two other trainees and three facilitators, two of whom were also part of the unique group of "suicide survivors."  All five of us have very different… Read full post »
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MARCH 28, 2012 12:07PM

My High Flying Bird

My best friend is a junkie. Crystal meth has tossed his brain into unrelenting chaos. It has jumbled his lobes and pathways into amorphous masses in need of a fix. It has made him think that a young mother and her child recently sitting next to him on/…

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