A Single Bluebird

“A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.”–Henry David Thoreau
 
     When I was trying to think of a name for this blog I did a search for quotes by one of my favorite authors, Henry David Thoreau, and this one stuck out for me.  My blog will be about observing the world around me and focusing on things that catch my interest, the single bluebirds that I observe as I move through this world.  I have many dry lists of interests, but my hope is to focus on aspects of these in a refreshing way.  It will be about my perspective on topical items of interest.  My life has been full of experiences, so I will not limit my writing to any one topic, but whatever strikes me at that moment.
     I have always lived my life openly through my writing.  I have shared intimate details and honest opinions freely ever since I was a young boy.  I have done so because I have learned so much from my own experiences and feel that I can help others by sharing.  I am a single bluebird in this world and maybe others’ interest in my experiences will be worth something, too.
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About Callen Harty

Originally from Shullsburg, Wisconsin Callen Harty is the author of Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story, a memoir about surviving childhood sex abuse. His first book was My Queer Life, a compilation of over 30 years worth of writing on living life as a queer man. It includes essays, poems, speeches, monologues, and more. Both are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, or can be ordered through local bookstores, He has written almost two dozen plays and 50 monologues that have been produced. Most of them have been produced at Broom Street Theater in Madison, Wisconsin where he has been an actor, writer, and director since 1983. He served as the Artistic Director of the theater from 2005-2010. Monologues he wrote for the Wisconsin Veterans’ Museum won him awards from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the American Association of State and Local History. He has also had essays, poems, and articles published in newspapers and magazines around the country and has taken the top prize in several photo contests. His writing has appeared in Out!, James White Review, Scott Stamp Monthly, Wisconsin State Journal, and elsewhere. He has had several essays published online for Forward Seeking, Life After Hate, and The Progressive. Callen has also been a community activist for many years. He was the co-founder of Young People Caring, UW-Madison’s 10% Society, and Proud Theater. He served as the first President of Young People Caring and as the Artistic Director for Proud Theater for its first five years. He is still an adult mentor for the group. In 2003 he won OutReach’s Man of the Year award for his queer community activism. OutReach is Madison, Wisconsin’s lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community center. He also won a Community Shares of Wisconsin Backyard Hero award for his sex abuse survivor activism work. He has been invited to speak before many community groups, at a roundtable on queer community theater in New York City, and has emceed several events.
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