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Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs
June 1, 2007

I was internet acquainted with Lisa Greene, one of the co-authors of the book. She's a lovely lady who has two children with cystic fibrosis.

I said something on the email list we both belonged to that she liked. I think she asked if she could clean it up and cut it down to size and include it in one of the chapters of the book. I said sure! She sent me a copy of the edited down version of my email remarks and I okayed them, maybe suggested a tweak, I'm not sure.

I got a free copy of the book from her as compensation for being quoted. I flipped through it to look at my name, then hauled it out to the dumpster because it was a health hazard and making me sick, probably because she has two kids with CF and I have CF and ugh. I hate papers anyway.

I didn't tell her I promptly trashed the book as a health hazard. People living with chronic illness or taking care of family members with chronic illness tend to get upset when I say things like that. (Sorry, Lisa.)

According to my email records, they list me as Doreen Michele Traylor, Jan 2007, Adult with cystic fibrosis and mother of a teenager with CF. This is what the book looks like:

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Getting a bank account can be tricky when you’re homeless, so here’s how I did it
March 3, 2016

Most of the freelance writing I do is ghost writing under an NDA, but once someone sought me out and paid me to publish a piece under my own name ("with a byline"). They contacted me because of one of my blogs, presumably the San Diego Homeless Survival Guide.

I actually had titled it something else. So, I wrote the article, but they supplied the title, which I'm okay with. I was actually homeless at the time that I wrote this.

Plastic-bag ban led to hep A crisis?
September 8, 2017

I was interviewed via email because of my blog the San Diego Homeless Survival Guide. The publication date is the same day I got back into housing. I answered emails while in a hotel room in Olympia, IIRC. My recollection is that they emailed me while I was in transit (for 24+ hours) via train from California to Washington and had no access to the internet. I saw it after I got checked into a hotel after arriving in Washington and answered it from there.

I was misquoted and misgendered as a homeless man in this piece. Being misgendered was probably an honest mistake because most homeless people are male and I don't think that detail came up in discussion. Being misquoted with made-up BS was probably entirely on purpose to serve various goals, such as political agenda or making the article more interesting and click-baity. They probably figured a homeless person was an easy mark to fuck with and couldn't do fuck all about their shitty lies about me. I posted a correction on the blog in question titled For The Record.

Homeless to housed:
Doreen Traylor’s virtual life helped her out of homelessness

July 4, 2018

A college student interviewed me and wrote this article as part of her college work which talks about homelessness generally, but talks a fair amount about me and quotes me a lot. She contacted me because of the last piece I posted to What Helps The Homeless, a sister site of the San Diego Homeless Survival Guide, titled A Virtual Life which I posted not long after I got off the street in September 2017.

I think she did a great job and it's a really good piece. The interview occurred in March of 2018, partly by email and partly by phone. I was notified July 4, 2018 that the piece had been published, but I can't find a publication date on it.

10 Productivity Tips From Hacker News
February 17, 2019

I'm the third person quoted under my old HN handle of Mz. I learned of the post via a Twitter mention.

I'm infamous for being long winded, but the quote from me is the shortest in the article. It's three whole words long. I'm amused.

I was tickled pink, both that they quoted me -- alongside such HN luminaries as edw519 and patio11 -- and that they "@"-ed me. The tweet in question inspired my post A virtual I Love Me wall and can be found embedded there. (However, it's on an old personal blog that is no longer viewable by the general public. Sorry.)

YIMBYwiki Homelessness page
September 12, 2019

The page was actually created in order to add links to my writing (some of my blogs) to their wiki. It happened because of a twitter conversation. I blogged about it at the time. (Again, on an old personal blog that's no longer available to the general public.)

(For that matter, the mefiwiki's page called Homeless Survival Guide was created years ago because of my participation on Metafilter at the time and was basically named after my website, the San Diego Homeless Survival Guide. My handle there was Michele in California and a lot of the links on the page are to questions I participated in. I talked to the person who was creating it at the time they created it and it currently says somewhere Homeless. Now What? - includes comments from Michele in California and Ms. Moonlight that are incorporated into this wiki page. I was banned from Metafilter and my read on the situation boils down to "They are classist assholes." I have no desire to kiss and makeup with Metafilter. That would ruin my plans to trash them for entertainment on Witness to Destruction.)

Page originally published elsewhere on February 21, 2019. Last updated June 1, 2020.

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