And no family was there to save me

When I was six and my brother was four and a half years old, our mother went to prison for the first time. Two Houston police officers drove a squad car into the parking lot of our small inner-city apartment complex, loose gravel crunching beneath their tires.

The officers did…


Our mothers and fathers are the punchlines of your jokes

Readers please note: this story includes descriptions of addiction, suicide, and child exploitation. If you need help, contact the National Helpline.

My mother was a crack cocaine addict for more than twenty years. Being her son was a lonely thing. It was not easy. Everyone thought it was a dirty…


I didn’t want to simply have a nice house in a bad neighborhood

A girl waters plants.

I bought a little house a couple of years ago. It sits on a mostly quiet street in a mostly Black subdivision, with a good amount of Latinos. …


The Texas abortion ban takes freedom of religion away from all of us

The new Texas abortion law that all of America is talking about, is nothing more than Texas style religious law. American religious leaders are being allowed to force their religious beliefs on all Americans. This law is yet another attempt by the religious right, and the mostly religious white men…


A follow for a follow: the blogger’s drug deal

Since I joined Medium eight or nine months ago, I’ve always seen hopeful writers on Facebook, Twitter, etc, asking for people to follow them in exchange for them following you. Follow for a follow, the blogger’s drug deal.


Besides the chance of winning one of the writing contests

I’ve seen a number of people express concerns about Mediums writing contests. Some have said they won’t be participating in them for reasons ranging from author’s rights to judging criteria for the writing contests. …


Finding a way out — the consequences of $2.13 an hour.

I don’t want to go back to the restaurant industry. There should be something more for us, all of us. Life should hold something more than returning to an industry where you are not valued at all. Where you are just some guy with a plate attached to his arm…


School violence and bullying in America

They said she tried to run. Caught. And then she tried begging for the mercy of attackers too young to know the beauty of compassion. She made it home after the beating from the two young girls, but only for a little while. A bruised head turned into complaints of…


How Medium burned down the home of its most talented writers

P.S. I Love You, the Medium publication affectionately known as “PSILY,” is gone. After the 30th day of June 2021, they will no longer be accepting new work since Medium has pulled funding from the publication. In pandemic language, this means they have been deemed “non-essential.”

When I first started…


Sexual harassment, toxic masculinity, and misogyny

Six months ago New York governor Andrew Cuomo was being called “America’s governor” by people all over the country for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. And then sexual harassment allegations against the New York Democrat came to light. Governor Cuomo became the poster child of toxic masculinity. …

Carl L Lane

Lover of literature, wine and dogs. Bachelor' degree in English with creative writing minor. 2012 winner of The Fabian Worsham Creative Writing Prize.

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