does  adolescence end innocense


        In the mid 1990’s the New York Times ran a cover story about a seventeen year old boy who had hung himself in Maine.  The author focused on the tragedy of all teenage suicides but especially in the case of this particular young man who was seemingly well adjusted, an avid athlete, a good student, respected by his peers and loved by family and friends alike.  Nobody could fathom what on earth could have led this promising teen to take his own life.

       Buried within the body of the article one line stood out – “the boy had no question about his sexuality.”  It seemed odd, given its context and everything else the article had considered, that the writer would feel the need to make such a statement.  But it also started a dialogue.  It is from those thoughts and that article that the story “Ever Asking” was born.