How to Handle An Extrovert

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles lately that are all about the introvert. My deep loner friends are linking to said articles all over their quiet little hide-my-Facebook pages. “How to Handle an Introvert” “What the Introvert Needs You to Know” “Introverts: The Misunderstood Delicate Geniuses of Our Time” ...more
BlogHer it could be just me but sometimes being too much of an extrovert can come off as being a ...more

Bodice Rippers Taught Me About Romance

My first lover was Brandon Birmingham, captain of The Audacious, a merchant ship set for the Orient. He’d mistaken me for a prostitute and had his way with me before he knew the truth — that I was actually an 18-year-old orphan who’d run away from a cruel aunt who hated me for my beauty and Irish ancestry. Did I forget to mention that Brandon’s eyes were deep gray, which reflected not only the tempestuous seas he tried to tame, but also his tempestuous feelings for me and the swells of my ripe, luminescent orbs of breast flesh? ...more

I Had a Crush on Doug McKeon

Dear Doug McKeon, Just typing your name into this document has given me a tingly feeling all over. As the kids say these days: "Squeeeee!" I feel like I’m 13 all over again. ...more

Don't Call Me Flat Chested

The other day I asked a friend if he was picked on in school. He replied that kids teased him for being gay (he’s straight) because he’s skinny, wears glasses, didn’t play sports and always had his nose in a book. A pocket protector kind of kid. He asked me if I got picked on and I said, yeah, for being a groupie and my overall trashiness. He looked at me inquisitively, like, “That’s it?” Later, when the conversation moved on, I realized I got picked on way more for being “flat chested,” but that was so embarrassing I blocked it out. ...more
Why "gay," I wonder? Why not "nerd" or "geek" or any of the tried-and-true descriptions that ...more

Do I Need Fireworks In Order To Have Fireworks?

If there’s ever been a sentence that gets on my nerves, it’s: “Today, I’m marrying my best friend.” Oh, shut up. But really, my ex-husband and I were as good of friends as you could ever imagine. For example, we had really similar weird senses of humor. You know how people start to look alike when they’ve been married awhile? Well, we’d react alike—usually in the most cynical, horrific way possible. ...more

My Daughter Wants Everything I Never Wanted and I'm OK With That

My 11-year-old daughter’s new favorite TV show is “Cake Boss,” a reality show about a bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, that makes the most extraordinary custom cakes for all occasions — especially wedding cakes, which are among their staples. Day after day, my daughter devours episode after episode, spellbound as the bakers decorate these wedding cakes: layers of vanilla and chocolate, roses and tulips, and two figures on top who uncannily resemble the real couple. Nevertheless, I’m not prepared (although I should be) for her question: “What kind of wedding cake did you and Daddy have?” ...more
I haven't quite gotten to the age I'm ready to have kids, but one of my fears is having a girl ...more

I'm Not Fighting Cancer, I'm Surrendering

I’m not fighting cancer. Even though there’s a grade 3 tumor in my breast, vaguely star-shaped and roughly the size of a quarter. Even though some of my lymph nodes are potentially conspiring against me. Even though I’m about to have a mastectomy, and eventually chemo. I’m not fighting — I’m surrendering. To the complete unknown. To the random. To my body. To people. To science. To holy shit there is nothing I can do. To God. ...more
Beautifully written. What a great perspective.more

Mothers Are So Embarrassing

It was my Meat Loaf moment. A few weeks ago, I took my two daughters to see a Broadway show starring Sutton Foster (who may not be a household name across the country, but for my two theater-obsessed kids is pretty much the coolest thing ever), a two-time Tony-winning singer/actress/dancer, and star of the late, lamented ABC Family series "Bunheads." After the show ended, we lined up with all the other theater geeks by the stage door to get her autograph. ...more
Very fun story - I think it's a rite of passage for mom's to embarrass their kids. I try to make ...more

How I Became Politically and Socially Aware

I had to do it. First, I asked a rhetorical question of the two women with the two boys, hawking some kind of snack food in front of Trader Joe’s: “Are you really affiliated with the Boy Scouts?” “Yes,” one said hesitantly. Later, she walked by my car as I put in groceries. “You know the Boy Scouts are homophobic,” I said. “Our troop isn’t,” she said. “The organization is; the Boy Scout guidelines are,” I said. “Well, I want to give my son the experience of scouting,” she answered. ...more
You know, Lisa Belkin just today wrote a long, excellent article about whether parents should be ...more

Why I Agreed to Marry My Gay Friends

When my longtime friend Robert and his soon-to-be-spouse Patrick asked me if I’d consider officiating at their upcoming nuptials, my immediate reaction was — wow! And why? ...more
I LOVE officiating weddings! I've done everything from a fancy one where I wore a cassock to an ...more