Category: Happiness

Hot Dogs, Birthdays, and Life's Big Questions

Hot Dogs, Birthdays, and Life's Big Questions
Yesterday was my husband’s thirty-sixth birthday. He has lived a third of his life knowing he has brain cancer. At some point in all of our lives, we have an existential crisis. A moment where we wake up in the morning and say to ourselves, “I’m going to die. One day, I’m going to be... Read more »

Today's Gratitude Journal: Thank You, Feminist Porn

Today's Gratitude Journal: Thank You, Feminist Porn
The first pornographic movie I ever saw was without a doubt the worst porn I have seen to this day. It was a home-made piece of trash, featuring crying women and a cameraman who played the dual role of the only male figure in every scene, pointing his camera down at his penis and the crying girl... Read more »

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After
I write about the idea of “Happily Ever After” a lot. Really, a ton. I write about seeing every day as a beautiful part of the love story of your life. I write about letting go of “forever” and living for the moment, even the shitty ones. Considering that I don’t really believe in “Happily Ever... Read more »
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What I've Learned From 10 Years of Brain Cancer

What I've Learned From 10 Years of Brain Cancer
Ten years ago, at this moment, I was meeting my brand new fiancé for lunch, to pick out an engagement ring. He had *meant* to get one before popping the question, but he was never the best planner. So we went together on his lunch break and picked out a gorgeous ring with a lovely... Read more »

Passing Along the Family Magic

Passing Along the Family Magic
My grandfather was a terrible magician. That didn’t stop him from trying, and his enthusiasm and meager skill were enough to carry him through the endless shows he put on for very young children, At six years old, there was little on earth more exciting than my grandfather pulling a quarter out of my ear-... Read more »

The Moment I Knew I Was Bisexual

The Moment I Knew I Was Bisexual
In the days since the Pulse massacre, I’ve been riddled with guilt. I’m a bisexual woman, and I am part of the homophobia problem in this country. Most people who suffer from homophobia picture “the gays” as flamboyantly dressed young men in Pride parades, or butch women with shorn heads in shapeless denim. The fact... Read more »
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Paying It Forward For My Birthday

Paying It Forward For My Birthday
On the surface, you might think today would be a crappy birthday. I mean, it’s the kids’ first day of Spring Break, so there’s THAT lunacy to contend with. On top of that there’s the stress and strain of putting our home on the market- hopefully by the end of the week- which has meant... Read more »

Finding Beauty in the Midst of Grief

Finding Beauty in the Midst of Grief
It is finally snowing. I’m sitting at my MIL’s home, watching a gentle white cloud cover dry grass and evergreens while a ceaseless soundtrack of the laughter and bickering of my children wafts from the basement. A little deer is limping through the snow, hopping on three legs as it picks its way through the... Read more »

Busy as a Bumblebee

Busy as a Bumblebee
Hello, lovely readers!   You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from the blog lately. I promise you, I’m not gone for good. I’ve been writing for a few other people while I’ve been away! Here are some links to recent pieces: I Learned I Was Pregnant and Had Cancer on the Same... Read more »
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The Truth about Parental Anxiety and Marijuana

The Truth about Parental Anxiety and Marijuana
The last week has been very strange for me. I wrote an article for Cosmo about using marijuana as a parent. I figured it was a non-issue, really. Maybe because I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where there are at the very least two separate annual marijuana smoking public events aimed at normalizing and legalizing... Read more »