Category: spirituality

I'm 18 years sober! (so where is all that "beyond my wildest dreams" stuff?)

Caveat: If you are in the first year of your sobriety, close this tab and go to a meeting. Nothing to see, here. Also: if you are in the first five years of your sobriety, subscribe to my blog at the link up top, bookmark this post, then come back in about a decade. But…if... Read more »

On the impending murder of my favorite tree (and the hypothetical Lifetime movie about said murder)

On the impending murder of my favorite tree (and the hypothetical Lifetime movie about said murder)
They are going to murder my favorite tree in a couple of months and I’m absolutely devastated.  I’m talking about the kind of devastation that has me crying so hard on my commute that drivers in the cars around me get uncomfortable if they catch my eye. ‘Willow Smith’ and I have been buddies for nine... Read more »

When "The Good News" and "The Bad News" are one and the same

When "The Good News" and "The Bad News" are one and the same
The Good News: when I travel out west to spend a few days with friends, that scary, sharp ‘n stabby insanity that I manage – aggressively – on a daily basis gradually subsides and I am, once again, an even-keeled woman. What a gift to know it doesn’t have to be that way! The Bad... Read more »
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Doesn't God talk to everyone through Hallmark Channel movies?

Doesn't God talk to everyone through Hallmark Channel movies?
For me, turning on a random Hallmark Movie Channel is much like randomly opening an ancient spiritual tome and reading from the middle of the page: I’m always given some sage spiritual advice that is relevant to my current situation. It’s freak-ehhh. On tonight’s Hallmark Channel movie, Andrew McCarthy was a cowboy-hat-wearing recluse who lived on... Read more »

There's no such thing as 'just another ultrasound'

There's no such thing as 'just another ultrasound'

What is the 2nd question you would ask God after you die?

What is the 2nd question you would ask God after you die?
If the Little Golden Book version of eternal life turns out to be true, and we wait in line at a set of pearly gates before entering a land of cotton candy clouds and eternal free cable, I think we can all agree that the first question we would ask God is: Why pediatric cancer?... Read more »
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How a $3 sewing kit restored my faith in humanity

How a $3 sewing kit restored my faith in humanity
I don’t know if it’s because of the heat …or the political ascent of the Orange Shithead …or a wonky side effect of my new meds …or a mid-life crisis… or some combination of all of the above BUT: lately life has been a bit of a slog. Even so, the only thing more annoying... Read more »

How to have a broken heart and still be a good parent

How to have a broken heart and still be a good parent
The world has broken my heart, It’s not been just one thing that has taken me out. It’s been a long slow burn of suck. To  deflect accountability for his own shame and self-loathing, a closeted gay man adopted the mask of a “radical extremist” and slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.... Read more »

Why I hate Misericordia Candy Days

Why I hate Misericordia Candy Days
What? How can anyone hate Misericordia Candy Days: two days in April when thousands of guardians and volunteers show up at major intersections across Chicago seeking small donations for Misericordia, a widely respected agency on the north side that provides residential, social, and medical services to hundreds of adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. What’s to... Read more »
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If I were to die tomorrow, here is what I know right now

Sometimes words invade my head like a catchy tune – and the only way to exorcise them is to sing them out loud. And for two days now, a single, tuneless phrase has played itself over and over in my mind: “If I were to die, tomorrow, here is what I know right now…” I know,... Read more »