Posts in category "Growing up"

Letters to a new mom: Letting your child's light shine

Dear New Mom, Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy!  Being a new mom is one of the most wonderful, yet terrifying, things we can ever be blessed with.  I know as a new mom you are being bombarded with advice from all angles but bare with me. When I was a new parent,... Read more »

Coming to terms with being a forty-something wallflower

I have a confession to make.  I am a forty-something year old wallflower.  There I admit it. Dictionary.com defines a wallflower as “a person who, because of shyness, unpopularity, or lack of a partner, remains at the side at a party or dance.”  That describes me to a tee. By nature, I am shy and... Read more »

Choosing a theme song for my life

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h8GUCQQZS64" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br><br> The very first song that came to mind was Reflection sung here by Christina Aguilera from the Disney movie Mulan.  I actually did a whole post on this song last year.  For way too long the words of this song described my life.  There was girl inside that only in 2010 did I let the world see.  But as much as I love this song, it really no longer applies - I've let the girl out and she aint going back in.
Music has always been an important part of my life.  Whether it was playing clarinet in the school band, singing in the choir or just lip syncing  to songs blaring on the radio, I have always had an intense relationship with music.  Music has a powerful way of allowing us to express ourselves in ways... Read more »
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Conquering the fear of coming out

Conquering the fear of coming out
It took a life time to come to the point of accepting myself. Fear controlled me. Don’t make the same mistake I did. This is something that I have written on quite a bit but I feel it always good to keep telling the story. ALL through high school and for many years after, I... Read more »

A Child's Fear

All through my life I have loved telling stories.  Whether it was my active imagination as a small child or writing potential screen plays for Hollywood, I have always found telling stories a great diversion to life. For a short time during my high school years, that diversion took the form of poetry.  As a... Read more »

The love of a parent saved my life

Trans Man Chooses death.  Those four words captured my attention and broke my heart.  As I read the story I was struck not only that this man had chosen to end his life, but that he never felt the love of a parent and that, in it self, might have saved him, I know it... Read more »
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Tough Love – a letter to my younger self

Dear Mark, Pardon me, but I think you need some tough love and I need to be blunt and extremely honest.  Life at 18 may seem tough, but you haven’t seen anything yet.  Your life is going to be a roller coaster of emotions and experiences.  Some good, some great and some are going to... Read more »

A Boy's First Cubs Game

A Boy's First Cubs Game
A child’s first Major League baseball game is always something to treasure. A child has many firsts in their life. And for a parent, it is extra special to be there to witness those events.  Your child’s first steps, their first words, the first time they ride a bike on two wheels – all fantastic... Read more »

Raising a glass to the Class of 1988

Class reunions! That celebration of how old we really are.  Some dread this tradition of reconnecting with memories and people from the past.  Others . . . love them.  I, personally, fall somewhere in between.  I do love being able to see friends outside of the confines of social media, whether it be at the... Read more »
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The Best Greeting Card I ever got.

Hallmark. Carlton. Day Spring. And countless more greeting card companies make millions of dollars by playing on the emotions and sentimentality of people around the world.  There is a greeting card for nearly every major life event imaginable.  Weddings. Births. Deaths. Divorce. Baptism. Confirmation. And on and on and on. For many they walk into... Read more »
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