Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas Eve, 1986

Christmas Eve 1986 I was a freshman in college. I lived in a downtown apartment with my roommate Bill, his boyfriend Mark, and various other people who found themselves needing a place to stay. We had a Christmas Tree decorated … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

One of the things I remember about the Newtown shootings last year is that I was going that afternoon to my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. I could not wait to get to school and see my then six-year-old son, a … Continue reading

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Ruining Santa Claus (and the Tooth Fairy)

For most of my life I’ve been led to believe that I have a great imagination. In my younger years, thanks to parents and unauthorized parties and boyfriends and unauthorized other boyfriends, and minimum wage employers and unauthorized hangovers, I … Continue reading

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On Grocery Lists and Love

One of the clearest signs that I am in my parents’ house is the word “oleo” pseudo-legibly scribbled in pencil on the backside of an envelope held on to the refrigerator by a magnet. Oleo is a useful word to … Continue reading

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