Single in The Windy City: Part II

I don't know what the experience is like for single males these days, but I find myself experiencing a general lack of traction, options, and meaning in my efforts to meet someone. I'm hearing this from a few of my fabulous, beautiful, and successful single girlfriends as well. As someone that is proactive, I'm suprised… Continue reading Single in The Windy City: Part II

The Allure of Tragic People

Some of my favorite books, stories, films, and histories are about tragic people. You know those individuals whose stars shine so brightly and flashes across the sky so quickly, it either burns out or comes to an abrupt halt? Well, I loved reading novels like Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Virgin Suicides, etc. I still… Continue reading The Allure of Tragic People

Trixie Mattel: Now With Moving Parts

Normally on a Tuesday night, you can find me in bed, with Forensic Files blaring on in the background while playing Rollercoaster Tycoon on my cell phone, writing a blog post, or doing some other relatively inane activity. Usually my pants are way above my waist at this point. Well, this Tuesday, I did something different.… Continue reading Trixie Mattel: Now With Moving Parts

The Power of Choice

Most people when they're younger have the tendency to think, feel, and act in extremes. Gray area doesn't exist. I was not an exception. The pattern I found myself in as a younger person was choosing to buy into the darkness (negativity) instead of the lightness (positivity). Even less common would be my acknowledgment that… Continue reading The Power of Choice

Staying in Touch via Social Media

Growing up, social success to me was tantamount to having as many friends as possible. I went to an exceptionally large high school, with a graduating class of over 1400. I knew a lot of people and I thought that was important; more important than the relatively frequent turnover that was occurring in my friend… Continue reading Staying in Touch via Social Media

The Audacity of Apathy

When I started my blog, my bio included a laundry list of topics I planned to cover. It also included a rather abrupt proviso that I would never discuss politics or religion on here. I wanted this to be a source of escapism, not only for myself, but for anyone that might stumble across it or read… Continue reading The Audacity of Apathy

Whimsically Volatile

New podcast alert! And surprise; it isn't true crime related. "Whimsically Volatile" is a podcast hosted by one of my favorite drag queens, Katya Zamolodchikova (Brian McCook) and Craig MacNeil, his longtime friend from Boston as well as director, producer, DJ, etc. I discovered Katya not from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7 or All Stars 2, which made… Continue reading Whimsically Volatile

Crazy Beautiful: Vivien Leigh & Mental Illness

When I was aged 12, I read Margaret Mitchell's only novel, "Gone With The Wind", with the kind of fervor you can expect from a future English major and insecure preteen. What captivated me the most was the protagonist, Scarlett O'Hara; a beautiful, selfish, pragmatic, intelligent, and chameleon like woman who not only survives the… Continue reading Crazy Beautiful: Vivien Leigh & Mental Illness

An Interview with Writer/Blogger, Emily (Ember Grey)

I have the great fortune of knowing Emily, an incredible person that also happens to be a fantastic, successful and passionate writer/blogger among many other things. She has been a huge inspiration and source of encouragement for this blog and I'm lucky to call her a personal friend as well! I asked Emily a few… Continue reading An Interview with Writer/Blogger, Emily (Ember Grey)

Orcas

Did you like Free Willy? Neither did I. In retrospect, the concept I agree with, but Orcinus orca, also known as the killer whale, is truly the stuff of nightmares. It's the stuff of my regular nightmares. It all started with watching the award-winning documentary Blackfish, on Netflix a few years ago. I've always enjoyed nature related documentaries,… Continue reading Orcas