Marge

Instead of effusing about my mom, who I affectionately call "Marge" of "Ma", I thought I'd create a tangible list of the value she has brought to my life and the lessons she has taught me. Brace yourselves; it's a long list. Be polite. Respect yourself and others. Read. Put butter on the outside of the bread when… Continue reading Marge

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

Friends & Babies!

Normally, I don't wake up before 6am on a Saturday morning. Today, for great reason! I'll be heading to Indiana for one of my dearest friend's baby showers! I've had many friends have beautiful, lovely babies, but Britt would be my first best friend that is my age going through the process. I love hearing her… Continue reading Friends & Babies!

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

S-Town

S-Town. A podcast from Serial and This American Life. Hosted by Brian Reed. Seven chapters that I finished listening to yesterday with each episode lasting an hour, give or take. Midway through, I was already raving to anyone that would listen that this was the next investigative journalism triumph and I couldn't wait for the… Continue reading S-Town

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

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