Monthly Archives: November 2010

Dark Night: On Soul and God

March 22, 2004, is a day I will not soon forget.  A day I shouldn’t forget. At exactly three o’clock in the morning, my body radiated from its core with the kind of heat that woke me up only to make … Continue reading

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Old Habits are a Drag: On Body Image

Big hair, fertility goddess hips and breasts, eyelashes that coyly punctuate sassy words, long nails and defined muscles: I love me some drag queens. I don’t even care about the performances—whether lip synching or cutting down audience members.  What I … Continue reading

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The Worst Thanksgiving Poem Ever

I’m thankful for the smell of roasted turkey             Though I haven’t eaten it in twenty years. I’m thankful for the idea of veggie turkey,             Because bless their hearts, they tried. I’m thankful for the green bean casserole             … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Christmas: On Loss, Acceptance and Grace

The tree was smaller than the year before.  Usually much larger, past Christmas trees strained and puffed themselves to fill the sunken family room parenthesized by an entire wall of brick at one end and a long bar at the other.  … Continue reading

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Masquerade: On Religion

Venice: a city much visited yet rarely enjoyed.  At least for the average day-tripper caught in the piazza of San Marco.  Tourists push each other in languages that here sound ugly.  Pigeons, overfed and entitled, strut like the doges of … Continue reading

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In Walked a Child: On Change

The old man’s face had already slackened; as the skin pulled downward, the cheeks rounded.  Although almost completely devoid of color, the cheeks managed to shine, rejoicing in a prominence they never had.  His face had become an afterglow; how lovely … Continue reading

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