A Hallmark Moment

From the time I was an adolescent, buying a Father's Day card for my dad was always challenging. Rows upon rows of greetings depicting fishing poles, cars, and remote controls pointed at football games didn't represent my dad at all. Neither did flowery messages about how much he means to me and … [Read more...]

Closet Contents

When you hear the phrase +ACI-coming out of the closet+ACI you probably do not immediately think of the significance of the word +ACI-closet.+ACI We all know what a closet is. It is the space we hang up clothes, the space as kids we threw everything into when mom said +ACI-You're not going anywhere until you clean … [Read more...]

Long Without a Tribe

+ACY-nbsp+ADs There must be others like me. Where are they? It took me more than three decades to even ask this question. The journey began on Father's Day, 1975, when I asked my dad if had ever been unfaithful to Mom. He'd always been a shameless flirter. I was 24. He stunned me by … [Read more...]

The Family You Make

It???s November, it???s Thanksgiving and I think we all spend this time of year thinking about family and reflecting on the past. I???m no different. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. There was just something about it. We spent much of my childhood and several years through high school … [Read more...]

Family Has No Limits

Growing up our family home never felt calm or comfortable to me. It was hard to predict when someone would start yelling at someone else, it felt like people were always hurriedly passing through the front door, and all of the constant action took place over the TV that was playing in the … [Read more...]