Coming to terms with my seasonal selves

 Showed up at the airport for the first time since the beginning of the year, and understandably received exclamations of "Where have you been?!" "Haven't seen you in awhile!" "You been busy?" from friends at our first potluck of the season....more

What Would Change If You Could See What I See?

“Growing up, when all the other kids were daydreaming about being doctors, firefighters, and veterinarians, I was the one shrinking down in my chair, hoping the teacher didn’t call on me . [May dad] taught me to believe I could do something meaningful with my life. That I could make an impact, you know? . But the truth is, I’m scared. Scared he’s right, and I’m totally blowing it. And even more afraid he’s wrong.” Eyes Unveiled ...more

Peter Pan: My First Lesbian Role Model

NBC is devoting its primetime block this Thursday night to a live production of Peter Pan. I'm excited — Peter Pan was my first lesbian role model....more

Writing As Therapy

I know I said a couple weeks ago that I would be posting about cartoons on Mondays during November, but my heart’s not there today. Sorry, everyone who was looking forward to hearing me talk about the Bubble Guppies. Please accept this GIF of Wednesday Addams dancing as a token of my contrition....more

Why I Can't Answer "Where Are You From?"

“Hey, where are you from? Your accent…”People love to guess where I’m from, but the problem is, I don’t really have an answer to that question, and I’m pretty sure all Third Culture Kids (3CKs) don’t either.‘Third Culture Kid’ is a term usually applied to people that were raised outside their parents’ culture, and moved through more than one culture before they had time to develop their own cultural identity....more

Stratocasters, Tattoos, and Poker-Playing Grandmas

I played a Fender Stratocaster today.OK, well “played” may be too strong a word here, but I strummed a chord. An actual chord that my little fingers created on the fretboard from memory. And it sounded good....more

Where is YOUR place?

When I lived in Victoria, the pull to connect with nature invariably drew me to the oceanfront, where breathing in the crispness of the salty, seaweed-scented air and watching the sun come alive in scattered sparkles on the tips of the waves was refreshing, renewing. The ocean was life to me, invigorating and powerful, so vast and seemingly limitless yet, somehow, contained in and part of my own identity. The ocean was MY place. ...more

Searching For Destiny

I know a young woman. Let's call her "Jane." Jane is a bright girl, perfectly capable of holding her own in most settings. She's very well spoken and, yes, she's pretty, too.  She graduated high school three years ago and she's on a quest to find her calling in life....more

The Reluctant Mommy Blogger

It happened again a few days ago. Someone asked me what I write about.I, naturally, wanted to jump into a hole....more

Everything I Need to Know about Myself I Can Learn from a Buzzfeed Quiz

But recently, it occurred to me that all these activities are superfluous to my quest to get down at the marrow of who I am. Why give birth, suffer buyer’s remorse, and edit my memories for a blog post when I could just take a quiz that will point me into the direction of what is essentially me? Enter Buzzfeed. ...more
lauriewrites  Thank you so much, Laurie! You have very good taste, so if you were a fashion ...more