Quilted Lovin'

Friends and regular readers know what an amazing attitude and spirit Ken had–always–and it continued after his cancer diagnoses. In fact, it got even stronger. In addition, he always possessed what he and I termed “a need to create”…crafts, cards, artwork. On Monday I received a intimate reminder of his creativity–as well as a beautiful…

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A Word about "Social Impotence Disorder"

In case you missed this news article carried by all the outlets: A new disease has been identified by a researcher in Chicago. “Social Impotence Disorder” (SID) is characterized by the inability to “get it up” for social interactions of any kind. It often occurs after the death of a loved one, and is accompanied…

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truly madly deeply

I got an email from my girl Kathy the other day. Just a short note while she was at work to tell me she loved me (as I’m so fortunate to hear regularly). She signed it about loving me truly, madly and deeply. A memory conjured for me. When Ken and I first started dating,…

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An Ode to Kurt Hummel

***Spoiler Alert** if you haven’t watched this week’s episode of “Glee” yet. Fox’s hit teen singing dramedy “Glee” has long been a guilty pleasure of mine. Not just because I think it has the largest “per capita” gay characters of any television show since “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” but the story lines of…

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A Self-Indulgent Day Off

What is it about a day off work that can make you feel like the possibilities of the day or innumerable and exciting? Also, this streak of spring-like weather doesn’t hurt either. (I wasn’t aware today was President’s Day when I scheduled this day off a couple of weeks ago.) Since I was foiled in…

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Changing It Up

It was a clear and sunny day in Chicago today. After sleeping in, I rolled out of bed and headed to my favorite coffee shop for a few hours of writing and maybe some prep for the upcoming work week. On the way I passed a new retail curiosity which billed itself as a “child…

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The V Day Gauntlet

Ken always scoffed at the idea of Valentine’s Day. A Hallmark Holiday, he’d call it. But the truth is, he just didn’t believe it should be relegated to one day a year. He was always presenting me or surprising me with beautiful cards he designed and filled with sweet nothings. I have collected some of…

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A Book in a Day

“The Rules of Inheritance” was released on February 2. I woke up that morning to an email from Amazon.com, letting me know the book had been delivered to my Kindle. Up and out of bed with the excitement of a toddler on Christmas morning, I grabbed my iPad and curled up in a chair in…

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Quick Hit: A Favorite Thing

I haven’t had a chance to sit down and blog this past week, though–as always–I have continued making notes on things that strike my fancy, and that I think would make for a good blog. Until I have time to sit down and write something more substantial (the wheels are already turning), I wanted to…

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