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When It All Came Crashing Down, Part I

I have shared insights with you about my youth, adolescence, and early adulthood. You’ve read along, as I told you how my father’s alcoholism and drug abuse wasted away his life and my childhood. We walked together through this journey, and the whole time you’ve never been clued in to what happened on that fateful day.
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Family


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Confessions of an Alcoholic

Critics have been especially — well — critical of the movie When a Man Loves a Woman and, despite his Oscar nomination, Denzel Washington’s Flight. Those are two of my favorite movies, not for some praiseworthy contribution to cinematic history but for their ability to pit alcoholic versus alcohol, for their accurate portrayal of addicts constantly haunted by a liquid that gives them both pleasure and pain, both freedom and captivity.
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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Family


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A Game of Taboo, Anyone?

In much of the Midwest, particularly Wisconsin, online dating is still very much a taboo subject. When you mention that you have a dating profile, looks of shame and judgment, coupled with hand-over-the-mouth gasps, typically follow. It’s normal. Expect it.
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Love


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Anti-Social Dating in a Social-Media World

In my last piece of anecdotal prose, I mentioned that living with my parents has come with a mixed bag of pros and cons, one of those cons being how to tell a potential suitor that I live at home (yes, I used the word “suitor”). Perhaps I’ve been out of “the game” far too long, but dating sure has changed. Since my last relationship, my struggles have been like learning how to ride a bike…again.

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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Love


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The Not-So-Trivial Pursuit of Happiness

I just finished reading The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. In it, author Eric Weiner turns the world over to learn what makes the pronounced happiest places in the world so, well, darn happy. The basic conclusion, as you might guess, is that happiness is subjective and defined differently by different people. And subjectivity varies greatly as you cross borders and time zones.
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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Love


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It Is What It Is: Lessons Learned From a Smoking Elephant

Those who know me also know that I hate the cliché “It is what it is.” Maybe hate is a strong word; I never really understood it. What is it really saying? If I ask you what something is and you respond with, “It is what it is,” don’t expect gratitude for your over-simplified clarification. Very slowly read it aloud to yourself and contemplate its meaning: It. Is. What. It. Is.
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Lifestyle, Love


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Disbelief, Apathy, and Panic

Disbelief. That was the only emotion I could muster after what had been a tumultuous year in my employment world. While my supervisor, already relocated to NYC with her family, decided if her future was truly invested in the company (or another one), I was told to “sit tight” and to continue working remotely. She would have discussions with her boss and conclude a course of action (or reaction) from those conversations.
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Career


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