Tag Archives: dialogue

Stress monkey

“It’s probably good,” I tell her, “I’ve never had a little dog before. Clearly I let Hazel get away with murder. Is she the most neurotic creature ever? No doubt. But she’s so adorable.”

“Like dog, like owner,” Mary says.

“What do you mean? I’m … Read more

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Self. Reliant.

I grew up with a therapist. My father was an Army chaplain, and a family-systems therapist. For years I have been skeptical of both vocations: ministry and therapy. I live with a therapist now, and it’s odd. She does so much good in the world. … Read more

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My interview with my wife. Not on video.

“Wanna interview me?”
“Sure. Oh, you mean, now?”
“Kinda.”
“I don’t get time to think about my questions?”
“No, you do.”
“HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK? ………….. Jill, that’s the first question.”
“Oh, we’re not interviewing on video?”
“No. You … Read more

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Marriage Project, Day 35

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Marriage Project, Day 2

Thinking about what I’d write for the Marriage Project, I had this terrible urge to argue. And then it drained away, and I got this instead:

I watched a barn raising when I was a kid, and envied all of them. Why wouldn’t you … Read more

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Marriage Project, Day 1

So, I got my wife to kick off the Marriage Project:

Women in White

I am dreading the next few months because my State has passed a marriage equality bill through the House and Senate and, sometime next week amid much fanfare, the Governor … Read more

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The Trip

Yesterday we watched that little indy film, The Trip, with Steve Coogan playing Steve Coogan. I was trying to remember the last time I heard people in a film talking intelligently about the geography of places of interest. Or watched straight men recite poetry to … Read more

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Please don’t put this in your blog

Ah, disclosure. Let’s discuss disclosure. When is it OK to disclose? I work with large numbers and multiple clients. I disclose nothing about my work to anyone. Not to my other clients. Not to you. Financials are always confidential.

Mary works as an addiction therapist. … Read more

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Sheltered

During the tour of Dachau Concentration Camp, the guide told us the ovens had never been used. They were built, but only for show. This was 1980. Sure. The ovens were just for show. Nobody would put people inside them. I walked through the concentration … Read more

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The slippery slope to lesbianism

Most of these stories have a format. When I met her, I admired her. And then I realized I wanted to be like her. And then I realized I was in love with her.

Sounds pretty simple. Except, the first time it happens, nothing about … Read more

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