Category Archives: Life

How Do “Normal” People Make Friends?

We had a nice, quiet Christmas, as is our usual custom. We pretty much just hang out all day and enjoy our presents and our good food, and watch a couple Christmas-themed movies. It’s a low-key way to enjoy the holiday. After my son went to bed, and my husband and I continued our annual… Continue Reading

On the Lighter Side: Are You Ultra Spiritual?

This killed me. I laughed so hard when I saw this. This sort of approach to life and spirituality can be found in most religions, as well. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can find someone who are ultra spiritual in these ways. It’s funny because sometimes it’s true. Hope… Continue Reading

On My Fresh-ish Start

It’s been a crazy few months. It’s been non-stop, one thing after another. And not in in the way Miranda’s Summer of Awesome was a few years ago. This year, it’s been more like a train careening out of control. There’s been a lot going on, and most of it’s been stressful. Some of it’s… Continue Reading

As Long As It’s Not Someone You Know

“Let’s say it wasn’t my heart. Not me. Just a star you didn’t know.” This quote is from one of my all-time favorite movies, Stardust. (The movie is based on the book of the same name by one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, although the book and movie are quite different.) In it, Yvaine is a star,… Continue Reading

Scout Camp and My Lady Parts

The LDS Church has an interesting relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. In the United States, the Church is such a big part of Scouting that the BSA doesn’t want to anger Church leadership and face the threat of withdrawal. While the Church is ok with homosexual boys joining Scouts, the Church (and other… Continue Reading

Shopping for Religion: Finding a Faith that Fits You

There is a long list of people who are surprised to discover that I’m LDS. Some of these folks include people who grew up with me — people who figured that I would have moved on by now. It’s difficult for them to understand how a feminist and a staunch GLBTQ ally attends church in… Continue Reading

On the Inconveniences of Feeling Crappy

I’ve been sick for something like two weeks. Not the oh-my-gosh-I’m-going-to-die type of sick all the time. Instead, it’s been a long slow slog of misery, punctuated by oh-my-gosh-I-wish-I-could-die moments. My journey began just as the month of May was getting underway. I thought I was fortunate because, even though I spent half the night puking,… Continue Reading

Coming to Grips with My Son’s Common Core Math Lessons

When my son was in first grade, I began noticing that some of his math lessons were different to the math lessons I had growing up. For the next couple of years, this frustrated me. I didn’t always “get” the point of the lessons, and some of the work seemed needlessly complicated. I lashed out… Continue Reading

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