This essay is very personal. Probably the most personal I have ever written. I did want to put a trigger warning that it deals with being raised by a narcissistic parent.
Duane and the Sky
He was older, he was cool, I enjoyed hanging out with him. At that point, he had already started his piloting lessons and he would show me his log books, his route maps, and talk about different types of planes. This was what he loved--this was his passion.
Part 2–A Little Ball of Ground Beef
This story starts with my sister praying for a dog at bedtime. I know my sister well enough to know that she really wasn’t praying for a dog, this was a coded message to my parents. Finally, my parents got the message: my sister wanted a dog.
Part 1-OJ and Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain My father likes to retell the following story to anyone who will listen: “We were making our final descent into Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, straining our necks to get our first glimpse of our new home. When suddenly, Curtis said ‘I don’t feel good’, and proceeded to throw … Continue reading Part 1-OJ and Christ the Redeemer
"And I've got no illusions about you, guess what I never did When I say, "I'll take it" I mean as is" --Ani DeFranco
If you are offended by breasts, do not continue.
The first novela I remember watching was a “novela das 7” called “Um Sonho a Mais.” It was a light, fluffy, ridiculous story whose plot I vaguely remember only after reading about it on Wikipedia. This was my introduction to the daily, can’t miss, 6 day a week world of Brasilian soap operas.
A Little Less Afraid of the Unknown
He was real, witty, sarcastic, intelligent, kind, interested, and a complete and total badass
When You Get Lost Between the Moon and New York City
album that has stood the test of time and is remembered as an icon of its era. However, that isn’t the case.
Even just a candy bar
My parents, like many other families, were sucked in by Hallmark and we were made to participate in the “I have to show you I love you by buying you a card” machine.
My Own Billy Elliot
He was so excited to tell Amanda’s students that his mom was dating Kermit. Never, have I been so proud to be referred to as a green frog.