On Marriage

I have never been married, and there was more of a stigma about that when I was 22 than there is in a post-Sex in the City society. When I was 22, I figured I would get married, when I met the right guy and the circumstances were right. I wasn’t waiting for anything more…

My first boyfriend

I met Michael* and his girlfriend Regina* during the first week of my freshman year of college. Michael was a senior, Regina was a sophomore, and they were clearly in love. Well, it became clear over time that Michael was in love with Regina. By Thanksgiving break, Regina had broken up with Michael, so I…

Cuddling

It’s a chilly, wet November Thursday evening, and I’m fresh out of inspiration and energy and writing topics. I’m snuggled on the couch under the dusty rose comforter that I bought for my dorm room 26 years ago, watching the University of Pittsburgh’s basketball team play Maryland on ESPN2. This gorgeous cat (Charlotte Brontë) is…

National Unfriend Day

Have you heard that tomorrow has been dubbed National Unfriend Day by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel? From the website: Jimmy Kimmel has declared a new holiday on November 17th – National UnFriend Day. NUD is the international day when all Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out…

Steeler Monday

“It was so much easier when I didn’t care.” I don’t remember the first time I said those words to my younger brother, because I have repeated them so many times. I remember his response, though: “Welcome to my world.” There are many things I have consistently cared about through the years. My family, my…

When Harry Met Sally

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, I spent part of my Friday evening watching (again) the movie When Harry Met Sally. I have no idea how many times I’ve seen this film, but it’s safe to say many. So many, in fact, that I can almost quote it, scene for scene. This movie is…

Popcorn Dialogues

So, here’s my Friday night plan: Eat a bowl of Cap’n Crunch for dinner. (Check!) Pop some corn. (Check!) Watch the movie When Harry Met Sally. (Soon.) Read a little from Heat Wave, the novel by fictional novelist Richard Castle. (Later.) Go to sleep. (Much later.) Tomorrow, I will download the Popcorn Dialogues podcast by…

Family tree

I wrote a while back about my fascination with the whole genealogy craze, as evidenced by TV shows like NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS’s Faces of America. What I know about my own so-called roots is pretty shallow, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right? My mom and dad grew up…