Category Archives: Family

The Vulnerability in Weddings

Wedding planning.  I was hopelessly, laughably naive. I’m taking a moment here to breathe.  My high anxiety personality is not conducive to planning an event, especially when it’s my own. If I were doing this for someone else, it would … Continue reading

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Dead Fish Stares and Eye-Rolling

There has never been, nor will there ever be, an experience in the universe more humbling or demoralizing than parenting a teenager. In the interest of keeping it real and not just painting a pretty picture for the general public, … Continue reading

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Decision Day – As it Happened

We knew it was coming, one way or the other. The buzz (and the anxiety) had grown to a palpable level in our community, in our house, between friends and families, kids and adults. Like so many Junes before, opinion … Continue reading

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Whiplash

You are legal strangers to each other… Jodi is a legal stranger to her daughter … You can’t get married … You can’t get a civil union … You can get a civ… no, they shut down the government to prevent it …You can … Continue reading

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High School Residue

In the past two days, I’ve toured three different high schools. By this evening’s end, it will be four. By the end of next week, we’ll have attended four more events at those schools. I am drowning in high school … Continue reading

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The Real New Year

As a parent, the first day of school is ‘the new year’ to me.  January 1st seems almost trivial in comparison.  It’s August that holds the promise and excitement of starting over as you help them assemble school supplies, notebooks, … Continue reading

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Repost: Reflections on a Union May 1, 2013

One year ago this morning, it was snowing outside, the ground already covered with a few inches that had fallen overnight, and I was having breakfast at The Buff with my new spouse (technically, ‘party to a civil union’ but *eye-roll*) … Continue reading

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What Does a Kid Know about Marriage … Quite a Bit, Actually.

PFLAG National filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit in the marriage equality appeals.  It filed a similar brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Prop 8 case.  Their approach is to tell stories of inequality not just … Continue reading

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Explaining Inequality to Children

Earlier today I was discussing with another attorney the Utah and Oklahoma Tenth Circuit appeals regarding same-sex marriage. He asked me if it was hard to explain our family to our daughter or Jodi’s role in her life since I’m … Continue reading

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The Divine Miss M enters the teen years

January 8, 2001, 8:45 p.m. Thirteen years ago.  That’s when my whole life changed, cliché as it sounds.   I think, in hindsight, I was too young and too naive … but she arrived, anyway.  Since that moment, everything has … Continue reading

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