The worst job I ever had: UPS customer counter at Christmas

In honor of the Christmas season, I’m pulling out an oldie but a goodie out of the archives.  The following is a 100% true story I wrote for my personal web site back in 1997 before the days of blogs.  Enjoy. The worst job I ever had was a temp job working the customer counter … More The worst job I ever had: UPS customer counter at Christmas

It Gets Better

Hi.  My name is Ann.   I grew up gay in Texas in the 1980’s.  It wasn’t easy but I made it through.  And I’m here to tell you that it gets better. I always knew I was different.  I was absolutely wired this way.  My first crush was on a girl named Dena when I … More It Gets Better

If loving you is wrong I don’t want to be right: Is my heated mattress pad going to kill me?

My new favorite guilty pleasure is my heated mattress pad I got a Fred Meyer (for 75% off last April!).  After a long day just knowing my bed will be toasty warm when I get in is so exciting!  (Yes, in the past I’ve been accused of being too easy to please). But just like … More If loving you is wrong I don’t want to be right: Is my heated mattress pad going to kill me?

Lady Bird Johnson

I grew up in Austin, Texas and the LBJs (Lady Bird and Lyndon Baines) were an anchor in the cultural landscape.  There was the LBJ Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, LBJ State Park, LBJ High School… I grew up thinking of him more as belonging to Texas than being the nation’s president.  He got … More Lady Bird Johnson

Surprise Machine

Clearing out some old Wall Street Journals last night I happened upon an article called "Why Preparing for Failure Can Bring You Success" and it included a term that I can’t get out of my head: Surprise Machine.  Doesn’t that sound like a fun band? Or maybe I should rename this blog! So spin-meisters of … More Surprise Machine