Turning 50 in Public

Turning 50 in Public

On my 50th birthday, I took my clothes off in public. More than once. In more than one location. For over a year I’d been planning to celebrate my birthday with a burlesque performance. I started talking about it before turning 49, and I started talking about it...

It’s Party Time!

When I turned 14, I had a party in my backyard. I got a volleyball as a present, so my brother acted as the volleyball net. When I turned 16, I kept thinking I was going to get a surprise party, since no one in my family mentioned my birthday. No, it was simply...
The Unseen Angels of My Body

The Unseen Angels of My Body

Sometimes I see a photograph of myself and I’m surprised at how I look. “I didn’t know that about myself,” I say. Quietly. Sadly. Sometimes angrily. Once I saw a photo taken from behind in which I had an almost square back and upper arms like...
Pierced by Nostalgia

Pierced by Nostalgia

When I was a freshman in college, one of my new best friends was an actor. He appeared in a play during his first quarter, when he was also gaining accolades for being the first person in my dorm to get puking drunk and the first person that year to have sex in the...