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Caring for Our Wounded Warriors

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“I thought I was going to spend the next few years dreaming about retirement, not taking care of my injured son.” So said a woman in her early fifties to me at a party several years ago, as she described … Continue reading

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The Lost Generation: The 30th Anniversary of AIDS in Washington. An Oral History and Timeline

Washingtonian published my oral history and memoir in 2011, thirty years after the first AIDS cases were identified. I interviewed dozens of Washingtonians to reflect on what the early years of the epidemic were like, the toll the disease has … Continue reading

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The Stonewall Riots 40th Anniversary

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In 2009, I wrote and produced a twenty-two part, award-winning* multimedia series on the Stonewall Riots’ 40th Anniversary for AARP Media.  Coverage included writing a timeline of major events since 1958 and 10 articles, including a 1st person essay entitled … Continue reading

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Technology, Dating and You

The latest technology trends that are supposed to make life easier for us can add layers of complication to your dating life. Why? Technology opens the Pandora’s box of modern romance. Once you start texting, Internet stalking, and friending dates, … Continue reading

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Finding Pride and Home: The State of LGBT Housing

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I’m honored to win my second National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Excellence in Online Journalism Award for my Caring.com report, Finding Pride and Home: A Look at Housing for Older LGBT Adults, and to be one of Huffington Post’s … Continue reading

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Love You Bushels: A Memoir of Mom

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“In my hall closet, behind the vacuum cleaner and under a pile of books, I found the box of greeting cards.”  Like many friends my age, I’m looking for ways to latch onto memories while my parent is still here. … Continue reading

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Three Short Essays on Celebrity

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1. Why Do Celebrities Play Such A Big Part In Our Imagination? I have a theory that celebrities are just characters in my head. At any moment driving to work or walking down the street, I think about the people in … Continue reading

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Dating 101 for Boomer Women

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When it comes to dating & relationships, I write for all ages, sexes, orientations, and…just about every type that comes to mind…getting the latest from experts, interviewing people about their experiences, offering my own thoughts, and bringing the latest research … Continue reading

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Cooking Up Father’s Day Traditions

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I wonder how many chefs were inspired by their own fathers’ passion for food? Chef and Dublin native Cathal Armstrong (pronounced with silent “t”) fits the bill.  In fact, he has his cooking enthusiast dad to thank for getting him … Continue reading

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The Male Caregiver

As societal expectations catch up to the reality, the label should no longer raise an eyebrow. The sheer numbers of men in this role are impossible to ignore. Read my report on The Male Caregiver.  

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