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love wins.

June 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment


Last week was a pretty incredible one.  As I’m sure you all know by now, the Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling affirming the right to marriage on behalf of all United States Citizens, no matter their sexual orientation.

And on Friday morning, minutes after the decision was published, I sat down, read the opinion, and cried tears of joy. 

In our world, progress often comes very slowly and then all at once.  This victory was the result of years of courage and patience on behalf of the litigants, attorneys, and the entire LGBT community.  It was a long time coming.  Too long.  But it came.  And it was so beautiful when my Facebook page was suddenly filled with rainbow profile pictures in celebration. 

There were a number of moving passages in the Supreme Court’s opinion, but my favorite was this: “The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times.”  We all come of age in a society that we didn’t shape, with influences around us that put a filter on what we view as wrong and right.  And seeing through that filter — realizing that injustice exists and needs to be fixed — is the best thing we can do for each other. 

Our rights as citizens are stronger when they are applied equally.  Marriage, as an institution, is stronger when everyone is given equal access to it.  Our Constitution didn’t create privileges for a select few.  It acknowledged certain human rights, under the law, for everyone. 

This was a legal victory, of course.  And it was a personal victory for the millions of LGBT citizens whose rights were affected by the decision.  But it was also a human rights victory for our country and the world. 

It’s fitting that the weekend that followed celebrated LGBT Pride, because that’s exactly what I felt when I read the Supreme Court’s opinion.  I felt incredibly proud. 

Congratulations to all the newlyweds this week!

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changing times

June 23rd, 2015 · 3 Comments

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He’s so big these days! 

Bear started walking a few months ago, and I know it’s such a cliche to say this, but, seriously, chasing down a toddler is exactly as exhausting as it sounds!  He is such a blast these days — my tiny baby suddenly turned into a little boy!  I still can’t believe how fast it’s gone.  (Another cliche, but still completely true.)

And here’s a new thing… he dances!  One morning, I was singing a song to him and he started dancing — it was actually the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. 

My little guy can totally groove!

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments


Somehow, in all the months of being pregnant, it never occurred to me that I would be such a new mother on Mother’s Day this year.  But as a mom of two weeks, I already feel differently about the holiday — and part of that is so much gratitude for my own wonderful mother.

From when I first got pregnant, I’ve had a new understanding of all the many ways that my parents cared for me.  If I’m lucky, Bear will grow up with the same unconditional love and support that I did, and will be a better, happier, and more loving person because of it. 

My parents came down to Houston the day that the baby was born, and my mom spent the entire weekend in the hospital — literally, 24/7.  As we were checking out, we snapped this picture.

I’m so very grateful for her presence in my life, today and always.  So a big happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there — especially mine!

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