When I graduated into the “real world”, I had spent 12 years in Catholic schools and was well indoctrinated. Although I think I got a great education, I’m not sure adding religion into the mix is a good idea. Two concepts that were front and center were: The idea that physical pleasure that came from … More Honor the Giver
In one of my retail gigs I sold men’s shoes. If you’ve opened a lot of boxes of shoes which I have, nothing looks nicer than opening a box and seeing shoes that have been packed well. It may sound a little strange but I’m compulsively tidy. If you are familiar with the cultural reference, … More Virgin Shoes
Around 15 years ago, we moved to a condo as our home. It involved downsizing but it met all of our requirements. It is close to parks and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. We are on a fairly high floor which gives us beautiful views. The halls are wide enough for any … More New Rule
I’m taking my daily walk or facsimile of a daily walk (too early to tell because I haven’t passed any benches yet. As soon as I step out of the building, without any encouragement on my part, my mind always begins to wander. I checked my watch in case it becomes a facsimile walk. At … More Is the Honeymoon Over?
I just left an annoyed Ed (my long-suffering husband) in the apartment. I was telling him about an article I had read but his attention was focused on the front of his cell phone. The flashlight on his phone was on while he was fiddling with something on the screen. The beam from the flashlight … More Light of my Life
Last night was my first class in Stand-Up Comedy training. I expected more of a feeling of exhilaration. Instead, I felt as though it was exactly where I was supposed to be. Growing up as a kid in Oklahoma, I was trying so hard to develop into a healthy straight young man (which deep inside … More Dallas Comedy House
One of my favorite stories to tell the younger employees and customers at my retail gig was about the difficulties I encountered when I worked the late shift. It would make me a very sympathetic figure in a story that was completely fabricated. On a slow evening I would choose a small group of young … More The Home
Many years ago, a man I worked with told me he enjoyed working with me and he had met my partner (later husband) Ed and thought he was a really nice man. However, he had to admit that as hard as he tried, he couldn’t understand the gay lifestyle. I thought about it a few … More Gay Lifestyle?
I am a man of Faith Just for my convenience, I will refer to my God as “He” in this piece. However, in truth, I don’t know whether God is male or female, tall or short or what complexion has. My God is full of love, joy and enjoys a great joke as well as … More When God Takes a Day Off
When Ed and I moved to Dallas, it was an exciting time because for the first time, we were able to meet other gay men and women. However, we were uncomfortable at first because old habits die hard. Coming from a military environment and having been closeted our entire lives, the new freedom was an … More Agog