Post Tagged with: "Cheryl Dumesnil"

Home for the Holigays
Extended family / Family

Home for the Holigays

How do people in the LGBT community feel about going home during the holiday season?

Merry Christmas 2014
Grief & loss

How My Christmas Tree Became My Grief Counselor

You know that holiday advice for the broken-of-heart: create new traditions? It doesn’t really work for newly separated co-parents, like Tracie and me, who are trying to follow a different piece of advice: keep the kids’ lives as normal as possible.

Use With Caution
Kids / Parenting

Think Twice before You Put That Elf on That Shelf

Parents beware! Keeping the magic of the holiday season alive for our kids is exhausting.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHERYL DUMESNIL
Grief & loss

7 Tips to Surviving the Holidays after Heartbreak

In addition to twice-weekly yoga classes and my fledgling meditation practice, I’ve found these seven simple actions have a surprisingly powerful impact on my mood.

When Marriage Equality Activists Break Up
Grief & loss

When Marriage Equality Activists Break Up

I know that the rights and responsibilities we gained are important not only to couples who stay married, but also those who need to separate.

My Boys of Summer
Family / Kids / Parenting

Dear Baseball, Thank You

I might remember Summer 2014 as The Summer My Marriage Broke but I also want to remember My Boys of Summer.

This Is Not Bad. This Is Not Good. This Is Change.
Family / Parenting

This Is Not Bad. This Is Not Good. This Is Change.

The last time I built an Ikea bookshelf, I was seven months pregnant with K, my almost eight-year-old. Today, I taught him how to place the screw inside the predrilled hole, how to set the drill’s Phillips-head bit into the screw’s crosshatches, and how to pull the orange trigger.   […]

Four Lessons I Learned While Surfing
Family / Parenting

Four Lessons I Learned While Surfing

As we approached the surf shack, my eight-year-old son B looked over his shoulder at the ocean and said, “I can’t wait to wipe out!” “That’s a great attitude,” I chuckled. After a fifteen-minute, on-land surf lesson, B waded into the water with his cousin M and two instructors: one […]

Taming Vesuvius: The Power of Three (or Ten) Breaths
Family / Parenting

Taming Vesuvius: The Power of Three (or Ten) Breaths

Sometimes, we have to calm an upset child when we’d rather be binge-watching The West Wing.

Keeping It Queer in the Suburbs
Books / Culture

Keeping It Queer in the Suburbs

Fourteen years ago, I moved out of San Francisco to the suburbs, to shack up with my betrothed. When you do that, move out to the suburbs, San Francisco revokes your queer credibility card at the westernmost point of the Bay Bridge.