The Steal

“Another online scam—too good to be true,” I thought when I read the apartment listing on Craigslist. But I decided to call anyway. The two-bedroom shotgun was priced at about half the current market rate... Read More

Unequal Parts

“Smile!” the photographer implored, looking straight at me as I stood in a line of people to be captured on digital. “This is a wedding.” His emphasis on the “is” made it sound as if... Read More

Tacos & Tolerance

It was nearly dinnertime on one of the last days of summer break. I’d promised my daughter—just ten days shy of turning seven—that we could have Chipotle for dinner. I had to come through on... Read More

The Sea Approaches

The Doppler radar showed a perfect pinwheel of storm clouds spinning off Cape Hatteras on the coast of North Carolina, drawing energy off the warm waters of the Gulf Stream: a nor’easter. Down on the... Read More

A Different Fight for Marriage Equality A humanist celebrant helps a couple say “I do” and the court says “No, you don’t”

On Monday, March 24, 2014, I received a phone call from a woman seeking a humanist wedding officiant. It was a pleasant surprise and a good way to start the week. She told me about... Read More

The End of Polite Conversation? Part One

This is part one of a two-part series. Click here for the conclusion. On February 26, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have made it legal for businesses to discriminate against LGBT... Read More