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Dear Cute Guy on the bus, Today's ride home seemed like it would be the usual fare of crowded seats, faux fur hood linings tickling my shoulders, coughing behind my left ear, a man preaching about this holiday's "real" reason, and a driver frustrated more and more with every time he had to slam on his brakes. And this expectation held true all the way until the Kroger stop, when half the bus unloaded. Then with the sudden opening of empty spots, everyone reshuffled and there you were across from me in the aisle giving me an oddly familiar smile. To your defense, it might not have been as o
When my mother was about 40, she married a Christian man and became a born-again Evangelical Christian. Over the next couple of years, I watched her go from being a fairly liberal non-believer to being a far-right fundamentalist who cut out everything in her life that didn't revolve around Christianity, including her job and almost all of her family. She became strongly attached to an entirely different way of thinking. Now many years later, it's become apparent that her Christian way of life has manifested itself in her being a sexually-repressed person with deep shame about simply being