A quick shopping trip to a trendy clothing boutique should never result in an impromptu strip show before a handful of complete strangers. Unless, of course, you have my luck.
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My father's first hope for each of his four unborn children was simple. He wanted us to have penises. A Latino man can hide many things, not his machismo. Before we had time to take our first breaths, three of his newborn babies had time to disappoint him.
When your fiance has an idea, you listen. When it concerns your wedding, you brace yourself.
When the rich and famous get married in the United States, expectations are high in terms of expenses. They're low in terms of class. We presume a deal will be worked out with a gossip magazine for the first official photos. A reality TV special will probably air. And, a bridal designer's name will be mentioned more than the mother-of-the-bride's.
Since Caller ID went mainstream in the mid-'90s, you might be hard-pressed to recall the last time you got a call provoking you to check if, indeed, your refrigerator was running. Likewise, heavy breathing on the other end of the line now usually indicates the caller is out of shape, not a pervert. That's because the question "who's calling?" is answered before the call itself.
There's a runner inside Isabella Manzanares. The 10-year-old hears her voice whenever she feels her body surrendering to the Las Vegas heat, nagging her to stop in her tracks and quit this running thing for good.
Being friends with my 18-year-old nephew on Facebook has meant getting used to things like status updates that start with the word "um," self-portraits taken in his private studio - also known as his bathroom - and YouTube links that make his aunt marvel over our youth's usage of free time.
My mom likes jewelry. I decided to start there.
It was supposed to be a time of relaxation. We had a beach, wristbands ensuring endless cocktails and unseasonably warm weather.
Meredith Toddre is well aware of autism, not just in April - National Autism Awareness Month - but every month of the year, each day of the week, all the moments of her life.
This is a love story. It's about two people who met, became friends, bonded over a common interest and fell for each other. The rest is history.
Nicknames stick. Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes not. For the girl I knew as "Ramona" from fifth grade well into adulthood, it was traumatizing.
Our backyard is in full bloom. Tall yellow flowers tower over white fluffy ones that sprawl into prim, pink ones. It's a lovely sight that I've only recently started to fully appreciate.
If you want a little girl to feel a connection with religion, show her a fancy white dress and a veil to match. That's all it took for me. The day I made my first Communion was the day I felt proud to be Catholic.
To pull off the perfect April Fools' joke, one must first find the perfect April fool. When you're 11 years old and the third of four children, that points to one person and one person alone: your younger sibling.
The thought of moving forward after losing a child is something only those who haven't lost a child can easily grasp. For Drew and Barbara Stevens, whose 12-year-old son Josh died in an accident 3½ years ago, the concept is still lost on them.
Dean Garrett, who played on Indiana's 1987 NCAA Tournament title team, is now a supervisor at the Flamingo sports book. His alma mater faces the overall No. 1 seed Kentucky tonight.
We adopted our dog Penny two years ago. My husband and I wanted a puppy of our own, but the thought of puddle-stained carpets and Jimmy Chews poisoned all the cuteness of that idea. A 2-year-old pooch suited us much better, we decided.
This is the time of year when women shrug off the fact that God gave us the burden of childbirth. And, we all but forget that we earn 77.4 cents for every dollar our male counterparts earn.
Everyone has that family member who tests the grit of their teeth and the roll of their eyes. Luckily, mine is part of the extended family, not the immediate. Still, when I got her Facebook friend request a couple of years back I felt like a captured fugitive.
I think they smelled the hip-hop on me.
Some little girls grow up using their hairbrush as a microphone, make-believing they'll one day reach rock star status. This little girl grew up using her hairbrush as a microphone, make-believing I'd one day deliver an Oscar speech.
Amber Horner spends a lot of time in her bedroom. Two TVs, bookshelves filled to maximum capacity, video game consoles, a cage for her pet rats, posters plastering each wall and a box for her hamsters all indicate as much. She recently had to make...
Richard Kronen goes big or goes home -- without a fiancee. The 52-year-old entrepreneur has proposed marriage twice, once with a rolling billboard and again with an airplane sign. The first engagement didn't pan out. The second led to a marriage...
In a little over three weeks I turn 35 years old. Mathematicians will notice that's just five years away from an age to which Hallmark dedicates many racks and many cracks. Does it scare me, inspire overwhelming doom or bring me to binge on Botox?...