Do You (Still) Believe in Magic?

November 2nd, 2020 I chose the wrong time to peek behind the curtain. This year has been one of intense loss for many. I have to keep my face forward, because as soon as I turn my chin to look back at my own losses, it feels impossible to steer it toward the future again.Continue reading “Do You (Still) Believe in Magic?”

No Matter What

October 21st, 2020 During my high school years, at least once a week, my mom asked me if I’m gay. Spoiler alert: I’m not. But she would make sure that I was sure. And when I would reaffirm that I was not gay, despite being an absolute nerd who loved theater and musicals and dressingContinue reading “No Matter What”

Things I’ve Learned Happen When You Lose Someone Close To You

October 17th, 2020 If you’re an obituary person (which is an odd kind of person to be, but no judgement), my mom’s will be in Sunday’s edition of the Star Tribune. You can also read it online here: https://m.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000371633/?fullname=diane-marie-vogen I’ve been told by many people that apparently I am the type to write down words,Continue reading “Things I’ve Learned Happen When You Lose Someone Close To You”

Thoughts on Prayers

August 11th, 2020 As a kid, the practice of prayer fascinated me. The way I (and, it seems, a whole lot of adults) understood it, if you needed something, you prayed for it. Your grandpa’s sick? Pray for him. Your cat got run over by an ice cream truck? Pray for her (and, while you’reContinue reading “Thoughts on Prayers”

Purple Rain

April 21st, 2020 Four years ago, something sad happened. Something crazy happened. Something amazing happened. Four years ago, Prince passed away. I miss that dude. Especially as I remember today. His fearless and peerless innovation. His boundless talent. His pancake-making skills (which I never had the pleasure of eating but I have HEARD, man). FourContinue reading “Purple Rain”

With Great Power, Comes Great Empathy

November 23rd, 2019 Kid at the party tonight: “Hey, um, Spider-Man. I have a question for you. Can I ask you something?” Me: “Anything. What’s up, buddy?” Kid: “I was playing your game at home and I was wondering… What happened to your parents?” Me: “Oh. Hm… my parents were in a plane crash whenContinue reading “With Great Power, Comes Great Empathy”

Letting Go

November 19th, 2019 Last week, I was feeling down. One chilly afternoon I was listening to some of my friends speak from the heart, and one of them said something that somehow explained and helped me understand it. He said, “Now when I get up in the morning, I just have to remind myself andContinue reading “Letting Go”

Great Power

October 3rd, 2019 Will Smith and I are on the same wavelength. I had been thinking about writing a post about the difference between fault and responsibility lately, and then I saw a video of his yesterday in which he perfectly describes what I was going to say. That smug ass. To sum it up:Continue reading “Great Power”

Pizza Party

May 22nd, 2019 We made someone their last pizza today. If you’re an average, healthy 25-year-old human being, you have approximately 2,120 pizzas ahead of you. That number isn’t insignificant, but it also isn’t that many. You might have a little less, and you won’t likely have more. This isn’t meant to alarm you. ButContinue reading “Pizza Party”

I Love That You Love It

April 30th, 2019 An open letter to those of you who don’t “get” superhero films (or comics or just like to poo poo all over things that other people love): Marvel just released a film that is essentially about grief and the act of moving on, and it made $1.2 billion its opening weekend. IfContinue reading “I Love That You Love It”