To my (unhappily) single friends on Valentine's Day

To my unhappily single friends on Valentine's Day (happily single friends, you won't need this one!): I love you. I wish I could look you in the eyes and tell you, without a doubt, that someday the void you feel today will be filled in exactly the way you want it to be. That if you just stop looking for a partner, one will find you. Bliss will be forever yours. I know we both wish the future was as predictable and happy-ending filled as a movie.

I think perhaps this May, on Mother's Day, I will feel the same way you do today. Last Mother's Day I was blissfully looking forward to becoming a mother; a month later I lost that pregnancy.

Last minute gifts for that mom or mom-person in your life

I was going to avoid drumming up yet another "stuff you can buy for Mother's Day" post UNTIL I realized that ThinkGeek has already done all the hard work for me and put together this collection of awesome Mother's Day gift packs for the mom or mom-like person in your life. All you need to know is this: is she happy, caffeinated, a gamer, into Doctor Who, a gardener, Big Bang Theory fan, a n00b, or totally ready for the world to end?

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Dealing with Mother's Day after the death of a child

I am feeling like a small canoe lost at sea. I am floating around, and I look rather normal up close. It is only unless you look a little longer and see the bigger picture do you see just how lost I really am. So here I go lost and floating around out into the greater world waiting for that stranger to boldly wish me a Happy Mother's Day. I will smile and say, "Thank you."

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What should I get a Butch mom for Mother's Day?

With Mother's Day around the corner I find myself in the same predicament as I always do this time of year — trying to figure out what to get my Mom. My mom is a lesbian, has been out of the closet since I was four. Over the years she has become more and more butch which means all the frilly pink and purple cards and gifts just don't work.