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September 22, 2013

More than a year ago, after an early morning appointment, I stopped for breakfast with just my Tribune for company. The friendly waiter took good care of me. As I was leaving he asked, "If you’re done with it, can I have your Opinion Section?"

Maybe he knew I’d be so...

June 30, 2013

One October night, late, I wrote my signature. I was tipsy, exhausted, and joyful.
 
Downstairs in the art gallery, our wedding reception was winding down. Upstairs, Chris and I and Paul Frisby, our friend and wedding officiant, put pen to paper.

"Don’t ruin my record...

March 17, 2013

Wisteria. Fragrant, lovely, and a source of shade. Fond of all those qualities and seduced by a cool arbor at the nursery one sweltering day, we planted a wisteria in 2006. Over the next few years, it grew bigger and taller and sprawly, but never bloomed.

Finally doin...

January 20, 2013

Four couples sat in the late September air in a wonderful back yard, enjoying drinks and anticipating a delicious dinner. It was just a few weeks before an election that until then we had been sure would re-elect President Obama.

Lately, though, the confidence of many...

November 27, 2011

Traveling to Nepal has been a joy.  Meeting our friend Chet’s wonderful family — and living with them like part of the family (although we are never allowed to lift a finger!) — has been an extraordinarily happy adventure.

Chet’s brother Shree has taken us to some of...

October 30, 2011

I shouldn’t tempt fate by saying this, but 2011 has been the worst year Chris and I have faced in our 25 years together.  I would even go so far as to say no other year comes close, not even the year my mom died, or my cancer year.

This year has been full of a series...

August 14, 2011

Grasping a morphine pump in my hand, child of the 60s that I am, I imagine recreational drug use might get my mind off the fact that a man has just sawn the ends off of the bones in my leg.  Sure, he is a doctor, with tons of cred from the Mayo Clinic even, but still:...

May 15, 2011

Chris and I placed our world on temporary hold to visit his parents, ages 91 and 87.  Chris’s folks are amazing people.  But back there, things move slowly.  Back there, dinner comes with ear-splittingly loud TV, but that’s the only electronic disturbance.

T...

October 10, 2010

You are the only you that there will ever be.  You are unique and irreplaceable.  You are beautiful and rare and exceptional and the world is better because you’re in it.  You are gay because God made you gay and he loves you very much.  All of us love you, too....

July 18, 2010



I’m an enthusiastic list-maker:  “Things to Accomplish Before the In-Laws Arrive,” “Books to Read,” “Summer Salad Recipes to Try,” “Ways I Could Be A Less Bad Person ...”

Still, I cannot imagine the kind of adult who makes a list of people to tattle on.  The type of...

August 30, 2009

I always tell people I have the world’s smallest family.  It’s nearly true; I’m completely without parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings or children.  As a result, I spend much time with friends, usually those near my own age.

People in any age group sha...

June 28, 2009

In 2007, a couple of days after my last chemotherapy treatment, I was riding in a bus along the unspoiled, completely undeveloped white sand and turquoise waters of Cuba’s Matanzas province.  It was late November and I was intoxicated by the sun, the water, the beauty...

June 7, 2009

My friend is graduating from high school this year, and like me, she turned 18 in the days just before donning her cap and gown; two momentous occasions in the space of a fortnight.

Talking with her and celebrating our birthdays together has got me thinking about how...

April 26, 2009

Suzy was only 33 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was 17 at the time.  Looking back, there were some mistakes made in Suzy's care and maybe because of that, or maybe not, Suzy got worse instead of better.

Soon she was told her cancer was Stage 4, mea...

March 8, 2009

I loved newspapers long before I began writing for one.  I was one of those kids perched on a bar stool, feet dangling, reading the paper at the kitchen counter.

I'd pore over articles, Ann Landers and columnist Dan Valentine, and I’d puzzle through the unintelligible...

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All of Barb Guy's columns appear here. There are 159 of them, beginning in 2003 and ending in 2013. The newest one is on top and you can work your way backwards if you like.