Author Archives: Chris DeVinney

About Chris DeVinney

Me in a nutshell: mom, writer, former lobbyist, wife, volunteer, lover of music and art, massive fan of traveling, and something of a smart ass. A typical INTJ, I quietly observe anyone and anything that comes into my orbit, squirreling away material for future essays. These days I spend my time writing about whatever interests me (both professionally and personally) and trying to strike the balance between taking care of kids/family/house/pets and me. Occasionally I nail it, hang on to it briefly, and then scramble back toward the center when the tipping starts again. I know, it’s a common story.

Are You Cheating?

“No one can be someone’s everything.” ~ Dan Savage I was having lunch on a restaurant patio. A man sat at the table to my right by himself, waiting. When the server offered him a drink, he declined saying he would order … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood, I’m Here For You.

“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” ~ Margaret Sanger I’m a single-issue voter. Not because I want to be but because it seems I must be, political climate as it is. Many issues … Continue reading

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Lipstick in a War Zone

“Language is the cornerstone of society. It is the first weapon to be drawn in war.” ~ from the film Arrival Does anything seem truer right now? Whether you feel like you’ve been swept up into a collective, post-election panic … Continue reading

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Worth Saving

“Strong women – may we be them, may we know them, may we raise them.” ~ Unknown “I think back to my complicated relationship with my father and not fitting into the paradigm of his idea of what a girl … Continue reading

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What Death Leaves Behind

“I mourned her uncomplicatedly and absolutely.” ~ Julian Barnes, Levels of Life I hope I die first. I’ve loved Steve for such a long time. I don’t dwell on thoughts of death, and maybe it’s just a weird, self-flagellating tic, … Continue reading

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Providence or Something Like It

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist I was naked, eyes closed, head against the wall of the building pictured above, soaking in a tub of steaming water … Continue reading

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Musical Obsession: Foals

“You put the snake oil under my tongue, show me the door, the way to be free. Cause you know the moves that only you do make fools of a boy like me.” ~ Snake Oil For awhile now Foals … Continue reading

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