I wrote a short novel about love and grace in our times. You can read it for free on Amazon until March 11.

Saint John the Divine in Iowa, my screenplay that won the Meryl Streep-funded Writers Lab, told the story of an Episcopal Priest fighting to balance the needs of her congregation and her gay daughter. Priest Kid tells the daughter’s story…of having a mother who’s a saint, but who loves humanity as much as she loves her. It’s about good people, about hope and politics in families, about redemption. If you want a break from hate, as I do, this is the story.

Priest Kid

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Serendipitous or Synchronous or both?

So here it is…today I had lunch with Father Paul Bresnahan.  He’s great.  Which means I agree with almost every word that comes out of his mouth.  No, seriously.  I am sitting in the deepest gratitude for the people I’m meeting in making this film.  Read his web site to find out what I’m talking about!  http://www.frpaul.com/ I mean, I know there are good people everywhere.  It’s just the opportunity to talk about spirituality with people who live it wows me.  Amazing!

Yes, I know, my last post was all about Buddhism.  Now I’m back in love with the Episcopals.  If meditation gave you bad moods, wouldn’t you flip?  Actually, the bad moods seem to be passing.  Now I’m calm.  I have a deep fear of becoming boring.  Because you know, that may be the only problem I have never had.  Still, I’ll probably get off the computer and meditate.  See if I can bore myself some more.

Anyhow, enough about me.  I met Father Paul because one of the Associate Producers on the film works in Salem, and through a random series of events, ended up performing in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  He emailed me right away to say how gorgeous the church is, and that he’d met a woman who told him Father Paul would love the film.  So, lunch.  Talk about Leviticus, about the marriage of sexuality and spirituality, about how standing up for your gay children may cost you your job.  All the good stuff.

And it brought home that I need to drop all embarrassment about asking people to donate to this movie.  As the bisexual daughter of a closeted lesbian mother, I know what prejudice can do to people trying to love each other, I know what secrets can do to a family, and I know, above all things, what it is to be pronounced equal and to realize that no matter what you’d fought for, or said, or done, on some level you didn’t believe it until Justice Marshall wrote it into law.  “We in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are not in the business of creating second class citizens.”  Thank you, Justice Marshall, for changing my life.  Thank you to the people of Massachusetts, for leading the way.  Or, as the Buddhists say, may all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering, may all beings be free to love who they will.

Thank you, Father Paul, for proving that human nature holds so much good.