Christine Macdonald

Author. Speaker. Recovering Narcissist.

Christine Macdonald

Christine Macdonald
Southern, California, USA
November 09
Contributing author of The Moment (Harper Collins). Former stripper, current writer working on forthcoming memoir Pour Some Sugar On Me: Tales from an Ex-Stripper. Activist. Public Speaker. Survivor.


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FEBRUARY 9, 2015 11:32AM

A Valentine for Singles


You're single. It's February. Unless you've been barricaded in your home, ordering take-out and binge watching Netflix since the holidays, you've been sprayed by now with the pink and red projectile spewage of the ever so annoying romance marketing machine, perpetuated by the myth that unless… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 12:27PM

Young and stupid: Sex, Drugs, Murder?


I can't remember his exact words, but my main funny-man Louis CK has this stand-up bit where he talks about aging. With his usual sarcasm, he goes on about how twenty-year-olds think they're gonna live forever. They revel in the mystical idea of turning thirty.

"What's it gonna be like… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 2:09PM

Shit just got real: my brain aneurysm


It’s been weeks since the docs told me about my little bubble brain. They didn’t use those exact words, but I prefer a sugary colloquialism over the actual medical diagnosis: “Intracranial Aneurysm.”

What started out as a personal quest to get to the bottom of my twel… Read full post »


There is a special bridge in central Paris, the Pont des Arts. It's a pedestrian bridge crossing the River Seine, linking the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.

What makes this bridge so special are the countless padlocks, inscribed with in… Read full post »




The water was choppy and colder than I was used to, but on this triple-digit day there was no debate.    

"It's too hot"

"Right!?" He was faced-down on his towel, but the beads of sweat on his back agreed.

"I'm going in."

IRead full post »


Perspective is delicious. Comparison is dangerous. When you combine the two, sometimes you'll find yourself in the middle of a Sports Guy Chest Bump with the type of nirvana only a three-legged dog and Charles Grodin can serve - Louis CK being the master chef of such delectable comedy cuisine/… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2014 2:15PM

Artifact: a music lover's review



It’s a crisp December morning in southern California and instead of working on my own manuscript (about my ten-year drug-induced stripping career in Waikiki twenty years ago), I’m tooling away on my laptop, finally getting around to sharing my take on ARTIFACT,Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 12:31PM

A safe place to land: new year reminder



When I was in high school I was obsessed with the writings of 60s composer and poet, Rod McKuen. Call it drama queen kismet, or just another typical teenage literary crush, but when I curled up with this man's words at night, I was home.

My English teacher, John… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2013 3:30PM

Photoshop: evil, or blessing?





I love it when things go "viral" these days, and it doesn't involve peeing in a cup or getting a blood test at the free clinic. Thanks to the internet, the term "going viral" has a whole new connotation from when I was in my college… Read full post »


You’re really no one until someone rejects you. And if you get an email saying “have a nice life, and don’t contact me until you live an ethical one” – well that’s just gold.

Let me back up.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of learning… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 2:06PM

Never underestimate the power of dreams



When your childhood foundation is built on quicksand, there’s an emotional deficit that’s hard to measure. Even as adults, after we somehow climb our way out from the murky depths of feeling less than, there’s residual damage – a poisonous venom c/Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 2, 2013 3:14PM

A safe kind of high: How Depeche Mode made me relapse


Depeche Mode


You would think after fifteen years, my memories of "rolling" and free-falling inside myself would be strung together on a distant, blurry line, for which I am older and wiser living clear on the other side. For the most part, this is true.

I can't remember my last night tak… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 9:38AM

Popular Chaos: How Smartphones affect us


Remember in [the movie] Sixteen Candles when Molly Ringwald's character Samantha (Sam) confesses via secret note that she'd, like totally bang Jake Ryan? She drops the paper on the classroom floor over  her shoulder expecting her BFF Randi to pick it up immediately. Like most o/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 5:08PM

When Reality TV Gets Too Real



When it comes to reality television, any die-hard fan accepts that from the moment we turn the channel and allow ourselves down the rabbit hole of dramady (drama + comedy, duh), the word "reality" is stretched beyond the norm.

It'd be swell, having our own personal… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 1:25PM

"Not my kid"

Teen Drugs


When you wake up remembering vivid details of a dream, it's enough to make you think. If in this dream, a friend who has passed on decides to show up, you hit snooze and close your eyes, willing yourself to drift back.

I hate that I learned about Sara's… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 30, 2013 1:35PM

Dancing Queens: Reflections of a retired stripper




Navigating six-inch heels on stage with smoke in your face takes practice. Sporting a smile while dancing to Me So Horny, and you'll a need cocktail.

One of the unique challenges I faced during my ten-year career as a stripper was pretending to like certain types of music.Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2013 3:57PM

Why losing can be winning



If you ever have a chance to pimp yourself for a contest, do so immediately. Sure, it's annoying. And the whole "vote for me!" vibe can be awkward. But think about it - if we aren't our biggest cheerleaders, how do we expect anyone else to be?

A few days a… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2013 11:58AM

So, what's your story?



To quote Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, brain-child of the enormously popular Six Word Memoir series, and editor/author of The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure:

Everyone has a story 

At 14 I was diagnosed w… Read full post »

Bullshit Meter  

There's nothing like a juicy debate of weighty opinions to spice things up in the blogosphere. There's no doubt, when anonymity and personal experience get thrown in the mix, sparks ignite faster than you can say "What a load of crap!"

That's exactly what happened afteRead full post »

Cory Monteith

Nagivating through Social Media is a lot like dating. If you're like me (40s, happily single, yet actively out there), you don't mind venturing into new territory, but have zero patience for bullshit.

So much of what's out here on the information super highway is coated in&nbs… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2013 3:41PM

Should you stay for the kids?



Everyone knows, when the time comes where the person who used to give you butterflies now gives you nausea, you bail. We've all been through it - our one true love, soul mate, can't live without lover-slash-best-friend-slash beacon of support becomes nothing more than the per… Read full post »



It's what we all work for. What we need to provide for our families. Not having enough keeps us awake, and having too much is a dream. We take it for granted, disrespect it, even gamble with it. And these days, it doesn't come easy.




You’d think leaving the office at 3 o’clock in the afternoon to get to an event by 5:30 just an hour up the road would be cool. You’d even have a few minutes to spare. Parking would be a breeze, and with all that buffer-time, you’d hone your people-watchin/Read full post »



Music is a killer time machine. Everyone has stories that certain tunes from back in the day re-ignite the soul. We subconsciously turn up the volume in our car and share a smile with our younger self, as memory seeps through our minds. We sing. We sigh. And after the… Read full post »

Post It Breakup

It's been nine years since the shittiest break-up in the universe was aired on Sex and The City. You remember. In season 6, episode 7, when the dude (Jack Burger) Carrie was just talking to her BFFs about ending it with (unbeknownst to him) beat her to the punch by sp/… Read full post »