Brian McNaught

  • Hallmark Movie Without A Tree

    Jeremy’s middle name was Christmas, as the Irish Setter puppy was a gift to my live-in boyfriend at the time. When we broke up, he gave me back the dog. A couple of years later, when Ray and I had a little old Polish lady knit our monogrammed red and green stockings, Jeremy had one too. 

  • McNaught: Best Lessons Learned

    A good friend has gone through weeks of excruciating chemotherapy treatments, without any guarantee of success. The regimen was so difficult, there was the possibility it would kill him. I don’t know that I could agree to it. The thought of being continually nauseous makes me shudder.

  • McNaught: How Do You Deal With Your Anger?

    The monkey could have been any age. I was five. I had a small box of raisins in my left hand, and, in my right, a handful of raisins, extended to the bars of his cage.

  • McNaught: Laughter Gets Us Through It All

    Ray has a wonderful laugh. He’s the guy you’re glad is in the theater audience watching a funny play or film. It’s hysterical when he’s on the plane with ear phones listening to a movie. His laugh creates big smiles and chuckles for several rows.

  • McNaught: Shared Beliefs on the Unknown

    Lincoln has been a Buddhist since he was a puppy. In his earliest romps around our lakefront property in the Adirondacks, he would stop, sit for long periods of time, and observe. In other words, he was in the moment, with his body and his mind in the same place, seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling things for the first time. It’s called “Beginner’s Mind.” You needn’t be a puppy or baby to experience it. 

  • McNaught: The Changing Nature of Home

    It’s not true that the person who dies with the most toys wins.
  • McNaught: The Way We Were

    Brian McNaught launches new column for SFGN.Two guys and a dog started for us in 1976, when I drove from Detroit, with my Irish Setter, Jeremy, and met my husband, Ray, in Boston. I was 28, he was 25, Jeremy was 2. I’m now nearly 71, Ray will be 68 on his next birthday, and our Labradoodle, Lincoln, will be 2 on New Year’s Day.

  • McNaught: We Never Know Who’s Listening

    Carson Kressley, gay television celebrity, initially known for his key role in the first “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and now on Bravo in “Get a Room with Carson & Thom,” is coming to Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 22, as a personal favor, to present me with an award from Stonewall. 

  • McNaught: What Makes a Family

    Lincoln is asleep between Ray and me in bed. His head touches my leg because it assures his connection. He’s on his back, with his splayed legs across Ray’s. My husband of 43 years is snoring softly. This is my family, my real family, two guys and a dog, all in love.