I spent many a Valentine's Day home alone wishing someone would spend his allowance on a ridiculously over-sized teddy bear holding a plush heart that I could perch in the corner of my room as a constant reminder that someone loved me. I've written a letter to that girl.
Five-time Grammy-nominated performer Juice Newton, whose hits "Angel of the Morning" and, of course, "Queen of Hearts," found her celebrity soaring back in the '80s, is rooted in folk music and some '60s pop and rock.
The '80s were when I was in high school and college, when, like every raw and angsty adolescent, I felt on some level that Simon LeBon and Natalie Merchant and even Ozzy Osbourne were living inside my head.
I went to school in the 70s, worked on Wall Street in the 80s, and went to prison in 2004. These experiences constitute six of the last 32 years. For 20 percent of my life as a gay man, I hid my sexuality.