Leslie Loftis is a lawyer and former political campaigner turned freelance writer. Her writing typically covers feminism, law, politics, parenthood, and pop culture, particularly where they intersect. She is a member of Leading Women for Shared Parenting and Hub Dot. She currently lives in Houston with her husband and four children.
- I am a native Houstonian and a once and, probably, future Texpat. As a child, I swore I would never live in Houston when I grew up. I wanted to live someplace pretty. I took my first post college job on a cruise ship so I wouldn’t end up in Houston. Later, while in Austin, I fell in love with a Texpat in Geneva. Eventually, I married that oil and gas and international arbitration lawyer and became an admiralty lawyer myself. With those careers, Houston, London, or New York City were our options. I had no interest in NYC and my husband had already been there, done that. So we did Houston to London and back again. Currently, I am raising kids in Houston. Life sometimes thwarts the best laid plans.
- I’m adopted. I have one brother, also adopted.
- I was raised, and saved, as a Baptist, spent my 20’s as an Objectivist, and returned to the church as an Anglican after marriage. No, I have never been a relativist. I also haven’t been a liberal since my young, idealistic ‘I can save the world!’ Baptist days. One of the foster families at South Texas Aussie Rescue, where we got one of our dogs, she had a quote about fostering, something about ‘I could save more of them once I accepted that I couldn’t save all of them.’ Exactly.
- Our family motto is “Actually…” When my husband says it, he’s taking the discussion back at least a few centuries.
- I aspire to Erma Bombeck. And I have no idea why anyone thinks the word “mere” should be anywhere near the word “housewife”.
- I thought I was a boy mom, but God has a sense of humor. One son, then three daughters.
- I am probably geekier than you. I started with Star Wars. I traveled by Wardrobe and Floo Network, among others. I toyed with naming a daughter Anya after my favorite Sunnydale resident. I’m currently Team Daenerys and her dragons. That’s all typical Gen X geek. But I also used to beta edit Voltron fan fiction. It’s a pretty reliable geekiness trump card.
- Cats or dogs: dogs. Paris or London: London. Town or country: town. Mountain or sea: sea. Permission or forgiveness: forgiveness.
- I don’t know if I liked Billy Joel because his lyrics intrigued me or if lyrics intrigue me because I loved Billy Joel’s ballads when I was a kid. Either way, analyzing pop music lyrics became a favorite hobby of mine. I seem to have passed this hobby on to my son and one of my daughters. This makes for interesting discussions in the car.
- Between London and Texas, I have developed an addiction to tea-proper, builders, or iced depending on the circumstances. My friend, M&M, knew of my addiction. She stoked it. She gave me the pot with the red bus that I use as my social media avatar. She was also the first reader of my original blog, An American Housewife in London. So I kept the pot and my old blog handle for social media because I like them. They fit. UPDATE November 2015: So I’m sentimental. I kept my AHLondon handle longer than I should have. For professional reasons, I’m now doing all my writing work under my actual name, with a proper profile pic. (I still prefer my teapot. Grrr. Arggg.) UPDATE December 2016: I should’ve learned my lesson with the blog and stuck with my old handle. It’s memorable. Among colleagues who don’t know me, I hear I’m “the London expat writer” or “the teapot writer.” That I’ve been home for 5 years hasn’t effected what hooks in someone’s mind. Only now, I have two twitter accounts to maintain. I share links from both but I engage in conversation at the LeslieLoftisTX account.
This blog is made possible by my husband, who suggested and supports it, a small fleet of villagers and babysitters past and present, mostly my mother, my brother, my sister-in-laws, and Silvia, Mirella, Irene, and Luz who have helped me with my children and household chores. Credit also to a school teacher friend, Dodi Swayze. She is my freelance text editor (when I remember to send posts to her first) and to Tifanie, my commenter turned research assistant. And because I’ve been asked a few times, the necklace in my headshot is by Hazen Jewelry.