Books For Girls To Revolt By

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Almost exactly one year ago, practically everyone I know crumpled over in grief. The people who matter. What were we mourning? The death of everything we believed in. An outraged cry went up, a disbelieving howl of anger and disgust. Words and words and words poured out of me at the time. I was an … Read more

The Wind Blew All Around Me

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It was so beautiful outside, like a child’s watercolor dream of fall. It was unseasonably warm but not uncomfortably so. The previous night’s rain had left everything with a glowing, over-saturated sheen of color. The wind danced and blustered, playing hide-and-go-seek with itself, swirling the bright confetti leaves madly in every direction. Right before sunset, … Read more

In the Mouth of the Wolf #MeToo

There’s a sense of momentum afoot. All of the allegations of sexual assault in Hollywood, having a serial sexual predator as our President. Women have finally reached their limit. All across social media, cries of “me too, me too!” can be heard. The sheer magnitude, the enormity of the problem makes it hard for me … Read more

I Can Dance on My Own Grave, Thank You.

So last month I took a little break from the internetz, coming online strictly to work and briefly check in with friends for 2 hours every 3-5 days. I did miss keeping up with everyone’s posts and also entering contests, BUT overall I felt it was a much more focused and efficient system. Healthier.   … Read more

A Lesson On Generosity: How Nicki Minaj Just Outclassed Everyone

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It’s a strange time in America, I think most of us can agree. We’re currently being led by a megalomaniacal, pathologically lying shyster of an old man whose one accidentally true statement may have been that he doesn’t stand  behind anything. Clamoring and jostling just beneath him, we have a GOP-majority Congress running wild like … Read more

4 Ways To Tell if You’re a Crazy Pet Parent

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1. Your pet eats better than you do. I was halfway through filling out a ten-page questionnaire regarding my dog’s breeding, eating habits, medical history, allergies and disposition all aimed at creating the perfect personalized gourmet dogfood blend for him, when I realized it was possible I’d lost my mind. This particular company would take … Read more

Put down that weight and rest your arms.

I spend entire days contorting my body, Trying to see behind myself, the path that brought me here. Feeling delicately at the ground with pointed toes As if I could slip perfectly into snowdrift footsteps, never falter, stay within the lines winding back and back through time. But I’m a lumbering beast crashing through this … Read more

I’m Such A Woman, Or: Why Words Matter

Are other people as bothered by the weird little phrases that people use? For instance, some lady was saying “I’m such a woman, I can’t decide (insert whatever decision she needed to make here).” And part of me wants to reply “Oh lawdy, I’d give you advice but my uterus literally makes it impossible for … Read more

Lady Liberty, Weeping in the Dark

For a few hours last night, the Statue of Liberty was cloaked in darkness. Some saw it as a mere unremarkable power outage, others viewed it as painfully ironic social commentary sent straight from the heavens. The timing could not have been more apropos, coming on the eve of International Women’s Day as well as … Read more

Conversations With My Family

Conversation with my mom.   (A factory in our town is being bought by a huge corporation from Bangkok.)   My mom: The Chinese are taking over everything. Me: …I’m pretty sure Bangkok is in Thailand. My mom: That can’t be right. I’m sure it’s in China. Me: No, really. It’s the capital of Thailand. … Read more