Breaking Up With Starbucks

4 September 2013

Ever since Starbucks has turned into Gun Nut Central I no longer fall in line there with the rest of the weekend yoga-pantzerati for my non-fat, no-foam latte.  Instead I opt for the hipper Peet’s Coffee. Going to Peet’s is inconvenient, though admittedly in the very first-world sense of the word. Peet’s is located five crucial, pre-latte minutes […]

10 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Prevent Gun Violence

21 December 2012

Update: Thank you for the positive response to this list.  I’ll continue to update the list as I’m made aware of additional things one can do.  In particular I’m looking for actions one can take to improve the mental health system. Leave a comment with your additions and I’ll evaluate them for inclusion.  Please continue sharing […]

This One’s For You

3 September 2012

When I was in High School a boy I knew died in a car accident. His car met a tree head-on on a back road late at night. Everywhere I grew up was on a back road. Some roads were back road-ier than others but they all had the same things in common: they were […]

Remember When I Said I Was Writing A Novel?

16 June 2012

After years of saying I want to write a book to anyone who would get me tipsy enough to admit it, I’d finally committed to do it after hearing about a female author who had written a best seller while working full time. When asked how she did this, she claimed she’d worked on her […]

Ethical Blogging Is Boring

3 March 2012

The problem with Responsible Blogging is that I can’t use any of my best material. I enjoy being employed, so I don’t blog about work. I don’t blog about church because then you might file me under Religious. I don’t blog about any of the standard deeper parenting challenges in order to protect our daughter’s […]

“I’m writing a novel.”

26 February 2012

I haven’t posted much lately because I’m writing a novel. I have a hard time typing that sentence, let alone saying it out loud. Writing a novel puts me in great company with the earnest-looking Crazies down at the coffee shop. I’m writing a novel. I have thirty-nine cats. I’m a part-time actor. I’m calling […]

Someone’s Son

16 January 2012

I was headed east to Donetsk, Ukraine by train from Kiev. It was late May, and it had not been a particularly good month for me. I was confused about my teaching role at the Institute, my apartment was crawling with roaches and I was growing tired of wearing a skirt and heels everyday in […]

Merry Christmas To Me!

20 December 2011

‘Tis the season to be giving, and as such it’s time to benefit from my annual “one for you, one for me” approach to gift shopping! When we were kids it was easier to get something you wanted. I’d be at the Flemington Mall (Alwick Records!), see something I liked, then turn to my mom […]

Brave Irene: A Book Review

30 November 2011

My husband and I first bonded over our love of books of all kinds, even children’s books, but you can see where it would be awkward for adults like us to buy children’s books unless you actually knew a child, so we went ahead and got married and had one. Now we love to collect […]

An Unfortunate Math Lesson

27 November 2011

Scene: I’m driving our daughter home from school Our daughter: Mommy, is 45 more than or less than 35? Me: Oh honey, that’s a great question! 45 is more than 35 because if you have 45 of something — like apples — then you have more of that thing that if you had 35 apples. […]