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Pretty Girl

Our early experiences in relationships of the intimate variety shape us in strange ways. I used to shudder when a boy – the I hope he likes me as much as I like him sort of boy – called me pretty, or beautiful, or sexy. I’d glance anywhere but in his eyes; just over his plaid-shirted […]

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On Coffee and Defense Mechanisms

A few afternoons ago I detoured away from my desk to do some serious creative brainstorming for my job, wedging myself onto a barstool at a nearby hipster coffee shop (you know, the sort of place where bearded baristas touting Don Quixote tattoos serve rib-cage looking latte art to try and ease the pain of […]

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The Fade Away

Disclaimer/Side Note: The first rule of dating advice is there are no absolutes in dating. It’s freaking Tag War out there, people. Anything can – and occasionally will – work at least once when the right sets of chemistry come together and kapow. I point this out only to say that my following thoughts on how […]

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Any Random Wednesday

There’s a song lyric by Jewel (yes, that Jewel. Or rather, this one) that I’ve always loved, which has been belting out like a drunk karaoke fanatic through my head the last few days:  I’d rather see the world from another angle.   Except every time the imaginary crooner sings, she goes I have to […]

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Guest Blog: Like a Lot of Things in Life

Readers, meet my darling friend Whitney. I know darling sounds diminutive, which size-wise she is. But personality and wisdom-wise, no no. She is bold, and embracing the bravery that comes with figuring life out. Whitney is the one who made me realize the key idea that bravery sucks. It’s hard. Being brave is not easy – […]

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Feeling Grateful for Tacos

For the second time in three weeks, I managed to biff making orzo pasta. I’m beginning to think my culinary abilities would not even be recognized as “cooking” in at least 16 states (and probably more like 19). It’s unclear as to when I lost my ability to boil water, add noodles, and drain appropriately, […]

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Book Club

I’m supposed to be writing something else right now, but my brain won’t stop circling back to the thought of authors who just get moments oh so right. The ones whose scenes reach out and touch your heartbrain all over, all at once submersing you into their fictional reality and your real memory. This may […]

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Just Give Me a Reason: Bridezilla Edition

For whatever reason, Aron and I were discussing bridezillas. You know, those wild-eyed women who take being Queen for a Day straight to hellions with tiaras, seemingly desperate to make everyone around them miserable? Yeah, I know. Weird date conversation. “Just…what’s the point?” he asked me, as if I had some magic key to unlocking […]

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Mix Tape for Loving Kindness

When my heart feels the way it did the other day? I eventually fade into either meditation, NPR or, as my brother introduced me to with a mix-cd called “Wave to the Koala,” music. What did he say in the liner notes? Something about how music calms, and heals. Here’s a quick smattering of encouraging/compassion-inspiring […]

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Dismissiveness in Dating Culture

This status update appeared in my Facebook Newsfeed recently. I say appeared as if the apparition was magic, but of course, there was no bibbity-bobbity-boo involved; just someone I vaguely used to know wanted to share something.                     My jaw dropped a little. Here’s a woman […]

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