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When You Mix Dating and Cats (A Call for a Fuzzball Home in SF/Oakland)

About five years ago (whoa) I was six months in to dating a man who was wrapping me up in his love.  Being around him put me at peace yet electrified every skin cell. From the first moment I saw him, all I could think of was picking up any caution I had and tossing […]

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Movers and Shakers

Shaken awake, I laid in bed for a few heartbeats before deciding, yes, yes, this was indeed and earthquake and bolted to a doorless doorway for the duration of the quake (which lasted many more heartbeats, but given my ticker was thumping along as if I had just jumped out of a hot air balloon, […]

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On Opening Up Your Ribcage for Public Criticism

One of the hardest parts about accepting that I feel compelled to write about my life, that I notoriously  have quite low boundaries (upon hearing I didn’t want to finish a story because it was embarrassing, my friend Kane once said “Man, I have never heard you say that!”) and that I share said writing […]

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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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