The Glorious Life (and Tragic Death) of Snowmailboxman

It's safe to say that the Northeast got a little bit of snow this winter.  Blizzard after blizzard after blizzard after blizzard -- hold up, I'm almost done -- after blizzard after blizzard... it was enough to shut down the city of Boston for a month and seriously put a damper on everybody's plans. And, if my neighborhood… Continue reading The Glorious Life (and Tragic Death) of Snowmailboxman

A Few Thoughts While Grocery Shopping

Okay, this gets me every time I'm at the supermarket. WHY the gluten-free labels on chicken breasts? Were these chickens raised on a gluten-free diet?  Or are they trying to remind us that plain chicken cutlets are gluten-free? Word to the wise, farmers: if your chickens have grains in their meat, you are raising your… Continue reading A Few Thoughts While Grocery Shopping

On Casual Misogyny and Referees

A few days ago, for the first time since he joined the team, I went to one of my husband's intramural basketball games.  I walked into the building 15 minutes before the game was set to play, found a seat with a clear view of the court, and sat down.  The people actually playing the game milled… Continue reading On Casual Misogyny and Referees

Three Thoughts When People Post “It’s Snowing!” on Facebook in January.

1. "It IS snowing.  How pretty." 2. "Great.  Another day of shoveling driveways, swerving around the road, and potentially having to cancel plans.  Not exactly my idea of a winter wonderland." 3. "It's January!  To paraphrase Chris Rock: that's what's supposed to be happening in this region of the world, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!"

Phrases I Can Use On My Cats, But Not My Future Children

"Come here, you little fucker.  You're adorable." "For the love of God, can you learn to cover up your poop?" "For the love of God, stop licking your brother's butt." "The repairman's coming over, so I need to lock you in the basement for a few hours." "Who is my little fatass?  Is it you?… Continue reading Phrases I Can Use On My Cats, But Not My Future Children

My First Week of All Teaching and No Taking

Hey!  Did you know I'm a yoga instructor? Have I not mentioned that practically every chance I get and in every medium I can? No? Hey, guess what: this bitch is a registered yoga instructor.  Pleasure to meet you. I became registered in this past August, and I actually started teaching about a month or two before that: first… Continue reading My First Week of All Teaching and No Taking

Today’s Life Lesson, Brought to You By Gordito-Cat

This is Milo.  We adopted this little guy nearly 7 years ago from the ARL in Boston.  He's got big floppy ears and a squeaky meow.  He gets up on his hind legs like a meerkat and he comes when he's called (usually at what can only be described as a happy-trot).  He's the sweetest,… Continue reading Today’s Life Lesson, Brought to You By Gordito-Cat

Writing and the Primadonna Yawp that is, “Creative Freedom!”

I first want to start this by saying that my cat has just indicated he wants to go on my lap my turning my back into a human scratching post. He is now happy as a clam sitting in the nook I've created by crossing my right ankle over my left knee (the figure-four position… Continue reading Writing and the Primadonna Yawp that is, “Creative Freedom!”

Writing and the Ultimate Unpaid Internship

Long before I tried my hand at op-ed pieces and personal essays, I was a wannabe novelist. I knew I wanted to be a novelist before I could actually read books that counted as real novels.  I told everyone I was going to be the next Stephen King (only, y'know, Stephanie King, because I'm a girl) long… Continue reading Writing and the Ultimate Unpaid Internship