10 Pro Tips on Mothering an Infant (From Someone Who’s Been at it for Six Whole Weeks)

I had a baby in September, so according to the tenets of Internet wisdom – which, of course, hold that if you have any experience with a topic whatsoever, you should immediately present your anecdotal evidence as expert testimony to a thirsting public – I’m way overdue to start giving parenting advice.

And since I do love telling people what to do and would rather write this while my baby naps than do laundry, I offer my top ten infant momming pro-tips. Read More 10 Pro Tips on Mothering an Infant (From Someone Who’s Been at it for Six Whole Weeks)

Seven Reasons to Love Hermione Granger, in Case You Didn’t Already

It’s been a few years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 hit theaters, and in the time since, I’ve probably watched the entire Harry Potter movie series twice, maybe thrice. I finished my most recent viewing a couple of weeks ago and thought it would quench my thirst for all things Potter for a while, but it just sent me running to Pottermore for, well, more. More, more, more! And what I need more of, in particular, is my favorite teen heroine, vanquisher about wizardom, Hermione Granger. So, in the spirit of feeding my Potterzest, I’ve spend some time this week contemplating why I love Hermione so ardently. The result, my Hermione top seven. I hope it feeds your need for Potter screed. Read More Seven Reasons to Love Hermione Granger, in Case You Didn’t Already

What a Difference Twenty Years Makes: Putting Kurt Cobain to Rest

I was a 15-year-old Western Washington high school student when Kurt Cobain died. I heard the news in Computer Applications class, where I was learning the ins and outs of Word Perfect. I remember being upset, or maybe confused is the better word, but I wasn’t devastated. And most of my classmates appeared to be affected, but not devastated. I remember one girl crying inconsolably, and I felt bad for her, but minus a small handful of kids who skipped afternoon classes for an impromptu memorial (I wasn’t one of them), life resumed, and it seemed to resume pretty quickly. Read More What a Difference Twenty Years Makes: Putting Kurt Cobain to Rest

Kick Rocks, Woman Shamers

Oh, good. This guy again. I think Matt Walsh imagines himself as some sort of caped, high-booted defender of women when he’s just another woman-shaming promoter of “traditional” feminine roles. Read More Kick Rocks, Woman Shamers

Dear Parents, You Need to Quit Acting Like a Persecuted Minority. Sincerely, Logic.

Despite the fact that parents are the majority in the U.S. (more than 80% of adults go the parent route), if daddy bloggers like Matt Walsh are to be believed, parents are a persecuted, defenseless minority beholden to the ruthless whims of the childless masses. In his recent blog post, “Dear parents, you need to control your kids. Sincerely, non-parents,” Walsh presents the following scenario of something he recently witnessed: a hapless, misunderstood parent is out in the world doing absolutely everything right while her little one has a meltdown, when along comes one of the cold-hearted, ignorant, childless bullies that controls the world to spit vitriol in her parental face. Read More Dear Parents, You Need to Quit Acting Like a Persecuted Minority. Sincerely, Logic.

A Father’s Day Tribute from a Daddy’s Girl to the Man Who Raised Her to be a Feminist (Even if Unintentionally)

My dad has three daughters. I don’t know if he ever wanted sons, it’s never come up. Well, that’s not true exactly; my dad’s never brought it up and it never occurred to me that he’d want any kids but my sisters and me, but other people have brought it up from time to time. Read More A Father’s Day Tribute from a Daddy’s Girl to the Man Who Raised Her to be a Feminist (Even if Unintentionally)

Taylor Swift Can’t Be the Voice (or Even a Voice) of a Generation

She was everywhere, and then she was everywhere. I cannot get away from Taylor Swift. And while I’ve never particularly liked her (mainly because I think she’s a middling (at best) singer and a feeble songwriter), lately my ire’s been growing, and I’ve gone from mid-level annoyance to pre-wrath. She’s just so”¦drippy. And that’s all fine and good for a cheesy pop singer who’s treated as a cheesy pop singer, but when a cheesy pop singer begins to take over the world, it stops being fine and good. Read More Taylor Swift Can’t Be the Voice (or Even a Voice) of a Generation

The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To

1. Pop Pick: Allison Weiss

Weiss got her start where new acts do these days, on the YouTubes. I fell in love with her adorably earnest cover of Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life.” It was a love deep enough to prompt me to try some of her original stuff. For your starter pack, give her video “I’m Ready” a view/listen. Read More The Five Best Artists/Bands You Might Not Be Listening To