[Content warning: discussion of anti-Black racism, attempted suicide, child sexual abuse, fat shaming, incest, murder, violence against women] Continue reading
Today’s newsy roundup inspires a lot of, “WTF is wrong with you?” commentary, but I’ve got some good news, too. Come, gather ’round; let’s talk about what’s happening in the world.
I love the idea of dressing up for Halloween. I get these grand elaborate plans going in my head and then, due to various delays and inexcusable procrastination, I end up doing something totally mundane. Continue reading
It’s me. Your mom. At the time I’m writing this letter, I’m 26. I am awesome. You are not born (or even possible) yet, so I can spend all my money and time on myself. It’s a wonderful life. I assume by the time you’re old enough to read this letter, I will have fallen into the category of Lame Mom. It’s okay. I thought my mom was awful until I got old enough to know better. Continue reading
Hello, Persephoneers! Here we are in our fourth installment of Halloween-themed classic films. This week’s classic film is Blithe Spirit, released in 1945 and based on the play by Noel Coward. It was directed was David Lean and stars Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, and Kay Hammond. Continue reading
This week marks the first new snow of the winter for some of us. It was almost as surprising as having holiday decorations preceding the yearly Halloween deck-out at my local grocery store. It seems like winter and the holidays are coming early this year. Continue reading
I noticed this video making the rounds last week and it is so incredible. Dolly raps on The Queen Latifah Show. It is as ridiculous and amazing as you would imagine it to be. Continue reading
What’s the first thing we jump to when we think of so-called “fast food” in late Victorian London? Fish and chips, right? And of course there are always the vendors who sold fruit such as oranges and apples to passersby who got the munchies. But here are three types of Victorian ready-made food vendors you may not always think of, discussed by Neil R. Storey in his book A Grim Almanac of Jack the Ripper’s London, 1870-1900. Continue reading
Between the anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick by the Elsipogtog First Nation and the wave of protests and discussion about mascots this football season, there’s plenty to discuss in Indian country this week. Continue reading
It can be difficult to know where to start looking for horror movies starring Black actors. Proportionately speaking, few well-known horror films that don’t fall into the Blaxploitation genre or don’t engage in racist tropes center Black characters. As I said previously, I watched a lot of horror films growing up, but as a Black Native woman, I rarely saw characters who looked like me in the films my parents rented, and when I did they were usually supporting characters awaiting early and gruesome deaths. But, there were exceptions. Continue reading
In light of the news that Parks and Rec may or may not be on a hiatus depending on who you talk to (Vulture says yes; Dreamboat and my future Husband Adam Scott says it’s not a hiatus), and that Kanye West got engaged to himself over the weekend, and since we all know about my obsession with both of them, I figured what better time to rank Parks characters by Kanye songs. Continue reading
Nice Guys™ and MRAs! “Fake” geek girls and cosplayers! Lesbian cookies! There’s something for everyone this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Continue reading
I don’t necessarily hate my coworkers, but the thought of seeing them outside of the office makes me want to set myself on fire.
Until about 15 years ago, it was standard to include, and primarily rely on, punishment to train your dog. Many of the best trainers in the business started out in classes that used choke chains, shock collars, hitting on the nose or butt, and other types of punishment to discourage behaviors. If you weren’t willing to punish, then you weren’t willing to train. Thankfully, times have changed and newer, better, more scientifically sound methods have been developed, but why did that happen? What’s wrong with punishment? Continue reading