Better than Restaurant Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs

The restaurant down the street from where I grew up consistently won “Best Pizza on Long Island,” quite the formidable title if you consider the quantity of pizza joints in that part of the world. And while it turns out they make their own mozzarella, it’s truly their tomato sauce that wins them prizes (and sometimes makes me plan spontaneous weekend trips to visit my parents. Ahem). Continue reading

Why It Sucks to Disagree With The Family

Those of you who’ve read a few of my articles know already that I belong to an ultra-conservative (politically and religiously) family. “Family,” in this case, encompasses all of my cousins, aunts, grandparents, and most of my more extended family (second and third cousins included!). What’s more, my family is not your passive ultra-conservative bunch – they read (though I dislike some of their sources), they discuss, and they crusade extensively.

In other words, my family is one big, self-affirming group. Except for me.

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The Hub: A Place to Re-Live Your Childhood

Forget all of the new fall shows; I’ll be watching old school programs on The Hub.

I just discovered The Hub on Verizon FiOS a few weeks ago, but already I love it. It’s got some of my favorite ’80s shows, like Jem and the Holograms (which I was completely and totally obsessed with as a child), Family Ties, and The Wonder Years, as well as some new shows that kids of today are familiar with, like Family Game Night and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Continue reading

International Women’s Issues: Wangari Maathai and Environmentalism in Kenya

On September 26, 2011, the world lost a great force for good: Wangari Maathai passed away. I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay homage to the work of this amazing woman. She was a professor, an environmentalist, a scientist, an activist for democracy and human rights, a parlimentarian, a peacemaker, and so much more. She’s the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. To say that Wangari Maathai was a badass would be an understatement so great it borders on disrespectful. Continue reading

Where People Go to Teach Overseas

If there is any lesson I’ve learned in my 4 years of teaching overseas, it’s that nothing compares to first hand advice. I can only speak for my experiences in China, Vietnam, and South Korea, but that hardly covers the multitude of options available to people or the variety of different jobs and cultures in which to immerse oneself. Continue reading

Once More With Open Thread

In honor of the Buffy View Party, today’s Dance Party Song is a twofer, because I can’t choose just one favorite from Once More With Feeling. There’s a chance that I’ve previously featured Anthony Head singing in my Open Threads and I don’t care because I loves him. I also love “I’ll Never Tell” and this version stars the Sims. So, enjoy both! Continue reading

We Try It: Two New Makeups At Once!

“Oh my God, you look aMAZing today!” “What did you do differently?” “You look so nice today!” I spent all morning the other day listening to comments about how I looked GOOD, as opposed to my usual look. Based on the effusive descriptions of how amazing I looked that day, I can only assume that my look prior to that would best be defined as shit warmed over.  Continue reading

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Becoming” Open Thread

Bottom line is, even if you see ‘em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are. You’ll see what I mean. Continue reading