No Glove, No Love: Yes, But Can We Get the Glove Feeling Breezy?

Q. I just finished a z-pack for strep throat and my doctor advised me that I won’t have the full protection of my birth control pills until I start my next pack…in three weeks. Three weeks with a backup method isn’t a big deal, but my partner can’t seem to come or even really enjoy sex if we’re using a condom. So, do you have any tips for either alternate alternate methods, or how to make a condom easier/sexier/better? I know sex isn’t solely about an orgasm, but three weeks of blue balls is unsatisfying for anybody. Read More No Glove, No Love: Yes, But Can We Get the Glove Feeling Breezy?

Makeup for Rookies: Back to School Makeup Tutorial

I have newfound respect for YouTube makeup people. I spent all afternoon editing this bloody video, and now all my awesome jokes and hilarious facial expressions are gone. Boo. Read More Makeup for Rookies: Back to School Makeup Tutorial

Switching To Pay-As-You-Go or Prepaid Cellphones

Let’s talk about phones. Should you be lucky, you can take a turn in a small metallic box and handle all your telecommunication needs. For the rest of us, we are tethered to little screens dangling from power cords that seem to grow out of our pockets more and more every year. What’s worse, you may have found that the roommate you share your pants with is dipping out of your wallet. Thief!

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How To Write a Good Poem

Before I started working at a corporation, I got my MFA in Poetry, and sometimes I teach poetry writing classes at work. I’ve learned that lots of people think of poetry as a mysterious or rarefied genre that’s difficult to do well. I disagree! So here’s a little introduction to what a poem is and how you can write one – right now, if you want. I’ve made it basic on purpose, so you may know some of this already. Read More How To Write a Good Poem

A Taste-Tea Time: Iced Tea Two Different Ways

Like in many parts of North America, July in my home city is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record. As a result, my current summer job as a gardener for an all-female gardening and landscaping crew has become a very hot and very sweaty time. Now, I am a tea fanatic, my love affair with the tasty infusion beginning at the tender age of 10 when my Mom would give me a cup of warm milk with a bit of tea and sugar in it before school. Historically, I’ve been hardcore enough to drink hot tea as the thermometer climbed into the 80s and 90s (or 30s and 40s if you live in Canada like me) but not so much this year. To continue my large scale tea consumption despite this unusually hot summer, I’ve been exploring some tasty iced tea options. Here are two recipes that are a result of my iced tea experimentation:

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Bookbinding

So, it seems to me that the perfect craft for the bookish and clever person is being able to make their own books. I bring you the good news that this is actually not all that difficult to do. Bookbinding, while it does require some special tools, is fairly easy for the beginner to pick up. The skills you need are basic math, the ability to cut straight lines, and lack of fear of getting glue on your fingers. Read More Bookbinding