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Open Thread

This Is Just An Open Thread

I started a new big-league freelance job last week, and I’m only a third of the way through our book club selection, so this is an open thread to use however you’d like. 

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Books

The Cheerfulness of a Stalwart Man: An Evening with Stephen Fry

Way back in April it was announced that Stephen Fry would be stopping in The Hague on his book tour to promote his new autobiography, The Fry Chronicles. My friend Anne and I jumped at the chance to see him live and immediately reserved our tickets at the theatre where he would be speaking. Last night, […]

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Movies

Iron Man 2: Military Industrial Libertarians Make Confusing Superheroes

I’m going to lay all my cards out on the table ““ I don’t read any comic books, but I enjoy the hell out of super hero/comic book movies. I like the over-the-top villainy, the exciting storylines, the improbable technology, and the CGI-enhanced explosions. There’s a reason these flicks make for good summer blockbusters.

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Op Ed

Victory for Civil Rights Advocates in New York

I’m not sure what more I can say that hasn’t already been said a hundred times across the great, wide Internet about last week’s victory for marriage equality advocates in New York State. It was long-fought, hard-won, and lots of other things that I’m sure also have hyphens in them.

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Op Ed

Ladyblogger Bored; Talks Trash about Ladybloggers

So says nuanced and demure ladyblogger Susanna Breslin, in her ladytroll blog post “Why Blogs for Women are Bad for Women” on Forbes. Prevailing Internet wisdom says not to feed the trolls, but some of them are so juicy and delicious, we just can’t help ourselves.

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Food

The Beggars’ Banquet: Leek & Goat Cheese Tart

Another new recipe we tried was from Williams-Sonoma, also, for Leek & Goat Cheese Tart. Sounds amazing, because it totally is.

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Veg*

Vegan Beach Food! Russian Potato Salad

Welcome, beach weather! I relish the time of year when I once again revisit the dishes that are best packed up and munched on lazily between dips in the ocean. This Russian Potato Salad recipe is pretty simple and quick to make once you have all the ingredients.

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Education in America

What I Learned Over My Summer Vacation

At nearly any other point in my life, in the month of June, I would be on break from school and starting one of my summer camp jobs. This summer, however, I’ve been working full time and also going to grad school. Here are some of the things I’ve learned, for the “What I Did […]

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Ladyguides

Middle-Aged Sartorial Situation

I am officially middle-aged.  I declared it so because my firstborn son graduated high school and is about to turn 19.  With this next phase of life, it’s time to establish a style that’s in tune with my chronological age and middle-aged form. 

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Books

Book Review: The Beauty Myth

I just finished reading The Beauty Myth for the first time. Wow. Wolf certainly did a lot of research in order to write this book, and I appreciate much of it. The chapters “Work,” “Culture” and “Sex” were especially interesting reads, as they cited statistics on beauty standards at work (and how women lose by […]

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Pop Culture

I’m Excited About “Roseanne’s Nuts”

There’s a new reality show starting next month that will feature nuts. Macadamia nuts, to be exact.

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Bodies

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Day 4 (Hungry Like a Bear)

So here I am at day 4. My son woke up this morning and said, “We play exercise now?”

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Luisa Capetillo

Luisa Capetillo was one of Puerto Rico’s most recognized labor organizers and women’s rights activists.  A woman beyond her time, she was a writer, a feminist, a labor leader and an anarchist, who struggled not only to bring change to the emrging labor movement in Puerto Rico, but also as a woman who worked to […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Retro Recap: Supernatural, Pilot

“Of course you should be afraid of the dark.”

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Life

Your Success Does Not Depend On The Failure Of Others

Note: TW on this post for some fat-shaming talk by others. When I was in high school, my mom, who has always been a big fan of motivational quotes and aphorisms, pasted this above a desk in our house.  At the time I rolled my eyes, but it’s been a quote that has stuck with […]