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Crossposts

No Two Are the Same

I’ve started this blog post two or three times and haven’t written it yet. Articulating my thoughts on this topic is often hard, because when you’re writing about things you’ve experienced first hand, it’s difficult to sound objective. [Trigger warning for discussion of domestic violence.]

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Perspectives

A Lesson Learned

I am a news-follower. I’m that person who flips on CNN or MSNBC the moment “breaking news” happens and stays glued to my television for hours on end, catching up on the latest developments of a breaking news story. I have a hard time disengaging – I continue to watch long past the point of wanting […]

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Perspectives

How Success is Measured

I recently found myself despairing pretty hardcore over the state of my finances and lamenting the fact that I haven’t managed to meet all my personal and career goals in the time I had set for myself many years ago. I had always just assumed that I would be a successful writer by the age […]

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Food

On Food and Bonding

As a person who sometimes suffers from severe social anxiety, I often have a hard time finding common ground with people. I’m the awkward person off in the corner, biting the inside of my mouth and trying to find an in into the conversation.

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Life

The Genealogy Beat

Genealogy is one of my main passions in life. I’ve written about this very topic for Persephone before. When I hear people talk about how they’d like to trace back their ancestors, I get incredibly excited.

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Food

A Quiche To Rule Them All

A few days ago, I was standing in my kitchen, seriously lacking in inspiration as to what to make for dinner. I knew I wanted something breakfasty, but I also wanted mexican, which I could eat eight days a week. I love to cook, and I really enjoy getting creative in the kitchen. Sometimes that […]

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History

Badass Ladies of History (Black History Month): Ma Rainey

Gertrude Pridgett “Ma” Rainey is considered by many to be the Mother of the Blues. The Georgia-based African American singer became well known for her soulful, moaning vocals on many blues records in the 1920s, and she paved the way for other artists such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.

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Parenting

The Funny And Frenzied Life of a Toddler

I once heard someone describe toddlers as little drunk people, and I think it fits. If you’ve ever known a toddler and seen them barrel through life on wobbly legs, always a little too loud, speaking in unintelligible grunts and seemingly made up words, crashing into things, and generally being a charming wrecking ball wherever […]

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Feminism

Feminism: A Dirty, Outdated Word?

I’d like to think that I have always been a Feminist. Even as a child, I was able to sense a kind of inequality when it came to certain things. I have always been passionate about my rights being equal to those of my male peers, and have always been interested in the women before […]

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Health

Confessions of a Wolf-Biter

**Trigger Warning** Brief mention of self-harming behaviors, self-mutilation, and OCD** We all have those little idiosyncrasies or habits that we can’t break. Do you twirl your hair? Pick at your fingernails? There are so many little tics and oddities in the world of the human behavior, that nothing seems all that strange. We all have […]

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Humor

Shakespeare’s Insults for Everyday Situations

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a conversation with an insipid person? You can’t think of anything to say that’s clever or witty enough to put them in their place, so you simply stand there and nod, a smile pasted on your face as you secretly imagine beating them senselessly about the head and […]

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Perspectives

The Big Business of Losing Weight as a New Year’s Resolution

I noticed them the day before Christmas, when I turned on the TV. Blaring from my screen, in quick succession, the barrage of weight loss advertisements, clearly designed and intended for women who are feeling a bit bad about overindulging at the holidays, or who have chosen weight loss as their New Year’s Resolution. It […]

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Veg*

Ratatouille FTW!

Ratatouille is one of those things I’ve always wanted to try but never got around to. I’ve never been terribly talented at French cooking, and the recipe has so many steps that I felt a little intimidated. This was a mistake. Ratatouille is slap-your-mama delicious. How could you go wrong with the scrumptious combination of […]

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Movies

It’s A Wonderful Life, Indeed

No man is a failure who has friends.

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Perspectives

Your Aura is a Bit Splotchy: Synesthesia Revisited

If you’re a long-time reader of Persephone, or you’re interested in weird and wonky goings on in the human brain, you may have read the article I wrote back in February about being a synesthete (which you can find here). I was ecstatic to find that so many people were interested in my “brain disorder” […]