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    The Great Rose Petal Debacle

    On our first date, there was, amongst other things, mention of a wedding. It was for an old friend of his from high school and would be held on the day after Christmas in New…

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    There’s No Such Thing as Race

    As a professor of cultural anthropology, I’ve grown accustomed to my white students blaming their black classmates for their own failure to qualify for financial aid. Along…

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    El Salvador: There are No Bathrooms in the Mangroves

    El Salvador, 2015: It’s our first day out of San Salvador and between the drive down to the coast, the boat ride through the mangrove forest and the fresh coconut water served…

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    Every 65 Minutes: To Jacob, with Love

    Almost exactly three years ago, I arrived home at my parent’s house to see three scruffy looking men approaching our garage. My first thought was, “Oh great… who have we…

  • Clearly these people are VERY religious.

    Running: Some Vingnettes

    Let’s talk about marathon runners, shall we? I don’t have anything against them personally, in fact when they’re not busy posting Facebook pictures of their race bibs, I…

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    Do I Look Like a Baby Killer?

    This morning I went to Planned Parenthood.  I go every three months to pick up my birth control pills and again in August just before my birthday for my annual pelvic exam. My…

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    Belgian Beer and Chocolate

    Since when did urinating in public—in broad daylight—become okay?  If it seems that I’m a bit obsessed with the art of peeing in Belgium, it’s because the entire tourism…


    Bridal Overload

    That’s it. I’ve crossed the rubicon and there’s no turning back. I’ve been talking to vendors,  sampling appetizers, collecting magazines, trying on dresses and even agreeing,…


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