• ovaries

    Rosaries and Ovaries: Standing for Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia

    Well that did not go according plan. I was sitting in Planned Parenthood, waiting for my annual exam and even though I had a great new novel in my purse, I couldn’t focus.…

  • Lots of Shoes

    The Plague of Stuff: We Buy, Who Pays?

    Towards the end of every semester, I ask my anthropology students to conduct an inventory of their closets. It is both a nod to In Small Things Forgotten (the bible of…

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    Weekend Project: How to Make a Zen Meditation Cushion

    I like to meditate. In theory at least. In truth, I only get around to it like twice a month, and even then I get bored after a few minutes, lose track of how many deep breaths…

  • roses

    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…

  • 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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    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…

  • A mass of vibrant colorful ribbons

    Monday Morning

    "Go to Walmart!" she concludes, which is exactly what I was going to say. We always send our problem customers to Walmart.


    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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