I am still enjoying American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. I don’t have any brilliant insights into how one goes about keeping someone close who holds divergent views from your own, but there have been a few moments where I’ve grabbed my notebook and jotted down something because it resonated with me. One of these moments […]
I want to loop back to something that happened about a week ago. The twins and I did Note to Self’s Privacy Paradox together. It was pretty good. I wish they had spent more time covering the pros and cons of some of the suggestions — it’s fine to point out an add-on, but the […]
Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I love the idea of a book club, but I hate the actuality of a book club because every one I have ever been in goes the same way. I read a book that I […]
Something interesting happened on Facebook last week. I posted about a man who does odd jobs around the house and how my inclination is to bend over backwards to get him to like me even though he gives me very clear signals that he either doesn’t like me or simply has a gruffness that comes […]
I got really excited and then really unexcited in a cycle lasting about five minutes when I heard about Peanut, the new app that is called Tinder for Friends. You want new friendships? Swipe right (or left? I’m sorry, I’ve never seen Tinder so I don’t know which direction you DO want to go. So […]
Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for m...
My cousin and I love meeting at a vegan restaurant between our two houses because we can have anything on the menu. They change the menu every few months, so I jump on and check the menu before we head to the restaurant. I’m that bad with surprises: I don’t even like my restaurant menus […]
We do not celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it’s not like we hate love. It’s sort of like Arbor Day — we don’t celebrate Arbor Day, either, but it’s not like we hate trees. (Arbor Day is for celebrating trees, right?) We don’t do anything to mark the day, though I can’t really tell you why. […]
Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The ChickieNob insisted that you can send a blank text. “Watch,” she said, opening up her messaging app and making a single blank space using the space bar. She hit send. A moment later, Josh […]
I’ve been trying out new podcasts, and I downloaded a December episode of Gimlet’s Undone because it sounded interesting. It was the story of online dating, beginning with Operation Match in the 60s. The episode opens in the here and now with a woman talking about her frustration with online dating: [Man’s voice: We live […]
Given that mothers play a role in the sexual education of their daughters, it is important to understand their views of sexual health and related programs. This study was aimed at exploring mothers’ perspectiv...
The most pervasive form of female genital mutilation/cutting—infibulation—involves the almost complete closure of the vaginal orifice by cutting and closing the labia to create a skin seal. A small opening rem...
Linus has been in our family for about two weeks now. He has settled in nicely, and isn’t shy about his likes (kale, shredded carrots, romaine lettuce) and dislikes (carrot chunks, sugar snap peas, apple). He is mad for barley cookies, enjoys rolling around in his hay bowl (eating is a full body experience), and […]
Unmet need for family planning points to the gap between women’s reproductive desire to avoid pregnancy and contraceptive behaviour. An estimated 222 million women in low- and middle-income countries have unme...
A newsletter used to come from my graduate school department twice a year. The front of the newsletter was information about the program — visiting writers, major accomplishments of faculty — but anyone could add an update about their life to the back page of the letter. Most of them were announcements about novels or […]
Traumatic neuromas are the result of regenerative disorganized proliferation of the proximal portion of lesioned nerves. They can exist in any anatomical site and are responsible for neuropathic pain. Post-tra...
Advocacy for male involvement in family planning has been championed over the years after the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). There are a few contraceptive methods for men,...
When we last left off, we were identifying power-ups; little things that make you happy pretty much 100% of the time. I was lamenting that Jane McGonigal’s power-ups in SuperBetter were wholesome — a handful of almonds or petting her dog — and mine felt less healthy — watch a few minutes of a Dungeons […]
Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Justine told me about a game her child was playing called Little Alchemy. You start off with four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), and you combine them to create 560 other items — from […]
I don’t have a lot of secrets. By “secrets,” I mean things I tell no one. Josh will attest that I like to tell him everything I’m thinking and feeling (usually beginning around 11 pm). If he is out, I will tell my parents, siblings, or friends. The things I don’t tell are pretty boring, […]