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The End of the Year Seems Like a Good Time to Let Go of the Rage

I try to be a nice person. When discussing controversial topics, such as the 2016 election, I ask questions so I can hear all sides of view. I never say “F you!” to anyone, online or IRL. When I don’t agree with someone, I smile, I listen and I try to understand. All this means […]

What We Learned at Standing Rock: A Guide for Allies

Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock Two weeks ago, four of us decided to drive to Standing Rock and deliver supplies to the water protectors and protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We raised $3,500 in six days and filled two cars to the brim with milk of magnesia (for pepper spray in eyes), firewood, propane, […]

We stand with Standing Rock.

Friends, Geoff and I decided last week that we will spend our Thanksgiving holiday dropping off supplies at Standing Rock and helping in any way we can for a couple of days. Since announcing this last week, donations of supplies and money have poured in. Seeing friends and strangers come together to help the protestors of the […]

Now is a Great Time to Start Making Art

I’m currently reading the fantastic book Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War by Adam Hochschild, and I can’t help but draw parallels to the Spanish Civil War and post-2016 election America. The Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939, was a battle between fascism (Nationalists) and progress (Republicans). On the left, communists, socialists, anarchists, […]

To friends and strangers who voted for Trump

I’m disappointed, but I will not berate you. Just please know that the results were upsetting not just for liberals, who you may or may not like, but it’s upsetting, and terrifying, for many women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and individuals in the LGBTQ community–people you may know and love. Your support […]

The Little Bookshop in the Middle of the Desert

I saw the desert for the first time 12 years ago, from the window of my Ford Taurus as I relocated my life from Central New York to Los Angeles, California. It’s inspired and terrified me ever since that day. I enjoy waking up in the cool mornings of New Mexico or Arizona, seeing a technicolor […]

Harry Dean Stanton: Celebrating 90 Years of Awesomeness

Paris, Texas Harry Dean Stanton: Celebrating 90 Years of Awesomeness On October 23, Santa Monica video rental store-turned-nonprofit Vidiots bestowed the Harry Dean Stanton Award to Harry Dean Stanton. It was an unforgettable night for an unforgettable actor. Harry Dean Stanton. He may be one of your favorite actors, or you may be wondering who […]

Punctuation Mistakes You’re Making and NEED TO STOP DOING RIGHT NOW

THE COMMA GOES INSIDE THE QUOTATION MARKS. Friends, I used to be really bad at punctuation. Sometimes I look back at old work and want to chuck my coffee mug at the screen. “How could you have been so dumb, you assclown?” I ask myself. But I was a complete novice then; I couldn’t recall […]

Your Mother, Wife or Daughter Has Experienced Harassment or Assault

Inspired by Kelly Oxford’s tweet, I asked my friends and family to share their stories of assault. I was not prepared for the answers I received. In order to protect the identity of those who were brave enough to share their stories on my Facebook status, I will not share their comments, but I will […]

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Hey, friends! I just started a monthly newsletter, and I’d love for you to join. This newsletter will contain: -My writing -Other people’s writing you should check out -Giveaways or whatever -Pics of my cat (like the photo above of FatFace doing yoga) -Swear words You can sign up in this weird widget below: Enter […]

How Traveling the U.S. Made Me F’ing Love Our National Parks

I must admit: Up until this year I didn’t think much about our national parks. As a person who appreciates nature, but often stays clear of destinations that draws large crowds, the national parks fell roughly between “meeting Danny DeVito” and “petting a sloth” on my bucket list. (Meaning “nice-to-haves,” not “must-haves.”) That all changed […]

The Most Fantastical Doctor Who-Themed Baby Room

I’m a Doctor Who fan. And when I say I’m a Doctor Who fan, I mean I’ve only watched Doctor Who 2005 and on. (That didn’t stop me from dressing as the Fourth Doctor for Halloween.) Bf=Eleventh Doctor; me= Fourth Doctor My love for Doctor Who is what made me FREAK THE F OUT when I […]

Dear Gene Wilder…

I wrote this last year on the Before I Die wall. We never met, but like many fans, I felt like I knew you. It’s a funny concept, isn’t it? The idea that millions of people around the world feel close to you simply because your job is to act onscreen. I often wonder what […]

In All the Ways I’ve Become a Crazy Cat Lady

You see, I’ve never owned a cat before this one. I never even thought about cats. Dogs seemed like the only sensible companion to humans. They need us, we need them and we find mutual enjoyment out of one another. Cats on the other hand, they didn’t seem to fit that mold. They’re aloof, cold, […]

I’ll be Speaking at the Texas Conference for Women 2016!

Hey, y’all! I just got back from a super insane 18-day trip through 19 states, 10 national parks and several inadequate gas station bathrooms, and I hope to write a post about it soon. In the meantime, I’m really excited to share that I will be speaking at the Texas Conference for Women! I’m not […]

On Understanding White Privilege

“Baby girl, I’ve been seeing this for decades. You stop thinking about. You just pray for the people left behind. You’re just seeing it now. I love you, but you were born on this side of the track, and you’re now on the track peeking over to the other side. Now you’re getting mad with […]

On Hollywood Reboots, Female Roles & the New Ghostbusters

I’m excited for the new Ghostbusters because there are four kick-ass women in it; what I’m not excited about is that they brought back the Ghostbusters. (I plan on seeing it at the theater nonetheless.) My conflicted emotions were only amplified when I read New York Times’ June 21st interview with the four lead actresses […]

To All the Feminists with Complex Feelings About Hillary Clinton

You’ve seen many status updates from female friends you love and respect saying that when Hillary became the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, they wept with joy. They couldn’t wait to tell their daughters, share it with their mothers, scream it from the mountaintops, talk about it for years to come. You’ve seen all your favorite […]

We’re Excited to Announce an Addition to the Family!

  Sorry, Mom. This womb is currently barren. WE GOT A CAT! I’ve officially become Adult With Cat. (I’ve never had a cat before; I’ve always been a dog gal.) But she’s not any ol’ cat. Let me share with you the story of how FatFace and I found each other. This is FatFace: She’s […]

Today I Choose to Not Hate Everyone

Obligatory stock photo You know how you have those days when you’re sitting in traffic, or you’re waiting in a long line at the grocery store, and you look out at the world around you and say to yourself “Wow. I fucking hate everybody”? Additional thoughts float into your head such as: “Look at the […]

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