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On Tuesday's Heartening Valentine's Tale

I remember reading about Julia in a book my aunt had called Very Special People, which I was slightly obsessed with when I was a kid. So many tragic and fascinating stories - I remember being particularly interested in the conjoined twins who both had spouses and children. My baby mind couldn't wrap around it.

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:35 am 1

On Hair Day

So sorry this happened to you. Did you see this in one of the negative reviews on Amazon? Might be worth a shot.

"I called Garnier a week or so after I used the product to complain. After being passed around a few customer service reps, I ended up with a service manager. I explained what had happened and, to my surprise, she volunteered to pay for restorative treatment and deep conditioner. My reimbursement check came today. I won't ever use this product again, and I'm still leery of Garnier now, but it's good to know they will make things right if you ask."

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 10:43 am 2

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Gloria Swanson Saga, Part Two

I watched Sunset Boulevard for the first time on instant Netflix in anticipation of this SoCH and was just blown away. I'd love to be Norma Desmond for Halloween, but I'm not sure how many people would get it, and explaining your costume all night doesn't seem like much fun.

Plus I want to buy all the hats so I can buy all the pretty hat boxes.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm 0

On The Best Worst Movie

From the trivia section of IMDB: The entire cast had showed up to a casting call for the film hoping to be extras, and ended up getting the lead roles.

That tells you pretty much all you need to know. Anyone who loves terrible movies will not be disappointed.

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 10:41 am 1

On That New York Times Article About Children and Psychopathy

@applestoapples I love The Bad Seed...so many good lines. I say "I have the prettiest Moth-er, I have the sweetest Moth-er" to my mom all the time.

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm 1

On The Best Time I Took My Baby to the Emergency Room

Nicole, I'm so sorry you had to go through this. I don't have kids, but I dumped a plate of hot spaghetti in my brother's lap when he was 5 (I was 14) and burned him pretty badly (he's fine now). My mom's best friend is a nurse, so she came over and bandaged his little legs, but I cried harder and longer than he did. Hugs, hugs, hugs.

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm 0

On Become a Skilled Blacksmith

Ya burnt, blacksmiths.

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:12 am 6

On Vignettes From a Hospital Overnight

Martha, this post made my heart hurt for you, especially the last paragraph about your daughter inheriting your condition. I'm in a similar position to hers - my mother passed along some weird genes to both me and my brother and apologizes constantly to both of us. Sometimes she wonders if having children was fair or right for her to do (even though she was unaware of her disorders when she had us). I'm happy to be alive and proud to have her as my mother, and I'm sure your daughter will feel the same way.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm 2

On Ask a Humanities Grad Student

@Petrichoria I have a Masters in Library Science. Unless you are working in a library right now, I'd say don't bother. I did it to make a career change, worked full time while I was going, graduated in 2.5 years to a market that (surprise!) is getting rid of librarians, and you'll have to pry the jobs from the older librarians from their cold dead hands (that is, if their full time position isn't chopped up into 2 part time positions to save on benefits).

Excuse me, I'm just a little bitter.

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm 8

On The Slow Death of the Diamond Engagement Ring

@elizabeast I sold my engagement ring from my first marriage to pay for my second wedding.

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm 2