On Ask a Jeweler: A Buyer’s Guide to Diamonds

I love Ask A Jeweler! This is great and informative, and now I am looking at a bunch of sparkly jewelry.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm 1

On When You're Unemployed

This is amazing. But wait, people actually get responses back when they're looking for a job? The most I have gotten lately is a form rejection by a robot. Most places don't send anything, much less a "You're so great, but..." email. I'd probably be just as psyched to get confirmation that anyone actually looked at my (painstakingly crafted) cover letter and/or resume as I would if I got an actual job offer.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm 2

On Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

This piece rules. And no, lots of numbers@twitter, freedom of religion does not mean you get to impose your religious beliefs on other people.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:03 am 1

On 36 Hours in San Antonio If You’re From There

The phone numbers are an amazing, accurate touch (yes, I called the Starbucks just to see).

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm 0

On Talking to Misty Copeland About Race, Class and Ballet

Misty is everywhere lately! She was great on Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! This is awesome.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:22 am 0

On “What do Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce have in common?”

@rebecca the brave: Madeline, I'm also the firstborn in my entire family (though one older cousin came into the family by marriage when I was 4), and I have also only ever dated firstborns/only children. Not sure if there's a kind of firstborn radar, or if confidence, ambition, and intelligence really do run from the top down, but there it is.

For anecdotal evidence: I am definitely more qualified and ambitious than my younger siblings (save possibly for my dad's son; he is kind of obsessive about fitness and going into military service), but still haven't really made much of myself in comparison to, like, most of my friends (also generally firstborns).

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:05 am 0

On George Is the One With the Glasses: My Seinfeld Capitulation

@loopdeloop FOR REAL.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0

On Family-Style Restaurants That Appear Only in Dreams

An almond almost came out of my nose, that is how hard I am laughing. Amazing.

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm 1

On Tagalongs vs. Peanut Butter Patties: The Great Girl Scout Cookie Regional Naming Rift

@Blushingflwr I bought a couple boxes outside BART in the East Bay last week and they were $5, too - but so worth it. Would I pay $6/box? Maaayyyybe. When I buy them through my mom's friends' kids in St. Louis, they are only $3/box!

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm 0

On My Grandmother's First Shirley Temple Movie

My grandma is also a reddish, curly-haired Shirley! You don't meet many young Shirleys these days.

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:16 am 0