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On This Is The Day Before 40

@disco_clone: Wow! Do you have any other mnemonics for spelling? I never got beyond 'i before e, except after c'.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm 0

On La Malinche, La Llorona, La Virgen: My Mother's Ghost Stories

@Mariajoseh - Yea, I think it means "blond(e)" more than white. Like my dad is pretty dark, but he has a lighter patch of hair, so they called him güero (güera). It sounds like wera/weta. My experience is that it isn't considered rude or derogatory, just descriptive. I was called it all the time in school when the teacher didn't remember my name, since I have light brown hair.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm 0

On A Character Study of the Trainwreck

Bachelorette, anyone? It seemed like it was going to dark, down-the-women's relationship rabbit-hole. Then it turns into the train-wreck stereotype.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm 0

On First Aid Kit, "Stay Gold"

KCRW is in Santa Monica :)

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm 0

On Weekend Roundup

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)
Yes! The Hairpin was so GOOD at music and advice this week.
1. Baba-yaga, Galactic Rabbit, Amy Schumer, and Ask Polly- for filling my anxious heart with calm. Most anxiety is from being not sure if I'm going to get dumped/major conflict this weekend?
2. Pot luck tonight, knitting yesterday.
3. I'm really close to getting free biofeedback therapy!!
4. Putting so much music on repeat this week, getting me through the day.
5. Possibly new cell phone this weekend? Must decide on the plan/carrier...

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm 1

On "Nobody is here because they dreamed of doing this": On Training to Be a Nurse Aide

@BoatGirl I think a bit part of the low-pay is that people don't plan financially to be institutionalized, but society doesn't really want to think about it, plan for it, or pay for it either. There aren't that many systems to keep people safely at home or in semi-independent living, since Medicare doesn't cover that as readily/easily as nursing homes. Even if a person's child is caring for them in their old age, it is very hard (and can lead to burn-out) if the parent isn't able to do the activities of daily living.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm 0

On June Horoscopes from Galactic Rabbit

@AM Oof. As a fellow Capricorn, I feel like I'm down the rabbit hole and I need the Galactic Rabbit to map my way out.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm 0

On 10 Famous Quotes Recast For the Beyoncé-Solange Situation

Aaliyah is not impressed. Aaliyah wouldn't take this (any) shit.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm 2

On Dear Shailene Woodley

@Sarai: Was she burning her bra at the time? Otherwise, possibly you are thinking of a different -ism?

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm 1

On Naomi Pilgrim, "House of Dreams"

ALSO! NPR just posted 10 free downloads, one of which is SZA. Enjoy :)
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/25/304075116/heavy-rotation-10-songs-public-radio-cant-stop-playing

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm 0