On "It Was There, and It Was Gone"

@terrific I credit my extreme storm phobia to going to college south of Wichita and watching the big storm take out Hayes and parts of Wichita back in 1991. I really, really hope nothing at all happens while you guys are there, and that the weather is gorgeous and soft and springlike and beautiful.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:37 am 0

On "It Was There, and It Was Gone"

@harebell Plus, it's somebody local or from close by, standing in the middle of a neighborhood that looks like it got carpet-bombed. Reporters, like anybody else, are only human. Even the most seasoned interviewer is going to be overwhelmed when they see something like Moore, and ask questions that sound kinda stupid.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:36 am 4

On Chia Seeds

@Vera Knoop This.

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm 0

On Miguel, "Adorn" (Live at the Billboard Awards)

Oh, MAN. That Prince number gave me goosebumps.

Anybody else here who loved "War For The Oaks" will know what I mean when I say that That Man Cannot Possibly Be Human.

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 9:32 am 1

On Time to Find a New Drink

@thatgirl Anecdotally, um, no.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm 1

On Time to Find a New Drink

@Rubyinthedust I'm not desensitized, I just really really REALLY hate sweet beer. Boyfriend The Brewer will drink anything, pretty much, as long as it's not bad, but I prefer very dry beers.

It's okay. If hops are declared passe, there'll be more triple IPA for us.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm 1

On I Want to Believe: Discovering the Inner Scully

I am 43, about to turn 44, and I have two things to say:

1. Being 25 gets much easier when you're 40.

2. It is SO COOL that I get to hang out with such smart, insightful, together people, no matter their ages.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm 0

On My Brother, My Mother, and a Call Girl

I work with a lot of people who have neurological disorders of one sort or another. Some of them are congenital, some are acquired. I am the often the first person who's ever brought up sex without being asked--whether it's somebody with a brand-new stroke, or somebody who was born with neurofibromatosis.

Your mom is my hero. This piece, no joking, made me cry.

One of the things that we forget about when we talk about people who are disabled/different in one way or another is the need for sex, and closeness, and that basic human connection.

Going to go sob now. Thanks, Mara's Mom.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm 7

On A Chat With The Hairpin's New Editor, Emma Carmichael

@katiemcgillicuddy That's like a hockey David Tennant. Obviously I have been missing out.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm 2

On What Is Amaranth

I've eaten amaranth *greens,* which you can forage around here, but never the seed. Amaranth greens are dark green with purple veins when you cook them, and taste like less-bitter spinach. My amazing boyfriend, who is the forager, cooks 'em with olive oil and tosses them with tiny cubes of roasted acorn squash, thus making the best food ever.

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm 2