29 Things a Birthday Does Not Automatically Convey

The ability to step over power cords with an injured leg without tripping Growing out of eating frozen vegetables as a snack The ability to function without coffee Fame Fortune A love of doing dishes Wisdom The ability to put on toenail polish neatly Magical skills on a guitar that you haven’t practiced in weeksContinue reading “29 Things a Birthday Does Not Automatically Convey”

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Lady Sense and the Art of Shaving

Clipping coupons is dangerous if you are even moderately a feminist. Let me explain. I’ve posted before about my frustrations with advertising to ladies: Men and women communicate differently. Affirmative. Men and women can benefit from seminars targeted to their particular strengths and weaknesses. Affirmative. Funny thing: “Communication Skills for Men” does not exist. JustContinue reading “Lady Sense and the Art of Shaving”

A Little Snark with Your Chocolate?

This, in and of itself, advertised yesterday on the radio, is enough snark to last me for at least another month of winter. Thank you, Vermont Teddy Bears. The description. The description is killing me. You have to read it. Please note the thoughtful disclaimer: “Contains small parts. Not suitable for children.” That–and no otherContinue reading “A Little Snark with Your Chocolate?”

Siri Doesn’t Get Word Nerds

This is such a perfect example of my life: Setting: home; the evening after (yet another) dentist visit Characters: two lovers of the English language Siri doesn’t get word nerds. Interrobangs are awesome. … Ten minutes later: victory to the craving. All in a day’s work.

5 Ways Getting a Graduate Degree Is Like Buying a Car

One of the highlights of December 2014 was making the last of my student loan payments. I felt like the Genie at the end of Aladdin exclaiming, “I’m freeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Now, looking back at my years of student debt, I’ve been struck by the similarities between paying for a graduate degree and buying a car. AndContinue reading “5 Ways Getting a Graduate Degree Is Like Buying a Car”

The 12 Gifts Adulthood Gave to Me

On the first day of Christmas, adulthood gave to me…a dishwasher full of clean plates On the second day of Christmas, adulthood gave to me…unlimited museums On the third day of Christmas, adulthood gave to me…hole-free socks On the fourth day of Christmas, adulthood gave to me…sleeping in ’til 8 On the fifth day ofContinue reading “The 12 Gifts Adulthood Gave to Me”

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize!

From vox poetica: 12.05.14 Posted in today’s words by Annmarie Lockhart It never gets easier, but it still makes me happy! I’m pleased to announce this year’s vox poetica nominations for the Pushcart Prize: Burning a Hole in Daylight by Harry Calhoun Holding On by Jeanette Cheezum Moon by Neil Ellman Saying please by Susan Sweetland GarayContinue reading “Nominated for the Pushcart Prize!”

Gabaldon’s Fifty Shades of Red

While movie sequels sustain the box office, so too, book series are at the forefront of the latest crazes: from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, Twilight to Divergent. Let’s face facts: we like to binge (*cough* House of Cards). I am no exception. Despite reservations, I picked up Diana Gabaldon’s novel Outlander a fewContinue reading “Gabaldon’s Fifty Shades of Red”

Review: Luka and the Fire of Life

Luka and the Fire of Life: a Novel by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 2010) Remember what happened when David Lynch and William Blake went out for tea? Well, now imagine that Salman Rushdie emceed a brunch-time conversation between Neil Gaiman, Norton Juster, Lewis Carroll, and Paulo Coelho. The result would be Rushdie’s Luka and theContinue reading “Review: Luka and the Fire of Life”