Ideas for Patriotism

Here are some tips for how to love your country, and advocate things that make it functional and whole. Continue reading

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A Lifelong Burden and the Policy That Made It Easier to Bear

Diana, David, & Julia - 1994

Diana, David, & Julia – 1994

On an unseasonably warm day in February, 1989, my life turned upside down.

I was 11 years old. My mother was six months pregnant with twins, and for three days had been having horrible leg cramps, which her doctor had told her was from the babies’ pressing on a nerve. He said it would pass in time and cleared her for normal activity. I went outside that afternoon with my mother – newly approved for light yard work – to clear some soggy leaves from around the hedges that bordered our driveway. It was so warm we wore only light shirts and jeans and could smell the soil and wet leaves as the last spots of snow melted from around the bases of the trees. We agreed it was a great day to be alive.

After we’d been outside for an hour or so, we were surprised to see my father pull up to the house at 3:00. This almost never happened; he was in-house counsel to a software company and rarely left before nightfall. We soon learned the reason: my father had lost his job, a casualty of the sine curve of tech industry growth that shapes his professional life to this day. He had also lost his health insurance. Continue reading

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Skynet Went Live and Its Name Is Carrie Bradshaw

Uh, so, this happened. WARNING: I recommend that you don’t read the original article on a full stomach. Or while holding a firearm or machete. Or if you have a history of depression. Continue reading

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[I would like to preempt this post by saying that I am VERY FORTUNATE that no one for whom I currently work writes things like the bit of realia quoted here, but that yes, this is a piece of actual copy I received many years ago. I’m protecting the source for reasons that are about to become obvious. —Ed.] Continue reading

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Lovely Inanities in Lifestyle Sections: November Necropost: Macarons

So, in November, there was a marvelous article about macarons in the New York Times. It’s a perfect, perfect example of a lovely inanity. Continue reading

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