Everyone knows that being alone and being lonely are not the same. Alone is a fun treat where you have the whole house to yourself: you can listen to your podcasts without headphones, eat ice cream for dinner, and not worry about someone else’s schedule. Lonely is when you start to putter. Putter around the … More What’s the Word for the State of Missing Someone?
Objectively, pilots are cool. They fly enormous machines through the air at incalculable* speeds, get to travel all over the world, and have an entire plane full of people’s lives in their hands. Also, Top Gun. As the wife of a pilot, people frequently ask me about the profession, what it’s like for my husband … More FAQ: My Husband is a Pilot
The Patriarchy as a living albatross around my neck that requires constant feeding, but the only thing to feed him is me. … More What does The Patriarchy Want from Me?
Fresh from completing my Master’s (or is it Masters?) degree in Art History I had some pretty Hot Takes on the whole process, as you can read in my August 2015 essay, Grad School: One of Life’s Terrible Jokes. In the winter of that same year, I polished off my follow-up Masters in Library and Information … More What I Learned in Graduate School
Defining Art has baffled philosophers, scholars, artists, politicians, and the public since the first red-ocher bead. An idea, a tangible object, a feeling: Art is as complex and mysterious as Love. Art has imbued me with critical skills, empathy, and passion. Art is part of my identity. … More Art Is
If you work in the service industry, it’s likely that you’ve come across various archetypes in the people you serve. While the average visitor is considerate and polite, or simply doesn’t require comment, occasionally, a member of The Public will send you into murmured fits of cursing, make your skin crawl, or induce fits of hysterical laughter. … More The Public
Baby Boomers, Gen-X, Millennials – we’ve all felt the sting of being lumped into an increasingly bleak portrait of our generation, without consent. Guided by hubris, we’ll click on a link with our respective label to see what we can learn about ourselves. We know these labels are oversimplified generalizations, but that doesn’t stop us from drawing … More My Life as a Thinkpiece
Every fall Hogwarts students around the world prepare for their return to the school of witchcraft and wizardry. When the leaves turn, I get nostalgic for the days when my next-door neighbor and I would fly around on our broomsticks in the backyard, curse Snape for his outrageous potions homework, and giggle about having crushes … More A Love Letter to Harry Potter
It’s a busy morning at the coffee shop. Baristas parade past, delivering food to patrons. One has tattoos up and down his legs and arms, maroon shorts that hit mid-thigh and a grey v-neck t-shirt complementing a full beard, and round-turtle shell glasses. A woman with big gold-hooped earrings sits hunched over notes, scribbling. She’s wearing … More Notes from a Fashion Museum
I’m headed to Cleveland on the eve of the Republican National Convention, which months ago I swore to avoid at all costs. Hosting the most volatile convention with the worst candidates since the 1960s is a very Cleveland thing to happen to Cleveland. Ohioans proved last month that we can gather in hoards of millions without … More Republicans are People Too