Other People’s Finances Make Me Anxious

It’s none of my business, it’s really none of my business… But whenever I get wind of other people’s financial problems, I get anxious. Say someone without retirement savings goes on an all-inclusive Cuban vacation: I’ll hear about it, my chest tightens, my heart speeds up, and I need to literally bite my lip until …

Pantry Moth Intruders

The other night, as Z sat unsuspectingly on the couch, enjoying a quiet night in, I discovered an intruder in our kitchen cupboard. A sole dreaded pantry moth. Bain of my mother’s existence, and of bags of starchy foodstuffs everywhere. “Oh God, Honey!” I cried. “We have one – we have a moth!” “What?” he …

Feeling Listless

I know what you’re thinking: you’ve missed me, oh God, how you’ve missed me. I have days where I have so much to say, but I haven’t had one of those in a while. I can’t tell if I’m through with talking, or just have a case of the ennui. There was a time when that …

What Happens to Olympians When They Get Old?

My family is athletic. I’m probably, now that I think of it, the least athletic person of us all. For fun, we do things like root each other on while completing marathons, or travelling to participate in relays together. Skiing, swimming, tobogganing – any/all of this would be considered “fun”. Growing up, my parents had …

Pick Me, Pick Me: Picking Your Skin

When I was about 14, I went with my mom to a department store so she could get some more face cream. “Is it time for you to have face cream?” she wondered. “Would you like to try some?” Sitting at a counter, doing a skin analysis with one of the sales women, I mentioned …

You’ve Overstayed

Last night, we had some friends over for drinks. The friends are cat lovers, so – naturally – they tried to pet ours. Though she’d been in the mood for their love before, last night she was having none of it. She hissed at the man. He laughed, and gave her some space. At the …

Fight Inequality: Hire a Minority

Lots of people – lots of non-black, well-intentioned people – are heartbroken by recent news for Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. They think about racism and police brutality and how awful and senseless the deaths of young men like Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are. Their deaths were senseless, but if you really want to help, …