How post-apocalyptic fiction taught me to stop worrying and love zombies.    Circa 2005 or thereabouts, I attended a talk by David Sedaris at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.  In the middle of his reading, he went off on a tangent (major spoiler ... Read More


On September 11, 2001, I was a 21-year-old, newly minted college graduate, who had managed to parlay my BA in psychology into my first real job. I was in my office at Rutgers University when reports first came in that a plane ... Read More


It is a truth universally acknowledged that, since the days of Austen and Bronte, there have been various tropes – overused themes, weaving their way through our favorite works of cinema and literature. The Fifty Shades trilogy is no exception.   With ... Read More


During college, I lived in a house with six other women.  Yes, you heard that correctly, there were seven of us.  In fact, the house ... Read More


One of the more humorous stories to come out of my childhood involves a phone conversation I was having with my friend *Barb.  Sometime during the conversation, her father yelled from downstairs, “Barb, you wanna come clean the maggots out of the ... Read More


Back in the 1990s, I was an unabashed Gilmore Girls fan. I grew up together with Rory, Paris, and Lane, cheering their triumphs and lamenting their missteps. ... Read More


When I was seven, I used to shower with the curtain half open so that I could keep one eye on the toilet.  It became a ritual ... Read More


For the past few months, my husband and I have been looking to purchase a home. As any of you who’ve been there before knows, the home buying process is ... Read More


About two years ago, my husband surprised me with a Keurig for Valentine’s Day. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift; I’d been mentioning how I wanted one for my office, and there it was, a brand new, professional grade Keurig. The problem was, I thought we had agreed not to ... Read More


It’s the moment that every parent dreads, and one that every parent can relate to; the public meltdown.  Your cute, typically agreeable child now seems to be nothing but flailing arms and legs, and a giant mouth screaming words that become less intelligible with every passing second. ... Read More

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