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11. do what i say, not what i do
advice from the queen of all things procrastination
writing - lifestyle
6.5.09 : feature column!

“Dear Professor,” the email reads. “I started to write my poetry collection, but after 2 poems, I came up with a bad case of writer’s block. I really love this class, and I’m really excited about this assignment, but I have to let you know that the ten page poetry assignment that’s due in five minutes will only be a page and a half. I hope you understand.” One part of me – the one that meticulously creates assignment sheets and spends entire class periods explaining exactly how writing is wo...
12. my mother's daughter
reflecting on one day and two lifetimes
writing - lifestyle
5.8.09 : feature column!

We walk the edge of the ocean, just beyond where the waves trickle and die against the sand. There are thick beach towels wrapped around each of our waists; actually, mine is around my waist and hers is cinched up higher. We both wear navy blue tank suits, and we both have dark wet hair, totally different shades when dry, but now, pushed back from our foreheads by salt water and a sprinkling of sand, it looks the same. We are the same. Once, we were so different. Worlds apart. But the olde...
13. tv wrongs and rights
a spring roundup of dolls, teens, and love gods
pop culture - criticism
4.8.09 : feature column!

After watching yet another lackluster episode of “Dollhouse,” a show I've stuck with only because of banked goodwill by Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, and anyone even tangentially involved with “Battlestar Galactica” (in this case, Tahmoh Penikett), I suddenly realized why it is destined to fail. We don’t like our dramatic main characters stupid. Sidekicks can be silly. Comedic leads can be goofy, or oblivious, or clueless. Love interests can be vapid, and there’s always the airhead blonde ste...
14. love, american (movie) style
why fake love isn't enough for the fans
pop culture - lifestyle
3.9.09 : feature column!

There are mysteries we all face in life that cannot be explained. Why is “Dollhouse” so bad? Why can’t the guy in 13A actually cover his mouth when he coughs, instead of infecting the entire plane with his nasty cold? Why does anyone care what Rush Limbaugh has to say about anyone? (You know if he’s talking about anyone left of Mussolini, it’s not going to be very nice. He’s been doing the same shtick for 15 years, so why get all riled up about him now?) But the one that plagues me today i...
15. 25 random things about the internet
by the internet
tech - lifestyle
2.9.09 : feature column!

1. First, I don’t know why I’m doing this. I mean, you’re here every day, you know me pretty well, or at least, you know parts of me pretty well. I am kind of vast. Maybe there are random things you haven’t quite gotten around to learning about me yet, and you’re hoping to find out one of my deepest secrets. (Good luck with that.) 2. I have a beef to pick with the word “random.” These things are, technically, not random but very carefully selected out of a very large storehouse of facts ab...
16. yes, we can (watch it from the couch)
why to avoid the inauguration madness
news - lifestyle
1.9.09 : feature column!

If you’re reading this outside the nation’s capital, I have some advice for you: stay there. I don’t mean always. Of course we would love to have you visit, and if you’re a Red Sox fan, we’ll happily welcome you to Washington on June 23, 24, or 25 for Boston’s first-ever series here against the Nationals, but it's best not to be here for the Presidential Inauguration. Seriously. Stay home. I promise you, you’ll have a much better view of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and ...
17. christmas in boston
celebrating the holidays with cheese
pop culture - criticism
12.10.08 : feature column!

There's nothing like Christmas in Boston. Right. The snow, the tree in the Common, skating at Frog Pond, the window decorations at Downtown Crossing, midnight mass at St. Ignatius, driving to Dedham to see that crazy house with the ten million Christmas lights... No, no, I don't mean that Christmas in Boston. I mean "Christmas in Boston", the movie starring that girl from "The Practice" and a whole bunch of people who look kind of familiar in a pretty young actor-type way, and it's truly awfu...
18. the best show you're not watching
and probably can't
television - criticism
11.12.08 : feature column!

Once upon a time there was this television show about a high school football team in small town Texas. And the show was totally predictable, and yet, totally brilliant. For the first time in the history of television, it managed to matter not in the slightest that every move was telegraphed in advance. Or that every character was based on a stock stereotype. Or that a bunch of unknown pretty-boys filled out the cast. Because every freakin’ moment of the first season of the show was gold. S...
19. the seven year itch
why can't tv do right by marriage?
television - lifestyle
10.10.08 : feature column!

After months of ignoring the critical buzz, I finally succumbed to the pressure, and watched the first DVD of the acclaimed drama "Mad Men". While the show certainly looked gorgeous and authentic, as much as I can judge what is authentic in terms of a 1960s Manhattan advertising firm, I had trouble warming up to the characters. The men and women who populate the show, or at least the first three episodes, are a bit too cold and distant for me to really care about their struggles. I understa...
20. grounded again
when sports karma goes wrong
sports - lifestyle
8.11.08 : feature column!

As I sit toward the back of an uncomfortably warm airplane, surrounded by strangers as we not-so-patiently wait through the latest delay in an evening full of them, all I can think of is that some time, somewhere, I unwittingly made a deal with the devil. It’s the only explanation –- granted, it’s been a long night of thwarted travel, running through the Atlanta airport, hopping off then back on again this flight home, so there’s no guaranteeing my mind is working properly, but here, in this mo...
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re: william wants a doll

Great question, and great response -- still figuring it out as you go along, as we all do, but I appreciate how thoughtful and honest you are about it.

re: baby without the maybe

Wow. Just lovely.

re: baby without the maybe


re: baby without the maybe


re: whose concept of conception?

There are lots of other things you should question about the RC Church.

re: open mind, closed marriage

Thoughtful and challenging--walking towards oncoming traffic and I'm walking with you!

re: winning isn't everything

The nice thing about a bad season is there's always next year. The bad thing about a winning season is there's always next year.

re: welcome to hollywoodn't

Good work.

re: my mother's daughter

A beautiful tribute.

re: my mother's daughter

Simply gorgeous, and lovely, and warm, and wonderful.

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