My friend has a 15-year-old daughter. The 15-year-old daughter has a cell phone, which my friend tracks. My friend knows where her daughter is at all times. My friend checks up on her daughter about 17 times a day. My friend uses an app like Life360. This sort of application allows parents to see… Read More

Bed bugs. Not many things scare me like bed bugs. I have such a phobia about these fairly harmless creatures that it borders on obsession. It didn’t help when my librarian friend told me that her library had to close for a bit because there was evidence of bed bug activity in a newly returned… Read More

  It was Friday, November 1st. I had fallen asleep on the couch and was reaching for the remote to turn off the television. And there it was. A Lexus – December to Remember – commercial. Yes. On November 1st. Before we’ve even had a chance to buy cranberry sauce and stuffing. At any rate,… Read More

There is nothing worse than going on a job interview. It’s difficult to try, in 20 minutes or less, to convince a stranger that you are capable, able to learn and won’t want the interviewer’s job a year down the road. And, of course, you are expected to do all of that, in a non-arrogant… Read More

I have a friend who keeps his used band aids. My grandmother saved empty Chanel No. 5 bottles. Some things we save are sentimental: 3rd grade history essays, love letters from the neat guy we met on Spring Break 20 years ago, signed pictures of Corey Feldman. In a world where we save so many… Read More

  Did you go to summer camp? Did you ever make a leather keyring for a parent with illegible initials burned into it? Did you receive a friendship bracelet that fell apart before you could remember the name of the person who made it for you? What about making ashtrays for people who didn’t smoke?… Read More

    There are a lot of things to worry about in this world: war, pollution, Social Security sustainability. Even closer to home, you get to worry if your kid is going to get into the school of her dreams, if your son will get his heart broken, even if you be able to retire… Read More

  In 1993, San Francisco citizens came out in droves to vote to allow a police officer to “walk his beat with a ventriloquist’s dummy,” according to This was part of a program to “break down barriers between citizens and police.” Nothing screams “trust me” like a grown man walking down the street with… Read More

The internet is capable of a lot of damage. Infidelity, petty arguments, too much wasted time playing Cookie Cats and, we know, even arrests. But there’s one thing that is often overlooked: a lot of our country’s primary source history is now on the web. Because of the internet, we don’t only get the chance… Read More

I work for tax preparers. Because of that, I am now in the process of gearing up for my Super Bowl, my Mardi Gras, my harvest season. I am eating better, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep. I am getting ready for Tax Season. Of course, this changes my life – longer… Read More