Etcetera

All the random things I haven’t categorized yet.

I’m Gonna be a Subpar Model?

Sometimes it feels like I’m expected to try to look like a supermodel. But because models are anomalies, I’m gonna fall short of the ideal we’ve made. Way, way short in fact, to the point that if I spent thousands of dollars and years of my life trying to fix my flaws, I could still […]

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How Racist are You?

My friend Win linked to this article from Slate: Paula Deen’s Racism Isn’t Shocking At All. The assertion is that “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” sometimes. And my gut response was, “Am I racist?” I’m surely trying not to be. Paula Deen says she called someone the N-word when he held a gun to her […]

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Abuse doesn’t look like abuse

There’s a very helpful article making its rounds, called Drowning Does Not Look like Drowning. I’ve never seen someone on the verge of drowning — or at least I don’t think I have! I searched for a video of what the article describes, and found this: The video quality is a bit rough, and I […]

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Patrick Stewart Made Me Cry

In a good way. I’ve always love Captain Piccard. Ya’ll say Kirk is better, but better for what? Making the world a better place? I hope my kids grow up to be like this. As Patrick Stewart explains here, Piccard never would have let a situation get to the point where a fistfight was even […]

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That awkward moment when…

… you find yourself putting someone down in an effort to be more accepted yourself. I caught myself doing this at a party this week. I didn’t mention her name, but did vilify her intentions. This was especially awkward since I’ve become super self-critical of my own failures where I was knocking her. My kids […]

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Found the One

About three years ago my kids came tiptoeing into the living room and overheard something like this: “He signed? Really? Do I just go pick up the documents now? Oh okay. Wow. Yeah, thanks so much for everything. OK. Thanks. Bye.” I’d just hung up and dropped to my knees when I saw them. Our […]

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Simple Bean Soup

“What’s in the beans tonight, mom?” “Oh… a little bit of this and that.” “Yes! I LOVE that flavor!” — At OpenWest, my friend Joseph Hall has talked about Computational Gastronomy and Cooking Like an Engineer. I don’t cook like an engineer, ever. If anything, I cook like an abstract expressionist. My daughter recently listed […]

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Us vs Violence

“The typical perpetrator is not sick and twisted; he’s a normal guy in every other way” The men who do this stuff do it because to them, somehow, it seems normal. This is about purposely changing what’s accepted as normal. It’s also about ending the victim blaming.  A conversation I’ve had too many times goes […]

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Establish a House

One more free graphic while I’m at it. My sister had asked for a copy of a poster I’d made for Christmas, and I keep forgetting to upload it. Click the image for a scalable PDF. 🙂 Oh, and derp. I just realized it doesn’t include the reference, so here you go.  And one point […]

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On Kings and Queens

Every man needs a woman when his life is a mess, because just like in chess, the Queen protects the King. I see that quote on the interwebs a lot, and it’s so romantic and stuff. Especially when it’s printed over an embracing couple who seem to be wearing only tattoos of each others’ names. […]

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