The Complaint Department; or, the evolution of an optimist(?)

I know this week we’re supposed to focus on the things we’re thankful for, but let’s be honest – sometimes it’s pretty darn hard to feel grateful. Sometimes there’s no silver lining in sight. Sometimes we’re just not happy. Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project has some interesting tips on how not to be happy: — Hone your powers of discernment so that practically nothing can meet your standards, and be sure to tell everyone […]

Wiki Wednesday 11-21-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! And this week, it’s another wiki geography lesson: Collingham is a village 3 km (2 miles) south east of Wetherby in West Yorkshire. It is in the Leeds metropolitan district. The clergyman, the Reverend William Mompesson was born there in 1639. The River Wharfe runs through the village towards Wetherby as does the main A58 trans-pennine […]

Together apart

Relationships can take many forms. Couples aren’t married, and live in separate homes. Couples live together, but aren’t married. Couples get married, and live together. Couples are married and live together, but one member feels like a single parent because the other isn’t around very much. And here’s a couple (via AisleDash) who are married, but live apart in the same city. In a recent article in Self magazine, Judith Newman describes her 14-year marriage, […]

Ten on Tuesday 11-20: Ten Reasons It’s Great to Be a Woman (or Man)

Obviously, I can’t speak from experience about any reasons it’s great to be a man… I’m going to qualify this list, based on my book club’s recent discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns, and make it “Ten Reasons It’s Great to Be a Woman in 21st-Century America.” We may still have a long way to go, but we’ve truly come far… We have choices and control over our lives that our foremothers probably could never […]

Caught up in a net(work)

I’ve talked about my ambivalence over the the whole concept of “networking” before, but I think I’m making some progress in getting out there. The strangest thing about it so far is that this well-documented introvert with a timid streak and a fear of rejection has become someone who doesn’t wait to be asked – in formal online-networking settings, I’ve extended more invitations than I’ve received. But they keep being accepted, and I guess that […]

The reading life (a meme)

This reading meme comes via Dewey at the hidden side of a leaf (open invitation, no tags – I’ll do the same. Join in on your own blog if you want to.) 1. Do you remember learning to read? How old were you? I don’t really remember learning to read, but I know that I was reading by myself before I started kindergarten, so I assume I was somewhere between four and five years old […]

Reading list

Via Alison’s book blog, I’ve found The Lists – Books for the Obsessive Reader. If you’re always on the lookout for reading ideas, this is a blog worth checking out. Alison’s attention was caught by this list of 100 Most Influential Novels by Women Writers. I’ve marked the ones I’ve read at some point in my life with a *. Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind* Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire Virginia Woolf, To […]

Book talk: “The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Online Networking”

Book talk: “The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Online Networking”

The Savvy Gal’s Guide to Online Networking (or, What Would Jane Austen Do?)Diane K. Danielson and Lindsey Pollak As a networking-challenged individual, I’ve found the online world makes the process a bit less intimidating. But there are so many places to make connections there, and the rules are still evolving, so finding your way through it is another learning experience. Diane K. Danielson, founder of the on- and offline networking group the Downtown Women’s Club, […]


Technically, this should probably be a Tuesday meme, but since I got tagged with it last night (via e-mail from my sister), I’m making it a “casual-Friday” thing. I won’t tag anyone else – if you’d like to play along, please feel free, and leave me a comment about it so I know to visit your blog! Two names you go by:1. Florinda2. Nina Two things you are wearing right now:1. Black cardigan sweater2. My […]

iPod Random Ten 11-16-07

Friday morning’s musical montage: “Cool,” Gwen Stefani, Love, Angel, Music, Baby“Hallelujah I Love Her So,” Ray Charles, Ray (Motion Picture Soundtrack)“Train in Vain (Stand By Me),” Annie Lennox, Medusa“Take Your Mama,” Scissor Sisters“Lost Highway,” Bon Jovi, Lost Highway“Black Wave/Bad Vibrations,” Arcade Fire, Neon Bible“If I Were You,” Kasey Chambers, Barricades and Brickwalls“Fix You,” Coldplay, X&Y“Can’t Stand Losing You,” The Police, Greatest Hits“Take a Chance on Me,” Erasure, Pop! 20 HitsFor once, I agree – I […]

Not much love for Los Angeles

Not much love for Los Angeles

This is the city: Los Angeles, California. Its environs are home to a couple million people, and more arrive every year. It creates its own mythology and image, and, as the capital of film and television production – often featuring stories based on or in the city – spreads that image to the world. (Although that’s on hold for the moment, and was already a topic for another post.) But, as reported in the LAist […]

Booking Through Thursday 11-15: “Preservatives”

Booking Through Thursday 11-15: “Preservatives”

Today’s question comes from Conspiracy-Girl:I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves! This is […]

Nobody walks in LA – everyone drives (each other crazy)

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you may have noticed that traffic and commuting are among my favorite ranting topics. This is an interesting finding on that subject, via the On the Job blog – when given the choice between relocating and “extreme commuting,” a new study from Korn/Ferry International indicates that 70% of executives would prefer the latter alternative. “Extreme commuting” is defined as “traveling by plane to work and […]

Wiki Wednesday 11-14-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! My mom’s family used to get out of the Bronx to spend their summers in New Jersey, but not here: Cohansey Township was a township that existed in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States, during two separate periods, from 1697-1748 and from 1848-1865. The name was derived from the Cohansey River, which flows through the area. […]

Ten on Tuesday 11-13: Songs That Bring Back Memories (and Why)

This week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt is an excellent one, and a bit of a challenge for me, for several reasons: It’s hard to think of the songs on their own. Recollection by song, for me, is usually prompted by hearing the song (or at least reading the title somewhere). For me, exposing things related to my musical tastes always feels risky. Combining my iTunes library with Tall Paul’s after we moved in together was […]