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Biking and Feminism: “I belong on the road.”

I’ve been very fortunate that I haven’t had some of the aggressive interactions with drivers and pedestrians that others have had — mine have been limited to cat calling and the traffic incident that inspired my petulant “red dress” campaign.  A guy I know wears an American flag jersey on his distance rides, and has…

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Girls to the Front

NPR is asked, “Are Tall People Obligated To Stand In The Back At Concerts?” They mostly get it right: The only obligation tall people have in concerts is the same one the rest of us have, to do everything you can to be “good and courteous neighbors.”  Frequently, though, that’s not what happens. In the early…

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Dinner Club, Desserts

Another Dinner Club is coming up, and the theme is bite-sized desserts. The current plan, thanks to the overflow of blueberries from the local U-Pick place, is to make these blueberry crumble bars fancy and serve them on a toothpick with pretty garnish. This is a humble dessert, not the prettiest thing at the party,…

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Thinking Up Quality Blog Topics: Suggestions for the Uncreative

Poking around the HubSpot Blog Topic Generator, I tried several word combinations to test how complicated the algorithms are. They all looked just about like this. “The History of Kids” sounds like a Strong Bad story. By comparison, this tutorial teaches you how to generate a year’s worth of quality blog topics in one go.

More on the WL Signage Wars

In 2013, I interviewed Peter Bunder and Eddie VanBogaert on the WL signage wars. City government threatened to crack down on local property managers for increasingly putting up larger and larger signage in student neighborhoods that did not adhere to zoning laws, further exacerbating the tensions between local government, the campus neighborhood associations, and landlords. When Granite…

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How Social Media Changed Election Politics for Young Women

It’s still fun to see your name in print. From an article examining how the ways young feminists view Hillary Clinton changed after social media became the norm: In the early and mid-2000s, after she left the White House and took up residence in the U.S. Senate, Clinton largely shifted away from a women-centered agenda…

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Who’s that girl on Meridian Street?

My neighbors and I were profiled in the Journal & Courier today for our creative  attempts to slow traffic on our crash-prone street: The idea came on June 27, as wreckers worked for nearly three hours to pull out a car wedged into the trees in Breschinsky’s yard. No one was hurt in the crash. But…

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A History of Creepy Dolls

When I first started going to auctions, I accidentally bid on and won a creepy doll. At an estate auction, I didn’t like the cut of some lady’s jib, and bid her up on a random item to be a jerk and give her a hard time. This is a common, if ill-advised, auction practice —…

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Champinones al Ajillo

A few months ago, one of my friends came up with the brilliant idea of Dinner Club, a group of local friends and foodies that regularly gets together to cook, eat, and socialize. It’s a collaborative and family-friendly gathering that is teeming with creativity and anticipation, as we plan and share our plans online leading…

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How to Identify Stanhope Jewelry

Several months ago, I lucked out and found a large stash of Stanhope novelty pieces at a garage sale. The collection I had to choose from was mostly religious icons, like tiny paintings of saints, the Lord’s Prayer, and other iconography hidden in keychains and cross pendants. The naughty Stanhopes, however are highly collectible —…

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On Cabbage Steak, Rage, and Roasting Vegetables

There is a recipe floating around social media that makes me want to rage-quit the internet every time I read it, for “Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steak.” Why does it make me want to light the internet on fire? Because it’s fussy, over-complicated and shows a basic lack of understanding on how to use ingredients for a culinary end….

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