The Great Book List Blog

So my good friend Eric was challenged to create a list of ten books that have “stayed with [him] in some way.” In turn, I was “nominated” by him to create my own. … Continue Reading →


Marianne’s Commom Sense Criteria for Being an Adult

I think most people would agree that there is no magical age or event that ushers anyone into adulthood. There are certainly landmarks that we might associate with it: owning … Continue Reading →


the soul-sustaining power of snack food

After a few long, stressful, disappointing nights, I took myself and my book to get a beer last night. I have been kind of burnt out – work stress, money … Continue Reading →


Lilac Ghosts

      I stopped to pick some lilacs today. I knew in some faraway part of my brain that tomorrow was the anniversary of my mom’s death, and that … Continue Reading →


28 before 29

In July – July! Mere weeks away! – it will be my 28th birthday. My golden birthday. July 28. The age my mom was when she had me. When I … Continue Reading →


Shipwrecked

Some days, the idea of not knowing what comes next isn’t so horrifying. When I declared a hostile break from plans, I wasn’t expecting such an answer from the universe. … Continue Reading →


while people keep taking about how social media distracts us from what’s “truly important”, I find social media making me a better person

I sort of joined Tumblr by accident. I was, as most of my good stories start, wondering what all the hype was about. And maybe also looking for a place … Continue Reading →


love and friendship and astrophysics

I cannot count on one hand all the times that you have let me down. I cannot use both hands and add my feet. I cannot count them on the … Continue Reading →


The Best of the Worst Advice

What’s your five year plan? Does anyone have a real answer to that? Was that ever a question before my generation starting going to interviews? Because it’s the world’s most … Continue Reading →


Welcome to the Polar Vortex

So, it’s cold. It’s cold even in my living room. Work was cancelled for me and Keith. I spooned my animals. Emergency was declared in Illinois.   But work was … Continue Reading →