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As I've alluded to before, email newsletters are my day job. I believe in email as an editorial format*. There are ways to do it well. I wanted to do some after-hours experimentation with the medium and the format, both for personal and professional gratification. And that's how I ended... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
[Bill] Simmons grew so big that ESPN was willing to fund an entirely separate site -- Grantland -- as a way to make him happy and keep him tied to their larger brand. His quasi-departure from the company that had "made" him presaged other moves like it. Kara Swisher and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
I don't talk much about my day job on my personal blog for many reasons, some of which may actually demonstrate mature good judgment. But one of the ongoing tasks I have is to assess email as an effective form of editorial content. I spend a lot of time thinking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
I read Luke Malone's well-researched, nuanced and thorough piece at Medium yesterday, You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now? The opening is raw, because it describes a specific, recorded act of abuse against a physically restrained 18-month-old child, detailing both the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
The potato vines spilling over the top of our potato bag had gone brown and dead about two weeks ago, so we figured it was time to harvest the potatoes. By "harvest," I mean, "dump the bag in a bare patch of the yard, then use a pink Disney Princess... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
Here are recent developments that all go together ... 1. Conservatives want big houses & liberals want walkable communities. A recent poll showed that, when given a choice between "The houses are smaller and closer to each other, but schools, stores and restaurants are within walking distance" vs. "The houses... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
On the mornings I don’t swim, Trix pads into our room and stands by my side of the bed, whispering, “I’m awake.” “Would you like to come into the bed?” I ask. We both know this is a formality. “Yes!” she says, and stretches out her arms so I can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
Summer vacation season is looming, which means that we're about to enter the point in the yearly journalism cycle where someone, somewhere, becomes a "lactivist" because they were asked to cover up while nursing at an airport/on an airplane/at the pool/at the Starbucks/at Disney/at a local park/at a big-box store... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
A friend of mine linked to this piece by James St. James today, "Dear Michael Alig ...," which can be read in two ways: 1. As a critique of how swiftly consumer technology can alter social mores and change the definition of everyday tasks. 2. As a wink-and-a-nod parody to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
One of my daughter's closest friends is severely allergic to eggs, milk and nuts. Another one is allergic to milk and eggs. The kids' preschool is nut-free at this point, and the teachers have done a wonderful job of teaching the children not to share food at school. "We could... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
Normally, I love the Motherlode, but today's post, "Hey, Whiny Modern Parents, Tell Us What You Love About the Gig," sent me on a bit of a rage bender. You can credit the good, old-fashioned cocktail of generational myopia and current affairs ignorance this commenter displays: I would be interested... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
We had three kids under one roof this weekend, and it was pretty awesome. My niece had her sixteenth birthday party at her family's cabin up in mountains in Calaveras county. (No frogs, jumping or otherwise, in attendance.) Her brothers sensibly said, "A weekend trapped in the snowy woods with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
While it is alive Until Death touches it While it and I lap one Air Dwell in one Blood Under one Sacrament Show me Division can split or pare— Love is like Life—merely longer Love is like Death, during the Grave Love is the Fellow of the Resurrection Scooping up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
I dragged myself into the pool on Friday morning, and while I was in there, I was thinking about two pieces I ran across this week: "The Basic Bitch: Who Is She?" and "How basic are you?" I was mostly thinking that the worst crime the so-called Basic Bitch commits... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
I knew there might be trouble last week. As I boarded the plane, I noticed that the row in front of mine was occupied by a child wrapped in blankets, flushed yet shivering, and coughing up a storm. Next to her was a man who looked as if butter wouldn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
Before cracking the spine of Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren's classic How to Read a Book, I had considered myself a good reader because I was naturally speedy, yet capable of retaining and synthetizing nearly all of what I had read. After reading Adler & Van Doren, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
Here's what works for us: Right after we do our taxes, I pull out a manila envelope, label it for the year, then write a checklist on it: Property taxes; car registration fees; 1099s; W-2s; charitable receipts; mortgage interest; other account interest. I also write the tax ID # of our child's preschool on the folder, as well as the school's name and address. We keep the folder in the area where we also file bills, so we can drop papers in there on an as-needed basis. Since we have a flexible spending account for childcare expenses, I keep a Google docs spreadsheet tracking paycheck deductions, tuition payments and program reimbursements. I also have a Google docs spreadsheet to track charitable donations, and it automatically tallies the amount for me. I have a third spreadsheet to log our telecom expenses, as they're deductible for us. (Nota bene: I have automated my two primary charitable donations so it's just a matter of tagging the confirmation emails with the tax year in Gmail, and I can cross-reference those against the spreadsheet in ten minutes at tax time.) Prepping for taxes took 10 minutes this year, mostly because the printer had to warm up before it could print out the three spreadsheets. I just put them in the folder where everything else had been filed as we received it, then headed to the accounant's.
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Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary of what has come to be known as the Virginia Tech Massacre. It is still surreal to me to have my alma mater linked so casually to the word "massacre." At left is a picture of Burruss Hall. It anchors one side of the oblong... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
Back in 2001, Phil and I sat in the quiet courtyard of a boutique hotel on the edge of Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. We had just spent a few days tooling around Seattle without a car -- which meant that we pretty much went where we could walk or bus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
THE FIRST SALE: A sun-baked corner lot, with four or six hulking old pieces of furniture out there plus the usual assortment of yard sale-y crap: old fitness props, the saddest holiday decorations, cookbooks promoting diets that have since been found to be profoundly lethal. I had driven by the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
It was Phil's night to put the daughter to bed, and to expedite the process, I left the house and took a 55-minute long walk. I am basically the opposite of Patsy Cline in that I love taking long walks at night -- there's none of this weeping willow business... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
So have I told you how I've rounded the corner on this food-tracking madness and begun tracking what I eat using three separate apps? Let's take a brief tour into insanity here: First stop: LoseIt! I've been tracking with this site and app for all of 2014, and I like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
If you are going to read books about how awesome urban farming is (Spring Warren's The Quarter Acre Farm) or how wonderful it is to live off what you raise (Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Mineral), then I think you should skip the next sixteen "How I, an urbane lady who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre
... Or why I should never try to read William Gibson on an airplane. I'm traveling for work right now, and this trip has been more disorienting than any six-day trip has any right to be. I never really adjusted to east coast time, so my sleep cycles and stomach... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Penny Wiseacre