The Gambler’s Fallacy

castille soap

It didn’t start out as a way to avoid chemicals or “toxins,” those nebulous little buggers that Southern Californian middle class white women in Lululemon deem the downfall of modern civilization. The only shampoo that didn’t seem to transform my straight … Continue reading →

A Homeowner’s Real Estate Fear

Disclaimer: Not the author's actual house

There comes a time in the process of selling a house when every homeowner realizes he or she is an enormously disgusting slob. Perhaps not of the sort that Hoarders would feature, saving every milk carton purchased since 1964 and failing to … Continue reading →

Talk Me Out of It

Terrible bob growing out

You guys, I’m really going through something right now. It could end disastrously. I can hear you all now, giving me pep talks and reassurances, in my head: This is completely normal. Every woman has those thoughts now and again. … Continue reading →

Three Years Ago

ME&GRANDMA

My grandmother died three years ago, after a long battle with cancer. She died in the middle of the night, alone but unaware of her surroundings. She floated off on a cloud of morphine on Thanksgiving day, ensuring that we … Continue reading →

Rough Drafts & Neuroses

Happy

I have written and trashed two posts today. That makes this post number three. Yep, I am still chugging along, thinking I’m going to get something worthwhile written. I don’t know what’s wrong with me today, or why I feel … Continue reading →

Cat Colony on the Bluff

Feral Cats

Fog socked in the bay, the first hint that the end of summer might be near. Jogging along the path that hems the bluffs, I repeated thankful prayers that the heat might finally be ending. All the talk of pumpkins and colored leaves … Continue reading →

Thoughts About This Week

Life of Pi

In no particular order: I have required two cold showers a day every day this week, because it is hot here; so hot I don’t even want to use a tired metaphor involving hell to describe it. Oh yeah, we … Continue reading →