Prurient Political Interests

Marriage & Sex The first headline that caught my eye, this morning, was Greg Abbott’s mind-bending defense of banning gay marriage. It seems to go like this, in a nutshell (heavy on the nuts): “Texas’ same-sex marriage ban is ‘rationally related to the State’s interest in reducing unplanned out-of-wedlock births.’ How? ‘By channeling procreative heterosexual intercourse... read more

How to Get Me to Open Your Email

This post isn’t for the spammers. They’ve got this down to an art, although most of us are so onto their game that we automatically skim every subject line with a world-weary eye. I can hear a little voice in my head muttering, “Yeah, sure. Uh huh. Nope, nope, nope. When pigs fly. Who cares…” as I read through what’s left of my inbox after the spam filter’s dumped... read more

Selfies & Storytelling

2013 was officially “The Year of the Selfie.” Experts don’t think it’s just a passing fad, either. Between 2012 and 2013, there was a 17,000% increase in the use of the word “selfie.” There are marvelous selfies, historic selfies (what, you thought your generation invented the self-portrait??), ill-considered selfies, heretical selfies, and selfies that just make us... read more

Just a Hint of Autumn

Houston has been having a cool front. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the area, this means that instead of 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit, it was 60-90 degrees, with a pleasant little breeze. We took a drive with the windows down and the sunroof wide open. This is the first fall in twenty years that I have not seen a child off to school with the anticipation of filling out forms at the end of the day.... read more

The “Like” Diet: Going on Maintenance

It hasn’t even been a week, and already, the “Like” Diet is getting a little boring. I take great pleasure in clicking “Like” when I think no one’s looking; it’s like reaching into that big bag of chips for the third time. My friend Alice posted: “STOP TAKING THOSE STUPID QUIZZES!!! You aren’t a dog, a playwright, a stop sign, a vegetable or a grocery... read more

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