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

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

The “Like” Diet: Join Me for Coffee?

I wish I had taken “before” and “after” pics of my Facebook newsfeed. I honestly did not expect to see changes in the content and quality of the feed so quickly; I wasn’t sure two weeks would be enough, let alone two days. If it hadn’t been for my friend Alice’s post, I might have chalked it up to the fact that I had recently been on vacation in Maine, with very... read more

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