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Fall TV Preview: ‘Parks and Recreation’

Station/time: NBC, Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Premiere date: Sept. 20, “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington” Standout female characters: Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and Donna Meagle (Retta) Why feminist viewers should watch: You mean other than the fact that the show stars feminist comedy badass Amy Poehler? For starters, […]

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Toddler birthday how-to

Well everyone, Ida Jane turned 3 last week, and with no small amount of fanfare and my usual off-the-cuff approach, we celebrated in style! Just in case hosting a toddler birthday party looms on your horizon, I’ve amassed my collective wisdom and experience on the subject.  Several tips from the ultimate half-assed party host: Invite […]

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Open letter to my high-school self

Dear 17-year-old me, Right now, you’re probably sitting at Bakers Square in Homewood, choking down watered-down coffee, pretending to study and reading your friends’ terrible poetry. I imagine that you’re stressing out about getting into the College of Your Choice, the nightmarish indignities of gym class and the fact that the boys you like never […]

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Mommy brain

Earlier this summer I was at a bar with an old friend chatting about all kinds of interesting stuff. We share a lot of things in common. One thing in particular is that we’ve participated in Christian fundamentalist culture. Another thing is that we’ve each since split from that scene in a rather grand and […]