How I Talk Myself Down: An Unemployment Checklist

Ovid is my homeboy.There comes a time in every job search when you start awakening with a start in the middle of the night, covered in a sheen of sweat and vague recollections of a nightm...more

Talk Me Out of It

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.Honey, give it a week. You'll change your mind.Remember last time? You really regretted it.For the love of pickles, think of your cheeks!That's right. I'm bored with my hair....more

"Get Boys to Like You and Be Popular!"

Everyone read them. The magazines, I mean. All the girls at school had them. If I was lucky, a friend would let me borrow hers during lunch or maybe, if she was done reading it, give it to me. I'd cut out pictures of Jared Leto and tape them to my wall. I'd pore over every word, from the editor's letter to the "What's Your Guy-Snagging Style?" quiz. Thankfully, I always fell into the middle range, neither too forward nor too shy - but only because I cheated....more