well, i guess this is growing up.

its been unseasonably warm for january this week. and now its raining in st. paul. and i don't mean freezing rain - the kind that feels more like snow when it hits your face as you walk across the parking lot. nope. this is a real rain. ...more

the new john mccain

last night's debate needed to happen. ...more

you shouldn't be able to push the button if you can't say the word

nucular. nuc-ular. nucuuuuuular. NUCULAR is not a word. nuc-lear is a word. allow me to spell it phonetically: noo-klee-er. from the french word nucléaire, which means unpronounceable on television by substandard vice presidential candidates. of all the things that bothered me about last night’s debate (and believe me there were a few), this mispronunciation takes the cake, and here’s why: ...more

a study in modern feminism

i am not good at guy stuff. in fact, i’m a disaster. and although i happen to believe (as any good feminist should) that gender is a social construction, i still find myself completely lost when it comes to the following things: ...more

why everyone should have dates with themselves

i have a confession. i’m a fair weather feminist. i like to pretend that the term third wave actually means that i can interpret feminism however i want to. that i can forgo independence, reproductive choice and egalitarian relationships when a certain mood strikes me. and that certain mood is loneliness. or rather, a fear of loneliness. ...more

in the name of pluck

i wrote yesterday about a conversation i had with my mom where she asked me where my spunk was. and by golly, i think i’ve started to find it. ...more

smart vs. pretty

every week or so i get a copy of “the classical post,”minnesota public radio’s e-newsletter. it helps me feel connected to the music scene at home and usually has an interesting human interest story or two. this week’s newsletter featured a blurb about soprano deborah voight, who was featured last year on 60 minutes because she had gastric bypass surgery. ...more

why she's a katie girl

Chronicles of a Katie Girl: Singing and dancing in my underwear ...more

why she's a katie girl


its not easy being green (part two)

i have written in the past on the difficulties of “living green”. as part of the volunteer program i am currently participating in, we are required to make a good faith effort at reducing our consumption, eating vegetarian, recycling, etc. ...more