10 Things I Learned from Naked and Afraid (and a Perfect Connecticut Afternoon)

10 things I learned from the survivalist reality show Naked and Afraid: 1. After a few awkward minutes, no one will care if you’re naked in the wilderness. 2. There’s good naked and bad naked ....more

I gave a speech and it was this big

SheKnows Media posted the speeches from the #BlogHer15 conference, and I finally got to see how my speech...more

Cry “Havoc!” in a Sleepy Classroom

My students hadn’t thought...more

Escape New Haven, or Not

“You find yourself trapped in a madman’s workshop. Can you figure out how to use his tools and inventions against him to escape in 1 hour, before he releases the poison gas and puts an end to your attempts?” –Escape New Haven, The Workshop Mwahahaha. Surely the evil laugh of a madman was all in my head as the clock ticked down on our attempt to escape from his workshop ....more

How to Avoid the Killing of Darlings

Christine told me how to avoid the axing of assonance, the slaughter of simile, the killing of...more

My #BlogHer15 Recap as a Timid and Squeamish VOTY Featured Honoree: From Excited to Terrified to Exuberant

TL;DR: I made it through my terrifying speech as a VOTY featured honoree just fine, met inspiring people, and learned a lot...more

I’ll be at BlogHer’s upcoming conference

Dress selected, shoes picked out, blogging business cards located from the back of a drawer. All that’s left is the excited anticipation for attending the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference in New York City. That, and the packing ....more

Postcards from Outside Your Comfort Zone {3}: Dancing with the Stars

{In this series, readers send in postcards from outside their comfort zones. Celebrate your courage: Send me a postcard.} I was so impressed when I opened my local paper and saw my friend Julie, who took on Quinnipiac University′s “Dancing with the Stars” challenge, even though she’d never had any formal dance lessons. She danced brilliantly...more

50 Years of Great Rock: You Say It’s Your Birthday

Hop on a 14-minute journey through the history of rock and roll. Starting with the classic rock of the Who in 1965, you’ll hear hard rock, psychedelia, roots rock, Southern rock, funk, punk, new wave, a quick nod to disco, eighties pop, grunge, indie rock, and beyond…. The rules: one song a year the song has to sound like its year each band just once (Video link) 1965 — My Generation — The Who During the year of my birth, rock really got rolling with this song ....more