My Terrible, Awful and Completely Rational Fear of Elevators

Everyone has their quirks. Some people have an adverse reaction to blue cheese. Others avoid public bathrooms. Me? I get scared when I get on an elevator....more
Oh my gosh - my Mom has this same fear, even though she has never been trapped on an elevator. ...more

Travel: Bisons in Traffic & Other Fun at Yellowstone

One of the main reasons to visit Yellowstone, aside from Old Faithful Geyser and beautiful scenery, is the wildlife. From Day 1 at the park, we were constantly scanning the forest, the meadows, the valleys, and the riverbeds for wildlife. We had our hawk eyes on so much that when we got back home to New Jersey we were still looking around while driving, just out of habit....more
Nomadic Lifestyle Thanks! We had an awesome time - Yellowstone is so beautiful, and the added ...more

Why Charlo Greene's "F*ck it. I Quit." Is a Revolutionary Act

I have never had the courage to just walk off of a job. I have wanted to, many times. But, I never had the economic ability (or guts) to do so. Beyond the monetary constraints, there was this lingering concern about being blackballed, blacklisted, and otherwise blackified for not conforming to the respectability politics of the workplace. I behaved as completely politically correct as possible to keep food on my table and a roof over my family's head. I just didn't end up having much to show for it....more
@JennMJack - Yes, I would have to agree that whether we like it or not, she has the free will to ...more

In Work/Life Balance, Where Is the Balance Between Parents and Non-Parents?

This past February, my furnace went kaput. One day, it was a nice 68 degrees—downright tropical during the winter's Polar Vortex. The next day, I could have sworn I saw my breath. After a few moments of panic and mentally preparing myself to freeze to death in my sleep—alone, childless, forever single—I was able to do the adult thing and schedule a repair. Someone would be headed to my home the following afternoon. I paused briefly upon realizing that I'd need to be home in the middle of the workday … but this was an emergency. ...more
KimSanDiego It all depends on the boss. My current boss is incredibly accommodating when I ask ...more

I Had a Crush on Doug McKeon

Dear Doug McKeon, Just typing your name into this document has given me a tingly feeling all over. As the kids say these days: "Squeeeee!" I feel like I’m 13 all over again. ...more

Don't Call Me Flat Chested

The other day I asked a friend if he was picked on in school. He replied that kids teased him for being gay (he’s straight) because he’s skinny, wears glasses, didn’t play sports and always had his nose in a book. A pocket protector kind of kid. He asked me if I got picked on and I said, yeah, for being a groupie and my overall trashiness. He looked at me inquisitively, like, “That’s it?” Later, when the conversation moved on, I realized I got picked on way more for being “flat chested,” but that was so embarrassing I blocked it out. ...more
Why "gay," I wonder? Why not "nerd" or "geek" or any of the tried-and-true descriptions that ...more

To Be a Good Parent, I Had to Forgive Mine First

Like any new mother, after I had my daughter I experienced a wide range of emotions. Joy, excitement, fear: Those were just a few I seemed to feel on a daily basis. Two emotions I didn't anticipate myself having were resentment and bitterness. They weren't feelings directed at my new child, but at my own parents. And they were issues and hurts that I thought I had dealt with a long time ago. ...more
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Hurricane Hugo: I Lost Everything 25 Years Ago

On Sept. 21-22, 1989, Hurricane Hugo—a Category 4 storm with 135 mph sustained winds—devastated Charleston, S.C., and my family lost everything....more
Thank you. We were so horrified by everything that happened that it took years to get over it; ...more

Am I Still Cool If I Don't Live in a Cool City?

Ready for the dumbest, most unimportant worry you'll hear all day?I've recently began worrying that soon I'm going to lose my cool and won't be interesting anymore. Hear me out—...more
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What If I Never Have Kids?

Society keeps telling us that time is running out and that if we are ever going to pursue motherhood, we should get on it sooner rather than later. I understand the science that supports this belief but I still can’t help but feel like it’s a scare tactic....more
I always thought I would have kids. Then I hit my 30s and was still single and starting worrying ...more