Things.

Things.

Things. (Because I can't think of a better title). I haven't posted in a long time, but that only really matters to me. Because nobody else actually gives a shit about my/your writing & that isn't self-deprecating or unique or "sad"--it just is. And that's okay (& I actually mean that). I don't really have a clear focus & I don't really like the domain name & on & on. And any topic--from tiny detail to grandiose--is already irrelevant because somebody else has written about "it" much more eloquently. And also the construction…continue reading →
Think 2017 will be awful? 13 tips to try and improve it [with GIFs]

Think 2017 will be awful? 13 tips to try and improve it [with GIFs]

*Give it a moment to load all the GIF things* I have not written for a while. I have been busy as hell like everyone else. It is sometimes convenient or necessary to be occupied by our own tangled little lives. I mean, convenient for those of us who have the luxury of living in (mostly) safe neighborhoods in (mostly) quiet spaces with memory foam mattress toppers (well, one is being used as a mattress, but whatever) and water that runs (probably) clean out of brass faucets. I feel like this post should…continue reading →
The Final Days: Book Review

The Final Days: Book Review

The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein Review by Ryan With the election season blasting around us I thought it would be a good time to get away from feeling gross about modern politics with an escape to feeling gross about politics from 45 years ago. The Final Days is Woodward and Bernstein’s follow up to their Pulitzer Prize winning journalism on the Watergate scandal in their first book, “All the President’s Men” which is also a worthwhile read for some (like me) who didn’t grow up during the Watergate years…continue reading →
The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part II

The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part II

If you haven't read part 1, then do that first... Again, most of this quite light...nope, we aren't "worried" or "obsessed" over the wedding...I'm a writer so I write...so I write things about the wedding planning. Wa-la. Plus, I have many other higher priorities that I'm procrastinating... Ceremony I’m not being “given away” because I was never property and I’ve been living out of my parent’s house for over 12 years. I love my parents and want to recognize them, but our relationship isn’t going to change when I get married. I love…continue reading →
The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part I

The Hilarious Quandaries of Planning a Feminist Wedding: Part I

Okay, before we begin: Some argue that "feminist wedding" is really just an oxymoron. A more important conversation yet is feminist marriage. Not because of cliché and incorrect beliefs regarding feminism, but rather because of legitimate concerns of the history and traditions (however recent) of what happens at weddings and (more importantly) in marriage. I myself never planned on getting married, but I was not vehemently against marriage either… Of course marriage is now an option for many folks in the U.S., which was important to me before I got (straight) married. It is still…continue reading →
Impressions of a (grumpy) spectator

Impressions of a (grumpy) spectator

Sleek black wetsuits with pink and green swim caps bob like DOTS candy in the deep blue/black of Lake Couer D’Alene. It is early and cold and I sip my coffee anxiously on concrete steps near a crowd of cheering figures. One by one, and sometimes in clusters, the neon caps crawl to the sandy shore and attempt to zip down their dripping suit skins while slow-motion jogging. Underneath the first rind reveals sports bra, suits, and cool, damp skin. One woman grasps the lake-wet hand of a blue shirted volunteer and limps…continue reading →
1Q84, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and After Dark

1Q84, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and After Dark

by Haruki Murakami. This guy has written over a dozen novels (mostly fiction) and his writing has been translated from Japanese into forty different languages. Every time I finish a Murakami novel I am left grieving because that means the end of his characters’ worlds (at least for the reader). Good thing I have many more novels to go...here are brief reviews of three. I started with 1Q84, which is an intimidatingly bulky book whose first chapter is titled “Don’t Let Appearances Fool You.” It's just that you're about to do something out of…continue reading →
5 Blogs You Should be Reading

5 Blogs You Should be Reading

Misadventures Mag was founded in 2013 when a group of women were completely fed up with male-dominated (focused and written by) outdoor magazines (move over, Outside!). The on-line (with new print option!) magazine is written by women and includes interviews, book reviews, gear reviews, how-to’s, and everything in between. There are so many incredible women adventurers, do-ers, and creators of all kinds highlighted. This is by far my favorite “outdoorsy” magazine! Not exactly a “blog” per se… Fit and Feminist whose tag line reads, “Because it takes strong women to smash the patriarchy.”…continue reading →
Radio Ghosts in the Diner

Radio Ghosts in the Diner

This was written last year as a submission for an MPR contest. I never submitted it to the contest, because I was out of the country. Unfortunately MPR doesn't seem to be doing this contest anymore...so figure I will publish it somewhere! Radio Ghosts in the Diner Minerva, named after the goddess of wisdom and arts, lives in the loft of an abandoned red barn. Minerva is known for mischief and an odd passion for learning the origins of words. In late mornings she trots to a diner on the outskirts of town.…continue reading →
5 Ways Not to Be a Jerk (in the Outdoors).

5 Ways Not to Be a Jerk (in the Outdoors).

I mean, obviously, there are more than five...but these ones are pretty basic. Nothing too serious either (except Patrick Stewart).  Say “hello” to other people you meet in remote places. I find it incredibly bizarre to hike/ski past other people in the woods and say nothing. Why are you pretending not to see me? Are you on a silent retreat? (Wear a sticker or something!) Maybe what is even weirder is when I say “hello” and you just stare back at me. Maybe you don’t speak English, which is totally fine. But, you,…continue reading →