TMZ to Jared Leto: Fuck Right Off


TMZ cannot be bothered to fuck around with Jared Leto and his copyright infringement lawsuits. The gossip site responded this week to Leto’s suit, which he filed in December after TMZ ran a video of him slamming Taylor Swift. “Fuck her. I don’t give a fuck about her. It’s whatever works best for us,” he […]

The Little Bear Who Roared at Sleeping Bear Dunes


This week we hit the one month mark since we’ve been away from home. We are more than grateful for the opportunity to answer summer’s invitation to adventure in places we love far from home, but we are definitely missing Brett and will welcome the routine and familiarity of home when we begin to make […]

Roasted Tomato Salad


I’ve done a number of these roasted tomato salads over the years, but this is the one I featured in Near & Far. I introduced it by saying, the next time you think of making a caprese salad, consider this instead. And I meant it. It’s a bit of extra effort (not much), but the […]

CodeSOD: It’s Log, Log, Log


Reader Bernie submits for our approval this wonderful C# log base 2 implementation. He says: “We can distinguish two halves in that code. It looks like it was originally written for an unsigned 16-bit int, and later on extended for signed 32-bit integers.” This code reminds me of the change-sorting machine I have in my […]

5 Ways to Encourage Toddler Conversation at Mealtime


This post is brought to you by General Mills Cereals. In recent months, our family has worked with a Speech-Language Pathologist to help bring Quinn’s language up-to-speed. After having chronic ear infections for the first 20 months of his life, he had a Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy at Boston Children’s Hospital, which definitely made a difference in his overall […]

A Bright & Lovely “Desert Loft Oasis” in Toronto — House Call


Name: Denise Location: Toronto — Ontario, Canada I call this loft condo unit my “Desert Loft Oasis.” It’s approximately 1,000 square feet, and is very light and open. I’ve decorated it with lots of cacti and has a very urban desert vibe to it. (Image credit: Submitted by Denise) (Image credit: Submitted by Denise) I […]

Parenting Mistake #2,659: Video Games


For Bean’s seventh birthday this past June, we made a big step and bought him a Disney Infinity.  I’m not a video game person.  I didn’t grow up with them in our house.  Chris did, but he wasn’t that into them.  But, neither of us were morally opposed to our kids playing video games.  We […]

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The Little Bear Who Roared at Sleeping Bear Dunes


This week we hit the one month mark since we’ve been away from home. We are more than grateful for the opportunity to answer summer’s invitation to adventure in places we love far from home, but we are definitely missing Brett and will welcome the routine and familiarity of home when we begin to make […]

A Bright & Lovely “Desert Loft Oasis” in Toronto — House Call


Name: Denise Location: Toronto — Ontario, Canada I call this loft condo unit my “Desert Loft Oasis.” It’s approximately 1,000 square feet, and is very light and open. I’ve decorated it with lots of cacti and has a very urban desert vibe to it. (Image credit: Submitted by Denise) (Image credit: Submitted by Denise) I […]

Betty Crocker’s Massachusetts Home is for Sale — Design News


If only skills could transfer by osmosis. At Betty Crocker’s former home in Norwell, Massachusetts, a cooking empire might be at your fingertips. (Image credit: Jeff Thiebauth Photography) Although Betty Crocker isn’t a real person, Janette Kelley was. Kelley, who was born in Montana and lived in this Massachusetts home in the 1930s and ’40s, […]

Find the Perfect Snack for Your Zodiac Sign — Kitchn


Your zodiac sign gives insight into your personality, career path, and love life. It’s also extremely helpful in determining your go-to cocktail. Who’s to say the stars can’t also point you in the right direction in other culinary pursuits? Let’s see what the stars have to say about the snacks you should be stocking up […]

Modern Macramé & To-Die-For Tie Dye: 15 Camp Crafts, All Grown Up


If the summer’s got you in the mood to lanyard it up and tie dye everything you own, we say go for it. Here are 15 camp kid blasts from the pasts, perfect for your current, grownup home. This is project that requires a kit, though I think you could probably source the materials yourself […]

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Parenting Mistake #2,659: Video Games


For Bean’s seventh birthday this past June, we made a big step and bought him a Disney Infinity.  I’m not a video game person.  I didn’t grow up with them in our house.  Chris did, but he wasn’t that into them.  But, neither of us were morally opposed to our kids playing video games.  We […]

How to Help Someone With Anxiety


In-depth suggestions for ways to help someone with anxiety. Source: Unsplash, Creative Commons Zero Helping someone with anxiety can be intimidating.  Often the anxious person feels completely overwhelmed by their anxiety, especially if they experience panic attacks or find themselves gripped by anxious thoughts (e.g., in health anxiety where the person has an obsessive fear of having or developing a […]

Breaking Out of the Make-Up-Break-Up Cycle


At 21, Rachel had been married, divorced, and now spent her Wednesday afternoons crying in the chair across from me. The timeslot, typically reserved for students in my ‘Psychology of Relationships’ class, had turned less into an academic forum for the discussion of course material and more into a safe space for the sharing of […]

Why You’re Miserable after a Move


Source: T Whalen/Flickr Creative Commons No one who packed up a U-Haul this summer would disagree with the notion that moving is a miserable experience. Whether you went 20 miles or 2,000, the sheer stress and exhaustion of packing up your entire life and setting it down again in a different place is enough to induce at least […]

Cluttering is a Relationship Issue


There’s no doubt that cluttering can be a form of passive aggressive behavior. When a person has difficulty expressing anger directly, they act out their anger by cluttering. Sometimes, though, cluttering is simply a response to the stress of life, when we simply don’t have time to put things in their proper place or throw out unwanted […]

Does Jealousy Help or Hurt a Relationship?


Everybody says Jack and Jill are a lovely couple. Jack is handsome, ambitious, and moving forward quickly in his career. Jill is attractive and intelligent, flourishing in her own. Someday, people say, they’ll have beautiful children. It’s the Saturday of Jack’s company picnic. They arrive at the park in the late morning and chat for […]

The Anti-Psychologists


I used to review Ph.D. dissertations for schools of professional psychology.  But I lost that job.  Typically, someone would turn in a mediocre piece of research, then spend the entire discussion section speaking of the underlying neuorscientific or brain mechanisms that explained their feeble findings. I would write: “The author not only knows nothing about […]

Why We Still Love ‘Please Kill Me’


Gillian McCain told me, “If I wasn’t an author, I think I’d want to be a therapist.” Should she choose to switch fields, McCain is off to a good start. Because with the book “Please Kill Me,” an oral history of the development of punk rock music, McCain and co-author Legs McNeil have delivered to […]

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