Leslie Jones Meets Her Twin 


In today’s Tweet Beat, Leslie Jones stumbles upon a familiar face, Madonna visits all of Africa and Willie Geist is over it. Image via Leslie Jones. http://ift.tt/29zq2mL

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By Gabrielle. This is me. Age two and three quarters. Eyes closed and a big grin. I’m wearing a new dress and a bonnet for Easter. Clearly I am looking and feeling fabulous! As you might guess, this will become my favorite dress, and a couple months after this picture was taken, I’ll wear it […]

At the Studio: Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup


It might be incredibly hot where you live right now, and, if that’s the case, I apologize for posting a soup recipe. But its one I love, and it’s the sort of thing I like to take for lunch at the studio. Also, I live in San Francisco, and it’s nearly always sweater weather – […]

Your Code Might Be Unmaintainable…


Let’s talk about maintainability. Those of you that know me know that in my civillian identity, I work as a SQA professional. QA gets a bum rap sometimes; manual functional testing can be one of the most boring parts of software engineering, but while there’s plenty of button-pushers who will be happy to poke at […]

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 […]

Style Suitors: Why Black & White Tile Should Stay Married 4Ever


Basic black and white tiles are blessedly affordable on most, if not all, kitchen renovation budgets. But, as much as we love the look and price of a classic checkerboard floor, it’s refreshing to explore other patterns possible with this simple combination. Here are ways to elevate these standard building supplies to something more custom […]

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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Style Suitors: Why Black & White Tile Should Stay Married 4Ever


Basic black and white tiles are blessedly affordable on most, if not all, kitchen renovation budgets. But, as much as we love the look and price of a classic checkerboard floor, it’s refreshing to explore other patterns possible with this simple combination. Here are ways to elevate these standard building supplies to something more custom […]

Make Over Your Outdoor Space for Fall: Completely Cozy it Up for Less than $225


If you’re lucky enough to own an outdoor space—even the tiniest of balconies will do—you should be able to enjoy it throughout the fall, even as the nights start to get chillier. To help you savor every last drop of summer and transition into autumn, we’ve collected everything you’ll need to get your outdoor space […]

A Bauhaus Style Chauffeur’s Apartment Turned Open Space Studio — House Call


Name: Reka Location: Budapest, Hungary Our remodeled apartment in the hills of Budapest is living out its 9 lives in full style. The 45 square meter/485 square foot space is situated in a 1930s Bauhaus style villa, and was originally a chauffeur’s apartment until the ’40s, when my great-uncle bought the place and settled in […]

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By Gabrielle. This is me. Age two and three quarters. Eyes closed and a big grin. I’m wearing a new dress and a bonnet for Easter. Clearly I am looking and feeling fabulous! As you might guess, this will become my favorite dress, and a couple months after this picture was taken, I’ll wear it […]

The Kindergarten Club


There’s a “Welcome to Kindergarten” newsletter on my desk right now–saved even though I read it and already know everything it says. Scan over the wadded tissue next to it, the tape dispenser, the grocery list I’ll never remember to take with me, the pencil with the broken lead and the three bobby pins I […]

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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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