Misery loves company, but it likes a one night stand better

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I have to confess that I’m an older millennial. That means I remember cassette tapes and VHS. It means I was a latchkey kid and everyday happened IRL. But I’m young enough that they started me off on computers in elementary school and by fifth grade we were connected to the “internet” via “hyperlinks.”

I missed a whole decade of sexual opportunity via online dating strictly because of my generational place in time. (To say nothing that I came of age during the AIDS crisis. Nothing more exciting than…


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If it seems like a mystery how a fairly mundane Italian-American comedian is slaying folks in the age of woke culture with criticism on our every day behavior, it shouldn’t be: Sebastian Maniscalco has caught onto a cultural zeitgeist in which we expect better of ourselves by increasing degrees. And he does it by making us all laugh.

Criticism fits into an age in which the internet has provided a cultural mirror that we have held up, and found the image both disappointing and lacking. From calls for more diversity, more rights, more respect, more acknowledgment, we have reason to…


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Have you heard of hygge?

We could all use a little more of hygge. (If your tongue struggles with this uncommon string of letters, that’s because the word is Danish in origin. Some pronounce it “hoo-gah” and some pronounce it “hue-guh”) But what is this hygge, and how do you hygge?

Wikiapedia tells us hygge “is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.” It can’t be denied that American life is often so focused on hustle culture and ambition for success that the idea of hygge strikes one as a memory from long…


You Like Money, Right?

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Disclaimer: I’m just a spoiled brat who likes money. That doesn’t qualify me to give financial advice, and I’m not licensed or authorized to do so. That means if you decide to be a brat and trade, you’re risking your skin and you can’t blame me for it. I will put my thumbs in my ears and stick out my tongue and chant nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah if you blame me for your poor decision making skills.

You want to invest but what is all this garbage about stocks and dividends and trades? All you want to do is…


Your intimate ABC’s: A series on intimate wear to educate on the art of lingerie.

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What is a bustier, anyway? Looks a bit strange, doesn’t it, with the soft boning down the abdomen, and lifting up the bosom? “Its primary purpose is to push up the bust by tightening against the upper midriff and forcing the breasts up while gently shaping the waist,” Wikipedia explains.

Today we still use the bustier for the same purpose, but it’s a delightfully convertible piece of lingerie that should be part of any woman’s wardrobe. It suits as outerwear if you come across bold…


You are a part of a grand American tradition. Here’s some tips to do it right.

We are living in a time of political upheaval — as generations have done before us, and as generations will do after us. Often it is during a time of friction, frustration, passion, and pent up feeling. Take a deep breath and realize that protest means progress — we feel friction because change is happening, and more than that, change is possible. It’s easy to lose sight of how protests are a part of our functioning democracy, proof that our democracy is working —…


Because some of us missed the memo.

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Rules are not always the most exciting part of life, but they make contact sports and fine dining infinitely less messy. This is also true when applied to online dating. If you’ve been out in the wilds of the single safari, you may have your doubts that rules exist, but they do, and we really, really need them.

Here are some basic rules you should take under consideration as you venture into the wide world of singles, and best of all, you can carry them with you beyond the virtual world of swipe…


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If you saw Elon Musk and Grimes in the news, it was likely about their first child together, but for some of us, it was the first time we had an inkling that Elon Musk did something other than build cars, tweet in poor taste, or play with his toy space rockets in his spare time.

What made the news item fascinating wasn’t that it was about Elon Musk, but that it was about Elon Musk +1. Or Grimes +1 if you prefer, the sentiment is ultimately the same: two people who as individuals are noteworthy in and of themselves…


Among the struggles of the child-free, we’re on the frontier of defining what family love means.

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It’s still a subject you can’t talk about without enraging people: the right to choose not to have children at all. This article doesn’t intend to rehash all the old arguments. We’ve heard them all before: child-free people are selfish and never truly reach adulthood as they stomp on the umbilical cord of life, oblivious DINKs (Dual Income No Kids) swimming in Olympic sized pools of money they accumulated by not spending it on child rearing. On the other side of the divide are…


There is no immunity to break-ups.

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While it is likely that Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green broke up simply because things were cracking apart before the pandemic — Fox had met her new paramour Machine Gun Kelly during filming of “Midnight in the Switchgrass” prior — the same case is less clear regarding fantasy author Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. Apparently, their relationship hit a rough patch in New Zealand as quarantine hit full force, leaving Neil Gaiman to flee the lockdown in New Zealand for a town in Scotland. …

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