More Late Fees, More Problems

When checking the mail a couple of weeks ago, my wife was surprised to see a piece of correspondence from our local library.  After opening it, she was even further surprised to see that it contained a notice informing her that, if she did not pay her outstanding late fees (at that time amounting to approximately $17), she would be sent to collections.  She was given a week to comply.  We were both outraged.

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The Science of Happiness

10 happy thingsI had the opportunity to read an article here recently entitled “The Surprising Science Behind ‘Supremely Happy’ People.”  Ever in the pursuit of a higher state of happiness, I was intrigued by a list within the article compiled by “happiness researcher” (how awesome would that job be?) Kate Bratskeir.  According to Ms. Bratskeir, supremely happy people do the following 10 things: Continue reading

The Perfect Age for Happiness?

A recent article from TIME magazine claims that “People Aren’t Happiest Until They Reach 33.”  I thought this was a curious claim, and so decided to look further.  According to the article, a study by Friends United, a British social-networking site, “found that 70% of respondents over the age of 40 claimed they were not truly happy until they reached 33.” Continue reading

What are you ladies READING?!?!?!?

Naughty!

Basically every media outlet I am exposed to is buzzing about this book: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.  The buzz is not so much about an obscure book suddenly becoming popular (this happens all the time), but the type of book it is, and the audience it is popular with. Continue reading

Parents “under fire”!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can’t get on the internet, turn on the TV, or read a newspaper (does anyone still actually read newspapers any more?) without seeing some headline about a parent “under fire” for doing something.  Granted, the term “under fire” is catchy, it GRABS your attention, but don’t parents deserve a break?  And just who, exactly, are they under fire from? Continue reading

Facebook makes me lonely!

A lot of interesting studies on the psychological/social/emotional impact of Facebook have come out lately.  I think I intuitively suspected some of what the studies have revealed, but it is still fascinating to see it empirically quantified.  Bad or good, Facebook (used here as synonymous with all social networking generally) has completely, fundamentally, and permanently changed the way we interact.  Is that good or bad?  And if bad, then what?  Continue reading

iPhone App CHEATING

From several of the articles I have posted, you can tell I am somewhat of a techno-phobe, and I don’t apologize for that.  Call me old-fashioned, call me just plain old, I miss the days when we weren’t all always linked in/logged on.  I don’t even like having a cell phone at all, not because I don’t want anyone to know where I am, but because I don’t want to be able to be tracked down and forced to come into work, answer a telephone survey, or leave early from some much needed and seldom realized “me time.” Continue reading

My apologies, Michelle Williams

Have you ever associated an actor so closely with a role they have played that you no longer separate them as a person from them as that character?  I am afraid to say that I have done this with Michelle Williams and her character as Jen Lindley on, of all things, “Dawson’s Creek.”  I was never a huge “Dawson’s” fan myself, but aspiring Dunce 5 sure was, during a crucial period in our relationship’s development, and so I was subjected to massive Joey/Pacey/Dawson angsty love triangulation and have heard Paula Cole not want to wait for her life to be over more than any straight/sane man should.

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These jobs (apparently) suck!

The internet is riddled these days with doomsday “10 most hated” lists.  Of everything: ten most hated celebrities, ten most hated movies, ten most hated baby names, and now (most recently) ten most hated jobs.  Of course I (just like everyone else) can’t stop looking.  So of course I clicked on it.  To perplexing results. Continue reading

Chore Wars: do women work more than men?

When I first saw this cover and the title for Ruth Davis Konigsberg’sChore Wars” in Time magazine, I was intrigued.  This debate has been going on for quite some time, with the general consensus being, at least to my understanding, “of course women are doing more work than men.”  So I was very surprised when I reviewed the article and found out that,  according to the statistics they reviewed, men and women work about the same.

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