Dear Mr. President Donald J. Trump, I know that you’re very busy bringing profound change to the American people, so I’m sorry to interrupt. And I’m sure that you’re even busier now that your #healthcare bill has passed through the House and is making its way through the Senate. But I’m hoping that you can … Continue reading An Open Letter to President Trump
I'm not a mother. But I do spend many hours each week with 15 wonderful kids who, if I do my job right, I can have a positive effect on — and I'm not talking about teaching proper edges. They are wickedly smart, they ask hard questions, and they challenge me in thought as much … Continue reading The Importance of Holding Hands
Matilda has a challenging job. For one thing, she’s constantly on her feet. She works with people who are dealing with physical, emotional, and mental challenges, and she always has to keep a brave face. If she’s not at the VA’s William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital helping wounded and recovering veterans, she’s traveling around the … Continue reading Working Like a Dog
Some months ago — never mind how long, exactly — having little to no expectations, and nothing in particular to lose, I thought to do a story on Virgil Abloh. Haven’t heard of Abloh? You will. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2003, Abloh has thrown caution and his engineering degree to the wind and built an empire of music, fashion, and celebrity connections.
“Keep going until it feels unpleasant!” shouts Sam Star, the petite, tattoo-covered brunette leading the class. Oh Sam, we bypassed unpleasant about 45 minutes ago when you told me that my nipples should be over my shins. (Just think about that for a second. Think about what position would allow both of one’s nipples to … Continue reading Pole Perfect
“I’m not above moving back home after graduation.” One of my fellow graduate students said this to me recently. We were discussing our respective job hunts, and how we are going to survive our impending period of unemployment. My knee-jerk response to his statement was, “Wow, seriously?” Had he said, “I’m planning to move back … Continue reading What’s My Age Again?
It’s 6:45am on a Thursday morning. It’s raining, the shops are still closed, and the streets are post-apocalyptically empty. And yet, from a seventh floor apartment in Gramercy Park, the smell of freshly baked cookies wafts through the halls. Risa Puno has been up since 5:00am, baking, decorating, and packaging for round two of her … Continue reading Risa Puno: New York’s Sweetest Cookie Monster
“I’ll be wearing my usual flannel and jeans with my coworker who looks like Diana Ross,” reads a text from Moira O’Malley, co-designer of INARI USA. She’s not wrong. She’s referring to INARI USA’s Associate Designer, Shauna-kay Rosetta Steer, who looks unnervingly like a twentysomething Diana Ross. From the extreme curls and sultry cat-eye makeup … Continue reading INARI USA: The New Clothing Line That Is Redefining The “Basic Bitch”
I don't know why I hate Taylor Swift so much. My best friend thinks it's because I'm actually a closeted "Swiftie," but I refuse to believe that's true. I know, she's America's sweetheart. And one of the most decorated artists in AMA, VMA, CMA, ACA, all-of-the-As history. She gets all the guys, at least for … Continue reading We Were Never, Ever, Ever Together In The First Place
I know this is incredibly late coming. Chalk it up to the I’ll-get-around-to-it excuse. But I finally did get around to it—to watching Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine. And as it turns out, not even a receding hairline can stifle Ryan Gosling’s sexiness. Nor can a wife-beater tank, unemployment, and the probable smell of stale beer. … Continue reading Blue Valentine: In Defense of Disappointment