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How often do you go somewhere and everyone treats you with kindness and respect? My Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre Review

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How often do you go somewhere and everyone treats you with kindness and respect? NEVER. At least not living in NYC 🙂 So when my husband and I went to see 8th Grade we were stark raving mad/thrilled to face by face, encounter smiling, friendly staff eager to make our experience a good one. It was a little bit like being in Get Out, where everyone is just smiling at you through tears, minus the forced feeling on their parts. For some reason we don’t live in a world (country) where people want to be friendly to you You have … Read More

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Am I a Redhead if I have Bright, Fiery Orange Hair?

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I try to steer away from self-congratulations, especially in regards my appearance. I live in a city full of 9s and 10s, wagging about in the yoga pants with all the cut slits in the right places to accentuate their flesh. I feel like a 6 on a good day, but Dammnnnn Lesley @hairlove_nyc f’ing brought the house down with this vibrant mix of yellows, oranges, and reds! Personally, I never thought I could be a redhead. I’ve obviously done blues, silvers, purple, and pink. I’ve done various levels of blonde. But when we were in Toronto week ago, while … Read More

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Overdrive Book Reccs: We Don’t Eat Our Friends

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I don’t often take the time to read the promotional emails that slides into my inbox, but now that I’m not on the Insta, I’m enjoying my life and reading about the flood of events, places, and books that newsletters I subscribe to recommend, including Overdrive’s NY Times Best Sellers List The first thing that catches my eye is: I saw that it has an illustrator, so likely wasn’t a novel, but I was so intrigued by the title, I clicked, and look what I found! Simple enough. Straight forward first day of school anxiety story. But then… “Ponies were … Read More

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Giving up Instagram. Returning to Blogging

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It’s not easy, but I’m giving up Instagram. Instagram My Woof Woof NYC account I’m passing to my friend, the glamorous and wonderful, Jabu Ndlovu. He’ll handle posting all our dog and cat photos, while handling communication with clients. I’ll occasionally post on Jennifer Snuffleupagus, but only when I feel driven to it. No longer will I post simply because I desire a reaction. Why? Social Media is More Harmful as it is Pleasurable (at least for me, and many of us) According to Time… One study found that positive interactions on sites like Friendster and MySpace could boost a … Read More

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Petsitting Kentucky & Life Update

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I don’t write many life updates because I don’t spend as much time smelling the roses, but at the moment, I’m at Tompkins Square Dog Park, my favorite place in the city to take a dog. My hours at the dog park with KK (Kentucky) have been moments of relaxation. There aren’t many times I go somewhere and simply sit or stroll around, while all these non-human get to socialize, play, and observe each other. It’s important for dogs to do this. To see others in their species. And it’s important for us too because humans aren’t everything. Dogs aren’t … Read More

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My Father is a Scam Artist: Life Lesson #1 – How to Get Free Coffee at Dunkin Donuts

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I was brought up with toys stolen from the Salvation Army. My dad loved stopping by our local Salvation Army, either late at night, after it closed, or early in the morning, before it opened. He’d open the bags Good Samaritans had left there and would sort through the items to find things he could either use or sell. Our household was formed with objects others had owned and donated, and while they did not meet their original intention of being sold in the store, they did help out a poor family. I don’t take items from SA, Goodwill, or … Read More

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On Body Shaming Influencers

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The moment you start to push weight loss products or advice on your social media is the moment I unfollow you. I love my body. And with the constant inundation from society telling us to be skinny and mindful and fit, I think having one less outlet trying to make me be something other than healthy, happy, and secure with my body is a good thing. Stop selling yourself #influencers and making your audience feel bad or unprepared for the world.

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Saturday Morning – Work? When You’re Childless or Not

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So this morning, starting at 6a, I began to work. Not the “go to my office, track my hours, get paid, be overseen by a boss” kind of work. Instead, the intricate, daily pattern of life described as work or with described as life. So many parents do this on the daily. Put away the drying dishes. Wake up your sleepyheads. Head to Little League or Art Class, or if you live in NYC, perhaps Parkour or 1 of the set of 6 weekly classes of an aspiring gymnast or soccer player. Or even if you’re just hanging in your … Read More

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Dealing with Duality: Work Versus Home Selves

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What I’m Listening To: “Inside of You: Tara Lapinski” It’s almost June, but I just read that May on Man Repeller, who puts out regularly interesting articles, was “Duality Month.” This has to do with the concept that within ourselves are varying levels of dualities, whether it be your “work” versus “home” versus “with friends” versus “with relatives” etc. selves or something less split personality-like because maybe some of you are more straight forward all across the board. I definitely experience different levels of selves. Much like Amelia Diamond (what a name) recounts here: Later, just after college, I discovered … Read More