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The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Good at This

ColumnBe you. I am not an athletically inclined person. While I love hiking and yoga and dancing all up in da club now and again, I am resiliently unmotivated to “push” my body in ways that I deem boring or annoying. I do not thrill to bun-burning stair runs, whether […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Friends with Benefits

ColumnDefining friendship online. “We need a new word for friend.” This, from a web-savvy colleague who is one of the seventeen remaining people on the planet not to be grasped by the far-reaching fingers of the Facebook people garden, after I mentioned a study finding people have twice as many […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Blast from the Past

ColumnThe Blue Angels and the Blue Asses who love them. I’ll say it: I hate the Blue Angels. I don’t hate the pilots, especially since one in 10 dies in these shows. Their skill is impressive, but so is ibuprofen’s power to eliminate the headache I had all weekend. What I […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Experts Only, Girls

ColumnA comment on commenting. In a burst of condescension so brilliant my lady-brain almost didn’t catch it, a follower on Twitter labeled our recent article about nuclear energy as stupid and ignorant. He then admonished us both there and on Facebook to be “ashamed.” Our readers deserve to know “the […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: The New Chic

ColumnWhat defines the new chic? Grit and glimmer in conscious measure. Over dinner recently, a colleague and I abandoned a hot and heavy discussion about the political zeitgeist for something decidedly more dessert-appropriate: women. The End of Men, the death of the the Death of Marriage myth, Lady Gaga, gay […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Lower Your Birds

ColumnWhen trolls invade real life. Last week, I answered my cell phone while pulling up to a stop sign in my car. I will be the second or third to admit using your cell phone while driving is irresponsible; that’s why I don’t do it. I use a hands-free set. […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Kids These Days

ColumnArmed with an iPad. And dangerous? After a weekend in New York for eco fashion, it was off to Cape Cod with our managing editor, Amy DuFault, who makes her home here with her family: a musician-designer husband, two children and a cockapoo named Mick. They live in a classic […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: But Wait, There’s More!

ColumnThe masochism of spring cleaning. Was it Ma Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie lore who invented spring cleaning? My own mother kept a very clean house, or rather, we helped her keep a very clean house, especially when winter turned to spring. Suddenly it was all about gutters […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: I’m Off Nightshades

ColumnYou’re nothing til you’re nothing. I once dated a bright man who remarked that after years and years of girlfriends, he had simply come to accept the fact that every woman, no matter how sane and healthy she might appear to be, has at least one serious food “thing.” One […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: Friends with Benefits

ColumnDefining friendship online. “We need a new word for friend.” This, from a web-savvy colleague who is one of the seventeen remaining people on the planet not to be grasped by the far-reaching fingers of the Facebook people garden, after I mentioned a study finding people have twice as many […]

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The Insider’s Guide to Life: The Cult

Column“Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” – Diana Ross After four luxuriously stupid days off – an epoch for an editor, really – wherein I spent much time, energy and money hurling myself down snowy mountainsides doing what other […]

The Insider’s Guide to Life: If These Oms Could Talk

ColumnThe precious practice. As a girl, I once read a book where the main character would frown with great purpose every time she saw a smiley face sign. I can’t recall the book, but you know the sign: those cheery yellow faces that blithely instruct you with just one word. […]

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