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My heart just exploded through my ribs.  If this video of a grandfather being surprised with an English Bulldog puppy/pile of chubby wrinkles doesn’t make you smile just a little bit, then I don’t know what to tell you. Read More
With all of the “World’s #1 Grandpa” mugs out there, it’s been hard to weed out #1 from #456,326. Fortunately, one man just made his status as the best of them very clear. A young man by the name of Chad recently submitted a letter, written by the aforementioned grandfather, to FCKH8.com. In this letter we find out that Chad’s mother, Christine, has kicked him out of the house after he made clear his non-heterosexuality.   Grandpa stepped in and gave Christine, his daughter, a piece of his mind: “[Chad] was born [gay] and didn’t choose it [... Read More
  Have you ever read Retromania by Simon Reynolds? It’s this book that traces our society’s fixation on the past, and the concept of "retro." Sometimes, when I’m feeling really deep, I’ll ponder some of these questions for myself. Mostly, I wonder if holding onto nostalgia can ever truly be inhibiting like everybody makes it out to be. Read More
My inner Harriet the Spy came in handy when I was on the bus a couple of days ago, eavesdropping on a conversation between two elderly women (yeah, I know, I’m really that cool!) talking about a new exhibit that opened at the New York Public Library called “Lunch Hour NYC.” After a couple of minutes of listening to the women reminisce about how cheap food used to be “back in the golden days” when they’d hangout at diners with the waitresses on roller skates, I, myself, was nostalgic for a time I will never experience. Read More
My mother has all these great cooking stories from her girlhood involving her Italian aunts making homemade ravioli out of giant volcanos of flour right on the kitchen table. Wild stuff! One of her greatest regrets is never mastering the art of handmade pasta while she had the chance, so a few Christmases ago I bought her a cookbook called Cooking with Italian Grandmothers. She opened the box, looked at me and said, "Are you pregnant?" She totally missed the really sweet point I was trying to make. Read More