Even after an election week rife with the almost ethereal reality of change (save, of course, for these soul-crushing blows in California, Florida and Arizona), the story of one small-town Oregon mayoral race glimmers with a special sort of triumph. Silverton, Oregon, population 9588, has just elected America's first openly transgender-identified mayor. His name is Stu Rasmussen--and yes, he uses male pronouns. He's also been known to refer to himself as a ... Read More
  So classic! I can't stop watching this video--though it does catapult me back to my community theater days. I don't want to talk about ... Read More
It's not exactly shock of the century, I realize, but I still couldn't help but startle at the contempt dripping from a few of Fox's most recent headlines. Wowza, what journalism! Read on for the best of the bunch. And by best, I clearly mean WTF?!     Study: 40 Percent of Women Report Sexual Problems, Most Don't Care While other sources preceed the same story with statements like Almost Half of Women Have Sexual Problems (Washington Post) or ... Read More
Here's why Sunday afternoon television totally rules: as I write this, ABC Family is airing Teen Witch, one of the most awesome/terrible high-school flicks of the 80s. I loved this movie when I was younger, and it's still one of my guiltiest pleasures; I mean, who can resist a cheesy escapist story about a nerd who becomes the most popular girl in school...by using witchcraft? And not just any old witchcraft--witchcraft taught by the incomparable Zelda ... Read More

The Lucy Show

BY Mollie Wells in General

Ever since I ordered somewhere in the vicinity of 350 billion paper lanterns for my wedding last year (the hanging of which was a total it'll-be-funny-later sitch, P.S.), I get almost daily offers from Oriental Trading . Wacky novelties, craft ideas, party supplies...seriously, they've emailed me about everything. I don't usually get around to opening them--I'm only just laughing about those lanterns, after all--but I couldn't resist taking a look at their 60% off ... Read More

Google's Goggles

BY Mollie Wells in General

It's been the buzz of the blogosphere for the past few weeks, but Mail Goggles--Google's experimental anti-drunk-email service--yesterday got some major-media lip service via a New York Times article that touts it as an answer to the wee-hour drunken email problem they call a scourge that few knew existed. And by few, they must mean pretty much everyone but us. But I digress. Here's the skinny, if you don't already know: between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., ... Read More

Au So Naturel

BY Mollie Wells in General

Okay, that's it--I am now officially in love with Summer Rayne Oakes. Let me count the ways: Her modeling work is totally activist-based. She's a Cornell grad, Udall Scholar and Natural Wildlife Federation Fellow. She works closely with the Discovery Channel's Planet Green, writes for the Huffington Post and even created a pilot program called ECOFASHION 101 that engages K-12 students in environmentalism by linking it to their traditional curriculum. Seriously, her ... Read More
Okay, fine, maybe it's slightly early to start gushing about Halloween goodies, but cut me some slack here: I've had my costume planned since June (Winona Ryder at the very end of Heathers), and I started compiling a list of sweet spooky stuff sometime around August. At the top of said list? Two's Company Boo! Boo! Bandages --totally intended for kids but adored by accident-prone adults like me. A 30-pack comes assorted with ghosts, webs, skulls and bats, all of ... Read More
Confession: I'm a serious pack-rat who is completely freaked out by disorganized clutter. I can handle, like, an artfully arranged stack of books, but stuff just sitting out willy-nilly, with no home? It slowly, quietly drives me insane. Which is problematic, see, because I'm constantly coming home with armloads of random crap that I refuse to throw away. Certainly I'm not alone in this. So because my living space is not that big and I really don't think 43 ... Read More
It's not news that women in Washington (particularly those truly on the world stage) are scrutinized for their clothing, but I'm a little confused by Robin Givhan's Washington Post story about Palin's so-called ordinary style. Givhan is known for her no-nonsense fashion criticism of the political elite--whether or not that's responsible or even necessary is up to you--but this one just seems like a redux. Givhan waxes aesthetic for several paragraphs about Palin's ... Read More