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 heterosexual dude, albeit one with breast implants and a wild mane of auburn hair. 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 it. 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. 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 Rubinstein. Plus, it features the following: -A vile girl named Kiki (what else?) who makes our heroine's life hell. 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 Halloween items. 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., the Gmail-based Mail Goggles will give you 60 seconds to solve a series of math problems before allowing you to send an email. 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 resume is just a never-ending list of awesome. 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 which are graphic and ultra-fun without being too cartoonish. 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 Folders will work for me, I'm officially making a pledge to keep stuff together... 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 run-of-the-mill style, ultimately concluding that its common roots are what make it so different, and then...well, that's it. Read More