Pet Peeve #22: Drive Safe!

How many times in your life has someone told you in parting, “Drive safe”? How many times have you said it (or the grammatically correct version, “Drive safely”)? Okay, I get it. It’s just one of those things we say. It’s really no different than saying “goodbye.” So then why do we even say it? … Read more

The Movies That Move You

I really want to settle down into bed with Mockingjay (Kindle edition!), so fortunately my friend Ariel had a blog entry/contest for me to post today: I  love the collective gasp of the crowd when the actor rounds the corner during a chase scene and is confronted by a giant alien – or really any … Read more

Rework Contest and Survey

Two things happened to me almost simultaneously a few weeks ago: I had a really interesting idea for a new type of job search website, and I began reading a fantastic book about starting a business and being creative. The book is called Rework, by 37Signals CEO Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, and I … Read more

Prank Wars

As I’ve written about before, I love a good prank. Some sleight of hand where you have someone thinking one thing while something else is going on. Something that doesn’t offend or inconvenience the target, but it fools them for some amount of time. Thus it’s no surprise that I love College Humor’s Prank Wars. … Read more

The High of a New Idea

There are many things that get me high on life: The feeling after I finish writing a short story Cat cuddles Popeye’s chicken A really good hug Replaying my own soccer highlights in my head Watching any commercial with the Arcade Fire song “Wake Up” as the music Today I’m high on a new website … Read more

The Peace Park Story

Today I’m going to write about something a bit serious and somber. Thanks to having parents who fully supported my desire to become fluent in Japanese, I had the good fortune of going abroad to Japan for two summers in high school (and then for my entire junior year of college–see more stories about that … Read more