The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

How would you react if you lived to a ripe old age and passed away…only to regain consciousness as a baby with full memory of your previous life? What if it happened again, and again, and again? What if you learned you weren’t the only one? That’s the basic concept of The First Fifteen Lives of … Read more


I’m not in any position to talk about what’s happened in Baltimore recently. There was the deeply saddening death of Freddy Gray, followed by peaceful protests, then proceeded by looting and rioting. There’s a lot of anger, much of it directed towards the police. I feel like I’m too far away to weigh in any … Read more

The Marriage Proposal Spy

I love a good proposal story. I don’t know exactly what it is–perhaps my love of rom coms? Of sweeping romantic gestures? Whenever I hear that a friend got engaged, I want to hear exactly how it happened. I particularly like when someone isn’t expecting the proposal. But when I see engagement photos on Facebook, … Read more

The Unattainable Kimmy Schmidt

Over the last week I watched the first season of Netflix’s new show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This is old news for those of you who binge-watched the show a few months ago, but for the rest of you, I’m here to say that the show is awesome. Especially if you like 30 Rock. The premise of … Read more

A Cupcake a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

If you’ve come to this blog post hoping for me to cite a scientific study resulting in an FDA-approved message that eating one cupcake every 24 hours is good for your health…you’re in luck! Just kidding. Of course cupcakes are bad for you. But after a brief dessert-free stint, I’ve decided that I’d rather participate … Read more

The Mystery of Sterilization

The New York Times recently posted a fascinating series of charts showing the percentage of women who will have an unplanned pregnancy over a 10-year period of “typical use” of contraceptives. The results were really surprising to me. Here are a few key examples: birth-control pill: 61% Depo-Provera: 46% condom (male): 86% Those numbers seem … Read more

CEO’s Choice of $70,000 Minimum Salary for Employees: What Do You Think?

You may have seen a story floating around on Facebook last week about the CEO of a Seattle-based credit-card processing company, Gravity Payments, decided to enact a new minimum salary for every full-time employee: $70,000. As discussed in detail here, CEO Dan Price read an article about how peoples’ happiness significantly increases when they earn … Read more