I love my kid and she's the best. I'm not sure I have anything better to add. Sometimes my chest hurts because I think she's so great and I love her so much. She's my big helper even at less than two — she helps me unload the dishwasher, and puts away her books, and sings the "clean up" song to herself (sort of: It… » 10/31/14 11:24am Today 11:24am

This is a normal reaction. It's not weddings that bother me — I actually think they're lovely and revel the chance to dress up and be formal once in a while — but the increasing amount of expectations (*cough* gifts, money, travel *cough*) and extra "celebrations" around it are getting out of hand. » 10/31/14 10:16am Today 10:16am

I wish there was some easy resource to explain that yes, patriarchal structures which favor men can also hurt men (see: feeling pressure to be "the provider," suppression of emotions, getting questioned at the grocery store for being alone with your own child, being expected to always be up for sex, etc.) They hurt… » 10/31/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

I'm really sorry to hear about your parents, that's awful. We do at least have some options. There is hospice care for terminal patients, which aims to make patients as comfortable as possible in their last days, and DNR is standard. But it is sometimes prohibitively expensive. I would love to see an expansion of… » 10/31/14 9:46am Today 9:46am

So basically, if you are too close to a couple to refuse without doing permanent damage, you can be browbeaten into spending extra money on a mandatory vacation. All so that the couple doesn't have to deal with not inviting people they don't care about. » 10/28/14 3:18pm Tuesday 3:18pm

When it comes to your spine, I say to the doctor you go. You might be able to wait out some sciatica to see if it gets better, but your spine is a nasty, complicated beast and it's best not to tamper without a professional. You don't want to inadvertently make it worse. » 10/28/14 3:11pm Tuesday 3:11pm

And my more rural friends wonder why the city people "don't even say hello to you." Look, friends, when everyone knows everyone else and Gary the plumber's daughter goes to school with the Mayor's son and your niece, it makes sense to say "Hi, how are you today?" when you pass each other. Unsolicited conversation on… » 10/28/14 2:30pm Tuesday 2:30pm

I'm sure pugs are great, but I find their buggy eyes just sorta... strange looking and slightly alarming. Like they'll pop out any second. There is one in my neighborhood though where the dog has some sort of problem with it's tongue or mouth, so it's tongue is always sticking out even when it's mouth is closed. So it… » 10/28/14 10:40am Tuesday 10:40am

Wait, what's the worse part of finding Nintendo products to be the most child-friendly? That's basically true. There are a lot more decent games appropriate for children on Nintendo than other systems, by far. » 10/28/14 10:33am Tuesday 10:33am

From everything I understand about successful artists (while still alive), they are usually both very talented and great small business owners. They know their value, their market, and their demand. Lots of people just make art for art's sake, and hang it up in their living room. People who make art for money's sake… » 10/28/14 10:11am Tuesday 10:11am

There was also a lot of argument about the detriments of corseting even at the time tightly laced corsets were in vogue. I've read many etiquette and advice books from the late 19th century which argue against the use of "impractical and unhealthy" corsets, calling for a return to the much more sensible and… » 10/28/14 9:52am Tuesday 9:52am