The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Women have autism. The medical community often seems unaware of this fact. Valerie Paradiz says in her excellent article about females with autism, “reports published this year have uncovered a long-standing male bias in research and in diagnostic methods of autism that has gravely influenced the detection and understanding of girls and women.”

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Trivial Warfare

Trivial Warfare

When my marriage was coming apart, I left my house every weekend to drive about a hundred miles to work in a beachside community called Ventura. I stayed all weekend and once a month Six came with me. It was not ideal but spending the weekends, all day for two days, in a house with someone you used to love but now fought with all the time was worse so off I went. I did this for about a year. On top of the stress of getting divorced was the fact I have a phobia regarding driving. It isn’t as bad as it used to be since I FINALLY started taking the antidepressants my doctor prescribed but it wasn’t and still isn’t my favorite activity. Driving is both boring and something you have to pay careful attention to at all times. Read more

Kyrsten Sinema

Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. Ten years later she is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the state primary, 59 percent to 41 percent, Pressly will represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. Endorsed by President Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June, Pressley joins a large group of freshmen congresspeople heading to Washington DC this January.

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Sticky Gingerbread

Sticky Gingerbread

This week I boiled beer. It must be time for gingerbread! It just occurred to me to wonder if I am I tired of making cake. Let me think about that for a…Nope.

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Barbara WaWa is Here!

Older Son adopted a dog! See photo above. I am so excited I can’t stand myself. We moved a lot when I was a kid so we didn’t have a lot of your standard pets. My mom bought me a parakeet once but I was very afraid of it. We had fish but fun as they were to watch, petting and fetch were not an option. My mom was always feeding these crazy ginger stray cats that she named Morris, I think in total there were 5 of them over the years, but they were basically feral and liked only her. We finally got an indoor cat when I was in high school. His name was Stanley and if you petted him just right he would drool. And as an adult I had two cats, Muriel and Tony. More about them later. But a dog is a different pet all together.

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Queen Victorias Matchmaking

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking

Originally, I was a history major in college. History is an endlessly depressing subject. Most every major historical event ends with, “and they all died horribly.” The flu pandemic of 1918. London in 1666. The East India Company. The Roman Empire. Plague. Wars. Dynastic marriages.

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The Allusionist

The Allusionist

The Allusionist is a great podcast all about language. The last three episodes were about speed typists, people who changed their names and two guys replying to the letters to Santa they keep receiving at their New York apartment. The tone of the podcast is light but the research and knowledge made available in each episode is top-notch.  

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Kyrsten Sinema

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ilhan Omar, and the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. Thanks to wikipedia for that sentence. I have been writing these political talent crushes for a few weeks now and I realize that politics is incredibly complicated.

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Easy mostly Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

Easy mostly Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

We all know that the easiest chocolate cake is one someone else makes. That being said, this one is pretty easy to make, if a bit unexpected. It’s been awhile since I baked and all sorts of weird things are happening. I’m not complaining, it makes things much more interesting in the kitchen. There is mayonnaise in this cake and hot coffee and you need to use every mixing bowl in your kitchen. Uh…well, if you say so. And the good people at America’s Test Kitchen do say so.

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Ban Christmas Cards

Ban Christmas Cards

It is a tradition in my family to move a fully decorated Christmas tree. Most every woman in my family has done it once (I think my aunt Wanda did it twice but that is because she has moved over 50 times.)

I’m sure if you spend a few minutes thinking about it, you too will come up with some similarly deranged holiday tradition your family engages in.

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