This is not a threat.

Yesterday, on my neighborhood NextDoor — an app I got for the sole purpose of unloading excess produce from my garden and monitoring the various lost and found pets on my block—a homeowner posted about some “van campers” outside of his house. He asked how to best address them.

Of…


The day that I got the keys to our new rental house, I Googled “how to start a garden.” …


The engagement posts have slowed some since we turned 30, but not by much. Last year was the first in a while when we didn’t go to a single wedding, but that was because of COVID-19, not because our friends weren’t getting married. They were — just in backyards and…


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You ever see those cool women whose hair is just, like, up? And it looks great? Full and lush and shiny and both mussed and also elegant? How do they do it?

This is a serious question. Because I am 34 years old and I have had this hair growing…


A woman serving a cup of coffee across a counter

If you caught the H1N1 virus (also known as the swine flu) in Bellingham, Washington, in 2008, it might have been my fault. I was 21 years old, in my final year of college, and working as a waitress in an all-night diner. One night after a shift, the pain…


I mean look at that guy.

When I was in junior high, my friends and I used to rank the boys we found attractive based on a Friends scale. Joey was the worst, Chandler was ok, and Ross was the holy grail.

What the fuck was wrong with us.

Now, to be fair, none of the…


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In the last two weeks, I have socialized (safely, at a distance, or within other quarantine protocols) with a record 4 (four) individuals who were not my partner or my immediate family.

What a rush! What a roller-coaster! What an exercise in after-the-fact self-loathing!

At the dawning of the pandemic…


Image of a cat yawning broadly.
PAY ATTENTION TO ME.

Here is how my 14-year-old dog lets me know he’d like to go outside:

First, he lumbers down off of the bed on his special wooden stairs, which are very noisy. …


Image of a disposable mask on a light blue background with a frown drawn on it

Today as folks with office-type jobs slid back into their home office chairs, facing a tidal wave of office emails and arbitrary office deadlines, many probably paused to consider the fact that they were still working from home. …


Three young women popping champagne to celebrate their recent graduation
Wheeeeee! Debt!

So you recently heard about the idea of student debt forgiveness and your first reaction was something like disgust, or maybe indignation. You heard that today’s students were just going to be let off the hook like the entitled babies that they are, never having to learn to be responsible…

Hanna Brooks Olsen

I wrote that one thing you didn’t really agree with. Interests include progressive policy, minor league baseball, and avoiding Zoom calls. Curious to a fault.

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