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A Pause on the Way to Transgender Awareness

I’m thrilled that Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s July 2015 issue and that she looks astoundingly beautiful. Her increasingly brave choices are poised to do more good for the transgender movement than anyone elses in human history.  Her platform and message almost make 10 years of Kim Kardashian coverage actually worthwhile.

But I am concerned about putting it in the hands of VF, with vanity being the literal and meta name of their game. Historically, I am not usually a fan of even their other high­end covers since, with their level of access and recognition, they often seem to be the last one to see a trend, covering it only just before the lights go out on it for good.

Why I Love The Words DAD BOD

Yes it means exactly what you think it means.  Dad Bod is a snarky two-part adjective for a man’s body that is slightly out of shape.  Not obese but not even close to ripped.  Perhaps a guy that works out some, up to twice a week at the most, but takes in six times that amount of calories in carbs or beers in a week.

Although the term barely fits in the slim space between true and unkind, the phrase was not actually coined to shame a man.  At least not on the surface.  The code-word came into being recently when a college sophomore wrote a story about college boys with dad bods for her school paper.  (Therefore adding it is not just reserved for actual Dads but anyone past puberty who is feeling good with the jello-belly look.)

An Ode to a Best Friend on a New American Holiday

In the land of Hollywood, where I live, people tend to celebrate themselves often. And in America, where Hollywood is, we celebrate lots of deceased people. This makes random Mondays throughout the winter extra work when you have kids and they are suddenly home from school. So I would like to formally request of the American holiday makers (aka Hallmark) a new holiday that does not close any banks. Since barely anyone uses the bank anymore, and those folks need work. Then, while they and the rest of our work force are at the office we can take a short break and call our best friends to thank them for their support … on “Best Friend Day.”

Dinner With Junkies

My husband and I had a date with our neighbors recently, who I learned over dinner are on the “Paleo diet” and faithfully practice the workout sensation “CrossFit”.  I actually learned a great deal about both these health trends during our meal because they were the only things we talked about for three hours.  By [...]

Valentines Gifts for Married People

I remember being a freshman in college on Valentine’s Day and getting the most carnations from male admirers amongst the girls in my dorm.  This was a big deal at the time.  The carnations were $1 and sold in the student union and sent to your room.  Myself and the other newbies were all running [...]

The Grinch in Me

In a house with young kids all the merry-making that goes in to December 25th  gets largely credited to Santa Claus.  Which leaves me strangely bitter on Christmas morning. On top of which I also feel foolish for being envious of a round old white guy in an adult onesie that I promoted to begin with. [...]

Lame Duck 2014

I think I feel for our leader because I sort of feel like a lame duck myself for reasons also beyond my control.
My term as a mother began seven years ago and in that time, I have gotten less done than I did in any six month period before children. Personally I blame this on my handheld phone, which may be Obama’s problem in a roundabout way.
That’s roundabout way, not round-the-way-girl, as I have already stated I don’t like name calling.