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The Soapbox: Yes, Women Writers Without Kids “Understand Human Emotions”

The death of Irish novelist Maeve Binchy earlier this week has inspired a lot of articles, most of them warm tributes to her kind heart, quick wit, and writing ability. British novelist Amanda Craig took a different tack. In a piece published today by The Telegraph, she wonders whether Binchy might have been a better writer if she…

By: Diane Shipley / August 3, 2012

Girl Talk: Step Off, Stepmothers

For years, stepmothers have complained that "Snow White" cast them in an unflattering light. Pop culture has tried to rehabilitate their reputation, presenting us with such paragons of step-parental virtue as Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music," Florence Henderson on "The Brady Bunch," and Allison Janney in "Juno." But in real life, many wome…

By: Diane Shipley / October 20, 2010

Girl Talk: “Friendships” In The Technological Age

Hold onto your mouse pads, I have a revelation for you (drum roll please): online friends are not the same as their "real world" equivalents. I know, duh. You rarely, if ever, actually see the people you meet online. They don't go with you to the grocery store or to check out the cute guy…

By: Diane Shipley / October 5, 2008

Girl Talk: The Naked Truth

Recently, my friend became a naturist. I re-read her email twice to make sure she hadn't said "naturalist". But no: there it was in 12 point Verdana, as clear as the shock on my face: "I've joined a naturism society". I couldn't be more shocked had she joined a satanic cult. Not only is she…

By: Diane Shipley / September 27, 2008

Pregnant In Public: Where Did You Pee On A Stick?

When Sally was seven weeks pregnant, her doctor said he was 99% sure she'd had a miscarriage. But she didn't want to believe him. So in the restroom of a restaurant in San Francisco, she peed on a stick (or seven) and against all her expectations, got two blue lines. Meanwhile, my friend Cat wa…

By: Diane Shipley / August 27, 2008

Dealbreaker: The Junk Food Junkie

Food is one of the great joys of life. Or it is for most people. And when I say "most people", I mean me. For my ex, food was fuel, nothing more – something to be burped down between video games, beer-drinking sessions and advancing his engineering career. While studying for his degree, his dinner…

By: Diane Shipley / August 11, 2008