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Men Check Out My Dog More Than Me & I Have Mixed Feels About It

Men check out my dog more than me. I only wish I were kidding. I’ve gotten used to catching unexpected smiles creep onto strangers’ faces while gazing at Henny (why yes, she does look like a bear cub). But after one of our daily walks last month, during which I passed four men in their…

By: Laura Barcella / December 7, 2014

Why I Need Pet-Parenting Vacations

I’ve been obsessed with animals for as long as I can remember. I’m sure you’ve seen me (or one of my ubiquitous, 30-something single-lady soul twins, perpetually emitting twee-voiced animal baby-talk while ensconced in an inch-thick resin of cat hair). As a child, I was the annoying, overly sensitive, bleeding-heart kid who orchestrated elaborate funeral…

By: Laura Barcella / August 4, 2014

10 Social Etiquette Pet Peeves That Annoy The Hell Out Of Me

I'm the queen of petty annoyances. I get grumpy easily, and unfortunately this tends to occur about 5,000 times per day. Does this make me an approachable, friendly, low-maintenance person? No. It makes me a testy son of a bitch, but whatever. I'm old, so I've pretty much accepted those personal quirks by now. I…

By: Laura Barcella / July 20, 2014

10 Things To Never, Ever Say To A Person With Depression

Clinical depression sucks and it’s only growing more common. Almost one in two people in the U.S. will suffer from depression or another mental health condition at some point and about one in 17 Americans actually has a serious mental illness right now. Despite its rising rates, depression can be hard to wrap your brai…

By: Laura Barcella / July 17, 2014

Lit Medicine: 11 Books To Save Your Ass (Or Just Your Weary Soul)

"There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more." Ah, the immortal words of my beloved Morrissey -- they served as a kind of mantra for me as I stumbled and bumbled through adolescence and early adulthood. Books have been a vital part of my everyday existence for far longer than Moz, though (WHAT?!

By: Laura Barcella / November 4, 2013

4 Reasons Why Madonna Is The Perfect Choice For The Super Bowl Half-Time Show

In case you’re above following these sorts of things, Her Madgesty has been all over the news, the blogs, and the tabloids again lately. There was September’s much-disparaged hydrangeas incident. Critics’ chilly reception to her new movie, “W.E.” The “narcissistic” acceptance speech she gave upon receiving a Golden Globe award for best original song (beating out rival Elton John, who…

By: Laura Barcella / February 4, 2012

The Top 10 White Lies People Tell In Online Dating Profiles

Research has indicated that as much as 90 percent of people lie in their online dating profiles. Women in their 20s and 30s slyly deduct anywhere from five to 20 lbs. from their weight, while men tend to lie about income, education level and, yes, relationship status. Yikes. Here, we count the ways regular folk…

By: Laura Barcella / December 29, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m Now A Dry Dater

I stopped drinking when I was 29. I was tired of the consequences outweighing the benefits -- tired of calling in sick to work, tired of hooking up with people I would have run from sober, tired of crying and throwing things for no reason. Oh, and did I mention I was tired of all…

By: Laura Barcella / March 15, 2010