Buying your first piece of IKEA furniture. Backpacking around Europe. One-night stands. Splurging on dinner Friday night and spending the rest of the week eating ramen. These are just a few of the things most of us expect of our 20s.
Something that isn’t on anyone’s list? Slowing going blind from a degenerative eye disease.
It wasn’t on Nicole Kear’s list, either. And the Yale and Columbia graduate intended to live her life like it wasn’t. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, fell in love, got married and even attended clown school. Yet through it all, Kear knew a degenerative eye disease she had been diagnosed with at 19 was slowing taking her vision away. She was told she had one good decade before she would be entirely blind. Her family and husband knew about the disease (retinitis pigmentosa), but Kear was embarrassed and hardly told any friends — she had lots of excuses for why her eye makeup looked messy or she wouldn’t drive at night. However, Kear and her husband settled into new parenthood, and she had to come to terms with the realities of her disabilities, including learning how to walk with a cane.
I read Nicole Kear’s funny, fascinating memoir Now I See You in almost one sitting and came away from it thinking, I could be friends with this person. She’s smart, spunky, and makes it easy to put yourself in her (unfortunately, no longer high-heeled) shoes. I gave her a call at home in Brooklyn to chat about blindness, how she managed to write a book with three young kids, and giving strangers the benefit of the doubt.
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What is it about Boston terriers that makes them so damn cute? Bosco the puppy would be fun to hang out with even if he wasn’t having his very first taste of peanut butter alongside his dog buddy Riley. But his utter and complete glee makes him that much more adorable. I get it, Bosco — nothing’s yummier than peanut butter. [Jezebel]
I worked in retail for most of my adult life, and now I write for a living, so to alleviate what can be total, absolute boredom in the summer, I’ve had to come up with ways to have adventures and keep my brain stimulated without spending much money. Of course, you can always go to the beach, but the last time I did that I got sun poisoning, so I like to have alternatives.
I know a lot of people who are taking up new sports ($), going to street festivals ($$) or music festivals ($$$), and traveling ($$$$). Meanwhile, I’ve learned to make the best of my community and my shallow pockets thusly: Keep reading »
“Can I tell you how many #peanutbutter’s I got today on Twitter? I laughed so hard. I couldn’t believe the first one… And then there were suddenly like 10 more. … When it went down, I was a little nervous. Am I gonna be getting tweets from PETA? And it’s a joke… I also probably wouldn’t MacGyver a screwdriver into a dildo and fuck myself with it either. But bestiality exists.”
One of the first things I noticed when I started watching season two of “Orange Is The New Black” was that Lil Boo, the service dog that inmate Big Boo is training, was no longer on the show. (Spoiler alert ahead.) On the show, BBig oo revealed that their relationship was getting complicated and the camera cuts to an image of the vigorously dog licking peanut butter … the implication being that Big Boo was starting to think about doing something nasty with the PB and the pooch. It’s gross, yes, and in a new profile on Buzzfeed, the actress Lea Delaria who plays Big Boo reveals she was just a little bit afraid that PETA was going to flip. So far, so good! [BuzzFeed]
For far too long, dragons have been terrorizing helpless goats and children in the Seven Kingdoms, and it’s time to do something about it. Call 1-800-DRA-CARYS to donate to the worthy cause of catching fire-breathing dragons and finding them forever catacombs. And heads up! If you call in the next 30 minutes, you’ll be sent your very own photo of a dragon you’re helping to enslave right now. Don’t wait — call now, before another child of Mereen is dumped at Khaleesi’s feet. (Props to my buddy Greg Seals at The Daily Dot for making this hilarious spoof.) [The Daily Dot]
One of the biggest reasons I take pictures on the regular is a fear of forgetting, but as it turns out, all those pictures may be making my memories more likely to go fuzzy. There are so many small, delicious slices of life that I’m afraid will slip away forever or go undocumented somewhere in my head if I don’t snap a quick photo. I worry that I’ll lose perspective on the way I thought and felt during whole chunks of my past, though I suppose we’re all doomed to lose memories to some degree as we get older. What I should do about this is keep more of a written record of things, but instead I resort to the quicker method of taking photos. Thanks to smartphones with cameras and their all-too-easy to access apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, we’re all falling down a rabbit hole of constant capturing. You know when you go to a concert and everyone is holding their phone up to take a video instead of listening to the live music they paid for? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t always normal. Keep reading »
I love everything about Meghan Trainor’s song “All ABout That Bass”: it’s catchy, it’s body positive, and the retro outfits and set design are so adorable. I just want to jump inside the music video and shake my booty in a pastel A-line from ModCloth. And what’s not to love about a summer anthem about a woman who “ain’t no size 2″ but can “shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do?” Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom of the top! [YouTube]