vices

Vice Week: On Greed

I am greedy. I’m a greedy person. There, I said it. It was drilled into my head early in life that this was one of the most reprehensible things I could possibly be, besides maybe a liar. After all, to be greedy was to be an especially vile form of selfish, which I also was not supposed to be. For most… More »


Vice Week: On Pride

When it comes to pride, we’re often told that it goeth before a fall. But that lends an implication of sorts that pride causeth the fall, which is hardly the case. Falls happen for any number of reasons, far too often for reasons beyond our control. And from that lens, when things are spiraling out… More »


Sometimes, Wallowing In Your Own Pool Of Despair Is OK

Self-pity is a doozy. No one likes being with someone who constantly feels sorry for themselves. It is not a cute look. How many times have you heard “Stop the pity party,” “Quit the whining!” and “Stop feeling so sorry for yourself and get over it!” The truth is though, we all have pride; we… More »


Indulgence As Self-Care: Our Vice, Our Therapy

My parents have a story about me they like to tell. When I was in third grade my mom picked me up from school on a beautiful spring day, and suggested we hang out in Central Park and enjoy the warmth. I responded, “Is there a place in the park to do my homework?” My… More »


Personal Goal: Stop Gorging On Gossip & Irrationally Hating Celebrities

When I first started writing on the internet, I made a conscious decision to think twice before putting words out into the ether about celebrities, because I wanted to avoid making excessively cruel commentary about stars or their bodies. They’re people too, I thought, and the last thing I want is to turn into a bitter bitch typingMore »


Vice Week: On Gluttony

Gluttony is an outdated sin, in my opinion. I’ve said it before: Never, ever, ever stop eating. If you stop eating, the advertisers and the tabloids and self-hatred win.

Here’s the thing: Gluttony was a sin mainly because eating too much meant depriving other people of food. And that was true, when we… More »


10 Things I Was Irrationally Jealous Of In High School (And Admittedly Still Am)

Ever since I was little, I have had a very hard time keeping my eyes on my own paper in the competitive game of life. I didn’t actually cheat because I was too stupid to pull off lying well, but man did I ever covet thy neighbor’s handwriting. And I know it’s ridiculous and irrational… More »


True Story: So This One Time I Was Rejected By A Weird Sex Cult

I was 15 years old when we moved to Rochester, NY. The big fight we had at the time was that I thought I should go to the School of the Arts and study acting, and my parents did not. I was pretty sure I would be awesome at being Irene Cara — and Taye… More »


Vice Week: On Envy

When we were all discussing which of the sins we’d take for this whole theme week thing, I stated that the one I probably should not do is envy. Because really, the only thing I am sincerely somewhat jealous of, weirdly, is people who can get jealous. “Well that’s a good angle! Do that!” Amelia… More »


5 Utterly Intense Acts Of Vengeance From History

Today, we celebrate wrath! And what’s more wrathful than an elaborate revenge plot? Here are five of the most intense acts of revenge in history. Trigger warning for fires, beheadings, stabbings, assassinations and tiger mutilation. Because duh, this is revenge we’re talking about here, not a tea party at your mums.More »


Hate-Reading Is The Best And Worst Thing You Can Do

Read it. Hate it. Read it again. More »


10 Blog Post Ideas I’ve Had While High And Never Followed Through On (Plus, A Poll!)

One of the benefits of smoking weed for me is that being stoned gives me really kind of fantastic blog post ideas. (There are obviously some terrible ideas too, but let’s not discuss those.) Sometimes I actually make those ideas a reality. This “Semi-NSFW Guide For Men On How To Dress And Undress For MaximumMore »


Check Your Vibes: How To Have The Best Mental Health Day Ever

“Productivity” has become a silly buzzword that we equate with self-worth. What is so morally bankrupt about spending a day in bed? More »


What Your Stoned Paranoia Says About You & How To Deal With It So You Can Just Enjoy Being High

It’s true what they say: smoking weed can make you paranoid. Not everyone experiences an anxiety spiral when they smoke, but getting high does produce a heightened feeling of awareness — of yourself, of others, and of how others see you. On the surface, these paranoid feelings can often seem totally irrational — no, the… More »


Vice Week: On Sloth

I’m typing this post without even looking at my laptop, currently splayed face down on the cool tile of my bathroom floor, arms stretched out in front of me to my laptop hoping that the typos will at least resemble words when I finally look up. My location is decidedly not the best place to… More »


Eight Things To Give Up For Lent

Yesterday was Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” That means today is Ash Wednesday, or the first day of Lent. Since I’m not Catholic this all is a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me, but I did attend Mardi Gras three straight years in a row, and while I don’t get my forehead swiped by a… More »


The Matrimommy: Sometimes A Little Lie Doesn’t Hurt…

When you’re single, there’s not much need for secrets. You live on your own, pay your own bills and make your own decisions because you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. If you want that pair of $250 jeans but have no money, who says you can’t charge them? It’s you and only… More »


The Bad Girlfriend Hides Her Vices

When I was a teenager, I hid all of my vices from my mom and dad. My high school boyfriend snuck in and out of our house so they wouldn’t know I was having sex, I kept perfume and eye drops in a boot in the garage so I wouldn’t smell and look so stoned… More »