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renegade mothering
Batter my heart, I guess.

Batter my heart, I guess.

I don’t want this to be our new reality. I do not want to continue in a world in which each of my four children grow up with the reality that their great-grandmother was killed by a beloved family member after eating Chinese take-out. I do not want this unfairness. I do not want...

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The Girl With Moxie
Weird Things Seen on the Street, #49

I saw this weird thing just off an alley in midtown Sacramento back in August. It felt very Andy Warhol-esque. Seen something weird on the street lately? Send me your photo, along with where you saw the weirdness, and I’ll post it here!

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renegade mothering
I did not know it felt like this.

I did not know it felt like this.

Three days before my grandmother was killed by her mentally ill grandson, we stood together in Costco, perusing books. “Tell me if we’re in a hurry, because I’m just hanging out,” she said. “We are in no hurry, grandma. No hurry at all.” No hurry at all. If I could do it again, I...

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The Girl With Moxie
Weird Things Seen on the Street, #48

Some back story to preface this next weird thing photo. For the six years I lived in my apartment in Sacramento, there had been a water bottle sitting in the fire extinguisher box across from my living room window. It never moved, and I had no idea if someone had left the bottle there on purpose as...

The Blue Muse
Happy links, in case you need a break from politics

Nov 6, 2016
Happy links, in case you need a break from politics

I don’t know about you, but I’m counting minutes until the election ends so that for better or worse, at least my social media and mailbox won’t be bursting with political ads (for awhile anyway). If you’re looking for a break from politics, may I recommend some serious cuteness, coolness, and …

The Blue Muse
Emotional states of a last-minute conference submission

Nov 5, 2016
Emotional states of a last-minute conference submission

One of the most painful post-graduate school realizations is that procrastination doesn’t magically heal itself and homework NEVER GOES AWAY. Case in point: Today’s conference paper deadline. That I’ve been planning for for six months. With the paper that I started working on in earnest a few weeks ago. That …

The Girl With Moxie
Weird Things Seen on the Street, #47

It’s been a long time since I last posted a weird thing seen on the street. That doesn’t mean, of course, that I haven’t seen weird things. As we all know there are plenty of weird things to see on the street, whether you’re in the city or the ‘burbs, and over the last...

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renegade mothering
Male birth control. Or, stop being a whiney-ass baby.

Male birth control. Or, stop being a whiney-ass baby.

I have a little story for the men who couldn’t handle the side effects of a new, effective male birth control shot, and the doctors who canceled the study because 3% of the men complained of the very side effects 30% – that’s THIRTY FUCKING PERCENT – of women taking birth control experience daily....

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The Girl With Moxie
Faces of Depression, Day 31 – Final Thoughts

What a month it’s been. When I started this online chronicle of my depression, my goal was to show people that depression can sometimes look very different than the sad-sack-on-the-couch-eating-junk-food stereotype. Sometimes depression wears heavy makeup and does its hair. Other times it puts on a little lip gloss and calls it a day....

The Girl With Moxie
Faces of Depression, Day 30

A decent day with some irritability over trivial matters. Finished a sewing project I’d been putting off for a couple months, which was a good feeling. That said, there are some errors in the finished product that annoy me, but I’m not sure that I can fix them without getting more annoyed. One of those...

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