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I Don’t Wish You a Perfect Holiday. Here’s Why.

Hear that ringing? It’s the jingle jangle of holiday headaches. Ah, just listen to it all, the cacophony of nervous systems lit up like Christmas trees. Now, let’s figure out how to calm it all the F down. The best decision I’ve made so far in this holiday season is one I try to make […]

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Choose a Flat Belly Over Flatbread

Don’t ask how I did it. But I did. Had my first ever g-free Thanksgiving. Thanks are largely due to my mother, who agreed to make a portion of her famous stuffing with gluten-free croutons. I’ve been GF for months now, on and off at first, and now fairly steadily with few (and regrettable) exceptions, […]

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Spend a Little QT with a Canine (or Two)

I used to work in an office where dogs roamed free. At one point, we had two rescued greyhounds who kept their post in the office of the production manager, an aging Boston terrier who held court in the art department, and a Bernese mountain dog who lolled at the feet of our editor in […]

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Don’t Freak Out.

I walked in on something happening in my own bathroom the other night. And I remind you that I live alone (save for a stunning tuxedo feline named Silas). A cockroach big enough to block traffic on West End Ave was hiding under the slats of my wooden bathmat. In fact, I would not have […]

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Have Oysters with Dad (or Anyone!)

You have not seen a happier man than my father about to have at a dozen oysters. Which is why rather than sweep into town to borrow the car he so generously lets me use to drive to Massachusetts, and bolt back out, I proposed dinner, just the two of us, at one of his […]

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Two Words: Hot Chocolate

Chocolate is NEVER a bad decision. Ever. Not in my book, anyway. And not according to recent research written up in the NYT, which points to the cardiovascular benefits of chocolate. So deciding to stop by the famous L.A. Burdick’s in Harvard Square recently was perhaps the best decision of my day–of the week, even. I went […]

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Have Some Bubbly. By Yourself.

I arrived the other night in the Twin Cities for a client meeting, and stayed in the ultra-swank Graves 601 hotel in downtown Minneapolis. The kind of place you walk into and, thanks to the genius lighting scheme, sculptural elements, music and overall vibe, you feel way cooler than you have any business being. I […]

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She Who Hesitates Is Lost (Lessons from The Bachelor)

Ah, shit. I wasn't going to blog about The Bachelor. And while I hardly hold it up as the shining and global example of all romantic relationships, it's a pressure cooker wherein all cliches rise to the surface quickly, so let's pluck a few…

Online Dating Isn't a Threat to Monogamy--It's a Blessing

Online dating is revolutionizing all relationships -- whether you're dating or not. For most of recorded history women did not have romantic options. You married the dude who your family deemed appropriate, and he likely lived within a quarter…

4 Things You Should Do This Weekend If You're Single

Sure, you could spend the night watching Love, Actually and then sob into some leftover Shiraz. Or, you could actually do something fun and maybe even sexy. No, it does not qualify as even the lowest level crisis that you're not perfectly…

3 Assumptions Keeping You Seriously Stuck

You've got lots of reasons why you're not dating or meeting anyone new. And they all begin with the assumptions you make about yourself, other people, and the future. All of which are incorrect. Here are the three things you're sure you're…

Why Making New Friends Is Critical to Your Love Life

Meeting new friends isn't all that different from dating: You meet, and some kind of magic happens. You're drawn to each other, attracted even. Not in a creepy way. But in a very real way. You want to see her, hang out, get to know her.…

Hobbies Are for Losers

Hobbies are for losers. I say this because the people who are in it to win it, to do something real, something big, something life changing, don't call it a hobby; they call it their life. Of course our lives consist of things that we do…