Disturbing Movies of the 1980s

Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in Heathers

There's a real oddness at the core of many of the films from my childhood. Was I just young and impressionable or did the movies of the 1980s often delve into the disturbing side of life... sometimes in a very goofy way? It's almost as if filmmakers of the 80s enjoyed exploring dark, unsettling themes, and yet couldn't take them too seriously. The other main theme that comes up often, of course, is class division, often with a love story woven in.  On this Halloween day, the very best of all the holidays, I'd like to revisit some of the strange and wonderful movies of my youth. … [Read more...]

Nature, Prince, and Pig’s Blood

Ah, nature.

On this, the last day of my mini summer vacation and a few days past my 39th (gah!) birthday, I sit by an open window, a soft breeze blows in despite the oppressive heat outside, and birds, crickets and a buzzing fly provide the soundtrack. Since moving to the country almost one year ago, I've often experienced the strange feeling of being away while at home. It's a summer cottage sensation, a lazy dream state in which my body feels pleasantly heavy, my mind at peace. I look out at the trees and wildflowers and my eyes rest in a way that is impossible in a busy city landscape. It is lovely. … [Read more...]

How to Be Vulnerable (A Guide for You, Independent Lady)

Daria, cynical, stand-offish, and pretty much me in high school (MTV)

As a woman with a sensitive heart and a tear that's never too far away, I spent the first part of my adulthood putting up a wall of invulnerability. And I've been spending the last few years painfully stripping away that wall and being frighteningly, pathetically vulnerable. A friend recently explained an epiphany she'd had -- A cute guy who was in her life for a few hours due to technical household difficulties twice offered to help her with something that fell outside of his professional duties. And twice she refused, only to realize later … [Read more...]

Must Read Memoirs for Foodies

Words of wisdom from Julia Child.

Memoirs are like autobiographies for obsessives. Authors focus in on one tiny part of their lives and, in the process, transmit something of their journey, and hopefully their passions, to the reader. Memoirs really blew up a few years ago and much to my delight because they're my favourite things to read. And when you love food as much as I do, the fact that there's even such a thing as a food memoir is a gift from heaven. Tell me about your life? Yes please. Tell me about your life AND what you ate … [Read more...]

My Faux Natural Face

No Makeup (hair dying 2013) vs. Full Makeup (New Year's eve 2015)

I must have been 10 or 11 years old when I asked my mother if it would be ok if I wore just a little bit of eyeliner to school every day. Her answer? A firm NO. I accepted it without question because this was the 1980s when pre-teen girls were expected to look like children, not like mini prostitutes, and none of my friends wore makeup. Still … [Read more...]


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