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It’s National Dog Day

August 26, 2016

Rose on couch copy

Celebrating with Rose, the love of my life.

(Dog owners, who are you celebrating with?)

How to Be an Artist

August 25, 2016


My favorite of these is: “make little signs that say YES! and post them all over your house.” Which resonates most with you?

1989 Poster by SARK

Road Trip

August 24, 2016

Kiarang Alaei


Photo by Kiarang Alaei


August 23, 2016

Baked by Andres

Real nutella layer cake in a soda can Baked by Andres

Help with the Heavy Lifting

August 22, 2016

Anthony Burrill

For a few weeks, there has been a pucker in my rug that’s driving me crazy. The problem is the rug is underneath the sofa, and there’s no way I can lift it. Don’t think I haven’t thought about it. But I know it would end in disaster, with my writhing on the floor in back pain. I considered calling the handyman, but for this 2 second task, that didn’t make sense. And finally, my miracle showed up. I’m in the process of refinancing my mortgage, and today, a man came over to appraise the apartment. He walked through all the rooms, taking photos and measuring. And moments before he left, I asked if he’d lift the couch. “No problem,” he said. Problem solved!

Find a Way by Anthony Burrill

End of Week Zen

August 19, 2016

Courtney Witherspoon

I Scream, You Scream by Courtney Witherspoon

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

August 18, 2016

Grace Weaver

After the satisfying piece about the science of single life, I shuddered when I read this today in the style section of the New York Times. “Pippa Middleton finds her storybook ending.” I don’t keep up with the Royals, so I hadn’t been following Princess Kate’s sister’s relationship woes. But apparently, she’s finally found a husband. He’s handsome, rich and happily ever….  Whatever.

The Date by Grace Weaver

Getting Motivated When You’re Not

August 17, 2016

Wendy MacNaughton Procrastinating

I’m a political junkie. Last month when the GOP and DEM conventions were in full swing, I was completely distracted. I found it hard to get any work done. Days passed and my to-do list exploded. That got me to thinking about how to get motivated when you’ve gotten out of the swing of things. I wrote a blogpost about it for my career coaching site. And if you can relate to the situation, I hope you’ll check it out here

Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton

The Elevation of Single Life

August 16, 2016

Jeppe Hein

Earlier this year, Rebecca Traister wrote in New York Magazine about the rising political clout of single women. I especially loved the illustration that accompanied it. And today, there’s a new article exploring the science of people who never married. Within it is an interview with Dr. Bella DePaulo, a good friend of First Person Singular, who is one of the few social scientists exploring the subject. (My essay, Goodbye to the Spinster is featured in one of Bella’s books.) We already live the truth that you can be single and satisfied. Now, everyone else is finally starting to catch up.

Neon by Jeppe Hein

How Do You Start Your Morning?

August 15, 2016

Christoph Niemann

Because I’m a lousy sleeper, I stay away from coffee. My morning routine begins with Earl Grey tea. How about you?

Napkin by Christoph Niemann