Celebrating with Rose, the love of my life.
(Dog owners, who are you celebrating with?)
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
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
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
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
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