5 Things You Have in Common with the Royal Baby

O little town of Buckingham, a miracle has occurred in Great Britain: unto us, a babe has been born! Okay, but babies are born ALL THE TIME. Even though this little nugget is all over the news, I think it’s important to remember that we are all cut from the same cloth (it’s just that […]

I Asked for Burning Questions …

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions for what to write about in the month of July. Here are some burning questions (from Wade — thanks, Wade!) that I gathered from the comments. With burning answers to match: 1. Contrast and compare European Catholicism of the 17th century to that of today, please […]

YOU CAN FRIGGIN’ DO IT

That project you have been eschewing? You can do it. Online dating? You can do it. Cooking healthy food for yourself? You can do it! You are the captain of the S.S. Your Life. You are literate (if you’ve gotten this far), and capable, and — let’s not forget — a person who passed 8th […]

Sporknotes: A Brief History of Birthday

Thank you, friends, family, and complete strangers, for the incredibly sweet birthday wishes!! I looked up the history of my birthday, hoping to find some incredible events, like Santa’s release from jail or the invention of the baked bean, but instead I found … some other stuff. So, I present you with a Brief History […]

Pope, Lock, and Drop It

Greetings Universe, It is I, your new pope. Surprised? I know I am a little young and fertile and the proud owner of two gorgeous ovaries, but I have been wearing dresses my whole life and I did go through a healthy Madonna phase when I was a preteen (see: Fashion Crosses). You’ll also be […]

Ask Me How I’m Feeling: House of Cards

Here are the reasons, in no particular order, why I love House of Cards. (For the record, I am halfway through episode 4, but that happened all in one sitting, so …) 1. Kevin Spacey is talking to me. It feels like we are friends. He totally trusts me above all other people, not unlike […]

In Defense of Redheads

I have been dyeing my hair since I was twelve, and it has been the following colors: brown, light brown, dark brown, black, blonde, “dishwater” blonde, really blonde, white, Lizzie McGuire-yellow, crayon-yellow, orange, oops-orange, lavender, pink, and red. And I can say, without a doubt, that redheads are the MOST discriminated against, by far. This […]

Letters from Downton

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains made up things that allude to real plot details of Downton Abbey. May I suggest that you have your butler read it first so you don’t see anything that might upset you? I was recently re-watching (yes, I admit to plundering the internet) season three of Downton Abbey, and in […]