The Book of Needs
Mary understood secrets. Good secrets, bad secrets, and those shaded in gray tones of ambiguity. So when the small package arrived with a post office box number but no name on the return address she instinctively knew she was holding a secret. Its mystery was held in a plain cardboard box with her name and address printed on a white label, and she was a little afraid to open it. Secrets have a way of bursting out of their careful packaging and upending your life.
Pitcher Cocktails With Rum
Craft cocktails are perfect for nights out, but when you’re throwing a party you might want to ditch perfection in favor of spending more time with your guests. Big batch cocktails stirred up and served up in crowd-sized containers take the pressure off making sure everyone has a drink and let you enjoy yourself. They’re also just as tasty as single cocktails.
Where Are the Cookies?
There’s a phenomenon that’s familiar to people who grew up with people who lived through the Great Depression, and among some Asian-American families. It isn’t exclusive to those groups, of course, as no generalization fits neatly into human categories, so the odds are pretty good that no matter where and how and with whom you grew up you will recognize it, and may personally suffer from it. It’s called Butter Cookie Tin Syndrome, or BCTS for short. I totally made that up, but the phenomenon is real.
Pickled Daikon Radish (Takuan) – What It Is and How to Make It
Shh. Don't tell anyone. When a foreign food becomes popular here in the U.S. the price goes up, and daikon radish is not very expensive because it's not very well known. If you haven't had it, it's milder than red radishes, and is great shredded into salads or sliced into stir-fries. But, my favorite way to eat it is as pickles.
The Asshole and the High Ground
You know those people who take up two parking spaces in a lot by parking just over the white line, leaving no room for any reasonable vehicle? I know you know what I'm talking about. I sat next to that guy on the bus tonight.
It Always Rains in Seattle
We have 38 ways to describe the different states of rain. We don’t use umbrellas. We are a region of moss, slugs, puddles, and the endless sound of dripping water. Our skies are gray – there’s an enormous palette of gray tones you might not be aware of unless you live in Seattle. Clouds love us. They love to show off every variety they’re capable of, from fluffy white and wispy, ghostly, pale gray, to the most compact and deepest charcoal this side of black you’ve ever seen.
Black Women Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors You Should Read
Like many other genres, speculative fiction was long a realm of white, male authors. The Golden Age of Science Fiction produced masters in the craft -- Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, et al – but very little of the work was produced by women or people of color. When the New Wave of science fiction emerged in the 1960s things began to change and voices began to diversify. Then, in the 1970s, Octavia E. Butler arrived on the scene and paved the way for the subsequent strong voices of black women in spec fic.
Bite Me V-Day
Valentine’s Day is a holiday fraught with sadness and loneliness for people without romantic partners. In a society that places a high value on marriage and family, single people can feel left out, unfulfilled, and incomplete. The search for a significant other consumes a lot of time, money, and swiping. Well, screw that. It doesn’t have to be that way.