Welcome to AnyShinyThing, where aging and feminism intersect. If women could remember to do this one thing, and teach their daughters to do it, the pay gap could shrink and we'd have more money in our old age.
Every time the holidays roll around, I’m conflicted. I don’t really want to decorate, but I do it anyway, for a couple of reasons. The main reason is that my family will be coming over on Christmas Eve for dinner and presents. The second reason is best illustrated with two stories. One year, I don’t […]
A few years ago, I started reading romance. Before you click away, let me say that the old trope of the helpless maiden waiting to be rescued is dead. The genre has changed. Women in modern romance novels are portrayed as strong, if flawed. They have good self-made lives, they have backbone, they’re well-rounded, and they aren’t […]
The downsizing bug has bit you. You’d like to get rid of those dishes, purses, and the bicycle you never use, but you don’t want to donate them because they’re worth some money, money you could use. So, how to cash in? Lately, more and more people are selling their stuff online. Including me. In […]
I can’t do a blog post today. My little essays are meaningless in the face of such tragedy. I feel despair about the carnage, and about the possibility of it ever getting better. But if we didn’t learn anything from seeing twenty 6-year-olds being slaughtered, if we weren’t moved by a President’s tears, there’s no […]
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