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Aug29

The 2006 Emmy Awards

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Usually when I sit down to watch television with my husband I have my fingers positioned on the TiVo remote, not only to fast forward through the commercials, but also to rewind the parts of a show I can’t hear because he is too busy yelling in outrage at the actors. We’ve had endless arguments […]

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Aug29
Back-to-School: the best backpacks

Back-to-School: the best backpacks

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When my mother chose the name Melissa for me in 1973, she thought it was a beautiful name and unlike any of the names she’d heard around the neighborhood. She thought it was ‘unique’. She hadn’t heard of any other babies with my name at least until she arrived at the pediatrician’s office for my […]

Aug22

Because I Have Already Solved the World’s Foundation Problems

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Hi Amy, I’m a 21 year old woman in college in Washington D.C. I’m currently dating a 23-year-old man who is working at a media company in the D.C. area. This is the first relationship for both of us. We’ve been together for 15 months and on paper we’re the perfect couple. He treats me […]

Aug16
Because Nobody Else Wants to Discuss Your Hair As Much As I Do

Because Nobody Else Wants to Discuss Your Hair As Much As I Do

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BUT FIRST: I’ve gotten quite a few requests for clarification about the Not Curly But Sort-Of Bendy hairstyle I described two weeks ago. For some reason, the brilliant bit of prose: "don’t open the “flappy”thing" confused a couple people. I mean, really. Anyway, funny story! I’d actually taken pictures of the technique with the idea […]

Aug14

Book Tour: The Ghost in the House

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Two years ago this month I checked myself into the psyche ward at a local hospital due to a debilitating bout of postpartum depression. My daughter was six months old, and I had been fighting feelings of hopelessness and anxiety since her birth. I had battled depression in college, and in the years leading up […]

Aug08
Because Dubious Hodgepodge Would be a Great Name for a Rock Band

Because Dubious Hodgepodge Would be a Great Name for a Rock Band

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BUT FIRST, LET ME GET ALL META ON YOUR ASS With a question from…me! Whoa. Dear Amalah, Do you have any words of advice for future question submitters about how they can help YOU help THEM? Also, why do all your pop culture references date from before 1999, you big fat lame-o? Amalah Yes! I […]

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