I want to belatedly thank you for recommending Longform. I am hopelessly addicted to reading this at the gym. Some days I read the newest articles, but other days I dive deep into the crime archives. It has been an unexpected source of short, well-crafted articles that transport me into gritty places. » 1/22/15 4:17pm Thursday 4:17pm

I loved how they didn't back off the joke. It was basically a quip and two impressions. After hearing the audience gasp, they could have cut it short, but they rolled up their sleeves and threw themselves into it with no fear. And I loved them for not backing away from the discomfort that they caused. It's rape, it's… » 1/11/15 9:44pm 1/11/15 9:44pm

Midwesternman and I were together for over eight years before we married, and I adopted two children during that time. We had our wedding, then he immediately adopted the kids who had always called him Dad. So we had kids at our wedding. Kids, a magician, a face painter, and a room where the kids could hang out with… » 1/06/15 2:43pm 1/06/15 2:43pm

I made it almost four years as in-house counsel at an insurance company. My boss was crazy. She would repeat lies until they became her truth. She could go into my computer and edit my memos, so every day I took home a backup disk and filed it away in case she fired me for one of her manufactured mistakes. She came in… » 1/03/15 12:10am 1/03/15 12:10am

Well, I'm screwed. Since Midwesternman and I both were home all day today, we did a glucose curve on our diabetic cat. Every two hours, we had to prick Tiger's ear and test the blood. And he is such a sweet, mellow fellow that he let us do it, every time, with only a token protest and a weak howl. I really love this… » 1/02/15 12:59am 1/02/15 12:59am