It Came From The Search Terms: “When April Comes Again”

It is time to celebrate the mostly-monthly ritual of rounding up the snippets that people typed into search engines to find this place and answering them like questions. Please enjoy this jazzy bittersweet tune about lost love and memory (When April Comes Again, sung by Mel Tormé). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ48CqWjPmM   1 "How to get over a … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: “When April Comes Again”

Monday Links!

As promised, Lenée's regular writing project has launched at RaisingMothers.com, starting with a beautiful essay about ambivalence toward becoming a parent and figuring out the right choice for herself. Did you know there is an advice column devoted to helping you find just the right poem for a given situation? This weekend I vomited a … Continue reading Monday Links!

#1189: “Fox News, Immigrant Family, and the F******* Wedding Invite List”

Dear Captain Awkward, I've met somebody lovely and we're getting married in the summer. (My pronouns: she/her, my fiancee's: they/them) I'm thrilled to celebrate with all my family and friends...except one person. My uncle has mainlined Fox News for longer than I've been alive and has selected me, his queer, liberal niece, as a prime … Continue reading #1189: “Fox News, Immigrant Family, and the F******* Wedding Invite List”

#1187: “People from my past at my estranged father’s funeral (do not want).”

Hi Captain, My estranged father is about to die (I am working with family to make the degree of peace with which I feel comfortable). My mother died about a decade ago. Besides the problem of anticipatory grieving and emotions feelings around an estrangement, I am struggling with a desire not to go to his … Continue reading #1187: “People from my past at my estranged father’s funeral (do not want).”

#1185: “Need scripts for moderating how much guests drink in my home.”

Hi Captain! My fiancé (they/them) and I (she/her) recently bought a house. My little sister (she/her) also lives with us. It’s awesome. We throw parties, where people drink (sometimes a lot – fiancé and sister are college students, I’m a few years older) and hang out. We’re planning on implementing a house rule where people … Continue reading #1185: “Need scripts for moderating how much guests drink in my home.”

It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven

It's time to answer the things people typed into search engines as if they are questions. Here is a seasonal jam by The Avett Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkVM4AxzxCE Lyrics are here. 1 "I can't stand going to my friend's house because she smokes inside." Legit! I have a very hard time with smoke (asthma trigger), the same … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven

#1176: The limits of respecting one’s elders just ’cause they are elders.

Hello Captain, I've got a few older women in my life who keep talking to me like I'm one of their kids. It's either unsolicited advice or outright orders in a snotty tone. One of these women volunteers at the same place I do. She orders people around constantly, is generally rude and condescending, and … Continue reading #1176: The limits of respecting one’s elders just ’cause they are elders.