Michelle W.
Chief Semicolon Advocate at WordPress.com. Professional writer, editor, napper, and dog-snorgler. Knows you are, but what is she?
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  1. Music
  2. Illustration
  3. What’s the Secret to Making New Dad Mates?

    Making friends as a 36-year-old with an 11-month-old baby isn’t quite the same as making friends as a 26-year-old single guy. One new dad shares his hard-won tips.

    Family
  4. It’s safe to hate on Uber, because we know they are evil. The challenge is not tweeting something supportive when it happens at a company you hate. It’s how you react when it happens in a company that you’re invested in, to someone sitting right next to you.

    Gender
  5. Awesome Sports Project

    The Awesome Sports Project, created by the nonprofit Basketball Education in Action, is an online literary journal committed to inspiring girls and women’s voices in sports.

    Sports
  6. British Journal of Photography

    BJP is the world’s longest-running photography magazine, established in 1854 for every photographer, amateur or serious.

    Jetpack
  7. “You are a decent-looking nice lady — there’s nothing wrong with your bait,” he declared. “Clearly, there’s something wrong with your hook.”

    Personal Musings
  8. George Lakoff

    The blog of George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and author of the influential book on how language influences public policy, Don’t Think of an Elephant.

    Culture
    By Benh Lieu Song (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  9. I Hate Running

    “I have three different pairs of shoes I hate running in. Every time I run, I pick one pair, and I go out and run in them, and I enjoy it about as much as I enjoy brushing my teeth in the morning, except running lasts way longer.”

    Health
  10. Whose Strike?

    There have been calls for Trump opponents in the US to stage a general strike — but what does that mean, and what does it risk? A look at the often-violent history of American labor relations.

    Current Events
  11. Give Me Meatloaf

    Annie loves meat, beer, and the Barefoot Contessa, and churns out classic comfort foods from her Chicago kitchen.

    Cooking
  12. The Online Issue

    Self-proclaimed online shopping addict Bridie started her lifestyle blog to share her personal style, favorite looks, online shopping tips, and anything else that inspires her from the worlds of fashion and beauty.

    Fashion
  13. Is One Really the Loneliest Number? Five Bloggers on the Virtues of Solitude

    Five bloggers on the virtues of alone time, with photos from our recent “Solitude” challenge.

    Personal Musings
    A man sits alone in a church in Cremona, Italy. Photo by Marcus Puschmann at Streets of Nuremberg.
  14. December 16

    “What do you say to a man who is dying?” The mundanity of the weather forecast butts up against the profundity of a man’s final moments in this spare but evocative poem.

    Death
  15. Conversations With Baristas

    “The 6:43 a.m. Saturday conversations with baristas are the best conversations to have with baristas.” Writer Jeff Riley is a regular at his coffee shop, and his chats with the baristas go beyond the usual pleasantries.

    Personal Musings