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. All Rise

    Greenpeace Board of Directors chair Karen Topakian, one of the activists arrested for hanging a “RESIST” banner on a crane over the White House, recounts her sentencing day.

    Current Events
    Photo by Joe Flood via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
  2. Queen Smithereen

    Home cooking from a food-loving yogi: “I found magic learning to make a roux. I found perspective staring at the world upside down. I found happiness when chocolate and sea salt met.”

    Food
  3. How Much Poison Is Acceptable in Our Technology?

    Designer Ash Huang questions whether tech designs for the majority, or for the majority of white males. “For an industry that complains about the inconvenience of waiting for a cab, doing laundry, or picking up takeout, we sure build a lot of suffering into our apps.”

    Design
  4. Animals
  5. A Mushy Love Letter About Blogging

    “I don’t work with brands, I don’t have things to sell, I just like writing things down. So, whilst I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about numbers and followers, I’ve learnt that, for me, blogging has somewhat transcended all of that.”

    Jetpack
  6. If the Loneliness Comes, Beep Me

    Brian Burns on identity, queerness, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy didn’t necessarily make me into who I am but it did allow me to be who I was.”

    Identity
  7. Without a relationship between your hands, eyes and your idea, you remove an element of humanity. You forget the shoes that scruff, fingers that leave smudge marks. The space will never remain stark and its users will all be imperfect.

    Architecture
  8. Above the Clouds

    A stroll up a Scottish mountainside rewarded Ewan Mearns with a calming, majestic view across the clouds, captured in this beautiful photo essay.

    Landscape
  9. Shopfront Elegy

    Vici MacDonald photographs British commercial and industrial facades, often traveling to areas most people wouldn’t consider photogenic. For her, storefronts are more than just windows and signs: they’re “urban tales which deserved noticing and recording.”

    Architecture
    The Old Cinema, Baxter Gate, 37-40 Churchgate, Loughborough, Leicestershire, 2016 • Thank goodness for bingo keeping all these old cinemas alive...
  10. “On a whim I google the origin of the word ‘geezer.’ The accepted opinion is that it derives from an obsolete cockney word guiser, meaning ‘one who walks around in a disguise.’ I believe the disguise must be brightly colored slacks, tucked-in polo shirt, white belt, and Velcro sneakers.”

    Nonfiction
  11. Architecture
  12. Portrait of an Eternal Romantic

    Love is blind, but can it also be deaf? A tale of romance, salad, and misophonia (aka, the aural sensitivity that causes some people to fly into a rage at the sound of chewing).

    Relationships
  13. One day he went to an orthodontist, paid in advance, and sent a note home to her parents suggesting they get her braces, all expenses paid. One day she showed up on the bus and beamed her sparkly new braces at him, and handed him a pie that her mother had made.

    Family
  14. Art
  15. bug bug book reviews

    No matter how exhausted mom of three Lorilin gets, she always finds time to read! On bug bug book reviews, she reviews her favorites (and not-so-favorites), with a focus on fiction, memoir, and wellness.

    Books