Back-to-school jitters

About this time last year, I humbled myself to type out an embarrassing account of my first week as a college freshman. I wanted to assure former college freshmen that they weren't the only goofy kids on their campus, and I also wanted to leave no doubt in the minds of upcoming college freshmen that …

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Demi-lition Derby

Read this article about Demi Lovato the other day, and thought, "Well...that escalated quickly." The rundown: an Instagram artist drew a picture of Lovato several months ago as a topless mermaid. Lovato herself commented on the photo recently and said it was a "gorgeous" drawing, but that it wasn't representative of her actual body. The …

Destined for prettiness

Who doesn't love a good concert? The buzzing excitement before the house lights go dim, the performer holding his microphone out to the crowd, the killer guitar solo, the one song that makes the audience nearly tear the roof off the place, the girl in front of you who won't stop taking selfies... Wait. My birthday …

The Losers who keep losing

Like millions of Americans, NBC's The Biggest Loser captivated me for many seasons (until I wearied of reality TV and the same synopsis year after year). The strength and motivation each contestant managed never failed to baffle and inspire me. During more than one episode, I went hard on my mom's Tony Little Gazelle, sweating …