Category Archives: Smartly

Smartly: “You smile too much.”

I have a post over on Smartly today!

I actually had thought everything was going fairly well until, when the interview portion had concluded and the reviewing portion had begun, the interview set down her papers, crossed her arms, and said, “I’ve never had to tell anyone this, but you smile too much.”

Click over to Smartly to read the entire piece: “You smile too much.”

Smartly: Why I’ll never get an e-book reader

I’m on Smartly today!

I am the very definition of an avid reader. I can lose entire days when I have my nose in a book. One of my favorite topics of conversation with my girlfriends is what books we’re reading. It was only natural then when e-book readers were introduced for those same girlfriends to ask when I was going to get one.

Head over to Smartly to read the entire piece: Why I’ll never get an e-book reader!

Do any of you have e-book readers? How do you think they compare to physical books?

Hey New York readers, are you interested in writing for Smartly too? Smartly New York is actively recruiting new writers. Apply here! (If you’re not in New York, you can still use the same form to apply to one of the other Smartly sites.)

Smartly: On eating insects

Remember when I promised to tell you about the tacos made from less-than-desirable proteins? It’s on Smartly today!

The [entomology] class strove to teach me much more science than I had bargained for, but, to this day, the thing that I most recall was the lesson on eating insects.

Click over to Smartly to read the entire piece: On eating insects!

While you’re there, don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me if you’ve ever eaten insects … or if you ever would! (Or if you just want to have your disapproval and disgust noted for the record.)

Smartly: I guess I love New York

Happy Friday! I have a post over on Smartly today!

Despite what the ubiquitous t-shirts proclaim, I never expected to love New York. I moved here from Chicago, a city that I did love, whole-heartedly and unconditionally, and I just couldn’t imagine New York even holding a candle to Chicago.

Click over to Smartly to read the entire piece: I guess I love New York!

Smartly: Adventures in Foreign Pharmacies

I’m on Smartly today! Yay!

If you travel with me, chances are good that we’ll need to visit a pharmacy. I’ll probably hurt myself or develop a headache, and, even though I should have known better, I probably will have left my bandages and acetaminophen at home.

Click over to Smartly to read the full piece: Adventures in Foreign Pharmacies!

… and don’t forget to leave me some comment love! (Please?)

Smartly: Confession: I Watch a Soap Opera

I’m on Smartly today, talking about one of my favorite subjects!

Those of you who know me know that I have a favorite soap opera. It might be slightly misleading to refer to it as my “favorite,” implying that I have tried other soap operas and this one has emerged the winner, when that is not the case. This has always been my one and only soap opera. I’m not concerned with the semantics, however; I will proudly declare that it is my favorite, and I DVR it every day.

Click over to Smartly to read the full piece: Confession: I Watch a Soap Opera!

Hey New York readers, are you interested in writing for Smartly too? Smartly New York is actively recruiting new writers. Apply here! (If you’re not in New York, you can still use the same form to apply to one of the other Smartly sites.)

Smartly: Aquaphobia and Scuba Diving

I’m on Smartly today!

I will occasionally talk myself into doing things far beyond my comfort zone only to panic after I’ve reached the point of no return. This is how I ended up almost thirty feet below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, my lungs full of salty water, wondering how – or if – I was going to get out of this one alive.

Click over to Smartly to read the full piece: Aquaphobia and Scuba Diving! Don’t forget to leave me a comment while you’re over there!