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Ten Years After My Mom Dies I Dance

This poem by Patrick Rosal absolutely knocked my socks off.

The second time I learned
I could take the pain
my six-year-old niece
—with five cavities
humming in her teeth—
led me by the finger
to the foyer and told her dad
to turn up the Pretenders
—Tattooed Love Boys—
so she could shimmy with me
to the same jam
eleven times in a row
in her princess pajamas.

When she’s old enough,
I’ll tell her how
I bargained once with God
because all I knew of grief
was to lean deep
into the gas pedal
to speed down a side road
not a quarter-mile long
after scouring my gut
and fogging my retinas
with half a bottle of cheap scotch.
To those dumb enough
to take the odds against
time, the infinite always says
You lose.

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1. Tumblr. Look. I get all my geek girl and fangirl cravings satisfied by Tumblr and then some. There’s a reason it’s seen an absolutely explosive amount of growth since it started. If you’re not on Tumblr, you don’t get it. If you are, you do. The corner I inhabit is a big ginormous world of people who love the Awesome, in this case the Awesome mostly being television and the occasional minor sci fi or fantasy flick like Star Trek or Lord of the Rings. In particular, we really really really love Friends, Doctor Who, and Jennifer Lawrence. There are GIFs, hilarity, quotes, trailers, news galore. And somehow it manages to be small enough that there’s a real sense of community, and large enough to take anyone who wants to in in a warm, slightly smelly, huge hug of fellowship and fandom.

2. The Atlantic. And now for something entirely different. When I’m not inhabiting my fangirl side and going mad for the latest Sherlock GIF, I get most of my world and health and some of my entertainment news from The Atlantic. The journalism is crisp, wide-ranging, often brilliant, and long-form without being overwhelming Wall Street Journal length. And unlike The New York Times, it’s free.

3. Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed is a time-warp that sucks in All The Things on the Internet. It is a glorious morass of time-wasting, informative, funny/sad/terrible/romantic/pointless, pop-culture-and-everything-else content. It is beautiful and terrible. It has lists to end all lists. That is all.

4. Lifehacker. Lifehacker is my baby. Lifehacker tells me how to live well, what not to buy, and provides hundreds of deliciously informative articles which I read, remember 0.5% of, bookmark and never look at it again. It is one of my life goals to write for Lifehacker.

5. GoodreadsLittle known fact: I once interned for Goodreads. And they are as awesome behind the scenes as they are, well, in front of them. Regardless, Goodreads is the perfect website for organizing, rating, and tracking the books you read – which for OCD bibliophiles like me, is perfect. I also get a fair number of book recommendations there from other readers. These days, I  probably visit Goodreads every other day.

And there you have it! Inside me is a fangirl, a bibliophile, a life-betterer, and a pseudo-intellectual.

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