Why I’m Not Liv Tyler’s Mother

Bell Bottom Blues The main reason I did not manage to become a rock star was because I was just too practical. I blame my parents for this. People think we’re having an epic economic crisis now, but my parents were children during the Great Depression of 1929. There was no Social Security then, no [...]

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Paying It Forward

Drawing by Allie Brosh, blogging at Hyperbole and a Half Still Here To Bitch About It Two years ago today, four words changed my life. Those words were, “Your biopsy is positive.” Words like that are very powerful. I wouldn’t be blogging if they weren’t. But in all honestly, I’ve heard a lot of other [...]

Standing In The Light

Battling Mutant Pumpkins Next Saturday, on July 24th, it will have been two years since I was told I had breast cancer. It’s a strange sort of anniversary. At its most fundamental, it marks the triumph of life over death, and I’m delighted to be here representing us lifers. On the other hand, it marks [...]