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The PATSIE Principle: You're not as Special as You Think, and That's Just Fine

“I dropped out of college because I knew more than my professors did.”

“I often have to explain things to others because I just grasp stuff more quickly than most people do.” 2,078 more words

Erin J. Bernard

Chickens, Eggs, and Gurus

Anjuli and Emily consult a guru to find out how many vitamins they should be taking.  Turns out, they need to understand which came first: the chicken or the egg. 9 more words

Cultural Phenomena

You’ll Get Bad Things and Like Them: Hate Songs, Little Mouth Cuts and Great Looming Silence

Have you ever had a little cut in your mouth that you couldn’t stop chewing on?

Poking at, worrying over, jabbing and stabbing against with your tongue, endlessly, compulsively? 1,190 more words

Erin J. Bernard

How to Eat a Buffalo: A Declaration of Loss

How do you swallow a buffalo?

There’s a trick to it, which I was taught some dozen years ago, deep in the jungle, at Christmas dinner, by a man who’d stolen everything from me. 1,665 more words

Erin J. Bernard

I was nominated for a Liebster Award!

What is a Liebster, you ask? Sort of like a Pulitzer or a Nobel? Well, yes, it is quite similar to both of those awards … Wait … Actually, it’s not at all like either of those. 1,108 more words

Erin J. Bernard

Overheard in Portland: “Is there anyone else in this line named ‘Apple?’”

Overheard in Safeway, McLoughlin Boulevard

November, 2014 Around 6 p.m.

In light of the late blasts of Gwyneth Paltrow vitriol blowing around the Internet, I was intrigued to recently overhear this conversation between a well-put-together, rather Gwynethy-looking woman and her daughter in the checkout line at Safeway. 141 more words

Cultural Phenomena

Ripening: Reflections on Fading Youth and Regretful Aplomb

Is youth wasted on the young?

Sometime around one’s 30th birthday, to be certain, one realizes with a start the astonishing measure of self-absorption and small-mindedness that has defined one’s first decade as a card-carrying adult. 372 more words

Erin J. Bernard