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Prego! Traveling alone through Rome and Florence, Italy

I’ve had a history with anxiety and depression, and I’ve been struggling with the never-ending effort “finding myself.” I made a conscious decision to do things that scare me just a little and let life happen. I had some extra vacation days, and I was perusing flights online. The flight to Rome was so inexpensive that I had to buy it immediately. I knew I’d be going by myself, and I don’t speak Italian…

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Teaching my kid about God as an ex-fundamentalist

"But Mama, what IS God?" Shit. I'm really not prepared for this conversation. For the majority of my life, I envisioned a future where this conversation with my kid would be welcome, and the answer given would be clear and certain. But the last half-decade has changed all that…

Great pictures and good karma: 8 awesome tips for buying and selling on Craigslist

I am trying to do a little redecorating, and, since I have no budget for furniture, I have been making great use out of Craigslist. My plan is to use the money that I earn from the things I sell to purchase some used furniture that will fit my current décor and lifestyle. I've picked up quite a few tips over my years using Craigslist. Here are some of my best…

How to make soft pretzels, Austrian-style

Brezeln (aka pretzels) are not particularly difficult to make, but they do require precision. The most enjoyable part of the pretzels is forming them. A man in a pub showed me how to do it, and I have tried to recreate it with photographs…