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What Does Your Purse Say About You?

Posted by Kara Baskin November 28, 2012 01:00 PM

Mine indicates the following: I let my son play with tampons and I’m a candidate for the show Hoarders.

A couple of weeks ago, I went out to brunch with friends and we did that thing where everyone dumps out the contents of her purse. (Does anyone else do this? I’m assuming it’s a common bonding experience, but let me know if I’m wrong.) Anyway, everyone else’s purse contained totally ordinary things: wallets, shiny cell phones, lip gloss, keys, maybe some loose change. Mine contained a half-eaten Nature Valley granola bar, a pacifier, a cracked-up iPhone, an unwrapped tampon with the string half-attached, a Lego man, and a faded coupon for something unidentifiable.

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How to Help During the Holidays

Posted by Kara Baskin November 25, 2012 04:00 PM

Tomorrow morning, I'll be on NECN talking about various ways to give back during the holidays, because tomorrow is Giving Tuesday (not to be confused with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or OMGISplitMyPants Saturday). The spot I taped was pretty short, and there wasn’t time to discuss all the amazing organizations that could really benefit over the coming weeks—and year-round, for that matter—so I asked friends to write to me with their favorite charities and organizations. Ahead is a list of various worthy causes that my community really loves. (As for me, I’m hoping to take Andrew to a local nursing home in the coming weeks to visit residents and pass out gifts.) Check out this list, and feel free to add your own special charity in the comments. To everyone who chimed in and contributed, thank you! Donate with your time or your money, but most of all, your heart.

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Why the Petraeus Scandal Really Hits Home

Posted by Kara Baskin November 15, 2012 09:30 AM

Elmo and David Petraeus don’t have much in common except for the fact that they both keep people safe—Petraeus from terrorists and Elmo from the needs of whiny children. And, as we discovered this week, apparently they both have frisky sex lives.

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About the author

Kara Baskin (@kcbaskin) is a Boston-based writer, editor, and mom to Andy. She thinks Sriracha and garlic make everything tastier. She loves Steely Dan and "Murder, She Wrote." Her More »

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