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Michael Perry May 27, 2015 The radio host, songwriter, and bestselling author will sign and discuss The Jesus Cow, a comical novel about a cow whose fur has a pattern that resembles Jesus.  64 other events on Wednesday, May 27
 
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Monday, January 5,2015
Backwards & in High Heels

Sandwiched: the glory of being a grown-up

Life in the middle between a dependent child and an aging parent

By Aaryn Belfer
The Sunday before Christmas, while on my way to a holiday gathering with my husband and another couple, I received an email from my mother with an explosive subject line. "Emergency Room," it read.
Monday, December 22,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Shirley Owen and the urge to murder San Diegans

Visions of gun violence danced in her head

By Aaryn Belfer
San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf has a problem called “Shirley Owen,” which means—paging San Diego—we have a problem called “Lorie Zapf.”
Monday, December 8,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Ebony and ivory and harmony, oh my!

Stop pretending an interracial hug fixes injustice

By Aaryn Belfer
In the days between two grotesque and revealing grand-jury decisions not to indict the killers of two unarmed black men, a photo of a white policeman embracing a weeping black boy kept popping up in my Facebook feed.
Monday, November 24,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Self-medicating through trashy art

Taylor Swift and ‘The Good Wife’: just two of my guilty pleasures

By Aaryn Belfer
Here’s the stone-cold truth: I’m into some superficial entertainment right now. Various news items engulf me like an avalanche: President Obama finding his immigration balls a month too late; frat boys across the country getting away with rape, ho hum.
Monday, November 10,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Going nuclear

An experiment in not exercising a hard-won fundamental right

By Aaryn Belfer
On this most recent Election Day, the one that saw the U.S. Senate floor—and those of some governor's mansions and local Podunk cubicles across the country—get scrubbed clean with the asses of Democrats, I did something that pissed off pretty much everyone I know, and a whole bunch of someones I don't: I stayed home.
Monday, October 27,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Encinitas’ Prop. F and the dispensaries

Let’s move this time machine to 2014, shall we?

By Aaryn Belfer
I don’t live anywhere near Encinitas. But a lovely, graceful, terrific writer friend of mine does, and, last week, she—a cancer survivor and user of medicinal marijuana herself—drafted a lovely, graceful, terrific letter to some local publications about Prop. F. More specifically, it was about her opposition to it.
Monday, October 13,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

How not to run a marathon

Zero-2-couch in 10 easy weeks

By Aaryn Belfer
Too many people have been turned off to not running a marathon simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel and they wind up in a mental funk, wondering why anyone would possibly want to not run in the first place.
Monday, September 29,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Winter is coming

The Southern California preppers edition

By Aaryn Belfer
Wow, was that a summer or what? I don't know about you, but in my 22 years of living in this casual little city that's trying on fancy britches, I cannot recall a hotter five months. 
Monday, September 15,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

The iWatch is more iExtraordinary than you’ve imagined

From real-time-death notification to hot-flash tabulation, it does it all

By Aaryn Belfer
As the winner of an online sweepstakes (I stumbled onto it when I mistyped a url while shopping), I got to test drive the new iWatch for a week and am therefore in a unique position to weigh in on the attributes of this game-changing device.
Tuesday, September 2,2014
Backwards & in High Heels

Ice buckets and social justice

Can we do more than one thing at a time?

By Aaryn Belfer
When I was finally able to turn my focus to the fundraiser, I didn't have high hopes for it. Either dump water or write a check as a strategy seemed misguided. Why isn't it both? I thought. 
 
 
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