Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced

Originally posted on Shapely Prose:

Phaedra Starling is the pen name of a romance novelist and licensed private investigator living in small New York City apartment with two large dogs.  She practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu and makes world-class apricot muffins.

Gentlemen. Thank you for reading.

Let me start out by assuring you that I understand you are a good sort of person. You are kind to children and animals. You respect the elderly. You donate to charity. You tell jokes without laughing at your own punchlines. You respect women. You like women. In fact, you would really like to have a mutually respectful and loving sexual relationship with a woman. Unfortunately, you don’t yet know that woman—she isn’t working with you, nor have you been introduced through mutual friends or drawn to the same activities. So you must look further afield to encounter her.

So far, so good. Miss LonelyHearts, your humble instructor, approves. Human connection…

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Chicago a frontrunner for George Lucas’ Star Wars museum | Early & Often

Oh, Chicago! If you get this, I will forgive you for this past winter.


St. Baldrick’s

St. Baldrick’s

I am raising money to join the fight against childhood cancer. I would really appreciate it if you would help.

I am giving up my dreadlocks. Partially, a show of solidarity/helping kids who feel awkward about losing their hair due to cancer treatments. Partially, to raise money for a good cause.

Ice Breaker

I wrote this a couple of days ago and posted it on G+and Facebook. It seems that people like it.

Dear Winter,

I fell in love with you when I was but a boy. Your promises of days off from the routine of school, whispers of Christmas, sharing hot cocoa …it was heavenly.

My love for you never dimmed through all these years. Until today.

It’s not you. It’s me.

Oh, who am I kidding? It *is* you.

You have grown so cold and yet so clingy. You insist upon redecorating and cover up anything I do. And you have become so bitter that I can barely stand you!

Also, I must admit it. I have met someone else. She can be  mercurial, I admit. Warm one day, cold the next. She can dampen a persons spirits on a moment’s whim or shower him with warmth. She encourages growth instead of stifling it. She makes me glad to be alive.

Her name is Spring. And though I have been told that she cannot stay long, I cherish every moment we have together.

Please understand. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Google Charts the History of Modern Music


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Can you keep and eye on the cross?


I love this.

Originally posted on Richard Wiseman:

Rob J just sent me this great example of figure-ground reversal – hope you like it!


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I do not miss my physics homework …

“January 02, 2014″

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A Letter to My Body

Dear body,

I’m really happy that you have enjoyed the past week or so of “normal” work schedule. I can tell that you settled into it quite nicely. I didn’t even need the alarm yesterday in order to wake up on time.

But I warned you it wouldn’t last. I told you that Friday would be different. I needed to stay up all night last night to prepare for owl shift tonight. Instead, you passed out at a semi-decent hour and awoke only slightly later than usual.

This will not help me sleep today! And this is not the first time that you have not listened to me about such things.

And so, I’m afraid I’m breaking up with you. We should see other people. You should be free to go with someone who would make you happy.

What do you mean it doesn’t work like that?

We’re stuck together? Forever?!

Well, this is less than ideal.

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Mom’s Christmas Present


I finished this a few minutes ago for Mom's Christmas present. I hope that she'll like it.

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Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

I try to remind people of this every year around this time.

This site shows what warning signs to recognize, gives links to hotlines around the world, and ways that anyone can help.

And if you are the one with thoughts of suicide, please do not wait. You do not need to go through this alone

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