Christmas means the perfume wars are in full swing and I’m even more confused this year than I usually am.

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I have an Ulta catalog in my hands, which is a dangerous, dangerous thing.

For those of you not in the know, Ulta is like Sephora, but less so. The prices don’t reflect Ulta’s junior status, so I don’t know why it’s number two. Maybe it’s the name. It’s not…

We’ve all made this mistake at some point in our lives.

Photo: Steven Jeffe

It’s easy to think that Ellen Chung, Jonathan Gerrish, their baby daughter, and their dog died from something sinister. When their bodies were first discovered on August 17, 2021, with no obvious signs of trauma, investigators ran through a list that included lightning, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, cyanide exposure, illegal…


Perpetual Online Outrage is a real disorder I just made up.

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Every day, thousands of people all over the world suffer from POO — Perpetual Online Outrage (also known as POD — Persistent Outrage Disorder).

Before succumbing to POO, ask yourself: Are you really offended by what you’re seeing, or are you upset about something else completely unrelated to the article/post/picture…


I’ve been expecting you, Mr. Bond, for the last thirty minutes.

Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas in No Time To Die (Eon Productions/MGM/United Artists)

Thank you for meeting me today, Mr. Bond. I know you’re a busy man when you’re not lounging around in a tropical paradise or pursuing women half your age.

No, I don’t expect you to talk, Mr. Bond. I don’t know why you keep saying that. I expect you to…


Picking the contestants has almost nothing to do with baking and everything to do with ratings.

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If you think the contestants on the Great British Baking Show are chosen after an arduous process that pushes their baking skills to the limit and that only the best of the best are chosen to be eviscerated by Paul Hollywood and forced to look at Prue Leith’s glasses, have…


Why? Why do I do things like this?


My mom is in her 90s. There’s not a lot to talk about with an elderly woman who never leaves the house and only gets a few channels over a broken TV antenna (no, she won’t let me fix it, “It works fine.”).

But I see her several times a…


It’s an hour of your life you’ll never get back.

Thanksgiving Day in Silver Spring, MD, 1942. (Photo from the Library of Congress)

My Uncle Clyde was a devoutly religious man. He was also a professor.

The combination is deadly.

Uncle Clyde had a deep, commanding voice and a demeanor that could suck all the joy out of a room in seconds.

Clyde was my mother’s brother and he had three sons, my…

Bev Potter

Legal secretary by day, insomniac by night. BA, MA. Humor, pop culture, and things that make you think. Twitter: @blade_funner

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