Iris & Lily

Childhood templates: A dash of ignorance and half a cup of powerlessness

Templates simplify because they save you the trouble of making certain decisions, leaving a little room for variety without requiring you to go back to the drawing board each time.

Templates can be good and useful. Except when they're not. 

When we're children, we make observations about the world and then we draw conclusions about how things work and how people behave. We essentially create templates for how to successfully live our lives.

The Stupendous Ms. Scipioni

I am in love with Midge Maisel. There, I said it. 

It's a relationship that is not without its problems. For one thing, she was born in the 1930s, so there is a slight age difference. Also, she is Jewish; I don't think her parents would approve. Maybe most difficult is the fact that she doesn't actually exist.