Don't know if this will help with your pie, but I've had the best luck with basic Crisco/lard-based crusts if I only refrigerate them briefly - like 2 hours or so, before baking the pie. The longer I keep the crust cold, the tougher it gets. I've taken to baking the whole pie, crust and all, Wednesday night or… » 11/24/14 8:53pm Monday 8:53pm

Regarding number 4: my aunt did the "right" thing and had two children - while married and at the "right age" (late 20s) - just went to rehab for alcohol abuse, and the other is addicted to pills and has spent most of his life not holding down a job and living off his mother. They are both around 50 years… » 11/22/14 8:44pm Saturday 8:44pm

I also have a high school classmate like this. Very religious and conservative. But was drawn to that kind of life initially because in her college desperation to be married, she went through several fiances, one of whom converted her - the idea being their sex life would be less shameful if they were engaged and had… » 11/22/14 6:20pm Saturday 6:20pm

I was a child of a LOT of class privilege - both my dad and his sister were not only college graduates, but PhDs. So a college education was expected - but it was also the sort of liberal arts education that didn't necessarily lead to the perfect job right away (although my parents expected me to be self-supporting),… » 11/21/14 10:14pm 11/21/14 10:14pm

I can see where "childfree" is coming from, because the choice one makes not to have kids, rather than not having kids by circumstance, hasn't really been around all that long. But I like "childless by choice" for myself, because it's clear and because "childfree" carries connotations to me that all nonparents hate… » 11/21/14 10:55am 11/21/14 10:55am

I have to echo the recommendations to be as straightforward and honest as possible. But it's really, really shitty to be in the middle of it. I was in a situation where I had to supply information about the relationship between a friend of mine and a colleague I admired, and I only knew to answer the questions as… » 11/19/14 8:17pm 11/19/14 8:17pm

I'm with you in that I like the tune/duet part of this song, but I can't not hear the lyrics. So I have a few minutes of "nails on a chalkboard" anytime this comes up in a concert. I have the same problem with old showtunes, which I love, but have terrible lyrics. » 11/19/14 1:31pm 11/19/14 1:31pm