Mighty Life List
Jun 27 2016

An incomplete list of games Hank played at recess last year

Banana Tag
Baby Apocalypse
Zombie Baby Tag
Explosive Slender Creepy
Four Square

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Jun 24 2016

Speaking His Language


Ozzy is out of reach, crying in his car seat.

“Say something nice to your brother, Hank.”

Hank leans in to gaze at Ozzy, caresses his cheek.

“Farty poop,” Hank coos. “Faaaarty poop.”

And Ozzy laughs.

Apr 29 2016

Fridaaay! Links


Mother’s Day is next weekend, so arrange for some sweetness. Above photo is from Heather Evan’s “Smith’s Seen Not Heard” project I have a weakness for artist mothers who include their kids in their work.

This tweet made me bark-laugh.

Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice “Find something — something new, something difficult — to immerse yourself in and improve at.”

This Airbnb rental comes with a bookstore that you can help run.

Speaking of books, Shaheryar Malik leaves artistic stacks of books around New York for people to take with them.

Look at this beautiful tropical table centerpiece made of green bananas, green coconuts, and open watermelon. Genius.

I’ve been wondering how this $20 H&M dress would look on a not-model, and it looks cute.

I’m making 100 paper crowns for the 100 Day Project.

Apr 11 2016

Do you guys want some candy?


This mural at the Beach Chalet has me fully creeped. Do you think it was the artist’s way of saying, “Don’t trust that rich guy who hangs by the pier, kids. And do not reach into his popcorn bag when he offers to share.”

That said, those tiny little cowboy hats are jaunty as all-all.

Apr 8 2016

Fridaaay! Links


Fun Things

Jihan Zencirli made this crazy, fish-egg balloon display outside her studio. Because she is magic, and she never denies you the caviar.

Life goals.

This fringe bracelet is shoosha-shoosha. And this romper is cute too. It’s also $400? And only comes in a size 2-6? Speaking of which…

Having babies takes me up to a size 14 for a couple years after I give birth. The clothing options are 10 percent of what I have when I’m a size 8, and everything is black. It’s such bullshit. GAH. Anyway, qcut jeans will come in 400 sizes, and may cash rain down upon them. (Thanks for the heads up, Asha!)

Crystal crowns are all the rage for brides right now, and I wasn’t into it until I saw this upside down one. You can get married in it, or do some Dungeons and Dragons LARPing. Versatile.

Get crafteh.


I like this so much. People dressed like their surroundings. via Swiss Miss

Important Thing

I’d never heard about this Civil Rights Swim-In where black people swam in a “white-only” pool, and the owner of the motel poured acid in the pool. Historically, this was like 5 minutes ago.


On Instagram, we went to Disneyland! Next time, I sneak in rum for my Dole Whip. Regrets.

On Twitter, I was charmed by all the kids at Disneyland, and I shared my dieting secret.

On Pinterest, I am not pinning as much wedding stuff as much as the algorithm wants me to. I am quite the disappointment to Pinterest in this regard. Pink iceberg!

On Snapchat, I am stealthmaggie. It’s essentially an all-baby channel, so be forewarned.

Cool Stuff My Friends are Doing

Tia Lambert opened Make Studio, her new creative arts workshop in Marin, California! She’s exuberant, guys, just a delight. So if you live nearby, get the updates on Twitter.

Helena Price’s Techies Project is getting coverage everywhere. Nice!

Asha Dornfest’s Parent Hacks book came out, as you know, and her book tour is coming to the East Coast.

Luvvie Ajayi’s book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, is available for presale. It promises to make you laugh.

People are making stuff like they don’t need to sleep. Good work, awesome people. Go have a nap.

Apr 7 2016

Can you keep a secret?

Latitude Society Photo: Lydia Laurenson

I’ve been reading up on secret societies and came across the Latitude Society, a San Francisco group that apparently became defunct in 2015. Inductees were given an invitation by a friend or acquaintance, with an envelope request for “absolute discretion.”

The card had a code you could use to schedule an appointment online. Then you showed up at the appointed address, and entered a small room with a slide inside the fireplace.

Photo: Lydia Laurenson

The slide led to a library too small to stand, where inductees first heard this fable, which was reiterated a ritualistic start to group meetings:

Afterward, new members were sent on a sort of scavenger hunt through the city, and given access to invitations, and to online forums where they could arrange to meet with other members.

Magic. Jeff Hull, the society’s creator, is an artist living in Oakland. Costs eventually outstripped revenue and made the project unsustainable, but what a lovely thing while it lasted.

A few articles if you want to know more. Did any of you get to do this?
My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup
I joined a secret society and loved it, but now it’s just another failed startup
Can a Secret Society Become a Business?

Apr 4 2016

The Best Parent Hacks from the Book


My friend Asha Dornfest runs the site Parent Hacks, and just published the terrific Parent Hacks Book. It’s a quick read, but I learned so, so much, even as a second-time parent. Three of my favorite tips:

#25 After a diaper blowout, take the onesie off top to bottom.


#51 A dry washcloth keeps shampoo out of kids’ eyes.


#119 Use glowsticks as travel nightlights.

Super informative, and a great baby shower gift. Congrats, Asha!