Is doing yoga on top of your van a prerequisite?


Dear #VanLife folks,

How are you doing?

How’s the road treating you?

I’m worried about your colon.

I just got back from a 3,000-mile-road trip in my van and I gotta tell you — my colon is f’ing angry.

Are you getting enough fiber and physical activity on the road?

I ask out of concern, because like 90% of rural America has a McDonalds for the their sole eatery.

I’m not knocking McDonald’s.

It’s just — the body can only take so many Nuggies, ya know?

And what happens when…

Yup, you read that correctly.

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I’m a child of the 80s, but The Karate Kid managed to slip by me.

I was a smiley, toothless, gassy ball o’ baby when the first movie came out, and a smiley, less gassy ball o’ toddler with some teeth when the second movie came out. In other words: The zeitgeist had escaped me.

By the time I started watching grown-up movies, I figured I wouldn’t be interested in a movie about a boy learning karate. …

Screenshot from Paula’s infamous 1994 The Big Breakfast interview with Michael

A deep dive into the tragic relationship of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and rock journalist Paula Yates.

I have a podcast called Love Will Tear Us Apart where I do deep dives on famous complicated relationships.

So far I’ve featured Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, Tina and Ike Turner, Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, Siegfried and Roy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Martin Ginsburg (not a complicated couple), J. Robert Oppenheimer and Jean Tatlock and now Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates.

These two were not on my short list for my podcast, but after watching the Michael Hutchence documentary, Mystify, I…

Fifty years later, the fiery saga of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham is still burning strong.

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are two reasons why I decided to start my podcast, Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a historical podcast on your favorite complicated couples: Gene Wilder & Gilda Radner, Ike & Tina Turner, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and so on.

I’m currently underway with the first season, but my episodes on Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were by far the most fun to research and record. …

New to working from home? You’re going to love it. Probably.

Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels

If you’re new to working from home because of the coronavirus, welcome to the club!

Working from home is a privilege and an honor.

Here are the exciting things you’ll discover about yourself and the world around you while working from home:

1. Birds are beautiful, and there are so many species of birds, and you never realized how incredible birds are and how they sing to you and sing to the world and they’re so full of joy and one day you’ll die and you won’t hear these sweet birds anymore

2. Your indoor plants are indeed your babies…

Need extra income during the coronavirus? Look no further than this marketplace for freelancers.

Many of my fellow freelancers & creatives are losing income during the coronavirus crisis, particularly friends in public-facing industries such as film, music, and photography.

If you’re a creative and looking for work, I highly recommend checking out Fiverr right now, particularly Fiverr Pro if you have a strong resume. Fiverr and Fiverr Pro are online marketplaces where freelancers can offer their services to clients all over the world.

The difference between Fiverr and Fiverr Pro

Fiverr: This is the original platform where freelancers offer their services at a highly competitive rate. …


For decades, Jews have been at the front lines of social change, and Bernie is no exception.

When my great-grandmother Sophie landed in America from Poland in the early part of the 20th century, she assimilated like so many other Jewish immigrants. I’ve never known for certain why she turned her back on her Jewish roots, but my beloved grandmother told me her mother was fearful — of what and whom I’m left to ponder. …

Generalizing all Bernie Sanders voters as bros erases the diverse coalition of supporters his campaign fosters.

I’ve been a supporter of Bernie Sanders for the past five years.

In 2016, I volunteered over 50 hours to his primary campaign. I vowed to be respectful when discussing other politicians and their voters, and I worked alongside dedicated volunteers who were nothing but kind and positive. So when I would see generalizations from the media or social media that all Bernie supporters were just angry white “Bernie Bros,” it was deeply hurtful. …

When I hear the story of Bernie Sanders’ family, I hear the story of my family.

The roots of my mother’s family traces back to Poland and Russia. My great-grandmother, Sophie, left Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, before Hitler’s rise but during the height of Russia’s anti-Jewish pogroms.

I’ve never known exactly why my family left Europe for America because like many immigrants, they didn’t talk about their previous lives.

When they arrived on American soil they ceased to be Jewish. …

A new history podcast on your favorite dramatic couples.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been captivated by dramatic love stories.

When I first read F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school, I became obsessed with the complicated relationship between the author and his wife, Zelda, and how their relationship problems fueled their work.

At 14, I remember seeing Stevie Nicks on Vh1, singing her heart out to her former lover, Lindsey Buckingham. The song was “Silver Springs,” a Rumors-era b-side that found chart success in 1997 when Fleetwood Mac reunited for The Dance. That performance was the…

Lauren Modery

Freelance writer; film Loves Her Gun premiered @ SXSW ‘13; used to be a Hollywood assistant; rail enthusiast; check out my dumb blog,

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