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Chris Listens: The Ears Rest

By Chris_DikenFebruary 22, 2010
You may have noticed that I’ve been rather scarce around these parts lately. And I apologize for that—I didn’t mean to leave you hanging! The thing is, I’ve been dealing with, you know, stuff. Stuff that would actually make pretty good fodder for Chris Listens: ... More  →
Chris Listens: The Ears Rest

Chris Listens: Flirty Guys, Self-Diagnosis, and the Best Way to Greet a Teen

By Chris_DikenJanuary 29, 2010
Major bummer alert: J.D. Salinger, the author of bona fide literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, died yesterday at the age of 91. It’s sad when anyone dies, and especially when a great writer expires, but for me, ... More  →
Chris Listens: Flirty Guys, Self-Diagnosis, and the Best Way to Greet a Teen

Chris Listens: Arranged Marriages, ADD, and How to Take Criticism

By Chris_DikenJanuary 15, 2010
Parents: Sometimes they just don’t understand. And from what I’ve read in quite a few emails this past week, this lack of understanding can be quite frustrating to you, the Sparkler. So what are you going to do about it? Just stew in your own ... More  →
Chris Listens: Arranged Marriages, ADD, and How to Take Criticism

Chris Listens: Sparkler Friends and Undeclared Majors

By Chris_DikenJanuary 8, 2010
Here we are, ankle-deep in Y2KX, and not a whole lot has changed compared to Y2K. We still don't have flying cars or affordable jetpacks. I still have to make my own sandwiches because no one has invented a machine to accomplish this task for ... More  →
Chris Listens: Sparkler Friends and Undeclared Majors

Chris Listens: Fizzling Relationships, Religious Divides, and Dating Tomboys

By Chris_DikenJanuary 1, 2010
Happy 2010, Sparklers! It’s been a great year so far. I’ve successfully eaten breakfast, cleaned up about half the dishes, and soon I might even brush my teeth. And that will take care of all my resolutions for the next 12 months. Well, my ... More  →
Chris Listens: Fizzling Relationships, Religious Divides, and Dating Tomboys

Best New Words of 2009

By Chris_DikenDecember 31, 2009
Every year, the friendly lexicographers at Merriam-Webster add a bunch of new words to their dictionary. Sometimes a few of the new words are actually old words that for some reason were never formally included in the big book. Others are true neologisms, fresh out ... More  →
Best New Words of 2009

Chris(tmas) Listens: Smoking, Sexting, and Secret Plastic Surgery

By Chris_DikenDecember 25, 2009
I don’t know about you, but I'm celebrating Christmas. That means dudes in red suits, illuminated trees, fireplaces inside TVs, and boxes upon boxes upon boxes of stuff. This year I didn’t ask for anything except some new pots and pans, which I think is ... More  →
Chris(tmas) Listens: Smoking, Sexting, and Secret Plastic Surgery

Chris Listens: Reading Books, Writing Stories, and Drinking Alcohol

By Chris_DikenDecember 18, 2009
Holy guacamole, there’s only one weekend left before Christmas. That means if you haven't started buying or crafting or donating-in-someone's-name yet, you need to get on it. I recommend seeing how much shopping you can get done without going to the mall—I'm sure there are ... More  →
Chris Listens: Reading Books, Writing Stories, and Drinking Alcohol

Chris Listens: Smoking Pot, Sad Mom, and Questions About Virginity

By Chris_DikenDecember 11, 2009
Woo hoo, happy first day of Hanukkah! I am going to celebrate by…well, I’m not entirely sure just yet. Right now I’m blogging within arm's reach of a real live Christmas tree, which I have not because I am religious in any way but rather ... More  →
Chris Listens: Smoking Pot, Sad Mom, and Questions About Virginity

Chris Listens: Big City Living, Flirting Techniques, and How to Handle Divorcing Parents

By Chris_DikenDecember 4, 2009
Yo Sparklers. What’s sparklin’? Now that we have Thanksgiving behind us, we can finally relax for about three seconds before we start freaking out about the next series of holidays: Hanukkah starts pretty soon, then Christmas is coming in with Kwanzaa right on its heels, ... More  →
Chris Listens: Big City Living, Flirting Techniques, and How to Handle Divorcing Parents