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Adventures in Paddle School

By ContributorMay 10, 2012
Well, this is it. After weeks of various activities, each ending in varying levels of disaster, the paddling trip I’ve been preparing for is almost upon me. Yes, in mere days I will be canoeing 103 miles (that’s 165 kilometers, for you metric folks) down... More  →
Adventures in Paddle School

Five Rom-Coms That Are Just Wrong

By Melissa AlbertMay 10, 2012
Enjoying a romantic comedy requires suspension of disbelief, and we accept that. Weird coincidences, quirky best friends who would qualify for institutional life were they real, gorgeous women whose successful careers make them undateable: we'll pretend to believe it all! But sometimes, a movie crosses... More  →
Five Rom-Coms That Are Just Wrong

We Support Obama's Stance on Gay Marriage

By Emily WinterMay 10, 2012
Yesterday, President Barack Obama publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage. With a nation split on the issue and elections coming up in November, it was a bold move for Obama—and we here at SparkNotes couldn't be more thrilled. If you're reading this post, chances are... More  →
We Support Obama's Stance on Gay Marriage

Auntie SparkNotes And Her Mom Tackle An Abstinence Question

By kat_rosenfieldMay 10, 2012
In honor of Mother’s Day, the next two Auntie SparkNotes columns feature a special guest expert: Auntie’s mom! Together we’ll chat about each problem and offer our respective takes on the letter-writer’s conundrum: twice the advice, DOUBLE THE SHENANIGANS. Are you ready? Dear Auntie, I suppose I'll... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes And Her Mom Tackle An Abstinence Question

Celebrities We Wish Were Our Teachers

By Scott GreenstoneMay 10, 2012
Of course, we've never had crushes on our teachers. I mean, come on, who does that? We're just saying that if our teachers happened to be some of these people, our fancies might just be tickled. Then again, some of these celebrities would simply be awesome, outside of any cr More  →
Celebrities We Wish Were Our Teachers

How to Improve Your Momversations

By Kathryn_WilliamsMay 10, 2012
Mother's Day is almost here, and you know what that means: Mom will be expecting a nice, long, meaningful momversation (and no, texting doesn't count—you have to call her!). But conversations with your mom can be complicated, not to mention fraught with... More  →
How to Improve Your Momversations

The Worst Mother's Day Gifts

By RG DanielsMay 10, 2012
To quote the great philosophy of the 1970s Swedish pop band, ABBA: “Mamma mia, here I go again”. It’s that time of year where we give our props to Mom for all that she does. Let’s not mess it up by giving her any of... More  →
The Worst Mother's Day Gifts

Open Thread for May 10

By SparkLifeMay 10, 2012
This is sydney8771's cat Buffy. She ran away, but we bet it's only 'cause she's off somewhere fighting vampire cats. Hope she comes home!... More  →
Open Thread for May 10

Freak: An Anti-Bullying Video

By Jennifer GrudzieckiMay 9, 2012
Hey Sparklerbutts, check out this short film by Kerianne and Co.! We love the anti-bullying message and the clever presentation.  Do what you can to stop bullying:  watch this video and support The Bully Project! What can you do to stop bullying?... More  →
Freak: An Anti-Bullying Video

Writer Wars! (Sorry, That's the Most Creative Title I Could Come Up With This Week.)

By Chelsea DaggerMay 9, 2012
REALLY, BUTTS?! I ask you to write a short story about attempting the impossible, and NO ONE WRITES ABOUT SKIING THROUGH A REVOLVING DOOR?! Color me disappointed (mostly because I purchased a set of skies AND a freestanding revolving door in anticipation of... More  →
Writer Wars! (Sorry, That's the Most Creative Title I Could Come Up With This Week.)