Justin Cascio's Open Salon

Feed your mind, and the rest will follow
MARCH 17, 2012 3:26PM

Mother Love

Motherhood and grief are closely entwined for a transgender man who is a mother, with mother-issues of his own.

Storified by Justin Cascio · Sat, Mar 17 2012 15:26:52

When I wrote in my LiveJournal blog about having gender confirming surgery on my chest, I kicked the hornet's nest of both sets
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MARCH 16, 2012 12:30PM

Death In Spring

My yard in riotous June.

“I hate this wallpaper,†Wilde was supposed to have said, just before he died. “One or the other of us will have to go.â€

My therapist told me this quote from Oscar Wilde, supposedly… Read full post »

See the first article in this series here: Choosing a style of footwear.Since the first winter cycling footwear article appeared in February, we’ve had one good snowfall, which has almost entirely melted away in the past...

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In Japan, children are taught about healthy eating from early school age, in a unit called shokuiko, or “food education.†Last year it was reported that McDonald’s, home of the Happy Meal, now produces food education materials used in schools in Japan. According to Dr. YoniRead full post »
MARCH 4, 2012 6:26PM

Kale and Pork


Cassoulet over steamed kale Two fine foods that go great together, especially in winter.


I treat kale and collards as interchangeable, being sturdy, leafy green vegetables with relatively unassertive flavors. They take less time to cook, but longer to wash and chop than cabbage, anotherRead full post »
FEBRUARY 20, 2012 11:43AM

How much do you spend on food?


Do you spend a normal amount on food? What is a normal amount, anyway, and what kind of food do you get for the money? How much is enough?


Graph: Monthly spending on groceries and restaurants: my household,  finance blogger and Portland foodie J.D. Roth, theRead full post »
The Winter Cycling Footwear series will focus in coming weeks on your options for footwear to keep you warm and dry while cycling in winter. Commuters, bicycle workers, and athletes will find a roundup of favorite models and brands, best...
The Winter Cycling Footwear series will focus in coming weeks on your options for footwear to keep you warm and dry while cycling in winter. Commuters, bicycle workers, and athletes will find a roundup of favorite models and brands, best...
FEBRUARY 1, 2012 10:43AM

Paula Deen Is Not Your Mom



Paula Deen, food entertainer, has recently revealed her relationship to Victroza, a diabetes drug


“Honey, I’m your cook, not your doctor. You have to be responsible for yourself.â€---Paula Deen

“Let your medicine be your food
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JANUARY 17, 2012 1:39PM

Hugo Schwyzer Is Still a Feminist

“The interests of women — and particularly of abuse survivors — take precedence here. And a former abuser who has truly changed his ways will, I believe, understand why that line is drawn. End of story.†—Jill â€On the Hugo Business†on Feministe
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JANUARY 2, 2012 9:05PM

Three quick breads


Quick breads are an easy way to make dinner special. If you’re new to cooking at home, learning one of these dishes will give you a flexible staple you can make your own: add chocolate chips or bacon grease to brownies, your favorite herbs or cheese to farinata, cornRead full post »
Reviews of “The Sarah Silverman Program†and Louis C.K.’s show, “Louie.â€

I don’t watch TV: I watch Netflix. When TV was more of a shared experience, I could talk to people about what’s on TV. When I was a kid, I watched “All in the Family†on TV with my family. We’d

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Do you know the law in Massachusetts regarding bicycle lights? It may be more stringent than you thought. Between half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise, bicyclists on Massachusetts roads are required to display the...
DECEMBER 9, 2011 4:28PM

Do you eat like a lab rat?


Like you, Rattus norvegicus enjoys snack cakes

Are you living the rat race? If you labor alone, yet have little privacy, find your work unrewarding, and your lifestyle stressful, get little exercise, fresh air, or fresh food, and find your weight is alsoRead full post »
DECEMBER 3, 2011 3:39PM

Yule Cookie Drop


Each year on the week of the winter solstice, Kevin and I carry out an operation we call the “Yule Cookie Drop.†It’s the culmination of weeks of effort, and looks something like this:



Lemon ginger drop cookies
Decorated/…

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From "My Favorite Dick Joke," an essay on the similarities between two kinds of performances, public and private, and what it means when a woman does them.

"Sex and comedy are not dissimilar. They’re disreputable, performative, and bring the low into intimate contact with the elevated… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2011 5:44PM

Butchering a turkey into boneless roasts

Kevin and I got drove to Mockingbird Farm yesterday afternoon to pick up the two turkeys we'd ordered ahead, figuring we'd want to eat turkey more than once this year. It was a fine late autumn day, dry and clear. Pete Solis' farm is on a residential street in Easthampton, houses…

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My recent posts on The Good Men Project have been on the evil that men do when good men do nothing.

Before learning the identity of the grad assistant who saw Sandusky in the shower that night, I only wanted to know, why didn’t he call 911 when he saw a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 5:16PM

Like them apples?

Apples grown in western Massachusetts
The harvest season in New England is rich in the produce that is depicted with nostalgia, and sometimes tasted only at this time of year. The apple, that lowly fruit so common that even McDonalds sells them now, could be in danger of beingRead full post »
Bacon, egg, and cheese grilled sandwich
Eighteen minutes.

That's how long it took me to make this amazing sandwich. Just for kicks, I checked the clock before starting. While I was making this sandwich, a variation of which I've eaten almost every morning for months, and so a/…

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OCTOBER 24, 2011 11:15AM

Pick a new plate: how MyPlate fails

Choose MyPlate.gov for healthy commodities
At no time in history have we had more access to information, and yet as modern people today many of us don’t know anything more about how to feed ourselves than bringing it from plate to mouth. Every day, millions of people eat food thatRead full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2011 1:23PM

Buying bike lights

If you are a bicycle commuter, riding after dark comes with the shorter, colder months. One of the ways to prepare for cycling through the winter, is to be ready to ride at night. Bike lights and reflectors aren&rsquo...

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Commuters and touring cyclists have different cargo hauling requirements, and each trip can come with a different hauling challenge. Trailers can allow a bicyclist to haul an extremely heavy load, but are inconveniently cumbersome when you don...
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OCTOBER 16, 2011 3:14PM

My big, gay marriage

Justin and Kevin's wedding portrait

Justin Cascio and Kevin Collins on their wedding day

It took more than a change in state law for Kevin and I to be united in legally wedded bliss last summer.

Neither of us began life destined for manhood. Our birth certificates register the births of female babies, and we

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OCTOBER 11, 2011 11:20AM

Vegetables for breakfast

A fresh tomato and herb frittata with cheese

Most people eating Western diets could use some more vegetables in their day. One meal that is often overlooked as an opportunity for adding a healthy serving of veggies is breakfast. The most important meal of the day can also/… Read full post »