I write about food, history, travel, and freelancing.

Hi folks, I’m Lara.

I’ve been a freelancer of one stripe or another for most of my adult life. These days, the bulk of my living comes from writing. I’m a pretty flexible generalist who does everything from ghostwritten business books to web content to paranormal romance novellas.

I love…

Do these things in advance to weather the storm and its aftermath more comfortably.

Strained power grids and unpredictable weather can leave you with the lights out for days at a time. This past winter, severe storms left over 4.5 million homes and businesses in Texas without power, often for days on end. …

Cooking stuffing in your turkey cuts an awkward holiday dinner short (with salmonella).

Every year in cooking groups, the same conversation pops up: do you call it stuffing or dressing? What’s the difference.

While the general consensus this year was that the names are either regional or interchangeable, there was a vocal minority who dissented.

One poster commented:

Stuffing goes IN the bird…

Times you should go against the common advice

“You got a lot to do while you’re in town?” he asked. We’d stopped to see my guy’s aunt and uncle during a visit to our hometown.

“We’re nearly done,” Simon said. “Just have to grab a couple things from the storage unit.”

“Storage unit?” his uncle asked in an…

I sat through five minutes and didn’t enjoy any of it. Why are you entitled to a full hour?

Dear guy who thinks his favorite media guy was “taken out of context,”

No. ❤

No, I am not going back and watching the rest of a tired Chappelle special. No, I’m not listening to Jordan Peterson. No, I’m not sitting through three effin’ hours of Joe Rogan’s meandering bullshit.

It’s Wednesday. We’re probably all feeling a little fatigued. Sometimes having a tiny productive task in front of you can give you the energy to keep going. (And sometimes those tiny tasks are all you can get done — that’s okay, too.) So, why not:

Close that tab that’s been open for a week.

We all have them. Longform…

Lara Manetta

Writer, reader, sailor.

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