Part 3 of my “Maligned Women of the 90s Series”

Read part 1 on the power of empathy and storytelling, and part 2 on Tonya Harding

CW warning: mention of suicide

Monica Lewinsky on the TED Stage speaking
Monica Lewinsky on the TED Stage speaking
Monica Lewinsky on the TED stage

“I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. ”- Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair Magazine

Many of you may remember the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal and the subsequent political fallout from it. One could argue that taking down Monica Lewinsky was one of the biggest bi-partisan efforts of the 90s. But I’m not…

Part 2 of my “Maligned Women of the 90s Series”

Check out the first part of the series here

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Before we get into it, I wanted to mention that I started writing this blog before the recent Britney Spears documentary was released. Many have already discussed the much-needed public reckoning that came out of that documentary. As a country, we’ve been forced to hold a mirror up to ourselves and face some uncomfortable truths about how we treat women in the public eye, and how that treatment affects the real human being who has been willingly or unwillingly thrust into the spotlight.

If we actually take the…

Part 4 of my “Maligned Women of the 90s series”

Read the rest of the series:

Part 1, Shaping your Narrative

Part 2: Tonya Harding’s Story

Part 3: Monica Lewinsky, the Political Scapegoat

Carey took home her first two GRAMMYs, including Best New Artist, in 1991.

“I don’t think anyone knows as much about what’s right for me as I do.” -Mariah Carey

The Story That Was Told

The Mariah Carey we know today is a musical legend. Her voice, style, and larger-than-life personality have kept her in the public eye since her debut record in 1990. Despite Carey’s obvious talent, hard work, and numerous accomplishments, music and celebrity journalists still co-opted her story.

From early on in her career, the media found anything they could to try…

This is the first part of my “Maligned Women of the 90s” series

The Power of Storytelling

Storytelling is one of humanity’s oldest and most powerful tools. Well-crafted narratives can connect people, heal wounds, inspire, lead, and create change. Stories have the power to change the world in profound ways.

Stories are told for different reasons. In marketing, one of our goals is to portray the story in a positive light. In other types of media, for instance, cable news, narrative can take a different form.

When reading, we might ask ourselves some important questions:

  1. Why is this story being told?
  2. What is the motive? What is the endgame?
  3. How is this story being told?
  4. Who is the target audience?
  5. Where is the information coming from?

By Bethany Good

Several months ago I discovered the Epicurious youtube channel. For those of you not familiar with their 4 Levels: Amateur to Food Scientist videos, I would highly suggest checking them out. In this series, 3 cooks of varying ability show us how they make a specific dish.

The level 1 chef is someone who is fairly comfortable in the kitchen, but they may lack experience of more seasons home cooks.

Level 2 chefs have honed their cooking skills over many years. …

By Bethany Good

Photo by Martin Lostak on Unsplash

Vegan recipes are plentiful on the internet, but my friend Cecilia Ossenbeck says that “they are kind of hit or miss. I prefer following recipes by people I know and trust or vegan chefs because they know what’s up.” I was curious if she found cooking vegan to be more challenging during a pandemic, so I emailed her a few questions about some of her favorite recipes, and what she likes to cook at home.

Did you cook at home a lot before the pandemic?

Yes, my partner and I cook most of our meals at home…

For the meat lover in you.

Meatball stuffed garlic bread, it is the stuff of legend in my house. So legendary in fact, that I’ve made them twice in two days. (To be fair, I had made extra meatballs with the first batch, so it wasn’t the full process).

But yes, it’s one of my favorite things.


1 crusty loaf (baguette, french bread, Italian- whatever you got).

1 lb. of ground beef

1/4 cup of bread crumbs

1 egg

dash of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce (my secret weapon)

1/4 cup of butter (or more- let’s be realistic)


Cherry Skillet Cobbler

The following recipe is based on Tasty’s Mixed Berry Skillet Cobbler and not only is it super simple to make, but it’s also ALMOST as good as the from-scratch stuff. There’s really no comparison to a homemade cobbler. But the good news is you can get pretty close.


4 cups of frozen cherries

1 box of yellow cake mix

1/2 cup of sugar (adjust based on your tastes)

1 tablespoon of corn starch

1 tablespoon of lemon juice (if you have lemons, I would highly recommend zesting that lemon right into your bubbling cherries).

Vanilla (optional, but if you have…

chewy granola with peanut butter and chocolate chips

There are few things I like more in life than granola. It’s sweet, crunchy, and filling. Plus it’s insanely easy to make. Several years ago, my mother in law sent me Alton Brown’s recipe for granola. This is a which is a great place to start (especially if you like shredded coconut), but over the years, I’ve developed my own version.

This week I’ve been trying to stretch out our last grocery shopping trip as much I can. Though, I started getting a little nervous when we ran out of fresh fruits and veggies. Which means a lot of cobbling…

Photo by Antonio Janeski on Unsplash

I’ve been a barista a lot in my life, and so I love me a good blended drink. Over the years I’ve made roughly a billion smoothies, milkshakes and frozen drinks (okay, a billion is a bit much, but trust me, it’s been a lot).

One day, I actually started a blender without a lid on. Said blender unceremoniously exploded fruit, milk, and yogurt all over my face while a cavalcade of hipster types looked on. I would not recommend it. …

Bethany Good

Writer, mother, business owner, wearer of many hats.

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