Below, you’ll find links to some of my humor pieces and reported stories, many of which fall into the health, lifestyle and singles/dating categories.  I’ve also included a few travel essays and other odds and ends. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work!

B E H A V I O R

Not ‘just crazy cat ladies’: Hoarding gets new diagnosis
NBCnews.com| Behavior| December 8, 2012

Shoes on/shoes off? Policy polarizes partiers
MSNBC.com | Behavior| December 15, 2009

Money hiders risk a wealth of woes
MSNBC.com | Behavior | July 13, 2009

Walking disaster? Why some are accident-prone
MSNBC.com | Behavior | May 14, 2009

Recession F-bombs: Why swearing feels great
MSNBC.com | Behavior| March 17, 2009

Fastidious spelling snobs pushed over the edge
MSNBC.com | Behavior | February 3, 2009

Engulfed in clutter, hoarders keep heaping it on
MSNBC.com | Mental health | March 11, 2008

Gals make passes at guys who wash glasses
MSNBC.com | Behavior| February 13, 2008
Oddballs abound when you’re a freak magnet
MSNBC.com | Behavior | August 4, 2006

B O D Y   O D D

Study shows how to avoid the weirdo on the bus
NBCnews.com | Body Odd | August 14, 2012

Loud talkers: why do some voices seem to be set at top volume?
NBCnews.com | Body Odd | March 14, 2012

‘Walking corpse’ syndrome and more tales of the undead
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | October 28, 2010

Forget Team Jacob. Are there real life werewolves?
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | October 25, 2010

Being a supertaster is no piece of cake
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | May 11, 2010

Loud crash at 3 a.m.?  It may be your exploding head
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | February 17, 2010

See ghosts? There may be a medical reason
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | October 29, 2009

Can you really be scared to death?
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | October 27, 2009

Can hair really turn white from fright?
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | October 26, 2009

Hairy guys need love, too
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | June 10, 200


These aren’t devil’s horns. They’re real!
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | April 15, 2009

Blinded by the lyric? Study reveals why we get the words wrong
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | March 27, 2009

The curious case of the stone baby
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | March 4, 2009

When it comes to breasts – three’s a crowd
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | December 22, 2008

New Bond girl is a polydactyl
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | November 28, 2008

Warts and all
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | October 28, 2008

Too much of a good thing: The 4-hour erection
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | September 10, 2008

‘I’ve fallen asleep and I can’t get up!’
MSNBC.com | Body Odd | May 7, 2008

B R E A S T   C A N C E R

Like Sharon Osbourne, more women getting preventive mastectomies
TODAY.com | Health | November 5, 2012

Life in Limbo Land: Waiting to get booted from the cancer club
TODAY.com | Health | October 30, 2012

Looking for a shortcut to new boobs? Breast cancer’s not it
Thebreastlife.com| Guest blog post| July 9, 2012

Unique cosmetic surgery moves body fat to breasts
NBCnews.com | Health | June 22, 2012

Breast cancer survivor can now swim topless in Seattle’s public pools
TODAY.com | Health | June 21, 2012

Giuliana Rancic: My celebrity breast cancer twin
TODAY.com | Health | December 5, 2011

Breast cancer causes foot-in-mouth disease in others
TODAY.com | Health | October 28, 2011

Dating after diagnosis: Love in the time of chemotherapy
TODAY.com | Health | October 21, 2011

Mastectomy and the single girl: A bucket list for boobs
TODAY.com | Health | October 14, 2011

Cancer kiss-off:  getting dumped after diagnosis
TODAY.com | Health | October 4, 2011

H E A L T H

Community counts: How social ties create wellness
Washington Athletic Club magazine | October  2012

Does organic food turn people into jerks?
TODAY.com | Health| May 18, 2012

Bald and beautiful Barbie? Mattel responds to lobbying campaign
TODAY.com | Health| January 11, 2012

Mom-daughter duos go under the knife
MSNBC.com | Skin/beauty| May 7, 2010

Instant dimples a cheeky fad
MSNBC.com | Skin/beauty| March 3, 2010

Shunting death
Columns | UW alumni magazine | March 2010

Does this city make my butt look big?
MSNBC.com | Skin/beauty| February 2, 2010

7 strange plastic surgery procedures
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty | November 18, 2009

In lust for lashes, few bat an eye at odd risks
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty | September 23, 2009

Hair here, then there:  Odd transplants take root
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty | July 15, 200

Losing my mom — and finding her in my sisters

MSNBC.com | Women’s health | May 10, 2009

Bed-wetting blues: Millions of adults suffer, too
MSNBC.com | Health | February 18, 2009

Hairy economy trend: Beards are back
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty | February 10, 2009
 
Final touch: A cosmetic lift for your funeral?
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| December 9, 2008

The fallout of hair loss: Suffering in silence
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| September 29, 2008
For women, too much body hair can really hurt
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| September 29, 2009
 
Suffering for beauty has ancient roots
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| January 11, 2008
Frozen in time: Botox over the years
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| October 27, 2007
Condition distorts self-image, destroys lives
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| August, 2007
Blindingly white: Teeth bleaching gone too far
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty | January 17, 2007
Extreme sweaters soaked with shame
MSNBC.com | Skin/Beauty| April 23, 2007
 
Killer fashion: Looking good never hurt so bad
MSNBC.com | Women’s health | June 23, 2006

H E A L T H   P R O D U C T   R E V I E W S

Read my lips. Gloss tells your mood
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | April 14, 2010

Foot funk? Insoles claim to keep shoes stink-free
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | July 3, 2009

Can a plate help you lose weight?
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | May 8, 2009

Reflexology mat walks line between ‘om’ and ‘ouch’
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | December 17, 2008

Flex-Away Facial Exerciser:  Anti-Aging or just scary?
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | August 13, 2008

PedEgg sweeps us off our feet
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | May 22, 2008

Mobile massager can caress as you commute
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | February 14, 2008

Boob-a-laxer? Staying abreast of the Still Point Inducer
MSNBC.com | Does It Work? | January 29, 2008  

H U M O R (Single Shot columns)

Desperately trying to make sense of men at a seminar
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | January 29, 2009

Surfing sites for smart singles made me testy
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | January 15, 2009

Need a reason to break up? ‘Seinfeld’ has you covered
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | December 4, 2008

Plenty of singles do wrong in their craigslist ads
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | November 20, 2008

The eco-dating game
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | August 14, 2008

Why do people have sex in public places?
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | July 18, 2008

O say, can you see how great living alone can be?
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | July 3, 2008

End your dysfunctional relationship with money
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | April 10, 2008

There’s no good time to leap into marriage with Mr. Good Enough
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | February 28, 2008

Single bells? It’s no jingle all the way
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | December 20, 2007

Dogs are the new men
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | September 12, 2007

Only the hottest survive on Darwin Dating site
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | July 19, 2007

Dating shows: Must-flee TV 
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Single Shot | June 7, 2007

Competition for a spot in firefighters calendar is a sizzling affair
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | May 10, 2007

For Valentine’s, look in the mirror and check out your real best friend
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | January 18, 2007

M I S C E L L A N E O U S  (Money, pop culture, TV, tech)

How far off are real ‘superhero’ powers?
MSNBC.com | Tech | April 16, 2010

Are you ready for the toilet of the future?
MSNBC.com | Tech | March 10, 2010

Staying in touch with loved ones during war
MSNBC.com | Tech | March 1, 2010

Converts sing praises of credit unions
MSN.com | Money| February 23, 2010

New online annoyance:  the ‘elationship’
MSNBC.com | Tech | February 11, 2010

Frugal failures: when DIY goes wrong
MSN.com | Money| December 10, 2009

DateCheck app gets the 411 on suitors
MSNBC.com | Tech | October 29, 2009

‘Mad Men’ characters abound on Twitter
MSNBC.com | Tech | September 28, 2009

Search questions often both wacky and weird
MSNBC.com | Tech | August 3, 2009

Recession lessons from the movies
MSN.com | Money| June 30, 2009

Holy Twitter! They’re tweeting from the pews
MSNBC.com | Tech | June 2, 2009

Customer service ‘vigilantes’ target executives
CNN.com | Living | May 27, 2009 

Are you ‘app-noxious?’
MSNBC.com | Tech & Science | May 13, 2009

Dear Bloggy:  Digital diaries tell all
MSNBC.com | Tech & Science | April 2, 2009

Bury me with my cell phone
MSNBC.com | Tech & Science | December 16, 2008

Shelter shows — with a reality-TV accent — are popping up everywhere
Seattle Times | Health and Family |  August 9, 2004

Martha wannabes: Who’ll be the next queen bee of fabulous living?
Seattle Times| Health and family | April 6, 2004

Why stop at naked sushi?
Seattle Times| Northwest life | November 20, 2003

Law & Disorder: Crime-scene investigation class sets CSI junkie straight
Seattle Times| Health and family | August 1, 2003

R E L A T I O N S H I P S  (dating, marriage, singles issues)

No time to date? Outsource it!
MSNBC.com | Tech | May 10, 2010

Silver singles
Happen Magazine (Match.com) |  April 2010

Niche matchmaking sites attract date ‘crashers’
MSNBC.com | Tech | March 29, 2010

How to compete with Don Draper
Happen Magazine (Match.com) | December 2009

Some day my prince will come
SingularCity.com | November 1, 2009

Dating a younger man
Happen Magazine (Match.com) | September 2009

Do the typos in your profile spell disaster? 
Happen Magazine (Match.com) | May 2009

The Gift of Being Single
Singular Magazine | Dec/Jan 2009 issue

We’re married, sleeping separately
CNN.com | Living | September 12, 2008


How to survive a wedding from hell
CNN.com | Living | June 2, 2008


Get your BlackBerry out of our bed!
CNN.com | Living | May 12, 2008


Friends with Benefits. Booty Calls. Is this what dating has become?
The Seattle Times | Living  | December 11, 2005


Check your baggage:  It’s the men’s turn to offer dating complaints
The Seattle Times | Living | October 30, 2005


Looking for love after 40
The Seattle Times | Living | October 2, 2005


How to find the right site and avoid online horrors
The Seattle Times | Living | September 7, 2004


Pitching woo pretty scary for guys, too
The Seattle Times | Living | July 13, 2004


What does a single have to do in Seattle to get a date?
The Seattle Times | Living  | June 8, 2004


T R A V E L

Three women take the “girls’ night out” concept on the road
The Seattle Times | Travel & Recreation | September 16, 2004

Confronting the secrets of Victoria’s Chamber of Horrors
The Seattle Times | Travel & Recreation | October 9, 2003

A trip to Emerald Downs reignites a childhood love of horses
The Seattle Times | Travel & Recreation | July 24, 2003

Tulip festival: A Skagit ‘Valley girl’ remembers her past
The Seattle Times | Travel & Recreation | March 27, 2003

Day-spa debutante: Testing the waters in Langley
The Seattle Times | Travel & Recreation | March 13, 2003

The red earth of Alabama
The Christian Science Monitor | Home Forum | September 3, 1992
  

 


What’s the story?

Meet Diane Mapes, your friendly neighborhood freelance writer. My beats include health (with an emphasis on cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship) and lifestyle and singles issues, but I also love writing about history, natural history, pop culture and TV/film. On this site, you'll find links to stories, praise for my writing (*blush*) and the odd bit of social commentary about the single life. Also here, a few shameless plugs for my books (hint: see links below). Have fun, glad you're here and hope to hear from you soon.

Oh! And if you're looking for my breast cancer blog, go to Double_Whammied

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How to Date in a Post-Dating World A dating manual for the modern, mangled single.

Single State of the Union
Single women speak out on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

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