By Riane Konc

Riane Konc is a freelance writer living in the Midwest with two cats, a husband, and a daughter.

  1. A good friend brings you chocolate and Midol when you’re on your period. A best friend replaces all of your glassware with Diva cups and puts a virus on your computer that makes it autoplay videos of soldiers returning home and reuniting with their dogs.

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  2. Riane Konc's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    “Maroon Is An Adjective, So I’m Not Going To Use It Like A Verb, Not Once”

    “You Know What I’ve Got Some Thoughts About? The Southwest”

    “Let’s All Just Camp Out Around Middle C Where None Of Our Voices Feel Strained”

    “Almost Nothing Reminds Me Of My Failed Relationship, Including Those Crows”

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  3. Riane Konc's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    My students will learn to lose and then find themselves again through the existential questions of great literature. Even the most reluctant readers will discover that their closest confidantes and most intimate lovers have been waiting for them in the pages of a book. After a class discussion about Romeo and Juliet versus West Side Story, students from different socioeconomic classes will

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  4. Dear friends and family,

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  It has been another dry and brutal year in the Salinas Valley. In case you do not have our previous holiday letters on hand, I will remind you that the Salinas Valley is a lush depression winding through the mountains west of the San Joaquin Valley. There is enough sunlight and enough rain in the Salinas that just about any crop a

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