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Meaning of Thanksgiving
November 29, 2013 11:58AM
- Joint Pain
November 18, 2013 10:21AM
- Behind Closed Doors
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- An Etiquette Dilemma
October 30, 2013 02:40AM
- The Allure of a Scapegoat
October 21, 2013 03:04AM
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Yesterday I learned an important lesson. I learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It’s not about stuffing yer gut on turkey and ‘taters. It’s not about sulking because your 80-year-old mother got the last piece of sweet potato pie (seriously, does she even have… Read full post »
My meniscus is torn. This vaguely reminds me of a riff on an old joke: Before I saw the doctor I never even heard of a meniscus. Now I have a torn one. It’s really not so funny though.
The meniscus is a little piece of cartilage or tissue or… Read full post »
The first floor of my house is gone. Sort of. I’m getting new floorcovering and last Friday the contractor ripped out all the ugly builders grade sheet vinyl along with the vast wasteland I used to call Love Canal, aka the carpeting. He started to lay the new floor but he… Read full post »
The most surprising thing to me about the Ladies Home Journal etiquette dilemma column by Peggy Post which is a monthly feature of the magazine is that people actually email her (I guess that’s acceptable etiquette now; not so long ago email was the height of gauche) about their dilemmas in… Read full post »
Tomorrow I’m going to Home Depot to pick out floorcovering. Finally. The flooring in my house is so bad, it’s bordering on being a biohazard. I knew it was time to think about replacing it when I started toying with the idea of keeping a pogo stick by the front door… Read full post »
Anyone who might still believe the silly fantasy that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice hasn’t spent any time around a contemporary American 13-year-old girl.
The species is typically feral, unpredictable, foul-mouthed, two-faced, ear-splittingly loud and demanding. And almos… Read full post »
It’s too bad dogs have fur. If they didn’t it would be so much easier to see the fleas. If you could see the fleas you’d keep the dogs on flea prevention medicine all year long and wouldn’t be able to get away with telling yourself they were suffering from seasonal… Read full post »
Regardless of what you believe or don't believe about him, Jesus Christ makes for a fine role model. Striving to be Christ-like doesn’t have to mean walking on water either. Turning the other cheek, acting with humility, doing the right thing, exhibiting compassion – living li… Read full post »
For a long time, I’ve had a rather thorny problem with Jesus. It’s something I’ve harbored for many years, a nagging issue with the man/son of God that I’ve kept to myself. Once, I had the opportunity to ask a priest about it but I didn’t because I thou… Read full post »
The reason I love a pedicure (and I’m talking about the full-on pedi which involves the sea salt rub followed by a hot towel wrap) has nothing to do with how great my tootsies look when it’s over. It’s because it feels so darned good. Having my feet and legs massaged… Read full post »
Anyone remember how men used to say they only bought Playboy for the articles? Well I only subscribe faithfully to People magazine for the movie and book reviews.
However, it would be wasteful to disregard the rest of it; consider all the trees it takes to make a magazine. It… Read full post »
When I learned that Ariel Castro killed himself last Tuesday night, I was briefly confused. I thought the newsperson was reporting a relative of Fidel Castro had committed suicide. Then I heard “hanged himself with a bedsheet in his Orient, Ohio prison cell” and it click… Read full post »
Whew! Just wiped off my sweaty brow after coming in from – what else, it’s Labor Day after all – gardening. Tending to the fruits of this home’s previous owner’s labor. Speaking of the previous owner, she went completely overboard with the whole beds th… Read full post »
Pitching head-first into my daughter’s world is surreal no matter how many times I do it. This is partly because when I’m away from her I forget what it feels like.
She and her boyfriend live in a part of town called “The Hilltop.” I’ve never been able to pinpoint… Read full post »
Summer break is officially over. School starts tomorrow. Why does it seem to fly by quicker every year? It feels like just last week I was screeching Alice Cooper’s School’s Out For Summer. Now I’m crying in my beer and humming Loudoun Wainwright’s Summ… Read full post »
Ever heard the advice about how it’s therapeutic to write a letter to someone who’s hurt you or who you feel has done you wrong in some way? The experts advise letting it all hang out but not hitting SEND. Delete it. Or throw it away, if you’re one of those… Read full post »
Hanging around Open Salon is not for the faint of heart. In fact rumor has it that’s why membership is closed; it was shuttered by OSHA after emergency rooms all over the US and also the territories of Puerto Rico and Australia, reported alarming spikes in sudden catastrophic cardiovascul… Read full post »
My older daughter recently had a minor relationship crisis. She’s lived with her boyfriend Kyle for several years and she was feeling like things were getting a little too routine. Complicating the problem, a guy she’d known since high school was letting her know how happy he&… Read full post »
Not long ago, I discovered my paternal grandmother died a much more violent death than I’d believed. Since learning this, she’s been on my mind. It took some work to drive away the images that instantly replaced the quick and painless death I’d been imagining for her for 23 ye… Read full post »
For twenty-three years I’ve harbored the illusion that my paternal grandmother got what she desired most in life: a quick death, one that propelled her painlessly from this world straight into the arms of “her Jesus”, as she called him.
At 78 years old she was fit as the prov… Read full post »
Angelina Jolie’s recent revelation about her preventive double mastectomy reminded me not for the first time how similar we are.
We look so much alike we could be sisters.
We both have sensitive yet decidedly un-effeminate big guys in our corners. The kind of dudes who would… Read full post »
Anyone remember the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report? Based on a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick, it’s about a Washington DC Pre-Crime cop in 2054. He arrests murderers before they actually kill thanks to visions generated by three “precogs”, mutated… Read full post »
If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, then crossing from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other on a two-inch-thick cable suspended 1500 feet in the air makes perfect sense. An added bonus is the birds’ eye view of the Colorado River, really really far… Read full post »
There are worse ways to ring in the first day of summer. I spent it sitting on my front porch in a rocking chair, a breeze caressing my face, the smell of newly mulched (just that morning) beds tickling my nostrils, humming a Kinks song to myself. Birds twittering, lawnmowers whirri… Read full post »
Ethical dilemmas are so much easier to resolve when there’s no direct involvement. In my mind I’m always Rosa Parks or Karen Silkwood or Oskar Schindler. I’d do the right thing, without hesitation, because there’s no other choice. Never having to stick out my… Read full post »