- Mountain View, California, United States
- February 05
- I was born the same year Kennedy was assassinated. My parents got divorced during the Summer of Love ('67) I'm not a journalist, I'm just a dedicated Democratic Library Assistant with a lot of bottled-up rants. But I'll try to be amusing when possible.
My Late Friend Kim would agree with this:
"Nobody should die because they can't afford Health Insurance. Nobody should go broke because they get sick." Teddy, Greg and Roger, I'm SO with you on this one. And also with everyone else displaying this.
"I wrestle like Jane Austen and write like Jesse 'The Body' Ventura."
Justice must be done for Trayvon Martin.
MY RECENT POSTS
- What Happened The Day I Was A
June 17, 2013 02:58AM
- Top 10 Things I Don't Care
About (But still find
May 26, 2013 09:24PM
- House Hunter on the Rebound
May 12, 2013 03:25PM
- A Place to Call Home Part V
May 01, 2013 01:58PM
- A Place to Call Home Pt. IV
April 07, 2013 02:37PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “"Baby, You Gotta Drive
My Car."(cause my kids took
June 18, 2013 04:30PM
- “Tee hee! Never forget,
Karma is a
June 17, 2013 03:07AM
- “Technically, this is
still the weekend here on the
coast, since it's
June 17, 2013 03:03AM
- “Joan, I wonder if your
mother invented a better
loved and supported
June 11, 2013 01:41PM
- “Rather more than I ever
expected to know about Duck
Just please don't
June 10, 2013 10:00PM
- MY LINKS
“Number zero seven eight!” Mr. Spock called through a bull horn. “Please come and vote, ticket holder zero seven eight.”
I want my tea parties back!
I love tea parties, by which I mean pleasant afternoon parties at which tea is actually served. Afternoon t/… Read full post »
By Melissa Houle
Apples—the cook’s friend, and the baker’s lover! While deciding what to make this week, every cookbook I opened had a wide selection of apple recipes, most of which were in the dessert category. No matter, you don’t have… Read full post »
This posting is inspired by Kathy Knechteges' brilliant October 10th posting about Democratic mid-term campaign ads:
Below, if I had the skill and the bankroll, is the gis… Read full post »
Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
Referred to as Osensei.
As I stepped into the main room of Aikido Santa Cruz on Saturday October 2, all the members of the dojo were ranged around the perimeter of the large padded floor mat./… Read full post »
by Melissa Houle
Trout is delicious but always a minefield of tiny bones. Tuna is too redolent of the tuna sandwiches in my school lunches. Sole is good although I’ve always/… Read full post »
1. I’m on the high side of forty, and although I’ve lived in California all my life, I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon.
2. In 1968 when I was five, my family spent several summer weeks with my newly divorced A/… Read full post »
Snorkeling in Hawaii
Snorkelling actually combines several of my favorite sensations. Firstly, it’s a visual feast. I can glide along fac/… Read full post »
Today is the second anniversary of my first OS blog post. Please don’t all of you yawn at once, you’ll suck too much oxygen out of the atmosphere. To wake you up, it's also the second anniversary of th… Read full post »
Lacrymosa Dies Illa
Mozart Requiem: Dies Irae
What can happen on
A September day, first thing
In the morning?
I yawned boiled water,
Made my tea, poached my egg, then
“…World Trade Center gone.”
Flowerbox Avenue--One of Papyrus Acres' nicest neighborhoods
It may take a village to raise a child, but it only takes one crazed artist to make a village. A paper village, any/… Read full post »
By Melissa Houle
My mother’s recipe file positively bristles with recipes clipped from magazines during her decades as principle cook for our family. A family that consisted of herself and four children to whom dinner was never quite com… Read full post »
Dear OS friends, a blanket apology to all of you whose latest blogs I've missed, and let go uncommented upon for the first half of August. Last month, my absence was due to apartment upgrading. This month, it was about....
%IMAG… Read full post »
I’ve made fusses, then calmed down. I’ve made messes, then (well, eventually) cleaned them up. I’ve made meals, cakes, pies, cookies, which have long since been eaten. I’ve been drawing since I could/… Read full post »
The New Junior Vice President
Meet the new Junior Partner at the Firm of Houles at Montecito. Junior Vice-President Dmitri was hired Saturday, July 31 from the Silicon Valley Humane Society. During the/… Read full post »
Excavation With a Side of Feng Shui:
A Poem Cycle Part II
I’m Ready For This To Be Over, Now.
My novel shunned, paints dried,
Must unpack, but want to cry
Enough boxes, please!
If I sit and do
One thing, beginning to end,
I feel accomplished./…
Excavation With a Side of Feng Shui
A Home Improvement Poem Cycle
A slob with peerless
Clutter tolerance, postpones
Huge, unstarted job.
Beige carpets dappled
With spilled tea, and other things
I no longer see.
My clutte… Read full post »
By Melissa Houle
Late one summer night when I was six, my mother and I returned home exhausted after hours at the Emergency room, me with my broken left wrist newly immobilized in a plaster cast. Once home, we then collapsed at the kitchen table and ate a dinn… Read full post »
On the Fourth of July, I feel the time is right to pay tribute to Scott Joplin, the composer people probably think of first, when they hear the word “Ragtime,” a very American musical form.&nb… Read full post »
It's The Berries!
By Melissa Houle
One of my earliest breakfast table memories is of my mother setting a/… Read full post »