snarkychaser's Blog

Chasing the Elusive is My Muse.


New Jersey, USA
January 01
Snarky is my elusive muse. It is grasping for the unobtainable that causes anguish, and in the anguish and negative space, creativity can flourish.However, I am afraid that Snarky has given me very little to chase after lately....maybe...if I'm really lucky, he will send me a picture of his poison ivy.



DECEMBER 16, 2014 9:40PM

In My Gut.

I lie in bed and worry. Am I doing as much as I can for them? How has my husband influenced them? Who has joined them today? They only have life spans of twenty minutes or so and keeping tabs on them is a never ending battle. For the past two… Read full post »

meteor and me

 I have increasingly needed to use various copyright free images for group pages etc and I have ended up needing the oddest things. So this last week, I took some pictures that you might be able to use. I hope they can find a place in your blogs.


 CeilingRead full post »

JUNE 5, 2014 10:09PM

Rude People

  NYC Watert

 Growing up in New York City I learned that it is easy to pick a fight with random strangers. In a dispute over a cut in a long line or who should get the lone taxi cab after waiting in the rain, one can be remarkably rude and… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2014 1:54PM


FEBRUARY 24, 2014 1:29PM

Laboratory Cooking

My relationship with Genspace first began three years ago when I accompanied my fifteen year old daughter from New Jersey to downtown Brooklyn to interview for an internship with the United States’ first community biotech lab, Genspace. The lab is located in an old seven story buildi… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2014 9:51PM

…Eloquence and Social Media…

My ellipses have served me well, if I don’t know how to punctuate something, I just fill in the gaps with ellipses. My eighteen year old daughter recently told me that my use of ellipses ages me as someone over forty. She cited a conversation on reddit about old people’s use ofRead full post »

JANUARY 5, 2014 1:13PM

Arrack is Back?

I traipsed to four stores before I was able to find the Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe and rye whisky that I would need to make my huge batch of Sazeracs for a New Year’s Eve party. At each store, the sales people told me that they were getting odd requests for complicated recipes… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2013 3:03PM

Lessons From Injury

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.


 Once again, I missed a college trip with my daughter to look at Wesleyan University- I just can’t walk that far on a college campus without pain. I missed workshops held by… Read full post »

My friend Wendy has been telling me for years that my outlook and writing style reminded her of Nora Ephron. I had never read any of Nora Ephron’s essays …until this week. I have a tendency to not want to read anything that people suggest , however, I did buy the… Read full post »

I’ve only been lifting free weights for the past five years, but  as an outsider to gym culture, I hope my list will be helpful to those neophytes who find that they have to share small workout facilities with people they would not normally associate. Sometimes it can be intimidating to… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 9:35PM

My Experience with The Master Key System

As I sat in the podiatrist office sticking out my foot for my second injection of cortisone, I looked over my toes, met my doctor’s eyes and said, “You know I don’t need orthotics. I brought this on because I willed it.” The doctor and his assistants looked at each other… Read full post »

 Am I really a curmudgeon about classes? I have had a love /hate relationship with “gym classes” since I realized that they were not something I had to do for school credit

 I hate anyone telling me what to do and I am sure that that has carried over to… Read full post »

When I first heard about “return of the 17-year Cicadas” here in Westfield, New Jersey, I told my husband that I was considering a very long vacation- far away- for the bug reunion. People warned me that our town is particularly populated with the red-eyed, fig shaped bugs. I am seri… Read full post »

Society has a place for obsessive people. I believe that artists, scientists, lawyers, writers and countless others would never create or solve major problems were it not for their inherent obsessiveness but nothing is more boring that to be on the outside while someone is else is obsessive. Even if… Read full post »

“I think you are going to have a new business opportunity shooting High School kids’ head shots” I told my photographer friend Pat.

“Well my daughter won’t even allow me to take her picture for the senior year book. She wants her picture to look like all the others.&rdqRead full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2012 4:54PM

Sandy- A New Jersey Suburban Diary

Back to the routine two weeks after Sandy – today the weight room and the conversation was geared around generators. What was the best kind to get heat? Would the town permit a natural gas standby? Was the town responsible in part for their negligent maintenance of town trees prior to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2012 10:52AM

How Secret is Our Ballot?

Last week my husband posted this statement from a recent Romney speech to a group of small business owners on his Facebook status:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future inRead full post »

During World War II, the concept of a gremlin became popularized.  A myth of an entity that gummed up the electronics of airplanes may have originated with aviators from the Royal Air Force. I remember the gremlin from Bugs Bunny from my childhood always destroying engines in airplanes and/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 12:16PM

Who Is The Real Sophia Walker?

When I first heard (on WNYC) about this Bill Eggler thing earlier this week I was intrigued. If you haven’t heard about it that’s OK. It’s not really big news. I could find no mention of it in my Wall Street Journal or The New York Times. I waited all week to see… Read full post »

In my junior year, I studied for a semester at American University. My main interest was US Economic Policy but my second interest was to take the opportunity to learn about Arab culture. At the time, my father was establishing a branch of his bank in Saudi Arabia. I did my… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 11:33AM


Romney’s faux pas referencing  the 47% of non tax paying citizens as wanting to see themselves a “victims” suggests -superficially -that our structures of Government “handouts”  perpetuate a culture of “learned helplessness” and that there is a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 9:26AM

A Mom's Advice to Halliburton

I was reading today’s Wall Street Journal headlines out to my teenage daughter this morning (I would link to it but you would have to pay to read it). I happened to notice that you may have lost a very small radioactive tube located in West Texas. Of course my daughter… Read full post »

 This week I had a conversation with a historian about the possibility of George Washington having homosexual affairs (My theory not his). Who are the historians who address this? I am still searching. Washington had some very close relationships with his aides. In snippets of Washingt… Read full post »

The London Boardman

 From Thompson and Smith 1877 Street Life in London courtsey of LSE Digital Library

FEW men who earn their living in the streets are better abused and more persistently jeered at than the unfortunate individuals who let themselves out for hire as walking advertisements. The work is soRead full post »



Me in Seaside Heights

Me at Seaside Heights

New Jersey is not just about Snooki, tanning salons and the Sopranos. Here are some photos that you might be able to use for your posts if you want to convey nightmares with clowns, the time that Bruce Springsteen’s (or favorite… Read full post »