Tree of Liberty

As I write this, my neighbors are having a large oak tree cut down. Well, it’s probably an oak, but maybe it’s a maple, I don’t think it’s a walnut. Frankly, I haven’t really paid that much attention. Full Disclosure: I failed “Tree ID” in school. Regardless of the tree’s flavor, I quite liked it. … Continue reading Tree of Liberty


Veggie Haters

John Stewart recently aired a Moment of Zen that stopped me in my tracks. Lindsey Graham (my favorite southern graham cracker) discussing ISIS. I believe he was trying to make a serious point, though the point was probably, as always, “Go, Republicans! Boo, Democrats!” Here’s the quote that got my attention: “[ISIS has] adopted a … Continue reading Veggie Haters

White Dress, Blue Dress, See Dress, Buy Dress

Newsrooms came to a standstill Thursday with the publishing of the now famous photo of a dress. There’s nothing particularly special about the dress. It wasn’t part of the Oscar-hype. There was nobody famous in the dress (or falling out of it). There were no special fashion features that would set Project Runway alight. It … Continue reading White Dress, Blue Dress, See Dress, Buy Dress


There was a WESat writing challenge a while back “A Different Phone Call”. I’m a bit slow on taking up the challenge, but I’ve kept the idea in my inbox since I knew just what call to write about. It was a wrong number of the epic variety, but it started mildly enough…. “Is Michael … Continue reading 1-800-MIS-DIAL

Of Sloths and Voters

When I started writing this blog I had no idea I had this much to say about politics, but I guess I set the tone from my very first posting - which was about how the DNC stalked me during the last election. I've also written about how few people voted in the last election, … Continue reading Of Sloths and Voters

Forever 21

This week’s Odd News is the tragic story of a sick child with a potentially fatal illness. Family members of the 14-year-old victim are scrambling to organize telethons to increase awareness of this disease before it spreads - but they fear it’s too late. Headline: Boy Diagnosed With 'Fear of Growing Up' Gerascophobia, variously nicknamed … Continue reading Forever 21

The Search is On

Being the Gen-Xer that I am - i.e., not a digital native - I’ve been slow to ween myself from brick and mortar shops. I still make the trek to the mall even though eBay and Overstock are snoozing quietly on my computer. But my behavior has changed over the years, I no longer buy … Continue reading The Search is On

Aging Democracy

Pictures of this “new” Congress remind me that I haven’t talked to my Grandma in a while. She’s 86 and while you’d think this would be too old for politics, John Conyers, Louise Slaughter, Chuck Rangel, Sander Levin, and Sam Johnson wouldn’t agree. Full disclosure: I’m part of Gen-X - the malcontents and cynics who … Continue reading Aging Democracy

Boyz to Men

Many a wholesome life-lesson has been learned by participating in the Scouts (either gender). This week’s Odd News is about a nature hike gone horribly wrong and a lesson this Boy Scout troop will never forget. Headline: Cub Scouts' Hike Leads to Nude Beach Some might say this is a story of over reaction. One … Continue reading Boyz to Men

Fanfare for the Common Cold

Hi. I was the person sitting in front of you at the symphony concert the other night. This post is to inform you that the virus you were trying to pass to me all night arrived safe and sound and is now in residence in my respiratory system. Incubation didn’t take long at all. By … Continue reading Fanfare for the Common Cold