Groceries

I have a rule: He who complains about how the job gets done gets the job. My mother used to insist that towels be folded neatly into perfectly creased thirds, then in half, then hung evenly over a towel rack. I’m happy if the kids pitch in and the towels are folded neatly enough I Read More …

Flowers

Flowers bloom year ’round, here in Houston. Spring wildflowers are blooming, now, and the bees are happy. A bumblebee tried to whisper in my ear, yesterday- “Avoid the butterflies,” he said. “They’re flighty.” “Sure, but you’re a bumbling bee, so you shouldn’t be so critical.” I ducked like a nimble prizefighter as the round little Read More …

Creature of Nightmares

It is a curious creature, the Hexapus. It would not exist at all, if not for the dispassionate cruelty of lab rats and genetic engineers. It isn’t consciously aware of its own origins, but it has no abstract fondness for the thing that created it. It creeps on six tentacles through the sludge-caked storm sewer, Read More …

Berries, Bananas, and a Blender

Berries, bananas, and a blender make the best breakfast smoothie – not to mention an alliterative alimentary awakening! Just combine one cup of skim milk, one banana (fresh or frozen), and about 1/2 cup of frozen, mixed berries in a blender and blend till smooth. Add 28g of Kellogg’s All Bran Buds, ground to a Read More …

A Candle in a Dark Wind #WATWB

Social media has the potential to introduce and unite people around the world. Through social media, we can meet people from other countries, other cultures, other backgrounds, and realize that for all our differences, we share common needs and wants. It’s incredibly hard to hate people you’ve come to know, to share joys and heartaches Read More …

You Cannot Change the World by Leaving It

Why I am Giving Up Facebook, Google, and Amazon for Lent (and Challenging You to Do the Same!) In 2008, I accidentally endorsed the Republican Party Platform – or so it seemed. And this was confusing, since I’d written about why I couldn’t support their positions on the issues and wouldn’t be voting for their Read More …

What I Want for My Birthday, and It Ain’t a Piece of Cake!

It all began with me saying, “No chocolate cake; please do not feed the Birthday Bear!” (No, today’s not my birthday – it’s coming up soon, but it’s not today.) Much as I LOVE that Costco Chocolate layer cake, I am even more serious about shedding some pounds before my self-imposed deadline for buying a mother-of-the-bride Read More …

Skating on Thin Ice: The Still Power of Water and Words

I used to skate – never on four wheels, but on silvery, knife-edged blades. I remember that first time, at a friend’s birthday party, clutching the red wooden rail around an old hockey rink with frozen, mittened fingers in a terrified death grip. I wanted so desperately to get off that solid block of frozen Read More …

Letting Go of 2016, Anticipating 2017

Adieu, 2016 “As we get ready for a new year, it’s always good to remember where we’ve been.” Or maybe we need to say to ourselves, “Don’t look back. Let it go. Focus on the future.” I will say this: Like most years before it, 2016 has been unusual, challenging, crazy-making, and bittersweet, interspersed with Read More …

Why Do We Mourn Strangers and Celebs?

2016 is probably NOT the worst year on record for “deaths of famous people.” Baby Boomers – the largest segment of the population – are of an age where the celebrities and older people who meant something special to us during our “formative years” are dying. They were older than we were, remember; it was Read More …

Curing Kitchen Clutter

I’m a bit of a clutterbug. My husband just raises a skeptical eyebrow when I point to photos of Einstein’s messy desk as proof of my mad genius. If shelves overflowing with books makes me a “hoarder,” I reject all calls for an intervention. But when it comes to our shared spaces, like the kitchen, Read More …

Breaking “Rule 21”: Saying Nice Things About Pussy

Well, not mine – I don’t blog about mine and we’ve already established I don’t have any pets. But pussy here has good taste in men, and she’s not about to put up with anyone grabbing her without explicit consent. She is unmoved by fame, fortune, and notoriety. In fact, she’ll stare you down and Read More …