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 …

Auntie Nim

Auntie Nim was a delightfully infuriating bundle of internal contradictions. Industriously lazy and deeply introverted, she invented the most entertainingly involved excuses for staying home with a good book, doing nothing of note. Her cloudy scowl was seldom a harbinger of rain, let alone thunder; just beneath the surface of her stormy external demeanor, Auntie Nim 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 …

Baiting the Hook with Originality

Remember that old song, “Charlie Brown,” by The Coasters? “Why is everybody always picking on me?” What woman hasn’t heard this line: “They boys only pick on you because they like you.” We all know that’s mostly not true, but now and then… Well, you have to admit it’s fun to sit up high in Read More …

You Need Kibbles for Your Pet Peeves?

Telling others they’re doing it wrong must be the world’s oldest hobby. Bloggers have raised it to an art form, “Liked,” shared, and re-tweeted around the world a hundred times. I’m not about to quibble with Mitch Mitchell’s “9 Things People Do Wrong On Social Media” – I agree with most of them! – but Read More …

Cowgirls Don’t Scare Off Easy!

“How would you create a country chic, western themed corner in your house?” My lack of interior decorating talent is legendary, and “western themed” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Then I learned about the western decor project from Kristin of King Ranch Saddle Shop. She followed up a week later, asking if Read More …

Food, Fantasy, and Fiction

Oh, Food! “I don’t understand why people need to take pictures of their food and share them on social media.” My future son-in-law threw down the gauntlet. He didn’t realize that’s what he was doing, but my friend Todd Kruse, might’ve anticipated my reaction, having once mocked the use of #hashtags. I convinced Todd that hashtags and Read More …

I Never Said That! #FridayReflections

The Internet, once a place for academic collaboration and knowledge sharing, has become fertile soil for the emergence and growth of “alternative facts” and “fake news.” We are all complicit in the spread and planting of this mental kudzu, and it speaks volumes about us – all of us – when we share what we 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 …

The Authoritative Authority Blogger

It is 2017, and we have moved from arguments like “PC vs. Mac” or “Which is King: Content or Marketing?” or “Is Passive Voice Evil?” and trying to answer the eternal question of what constitutes a “real writer” and is a blogger such a creature? to “What Is An Authority Blog Post?” My first thought 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 …