Travel Sleightly

Dentists tell me I have big teeth, the largest size that braces or molds or whatever come in. It's a source of pride for me. I also revel in being told I have good veins at the laboratory, but that's a Taul tale for another day. It's a good thing these teeth are big, because... Continue Reading →

The Tragic School Bus

Surely there are passionate people in this world.  Surely there are people who take a stand when push comes to shove, when backed into a corner, when faced with a dilemma! Right?!  Then why do I always feel like I’m the only one sticking my neck out or whose head is on the chopping block?... Continue Reading →

Shelling Out

Friends and family know that I don’t watch the news or pay close attention to polls, debates or interviews of political parties hawking their interpretations of every event.  But not being fanatical about government politics is not the same as not being political.  I just realized that.  In that case, I'm very political!  Maybe that's... Continue Reading →

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury

One of my lifelong dreams has now been fulfilled!  Truly! I've always wanted to serve on a jury, and usually I get an annual notice like clockwork, but I rarely have to miss work and report in to the courthouse.  Actually, I’ve reported twice, only to read the bulk of a book in a single sitting. ... Continue Reading →

Read It or Weep

“Let’s go to the bookstore.” “Okay, but let me make sure our Borders hasn’t closed too.” “CRAP!” Borders filed bankruptcy, we all know.  But I could swear I got an email newsletter in January saying they wouldn’t close stores right away...until they started closing stores right away.  Two closed in San Francisco, one that I frequented... Continue Reading →

The Doctor Will See You Now

  I’m not a very patient person.  But there are circumstances where patience learned, is used.  Like the DMV.  Like amusement parks.  Like most formal ceremonies (think graduation), where you’re only concerned with one itsy bitsy teeny tiny moment, but you have to get through the first 10,000 seconds to get to the fleeting moment YOU care most... Continue Reading →

The Grass is Always Greener

I heard on the news today that a small community near here just passed a law banning jumpers on park grounds.  The newscaster cited the amount of noise, the time it takes to process permits, and how jumpers kill the turf as reasons for the changed law.  You've seen the criminal thing I’m talking about, haven't... Continue Reading →

Whole Dollars

 You are what you eat. You eat what you grew up on. And I’m from the South where, if it ain’t fried, it ain’t food!  I confess that my upbringing is taking a toll as my metabolism takes a dive, so I've begun reducing the sugar in my coffee and denying the call of dry Frosted Flakes as a late-night... Continue Reading →

For The Love Of

I am nothing without my pet.  Okay, okay, that’s going a bit far.  I am a better person, thanks to my pets. We are the luckiest, who grew up with animals.  I can’t remember much about the early childhood pets except that I loved them.  As a child, we had 7 feral cats living under the... Continue Reading →

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