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April 14, 2014

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The Year of The Shark

As read at “Cheaper Than Therapy – A Storytelling Show” on April 12, 2014   I was a hyper-sensitive 10-year-old in 1975, when my parents thought it would be a great idea to take me and my 6-year-old sister to see “Jaws” at a drive-in theater in a little town close to ours. That shit […]

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March 31, 2014


But what about the stupid people?

There is a certain faction in this country that decries helping those who are poorest among us. They don’t want to offer those less fortunate food assistance or provide adequate medical care. The battle cry is “get a job” or “pull up them boot straps.” That’s all well and good but I have always wondered, […]

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January 14, 2014


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

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December 12, 2013


Remembering Sandy Hook Elementary

I usually write humorous, personal essays about my experiences and observations, but today, that is not what is on my mind.  Today, I remember where I was on December 14th, 2012. On a beautiful, fall-like day (typical for December in Alabama), I was taking an hours-long walk with my friend Jen – what we called […]

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November 11, 2013


Merry Freakin’ Christmas: 2.0

At Christmastime, most people deck their halls with boughs of holly.  At my house, my husband and I come close to decking each other.  My husband, through no fault of his own, is Bosnian.  This means he is hard-headed.  Literally, his head is like a solid chunk of concrete.  Looking up stubborn in the dictionary, one […]

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September 8, 2013

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

I am not what you would call, “the outdoor type.”  As a matter of fact, I just got back from two weeks in California… San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Los Angeles, Malibu, Carmel… and my husband agrees, the only time I was unnecessarily bitchy was in Yosemite National Park.  I mean, Yosemite is awesome, but good […]

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August 26, 2013


Cash Poor

My husband and I never have any cash.  I mean NEVER.  It is ridiculous.  We have money in the bank but no ATM card so that money is pretty useless to us on a Sunday. Why don’t we have ATM cards?  I mean, they’re free and good for emergencies.  Well, I have no idea to […]

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August 7, 2013


For Parents Only: The “New” New Year

  Before children, I would re-set my life goals and dreams at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. I would eat like a Roman god on Thanksgiving with the promise that my new diet and exercise regimen would begin in a matter of weeks. Starting January 1st, Year “Whatever”, I was going to […]

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July 8, 2013


This is Going To Hurt Me, More Than It Hurts You. Hold Still, Damn It!

I ran across an article the other day on Huffington Post’s religious blog about the practice of Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD). What is that you ask? Why it is the archaic practice of a Christian male Head-of-Household (HOH) spanking his wife when she acts up and gets all out of hand; some examples used were not […]

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June 7, 2013


You Named Your Kid What?!?

Start a conversation anywhere with anyone about unusual names and it won’t be long before the famous twins of Urban Legend, Lemonjello and Orangejello, turn up. I first heard about the twins twenty years ago when a colleague told a story at a work conference about two boys who had been enrolled in a day camp […]

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