Arlene Green

Arlene Green
Clearlake, California, USA
January 08
Geek girl, mother of more children than human beings should be allowed, owner of a snake named Plissken, several dogs, a plethora of cats, easily annoyed, easily overjoyed, will work for books.


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MARCH 27, 2012 3:29AM

Social Media and Sociology

Reaching outSocial media is a funny thing. It has taught me things I never thought to learn. Recently it has shed a spotlight on the fact that the people in politics are completely out of touch with the general populace. Which is probably not an earth shaking revelation for…

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I started blogging again on a self published space a couple of months or so ago and in perusing my logs I realized that I should have just picked up the pieces here and not gone through all the trouble of figuring out what changes had been made to MySQL and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2008 2:54AM

Reporting From The Trenches

As I said in my earlier blog, I haven't had much time to indulge in writing. I told you I had medical and financial diffculties. That's nice and vague. I didn't have time to explain.

 The medical difficulties are fixed. My immune system after a couple of rounds of chemo… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2008 10:19PM

1950s Mommy Guilt and Us

I haven't updated my blog in months. Not because I didn't want to. Because I had a health crisis that was chased like a cat by a terrier by a financial crisis. I had neither the time nor the energy to write. Not for no money.

 But I just ran… Read full post »

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AUGUST 22, 2008 7:44AM

Reality Check: Shoplifting, Drunks and Whining

Dear Arlene,

Last night, my son told me that his best friend had gotten arrested yesterday, for shoplifting when my son was with him. My son is under 18, however his friend just turned 18 in June. My son says he had not shoplifted yesterday, however he admitted to me
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AUGUST 20, 2008 4:37AM

Reality Check: My Mother is Hearing Things

Dear Arlene,

My mom, who is 71 and a widow, seems to be going crazy. She moved here near me when her husband died almost 3 years ago. Up until then I didn't have a lot of contact with her for about 17 years. Her husband liked her toRead full post »

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AUGUST 12, 2008 3:56AM

Reality Check: I'm Having Sex With Someone Else in My Head

Dear Arlene,

Recently I've been dreaming about an old boyfriend. Not just dreaming, having full on passionate sex with him in my dreams. Which isn't so bad I guess. I don't have any control over my dreams. I'm worried because I've also started fantasizing about him while having sex with myRead full post »

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AUGUST 12, 2008 12:57AM

In Defense of Video Games

About every other week I read something that suggests that video games are a bad, bad thing. That too much exposure to them will rot childish brains. Parents and the people that like to tell parents what they should be doing seem to consider video games the crack cocaine of recreational… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2008 9:08PM

Pair Bonding and Other Musings

Jeff Schult asked me an interesting question on a comment on one my posts the other day and I've found myself musing about it while I washed my hair, went to war with the gophers eating my cucumber vines and otherwise went about my daily life. I figure the best… Read full post »

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AUGUST 1, 2008 2:24AM

The Old Lady Brigade

When I was a very young mother I used to encounter what Ayun Halliday has dubbed The Old Lady Brigade. They were rude, opinionated and more than a bit bullying. They wore polyester and had blue rinses. When they weren't telling me how under dressed or overdressed my kidsRead full post »

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AUGUST 1, 2008 1:34AM

Reality Check: To Baby Or Not To Baby.

Dear Arlene,

I have been dating the same woman for 8 years and I want to ask her to marry me but we have a problem. When we first got together neither one of us wanted children but as I've gotten older I've changed my mind. I want a child nowRead full post »

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JULY 29, 2008 7:50PM

Reality Check: Bisexual Husbands and Lost Passwords

Dear Arlene,

I've been married for a year and my husband has just confessed to me that he is bi-sexual. I'm very confused about what I should do now. My best friend says that I should leave him because he going to put me in danger of contracting HIV. I love him
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JULY 25, 2008 8:00PM

Reality Check: Is My Boyfriend Lying To Me?

Dear Arlene,

I think my boyfriend is lying to me. He told me that he was going to help his friend fix his porch but when I drove by they weren't on the porch and nothing on the porch that is normally there had been moved. I waited an hourRead full post »

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JULY 24, 2008 3:10AM

The Ever Elusive Orgasm

I discovered orgasms at a very young age. I never realized how fortunate I was in that. By the time I was 8 or 9 I rode the white pony with regularity. And when we moved into the new house when I was in the 5th grade and I found, hidden… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2008 12:29AM

Explaining it All

Since I didn't want to leave everyone I've met and interacted with here wondering who the hell all these people were and when did I become an advice columnist...

I joined Open Salon with a particular purpose in mind. I had a thread on Salon's TT called Arlene Explains It AllRead full post »

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JULY 21, 2008 4:20PM

Teaching Them To Think

One of the most important jobs of a parent is to teach their children to think. Many  parents are confused about this and believe this means you are to teach them to think just like you do. They are wrong.  You find this mindset amongst people who send their… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2008 6:19PM

Photoshopping 3

boys pencil 

This is a picture of 3 of the boys on vacation 7 or 8 years ago. I used a colored pencil effect. Read full post »

JULY 20, 2008 6:17PM

Photoshopping 2



  finger pencil About 10 years ago I lost my mind and decided to go blond. I ended up looking like a calico cat because it didn't quite work out and had to get it professionally fixed When a friend of mine laughed his ass off at… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2008 6:12PM

Photoshopping 1

koi weave

This is a picture that Bill drew on my back that I had him photograph and then one night in boredom decided to play around with in PSP.  Art? Don't know. But I think it turned out kind of cool, all the same. Read full post »

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JULY 19, 2008 12:42AM

Cooking for the Barbarian Horde

What with the Rachel Ray smackdown, I started thinking, what is it about her that sets me off, really? It is true she's perky and I hate perky. Perky, even when it isn't, always seems fake to me. And no one is perky all the time so people who/… Read full post »

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JULY 18, 2008 1:34AM

The Collector

I actually started this post about a week ago and then never got around to finishing it. I'm finishing it tonight. Things have come to a head. Changes are going to be made. Even if I have to drag my husband kicking and screaming into the Century of the… Read full post »

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JULY 17, 2008 4:31PM

Family Outsourcing

I should know better than to give my family tech advice. I really should. It all starts way back when I was the only person in the family that even had a computer and my dad asked me if he should get a Mac or a PC and I… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2008 3:12AM

Someone is Wrong!

Getting a Life

My husband found this on Break.com and insisted I look at it and asked me if it reminded me of anyone. I think he is trying to tell me something. He could be right.

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JULY 10, 2008 2:32AM

Mother Nature BDSM Top

A comment by Neil Paul on the piece Make Love, Not Measles, Jenny Mcarthy by Dr. Rahul Parikh struck me last night. It stuck with me all night and kept popping into my head uninvited today. It isn't a particularly controversial observation. Just a/… Read full post »

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JULY 2, 2008 7:55AM

Beauty and Revenge in Alaska

Alaska's Copper River Basin where the O'Brien creek feeds into the Copper River is some of the most treacherous, wild, beautiful country in the world. You can take a picture of it like this one:

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But it only tells half the story. It… Read full post »