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Brown Eyed Girl

Brown Eyed Girl
Bel Air, Maryland, USA
August 27
Writer, Educator, former police officer, never been to Spain. Published my first book in September--"Toepicks, Cadaver Dogs, and Sports With No Balls". I like to believe that you really can't reflect on life until you can find the humor that is hidden away in some little secret pocket or slit in the fabric. This, of course, is different from a hole.


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SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 4:43PM

94 Emails and A Friend Ain't One

.                       94 Messages And A Friend Ain't One  

         High School was so long ago that I can’t remember or reconfigure the concept of being in the popular crowd.  My graduating class h… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2013 1:24PM

I Bear Witness

       The economic slump has given me a rare opportunity, or in the words of the media moguls of oft-swiped Visa, an opportunity that is ‘priceless’.

My daughter moved back home after completing her undergrad to go to law school.  The cost and locatio… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2013 11:29AM


When you were one month old.
I looked at your sweet face and thought
'please let me raise her to remember
to look at sunsets
and moons
as if a choir was singing a hallelujah chorus.
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                On this historic weekend, with the underdog Ravens besting Tom Brady and the Patriots and President Obama holding court to his 2nd inauguration with one hand on two Bibles—Lincoln’s and Martin Luthe… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 7:06PM

Hard to Bear

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     Recently, I have come to realize that a possible contributing factor for my two offspring remaining single (with a capital Sing) may be my tendency to “Make Inquires”.


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APRIL 6, 2012 9:24AM

My Kingdom for a Z-Pack


   When I awoke at 2 am last Tuesday, gasping in pain, my first thought was not of a double shot of Vodka and lemonade,

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012 6:06PM

A Horse With No Name...


As a dog person, I am in a new chapter in my life.  I may in fact, be creating a new font, and going by the working title of Adogbe—Bold Italic.

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FEBRUARY 19, 2012 3:00PM

"This is what Quigg said..."

This is what Quigg said.

 “It’s bullshit because when you look in the mirror each morning, you don’t see a Assistant Principal, and certainly not a Principal.  You see a woman who used to be an undercover cop, and squad commander, who is now working at her second choice i… Read full post »

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So there were two recent events that caused me to do the proverbial “double-take”.

The first was that Scott decided that they are no longer going to put those little cardboard tubes in their toilet paper rolls.  So, in the future, when you come to the end of the roll… Read full post »



The season following a Winter Olympic year is much like the morning after Daylight Savings that takes place in November, nine months later.   Everything looks the same but there is a subtle difference that you just can’t wrap your mind around.  The clock says it i… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2010 10:23PM

Switched At Birth

                 The first time I knew I should have been switched at birth was when I was seven.  My mother was walking through the house and caught her toe on the corner of the coffee table.   There are very f… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2010 8:52PM

Thinking On a Dream


As the thermometer rises to the mid-nineties, most people’s thoughts turn to the delights of multi-vented air-conditioning, grape popsicles, and the ambivalence of iced-coffees.


My thoughts turn to “mind choreography” and music selection for show programs for ice sk… Read full post »

“What is the matter with you?” my daughter queries as I clear my throat and twist the phone a degree above my mouth and swallow.

“Nothing,” I say, but even I hear the break in those two syllables so that the word clings to the ear as if I had retainedRead full post »

MAY 23, 2010 12:57PM

Dance To The Music



I imagine the International Skating Union is really a microcosm of our own local government, where before every session someone gets a senator to sponsor a project they hope to make into a bill.  Recently, for example, there was large group in our community lobbying for dogs… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2010 8:31AM

A Mother's Mantra

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For many months, I felt like I should be in some type of ‘step’ program—not necessarily a 12, but certainly something to re-direct my focus from the 2-step, or pattern of steps, that make up a dance.  Particularly an ice-dance.


My daughter had decided… Read full post »

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APRIL 10, 2010 11:45PM

Shoot or Don't Shoot 101

The first question people ask when they find out you were a cop is, “Have you ever shot anyone?”

The question comes out like it was forced from a speed loader, quick, hollow-point words shrouded in steel jackets.

 And you always look down before answering, maybe just to get… Read full post »

APRIL 3, 2010 7:52PM

Re-gifting--A Wagging Tale

                                           Re-gifting:  A Wagging Tale


I am doing what I never thought possible; I am writing a dog story, or really, a bit about dogs. … Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2010 10:16PM

Mother May I


This past weekend I made the four-hour journey to visit my mother. 

I must qualify this by saying that I love my mother—probably to the 10th power. This was not, however, something that I always assumed was reciprocal.  In fact, my mother often gave asides, although she was no… Read full post »

Three years ago: 

Logic is a word that we banter about.

            The unusual thing about logic is that we use it as a noun and as a verb in a manner of speaking.  You can ‘use logic’ or ‘it can be logical’.… Read full post »

Dear Mr/Mrs. Juror Selector:


First of all, let me thank you for summonsing me for panel 43 to serve as a Petit Juror on March 17th.  As a registered voter, I am quite aware of the parameters of my civic responsibility—I never litter, I recycle (well sometimes I… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2010 7:33PM

Parting Shots With My Daughter



DSCN0419 My daughter is now 21 years old.  I feel like I should repeat this, but I’ll just do it in my head so I don’t bore you.


            There are some that might… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2010 12:52PM



I am not really a superstitious person.

 Well, in stating this, I must admit that I used to keep a small sheet of paper, dusted in cinnamon, with the numbers 4 and 8 written on it, folded eight times, inside my bra as this wasRead full post »