Sacramento, California, USA
July 03
Oh god, not the old bio bs again....I am, variously, a writer, editor, knitter, foodie human being type person . My blogs are and I am also Newly Single, and that seems to be the place I'm writing from--oops, also a writing/comp teacher, and that should be "from which I'm writing"--these days. However, my interests are eclectic; my opinions are endless; and I'm not shy about expressing them. Except when I am--and only I know when that is, unfortunately after the fact at times.


ByJane's Links
DECEMBER 26, 2008 4:36PM

It's Boxing Day in England

You may believe the folklore that that's the day the Brits give their help their Christmas presents. That may have been true, oh a million years ago, or maybe even now for a Very Small Number of Brits who have 'help.' For the rest of the country, though, Boxing Day is… Read full post »

Headlines are meant to entice.  They're the written word's equivalent of a come on: the lacy bra just peeking above the deep V-neck tee; the squib of skin that shows between jeans and tee when a guy bends over to tie his shoe.  They may promise more than they're giving, but… Read full post »

How much more soulful could I have been???? Senior Year

DECEMBER 10, 2008 11:42PM

Merry Ho Ho Ho--and a Bah to you too!

Don't know what you get your honey for Christmas? Don't be looking here for any ideas.

It's not that I don't love the holidays. I do I do! I love tinsel and glitter and the smell of [real] pine (the fake stuff, not so much). I just got back from the… Read full post »

There is no hard and fast test for mental illness.  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), which is the bible of the mental health field, can do no more than categorize the propensity for certain symptoms as being probably indicative of certain conditions.  If t/Read full post »

I'm reposting this recipe from a couple of years ago. It is the single most Googled post from ByJane (although French Pedicure and Tidy Whities are running a close second and third). I notice that this year all the cooking sites and magazines are offering tips on how to make Thanksgiving… Read full post »

A Story in Several Parts, not to be sung:

1. Not so long ago in a town far, make that: a long long time ago in a town not very near, I was a young bride. Not so much a blushing bride because this was post Sexual Revolution, or at least… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 4:02PM

Animal Rights and America's Future

I was going to write a well-reasoned, journalistically sound, philosophically adept (and adroit), not to mention incredibly convincing post about why everyone in California should do as I'm doing: Voting Yes On Proposition 2.

However, to do so would require that I carefully consider the opposition's/
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Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 20, 2008 1:59AM

Not In The Kitchen with Mario and Gwyneth

There are carrots and potatoes and maybe a head or two of garlic roasting in the oven. I've tossed them with olive oil and lightly sprinkled them with sea salt and ground pepper, the four variety kind. To what end, you ask? I'm not sure. They were what was in the… Read full post »

...made a brief appearance at a Town Hall meeting in Minnesota yesterday. That was John McCain, man of honesty and integrity and honor. That was the John McCain who drove the Straight Talk Express and was, in fact, a maverick because he said what was true for him, even when not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2008 3:43PM

The VP Debate: Palin and Biden

Yeah, they sure did--debate that is. Well, maybe not debate actually, because--correct me if I'm wrong--but that word actually implies a topic that both debaters are speaking to. And Governor Palin made absolutely clear, she said as fact, that she was not going to speak to Biden's arguments or the Mo… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2008 3:33AM

Civil Discourse

I've been writing a variation of this post for some time now--since, actually, the 2008 Presidential Election started getting loud, which was during the Primaries, as I recall. I've thought it so often that I had to go through past posts to make sure I haven't said it all before. The… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 2:08PM

Telling The Truth

I'm searching for a quote by William Faulkner. You know, the one about memory and ways of looking at a blackbird and the past never really being past. Except I think I'm conflating at least three of Faulkner's most famous lines. I want to find it because today I wrote this:
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Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 1:26PM

The Newly Single Woman Flies Solo

Traveling by myself has never been a big deal to me. I know it is for lots of women; my sister, the inveterate world traveler, for one, cannot get on a plane by herself. But our mother liked me better, or well enough, that is, to pass on to me her… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 7:03PM

John McCain versus the GOP

John McCain gave a stirring speech last night, and if that was all I had to go by, then my vote might be in the 'undecided' column again. But it's not. He wasn't the cherry on top of the sundae so much as the strawberry on top of the gore. My… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 2:03AM

A Lesson for Myself...and you too maybe

Last night when I went to bed, I had the feeling that Sarah Palin would become McCain's Harriet Miers. The allegations that Palin's youngest son, the four month old, was really her grandson--it all seemed familiar to me and I couldn't figure out why. Oh yeah, Desperate Housewives: didn't Bree… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2008 1:20AM

My Olympics purely a spectator sport. I watch, I don't know why I watch, I don't know why I'm so fascinated that I will do nothing for that two week period in the evening but watch the Olympic coverage. I know nothing about sports--any of them, really. What I do know, however,… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2008 1:33PM

Wanted: The Single Person's Life

Now that's a totally new concept to me.  I heard it the other morning while talking to a friend who was commiserating about my burial in suburbia. "I know exactly what you mean," she said. "I had to leave the suburbs because I wanted a Single Person's Life, and the chances… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 12, 2008 2:42PM

Movus Interruptus

...well, it sure as hell wouldn't be coitus now, would it. Seeing as I haven't been near a coit in I don't know how long.

I've got half-filled cartons and a lack of will to finish the job. It's an odd thing that happens to me; or maybe not. Maybe… Read full post »