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Erica K

Erica K
New Jersey, USA
September 26
I have a new blog: Grew up in Jackson Heights, New York, but now live in Jersey. Married and the proud owner (servant?) of 4 cats, including a little blind guy named Quincy. Jobs have included: English teacher in U.S. and abroad, cabaret performer and member of a NYC sketch comedy troupe; now a legal secretary and freelance writer. Other jobs: canvasser for NYPIRG/cannery worker in Naknek, Alaska (a fisherman told me it was "the ugliest part of Alaska")/dog kennel cleaner/member of the swine and poultry crew on a California farm. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett


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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 4:04PM

The Dispatchers

Ralph Kramden statue outside Port Authority 

Definition of “dispatch” according to the Merriam Webster online dictionary: 
“(1) to send off or away with promptness or speed; especially: to send off on official business,
(2)  a :  to kill with quick efficiency, b:  obsolete :  deprive,
(3)/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 2:38PM

How Did We Get Here?

Long time no see, everyone!  I wanted to let you all know that I've started a new blog on wordpress called "Suburban Hobo," about navigating life in the suburbs for non-suburbanites.  I hope you drop by.

This is the first post, written by me and my husband Lorin.  

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DECEMBER 4, 2013 12:02PM

Panic Button

I have a confession to make.  I suffer from panic attacks.  It started several years ago--not sure what the trigger was, but they have not gone away.  It’s not an everyday occurrence, but when they hit, they hit hard.  Like right now.  I was on Facebook reading about/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2013 5:19PM


Hello, all,

It's been a long time since I've posted.  As some of you know, I've been performing my solo play, "Alzheimer's Blues" since June in NYC.  Yesterday was the last show of the year, and the best.  The audience consisted mostly of strangers--people from Gold Star, TDF, and othe… Read full post »



Quiet day

at the office

outside, April drones

its pollen tune--


“I got my Zyrtec in the morning,

and Benadryl at night.”

Spring’s splendor

tugs at my heart

and waters my eyes

awake to its glory,

ragweed and all.

  Friday afternoon.


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JANUARY 18, 2013 2:48PM

What is That?

Happy Friday, everyone!  I haven't posted in a dog's age because I've been feverishly working on and performing my solo show--the goal is to finish this weekend and have a complete show by spring!

I wanted to share something very special that I found this morning posted by the Alzheimer's Associ… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 31, 2012 11:43AM

Go Ahead, Make My RNC

Clint.  Why, oh why, oh why?  Who made the decision to let you speak at the Republican National Convention last night?  And with unkempt hair, no less.  His talking to the chair where imaginary Obama was sitting reminded me of the film Harvey with Jimmy Stewart (now a Broadway pla/… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2012 6:37PM

Play It Cool, Boy (Girl)

“Boy, boy, crazy boy!
Stay loose, boy!
Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it.
Turn off the juice, boy!
Go man, go,
But not like a yo-yo schoolboy.
Just play it cool, boy,
Real cool!”

                Stephen Sondheim (lyRead full post »

In February I went to California and my Dad and I took a trip along the Pacific Coast Highway towards Santa Barbara.  This is not really "my" sky since I live in New Jersey, but rather views of the Pacific sky through my own lens (iPhone, to be exact).   The first… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2012 3:27PM

Brain Fog

Don’t know why there’s a fog inside my brain, foggy brai-ain!  Can’t seem to get my poor self together, it’s raining all the time.  (to be sung to the tune of “Stormy Weather”)


Lately I’ve been experiencing what can be best described as &ldqu… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 4:12PM

Free Falling


In the wheelchair


pushing forward from the hips

seeking that thing

that fell to the ground

in the day room

after breakfast.

Was it a last bit of muffin

or a hidden gem

no one else could see

but she knows is there

She reaches, straining

nobody notices… Read full post »

OS has been a second home for me this past year and a half.  I started writing here last January at my husband’s urging—he felt it would help me write more and provide a venue to express what I was going through with my sick Momma.  I was very fearful whenRead full post »

“Well I’m gonna get through this world
the best I can if I can.

And I’m gonna get through this world

And I think I can.”

                        Woody Guthrie

&nb… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2012 7:49PM

Insane in the Brain

“Insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

            Albert Einstein

That’s me, insane.  Einstein was a genius and he said this, so I must be.  I made a vow to myself/Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2012 5:21PM

The World According to Quincy


1.  Don’t Let Physical Impairments Define You.  (Quincy has asthma, is totally blind in his right eye and has 30% vision in his left.  He's already lost one of his nine lives.)


Baby Quincy


2.  Do Something Weird or Ridiculous Whe/… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2012 4:02PM

Smiling Lady Not Smiling Today

The lady who sits outside the elevator

on the third floor,

who always wears a necklace

of chunky multicolored plastic beads

isn’t smiling today.

I call her “The Smiling Lady”

because she always smiles,

and sometimes compliments me,

but she isn’t smiling today.


She glowe… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2012 10:51AM

OC: Midweek Music Fest

"They call it Stormy Monday

But Tuesday's just as bad

They call it Stormy Monday

But Tuesday's just as bad

Lord, and Wednesday's worse

And Thursday's all so sad."


It’s “hump day,” the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend:  the perfect time for a mental pick-me-up. Read full post »

MAY 20, 2012 7:27PM

All I Have Left is My Skin

“All I have left is my skin.”  That’s what Mom told me today when we were sitting outside.  It wasn’t the easiest visit with her.  As my husband Lorin says, every visit costs.  It costs me emotionally, if in no other way.  I may leave elated after a go/… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2012 4:48PM

Bully Nuns

“Well those silly bully boys

They lost more than their toys”

           The Tiger Lillies


At Blessed Sacrament School (also known as “BSS”), which my brother called “Bull Shit School,” the atmosphere was… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2012 2:28PM

The Killing

linden and holder 2
Mireille Enos (Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Holder)
photo by Frank Ockenfels/AMC

It feels like the perfect day to discuss The Killing:  it is dark and rainy in New York and I pulled my back out, so I’m feeling a bit other-worldly.  AMC’s The Killing is one of those spoo/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 7, 2012 2:01PM

Prophet Manasseh Called Me on My Cell

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

            Matthew 7:15 King James Bible


Prophet Manasseh Jordan called me on my cell phone Friday afternoon. Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 4, 2012 12:52PM

Me and My Colon: An Awesome Story

I realize that I am responding late to the open call for “awesome stories” by the new editor, but I am hoping that he/she will take into consideration that I was indisposed yesterday while undergoing a colonoscopy.


My awesome story commenced on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. when… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2012 8:32PM

Is That All There Is?

“Is that all there is?
Is that all there is?
If that’s all there is my friends,
then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze
and have a ball
If that’s all there is.”

                Jerry Lei/… Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2012 3:33PM

Robin Gibb Awakens from Coma

This is a follow-up piece to my post of April 16, "Robin Gibb in a Coma". 

I am delighted to report that Robin Gibb surprised his doctors and awakened from a coma while The Titanic Requiem, his first classical composition, was playing, son Robin-John said on Monday.  The symphony, which… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2012 8:13PM

Never Neverland

“I have a place where dreams are born,
And time is never planned.
It's not on any chart,
You must find it with your heart.
Never Never Land.”

        --music by Mark Charlap & Jule Styne, lyrics by Comden & Green

In my freshman year of high school, I… Read full post »