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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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APRIL 16, 2012 3:40PM

Robin Gibb in a Coma

Let me admit right up front that I’m a sucker for the Bee Gees.  They grew in popularity during my preteen and high school years and the first album of theirs I bought was Children of the World, released in September 1976.  Who can blame a 15-year-old for going ga-ga at/… Read full post »

 It's tax day, everyone. Have you paid your debts to Uncle Sam?

Whether yes or no, let us take a moment to honor the Ides of April. It is 81 degrees in the Garden State, T-shirt weather. Tomorrow we're expecting 89. If only I could go to the beach in lieu… Read full post »

I spoke with a relative this morning; let’s call him “Bob.”  We had not spoken since last year, I think.  He asked how my Mom was doing.  I could have sworn I’d told him that she had Alzheimer’s or at least dementia, but what the heck, he said he didn&rsqu/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 10, 2012 4:15PM

Alive Inside

A friend of mine posted a clip from the documentary, Alive Inside, on her facebook page today, so I do not take credit for this post.  We belong to the same caregivers support group at the NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.


The documentary shows the transformation that occu… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2012 10:06AM

Hobbling Down the Bunny Trail

 This is what Easter 2012 felt like to me:


 Angry mutant bunny from Night of the Lepus 
As a kid I enjoyed the hell out of Easter. I was a pious Catholic and gave up things for Lent, did the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, and/…

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“In olden days a glimpse of stocking
was looked on as something shocking,

But now God knows, anything goes . . .”

                        Cole Porter

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APRIL 4, 2012 3:06PM

Spy Wednesday

“Secret agent man

Secret agent man

They've given you a number,

and taken away your name.”

                        Johnny Rivers


Last week I went to Saint Agnes Church… Read full post »

I was so charmed by Stathi’s post about his town in Greece, that I decided to respond with my own story.  Although my husband and I have been living in New Jersey since 2006, I am a native New Yorker, and am a New Yorker at heart.  I was born in/… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2012 2:39PM

Open Call: Favorite Song

First of all, I want to thank V. Corso and Stathi Stathi for this wonderful open call.  There are so many songs I love, so many I heard my mother sing in her beautiful trained mezzo soprano voice as a child, but the first song that comes to mind when anyone… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2012 2:14PM

Remember When

Remember when teen pregnancy was a problem, not a reality TV show


Remember when “shit” was a bad word (Catholic School)


Remember when hanging out on the stoop and playing stick ball was cool


Remember walking to the Queens Center Mall and LaGuardia Airport for fun


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MARCH 28, 2012 3:14PM

God Bless Tom Waits

When nothing else makes sense, listen to Tom Waits.  That’s what I do.  He makes me laugh; he makes me cry.  His voice growls like sandpaper across jagged glass, but I don’t care.  He can act; he can sing.  He played the best Renfield ever on screen (Bram Stoker&r/… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2012 10:03AM

Hoodies for Trayvon Martin

Quincy and me in hoodies

  Quincy and I are mad as hell, and Quincy never gets mad.


Trayvon did not deserve to die--

A boy in a hoodie with a bag of skittles

Zimmerman cried “self defense”

But what bodily harm did he fear?

A boy with candy

provoked such terror?

Was Zimmerman paranoid… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 22, 2012 11:51AM

John Edwards, We Hardly Knew Ye

Photo credit, The Inquisitr 


As if things couldn’t get any worse for John Edwards, a call girl working for the “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with the former senator when he was fundraising in New York during hi… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2012 2:20PM

You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

“You’ve got to be taught

To hate and fear,

You’ve got to be taught

From year to year,

It’s got to be drummed

In your dear little ear

You’ve got to be carefully taught.”

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It’s The Stepford Wives all over again.  Silly me, I thought it was 2012.  On March 14, during a discussion of the mandatory ultrasound bill, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) said that that the measure does not go too far.  His advice to women:  “You just have to/… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2012 12:46PM

Romney Snags a Redneck

God bless ‘im, good ole Mitt is learning to say “y’all” and admits to liking grits.  In addition to his learning to talk and eat southern, he has a new unofficial “running mate” in the guise of comedian Jeff (“You Might Be a Redneck”) Foxworthy.&nbRead full post »

“Every day takes figuring out all over again how to fucking live.”
            Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) in Deadwood

On Monday, I called Mom and she told me she had “lost” another bar of Yardley English Lavendar soap.&nRead full post »

Father Morris 2  
Father ("Foxy") Morris


Last night’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart featured a short clip of Fox News analyst, Father Jonathan Morris, piping in on the contraception “controversy.”  In his Valley Girlish voice he pronounced, “. . . the/… Read full post »

“Jane, you ignorant slut."

            Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin on SNL

In a recent email exchange, my friend fernsy confirmed that neither of us were bitches or bores.  This, she responded, after my fear that I might have bored herRead full post »

I arrived at the nursing home last night at 7:00 and Mom was already in bed watching the news on Channel 13.  She was okay.  I brought her a bag of Pepperidge Farm chocolate chip cookies, and she took a few sips of the coffee I bought at the corner gas/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 5:00PM

Prayers Needed for Momma

4:30 p.m. EST.  I just got off the phone with my Mom and she sounded terrified, panic-stricken.  I asked her what was wrong as she said, “I’m so confused.”  She was breathing heavily into the phone and muttering the sibilant “jesu’s” over and over, w/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 27, 2012 11:28AM

Law & Order: Alzheimer's Unit

An article in The New York Times yesterday entitled “Life, With Dementia” by Pam Belluck, discussed the underreported phenomenon of dementia in the prison population. 

According to Ms. Belluck, “In 2010, 9,560 people 55 and older were sentenced, more than twice as many in 199Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2012 3:26AM

Santorum v. Satan

“Who could it be? Could it be . . . Satan?”

     Dana Carvey as the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live

On Monday night I was flying JetBlue from NYC to Los Angeles to visit my Dad. I tried to read and sleep on the 6-plus hour trip,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2012 12:52PM

Downton Abbey Redeemed!

"Will someone please tell me what's going on, or have we all stepped through the looking glass?"

           Maggie Smith as Violet, Downton Abbey

I'm sure you die-hard Downton Abbey fans were eagerly anticipating the final episode of season two, theRead full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 12:37PM

The Island of Misfit Candidates

“This is just like television, only you can see much further.”

                    Chance the Gardener in Being There


It’s hard for me to think about the GOP candidates as anyt… Read full post »