On the Natch

Baby Boomer, Grrrrandma, Urban Goddess
MARCH 28, 2012 9:30AM

Writing Is Easy . . . PR IS Hard!

Thanks, thanks, thanks, to Kathy Kubic, PR-Mistress Extraordinaire, for her efforts on behalf of yours truly, which have thus far resulted in a terrific profile by Andrew Kiraly, editor of KNPR's Desert Companion Magazine! Just in time for National Poetry Month, too!

Do I wish I had fewer chins? Y
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My president, Barack Obama, is absolutely within his rights to say that if he had a son, the child would look like Trevon Martin, and those, like the odious Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich, who have called him out for it are not only wrong, they are dishonestly so. Disgustingly and… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2012 4:15PM

It's Here, it's here, it's here!

I remember the days when authors wrote books, and publishers published them, and bookstores sold them, and all was right with the world. Those days are gone.

My last two books sank into the salty sea off the coast of the Island of Broken Toys, I think. Unpublicized, unsold, they… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2012 2:08PM

Forever Young

Pete Seeger is one of my heroes. He "discovered" my Uncle Matt McGinn and brought him to the US in 1962, where Matt played Carnegie Hall and headlined above a skinny young Bob Dylan!

Uncle Matt's successful folksinging career changed the course of my life, as I saw for/… Read full post »

The Pill - by Matt McGinn - 1968 

"I wed when I was seventeen,

I hadnae many brains,

Says I, "the very thing to do

Is fill the hoose with weans,"

But when I got the room full,

I went tae see the priest,

Tae tell him my man… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 12:57PM

The Secret World of Grandmothers

On Saturday, I took Clementine for her "day." Each grandchild gets one day to spend with me, alone. The grandchild gets to select one or two activities, and we do them together. It is easier on my energy level and on my pocketbook, and it provides some quality time for us
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food, fun, family, Italian, Scottish, Easter, holiday, traditions--put them all together and bake. A family favorite from my mother-in-law.My former mother-in-law's Italian Easter Pie is too good not to share. She died last year, and hadn't baked since the circumstances of her later life, which for her included a greatly reduced immediate family circle as well as dementia, changed her from the middle-aged woman I knew and/
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MARCH 7, 2012 4:33PM

Cringe-worthy? Or Kinda Sweet

Looking over my life's ouvre (actually just cleaning out the garage) I found some of my earliest poems. This one, I think, is okay. You'll forgive me if I file most of the others under "Youthful Indiscretions."
"What I am in the morning is what I really am,
When you bend do/
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MARCH 5, 2012 1:54PM

Las Vegas? Poets? Are You Joking?

Just in time for National Poetry Month, when Pick a Poem will be published (April 1), the newly formed Las Vegas Poets Organization will be holding its inaugural meeting on March 17! St. Patrick, being one of my "spiritual ancestors," will surely smile on this auspicious event! I&/
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When Damien, my first grandchild, came into my life almost ten years ago, I started thinking about what I wanted for my nom de grand. (After all, I have a nom de plume, so I was okay with the concept.)
I'd never really liked the Grandma+ First Name solution, even though… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2011 1:40PM

I Hate Breast Milk

I hate breast milk―the words, not the thing itself. There, I’ve said it.


We don’t call cow’s milk “udder milk.” Or “teat milk.” We give to non-human milk the dignity of calling it by the name of the creature it comes from. Cow’s… Read full post »

Matt and US Senator Take in Wrestling Match in Vegas 

My kids. They've lent me money, visited me in the hospital when I had alcohol poisoning, even agreed to wear kilts in Las Vegas in June for me. They clap when I sing "Good Girls Don't" at Dino's karaoke bar on the Strip, and just generally have been much better kids… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2010 5:57PM

What's Next? Tampon Bombs. Wait and See.

Overall, Americans are the fattest people on earth, and yet they imagine that some underpaid rent-a-cop at the airport wants to see them naked.
On a related note, what makes anyone think that a potential terrorist willing to carry a bomb in his or her underwear will be deterredRead full post »
AUGUST 19, 2010 12:56PM

Palin; Wordsmith

Actually, in the same way that a broken clock is right twice a day, Sarah Palin has recently unwittingly (of course the only way she could) coined a pitch-perfect description of a group of shrill and disagreeable women; a "cackle."


As usual, of course, Palin misapplied it, to femini… Read full post »


I'm signing copies of my new book tonight; if you're in Las Vegas and want to stop by the Foundation for Recovery Bookstore on Sahara and Decatur between 6 and 7 p.m., I'd love to see you. Between the time of the book's publication and today, a period of approximately… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2010 6:39PM

The Soul Workout to Pub May 2



Just spent the afternoon re-reading my newest book, which just arrived from the printer: The Soul Workout, to be available in bookstores and online from centralrecoverypress.com and amazon.com on May 2 , 2010.

Many, many thanks to Stuart, Nancy, Sara, Val, Da… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2010 2:01PM

A Poke in the Eye with a Hypodermic

Last week after several hours on the phone trying to find an optometrist who would accept my insurance, I ended up at an old eye doctor I used to go to who said he'd take my new insurance "as a courtesy." Okay.

I'd been struggling with a "thing" inside my lower… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2010 2:01PM

A Poke in the Eye with a Hypodermic

Last week after several hours on the phone trying to find an optometrist who would accept my insurance, I ended up at an old eye doctor I used to go to who said he'd take my new insurance "as a courtesy." Okay.

I'd been struggling with a "thing" inside my lower… Read full post »

Easter Pie, Filled Pie, Pizza Rustica, or Pizza Gaina (Pizza Piena)--this is the shiznit.


Italian Easter Pie is too good not to share.

I use a lightly-oiled springform pan and pizza dough purchased in a ball from the pizzeria-- my former mother in law was up at o'dark-hundred making her own dough for the crust, but I don't do that.

Heat… Read full post »

I attend a twelve-step recovery meeting at a small Lutheran church every morning at 7 ; have done so for the last two-and-a-half years. At Christmas, they held a Christmas Eve carol service, complete with wobbly voiced singers; I went in December and it was the most wonderful part of a real… Read full post »

"In the event that first contact with an alien race is made during her administration, Sarah Palin plans on constructing a giant electrified dome over the entire country to keep "tentacle-backs" from sneaking in and stealing jobs from honest American workers."

Check it out at factsaboutapalinpresiden… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2010 4:47PM

Godsmacked -- or, When Nuns Attack!

In recent weeks, Pope Benedict has had to deal with some damned serious allegations, some of which have been documented in two official Irish government reports concerning the way his Church leaders in Ireland have systematically played down reported cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors… Read full post »

Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels is catching beaucoup heat for issuing a memo encouraging the struggling company's newsreaders to improve their job performance by eliminating approximately 120 annoying, lame, overused, or trite words and expressions from their on-air vocabularies.

I don't ge… Read full post »

What is the lamest workplace training you've ever experienced? Training so bad you wanted to SCREAM and fling yourself out of the nearest window, but which, instead, you endured with a jaw-breakingly insincere smile because you needed the damn job.


Anything offered under the imp… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2010 5:58PM

My Horrorscope

Pisces Feb 18 - Mar 19

Week of 1/25Finance: Your stubborn streak has proven valuable regarding your finances this week. Translation: procrastination re. getting the car checked out has resulted in a $700 repair bill. But hey, Helen, you hung in there with your stubborn streak and didn’t getRead full post »