Swansea, South Carolina, USA
September 01
Retired academic as well as a Renassiance woman constantly reinventing herself . I have been fortunate to taste many of life's delights as a health care professional, radio producer/on air talent, foreign policy analyst, now in twilight of my life organic gardner and exhibitor of pure bred dogs keep me busy.


We have all talked around the purpose of government for weeks. So with President Obama's speech today and the anniversary of 9/11 looming, let's talk about the purpose/role of government for a bit.

What is the the purpose/role  of Government?

Is it to protect the nation from external enemies on… Read full post »

This recipe comes to us courtesy of Whole Foods Market Recipes.  I tried it and ate on it for 3 days! You might want to stagger adding the dressing since it is quite a bit and too much might not be to your taste. The chilling of the salad is essential.… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2009 11:26AM

Demon Run Pt 2

Demon Run Pt 2 is a sequel to Demon Run Pt 1

The demons have run back to their closets for now or they appear to have. Tall Girl (TG) came back home and stayed all day helping with the house and kennel…and staying the night. She was up early and… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2009 11:32PM

Demon Run Pt.1


A letter to my daughter… wherever she is.

The demons are running spiderlike across the dark sky jumping and sparking across my head, scrabbling through my hair as they make hissing and crackling sounds , and howl in the line they draw from me to you. It’s been a long… Read full post »

Straight into Darkness One of Kellerman's latest novels is more historical in nature as she focuses on the time period between WWI and WWII in Germany. While it still deals with crime (a serial killer with no apparent ties to the NSDAP) it is a wrenching description of attitudes, collapse of political structur… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2009 12:48PM

Going Native in Prison

The Normalcy Series Pt. 1

The Normalcy Series

As I ruminate in the autumn of my life I wonder if there is a thread, theme, or nuance that remains consistent between, within and without the many diverse experiences I have been fortunate to have had.  I think there is and I/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 25, 2009 9:32AM

Open Call: Demons, Dragons and Disability

My ‘child’ is now 45 years old and has been living with me off and on for the past six years. But one does not expect a middle-aged child to return home in such awful shape. I could manage for myself okay but to add another human with huge needs into… Read full post »

Part 1: the Arrest.  Ever been in jail? Had a family member arrested and taken to jail? Any idea what to do first?  Think it wouldn ‘t or couldn’t happen to you? Well neither had we.  Despite a solid addiction to crime drama TV shows, when the ‘pedal hit the medal&rsq/… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2009 7:25AM

OS, Copyright and Google

I started a second post following HB's post. With regard to previously published materials, cannot there be a disclaimer in the beginning that 'Mary Had A little Lamb' was previously published at ____________and permision to reuse this is given by  (author, publisher, etc.)

 Another argumen… Read full post »

Tomorrow I shall experience my second July 4th parade around our 55 acre 'pond' ( even in Texas that would qualify as a *lake*. )I shall probably hitch a ride in Donna and Jack's decked out golf cart or Art and Diane's decked out pick up. Mine isn't decked out, Tall… Read full post »