Stories From A Life
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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- sally: a journey, a venture, an expression of feeling, an outburst, a quip, a wisecrack ... me
MY RECENT POSTS
- Suicide From The Inside
August 12, 2014 02:59AM
- Friday, November 22, 1963
November 22, 2013 03:55PM
- Rosh Hashanah, Imagine Peace
September 04, 2013 02:16PM
- Bert and Ernie Are Not Gay
June 28, 2013 04:15PM
- Michael Douglas, Between the
June 03, 2013 08:04PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Spot on and so well
done. Thank you.”
September 06, 2014 01:36AM
- “I so totally relate to
this in every way. I can't
you're 70, but at
September 06, 2014 01:29AM
- “Today is the 53rd
anniversary of my biological
August 23, 2014 09:34PM
- “A general comment to
all. Tuesday is the first
August 19, 2014 12:14AM
- “I got nothing. I left it
all up there.”
August 18, 2014 04:03PM
Sally Swift's Links
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- ARBITRARY A-LIST
- PERSONAL STUFF
"If you can't tell me what you want, I can't serve you. It's up to you. If you can't read, if you can't say the word cheese, how can I communicate with you - and why should I have to bend? I got a business… Read full post »
Jodie Foster, Penn Commencement 2006, Michael Bryant/Inquirer
"Behind every success is endeavor.
Behind endeavor, ability. Behind ability, knowledge. Behind
knowledge, a seeker." Mark Twain
It's commencement season. I thought things would have changed from four years ago when our… Read full post »
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Craig Blankenhorn – © MMIX New Line Productions, Inc
"... we have come a
long way. No question. Definitely. But it's not because of 'Sex and
the City.' It's because of what real women have done in real lives,
not on TV sets." Susie Bright
Just when my brain is
… Read full post »
Our current t-shirts, copping some attitude.
My niece Karen has cancer. So
does her son Alex (a different kind).
Last year, on her birthday, she received devastating news -- Alex
had grown more eye tumors and was in danger of losing his sight.
Some birthday present for a loving mother
… Read full post »
Advertising reflects popular culture, ideas, prejudices. It also helps define and validate them. The rules are still pretty much the same. Identify a fad or a need, position your product to support it. Then sell it with sex, greed, fear or loathing.
It apparently started in biblical times.
"What have they done to
you, my poor child?" Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Three dead children. Not taken by war or terrorist bombs or gang violence. Not kidnapped. Not murdered. But. Not White. Hispanic. Poor. Official cause of death: suffocation. Real cause of dea… Read full post »
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." Helen Keller
Our family's had more than its
share of heartache, but we've also been blessed with strength and
courage beyond the beyond. Especially Mom.
I won't be with her… Read full post »
Debate assisted suicide all you want. Make your theoretical arguments, your moral and ethical objections, parse the symantics. Knock yourself out with self-righteous claims about right and wrong. Unless you've been there, god forbid, deep inside the pain and suffering and despair, you really don't… Read full post »
"There's no damn business like show business -- you have to smile to keep from throwing up." Billie Holiday
He's as big as it gets. Bigger than George Clooney. The Boss. Madonna. Bigger even than Barney. Letterman mocked him in a monologue, so you know he's important (video below).… Read full post »
It's no secret I'm a longtime,
loyal, committed ER fan. Yes, the series is over, but
we'll always have reruns. Except ... Not. So. Fast. ER has been
pulled from TV, leaving me jonesing for a solid, watchable medical
The pickings are slim.
(Okay, in the beginning… Read full post »
"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis
I had an idea, so I put my gag reflex on hold and Google'd "tea party" to see if I was right. And there they were in all their self-righteous "I'm A… Read full post »
"Father, can I talk to you
about becoming a nun?"
"Certainly, my child, come into the rectory and take off your clothes."
"Father, have you molested young teenage girls?"
"Such a harsh term, Bishop. They look up to me. Especially on their knees."
"Well, thank go… Read full post »
(graphic obviously added by me)
I know little about the iPad except what David Pogue, a few techie friends and some of you have told me. At first --and tenth-- glance, it seems a bit like a Blackberry on steroids.
Computer, web browser, phone, iPod, TV, GPS, Bluetooth, vibrator, e-Reader, emai… Read full post »
"Evil when we are in its power is not felt as evil but as a necessity, or even a duty." Simone Weil
It's Passover. Easter. Holocaust Remembrance Month. A time to celebrate, commemorate, honor. And for some, also a time to bury memories of dishonor.
When Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Bened… Read full post »
Once they were this hot.
Smokin. Some still are. But, well, time happens. Paparazzi do
You loved them. You idolized them. You dreamed about them. You wanted them. You wanted to be them. You wanted them to… Read full post »
Raising a family in today's tough economic climate isn't easy. Guess what? It's never been easy, except for the rich. In our family we have The Legend of Mrs. Swift as guidance.
So, herein I present the Savings Stylings of my late mother-in law. They are all 100 per… Read full post »
My childhood was sadly lacking in heroes. Or even kind, decent men. Our father was a disturbed, angry alcoholic. A few nice uncles maybe, not often seen. My mother's own loving father more than fit the bill, but diabetes and a bad heart condition kept him from filling the… Read full post »
A 12-Step Program To Manage Your Annoying Little Brats
1. Tell them early and
often about their birth, sparing no detail.
Show the video if you have one. Over and over. Especially at their birthday parties. Make sure they know how much and how long you suffered to… Read full post »
"Women agonize over
cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's
breast." Martha Weinman Lear
In our family, Cancer Awareness Month comes 12 times a year. In our country, cancer can be disasterous because universal health care is on the bubble. I'm stuck in the… Read full post »
***UPDATED UPDATE (see bottom for links to my
stories about Karen and our family)
The New Karen, with Straight Hair, Cute as a Button
Hey, I have a passel of married lady relatives in Israel who wear wigs, I'm an expert. I dare you to tell the difference! (From… Read full post »
An alarming number of Internet marketers seem to think I want a bigger penis. Well, first, I'm a woman. I haven't got one. Though I guess these maniacal supersize spammers hope I'll pass their messages along to someone who does.
Right. "Here honey, try these
penis extension pills."
Any woman… Read full post »