MY RECENT POSTS
- Monday Muppet Madness--Opera
Singers on Sesame Street
March 16, 2009 02:32PM
- Y R U Fat?
March 13, 2009 09:20PM
- What's Up With the Feed?
March 04, 2009 12:56PM
- Shopping With Skinny Bitch and
Fat Chick, Part II
March 03, 2009 04:56PM
- Shopping With Skinny Bitch and
Fat Chick, Part I
March 03, 2009 04:03PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks, Monte. This is
just what I needed to prompt
April 10, 2009 11:48AM
- “Sorry I missed your
March 19, 2009 03:29PM
for your thoughtful comment. I
think I'd be less disturbed
March 19, 2009 03:27PM
- “UPDATE: NPR has just
reported that the family has
March 18, 2009 08:06PM
- “Sad indeed. A family
friend was killed in a skiing
last year; I didn't
March 18, 2009 01:18AM
- MY LINKS
A little fluff to snuff out those Monday blues…
Opera singers have not historically been known for their sense of humor or fondness for the toddler set.
Nevertheless, a few contemporary singers have flouted the conventional image of divas and divos, recognizing, perhaps, that a guest appeara… Read full post »
The elephant in the middle of
I grew up loving someone fat.
My dad has been morbidly obese most of his adult life. It was, pardon the terrible pun, the elephant in the middle of the room for many years at our house. Something shameful—not to be spoken… Read full post »
What's going on with the feed?
Jay in (not of) L.A.'s post "The Next Big Thing" has been at the top of the feed since I checked in around 7:30 a.m. PST this morning. Other posts have come and gone, but there he is and there he remains.
Perhaps because his… Read full post »
I walk into Ann Taylor, creature of habit as I am, and quickly scan the store for black trousers. I don’t want to spend any more time in this place than is absolutely necessary. It’s been a while since I’ve shopped here, and there is apparently more to wor… Read full post »
I need a new pair of black pants. I discovered this last week as I was attempting to choose an outfit for one of the rare meetings I have to attend, and the weather meant that my usual, forgiving uniform of shift dress and slingbacks wasn’t going to cut it. I groped… Read full post »
My darling son, SquidBoy, was born seven years ago tonight, and in honor of his birthday I'm posting our birth story.
41 weeks and
Baby is getting big, and I am sick, sick, sick of feeling like a ship in full sail. Midwife strips my membranes, but nothing happens. A test… Read full post »
Two other great Oscars...
Oscar the Grouch at the
Smithsonian. Oscar Wilde
(Image courtesy of Ben Schumin.)
In the 1978 film California Suite, there is a brief exchange between Maggie Smith's character, an actress who has just lost a Best Actress Osca/… Read full post »
Thanks to idahospud44 for the inspiration.
Here are my top 12 entertaining reads, in chronological order:
The Death of
Ivan Illych ~ Leo Tolstoy
Not a "fun" read, exactly, but a highly engaging and horrifying account of a man's final days. Makes you long for Dr. Kevorkian.
My dearest friend’s 65th birthday
The Theme: Medicare
The Request: “A cake, preferably chocolate.”
What to do, what to do?
This called for something unusual. Something spectacular. Something so over-the-top chocolicious and appalling that it defied l… Read full post »
WARNING: FLUFF POST AHEAD
In this afternoon's in-box was was a little note from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPMC). This is not unusual, as I long ago signed up to get their periodic e-mail notices about important product recalls. I usually scan and delete, but this li… Read full post »
"The Fabulous Lunts"
Alfred Lunt (1892-1977) and Lynne Fontanne (1887-1983) were one of America's first great acting couples--the "Brangelina" of their day. They acted together in 24 plays, beginning in the 1920's and continuing into the 1960's. They made one film together,… Read full post »
Just as those 150 souls on US Airways flight 1549 were praying to whatever higher power they may have believed in as the crippled Airbus A320 plunged toward the Hudson River, so I am praying to my God for the rescue of our nearly moribund nation. We are in desperate/… Read full post »
An Obama aide’s statement, made January 10 in a Q & A posted to youtube, that the President-elect will overturn the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, seems to have been greeted with a yawn in newsrooms and around the blogosphere.
This i… Read full post »
squi•llo skwee'-loh n [It] 1: Ring or blast (as of a trumpet). vb 1: First-person singular tense of squillare [vb ~ to ring, to blast]
The word also has several derivative usages:
- In Italian, to give someone a call (on the telephone): fare uno squillo=to gi/ … Read full post »
On January 20, 2009, George W. Bush will join the ranks of the 10.3 million other unemployed Americans. The normal post-presidential pursuits—authoring an introspective memoir, lucrative speaking engagements—are not open to George, so it leaves one to wonder: What shou… Read full post »
This is not a story in praise of homebirth, but in praise
of birth, wherever and however it happens, and the people who help women and babies safely negotiate the process of birth.
Birth is a miracle; a profound experience for anyone who experiences it, and for anyone… Read full post »
I got me a confession to make. I hate nature. Wait, let me clarify that: I don’t hate nature, I hate Nature. I mean, I accept that nature is life, and without it there’d be nothingness and void, so in that sense, yes, I like nature. I just hate the… Read full post »
This is a love story. Not an earth-rending, commandment-shattering, Romeo-and-Juliet kind of tale, but the story of an ordinary miracle—the kind that takes place daily, all over the world.
Leslie and Chris met about 15 years ago, around the same time I met my husband. Leslie was a friend and… Read full post »
Had my great-great grandfather not changed it at the turn of the last century, I would have shared a surname with a Nazi death camp.
I’ve been a pessimist since childhood. I’m never disappointed, but I’m often pleasantly surprised.
I have tasted canine amniotic fluid. It&rsq
… Read full post »