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 We've had a bit of bother lately. Things came to a head last week when my husband of 25 years was portrayed as a sinister corporate mastermind and I as his “girlfriend” in the national gutter press.


Our friends' enquiring minds hit the ground running and we were inundated wit… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2012 3:32PM

Little Altars




My friends, Erma and Joke went off on adventure to Bali a few weeks ago. They brought presents for all the Divas: a sheaf of rice adorned with the "Om" glyph.

In Bali the Rice Goddess, Dewi Sri has dominion over the moon and the underworld,  as wellRead full post »

The OS Friday Nite Dance Party II: Ladies Night


No Pussy Riot, I'm afraid. They're awful. No Celine Dion either. No Babs, no Adele (although I love her music), and nothing from the current TOP 40 on either side of the pond (dismal stuff). So ladies, grab your partner of… Read full post »

Magically delicious... 
 You are sitting in your flannel jammies in front of the TV, curtains drawn against the morning light, a bowl of Lucky Charms on your lap, slopping milk over the sofa cushions and your mom is going to be so mad but you… Read full post »
OCTOBER 13, 2012 6:50AM

The Rise and Fall of the House of Corso


I used to believe that my family had achieved a certain level of status and gentility: we live in a neighborhood known as “the Gold Coast”, the boys excel at school and sport, FOTI is a member of the golf club, our names may occasionally appear in the local paper,… Read full post »



You either love it or you hate it. I happen to love it.

The Urban Dictionary listed the following top 3 definitions for patchouli:


patchouliRead full post »

 Initial verses


This debut collection contains what it says on the front cover: “Poems on Love, Loss, Poverty and War”. What the cover doesn't reveal is the many voices within its pages. By turns the voice is that of the hard-boiled social observer, political commentator, historia… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 4:04PM

Psychedelic Saturday: My Inner Hippie

lava lamp 


So I now know what 8 am. looks like on a Saturday morning. I'd forgotten because I usually don't surface much before 9:30 but today I'm embracing my inner hippie and after a healthy breakfast of Turkish yogurt and honey and Detox tea, I'm heading off to… Read full post »

Joe College wrote this little piece on the way home last night--- 


 Train 1


I headed home this weekend and was confronted with the usual delays and re-routing you get with the NS (Dutch Railway) but it wasn't so bad this time!

At Amersfoort, which is almost midway,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 3:07PM

Confession of a Slacker Mom



When the World Traveler and I were 16, we used to tool all around Bucks County and the Jersey shore in his '63 Dodge Dart with his baby sister. Many people thought she was ours. Including the woman at Phil's soda fountain who told me “What a cute… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 3:25PM

OC: Psychedelic Saturday

Ray Reilly, hipster extraordinare, gorgeous large guy with a beeeeyoutiful Irish tenor, much older than me, advised, "If you decide to go out there, don't go out alone. I've got a good source for exotics, lemme know and I 'll be your guide."

 But  back then I didn't have… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 7:17AM

Too Good Not To Share

Too good not to share...


SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 6:57AM

To Kill A Chicken



I was on the phone with Celtic Sif last night. She'd just returned from a city trip with son Thor, to St. Petersburg (in Russia) and waxed lyrical about the Hermitage. “The artwork was breathtaking,” she said, “but the windows! I wanted to cry...” My enqui/… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2012 1:53PM

To Hear Myself Think

The past few days I've been in some kind of a funk. I can't concentrate, I'm tired all the time and when I'm not sleeping, it feels as though I'm walking through a waist-high stream of molasses wearing snowshoes.

Saturday night my right ear started to hurt. By the middle ofRead full post »

JULY 27, 2012 11:02AM

OC: My Favorite Things At the Moment



Joe College burst into song reading this over my shoulder. There are worse ways to start your morning than watching the early duffers on the golf course from the shade of the lanai, drinking coffee with your son singing show tunes in the background.

yardly pond 

ItRead full post »

Did you know that July 6th was International Kissing Day?

Neither  did I, and believe me, I am pro-kiss. Well not to the extent that I kiss everybody as a greeting, that just creeps me out. You're either on the kiss list or the non-kiss list but more on that later.… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2012 12:03PM

Joe College is in Da House

animal-house 1 


Joe College (formerly known as Imp 1) has found living quarters for the fall semester!


Our university-bound mad-scientist will have a place to stay on the other side of the country when school starts in late August. Unlike US colleges and universities, on-site dorms are no… Read full post »

kitchen tools 


I love kitchen equipment. Having the proper, handy tool to get the job done makes cooking a breeze.

These are a few of my favorites:


Mortar and Pestle




I use this to grind and mix spices for curries, to get salt to the required consistency,… Read full post »

Con's excellent post and Jink's reply made me think of these clips.

 First an old one from Lenny.

Lenny Henry is one of my favorite comedians, a fine actor and a humanitarian. Check him out. 

 And this one from the fabulous "Goodness Gracious Me" with a very young… Read full post »


I haven't written diddly for a while. Its making me nervous. Who am I kidding? Ok., more nervous. The past few days it feels like any loud noise might make me jump out of my own skin. Then I'd be walking around like one of those adorable little Ahlberg skeletons,… Read full post »

and a little Steve Miller to go with that.... 
and a little Van for good measure.... 
Wishing you a magical day!
JUNE 21, 2012 3:43PM

Talk Nerdy to me, Howard Wolowitz

Poor woman's latest got me thinking about men: how they fascinate me, how they drive me bonkers and what it is exactly that I love about them.


I'm a woman of “a certain age”, long and for the most part happily married, but honestly, when you stop looking… Read full post »

For Laurens and his family...


Come when the wisteria blooms,

when the afternoon rises, stretches and lays down again

like a contented dog in the sun,

stirring only to change position once more

or scratch behind an ear.

We will drink lemonade in tall glasses,

colored pink with the… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2012 11:01AM

Foodie Tuesday: Lazy Supper

Lazy Supper
Really, I only get away with this once in a blue moon, but the builders were here and that wreaks havoc with my nerves, so today there is a blue moon.
You need: Fried camembert  (I get mine from Gert-Jan, my deep-freeze… Read full post »
JUNE 19, 2012 9:05AM

Random Thoughts on Tuesday




The Prince of Darkness


The Prince of Darkness has taken to phoning me on an almost daily basis to apprise me of the situation re: Amenhotep. The pharoah has informed our cousin, Chuddy that he has 6 months to live. The Prince of Darkness has been on… Read full post »