Verbal Remedy AKA Denise

Verbal Remedy AKA Denise
Del Mar, California, The One That's In A State Of Steep Decline
January 18
Much preferred to the alternative.
Born. Grew up. Kept growing up. Started growing older. Still at both the growing up and growing older. Stay tuned.


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 Some Eruptions Are Preventable

Some eruptions are entirely preventable 

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for millions of pissed off women (and men) to slow down, use smaller words, and attempt to explain to millions of other women (and men) what the terms “rape,” “Read full post »

Oh, hi. I wasn’t expecting you so soon, or I’d have put some of my belongings into the NICE trash sack. 
Nobody will steal your stuff if Jesus is watching. Photo here.

Sorry I wasn’t able to set the table, because usually I just eat out of trashcans, unlessRead full post »
DECEMBER 21, 2011 5:20PM


Hat tip to Kent Pitman. What follows is an answer to the White House posted on Facebook by my High School best friend, Sandi, who despite growing up strone-cold poor earned her Master's degree and has a good job at a well regarded university. She is, however, also raising two of her youngerRead full post »

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Bank of America and I go way, way back. When I arrived in Chicago in the mid-90s with a freshly minted graduate degree and nearly three whole digits’ worth of hard cash, I did what anybody with my level of financial acumen would do: I drove South on Western AvenueRead full post »
JULY 24, 2011 4:17PM

Irreconcilable Differences


It's always sad when a marriage ends, isn't it? But you know, sometimes divorce is the last--the only sensible--option. When the yelling and the screaming and the throwing of pots and pans gets to be too much; when nothing is left between the two parties but contempt and simmering hostiRead full post »

MARCH 4, 2011 12:42AM

Scared Witless

In case you haven’t noticed, the terrorists?

They’ve won.

IMG_0457Only a few hours after the recent terrorist blast at a Moscow’s airport (remember that?), a flurry of predictable stories were stampeding for linkspace on the front page of Google News.

All of them were… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 6, 2010 11:12PM

Hipsta-Blogging Green Chile Sauce

It's winter in most of the country, and for that, I am sincerely sorry. But here in the land of fruits and nuts (AKA California) the growing season is eternal.
I've been a member of a Community Supported Agriculture group (CSA) for nearly four years now, and each… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 7:07PM

You'll Have To Pry My Underwire From My Cold, Dead Ribcage

Image Source, for the truly ambitious do-it-yourselfer
Alright. That's it. I've had it.
I was relatively OK with slouching, shoeless, through the metal detector and hopping on one foot to put my slip-ons back on.
I was, if not thrilled, then at least half-assed fineRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 7:51PM

The Closet (Guest Blogger)


My best friend in High School was Sandi.

This morning, Sandi posted the photograph above to Facebook, along with the following narrative.

A few years ago, under circumstances far too complicated for me to even attempt to explain (don't worry, nobody died), she took guardianship of her… Read full post »

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AUGUST 27, 2010 3:07PM

We Could Always Try This Again

 I'm sure we could just copy/paste and tweak this text to get the job done good and quick.

You may not have heard yet if you listen to the Liberal Media™  instead of Fox News, but This Great Nation™ is seriously threatened by at least three different groups of peop… Read full post »

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JULY 29, 2010 8:06PM

Oh No! People Might Read This!

funny-pictures-scared-cat-asks-if-they-are-goneFraidyKat* image brazenly cached from publicly available images at Now it will be here, too. Forever. Muahahahahahahahaha!


Omigod omigod omigod omigod omigod omigod omigod, y'all!


Did you hear?! Did you hear!? 100 million Facebook users' details wer/… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2010 3:40PM

Shiawase-butori: Happy Fat

(Note: I told myself I had to post something, because it's been a month. And I told myself I would post something happy if it killed me, because frankly, there's been too much sadness lately. And so, in the tradition begun by beloved Freaky Troll many moons ago...this one's all MEMEMEMEMEME.&nbs/Read full post »



Attention, All Ye Great And Mighty NovelSnobs:


Let me begin with praise.


  • I admire the fact that you made it all the way through Infinite Jest, including all 100+ pages of endnotes.
  • I am humbled that you’ve read every last word of Ulysses. (I/
  • Read full post »
JUNE 4, 2010 2:53PM

I just ordered jeggings.



There's a lot of really important stuff going on in the world, from what I hear. The planet seems to be hemorrhaging oil into a great big body of water. People continue killing each other in the usual ways (wars, random attacks, driving into one another head-on, gun… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2010 7:20PM

The Same River


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You can't step in the same river twice.

Heraclitus told us this.

On the other hand, there's always a river in exactly the same place every time I stroll down the same path. 

(Which presumably I can't do, because if I can't step in the same river twice,… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2010 2:18PM

Your Horoscope


Aries: At some point between the hours of 9 am and 5pm, a mariachi band will approach you. You will be manhandled with great ardor and french-kissed by the entire band. Even if you spend the entire day in your own home. Despite the fact that they will all smell o… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2010 12:38PM



Photo 15


Wrapped in a tiny winter coat and extra layers of deception, transferred from one mother to another, the baby girl arrived and grew up on black-soiled flatlands blanketed in corn and soybeans; played beneath buckeyes and oaks and maples and stormclouds and tornado sirens; inhale… Read full post »


...and clearly, the man is drunk.

I'm not talking one-or-two-beers drunk.

I'm talking 3-martinis-and-the-whole-damned-bottle-of-olives drunk.

Not-quite-slurry-but-not-even-close-to-crisp-of-tongue-either drunk.

Drunker-than-one-really-ought-to-be-when-making-an-initial-phonecall-to-a… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2010 5:35PM

Things To Do In The Spring...



Watch and wait...



Have a snack...



Catch your breath...



Share the warmth...




Hand the camera to somebody else for a change...



CountRead full post »

APRIL 9, 2010 6:36PM

101-Word Stories, Anybody?


I've re-visited a lot of my old blog entries recently, deleted a slew of them, and rediscovered some I'd more or less forgotten about.

Some of the old memes we played around with were a darned lot of creative fun.

One was a challenge issued by Somyr Perry--whom I… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2010 6:44PM

An Ode To My Lackeys

I've got lackeys, y'all.

And I gotta tell you, they're great to have. I highly recommend lackeys for all your personal procurement needs. Really.

I mean, for $6.58 a month, my lackeys bring me nearly every nonrefrigerated thing I could ever possibly want or need. To my door. It's like… Read full post »

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MARCH 24, 2010 12:34PM

Grandma's 5 Tips To Save Hundred$ Each Year

With proactive apologies to stellaa, inspired by a conversation with Grandma, and because a friend has recently started a spreadsheet that tracks every single watt of electricty consumed by every single appliance/device in the house...


The Kill-A-Watt: So You'll Know How Much KeepiRead full post »

MARCH 15, 2010 5:11PM

The Drain


It's not a big problem.

Not actually perceptible at all. 

Not in the short term.

OK. Maybe when you fill up the sink with hot water and soap, it seems to take longer than it should to submerge the dirty wine glasses and bowls and silverware. It takes a long… Read full post »

1. How it came to be that the only "official" photo of my first wedding features me in a $15 dress sitting on a mall Santa's lap with DX1 grinning madly, standing behind both of us.

2. The night the "pro-lifer" stalked me around a dark San Diego neighborhood. Driving… Read full post »


What irresponsible, unthinking idiot let these children get on bicycles without helmets and adult supervision, anyway???

Mothers and Fathers of toddlers, beware.

There's a serious threat to your children's very lives that you probably haven't done a thing to minimize.&n/… Read full post »