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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MAY 29, 2009 5:00PM

My God, I'm A Slob


Not my house, but if it weren't for the weekly maid visits...


I wish I were neat. That I were wired to see, notice and fix clutter. Alas, I am not.  Quite the opposite. I am sitting here at my desk, avoiding some things I've been meaning to do… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2009 6:17PM

Pssst....Dirty Thursday Poets...



Hey there, all you hot and bothered Thursday poets.

I've been meaning to whisper something to you.

Come closer...

You've been resting on those flaccid 5-7-5 laurels long enough, don't you think?

Dirty haiku.… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 26, 2009 5:18PM

A Whedon-less Buffy Movie? WTF?


Faces You Will Not See In The New Buffy Movie (Photo:

I'll get the confession out of the way early: I completely missed out on Buffy the Vampire Slayer the first time around. It was probably the title. Just sounded stupid. Couldn't possibly be anything I'd enjoy. Sure, I/… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2009 1:07PM

No Words








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Because They Make Me Happy, That's Why

Mr. E. is terribly confused about women and shoes What is it, he asks, that makes (some of) us gals hunt new pairs of shoes the way cavemen used to go after herds of wild bison?

Here's what I told him yesterday in his comments section… Read full post »

...It has been fuck-all long since my last confession.


I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.

See, I think this kinda falls into the category of "The deity doth protest too much." Really. I mean, back… Read full post »


I suggest a very strong bleach solution to remove the earworms after clicking into these classic toy commercials.
And yes. I owned (or had friends who owned) all of 'em. Most of which didn't work nearly as well as they were supposed to.
MAY 16, 2009 1:00PM

Verbal and Dax Get Naked

Faced, that is. For today's "No Makeup Photos" meme.

Me. Dax. No Makeup.

Thanks, Susan Mitchell, for the Flickr Tip!

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MAY 15, 2009 3:48PM

Pieces of Kirksville

Things that are scattered: References. Islands. Seeds. Showers. Ashes. Old friends. My head, of late.

downtown kirksville 

East side of The Square. The Uptown Cafe, next to King Appliance, has the best cheap breakfast in town.

On Wednesday night, a swirling stew of wind and hail and sky roare… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2009 4:08PM

A Tale of Two Mothers

 (If you haven't yet found your way to Mothership's account of her 9 month ordeal a pregnant unwed teen in 1967, do check it out.)


Everything I Knew About Myself: 1968-1989

The sum total of information given to my parents on the day they picked me up… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2009 10:55AM

not-so-dirty not-haiku




bursting at the seams

wrapping around your body

a too-tight sweater Read full post »

MAY 4, 2009 2:30PM

Come Bra-Shopping With Me


Naturally athletic friend Herr Ball dragged me to an 8K yesterday morning, and I actually spent a considerable percentage of the distance actually jogging (vs. walking, sashaying, or slogging). This simple act--bounding lightly from foot to foot, with both feet occasionally&n… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2009 7:42PM

Rufus Wainwright is a GOD


So, here's the thing. I'm a hag. A fabulous, unapologetic, screaming mad fan of gay pride. Half the boys I had crushes on before the age of 25 turned out to be gay. Don't bother asking why, because I don't know. It just sort of IS.

It kind… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2009 4:34PM

"Oh, I Can't Cook..."

* Warning: If you are likely to be offended by the assertion that any normal member of species homo sapiens can learn to cook, move along.

Annapurna, Hindu Goddess of Cooking 

Annapurna, Hindu Goddess of Cooking

"Oh, I can't cook!" *titter titter*

There it is, yet again, third time this month, coming from th… Read full post »

Nothing profound. Just sitting here at one of the (counts on fingers) four computers in the house--the one squarely between two curio cabinets that we've re-tasked as liquor cabinets. Musing.


Who bought the chocolate orange liqueur? When? And why?


How long does it have to sit there un… Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2009 4:59PM

Insta-Poll for Foodies

Costco + Enthusiastic Meat Buyer Mr. Remedy = Dinner Dilemma


I am going home to face 8 lbs. of beef chuck, thawed in icewater overnight, cut into ~2-inch cubes early this morning. We're talking PILES of refrigerated dead cow.

It's roughly 2 hours until I start making din… Read full post »

APRIL 23, 2009 8:48PM

Shamelessly Pimping Momma

me and my two moms

Mom, Me, and Mothership

Hey y'all!

 'Member a little while ago when I blogged about being all yippee! about  hanging out with my birthdad for the first time in, like, a quarter of a forever (ok, well, since I left Chicago in '01)?

Only for the first… Read full post »

heart  heart heart

neuron neuron neuron

rose rose rose

bonbon bonbonbonbon




Building A Better Film Review Shorthand

That's a graphic review of The Perfect Movie: a perfect score on a ratings system that exists only
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The Susan Boyle phenomenon has me doing the Snoopy Dance of Utter Delight, just like everybody else.

What really tickled me is the fact that she's raised visibility for one of my favorite British songbirds: Elaine Paige, whom I've adored since I snapped up the original Chess concept album in… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2009 11:45AM

Lost in Translation?


"A man was going down from New York to Florida, when he fell into the hands of carjackers.

They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead with no clothes.

A televangelist happened to be going down the same road, andRead full post »

APRIL 15, 2009 11:54AM

How To Write Very, Very Badly


In High School, I was "taught" to write five-paragraph essays (and when I say "taught," I mean "forced.") The five-paragraph essay was the only form allowed in Sophomore English class. Any deviation from the five-paragraph essay form was punished with a low grade.… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2009 4:41PM

The Last Supper can Bite Me

Everybody Come To The Table...

Nothing about being on Death Row is cool. I think we can all agree to that. But that "last meal" thing they always report never fails to be a source of fascination to me.

"John Lee Harvey Wayne David Allen William PsychoKiller's last meal, in accordance with… Read full post »

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APRIL 9, 2009 4:45PM

I'll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours

As if there aren't already enough ways to screw around and fritter away what's left of this earthly existence in front of a computer screen...Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to My Virtual Model. (And yes, they do have a Gentlemen's option.)


(Do visit ePriddy's previous post on the History of Flouncing!)


Deciding what to wear when one is seized by the urge to Flounce is a serious matter.

One's Flouncing wardrobe, in addition to one's words, must serve multiple functions: To convey one's intenti… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 7, 2009 4:26PM

Sundance '08 Sci-Fi and Baseball: You Need To See These

sleep_dealer  sugar_ver2 

Can You Believe The Sundance Release Lag?

I saw eight films at Sundance in January 2008 (including the depressingly prescient I.O.U.S.A, which presaged our current state of economic collapse by a whopping six months). I'd attempted to see twelve. That r/… Read full post »