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From Awful Pictures, Terrible Words

It's Sunday night and I have to wake up ridiculously early tomorrow and I still haven't written a post today, so I'm going to be lazy and direct you to other people I think rite and draw reel good. It goes without saying that there are waaaaaaaaaay too many people whose writing and art I admire to fit them all into one post, so maybe I'll make this a thing I do on a regular basis. As regularly as I can given the fact that I am about the farthest thing from regimented as one can be, but I'll … [Read more...]

The Dream and Young Frankenstein

Leo's favorite scene. (photo from www.movieposter.com)

PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF MY CHILDREN ARE FINE. However, this post contains material that some people might be painful for people who are sensitive to the subject of losing a child. So, in other words, everyone. But some VERY UNDERSTANDABLY more than others. If absolutely no one reads this because of that, I completely understand and I will have no hurt feelings whatsoever, I swear. Scroll down further if you decide to read the … [Read more...]

Adele Pisses off Musical Royalty

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No, YOU missed five days of blogging for NaBloPoMo!Ermahgawd. Sorry, people.Anyhow, I wrote something that got published on The Broad Side, so I thought my blog post would simply consist of begging you to  click the link to get you over to that piece and read it. So, there ya go.HERE IS THE LINK! PLEASE CLICK HERE! IT TAKES YOU TO AN AWESOME THING I WROTE ABOUT ADELE AND BOB GELDOF AND I EVEN THREW IN A LITTLE PHIL COLLINS!!! CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK!!!Also, here is a cool picture of … [Read more...]

Jesus Goes to the Dentist.

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Sometimes parents avoid their children's questions. There are myriad reasons for this phenomenon...fatigue, discomfort, lack of maturity on the part of the child, lack of maturity on the part of the parent, and on and on.My parents rarely, RARELY did this. Even my father answered questions about sex (which made me want to puke - and him, too, probably, but he did a good job covering it up if it did.) I'll never forget one of our trips in the car.  It was on a Friday night, if memory serves, … [Read more...]

An Apology to Street Harrassers

photo courtesy of feministwire.com

Dear Gentlemen,Please accept my apologies for overreacting to your innocent attempts to "be friendly" and to your kind "encouragement" regarding my looks.I respect your goals of introducing love and improving my self-esteem in, what is too often, a cold, hard-hearted world. Why can't more men be like you?I've been watching you, and I was so pleased and impressed to notice that you direct your remarks to old men, women in wheelchairs, police officers, and toddlers who pass you by, so c … [Read more...]

A Phone Call at Buck’s Rock in 1982 (or sometime around there)

Photo from 1971 Buck's Rock Yearbook

So remember how we used to get phone calls at Buck's Rock? If we got them, of course.  Rachel and I didn't often, because our parents were at the camp with us, which was awesome for so many reasons, but not so much when it came to mail, care packages and phone calls, but extremely great for when we got sick or an injury or wanted a treat sneaked to us from late night Counselor Snack or, miracle of miracles, a pizza place from New Milford or just a hug or someone to cheer you on in the Watermelon … [Read more...]

Babysitting Training

Babies are cute.

My 10-year-old son loves babies and little children. He loves them so much he wants to babysit for them. I told him he would need to take a babysitter training course and become certified. A couple of days later, on the way to school, he said the following to me:Leo: When I think of babysitting training, I know it's about how to hold a baby and change a diaper and feed them and stuff, but I just get this picture in my head of a military-style training camp.  Like where you have to do things … [Read more...]

NotApologies 101

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 Teacher: Good evening, Class! Last week we learned about the anatomy of an apology. It's sincere, it accepts responsibility and accountability, it doesn't contain any "buts" and it sometimes even outlines steps the apologizer might take to truly remedy a problematic situation.Tonight's objective is to master the tricky task of NotApologizing!Student: Ugh. When are we even gonna USE a NotApology?Teacher: You'd be surprised at how frequently NotApologies are employed by … [Read more...]

Vote of No Confidence

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 I tend to walk out of the voting booth (or desk, now, as it were...) feeling like I should have done more research going in. I watched not one gubernatorial debate, and I am ashamed. Still, there was no question for whom I would vote.As for the other offices, do I really know if the person running unopposed for Register of Wills is the right person for the job? What DOES the Clerk of Courts do, anyhow? When the ballot tells me to select four judges and only four are running, is … [Read more...]

Daily Tasks

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So, the day before yesterday, I announced with grandiosity that I would be participating in National Blog Post Month, wherein I blog every day for the entire month of November.Yesterday, I did not blog. So, basically, I failed NaBloPoMo on Day 2. Fellow writers exhort me to carry on, however, and I'm not about to let a day of not blogging when I said I would make me feel like a complete lame-ass. I mean, this is one of the months where there are only THIRTY days, right? I can do this. Maybe. … [Read more...]


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