Archive for September 2012

Making seven figures and feeling left out? Apply for credit at TJ Maxx!

Making seven figures and feeling left out? Apply for credit at TJ Maxx!
Bargain shopping at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s (and Filene’s Basement, RIP, sniff sniff) is one of my favorite things to do. We women are supposed to be the gatherers, but me, I like the thrill of the hunt. (Although, I did manage to “gather” quite a bit of workout gear today.) While I... Read more »

"What’s Your Problem?" You mean I have to decide?

Do you ever read that column in the Tribune by Jon Yates called “What’s Your Problem?” I love that column. If you’ve ever found yourself backed into a corner by “the man” and you can’t seem to get the attention of a person to help you out when you’re stuck in some computerized phone hell,... Read more »

Guest Poster, Patrick O'Hara: A World Without Bacon?

The world is supposedly going to end this December.  This pales in comparison to other news I have been reading, worse than a zombie apocalypse worse than knowing there will be another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.   We are in danger of an impending bacon shortage. I cannot think of a scarier scenario,... Read more »
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Felicia Middlebrooks (et al) you are not my mother

Felicia Middlebrooks (et al) you are not my mother
Hey radio personalities, TV news anchors and other journalists: stop dispensing advice and just dispense (impartially, please) the news. Just tell me the weather and I’ll decide how I want to handle it, okay? I’m a big girl. Have been for a long (long, long) time. So, tell me if it’s going to be a... Read more »

Are book bloggers the new literary agents for the digital age?

Are book bloggers the new literary agents for the digital age?
I’m the featured author and guest blogger over at Cynthia Shepp Book reviews! Head on over there and check out my guest post, Are book bloggers the new literary agents for the digital and self-publishing age?  While you’re there, you can also enter the give away to win a free copy of my new novel,... Read more »

Guest Post, Patrick O'Hara: Songs We Lose in the Break Up

One sad reality of a break up, perhaps the biggest loss of them all is the music.  The songs you listened to together, the ones that remind you of love.  The songs you sang because that person made you feel like singing.  The first song you heard when you kissed, the first one when you... Read more »
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26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause

26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause
Jeff Goad was out playing softball when he took a swing with the bat—and fractured two vertebrae. Just swinging the bat! Obviously, this isn’t normal and after extensive testing, he learned the reason: Jeff has multiple myeloma, an incurable white blood cell cancer that affects the plasma cells. Multiple myeloma makes up just one-percent of... Read more »

Learn from your kids, not with them

Learn from your kids, not with them
Over the years, my three kids have taken all sorts of lessons and classes: art, music, Taekwondo, rowing, gymnastics, dancing—to name a few. And over the years I’ve also noticed a disturbing trend, mostly with the sports instructors—they encourage me to take these lessons with my children. I know they’re just trying to drum up... Read more »

Guest Post, Patrick O'Hara: A Music Geek Laments Radio.

I am a music nut, not a day passes when I have not listened to music.  I have a wide range of tastes, I like popular bands but love artists no one has heard of. I began my music education listening to my dad’s LPs but a large part of my music taste was given... Read more »
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On the anniversary of 9/11, I have much to be thankful for

On the anniversary of 9/11, I have much to be thankful for
On the anniversary of 9/11, I’m grateful I still have a job flying jets. I’m grateful to my fellow pilots and passengers for getting back on airplanes in the wake of the terrorist attacks. I’m grateful we didn’t let them win.   NEVER FORGET: United Airlines Flight 175 American Airlines Flight 77 United Airlines Flight... Read more »