Archive for January 2013

This Yankee girl guest blogs over at Southern Writers Magazine

Why the folks at Southern Writers Magazine and their Suite-T (get it?) blog wanted me as a guest blogger, I don’t know. I’m not even from the south side of Chicago. Perhaps, somehow, they heard about my first venture, at the age of twelve, with novel-length fiction? Regardless, if you want a fix of A... Read more »

Neiman Marcus snubbed me. Well, snub you.

Neiman Marcus snubbed me. Well, snub you.
For years  I’ve been harboring a grudge against Neiman Marcus. I know! And I’m sure they’ve felt it in their bottom line. My grudge is not just because back in 2003 their Christmas Book’s most expensive gift was a Learjet 60 ($12-million) in complete opposition to my preference for Gulfstreams. No, my dislike of Neiman... Read more »

An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley: Thanks for NOT listening

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, I wrote the following blog, What you can do about the Sandy Hook shooting. It included the form-letter below, which I encouraged readers to use themselves to send to their own congressmen, either paraphrasing it, or cutting and pasting it in its entirety. I sent it in its entirety to... Read more »
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A non-engineers approach to home repair

Last weekend the husband complained that the job jar was overflowing with jobs that “only Jeff could do.” Well, that’ll teach him. Because in order to help him out, I took it upon myself to do a Jeff job: fix the kitchen drawer that wouldn’t close and had been hanging open in the middle of... Read more »

The Bluetooth Prayer: a CTA coping mechanism

The Bluetooth Prayer: a CTA coping mechanism
The Bluetooth Prayer is an invocation my sons, well, invoke, while riding public transportation. I don’t know the exact wording involved in the Bluetooth Prayer, but they did explain the circumstances under which they call upon it: whenever they are seated near someone talking to themselves. I just learned of the existence of the Bluetooth... Read more »

For busy parents, living social is hard work

January begins the dark days. It marks the end of the holiday season and all its requisite socializing. I love January. It’s not that I’m anti-social or anything, it’s just that I’m exhausted. The irony is, I miss my friends. We have many sets of friends we love to get together with (“with whom we... Read more »
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Computerized voicemail answering labyrinths suck.

Computerized voicemail answering labyrinths suck.
Voicemail answering labyrinth systems suck. Big time. My hatred for them borders on unnatural. Oftentimes when dealing with them, I lose my angelic-like demeanor and find myself screaming at the digi-voice on the other end of the line, which serves no purpose other than to blow off some steam at my end. That computer bitch,... Read more »