Archive for 2013

Good Riddance by Green Day: how appropriate for my 2013

Good Riddance by Green Day: how appropriate for my 2013
I have always defined a lot of my life by music, the joy it brings, the lyrics that touch me. I find myself thinking about the song Good Riddance by Green Day. It sums up the way I will remember this year. 2013 has been crazy. It began with the high of having had a... Read more »

Breast Reconstruction and the pain in the ass known as expanders

Breast Reconstruction and the pain in the ass known as expanders
Earlier this month I wrote about my recent mastectomy. It was very soon after I had the surgery and wondered how I’d be feeling after awhile. Many ladies out there will understand the feeling that I used to have taking my bra off at the end of a long day. You know, that moment when... Read more »

Things to do on New Years Eve: Is it that big of a deal?

Things to do on New Years Eve: Is it that big of a deal?
As of right now I have officially celebrated fifty five New Years Eves. I certainly don’t remember the first five or so but of the ones I can remember, there are very few that ever lived up to hopes or expectations. Which begs the question: is is really that big of a deal? When I... Read more »
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A Seat at the Bar, with Elvis

A Seat at the Bar, with Elvis
Walking into a seedy old bar in Memphis, I was alone and needed a cocktail. I don’t typically frequent bars by myself but I just needed to think. I saw a man sitting at the end of the bar and couldn’t really catch his face at first. He had thick hair, almost completely gray and... Read more »

What a difference a day makes

What a difference a day makes
Each month we have what we call a “blogapalooza” hour. We are given a subject and have a short time to write about it. Our subject tonight is “what have you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning?” It’s ironic that this was the subject as today I happened to learn a lot... Read more »

White Santa v Black Santa: Does everything have to be about race?

White Santa v Black Santa: Does everything have to be about race?
Once upon a time I wrote a blog about Billy Crystal and his black face performance at the Oscars. At the time I thought people were overreacting. I spent several days fielding comments and doing damage control. It got a bit ugly. Okay, a LOT ugly. Shortly after that, Trayvon Martin was shot by George... Read more »
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Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy

Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy
Think of the tune from “Bye Bye Birdie” while reading this as that’s how I’ve been searching for humor in this odyssey that began in June. Only sub the word “boobies” instead of “birdie”. It’s quite catchy. Last Tuesday I underwent a bilateral double mastectomy with the first stage of reconstruction. It’s a fancy way... Read more »

Black Friday: How about waiting until small business Saturday?

Black Friday: How about waiting until small business Saturday?
As if we haven’t heard enough about Black Friday this fall we will now get to hear about it every five minutes this week. The funny thing is, we seem to have Black Friday type deals going on all year long. By the time Friday rolls around, people have already blown a wad of money.... Read more »

Bill Engvall and Dancing With the Stars: You gotta hand it to him

Bill's pretty shocked and happy to hear that no one is being eliminated on this night. A technical glitch in the judging saves him for the week. He certainly would have been safe anyway as we now know.
When season 17 of Dancing With the Stars began, many wondered who they were calling stars. I joked it should be called “Dancing With the Sort of Kinda Know Who That Person is But Can’t Place Them”. I barely recognized any of these “stars” except for Snooki, who I’d hardly have called a star and... Read more »
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Ryan Ferguson free at last but how many innocent people are sitting in prison?

Ryan Ferguson free at last but how many innocent people are sitting in prison?
For many years my husband and I have periodically discussed what it would be like to help innocent people be freed from prison. After watching tonight’s “Dateline NBC”, we wish more than ever, that we could help. This week, a young man wrongly convicted of murder, Ryan Ferguson was freed after 10 years in prison.... Read more »