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RIP Amy Winehouse, 10 years on - why the little Jewish girl from London still matters.

RIP Amy Winehouse, 10 years on - why the little Jewish girl from London still matters.
Legendary British singer Amy Winehouse died ten years ago this Friday, July 23rd, a member of that damnable “27 Club” that took so many artists before her – Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain – at age 27. Afflicted by acute alcohol addiction and the effects of years of bulimia (she had... Read more »

Christmas, Aeschylus and the Coronavirus.

Well, hello, my dear babies.  Your favorite Planet has taken quite the sabbatical, hasn’t she?  I’ve posted only a few times this year, and then only about the Novel You-Know-What. I can barely speak its name at this point in the proceedings, so has it spun our world like a dreidel. Yet here it is,... Read more »

Adieu, 2019 - I'm ready for some 2020 vision

Happy almost-New Year, my babies.  My mind is all over the place, as it is at most years-end (and every other day, truth to tell), so I figured I’d share a some of my cranial contents with you. As with most years, I’m glad to see this one go. Frankly, I don’t think there’s ever... Read more »

Patsy Cline redux - on the 56th anniversary of her death

(I don’t normally do this, my babies, but I’m offering today a post I wrote two years ago,  in commemoration of the death of the one and only Patsy Cline. I was going to write something new for “my girl,” but found that this one still resonates. So crank up some Patsy on You Tube... Read more »

What I did on my 3-week pneumonia-cation

Tomorrow I return to work after a three-week dance with pneumonia. If I may, a bit of advice for you, my babies. GET. A. PNEUMONIA. VACCINE! As you can guess from the all-caps, I did not.  Sure, I got my flu vaccine per usual last fall, but for some stupid reason, the pneumonia vac just... Read more »

'Scuse me while I disappear

Planet Michelle is taking a break. Lots of reasons; let’s just say I’m on input-overload. Blogging has mainly been a terrific experience and I intend to return to it.  Unfortunately, it also attracts bullies like flies to shit.  I’m weary of having to deal with an imperious few who have forgotten how to play nice... Read more »

8 things about me that few people know - well, until now

I have ridges on my scalp.  Picture these, but a lot smaller and not nearly so many. Thank God I am blessed with a SHITLOAD of hair.
We all have things about ourselves that we keep hidden – perhaps out of fear, or in embarrassment, or simply in the interest of just being a private soul.  I actually am a private soul, but sometimes it’s freeing to let a few horsies out of the barn.  So here’s eight from my herd. (And... Read more »

My 30-day Peter Cetera Challenge - Day 1 - Beginnings

Some of you may be thinking that, on the surface, this challenge seems a little weird.  So let’s begin by explaining why Peter Cetera is worthy of it. First, he was an original member of one the best rock bands in history – Chicago. He’s a tremendous bass player.  He’s got an instantly-recognizable, indelible voice.  He’s... Read more »

A Mother's Day letter to Philomena, my Parkinson's-fighting, stainless-steel mom

Dear Mom, First, I know you’re lovin’ that I used your given name in a post! Sorry, I still like it better than your “pen” name. It was the name of your paternal grandmother (and my great-grandmother), a woman left behind in Italy whom neither of us ever met.  Your name is all we have... Read more »

Barry Manilow is GAY!

Beloved, uber-talented music icon Barry Manilow today came out as gay. And in other news ….. Roses are red. The sky is blue. Trump is a jackass. Basketball players are tall. Loaded guns are dangerous. The Pope is Catholic. Tom Hanks is a great actor. Mammals have hair and breathe air. Clapton plays a mean... Read more »