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It's Not Fall Until September 22

It was actually cool this morning when I left for work, almost jacket cool but not quite. I wore a turtleneck -- a thin one, to be sure, but a long-sleeved turtleneck nonetheless. But I refuse to believe that it is fall, because it isn't. It isn't fall until the Autumnal Equinox; that is, September 22, 2009; 5:18 P.M. EDT. At that time, you can stand on the equator and the center of the sun... Read more →

Loving Learning

Lately I've been working on a project that started with because I read about how to use PowerPoint to create branched scenarios. I thought I might be able to apply the technique to a course I was developing, so I kind of jumped right in and explored and tried different things and finally learned how to do it. Oh, I can already hear you snoring, but bear with me. This was fun for me. I... Read more →

God's Total Quality Management Questionnaire

Disclaimer: I unearthed this questionnaire from an old, old folder. I believe I downloaded it or received it in an email in the late 90s. I do not know the source, but I would credit it if I did. I have taken the liberty of updating it slightly to reflect our modern a-go-go world. God would like to thank you for your belief and patronage. In order to better serve your needs, He asks that... Read more →

Irritated Talk

When I was a kid, my Pop would come home every evening, hang up his suit jacket, put on his sweater, and pick up the evening paper. He read the paper and then settled in to do the crossword puzzle. He always finished them, too. I started doing crossword puzzles in college and kept it up while I was on the road. I once even completed a Sunday New York Times puzzle; that was a... Read more →


Sometimes a gal's just gotta get away, especially when a cute guy suggests it, so I informed my boss on Thursday that I would be taking today off. Joe and I got up at 3:30 am on Saturday, threw some stuff in a bag, and jumped in the car. Two and a half hours later, we crossed the Route 90 bridge into Ocean City. We did a whole lot of nothing, and it was good.... Read more →

Yet Another Damn Post About Woodstock

I was 17 in August of 1969, heading into my senior year of high school, when I saw an ad for a music and arts festival up in New York. I immediately started lobbying my Mom to see if she would let me go. I mean -- the lineup was stellar! Jimi, Janis, Country Joe, John Sebastian, the Dead! I'd even bear up under Joan Baez to see CSN&Y, The Band, and Blood Sweat and... Read more →

You Haven't Come A Long Way, Baby

As reported in this article in the New York Daily News (and immediately picked up in many blogs), 70% of Americans surveyed for a study think that a woman should take her husband's surname when they marry. Okay. I don't agree, but okay. But -- 50% think that women should be required by law to take her husband's surname. Excuse me -- BY LAW? If these people had their way, I'd be a scofflaw and... Read more →

When Good Desserts Go Bad

Years ago, my parents were about to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. My Pop was frail, wheelchair bound; my mom was his caregiver. We kids decided to have a nice dinner at their home, recreating our many Sunday dinners: standing rib roast with onions and tomatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, and dessert. I volunteered to make the dessert. I was doing one of many incarnations of Weight Watchers at the time, so I opted... Read more →

Condition Is Everything

I meant to write this last night, and then Gilda started up on TCM and I got distracted by Glen Ford and Rita Hayworth. Did people really dress like that? I suppose the rich did. Anyway, here's what I started to tell you. Back in the dark ages, I did a lot of community theater. (I was going to be a famous actress back then and it seemed like a good way to get some... Read more →

It Needs Handles

Late last week I was idly cruising through the BlogHer feed when I got tripped up by an article on lunch boxes, and that whole notion intrigued me, and so I started clicking on links, and then somehow I ended up here, and that just caused the whole idea of lunch boxes to get stuck in my brain. Not just any old lunch boxes, mind you. I'm talking about very cool and groovy organizer lunch... Read more →