Ah, the good old days. You know, back in the day, when kids didn’t sass, teachers were revered, neighborhoods were like villages, and the beat cop stopped by the porch for lemonade. The time before violence and fear was invented. But hold your horses, before we get too nostalgic, are times really worse than … Continue reading Living in The Best of Times
This is not a Newfoundland. It is my mother's Doberman, Trinket, wearing her leopard coat with a fur trimmed collar. Albuquerque has BIG SNOW and Trinket is not amused even in all her finery. Trinket would not run me over, however, her sister Voodoo the mugger (puppy of older, indulgent parents) is a whole other … Continue reading Poetically Knocked On My Ass
Cooking. Some people like to cook. I like people who like to cook. I like reading their blogs, watching their shows, and best of all, eating their meals. Living vicariously should satisfy me, but every once in a while, I’ll read a recipe and think, ‘Wow, that looks so good. Why don’t I try to … Continue reading Cooking – I try I really do
Manslamming. I had no idea such a word existed until my teen introduced the term to me during one of daily car trips to pick up and drop off campers. We spend a lot of time in the car, and sometimes the conversations are insightful. Below is a snippet of my car conversation with my … Continue reading Manslamming First World Feminist Issue
Sheep, Goat...it matters! The Chinese New Year started today, and because Chinese words are vague and not as specific as English words, there has been some debate as to whether we are celebrating the year of the sheep or the year of the goat. According to Lala Zuo, a Chinese language and culture professor at … Continue reading Sheep, Goat Does It Matter? Yes.
Honking. And I’m not talking about Canadian geese; I’m talking about the honk of a car horn. I loathe being honked at. Ok, before I tell the whole story, full disclosure. I’ll admit that sometimes I deserve to be honked at. I’ve been known to inadvertently cut off other drivers, who then alert me to … Continue reading Horn Honking – Stop It!
Stuff to Share. You know, odds and ends, a little of this and a little of that... The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away Rosetta Stoned: Touchdown. After a ten year journey and a seven-hour fall, the Philae lander lived up to its name and anchored itself to the … Continue reading Stuff to Share
Shop Vac. My teen assured me that we needed one after he reformatted my utensil drawer. He then researched Shop-Vacs and concluded that the Ridgid WD1851 would be fine enough for US. He always uses the word us or we then describes whatever we need to buy next, like I’ve wanted one my whole life. Yep, … Continue reading Shop Vac Picked Up in Cloneville
Goodbye Old Mug! Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau. I finished reading this book a few weeks ago and thought it was a real gem. Chris writes as both a sage and an adventurer. He defines what a quest is and why it is important and then tells dozens of stories about people who set … Continue reading Drop The Damn Mug!
Fall is the perfect time to connect to the elements and add balance to our lives. It's elementary, my dear Odd reader, so please do read on. Air, water, earth, and fire—we all have a cosmic connection to one of the four elements, each of which represents human qualities. The element of air represents … Continue reading Which Element Represents You?