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The Season of the Angry Man

It is the season of the angry man. Oh, who’s kidding who. It’s always the season of the angry man. Angry men have been beating the shit out of their wives, their kids, their parents for years, and nobody cared. They started wars and we called them brave. They forced their religious beliefs down our throats … Continue reading

Remembering Lara Sobel

Friday evening, Vermont Department of Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel walked out of her office building in Barre City, Vermont, and was gunned down by Jody Herring. Lara was a 14-year veteran of the agency. She was married and had two young children. Herring was also a veteran. According to WCVB5 Boston, Herring was well-known … Continue reading

Want Some Free Publicity From Me? This is What it Takes.

I’ve told you before that I get a lot of emails from people wanting me to promote their product for free. Some do more than just send a mass email; they send an email just to me, then in a day or two send a follow-up email just to be sure I got their first … Continue reading

My History is Steeped in Racism, and I Didn’t Even Know It

They’re shutting down the high school I attended, and my high school peeps are posting all sorts of nostalgic comments to Facebook of wonderful times shared at a school whose mascot was the Rebel. In high school we sang “Sweet Home Alabama” while smoking pot and drinking beer on the top of Monte Sano Mountain. I … Continue reading

Memorial Day: How and Why We Remember

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. It’s a holiday that signifies for many of us the beginning of summer. Schools are either already out or are soon to be for the summer break. Workers are planning their summer vacations. The weekend is marked with sales, especially at home improvement outlets, as this weekend … Continue reading

Is This How Indentured Servitude Feels?

I am exhausted. My body aches from the stress and the long hours. My mind hurts from the non-stop adrenaline needed to stay on top of my work. But there will be no rest for me these three days off. We are seriously short of staff and I have to work overtime just to try … Continue reading

Why I’m Not on the List of Fun People to Invite to Parties

Today is my birthday, and as many of us older folk do on our birthdays, I have looked within and taken inventory of myself. This is what I’ve come up with this year. I tend to rub people the wrong way.  Part of that is me, I know. I grew up being the recipient of many hurtful comments about … Continue reading

They’re Just Weeds

It’s spring, and after a harsh winter, Nature blesses us with the beauty of flowers. But we don’t like them. They are too small. They’re not in the right place. They’re weeds! Yuck! So we pull them up. We spray weed killer on them. We fertilize our lawns with chemicals that seep into our ground … Continue reading

Happy Whatever it is You’re Celebrating Today!

Chag Sameach to my Jewish friends, and Happy Easter to my Christian ones! No celebrating in this household. The state of Florida does not recognize either as a state holiday, so I’ll be at work. Not that I’d be celebrating anyway. No egg hunting here. No sunrise services. No Seder. No money spent on the … Continue reading

Wishing You the Luck ‘O the Irish!

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!  Today we celebrate the Irish, a people about whom Sigmund Freud said, “This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.” Um, I’m not sure why, but I think I like it! No time to write a post for Tuesday True Confessions. I may have to … Continue reading

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