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Conservatives, Liberals, and the Rest of Us

When I was a little girl I was told that if I just worked hard, I’d be rewarded for my efforts. I’ll bet you learned that lesson too. Little did we know it was all bullshit.  We worked harder and harder, but our wages didn’t match the cost of living, so we were losing. Then … Continue reading

I Hereby Resolve…

In case you’re new to my errant ramblings, I left a job in May, moved to a different state and embarked on a journey toward healing my bruised psyche. It has been the most rewarding experience I have ever given myself. Today I feel stronger, healthier and happier than I believe I have at any … Continue reading

Take the Stress out of De-Stressing the Holiday

I get it. You want to impress. So this weekend has been spent shampooing carpets and cleaning the bathroom tile crevices with a toothbrush. If you haven’t already, you’ll begin your food preparations today or tomorrow. You’ve already decided whether to go with something new or the tried-and-true holiday favorites. Turkey or alternative meat-free roast. … Continue reading

It’s Alive, and OMG!!!

This all started because of a chance encounter.    In my much-younger days I experienced a short-lived affair with an amazing man who sported a bushy brown mustache that was incredibly soft and tickled whenever he kissed me. And he kissed me in a lot of places. Al looked like a young Omar Sharif and was … Continue reading

So How’s That Vegan Thing Going Anyway?

Depends on who you ask. Rumpy is not pleased. He misses bites of tasty morsels as I noshed to my heart’s content. Last week I was checking out at the grocery, and the kid ringing me up asked if someone in my home had a dairy allergy. I said no, this way of eating is a choice. … Continue reading

Women Shaming Other Women? Shame on You!

This morning on Facebook a local news outlet had posted a heartwarming story of police officers giving out ice cream to community kids on a hot day. But many of the comments in the thread were about one young woman in one of the photos who wasn’t wearing a bra. “You should have bought her a bra.” “No … Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day to My Dad!

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there! I went and visited with my dad last night, and he told me stories of my family. This time he showed me some pictures of his father that I hadn’t seen before. I’ve been thinking this weekend about the gift my father gave me that I’m most … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day to My Mom!

Today is Mother’s Day and I am not available to celebrate with my mom. Instead I will be assessing if children are safe in their mother’s care. My mother raised 3 kids alone during a time when it was still taboo to be a single mother. She worked crappy jobs and put up with a lot … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Homeless Cats

When Rumpy and I are out for walks, the homeless cats remain still until we pass by.    It’s a smart strategy. When afraid, most animals either fight or flee. But being still throws a predator off guard. “Hmmm…. not afraid? Maybe I should keep looking.” When I’m afraid, I tend to start running my … Continue reading

Message to Michael

I often talk of the things Rumpy and I see while on our walks. Today we saw this: There’s no similar sign posted anywhere else that I’ve seen. This is the only one. So who is Michael, and why does he need our prayers? I first thought of this song recorded by Dionne Warwick: But … Continue reading

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