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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

How a Curmudgeon Learns to Be Positive

She was a petite cream-color kitty with black facial markings and striking blue eyes. I often noticed her seated in the upstairs window of the apartment building Rumpy and I passed by on our morning walks. And then a week ago we spotted her outside. She was fearful of Rumpy, though he was across the … Continue reading

Of Pets and Power Suits

First thing this morning I had to appear in court. WAIT! No, this is NOT a post about work, I promise! But it’s important to tell you that I had to put on my best game face today, and we women know all too well that wearing that power suit makes you look and feel more confident. … Continue reading

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