I'm three pounds away from my first mini-goal of (at or below) 300. I'm numb to the volume of that number, but I know that most normal people are not.
On April 13 of this year, I received the roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery, having approximately 80% of my stomach detached and the remaining approximate 20% reattached to a lower part of my upper intestine (or something like that). Simultaneously, I also lost possession of my gallbladder.
For a long time, I was hellbent…Continue
Poll Shows US Losing World’s Respect Under Trump: According to a wide-ranging international study, with the exception of Russia, Donald Trump’s presidency is alarming citizens of our nation’s closest allies as well as others worldwide, diminishing the US standing in the world. Can’t for the life of me understand why. Hell, here in the US - all the coal mines have now been reopened, scientists now freely admit climate change is fake, Hillary’s been locked up…Continue
People make plans and the gods laugh...
A year ago I told my boss I'd retire after the summer programs were done. I offered to volunteer enough hours to keep my beloved arts camps and apprenticeship programs alive.
I knew the Rockford Arts Council couldn't afford me anymore. Donations and corporate contributions were down in a local economy that has never recovered from any recession. And we weren't getting our operating grant from the state any time soon. Illinois is in a…Continue
(or working it until there's nothing left to be said)
Some time back, the lovely Rosigami, artist extraordinaire asked for volunteers to doodle on some coasters she had penciled guidelines so we'd fill in the areas as we liked and they could all be put together into one giant collective image of a Picasso bull. As the project moved along I asked if she needed more done because I was enjoying the way I worked when I did them. It brought me back to something I've often fallen into…Continue
I participated in yesterday's Gay Pride Parade in NYC. I was with my company and took pictures, as I do for many Company events. I also take note of demurrals about the commercialization of the parade and of gay pride. I respect those demurrals. I am old enough to remember when gays were harassed for more often than they now are (especially by the police).
The following is not meant to suggest that I disagree with the demurrals, but it is great that young folks in places like New…Continue
Physicists currently believe that all rock bands–nay, all human groups composed of four men–can be broken down into elemental particles first identified by study of The Beatles through an electron microscope.
There is the Cute One–Ringo. The Dreamy One–Paul. The Actual Musician–that would be George. And the Verbal One–John. It fell to me, as a charter member of Otis & the Elevator Company who was neither cute, dreamy nor a good guitar player–to be the Verbal…Continue
Republican Senator Rails Against People With Pre-Existing Conditions: During an interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) complained about how Obamacare rules forbid insurance companies from charging more for people with pre-existing conditions, pointing out that people with pre-existing conditions should be considered like “somebody who crashes their car” for insurance purposes. Good grief, sounds like Senator Johnson does most of his…Continue
Joe Kennedy III delivered a powerful rebuke to Paul Ryan who described the House version of Trumpcare as "an act of mercy". Kennedy described it as "an act of malice."
As I heard this I could hear Bonnie Raitt in the background. Unfortunately, her version of "Everybody's Crying Mercy" has had the embedding code disabled, so here…Continue
Have a question about a multi-colored piece of cheese in the fridge? Stomach rumbling from a heaping helping of leftover tuna noodle casserole? Before you head for the bathroom, ask Your Food Freshness Safety Advisor for help!
Dear Food Freshness Safety Advisor:
Yesterday, I made a ham sandwich with two pieces of rye that I’d totally forgot about in the bread basket. They had a little white and green mold on them which I scraped off before I ate it, I’m no…Continue
Writer Masha Gessen, having lived as a journalist in Russia under Putin's rise to power and his reversal of Russia's direction towards becoming a fledgling democracy back to authoritarianism, imho, understands both Trump and the stakes in the U.S. very well. My takeaway from this…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
My pride is not a commodity
it has no corporate sponsors
no bank account
no value on the stock…Continue
NEW YORK. When President Donald Trump announced today that he would nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to be U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, he did so in a way that reflected his scrappy “bridge and tunnel” upbringing in the borough of Queens, where the football team had its home for many years.
“Woody’s gonna be great, just great, okay?” Trump said. “He’s gonna go over there and remind them we had a war and they lost, so they’re losers.”…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on June 24, 2017 at 7:16am — No Comments
what honey? out of tampons? need me to go get some?
no problem baby ... be right back!…Continue
Editor's note: references to ethnicity and race are meant to show how we spoke about each other at the time. I myself was half Polish and hid that to garner favor from the nuns. We reserve the right to delete comments for any reason or no reason.…Continue
Study Finds Sex Doesn’t Actually Sell Products: Researchers analyzed nearly 80 advertising studies published over the past 30 years and found that while people often remember a particularly racy ad, that frequently doesn’t translate into customers actually buying the product that the advertiser is selling. I totally agree. I recently saw an ad featuring a very sexy woman eating a burger and, instead of going right out and ordering a burger, I made an…Continue