Eddie Lam. I’m just putting that in front since I was recently informed by Little Brother that he often looks for his name in my blog posts before he even reads them. That’s nice. So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with it, shall we? His Majesty, my husband, enjoys giving me a hard time when I get emotional. Why? Because, as with Vulcans, emotions confuse and ultimately annoy him. I personally enjoy expressing my emotions since I’m a writer and need to understand how to…Continue
There are so many songs about the sea
Poems gather us in, writ large and small
Mystery trembles in my soul at the shore,
And finds its peace in the voices of the surf.
Storms wrack the beach and pummel men’s efforts…Continue
It’s been a nearly year since James Mark Emmerling chose to take his own life. (As aka pointed out he died on January 7, 2016... thanks for the correction. In my elderly mind, the anniversary of his passing became confused with the date of the last PM exchange I had with JME... mea culpa,) Though we never met in life, I came to regard James as a…Continue
My resolution for 2017 is "No Whining about anything and No Comment about anything Trump, the Beast whose Name shall not be written nor shall I utter."
Therefore I look to Medieval Illustration and the magical whims of the great Terry Gilliam to celebrate the noxious odor of 2017:…Continue
(Medjet helped with the title, I'm stationed on her feeding area which is, in most houses, the kitchen table.)
Holidays. We have them all year but the only ones centered around hearth and family are the ones on the cold butt end of the year. Why is that? We're lacking vitamin D and exercise and, in older times, fresh…Continue
It's Christmas Eve and almost everybody knows that story, but at sundown another Holy Day celebration begins and other than earworm children's songs about Dreidle and lighting the candles of the Menorah, most Americans, including many Jews, don't know a lot about the actual origins celebration of Chanukkah. Here's a repost for any who might be…Continue
In the spirit of the Season:
...three things to never discuss at Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner.
Over the years here on Our Salon and back on Open Salon, I have been accused of being an anti-Semitic, pro-Israeli, unconscious racist, ignorant sexist, privileged old white dude by a variety of people. On occasion I've…Continue
Tis the season when I do that whole “I’m going to reflect on traditions” thing. Why? It starts just before Thanksgiving when I put the Christmas tree up, decorate it, and decorate the house, all while watching the Star Trek films. I’ve been doing this since I first bought Star Trek: The Motion Picture on VHS all those years ago. A few folks have made fun of me for this—or, let’s be honest, ridiculed me for it because they could—but since they’re not doing the work, their opinion doesn’t mean…Continue
It’s not uncommon in the automotive industry—for suppliers and customers alike—to have a revolving door of management. Those positions can be very politicized with people coming into favor, and then people falling out of favor just as quickly. So when I started back with one particular automotive supplier in the Quality department in 2005, it wasn’t unusual for us to have a lack of stability in management. We knew what the problems were, so we took care of them as best we could without…Continue
My grandmother is still recovering from surgery on her shoulder, which she had prior to Thanksgiving. Because of it, she probably won’t be able to come to our house for Christmas. But, as we did with Thanksgiving, we’ll take the small party to her. I asked just prior to digging into our Thanksgiving meal if Grandma would like to say Grace. She always made a habit of it in years past despite not being a hugely religious person, so I thought perhaps she might like to this year. She choked up,…Continue
About twenty some years ago BMW put out a TV commercial expounding on the safety of their family sedans. The yuppie white family was tooling through the back roads of California's wine country in their brand new BMW when they suddenly braked to avoid the threat of a careless driver: Two Hispanic American males in a late '60's / early 70's Chevy Impala. The ad was so patently offensive that I complained on line and pointed out that the most popular cars among the young generation of LA's…Continue
hi all. it is semifamously said "war is the health of the state". so instead of a State of the Union address to the country, maybe a more candid president might delineate the State of the War(s).
war is hell! did not imagine years ago on entering adulthood that maybe the majority of my middleaged life would involve the US at war.
and it is definitely not Tis the Season to talk about world war. so while others are zigging, here there will be zagging. just chalk it up to that…Continue
Happy holidays to one and all!!
I know I don't post on here a lot but when I do, I wear a top hat and do a little dance!!
I hope each of you are having an awesome time.
I sure am.
I got Dr. Pepper and chicken.
French bread and coleslaw for a happy meal.
It has much less to do with the mythic celebration of Native Americans and the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony and much more…Continue