Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

With humble gratitude to all who are serving now and all those who have gone before them.
With profound appreciation for those who gave their lives in service to our nation, in particular Uncle Carl.
We honor them all on Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 18, 2013


This week we celebrate Roo’s birthday, Jake’s birthday, Sue’s (Jake’s Mom) birthday, Wendy’s birthday and yes, today, my birthday! This year - double nickels - I am grateful for it all!

”Happy Birthday to us,
Happy Birthday to us,
Happy Birthday dear all of us
Happy Birthday to us -
and many more!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Livin’ On A Prayer & Sweet Dreams

This is great!
It made me smile, laugh and applaud!

At Least Three Women, At Least One Child

We have all heard about it. We have all rejoiced because three women were found alive after disappearing years ago. But as the days tick by, reporters continue to swarm the neighborhood in Cleveland and the details flood the airwaves, I am growing increasingly concerned.

The level of detail being released by authorities leaves me profoundly uncomfortable. What happened to these three women in Cleveland, Ohio was horrific. I can only begin to imagine their pain - physical and emotional. At what point is the “public’s right to know” superseded by the needs and rights of these three women - and one child - to begin to recover and heal?

I have experienced a few painful and challenging situations in my life. To be clear, they are absolutely as nothing compared to what these women endured. But I only revealed what happened to me to a very few trusted loved ones. To the rest of the world I am a closed book; a blank slate; just another 54 year old woman living her life; out and about in the world. I shudder at the thought of strangers knowing the most painful details of my life. If I imagine going into a grocery store - a delightfully mundane task - and having damn near everyone know my story, well, that leaves me paralyzed.

Clearly these three women are very strong. They survived. They outlasted their kidnapper, abuser, tormentor, evildoer. Perhaps they will draw even more strength and courage from their community. Perhaps they will want to tell their stories - partly as catharsis; partly as inspiration.

But shouldn’t that be their choice?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Keepin’ It Real

The website I am about to link you to is totally NSFW.
But it is totally worth a visit.
It’s called “Thug Kitchen”.
Their subtitle is “Eat Like You Give A F**k”.

My friend Morgan in Australia has a friend named “bec7ford” who is now a Twitter friend of mine. She linked to Thug Kitchen and my jaw dropped.
It’s as if someone turned Julia Child into a drill sergeant. Then had Rachel Ray punctuate her speech with expletives. Then crossed the two genetically modified women together.

If you are easily offended by profanity, don’t bother checking it out.
(Even I, who can swear like a stevedore, was initially a little put off.)
But if you are looking for some healthy food inspiration with great science behind it, presented in an unusually bold fashion, plus attractive poster-like images then visit Thug Kitchen.

I am struggling mightily not to sign off in the style of Thug Kitchen... ;o)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jealous Of The Angels

For my sister Karen, on what should have been her 66th birthday...