The Facebook Follies

Sep 18

The Facebook Follies

Just when I think I’m out . . . they pull me back in. Every time I decide that Facebook is at best a waste of time, at worst a thing that makes me crazy. . . . Something happens that makes me hit that FB icon again and I’m back in thrall. I’m sure you’ve heard  that spending too much time on social media (how much is too much we wonder) can be negative...

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The Brave New World of . . . Pasta

Aug 29

The Brave New World of . . .    Pasta

When Did Everything Change? Some say it was the Vietnam War, when we stopped believing a single word our government said, including “and” and “the.” Maybe it was when we started calling love affairs “relationships,” thereby sanitizing the romance right out of our sex lives. Or was it the rise of political correctness, when suddenly absolutely anything you said about...

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Top 10 List of Why You Should Pack Light

Aug 02

Top 10 List of Why You Should Pack Light

So I’m back from my trip, filled with memories, some new friends, a few extra pounds, and the following advice for your next trip. Although, as I’m well aware, unless you’re very wise, secure, and have not an ounce of vanity, you will not heed this. Anyway, here goes: The Top Ten List of Why To Pack Light #10 When you get to wherever you’re...

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The 11 Stages of Packing Again. . .

Jul 02

The 11 Stages of Packing Again. . .

Yes, yes, I know. Grief has only seven stages. But this is more complicated. Stage 1: Regret: Why am I taking this trip? Why? Because it’s a Baltic cruise, a dream of mine, that’s why! This cruise goes to places like Copenhagen, where I’ll finally get to see the Little Mermaid, to Gothenburg, Sweden, for which I have a handwritten itinerary from the only...

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The Royal Blogger Tells All

May 22

The Royal Blogger Tells All

Did you notice something “off” about the Royal Wedding ? No, not your TV set. That baby was on. Certainly not the royal newlyweds! Not even the most cold-hearted person in the kingdom (any kingdom) could fail to notice that if these two were any more “on,” they’d need, immediately, a room not merely a chapel. Nor am I referring to Oprah...

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The Girl Phantom . . . Unmasked!

Apr 22

The Girl Phantom . . . Unmasked!

Long ago and far away, in a galaxy known as The Silver Age of Comics, I was young and broke, and talked my way into writing a comic for King Features. I had gone to the editor, the esteemed Bill Harris, looking for freelance work. He was very nice and extremely encouraging, except for one thing. “Women,” he said, “don’t write comics.” Harrumph. I left his office...

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Can You Handle The Truth?

Mar 20

Can You Handle The Truth?

HANDLE it? Can you even TELL the truth? Jack Nicholson didn’t think so in A Few Good Men. And who are we to argue with Jack? The truth is that in our brave new world of alternative facts, no one looks fat in those jeans, every child is a genius, every dog is adorable (Or is it the other way around?), and everything you serve your guests is the best Whatever It...

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Wait A Minute!

Feb 06

Wait A Minute!

Wait a . . . MINUTE? How about ten or twenty — or maybe an hour or more. I’ve had three doctors’ appointments in the last week. Take a wild guess about how many were running late: One? Two? Three? How about every medical appointment in the history of the world? Bing-o. It’s bad enough having to see so many doctors, a situation that only gets worse as you get (you...

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