October 8, 2015

Confidence is sexy

RuPaul has a catchphrase on his show Drag Race that he closes out each episode with: "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?" Cute, almost kitchy, but for all that, the words should not be simply dismissed.
How many ordinary people just don't like themselves for no decent reason? They feel they need to be thinner, prettier, funnier, smarter, happier. They feel that others won't like them unless they are these things. They feel that they don't deserve to be valued because of these things.
Saddest, and most frustrating, is that no amount of external validation seems to penetrate.

October 7, 2015


Does anyone else think this "I HATE CANCER" campaign is redundant? Are there people who like cancer?

October 6, 2015

It's like a car wreck

It is a sad state of affairs that headlines like this are NOT from the Onion:
Ben Carson would skip meeting families of Oregon mass shooting but ‘would probably go to the next one
I suppose at least he's planning ahead...

As stupidly insensitive as that is, at least it isn't downright insulting and false. Marco Rubio wins the prize for that one by suggesting no, SAYING OUTRIGHT that women "look forward" to having abortions so they can get rich off selling the fetal tissue. Yes, he did.

The staff at the Onion is panicking because they can't come up with more ridiculous fake news that could top these two. 

October 5, 2015

Slow cooking

Fall is here and this weekend that meant fall cooking for me. I love a good beef stew or ham and bean soup that cooks all day.
The end result is delicious, but the fact that it was cooking for hours makes it so much better. Cold weather is such a huge motivator to me to break out the dutch oven.
Now, who wants leftovers?

October 1, 2015

Not again...

I think when something terrible happens, I'm obligated to NOT be frivolous.
But when horrible things happen that are beyond our control, all I want to do is be frivolous.

So, here is the link to contact your representatives and tell them --TELL THEM-- you want meaningful reasonable regulations on gun and ammo purchases.

And here is a kitten dressed up as a banana.

September 29, 2015

I don't tell you what doctors to see

The posturing of old white males and their undying quest to deny women the right to make our own medical decisions is so infuriating that I can't even try to be witty about it. Do these neanderthals think that they are valiantly leading the charge to defund a vital health service provider in order to protect us? From what? It's the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, guys! Let us decide what to do with our lady-parts!!! Goddammit!

September 28, 2015

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Supermoon!

The clouds did not cooperate with my SUPERBLOODMOON viewing last night. LSH and I caught a grand total of about a minute (in 10 second increments) of the whole event.
Still, what we saw was pretty cool.
I was, however, disappointed with how little the moon looked. I suppose 14% isn't a large increase in the appearance of its size, but it really looked just normal-sized from where I was standing. The lunar eclipse I saw in August of 1989 on the side of a mountain in Ecuador was much more impressive. But, you know: on a mountain, on the equator, handsome boyfriend, summer study-abroad --that is one combo that would be hard to beat.
Sorry, Supermoon. Better luck in 2033.
(Or 2019 for regular moon)

September 24, 2015

Cute or not?

The whole Internet has glommed onto the NY subway rat who is carrying a whole slice of pizza home to the family.

But, what about the squirrel who chowed on the milk shake from Shake Shack right there in the park?

Don't let the squirrels have a pass just because of their fuzzy tails. You're playing right into the terrorists' hands.

September 23, 2015


I'm not a fan of religion. I will not try to talk you out of your personal beliefs, but I will fight your imposition of those beliefs on others. For this reason, I've never been a big fan of the Catholic Church which thinks that because they believe that Catholic women should be baby machines, every woman should be denied birth control and safe, legal abortions.
I give them credit for avoiding the hypocrisy of the Religious Right protestants (who used to be called Evangelicals) in that Catholics do not support killing any human being, while the Christian Conservatives have no problem killing adults who they feel "deserve" it.
But, I do have to say, aside from women's issues, I really like this new Pope. He seems to be trying to drag the Catholic Church back into the time when it was the catholic church and represented Jesus's teachings.
Rejecting a dinner invitation from Congress to dine with the homeless, is so Matthew 25:30-40.

September 21, 2015

Oh, Ben!

Blogging is becoming as irrelevant as Ben Carson's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

September 17, 2015

Fight against reality

I''m currently reading a (very well-written) book about the assassination of President Garfield in 1881. I know he is eventually going to die. After all, this is non-fiction, based on known events from documented historical sources. We all learned (certainly Northeast Ohioans learned) of President Garfield in countless history lessons throughout a decade of schooling.
But I find myself reluctant to finish this book. Subconsciously believing that this time, at the last minute one of his doctors thinks to use an antiseptic, or to leave him heal on his own. Or maybe even before the assassination, someone recognizes madness in the shooter and has him committed, or doesn't sell him a gun. Something.
After learning more about what kind of man Garfield was (genial, brilliant, egalitarian, humble, patient, strong), it seems an even greater crime that he died. And in such a way.

Perhaps if I just read to page 228... .

September 16, 2015

Leader of the free world?

The second GOP debate is tonight. If you watch it drunk, you can almost understand why Trump is in the lead.

September 15, 2015

Tree hugger

After a violent storm ripped through the Irish town of Collooney, locals were shocked to discover the remains of a 1,000-year-old skeleton hanging from the roots of a fallen tree.
The body, which belonged to a young man who appears to have died a violent death, was found beneath a 200-year-old beech tree. In a scene that must have been quite macabre, the upper part of the skeleton was found raised in the air within the tree’s root system, while the legs remained in the ground. 

Is it wrong that I read this story and my first thought was, "Oh, no! Poor tree!"?

September 14, 2015

Make note

I took some time off from writing/posting here. I was feeling an end-of-summer lull. There wasn't much to comment on that hasn't already been beaten into the ground.
But now summer is over.
  • All the kids are back in school. (I know this because I'm trapped behind at least two school buses every day on my way to work.)
  • The monarch butterflies are migrating south. (This is an amazingly cool thing to see.)
  • I haven't seen a hummingbird at the feeder in two days. (A true harbinger of fall.)
  • All the garden centers and local shops have mums for sale. (At least it's not wreaths and holly.)
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest beer is on tap everywhere. (I think there's an Ohio law.)
  • The Browns are losing games that actually count. (Like this is something new.)
  • LSH went to a clambake. (I do not do bi-valves.)
  • People are wearing jackets. (Even in their Instagrams.)
So in honor of the coming change-of-season (just one week away), I am wearing socks and shoes to work today.
Sock and shoe on my feet.

Hey. Baby steps.

September 2, 2015

Spell check

I have a colleague in a branch office who "communicates" via email. However her grasp of English is tenuous at best. Her emails usually do not container capital letters or punctuation, except a single period at the very end. She ALWAYS uses the wrong form of are ("the repairs our complete") and substitutes where for were AND we're every time. Her syntax is often confusing as well, so reading these emails is a challenge. It's difficult to comprehend that she was born and raised in the Midwest.

All that said, I wonder if she reads my emails and thinks that I use too many commas and spell everything wrong.

September 1, 2015

Sinus infection

I'm taking antibiotics the size of a small rodent. 
Or a penny. 

Whatever. They're HUGE!

August 31, 2015

What's in a name?

Ohio Rep. Mike Turner (R) is "furious." And it's all Obama's fault.
...President Obama will restore the native name of America's highest mountain. Since 1917, the peak known to Athabascans as "Denali," or "the Great One," has been named for the assassinated President William McKinley, an Ohio native whose visage also graces the $500 bill. Since 1975, Alaskan politicians have attempted to restore the Denali name, the one Alaskans typically use anyway.
"This is an issue that was resolved in 1917," [Turner] said. "Mount McKinley was named for an assassinated Republican president by a bipartisan action of Congress. It was signed by Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat. It was accomplished by a group of President McKinley's contemporaries, to dedicate something to his service. President Obama’s actions toss aside the sacrifice of President McKinley. Imagine the outrage if in 100 years, a Republican would undo John F. Kennedy’s name from landmarks?"
  1. In case you didn't know, McKinley was assassinated. In fact, to hear these politicians talk, that is his single greatest claim to fame. Aside from the annexing of the Philippines and Guam which they frequently forget to mention...
  2. This issue is clearly NOT resolved. Nor was it resolved in 1917. In fact, had Mr. Turner (or Mr. McKinley for that matter) ever visited Alaska, they would have noticed that no one in Alaska calls the mountain "McKinley." 
  3. Turner's comparison to JFK is specious, since no natural formations (including mountains) are named after Kennedy. In fact, to throw the McKinley descendants a bone, why not rename an airport for McKinley? Or a school? Something to get them to stop whining that we are returning the name of this mountain to the original in place of what began as a campaign slogan concocted by a Republican prospector.

August 27, 2015

Does the KKK have a tumblr?

The problem with social media is the same thing that makes it awesome. It give us the ability, no matter how remote we might be -physically or emotionally- to connect with other people who have the same frame of reference, or opinion, or illness, or issue, or favorite music, or hobby, or... .
This is great for mom's who like to make crafts for their kids or kids questioning their sexuality.
The downside is that it also makes the wackos who think that all Mexicans are rapists and all blacks deserve to be killed by the police on the side of the road believe that they are in a majority.

Please tell me they are not a majority.

August 26, 2015

Votes for Women!

It's the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. That's right, 50 years --one half century-- AFTER freed (male) slaves got the vote, women were deemed human enough to cast a ballot.
Two things:
  1. Why did we throw it away on a doucheticket like Warren Harding?
  2. Why do we share this momentous anniversary with 'National Dog Day'?

voting is for the dogs women

August 25, 2015

Cramps are getting to me

Do you know what would be awesome?
Elective hysterectomies.

Someone needs to make this happen.