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I can be naivé. I believe Darcy and Elizabeth lived happily ever after. I believe Johnny Depp is as charismatic in person as he is in Pirates of the Carribean. I believe that Vaseline may be the fountain of youth. I believe that forty is the new thirty (that’s more wishful thinking than belief). But […]

Short People Got No Reason To Live

Imagine we’re at a picnic and we come across a discussion about short people. Person A: Short people got no reason to live. They got little hands and little eyes and they walk around tellin’ great big lies. Don’t want no short people ’round here. Person B: There’s nothing wrong with short people. They just […]

Anatomy Lesson

I’m not anal. I can let things go. I no longer care which way the paper towel or toilet paper faces when it’s in the holder.  If towels are folded neatly and fit in their assigned place, I don’t care if they’re folded long way or short way first. I’m learning to ignore the twenty-three […]

The Road to Hell

Think of the person, preferably your child or your parent, who has a certain trait or habit that frustrates or annoys the heck out of you. Our nine year-old D ³comes quickly to my mind. D³ is very tenacious. When she was three, she’d leaf through a book, typically something thick, such as The Grapes of […]

Real Men:The Ensuing Conflict

A few days ago I was replying to a blog comment. The post, Real Men, and the photo of Gabriel Aubry were visible on the screen. My two older daughters (D¹ and D²) happened to look at the computer, and D² asked who it was. I told her, then commented on his remarkable good-looks. To my surprise […]

My Deepest, Darkest Secret

I’m going to share my deepest, darkest secret with you. I’ve never shared it with anyone. I hope I don’t regret it. I am afraid of getting older. Well, to be totally honest, I’m more than afraid. I’m terrified. Not of getting old. Of getting older. The difference is subtle, but it’s there. “Old” is an […]

Real Men

OK. I’m going to let you in on a secret. There is a vast conspiracy to turn men into–WOMEN. I became aware of this conspiracy after watching the movie What Women Want. Male chauvinist, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson’s character) is transformed, not from chauvinist to real man, but from chauvinist to real woman. In the end, […]