Ending Up

When I was a kid, the phrase “ended up” was heard often. It’s supposed to indicate the end of a story. “She ended up marrying that guy from two towns over.” As if that’s the last thing she ever did. Kinda reminds me of fairy tales that end with a wedding, as if that’s the last interesting thing that will ever happen to a person. The older I get, the more I realize that people don’t “end up” anywhere until…

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Selfishness

I’m going to be completely selfish in this post. What’s new, right? I am far too young to have lost so many classmates to early death. Sure, I’m almost 50, (well, turning 47 this year, so closer to 50 than 40) and that’s a lot more time than a lot of people get. Hell, it might be more time than most people get. I haven’t looked it up. At this point, I went to school with people who died and…

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I’m Sure I Don’t Know…but Radishes though.

I have a terrible track record when it comes to media and popularity. What I mean is, some of the new shows I hear about…I think are the most disgusting and offensive ideas ever. And then they become huge hits: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (stereotype much)The Biggest Loser (surely people know that’s unhealthy and fake)Storage Wars (strangers fight over cherished possessions of poor people)American Idol (mostly that beginning part where they mock sincere people)Dancing with the “Stars” (who…

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What ISN’T Offensive?

Did you see the piece in Teen Vogue about a makeup artist that transformed a white model, giving her the look of a woman of color? Apparently, people are calling this “blackface” and saying how super offensive it is. As you might think, I disagree. Obviously, whether someone is offended is between them and the art. My point is not to tell anyone that they shouldn’t be offended. But blackface and minstrel shows are not remotely the same as using…

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The Signs

I’m trying to identify the signs of when a person starts slipping into alt-right theology. I’m not sure if the people I’m noticing have always been a little off, but I know a few people now who have gone from normal and reasonably intelligent to Alex Jones listening, Glenn Beck agreeing, ‘why are people so hateful to Trump/Pence’ spewing. Imma focus on two guys I knew in college. I don’t wanna use their real names, so I’ll call one Bee…

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Blogging even less

Since Livejournal went the way of POTUS45, by which I mean, under total Russian control while pretending everything is the same as it’s always been, I’ve not been able to read anyone’s stuff. Drag. As a result, I spend even less time in the bloggerverse than I had been. Plus, Facebook is where everyone is. I mostly use this space for long rants or things I want to keep easy access to. Anyway, writing for a living makes me want…

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Handmaid’s Tale and Us

Thinking I was clever by waiting until all the eps dropped, I signed up for some commercial-free Hulu so I could watch me some Handmaid’s Tale. That book gave me serious nightmares. It was also the only Atwood I’d read until a coworker suggested that my not having read Oryx and Crake was a goddamn tragedy. Damn, that’s a great series too. But I digress…The show is incredible. Elizabeth Moss is incredibly sympathetic as the Everywoman telling her story. Ann…

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Florence Scovel: Just Say No

As any regular reader knows, we’re not wealthy people. That doesn’t stop me though, from engaging in an occasional indulgence. There’s a company called Florence Scovel that advertises like crazy on Facebook. I confess, I find many of their shiny baubles appealing. Turns out, there were some things I didn’t know about them. For one thing, they totally co-opted Project Semicolon by selling pieces featuring the logo and semicolon–but without giving credit, or a share, to the late founder Amy…

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Medicine

I’m taking a new medicine (no, it’s not insulin) that comes in a pen. I give myself a shot in the stomach every morning, which isn’t remotely as bone-chillingly horrible as it sounds. With these pens, you screw them into the pen and give the shot. Then you throw the needle part away and use a fresh one the next day. After 2 weeks, I needed more “pen needles.” I can’t seem to get them. My pharmacy doesn’t appear to…

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Racism? Maybe not always…

Heated discussions with outspoken feminists often make me more angry and frustrated than trying to talk sense into DJT apologists. Maybe it’s because I expect more from those who claim to be “woke.” Maybe it’s because I presume that “being reasonable” means thinking pretty much like I do. A blogger I enjoy posted on Facebook comparing Bill Cosby’s treatment in re: his many rapes, with Bill O’Reilly and his allegations of sexual harassment. Their claim was that these two men…

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