Monthly Archives: July 2010

Taxation with Way Too Much Representation

At the library itself, the librarians rarely swipe anyone’s card, preferring instead to enter names from memory. One librarian mentioned that people frequently stopped her in the grocery store, asking her if they had any books overdue.

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Not All Chicken Attacks Happen on Farms

I am an aggressive, assertive opinionated dynamo who frequently plows ahead without thought or foresight, and who, if I do not curb my natural inclinations, will push and pull circumstances to mold to my dictation.

Does this sound like the definition of a patient person?

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White Appliances in a Red Economy

I am the product of Depression Era parents, whose combined genetic code of frugality fills every available micron of cellular space, and I could no more exchange a perfectly fine working, yet yawningly prosaic washing machine for the new model than I could feed a roasted rump roast, sliced with gravy, to the dog. Continue reading

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Black Tea with Milk Tastes So Much Better Than Boiled Persimmons

the tea was smokey, vegetal, herbaceous, or malty and it produced a bright finish with pungent overtones, or its liquor, smoothly sweet, led to a smooth and full-bodied cup. The terminology I have picked up enables me to walk into a winery, coffee emporium, or chocalatier’s and sound educated and informed. Continue reading

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In This Cat and Dog World, Are You a Kitty or a Pooch?

The odd thing about our society, however, is that in some segments of it, junior high does, indeed, last far beyond 7th and 8th grade. Continue reading

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Noisy, Messy, Demanding People and Why We Need Them

Has anyone ever met a cynical, jaded toddler?

Didn’t think so.

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Dear Emily: What Is the Appropriate Thing to Say upon Hitting One’s Thumb with a Hammer?

Understandably, everyone exclaims when they hit their thumb with a hammer, and, in most cases, it probably sounds like a chicken by-product. Some words just pop out more readily than others, and Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive Dear Mamma is just too long for most people. Continue reading

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The Wandering Norwegian and His Breakfast Escapades

Another motel set aside an actual hallway complete with tables, chairs, blaring television, and a guard. Oh, he moved napkins around here and there, but mostly he stood in the doorway, making sure that no one escaped with a spotty banana.

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