Category Archives: Life’s vexations

Seeing things: Shocker for a Sunday morning

I opened the kitchen cabinet to be confronted by the image of John Major, one-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, looming in front of the cereal bowls.  I reeled in shock. I barely considered Mr Major when he was … Continue reading

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The Ugly Language of Free Enterprise

“What are our learnings?” inquired John G. and raised an ironic eyebrow. “We have clarity on what we need to operationalize. We need to own this space,” said John C. and snorted. “Without execution we have nothing to leverage, ” … Continue reading

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No Legover and Mounting Frustration

“Were you raised around here?” I asked, gesturing widely.  It is bad enough to know the beads you are buying were mined in Michael’s without learning that your roadside reservation jeweler is an art student from Park Slope. “My mom … Continue reading

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Boys will be battering rams

“It looks like someone hit it head first” said the policeman as he wrote up the crime report for damage done to the Blarneymobile. ” The dent does look head-shaped” I agreed, looking pensively at the windshield ” But how … Continue reading

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Hindi, Horace and Hanging in the Balance

In a frantic bid to find balance I bought a pair of earrings. With tiny levels swinging from each lobe perhaps I could pull myself back into alignment with the universe? It didn’t work of course,but at least it allows everyone I encounter to understand that … Continue reading

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Hansel to the rescue once again

It is lovely and quiet here, thanks for asking. Hansel came home about 10pm (sporting his new do) and I immediately forced him up a ladder to look at the beeping smoke alarm. He pinched or flipped the medallion-sized disc … Continue reading

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Emergency responders-where are you when you’re needed?

Why are none of you helping? I can’t go on much longer. I can’t go on alone. I turned off the power to the hall at the fuse box, thinking that would outwit the demonic smoke alarm. There are now … Continue reading

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Bleeping bonkers

George W.Bush and Dick Cheney did not have to resort to waterboarding.  Had they only thought to add a malfunctioning smoke alarm to the cells in Gitmo, they could have had a confession from every inmate, pronto. The smoke alarm … Continue reading

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Clearly Wrong and Perfectly Perplexing: Adverbs and the American Would-Be College Student

Adverbs are in short supply in America. One looks hard to find an “ly” at the end of any sentence. People say they will do things quick rather than quickly. My African American kids are always promising to do something … Continue reading

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Married Status at the Montage Hotel

Our blissful stay at the Montage Hotel Laguna Beach has been marred by only one tiny thing: the hotel’s insistence on referring to PMW as Mr. Barron. PMW loves this–not because he aspires to the title, but because he knows it annoys … Continue reading

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