Category: Life in America

Catbuses Need Love Too

I try not to love the internet as much as I do, but there are so many good reasons. Here’s another good reason to check it out. Not only can you buy secondhand things on Craigslist, you can buy all sorts of things you never knew you might not be able to live without. You…

The Bluest Water

Colin and I like to travel a lot. When we were overseas, you could find us in a foreign country on any given weekend. Our latest adventure, to the Dominican Republic, was thanks to my brother-in-law Jay and my sister Mary. This was their trip, and they asked us to come along. Mary and I…

Write-a-Thon 2008 Results!

I got down with my pen and laptop at the 2008 NY Writers’ Coalition Write-a-Thon yesterday. Here is a sample of some bits I wrote–the RESULTS of the Send me a Writing Idea Competition! (selected by independent judge C. Phillips). Runner Up – T. Mallie! haiku for T. Mallie lace panties annoy the sort of…

Galway on My Mind

I was juicing an orange this morning when a memory blast of Galway hit me. I didn’t juice any oranges, that I remember, in Galway, or any part of Ireland. I wonder what part of my brain shot me through with a violently lovely blip of those two days a year ago in Ireland. We…

The Bad Wife

That’s Me… The bad wife, the bad influence. The pancake and pale ale pusher. This photo (at right) illustrates the crazed result. My hubby has been trying to slim down and he’s been doing a great job of it, despite my existence. Perhaps you’ve read the blog he shares with my brother, Loser In Laws,…

Get on the Bus!

Or… Where to Find the Best Seat on Earth I really dug Eric Nuzum’s theory on crazy people riding the bus on a new favorite blog, The Prince of Petworth. My pal Cathy lives in this area of Washington D.C. and introduced me to this fab blog about a, at best, up and coming, and…

Why Brett Favre is So Great

Or… The Lost Art of Playing Games Brett Favre is retiring from football. Brett Favre is also stepping down, out of the limelight. He is relinquishing his role as one of the few people left to look up to in sports. It was something he took seriously. There are more than few people we can…

Vienna Sausages Don’t Grow on Trees

Or… How To Make Dinner ala Costco One of the side effects of living overseas for three years is that you get out of the all-American habit of buying food in BULK. Large supermarkets are not as rare over there as they once were, but Europeans still tend to shop for the day, picking up…

Oscars 2008 Recap

Best Way to Make Best Actress “Not There” Every year the Academy changes up the Oscars to try and make better, faster, stronger. It’s the Six Million Dollar Man of television really. Usually one of those tactics is to just drown out the nobodies when they are giving their speeches so that they are forced…

Women’s Genitalia: Cosmo calls it like they see it?

My good friend Suzanne was kind enough to tell me about the March 2008 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Besides featuring the talented Rihanna on the cover, it also titallates readers and lures them over to the magazine stand with its usual circus of SEX, SEX, and CHEATING. But that wasn’t what caught my eye and…

Why Do Paper Cuts Hurt So Much?

Waking up to this blanket of snow is as unfamiliar as if I had stepped into a movie scene for White Christmas. This is the winter I imagined. This is what I expected from Connecticut. But we’ve had lovely, undefined days, mostly. The kind that almost ache in their beauty: winter sunshine stretching out as…

Magazines I Never Ordered

Or, My So-Called “Partnership Orders” I got this “bill” in my mailbox the other day. It came on the heels of the 2008 February issue of Wired Magazine, with a cover shot of Sarah Silverman looking as confused for being in my house as I was for having her there. Now, I don’t have anything…

High Crimes: The Fate of Mount Everest in an Age of Greed

I met a photographer for the Hartford Courant, Michael Kodas, at Green Drinks the other night and it turns out he is also the author of this book. High Crimes. I’ve always been skeptical about mountain climbers, especially those who climb places that are truly death-defying. I think this might have something to do with…

Eli Manning, Give Back Your Hybrid Escalade!

Who doesn’t love a hero? And after a gorgeous performance in Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning deserves to be one. So, with 2008 marked already as the Year of Green, I can only humbly ask that our first hero of the year, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, give BACK to Cadillac the keys to their hybrid…