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Writer, former newspaper reporter, mother of two.
Interests: Johnny Cash, Iris Dement, current affairs, the Berlioz Requiem. Mind-blowing books I have read in recent years: "Life on the Mississippi," by Mark Twain; the memoirs of William Tecumseh Sherman; "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by Barbara Kingsolver.
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I am always seeing columns from or about teachers, advising us parents on how to get along with them and make their jobs easier. That's fine as far as it goes, but as the parent of two 2e kids (that's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
People have been saying for 50 years that the South isn't the South anymore, but here's proof that they are wrong. First, I bring you Honey Boo Boo, the star of the TLC reality show. You can watch the show... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
There is something about the beagle countenance that lends itself to looks of reproach, and these days I am getting the full treatment. The reason: I have run out of Max's home-made dog food and am relying for the moment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
So the hubster and I are at the Nats game, and things are not going so well for the Washington Nationals--they are behind something like 6-3 to the Miami Marlins, of all people, and right at the top of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
There are a lot of reasons why Bill Clinton's speech last night at the DNC was so awesome, but the unwritten subtext of his delivery can be summed up in one word: Southernness. It was there in his folksy delivery,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
Am I ever gonna taste one of those golden fried chicken fillet sandwiches again? And milkshakes. Chick Fil A makes the best milkshakes. (Not that I need milkshakes, which I don't, or speak from personal experience. I just read this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
It's been a typical summer day around here, which is to say that the kids have pretty much killed every brain cell they have watching the "Jaws" marathon on HBO and/or texting their friends, and I haven't nagged them to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at THE WRITING LIFE
Love has something to do with the definition of "family"--but the real sticking point, the place where things get bolted together, is the knowledge that everybody else has the goods on you, and you have the goods on them. Mutual... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at THE WRITING LIFE
I certainly sympathize with that and there's nothing wrong with taking a break. You just can't keep that up forever, you know?
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2010 on Listening To The Morons at THE WRITING LIFE
See, now you're talking about politicians. I'm just talking about people with political views. A great deal of the reason politicians say the stuff they say is the need to pander to ordinary folks who have views they have never really examined, and who have never really listened to the other side. Change starts from the bottom up. Besides, who elected those evil folks? We did.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2010 on Listening To The Morons at THE WRITING LIFE
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Mar 15, 2010
no, this is a public school. The principal may have just been trying to make a point, but as I said i'm scared of her, so.... i woulda laughed, too, at the crap sandwich comment...
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2010 on Following in Mommy's Footsteps at THE WRITING LIFE