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sandy
Merimbula NSW
I am an American-Australian living in NSW.
Interests: music, choral conducting, animal massage, travel, gay rights, immigration
Recent Activity
I am a little obsessed with Finlandia by Sibelius right now. Maybe it's in my Nordic blood. According to some saliva that I spat in a tube, I'm nearly 20% Scandinavian. The live performance below, by the Helsinki Philharmonic and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2021 at The Banal Chew
Knock, knock. Who's there? Little old lady. Little old lady who? I didn't know you could yodel! Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2021 at The Banal Chew
Extended lockdown. [heavy sigh] At least it gives me time at home to unpack this sea of boxes still sitting around since my move last month. Given my age, I don't have all that much stuff. That's an advantage of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2021 at The Banal Chew
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I recently subscribed to this print newsletter and received my first copy in the post today! I have been craving a simple print publication I could touch and read...and something that wasn't full of sad, troubling or triggering news. Just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2021 at The Banal Chew
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While unpacking in my new place, I opened a box marked "Kitchen". To my joy (pardon the pun), I found my very old and weary copy of the 1973 reprint of Irma S. Rombauer's fundamental cooking text, The Joy of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2021 at The Banal Chew
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Each morning, I pull a card from a box that lists an emotion or feeling that I reflect upon over breakfast. Sometimes I even act out the word in front of a mirror, a technique I use as an icebreaker... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2021 at The Banal Chew
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One evening in the not too distant past, I stood inconsolably weeping on the mezzanine of an old Melbourne townhouse, teetering over the edge of the shoddy railing and wondering if slamming my body against the many furnishings below would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at The Banal Chew
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This arrived in the post yesterday. It's only Tuesday, but my week has been made. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Banal Chew
I feel like blogging. And not just any blogging, but the sort I did years ago, during the hey-day of the genre. The topic? Romantic inclination. (See those seatbelts? You may want to buckle them.) So it turns out that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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(Firstly, apologies for the sketchy commenting interface lately. I'm switching to Disqus, and it takes a day or two to settle down and play nicely.) Did anyone notice that this is the fourth blog post on consecutive days? This may... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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My sweet, handsome and charming buddy, Sean in NY state, received the Australia Day cum Superman t-shirt I sent him. Yep, that's an Aussie-flag cape that attaches to the back with velcro tabs. Sean has a delightful preoccupation with superhero... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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Today is the three-year anniversary of my father's departure from this world. In his memory, I helped my housemate build some fence, something Dad did often. Every time I look at my vegetable garden, I think of him. I could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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...especially to a certain someone. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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Beastly Indulgence Pet Services, now a full-time enterprise! Massage, treats and more! Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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For no other reason than to giggle. (click to watch the show) Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Banal Chew
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Oh, my beautiful boy! You left me so quickly. Only a few days ago you entertained me with our usual hide-and-seek game among the bed covers. Then your cheerful tap dance in the kitchen, happily greeting me, eager for breakfast.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Banal Chew
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St. Patrick's Day is coming up. There will be parades. There will be hideous green clothing. And there will be drinking. Lots of delinquent, debauched and derelict drinking. Bring. It. On. Wait, isn't St. Pat's Day a Feast Day? Won't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The Banal Chew
If I were in Arkansas today, the day that marks the second anniversary of my father's death, I would visit his gravesite. And I would dress in good clothes. When he was alive, Dad always made sure he looked his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Banal Chew
I wouldn't worry (though I know you're not). Soon Shirley will be busted for the meth lab she's running out of her nursery, and you'll continue to slip around in bubble-bath and sip contentedly on your martinis.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2014 on Bitch sitch at the bitter waiter
Like many, I grew up listening to the vinyl albums in my parents' record collection. My father was a pretty decent baritone and had a solid collection of albums by prominent singers of his time, eg, Perry Como, Andy Williams... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at The Banal Chew
Dear Readers, Please participate in the following single-question survey. (You may remain anonymous.) I would greatly appreciate your feedback! Rebranding Survey (click here) Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Banal Chew
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A recent meme features the variety of positions in which a cat finds itself during sleep. It is good fun. Anyone who has ever shared a house with feline companions knows it can be awe inspiring and giggle inducing to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Banal Chew
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This might be my last Aussie Christmas for a while. With that in mind, I am happy for this photo opportunity. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at The Banal Chew
Dear [xxx] Human Resources Manager, Thank you so much for your two-sentence rejection e-mail, which I just received today. Considering the relevance of this position to my field of expertise, I have been anxiously awaiting word from you since I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The Banal Chew