From the monthly archives:

June 2010

Happy Father’s Day!

June 20, 2010

Happy Father’s Day, Papa! As I tell you every year, you’ve been like a father to me. You’ve always supported me.  Always. And not just financially (although I’m not knocking that, either! Keep it coming!) In 6th grade when I was struggling with math (where struggling = failing), you didn’t lecture me, yell at me […]

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This is Why He Sleeps With Earplugs

June 19, 2010

Oh my god, honey, can you wake up please? I think I have AIDS.  What?  Yes, I know it’s 4:30 in the morning, that’s why I said ‘wake up’ as opposed to ‘hi’.  I’m really worried.  I just remembered that I had, shall we say, unprotected contact, in the early 1990s…no, I didn’t share a […]

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Oven Mitt

June 18, 2010

This is my oven mitt. Can you spot its fatal flaw, its Achilles’ Heel? I’ll give you a hint:  The oven mitt thumb is burned off. It happened a while ago.  When I turned on the stove and then left the oven mitt unattended near it. And now, it’s thumbless. And when I pick up […]

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Chili Fairy

June 16, 2010

Scene:  Saturday evening at the Marinka household.  Husbandrinka is making dinner for the family. Marinka is relaxing with a few dozen episodes of “Law and Order” during which she becomes concerned that she’s coming down with a touch of Alzheimer’s because a lot of the actors look familiar, and yet she can’t place them. Marinka […]

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I Have Not Yet Begun to Mock

June 15, 2010

Yes, I’m still mulling over the whole Abby Sunderland adventure. Frankly, when I wrote the post on Friday morning, after she was found safe and sound (as safe and sound as you can be in the middle of the fucking ocean, alone) I fully expected to be awarded some kind of a Pulitzer for my […]

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June 14, 2010

This is not the post that I intended to write today. But when Fate steps in and hands you the badge of heroism, it’s pointless to run away.  And not only because running in this humidity is just plain crazy. I’ll start from the beginning. I was born at a young age– okay, okay, fast-forward […]

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Thank You

June 13, 2010

On Friday, I wrote a post about Abby Sunderland, in which I basically said that her parents were out of their minds.  Because I could not imagine letting my child do something like that.  Of course I realize that there are many ways to parent and I stand by my convictions, just as Abby’s parents, […]

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16 Year Old Feared Lost at Sea is Found Alive in Indian Ocean

June 11, 2010

This is the headline that I saw this morning.  Of course, it’s about Abby Sunderland, who is attempting to be the youngest person to sail around the world all by herself and without touching land and without assistance. It all sounds very draining.  I sort of suspect she’s doing it to get out of going […]

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