Christmas spectacles

Christmas spectacles

The Cavalcade of Bad Nativities (see below)* has inspired me to contribute my own favorite bit of Christmas wackiness. I took these pictures last year at a house in town – not in my neighborhood, thankfully! – and they really don’t do full justice to a display that puts the “spectacle” in “spectacular.” My son posted them on his Flickr account (you can go there to see larger shots, and to check out his captions […]

Relationship bargaining

I started following the Aisledash wedding blog because a couple of my favorite bloggers became contributors, but there’s a lot of good content there even if you’re not currently a bride- (or groom-)to-be. If your interest isn’t just in weddings, but on the marriage relationship that follows one, they’re talking about that too. This relationship-related item, about a story from the Today Show‘s website, made me cringe: In short, a married man asked Dr. Gail […]

Remember, it could always be worse

Remember, it could always be worse

Welcome to another Monday. Christmas is just two weeks away! (And this is my 300th post. In hindsight, I’m not altogther proud of that content-wise. On the other hand – 300 posts!?!) Sometimes I’ll do my posting the laziest way possible…basically, forwarding an e-mail (as long as it’s one that didn’t require the Snopes treatment) to my blog. I wrapped up last week’s posts that way, so I might as well start off this week […]

iPod Random Ten 12-7-07

Bonus tracks edition this week – free lyric excerpts and commentary! “But he made too many enemies Of the people who would keep us on our knees“ – “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” XTC, Nonesuch(A catchy little song about persecution, sort of a companion piece to their earlier “Dear God” if you read a little too much into it) “I’m not here for your entertainment –You don’t really want to mess with me tonight“ – […]

Friday Funny: A Second Opinion

Because it’s Friday, and it’s rainy and chilly, and it’s only been a week since NaBloPoMo ended, here’s one lazy way to get a blog post: paste in a joke that someone e-mailed to you. This one came from my sister. Second Opinion The doctor said, “Joe, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad news is that it will require castration. You have a very rare condition, which causes your testicles […]

M is for Meme, and F is for…?

As usual, I was not tagged for this meme, but have just lifted it – this time from Misty at Rainy Day in May, since it just looked like fun. *UPDATED 12/21 after I actually was tagged, by Serena. I’m applying it retroactively.* Using the first letter of your name*, answer these questions. They have to be real answers, nothing made up, and you can’t use your own name as an answer. (*That’s meant to […]

Seven Random Facts Meme

Seven Random Facts Meme

No one has tagged me for this :-(, but Literary Feline issued an open invitation – as she frequently does – when she did the “7 Random Facts About Me” meme, and I’m picking up the ball. Hey. it’s all about the randomness around here, although as it turns out, there’s a thread connecting the facts I’m sharing here. I was born on Easter Sunday. I was born on my mother’s 34th birthday. I got […]

Which holiday are you?

Which holiday are you?

Most of us are in winter-holiday mode right now, but what if you’re really a Fourth-of-July person? Here’s yet another “personality” quiz, this one via Thoughts from…Jennifer: You Are Easter You are an optimistic, hopeful, and genuinely sweet person.Sensitive and affectionate, you are easily touched.You love nature, animals, and anything cute or cuddly.For you, every day is a new chance – no matter what happened yesterday. What makes you celebrate: Almost anything. You love most […]

Wiki Wednesday 12-5-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! And today, we get a Wiki-Resume: Born in Ecuador, Cecilia Alvear, a pioneering Latina in television news and the former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is a Field Producer with NBC Network News in Burbank, California. She was the network’s Mexico City Bureau Chief from 1982 until 1984 when she was transferred to […]

Rumor-mongering; or, one more complaint

An e-mail I got yesterday morning reminded me of something I should have had on my Ten on Tuesday list this week. Consider this a bonus item: E-mail warnings about crime, disease, new laws, you-name-it that get sent out to everyone in the Contacts list without being checked out first! Extra irritation points if the sender adds “Don’t know if this is true, but better to be safe…” I have a couple of family members […]

Scenes of the times

Scenes of the times

In all the hype and the shopping, let alone Santa and the elves, sometimes the origin the Christmas celebration can slip one’s mind. My friend Ann, who is in her final year at the General Theological Seminary in New York City (yes, I’m a near-heathen these days, and one of my good friends will be a minister in a few months – go figure), sent a link to a blog that can help remind us […]

Ten on Tuesday 12/4 – 10 Favorite Things to Complain About

Funny thing – not too long ago, I was complaining about complaining. But there’s something appealing about making a list of “favorite things” to complain about – I guess we all have our pet peeves, don’t we? When someone answers a “How are you?” greeting with “Can’t complain,” I sometimes think they just haven’t thought enough about it. If you’ve ever seen those bumper stickers that say “If you’re not angry, then you’re just not […]

You win some, you lose some…

One of my original blogging inspirations was my son. He’s been doing it a good deal longer than I have, although by no means as regularly, and he blogs in a niche that I’m not particularly interested in. In fact, his sports blog is the only one in that niche that I read, and although I think – objectively, I swear! – that he writes it very well, I wouldn’t read it if it wasn’t […]