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Diatribe: “Happy Valentine’s Day. I Named A Roach For You”

02/11/2015 10:14:17 AM

Singles Awareness Day is just around the corner and the world is awash in all things red and pink.  What used to be a day set aside for gentlemen to bring their special ladies a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers has turned into a national ho > read more

Ovation: Alfred Ajani’s Pay-It-Forward Train Station Job Search.

01/30/2015 14:53:07 PM

Toward the very end of my college career, I attended a few seminars that the school offered centered around topics like “Building a Resume” and “How To Prepare For An Interview”.  That was pretty much the extent of the recruitment and staffi > read more

Diatribe: Assh*le Brown’s Comcast Bill

01/29/2015 13:42:18 PM

One day last week we noticed a van in our neighbors’ driveway.  It belonged to the man with an extension ladder who was installing a satellite dish on their roof.  Apparently, they’d decided that it was time for them to make the switch away fro > read more

Ovation: I Hope Billy Crystal & Michael Urie Can Still Be Friends.

01/27/2015 10:58:39 AM

I’ve always loved to watch television.  As a child, this meant choosing from three network channels, PBS and a couple of spotty local UHF stations.  I loved to watch old sitcom re-runs after school and my folks would let me watch a few things in > read more

Diatribe: Designer Rick Owens Flashes Paris Fashion Week.

01/23/2015 09:43:58 AM

I watch enough Project Runway to know that avant garde fashion isn’t for everyone.  Defined as leading edge, progressive and experimental, clothes of this nature are intended to prevent the industry from becoming stagnant and repetitive.  Avant g > read more

Ovation: Smoker Fined For Throwing Butts Out Of Window.

01/22/2015 12:33:21 PM

One Saturday evening last month, we had a few friends over for a holiday party.  We prepared for weeks and, knowing that some of our guests would be seeing our home for the first time, we found ourselves motivated to spruce things up a bit.  In add > read more

Diatribe: Perceived Carry Decoys.

01/14/2015 07:45:51 AM

I read too much news.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe.  Today I’ve stumbled across something so incredibly stupid I can’t believe it’s not satire. How about fake guns for those who want to give off a “don’t mess with me” persona?  Ap > read more

Ovation: The Controversial McDonald’s “Signs” Commercial.

01/13/2015 11:51:51 AM

Last weekend, I found myself inside a recently-remodeled McDonald’s in my small town.  While I’ll admit to frequenting its drive-thru window in the past, it’s not too often that I go inside to eat as it was , historically, quite loud and “ki > read more

Diatribe: America’s Continuing Fascination With The Antics Of Sarah Palin.

01/05/2015 12:26:21 PM

Last week, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin placed herself firmly in the news once again by sharing photos of her six-year-old son, Trig, standing on the family’s black Labrador Retriever via social media.  She claimed the photos were somehow sy > read more

Ovation: Citizenship Requirements For High School Graduation Make More Sense Than Chin-Ups.

12/22/2014 12:14:22 PM

It’s been almost thirty-five years since I graduated from high school and I have yet to use any of the “math skills” that I learned in Algebra I, Algebra II or Calculus.  Nor have I climbed a rope or done twenty chin-ups … a Physical Educati > read more

Diatribe: GUEST POST – Banksy Calls Us Out: Do We Love Our Mobiles More Than Each Other?

12/10/2014 14:48:16 PM

In the 1960s, Swiss novelist and playwright Max Frisch defined technology as “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” Although Frisch’s commentary is more than 50 years old and was before smar > read more

Ovation: Google Removes “Ass Hunters” From Its Play Store.

11/24/2014 12:15:26 PM

Last Saturday, Cleveland police responded to a 911 call concerning a juvenile in a local playground who was on a swing set and pointing a pistol was “probably fake” and scaring everyone.  When police confronted the boy and instructed him to put > read more

Diatribe: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sues The Government On Behalf Of All Americans.

11/21/2014 12:43:46 PM

We’ve all gotten a chuckle or, at the very least, shaken our heads in disbelief at some of the ridiculously frivolous lawsuits that we read about in the news.  In our increasingly litigious society, we’ve grown to expect people to sue just becau > read more

Ovation: The End Of NOM Appears To Be Imminent.

11/20/2014 15:12:41 PM

Formed in 2007 specifically to pass California’s Proposition 8 prohibiting same-sex marriage in the state, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has spent the last seven years and millions of dollars opposing civil rights for LGBT Americans > read more

Diatribe: Pope Francis’ Offensive Words To Single Parents And Their Children.

11/19/2014 13:46:29 PM

This week, during a Complementarity of Man and Woman conference in Rome, a gathering of global religious conservatives, Pope Francis declared that “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.”  Almost immediately, th > read more

Ovation: LinkNYC.

11/18/2014 14:00:30 PM

When our youngest was quite young he was riding in the passenger’s seat of his grandfather’s pickup truck when we saw him poking the armrest with his fingertip.  When we asked him what he was doing, he said he was trying to roll down the window. > read more

Diatribe: The Duck Commander Family Musical.

11/17/2014 17:00:27 PM

We went to the movies this weekend with some friends to see Birdman starring Michael Keaton.  Birdman is the story of former action movie star Riggan Thomson (Keaton) who is now that director/producer/star of an ambitious Broadway production that he > read more

Ovation: Lasagna With Bruce Springsteen.

11/07/2014 10:26:30 AM

Sometimes it feels like giving to charity is a double-edged sword.  At our house we give regularly to about four different charities.  Possibly as a result, we receive emails and “robocalls” asking for donations from dozens of others across the > read more

Diatribe: Too Drunk To Notice Uber’s Surge Pricing.

11/03/2014 14:49:15 PM

Many years ago, a I had an acquaintance who was a bit of a binge drinker.  He was small in stature and what some might call “high strung” inasmuch as he was easily excitable.  Personally, I was always of the mindset that one could occasionally > read more

Ovation: Nick Cannon Donates $2 Million Pair Of Shoes To Charity.

10/31/2014 09:46:05 AM

At our house there is always a Honey Do List.  Like most homes, there’s always something around the house or the yard that needs to be fixed, painted or replaced.  The projects on the list aren’t particularly challenging but they’re rarely pl > read more

Diatribe: Are Governors Who Defy The White House Guilty Of Insubordination?

10/27/2014 14:38:41 PM

Holy cow, Election Day can’t get here fast enough for me.  Watching the local news in the morning as I get ready to leave for the office is a part of my daily routine that often gets on my nerves because they tend to play the same commercials over > read more

Ovation: Welcome To The End Of (Honey Boo Boo) Times.

10/24/2014 11:19:21 AM

Well … there goes Honey Boo Boo. I made it.  It’s over.  And I’m proud to say that I’ve never seen one minute of the redneck escapades of that smart-mouthed little Honey Boo Boo and her clan that has been polluting basic cable since TLC int > read more

Diatribe: Can You Imagine Getting A Text Message From Your Dead Grandmother?

10/22/2014 15:58:25 PM

My late grandfather always had a pencil.  As both a musician and a craftsman by trade, and having served as a navigator in the air force, he had grown accustomed to the need for taking notes in his music, writing down measurements or marking maps at > read more

Ovation: Cerealiously Count Chocula.

10/21/2014 16:41:05 PM

When I was a kid, my mother never let my brother or I leave the house for school in the morning without eating breakfast. Ours was a typical household consisting of everyone trying to get dressed and ready while fighting for bathroom time. During the > read more

Diatribe: When It Comes To Marriage Equality, Leaders In Kansas, Montana and South Carolina Aren’t Following The Law.

10/20/2014 11:06:18 AM

When I was in grade school there were about one hundred children in my class and we were separated into four “home rooms” of about twenty-five students.  We spent the day with the same group of kids throughout the school year and mingled with th > read more

Ovation: Shepard Smith Explains Ebola.

10/16/2014 12:53:39 PM

I watch the local news on television each morning when I get dressed for work.  Generally, I tune in to see the weather forecast and to learn about any significant traffic issues that might interfere with my commute.  I find much of what they repor > read more

Diatribe: When Your $10,000 Hermès Bag Smells Like Pot Or A Skunk And You Don’t Have A Chicken Box To Hide It In.

10/14/2014 12:13:56 PM

My dog is a spoiled little creature who, generally, thinks she’s the boss of me.  But, when it comes time to go for a walk I make it very clear that I am in charge and we both know who is in charge.  I don’t let HER walk ME.  She has two routi > read more

09/11/01 Never Forget

09/11/2014 00:01:50 AM

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Ovation: Grace Karaffa Fights For Chapstick On Her Playground.

09/10/2014 14:42:24 PM

I’m an addict.  I’ve always been an addict.  I’ve got a Chapstick monkey on my back.  I’ve been hooked on the waxy lip balm for as long as I can remember.  I’ve always carried Chapstick in my book bag.  In high school marching band, I > read more

Diatribe: An Open Letter To Janay Rice.

09/09/2014 12:35:31 PM

Dear Janay, I’m sorry that you think the media is causing you “pain” just to get ratings, but let me tell you what I think is really happening.  You see, what your husband did to you in that elevator is not cool.  It’s not “ok”.  You l > read more

Ovation: SheTaxis-SheRides.

09/08/2014 15:57:28 PM

I once spent an afternoon trying to help a friend come up with a plan for her daughter to rent a car when she landed, alone, in an airport in a big city.  She didn’t want her to take a cab to her destination because she had misgivings about lettin > read more

Diatribe: Stopping To Pet Cats While You’re Being Chased By Cops.

09/07/2014 07:50:29 AM

One day, many years ago, on my drive home from the office two motorcycles passed me on the highway at a dangerously fast speed.  They flew by and continued to swerve from lane to lane as they progressed forward within the flow of cars ahead of me.  > read more

Ovation: Mounting Pressure On Kroger To Keep Guns Away From Groceries.

09/06/2014 07:50:50 AM

I buy the majority of the groceries for our household.  I don’t, however, “shop” for groceries.  I go to the supermarket, find what I need, put it in my buggy, pay for it and get the heck out.  I don’t like it there.  It’s crowded.  Pe > read more

Diatribe: The Little Girl Who Got Trapped In A Washing Machine.

09/05/2014 07:55:30 AM

Recently, we purchased a new washer and dryer.  We’re not the most sophisticated launderers and would shove as many clothes inside it as it would hold, douse it with a splash of detergent, set it to “normal” and walk away.  Apparently, after > read more

Ovation: The Squirrel Whisperer.

09/04/2014 07:45:28 AM

As much as I love squirrels, I’ve been outvoted at home when it comes to feeding them around the house.  We actually had to take down our bird feeders this summer because they became so popular with the squirrel population that it seemed we were f > read more

Diatribe: GUEST POST – Moving Scams.

09/03/2014 07:30:54 AM

There’s a universal truth about moving: It sucks. Everything about moving is essentially awful. There’s the sorting, the finding of boxes that don’t smell like a wet trash can, the actual packing of items, and then the overwhelming > read more

Ovation: Phil Laboon, The Most Generous Non-Groom Ever.

09/02/2014 16:07:42 PM

My household is comprised of Julia Roberts fans.  We have our own copy of every movie in which she has ever starred since her first significant role in 1988’s Mystic Pizza.  Every time someone stumbles upon one of her movies on television, it see > read more

Diatribe: A Real-Life Dolores Claiborne.

08/26/2014 10:57:22 AM

Actress Kathy Bates won yet another award this week taking home the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Movie category for her portrayal of Delphine LaLaurie n American Horror Story: Coven.  I’ve always enjoyed a > read more

Ovation: Undercover Colors, The Anti-Creep Nail Polish

08/25/2014 15:10:21 PM

I’m a big fan of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.  Unlike many situation comedies on television, I find the Big Bang writers’ consistent use of intelligent conversation and scientific topics to be amusing without being silly.  The characters are in > read more

Diatribe: Gentlemen, Shouldn’t You Tuck In Your Dress Shirts?

08/23/2014 07:50:21 AM

Shirts that are made with a flat bottom hem are, generally, meant to be worn untucked.  But if a shirt has visible “tails” … the hem is clearly longer in the front and the back than it is on the sides, and not even all the way around … it sh > read more

Ovation: A Giant Teddy Bear’s Joy Ride.

08/22/2014 07:50:03 AM

When my oldest niece was born, I had the honor of being present at the hospital.  I was between jobs and fortunate enough to able to help out with odds and ends surrounding the new arrival.  By the time the little miracle finally showed up, her mot > read more

Diatribe: Can We All, Please, Agree That A Missed Call Is Not The Same As A Voice Mail Message?

08/21/2014 08:00:53 AM

I’ve been told that, when I talk, I sometimes don’t have a “filter”.  I’ll ramble on and say things that I might not necessarily say if I would stop and give the topic more thought.  Things that I’m thinking become confused with things > read more

Ovation: Lillian Weber Sews Little Dresses For Africa.

08/20/2014 14:53:42 PM

I can’t sew to save my life.  Being an arts-and-crafts sort of person, I’ve learned to piece together different projects over the years using a needle and thread and even, to a small extent, a simple sewing machine but I will never possess the q > read more

Diatribe: A Tennis Ball Dangling On A Clothes Line Will Not Stop A Chrysler Cordoba And Old Men Shouldn’t Wear Flip-Flops When They Drive.

08/19/2014 11:50:14 AM

In the late 1970s, my folks drove a black Chrysler Cordoba.  The car was enormous.  It was one of Chrysler’s first upscale luxury sedans and had all the “bells and whistles” of the day.  Thinking back, I remember the doors to be about four f > read more

Ovation: Scott Brand’s #TossTheTube For Good Campaign.

08/18/2014 13:46:44 PM

It’s probably safe to say that every child of the seventies either had or knew someone who had a Habitrail.  The Habitrail was a series of see-through plastic tubes and cages designed for housing small pets, like hamsters or mice.  It was a modul > read more

Diatribe: Sizzling Bacon Prices.

08/13/2014 11:11:35 AM

I’ve always been a big eater and my motto when dining out is I’ve only met one menu from which I could not order (Calypso Café … a story for another time), but there are a few foods I simply must avoid because they “repeat” on me.  One bi > read more

Ovation: Robin Williams (1951-2014)

08/12/2014 15:10:24 PM

I told myself that I wasn’t going to write about the death of Robin Williams.  It’s terribly sad when someone so gifted becomes lost in a cloud of darkness from which he can see no way out.  But then I remembered these few seconds of hi > read more

Diatribe: Whatever Happened To “Thank You”.

08/11/2014 11:48:04 AM

My nieces are wonderful letter-writers.  From a very young age, their mother would insist that they send a hand-written Thank You note every time they received a gift.  Regardless of whether they’ve received a check or a toy, they always wrote a > read more

Ovation: BOOMF.

08/08/2014 10:19:00 AM

I can’t keep a secret.  Long ago I determined that the concepts of deceitfulness and lying required far too much energy.  Since it’s all I can do to remember the truth it’s simply not possible for me to keep up with a sequence of fibs necessa > read more

Diatribe: Judge Sutton, Time Is Of The Essence When It Comes To Equality.

08/07/2014 10:41:45 AM

Yesterday, oral arguments took place in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were heard by two judges appointed by President George W. Bush and one by Presi > read more

Ovation: Radio Shack’s Back-To-School “Protection Plan” Commercials.

08/05/2014 13:48:19 PM

Nowadays, I don’t watch many commercials on television.  As long as the batteries in my remote control are relatively fresh, I can usually zoom past all the advertisements in a program that I’ve recorded and I’m learning to ignore them when I > read more

Diatribe: What Kind Of Person Kicks A Squirrel Into The Grand Canyon?

08/04/2014 13:37:40 PM

I like squirrels.  I think they’re cute.  I realize they can be incredibly destructive and are a nuisance to many people in various ways but I still get a kick out of them.  This summer, we’ve had an unusually large amount of squirrel visitors > read more

Ovation: Crowd Surfing In A Wheelchair.

08/01/2014 11:13:06 AM

Never having been a fan of large crowds, when I go to concerts I prefer a venue with assigned seating.  I have, however, been to several outdoor events that I enjoyed very much.  I remember seeing a young Christina Aguilera perform an outdoor conce > read more

Diatribe: An Ax Through Your Windshield.

07/31/2014 10:57:29 AM

I work in a city that offers very limited public transportation.  Most people who work in the city, like myself, commute to and from work every day by automobile.  Traffic can be tedious but it simply comes with the territory and is a fact of life. > read more

Ovation: National Cheesecake Day.

07/30/2014 11:27:16 AM

I blame my sweet tooth on my grandmothers.  When I was a kid, every meal ended with a dessert.  To this day, it’s as if I can’t stop eating until I finish with something sweet.  Both of my grandmothers made delicious desserts that I remember q > read more

Diatribe: Perhaps “The Bachelorette” Should Have Taken Nick’s Calls.

07/29/2014 11:50:17 AM

I don’t remember my parents actively censoring the television programs that we watched as children.  Of course, back then, there were only three networks and very few programs from which to choose.  I remember that Laugh-In was supposed to be off > read more

Ovation: Just When I Thought Jimmy Fallon Couldn’t Get Any Cuter, He Sucked Helium With Morgan Freeman.

07/28/2014 14:28:39 PM

Morgan Freeman is one of very few entertainers that I remember seeing on television as a child.  He, along with Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby, was one of the original stars of the PBS kids’ show The Electric Company that aired for six season beginnin > read more

Diatribe: Don’t Buy Your Lunch At A Restaurant You Just Tried To Rob.

07/23/2014 10:27:11 AM

It’s no secret among my friends and family that I love Mexican food.  I’ve never visited a Mexican restaurant that I didn’t enjoy … and it seems like there are millions of them.  Of course I enjoy some more than others and I’ve encountere > read more

Ovation: A Real-Life Krusty Krab Restaurant.

07/22/2014 15:42:16 PM

Anyone who’s had a kid in the last fifteen years has probably heard of SpongeBob SquarePants, his pet snail Gary, his best friend Patrick Star, neighbor Squidward Tentacles, his boss Mr. Krabs and the rest of the gang in Bikini Bottom made famous o > read more

Diatribe: Are Christians Who Oppose Equality Really Christians?

07/21/2014 12:35:36 PM

Knowing that Republican House Speaker John Boehner was never going to bring a nondiscrimination bill to the floor, advocates have demanded for years that President Obama sign an executive order instead.  This morning, President Obama amended a stand > read more

Ovation: Good For Tim McGraw.

07/18/2014 15:31:31 PM

In my younger years I spent quite a bit of time on stage.  I spent hours and hours practicing in front of a mirror because I didn’t want my mannerisms or my facial expressions to detract from my performance.  One of the most common critiques that > read more

Diatribe: Burning Down Your House To Kill A Spider.

07/17/2014 11:24:35 AM

A few weeks ago we had guests spend the weekend with us.  They stayed in a guest room that, honestly, doesn’t get used very often.  We keep some clothes in the closet but mostly the door stays closed to keep pets out and the room undisturbed. Whe > read more

Ovation: Weird Al’s “Word Crimes” Parody.

07/16/2014 11:27:42 AM

One of my guilty pleasures as a teen was listening to the Dr. Demento radio show.  The broadcast originated in a Los Angeles radio station and specialized in novelty songs, comedy and strange or unusual recordings from the past to the present.  Som > read more

Diatribe: Censoring Dialogue But Not Images.

07/14/2014 10:35:09 AM

This is the time of year when television watchers have little to get excited about.  The major networks are saving their new shows for the fall and cable seems to be airing “filler”.  Fortunately, most cable and satellite providers have begun t > read more

Ovation: The Twilight Wish Foundation.

07/11/2014 15:58:03 PM

Several years ago, I stopped wanting to “get stuff” and I started wanting to “do things”.  I’d spent the better part of my adult life collecting things to assemble a home and I’d finally determined that my home wa > read more

Diatribe: Meth Grandma’s Tea.

07/10/2014 15:37:44 PM

I was a fortunate child inasmuch as I grew up in a small town where almost all of my family lived within an hour’s drive from home.  We got to visit relatives frequently and be a part of each other’s lives.  As more people follow their dreams, > read more

Ovation: I Support The Firing Of Polly “Have a Blessed Day” Neace.

07/09/2014 07:40:08 AM

I have a job, I have a job description and I have a boss.  I do what is expected of me, I follow my supervisor’s instructions and I get paid for my service.  I don’t always like what I have to do.  In fact, sometimes I don’t look forward to > read more

Diatribe: GUEST POST – Online Car Loan Scams.

07/09/2014 07:30:25 AM

A lot of us have been there before; for whatever reason, our credit score isn’t up to scratch and suddenly taking out a loan becomes a major undertaking. This is right about the time that the car decides to give up the ghost, requiring a replac > read more

Ovation: Endless Appetizers At TGI Fridays.

07/08/2014 07:30:02 AM

I love a good happy hour.  In my younger days I used to look forward to stopping on my way home from the office to have a cocktail with colleagues one night and with friends another night at least one night each week.  I try to leave problems aroun > read more

Diatribe: “Married At First Sight”

07/07/2014 07:30:32 AM

I’ve written before about my disgust for people who don’t take the privilege of marriage seriously and the good folks at the FYI Network are giving us another reason to question the motives of those who marry for marriage sake.  Marrying a stran > read more

Ovation: The Star-Spangled Banner

07/04/2014 09:36:41 AM

REPOSTED from July 4, 2013 … Today, the United States of America celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when the original Thirteen Colonies separated from Great Britain.  The federal holiday is commonly ass > read more

Diatribe: Nine Kitchen Items A Dishwasher Can Destroy.

07/03/2014 07:30:41 AM

Family meals at my grandmother’s house were always wonderful.  Cleaning up after them, as I recall, was quite a feat.  Her kitchen, you see, did not have a dishwasher.  She washed her dishes in a dishpan and dried them with a soft towel.  A > read more

Ovation: Target Takes Aim At Customers Carrying Firearms.

07/02/2014 11:37:01 AM

I do most of the grocery shopping for our household and, over the years, I’ve done my share of “comparison pricing”.  There are so many things to take into consideration when determining how to get the most value for your shopping dollar that > read more

Diatribe: Fried Paper Towels And Hot Oil.

07/01/2014 12:25:11 PM

Last Saturday night we had a small dinner party.  One of our guests has recently joined Weight Watchers so, wanting to be supportive, I scoured the internet for an interesting recipe that looked yummy enough for everyone else yet would allow my diet > read more

Ovation: Seven Natural Sunburn Remedies

06/30/2014 14:36:01 PM

Some of us will never learn.  No matter how many times get a sun burn, we still find ourselves outside on a sunny day without protecting our skin.  I’ve, personally, burned and peeled three times already this year and my lips are in a constant st > read more

Diatribe: The Business Of Gay Pride Can Be Quite Distasteful.

06/27/2014 07:30:29 AM

A friend of mine finds herself in a peculiar situation this week.  She and her family have worked, tirelessly, for many years to raise funds on behalf of the LGBT community and many various charities in their community and across the country.  Havi > read more

Ovation: Edith Windsor.

06/26/2014 07:30:26 AM

Edith Schlain Windsor worked in New York as a computer systems consultant for IBM.  She was a board member of Social Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders, also known as SAGE, from 1985 to 1987 and from 2004 to 2006 > read more

Diatribe: The Hot Convict.

06/25/2014 12:31:02 PM

Sadly, it seems that many of us have been programmed to believe that beautiful people have a head start on their less attractive peers. Studies completed as far back as the 1970s indicate that attractive people are treated more favorably than those c > read more

Ovation: Pizza Delivery By Drone.

06/24/2014 10:07:17 AM

A couple weeks ago, our neighbor was frightened by an unexpected late-night visitor and had quite a story to tell.  She’s a sweet widow who lives on a large piece of property with a long driveway.  A car that she didn’t recognize arrived and a > read more

Diatribe: Kicking Marilyn Monroe To The Curb.

06/23/2014 12:58:32 PM

During childhood vacations, I remember driving past homesteads in the mountains where there were homes with sofas and washing machines on the front porch.  Along the interstate, we saw lots of junk cars and flower pots made from discarded tires.  I > read more

Ovation: Thelma & Louise Recreate Their “Selfie”.

06/20/2014 11:20:26 AM

Thelma & Louise, the 1991 adventure buddy film co-starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis brought a lot of firsts to the big screen.  It was the first time the world was really introduced to Callie Khouri (ABC’s NASHVILLE) whose screenplay for > read more

Diatribe: It’s Ok To Bring Your Rifle To Target While Mini-Me Gets A Cavity Search.

06/19/2014 07:30:39 AM

Apparently, there are loaded guns strewn about households across the United States laying well within the grasp of toddlers, hormonal teens and the less-than-brilliant fools among us who don’t understand how they work.  Fringe “enthusiasts” ar > read more

Ovation: Christian Stoinev.

06/18/2014 09:43:21 AM

I have a friend who’s really into yoga.  He, apparently, is quite good at it, too.  I tried it once … alone in front of my television where no one could see me.  I couldn’t do it.  I have no sense of balance so I kept falling over … liter > read more

Diatribe: When Beavers Attack.

06/17/2014 15:00:37 PM

We found a spider in our house last weekend.  It was a large spider, about five inches long, and we were amazed to find it inside an empty wastebasket in a bedroom on the second floor.  It couldn’t get out of the wastebasket because it was unable > read more

Ovation: Lily Born’s Kangaroo Cup.

06/16/2014 12:42:37 PM

Last weekend I found myself discussing the hit ABC television program Shark Tank.  For those who’ve never seen it, the program features a panel of potential investors, called “sharks”, who consider offers from aspiring entrepreneurs seeking in > read more

Diatribe: I Don’t Think Mila Kunis’ “Kimmel” Skit Was Funny.

06/13/2014 07:30:02 AM

I think Mila Kunis is a beautiful actress, she was fantastic in Black Swan and she does a great job providing the voice of Meg Griffin on “Family Guy” but I was not amused when she poked fun at dads-to-be during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Ki > read more

Ovation: Jon Bon Jovi Is Pretty Awesome.

06/12/2014 09:39:27 AM

When I was young, I was never a fan of “hair metal” bands or any of the hard rock-‘n’-roll acts that lots of other kids enjoyed.  Frankly, I thought many of them only really listened to their music in an effort to annoy their parents.  My y > read more

Diatribe: Drunk Sexting A Cop.

06/11/2014 10:35:57 AM

My resume reflects a time in my career during which I worked as a Freelance Photographer.  I took photos at weddings and did some portrait work as well as many images that I composed with the intention of selling them through various outlets.  I pa > read more

Ovation: 1600 Pandas World Tour.

06/10/2014 10:32:28 AM

I love flash mobs (see here and here) and I love pandas.  I can’t think of anything that would grab my attention faster than a panda flash mob!  Yesterday, a display of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas filled the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airpor > read more

Diatribe: Giving Table Scraps To Dogs Might Be OK …But Dog Treats Aren’t For Kids.

06/09/2014 12:48:35 PM

Back in my horse days, I tried my hand at baking home-made horse treats.  My horse wasn’t a finicky eater, but he was particular when it came to special treats.  He didn’t care for carrots or even slices of apples like other horses in the barn > read more

Ovation: GUEST POST – Mike Rowe’s Advice On Finding A Dream Job.

06/06/2014 10:11:50 AM

If there’s one thing people learn about Mike Rowe, it’s that he doesn’t sugar-coat anything. The former “Dirty Jobs” TV host was recently asked for some personal advice on finding the dream job, and he said straight up: > read more

Diatribe: Using Silly Beards To Sell Razors.

06/05/2014 07:30:31 AM

It seems that, lately, when it comes to men and shaving it can be one extreme or the other.  Many grooming habits that were previously only acceptable for women have become perfectly normal for men thanks to what might be called the “metrosexual m > read more

Ovation: Being A Friend To Have A Friend.

06/04/2014 08:00:17 AM

Do you have a best friend?  As children, we all probably did.  Many of us are fortunate enough to remain close well into adulthood.  My mother, for instance, has remained very close with her best friend from down the street for almost sixty years > read more

Diatribe: Dragging Your Baby Down The Aisle On Your Wedding Day.

06/03/2014 16:38:08 PM

One of my great claims to fame is the fact that I stood as a witness in both of my parents weddings.  Not many people can say this but, when they each remarried thirty-some years ago, I had the honor of being a part of both ceremonies.  To this day > read more

Ovation: Presidential Proclamation – June 2014 is LGBT Pride Month.

05/30/2014 19:48:02 PM

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect — our Nation becomes not onl > read more

Diatribe: Unless You’re Inconsiderate And Selfish, Once You Get To The Last Window It’s Too Late To Order More Food.

05/29/2014 08:00:08 AM

Surely we’re all in agreement that none of us can teach our children everything they need to know.  Most parents show them the basics, turn them over to strangers leading a classroom, sprinkle on a little bit of help with their homework and hope f > read more

Ovation: Dr. Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

05/28/2014 08:44:04 AM

Renowned author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, known for her civil rights activism and her most famous autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings has died at the age of 86. While Angelou never went to college, she held more than thirty honorary degree > read more

Diatribe: Kamikaze Cardinals.

05/24/2014 09:30:17 AM

We enjoy feeding the birds around our house and this is the time of year when we see the most activity.  Flowers are blooming and the trees finally have all of their leaves so the birds are busy building nests.  We have one feeder that I particular > read more

Ovation: Chipotle Goes Gun-Free.

05/20/2014 11:49:16 AM

For all of my adult life I’ve held a very firm anti-gun stance believing that while the old adage “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” may be true, a more accurate slogan would be “guns don’t kill people, people with guns kill peo > read more

Diatribe: Fitting Tributes Or Commercialized Grief?

05/19/2014 12:34:37 PM

Lately, I feel that I’ve been forced to consider the topic of commercialized grief. Last Friday, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum opened with a special ceremony at ground zero that was attended by President Barack Obama.  Having visit > read more

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