Diatribe: Nadkins.

01/16/2016 07:50:47 AM

We come across them all the time … things we didn’t know we don’t need. There is a peculiar marketplace available where entrepreneurs who think they’ve discovered the solution to enormous problem facing the world can peddle th

Ovation: America’s Oldest Teacher, Agnes Zhelesnik, Is An Inspiration!

01/15/2016 07:50:05 AM

When I was in high school, at least one of my teachers had also had my parents in her classroom. I remember her as being very strict and her class quite boring. But mostly I just remember her as being the “old teacher”. My folks thought ...

Diatribe: Know The Difference Between A Selfie And A Mug Shot.

01/14/2016 07:50:31 AM

When we gathered to open our gifts we found several packages underneath the Christmas Tree, all shaped exactly the same and wrapped in identical holiday paper. They each had a name tag and there was one for everyone in the family … except ...

Ovation: Charlotte Heffelmire’s Citizen Lifesaving Award.

01/13/2016 07:50:41 AM

For many college students living on campus and away from home “fall break” is often the first opportunity of the school year to travel to see family and friends. Going home for the holidays can become the “light at the end of the tu

Diatribe: Pizza Driver Stabs Customer Who Complains About Late Delivery.

01/12/2016 07:50:29 AM

Once every week to ten days we declare a “Pizza Night” at our house. Once declared and agreed upon, the concept of Pizza Night turns the rest of the evening into one of relaxation in front of the television. Because, on Pizza Night, nob ...

Ovation: Young Man Gives Shirt Off His Back To Shivering Stranger.

01/11/2016 12:43:00 PM

There’s so much madness happening around us. Armed civilians are holding federal buildings hostage. Vigilante passengers on a flight from New York to Chicago hog-tied a woman who supposedly attacked a flight attendant. Across the U.S., folks ...

Diatribe: Tonya Couch, A “Woman With Means”, Is Unhappy With Her Jail Cell.

01/09/2016 07:55:49 AM

Only once in my lifetime have I checked into a motel room where I just could not bring myself to stay. I had reserved a room overlooking a mountainside stream in a popular tourist destination in the mountains. When I arrived at the motel and ...

Ovation: Six-Year-Old Lyle Drummonds Knows How To Date.

01/08/2016 07:50:43 AM

At my house, we’ve determined that young people don’t really know how to date any more. It doesn’t seem like they go on “dates” like we did when we were young. We don’t see them schedule one-on-one time together wh

Diatribe: Hey! Nobody’s Comin’ Fer Ya Guns!

01/07/2016 07:50:35 AM

Earlier this week, in a live address to the nation, President Barack Obama explained new executive actions intended to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. After years of increasing gun-related violence, and a deeply divided Congress ...

Ovation: Saving “Miss Ice River”

01/06/2016 07:55:54 AM

I spent my childhood in a beautiful area of the country where there were many forest preserves and parks. Consequently, herds of deer became famous for gathering and growing in the area. On Sunday afternoon drives to visit our grandparents, ...

Diatribe: The Fine Line Between “Armed Protesters” and “Terrorists”

01/05/2016 07:50:51 AM

What began as a peaceful protest and demonstration this weekend supporting Dwight and Steven Hammond, father-and-son ranchers who were convicted of arson, escalated to an armed stand-off as a group of anti-government militants took over several ...

Ovation: A Return To Self-Therapy

01/04/2016 10:01:08 AM

After far too much time away from a keyboard, the last few weeks have proven to me that blogging needs to, once again, be a more important part of my life. It seems that I may have stopped seeing the good in people and that I need to make more ...

Diatribe: @UPS Driver Throws Package Over Fence, Reports Having Left It “At Front Door” and UPS Denies Shipper’s Claim For Damages …

12/14/2015 21:57:59 PM

Here’s a picture of what UPS might do to your Christmas gifts if you pay them to deliver your packages. This package contained a one-of-a-kind antique that did not survive its journey. It was carefully packed in a “moving box” that

OVATION: GUEST POST – Regarding Kim Davis And Other County Clerks Whose Religious Beliefs Prevent Them From Fulfilling The Duties The Taxpayers Pay Them To Perform.

08/18/2015 09:01:38 AM

When civil servants, or public and government officials begin refusing to do the job for which they were hired (to serve the citizens) because of their religious beliefs, then they have constitutionally disqualified themselves from serving as ...

Diatribe: Five “Trumpisms” To Make Us Think.

08/07/2015 09:54:58 AM

There’s no question that Donald Trump is comfortable in front of television cameras and since, according to recent polls, he’s the current favorite in the enormous lineup of GOP 2016 Presidential hopefuls it’s not surprising that he

Ovation: Christ Hyndman (March 3, 1966 – August 3, 2015)

08/04/2015 15:22:40 PM

When we bought our home in December 2001 it was a true “fixer upper”.  The house was built in the 1970s and we found ourselves surrounded by more paneling and Berber carpeting than humans should have to endure. We were proud of our new ...

Diatribe: Good Bye Cecil … Hello Cecily’s $2,500 Artificial Drumstick.

08/03/2015 14:14:33 PM

The death of Cecil the Lion, a black-maned lion kill by Minnesota big-game hunter Dr. Walter Palmer in a Zimbabwean National Park has been in the news for a while now and folks don’t seem to be backing away from the subject.  People can are ...

Ovation: Happy Birthday, Natalie Carson. You Are Not Alone!

06/10/2015 07:45:36 AM

My birthday was last week.  I’ve had a lot of them.  I always joke and say that “It beats the alternative!”  They’ve all been good.  I hope I have a lot more.  I, generally, don’t like to be the center of attention

Diatribe: Don’t Drink And Bake.

06/06/2015 07:45:43 AM

Last month our oven stopped working.  We knew that it was on the fritz and assumed that there was something wrong with the thermostat because we had to leave our frozen pizzas in longer than usual and at a slightly higher temperature.  The ...

Ovation: The 78th National Doughnut/Donut Day!

06/05/2015 07:45:21 AM

Today, the first Friday in June, is National Donut (or, if you’re not counting keystrokes, “Doughnut”) Day! The Chicago Salvation Army likes to take credit for establishing the tradition in 1938 to honor women who served donuts to soldiers ...

Diatribe: Being Charged A Reburial Fee After Floodwaters Unearth Your Wife’s Coffin.

06/04/2015 08:00:11 AM

We lost our cat last winter.  He was almost fifteen years old.  He’d been slowing down for a few months and could no longer hop up onto the sofa to watch television with us.  We’d bought a little stool for him to use so he could get ...

Ovation: Finnegans Reverse Food Truck.

06/03/2015 12:13:09 PM

As a teen, I worked with my grandfather to begin an “open pantry” in our church’s basement.  The idea was to collect non-perishable food and make it available to those in the congregation, and the surrounding community, who found t

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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.  ...

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?  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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”.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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, ...

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 ...

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

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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 ...