On The Treat Yo Self Pie

Finally. A Pie Chart that looks like Ann's been trailing me around this week. {Takes another bite of egg mc muffin; hides all fb pix of friend's kids; jangles bracelets; signs for another Sephora package.}

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm 2

On "World Is Suddener Than We Fancy": Seamus Heaney Dies at 74

"Each year I hoped they'd keep, knew they would not."

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm 1

On "A Lady Who Followed Ever Her Natural Bents": Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker

I have always loved Mrs.Parker and I am still waiting for my Mr. Benchley. I also feel compelled to share my favorite Parker Poem with you:

Oh life is a glorious cycle of song
A medely of extemporanea
And love is a thing that can never go wrong
And I am Marie of Romania.

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm 9

On Let's Revisit All of Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 1

The whole of this album is totally greater than the sum of its parts. Just reading the song titles caused my entire youth to flash before my eyes.

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm 2

On The Books of Our Childhood Summers

I have a vivid memory of climbing to the top of a jungle gym at camp and settling in to read Are You There God It's Me Margaret. I also had my mother buy me a paperback copy of Anne of Green Gables to take to camp because I did not want to get my precious hardcovers sandy or lost.

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm 3

On Conversations With Old Men

I miss my grandpa.

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm 6

On "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."

I always thought I'd grow up to be a Ravenclaw, but I turned out to be a Gryffindor and I'm fine with it, really. (What I am not fine with are my sorry lack of awesome Quiddich chops.)

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm 0

On Farewell, Margaret Thatcher

@Nicole Cliffe A few years ago, I would have agreed with you, but I think perhaps his collusion with the Bush administration regarding Iraq may inspire similar feelings one day.

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:53 am 3

On Farewell, Margaret Thatcher

Because Nicole is the author of this post and because I, too, weep a little for my lost youth, I would like to recommend things to read and see that will give you a hint of what life was like when Mrs. Thatcher ran the world:

Anything by Hanif Kureishi - I am partial to Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, but My Beautiful Laundrette is good, too and is also a movie. Another rec'd film is Letter to Breshnev, about two girls from Liverpool who decide to look for a way out of Thatcher's Britain by moving to -- wait for it - the Soviet Union, which was just south of completey insane at that time. Don't get me wrong, I loved the 80s, but make no mistake, Mrs. Thatcher was hard as nails and cold as ice.

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:29 am 3

On Paying Your Share and When You Can't

You buy the annual TimeOut "Cheap Eats" issue. Then you buy the "Free Fun Things to Do in the City" issue. You watch the repeat of Friends where Rachel and Joey eat small salads in a four star restaurant. You feel a little compassion for your busted friends. And then you all go get some really good pizza and beers together and hang out. The End.

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm 5