IM A Foreign Language

texting

If your IM, text, or BBM savvy ends with the ability to cast a vote for “American Idol,” you are out of touch with a language that is growing organically by the day. Such a techno-imitation could keep you out of the know. Make you sound like a Luddite when you ask for a translation. Show your un-coolness in a flash.

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Cleaning Out

Moving day

A funny thing happened on our move into a new house. We lost almost everything – more than two decades worth of old stuff that had been stored in our bat-plagued attic and damp basement. Gone: Yearbooks and kids clothes and glassware that didn’t match towels that didn’t match and an almost full set of silverware with a few spoons gouged by the garbage disposal; perfectly good pots with missing lids; phones that still worked; record albums, and every mug that a child had given us for a special occasion; Barbies and board games we no longer knew how to play; our kids’ college texts books and out-of-season-out-of-style clothes. The artificial Christmas tree and the plastic Halloween pumpkins and the Thanksgiving cornucopia. Gone, gone, gone!

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A Fashion Rant

teenclothes

A gaggle of tween-age girls, some looking mature beyond their years, others looking barely their age, were clustered in front of the ladies room mirror examining their very-similar looking selves. Long, straight shiny hair. Sparkling, post-braces, perfectly-aligned teeth.

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No Gift Wrap Necessary

puppies

Just barely past Halloween, weeks to go before Thanksgiving, and the holidays are already knocking at the door. At my daughter’s house the door was opened early, and in walked Mack who might be – no bias here – the softest, mushiest, most adorable Papillon-Pekingese mix East of the Mississippi.

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