Culture, Living, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Pet Peeves, Poetry, Politics, Rants & Opinions, Writing

Out of the Gate!

The horse-race has begun! Can't you just feel the anticipation? The excitement? The hotly-contested, fiercely-competitive quest for the checkered flag ... er, the green jacket ... er, the stretched-out tape at the finish line ... er, the party's nod to run for President – that doesn't necessarily mean victory and White House residency. You may actually have… Continue reading Out of the Gate!

Arkansas, Christianity, Culture, Living, Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions

Just-In-Time Shopping

It's not often that I leave WalMart without having spent the better part of $100 (sometimes more), so it was with some disorientation that I exited a WalMart store last night with a completely empty cart and a full wallet. But I was frustrated. The exact product for which I had entered the store had… Continue reading Just-In-Time Shopping

Culture, Education, Living, Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions

Preferred Pronoun Fitness

Currently, my Beloved is a dues-paying member of the now-famous (or infamous, depending upon one's point of view) Planet Fitness franchise of non-judgmental workout centers. The recent hubbub revolves around a female member who expressed her dismay (to PF management) and questioned the appropriateness of a naked – and obviously male – individual boldly ensconced in the women's… Continue reading Preferred Pronoun Fitness

Abortion, Brave New World, Culture, Dying, Living, Pet Peeves, Politics, Rants & Opinions, War Against Women

Do Black Lives Matter?

One of the lead stories of this morning's news was the monstrous traffic jam in Massachusetts I-93 caused by protesters, arms voluntarily inserted into sand- or concrete-filled barrels, positioned directly in the highway right-of-way reserved for vehicles. At least one report indicated the protesters wished to make a statement about "improving race relations" due to recent deaths… Continue reading Do Black Lives Matter?

Arkansas, Culture, Pet Peeves, Politics

No(!) Opinion

Because my Beloved and I are one of the diminishing number of US households that continues to maintain a landline, we've gotten used to contending with repeated calls from Heather and/or Rachel from Card Services. Yes, our number is on the Do Not Call Registry. I've even gone so far as requesting the phone company… Continue reading No(!) Opinion

Blogging, PeeveBlogging, Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions, Villains, Your Tax Dollars At Work

Stop Calling Me!

Fair warning:  this post will be a major peeve-blog, a rant, an all-out hissy fit! I am MAD! If you think this might possibly offend your reading pleasure today, I urge you to take some time away and return when suitably prepared to participate in my full-bore detonation. Okay, if you're still reading, let's begin.… Continue reading Stop Calling Me!

Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions, Villains, Your Tax Dollars At Work

The End Game

Referring to what the TSA euphemistically styles "enhanced screenings," the wonderfully compliant news outlets in their soft-as-a-baby's-behind reporting (also, here and here) are now regurgitating the TSA-generated meme that "less than 3%" of the flying public is subjected to the heightened screening techniques. Wow, that's a relief! A measly 3% of airline passengers are ceding… Continue reading The End Game

Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions, Villains, Your Tax Dollars At Work

These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For . . .

Imagine this scenario: You're heading out of town for a long-anticipated holiday with extended family. The trip requires nine hours in a car so -- in spite of what you've heard/read about new TSA-sanctioned sexual assaults,  er, bureaucratic intimidations, er, safety screenings --  you opt to fly instead of taking the marathon but exhausting drive.… Continue reading These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For . . .

Living, Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions

Battle of the Bulges

A couple weeks back, my Beloved and I were emptying some items from the back of my car. I was in front of him, and he remarked offhandedly:  "You should probably invest in a bra that fits." I was too busy with other things to waste time being upset by his observation, but in the… Continue reading Battle of the Bulges