Archive for August, 2007

For you, twenty years later

The first time I saw you I was sitting in the back pew of a church. You stood up dressed like a Kennedy, wearing a white shirt, a red bow tie, a navy wool sports jacket and khakis. You spoke about Medieval Japan and Portuguese missionaries crucified upside down and I inhaled your words, verbal pheromones […]

Thursday playlist: Summer … It’s gone edition

Meat Loaf, “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)” DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, “Summertime” Jens Lekman, “A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill” His Name Is Alive, “Summer Left Your Heart Behind” Stan Getz, “Summertime” Sam Cook, “Summertime” Grandaddy, “Summer … It’s Gone” Fotheringay, “Two Weeks Last […]

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow

Jen and I took a little break from the big city and went to Sequoia last week. We saw pretty trees and bushes . . . pretty trees and a mountain . . . trees of enormous size . . . and beauty. We hiked. We stopped and unpacked . . . to rest. We […]

Adios to ghosts

Recent true events: • I misplaced the turquoise ring my mother gave me. I always thought it was a romantic ring – maybe one my father had given her. I asked her what it meant to her (without telling her I’d lost it), and she said she’d had it made after The Divorce. Since that […]

Buenos Aires and the Bush daughters in heat

Where do you go for spring break? I know the question is quite untimely, but deal with it, I wrote this a few months ago, but never got around to editing and linking it. Now with last week's news that Jenna Bush is engaged to be married, this post is suddenly quite timely again. Not […]

Three, four, knock at the door

I’m one of those liberals who likes to reject criminal stereotypes. Although I present as a prissy white middle class woman who might be obsessed by the murder of Laci Peterson while ignoring the thousands of women of color who are victims of crime, I’m not. I hate that Nancy Grace-style racism and I’ve always […]

Thursday playlist: Eyes open, eyes shut

Múm – “They Made Frogs Smoke ‘Til They Exploded” [youtube][/youtube] Bat for Lashes – “What’s a Girl to Do” [youtube][/youtube] José González – “Down the Line” [youtube]–L9Yd1k[/youtube] Fields – “Song for the Fields” [youtube][/youtube] The Chemical Brothers – “Do it Again” [youtube][/youtube] Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’” [youtube][/youtube] I’m always fascinated by the […]


We have a new house. I have my typical liberal identity issues but seem to have successfully fought past these as I gaze approvingly at the new 50” flat screen in the room off of our open kitchen. Did you know that you’re supposed to “break in” a plasma? The first 100 hours should apparently […]

The problem with doctors

So last week, Annie’s post on Ten Ironies and Truisms of the ER got picked up by, a site where users nominate articles they find on the web and the most popular ones get exposure on the front page of the site (or something like that — I don’t use Digg, so I have […]

Ten things to remember when chasing down a burglar

On a Saturday morning a few weeks ago we awoke to the sound of an ominous crash coming from the house next door. It sounded like glass breaking. Something was wrong. Our neighbor’s house had been unoccupied for the past month since she went to live with family after her 93 year old roommate died. […]