Hello Kitty is a Cat: My Open Letter to Sanrio

In case you haven’t heard, Hello Kitty is not a cat. Well, that’s what author Christine R. Yano was told by Sanrio (the company that owns Hello Kitty and her friends) when she was preparing her script for a Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. ...more
If it looks like a kitty and it's name is Kitty than it's a kitty.more

Writing a Novel is Like Birthin' a Baby

     When I took the NANOWRIMO challenge in November 2013, I had no Idea what I was in for. Just like with a pregnancy, I was at first completely excited. Here I was ready to write a novel and I was going to do so in only one month. Out of the shute I whirled into a frenzy of writing that lasted for about two weeks....more

Does This Make My Butt Look Fat? And Other Questions I Don’t Want Answered

I have no one to blame but myself. Years ago, my husband who was not my husband at the time, took me to a Bruce Springsteen concert. It was an amazing experience although it ran very long. I think The Boss played for 4 hours straight:  the guy was and still is a musical phenom. So about halfway through the evening, my husband/boyfriend turned to me and said (rather loudly because, of course, the air was vibrating), “You have bad breath.” To me, it seemed like he shouted it. Cue sound of needle scratching record album....more

Oh Boys.....

So today I decided it would be a bit of a spring cleaning Sunday (which was one of my more stupid ideas) and I needed to start with my son's room hands down.  Of course I tell my kids clean your room, clean your room, holy hell clean your room but a kids version of cleaning a room quite differs from an actual cleaning.  Add to that the kid being a boy and we are talking about a parallel universe where disgusting is the standard way of life....more

Men and Women

We all know how this goes the age old “men are from mars, women are from venus” deal and oh my if it’s not pretty true.  These were just a few that came to mind but feel free to add comments for anything I missed!Women...more

Haphazard Gardening: How Not to Grow Vegetables

Behold: our beautiful vegetable garden.Things are actually alive in there. No thanks to us, I might add. We may have planted things in the ground but we certainly haven’t helped them grow....more
Susanf Thanks, Susan! I totally get what you mean. I'm hoping that next year we will actually ...more

One Year of Ollie

Ollie (aka Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger) had his one year adoption anniversary with us a couple weeks ago. We’re not really sure when he was born, but the vet estimated that he was about one and a half when we adopted him. To keep it simple, I decided that Ollie and Jack share a birthday… so they are both 2 ½ now.Hope Jack doesn’t get a complex about it. Or Ollie. Because frankly the dog is a bit of a diva and it would be JUST like him to get a complex over sharing his birthday.I guess the most important thing to say is: Ollie is not Potter....more

Dear Demon Volvo,

Dear Demon Volvo, ...more

My Dissertation on the Evolution of Feminine Protection

 I’m 45 years old.  A lot has happened in 45 years.  Things change…they evolve.  “It has never been a better time to be a woman” was a title in a magazine I read not too long ago.  “Women have more opportunities and choices now than they ever had!”  That appears to be true….in the feminine protection isle of the supermarket....more