A Sympathy Template

You know what I wish there was? ...more

The End of the Rope

I interrupt our regularly scheduled Pimping of Wry to bang you over the head with something not funny at all. ...more

And I'm back

Well the migraine turned out to be even worse than I thought it would be, probably because its spring and we've had quite a bit of rain in the last few days, I ended up taking 2 sick days, in retrospect I probably could have come in on Sun. ...more

The Holocaust: My Visit to Dachau, a Concentration Camp

Last Week, someone asked me the question, "What is the most memorable place you've ever been?" For me, it occured on July 5, 1995. I know the exact date, because it was the day after my 18th birthday. The place: Dachau Nazi Concentration Camp. (Survivors on Liberation Day: April 29, 1945) ...more

A Different Kind of Send-Off

Yesterday I attended the funeral of an elegant Japanese lady at a Shinto Shrine here in Washington state.  I was going to pay my respects to the lovely lady,but I was also very interested in witnessing a funeral service that was not of a Western religion.  ...more

Even the prospect of being threatened is usually enough to get me moving :-)more

Homeward Bound

You know that feeling when you've been away for so long that you literally miss sleeping in your own bed? That's exactly how my husband and I felt after the extended visit with his parents. Like I said in my previous post, this random family reunion started with a funeral. (My husband's step-grandfather passed away right before Passover, and we had to drive up to Detroit, Michigan at the last minute for his funeral.) ...more

Craigslist murder suspect Philip Markoff

Philip Markoff, 22, is being held without bail on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder. He is a 2nd year medical student at Boston University. ...more

Of trees and fires, children and accidents, Saturday in Charleston. SC

Today is your typical Charleston day. It is not too hot,nor too cold. As a matter of fact it is perfect. ...more

One Death and a Seder

First off, I need to apologize for my extended absence. I cannot believe it's been two weeks since my last post. In my defense...A lot has happened in those two weeks, and I fully intend to catch everyone up within the next couple of days... First up...Passover. As any Jew knows, last week marked the beginning of Passover. My husband and I had planned to have a quiet first Seder at home on the first night with just the two of us, followed by a second Seder the next night with three other friends coming over to our place. ...more