Jane Becker

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Do You Have Wanderlust?

In Kim Edwards' The Lake of Dreams both Lucy and her ancestors had wanderlust. I love the word "wanderlust." Wanderlust is something I understand and I had it once myself. ...more
Yes, I will get in a car and just drive. Tho I prefer to jump on a train with a good book! more

Meal (and Holiday Baking) Plan Monday December 12

Our meal plan is very sketchy this week because we're going to be gone for part of it. (Which is also why I'm posting this Sunday night - I might forget in the morning!) We didn't do poorly last week but yet again we failed to roast the chicken. It's becoming a routine around here - put roast chicken on the menu and then do not make it. Monday: Dinner out with the fake husband's coworkers in Toronto. Tuesday: Hopefully dinner with friends in Toronto. Must confirm! Wednesday: Dinner on the road back from Toronto. Probably fast food. ...more
Going to make white bean and leek soup, with sausage. But my start time was pushed back ...more

Prom-a Drama

I was helping the Snapper select a corsage for his senior prom date.  Luckily he had a phone photo of his date’s dress.  I said, “Isn’t technology fabulous?...more

Yes, but did anyone copy your dress?:)more

Putting It On The Table

We have very interesting dinner table conversations—though perhaps not the kind the experts envision when they urge parents to sit down at the table with their off-spring. ...more

Martini Mom--Yes, you're right.  Several years ago I interviewed a doc for an article about ...more

What Recession: the Most Expensive Inauguration in Our Country's History

Alternate title: WWLD? (What Would Lincoln Do?) It's a passing of the torch, literally in Iran, where they've switched out their Bush effigies and have set fire to new Obama ones. Here, preparations are underway for the most expensive inaugural celebrations in our country's history: the swearing-in of Barack Obama. ...more

When FDR was sworn in, at the height of the depression, his inaugural committee served cold ...more

I'll Have What She's Having: Drinking While Pregnant

I like to drink. A lot. With dinner.  Without dinner.  With friends. With my husband.  So when I stopped drinking in 2003, it was like wearing a big, flashing, I'M PREGNANT side on my forehead. I was fooling no one. ...more

I agree.  The saying "keep your laws off my body" was long a mantra of the ...more

Recession Sex

 “It’s official,” I said to George.  “The economy’s in a recession.  It’s time to winterize the house.”  ...more

The more you have, the more you save!

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A Green-Collar Democrat for McCain-Palin

With just over a week until Election Day and our economy in disarray, it’s little surprise that the economic policies of both John McCain and Barack Obama have come into sharp focus for many Americans.  This has, of course, been aided by the emergence of Joe the Plumber as a major figure in the presidential campaign — though he is hardly the only current or prospective small-business owner looking closely at what the candidates are pledging to do to move the economy forward.  Since the beginning of the race, as the owner of a small business (and a Democrat), I have been carefully revi ...more

I, too, am a Democrat and small business owner who's voting for McCain. If you're an ...more

Is Ayers Relationship with Obama a Valid Talking Point?

Pundits are warning that Governor Palin’s attacks on Obama’s relationships could backfire, because they deviate from the issues.  But who a president chooses to associate with is precisely the issue—especially if the president is as inexperienced as Barack Obama. ...more

I posed the question, originally, about whether Ayers was a valid talking point.  Based on ...more

Is Ayers Relationship with Obama a Valid Talking Point?

Pundits are warning that Governor Palin’s attacks on Obama’s relationships could backfire, because they deviate from the issues.  But who a president chooses to associate with is precisely the issue—especially if the president is as inexperienced as Barack Obama. ...more

Did you really just ask me if I brought up Raines because he's a black man? Are you ...more