Saturday, January 20, 2018

When the Fuck Will This End?

Donald Trump has been in office for one year. I hesitate to use President because he is the furthest thing from being presidential. I have never used that title in conjunction with his name.

Enumerating the travesties taking place since his election and inauguration has occupied pages and pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post; millions of gigabytes online, and hours and hours of reporting on cable television.

As of early January, his lies totaled 2,000, according to the Washington Post. They range from the crowd at his inauguration and voting numbers to the denial of his collusion with Russia to taking credit for creating jobs to this week’s information regarding his health.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trump Resistance Bears Fruit

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One year ago I went to the polls with the expectation of electing the first woman president in the 240 years of this country. There were tears of joy in my eyes as a slipped my ballot into the scanner.

Like many people, I sat transfixed and appalled as the numbers came in that night. By the next morning, those emotions had turned to outrage, outrage that has only deepened over the last year.

The Resistance began almost immediately.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

‘If You’re Not Outraged…’

After hearing tRump’s “fire and fury” announcement about North Korea this week, I looked around my house. 

Maybe its nuclear ICBM would not hit Connecticut, but we would surely experience the fallout. I thought: How tight can we seal the house? Put in the storm doors. Make sure the cellar windows are closed tight. Create a stash of food, water, and toilet paper. Food and litter for the cats. Gas up the cars.

Friday, April 14, 2017

WTF? Our New Mantra

As it turns out, there’s been a collective WTF? momentum that has only been increasing since the election. Every time I thought about writing a new post, another news report, Tweet, gaffe, appointment, executive order, or act on the part of Congress has put the sane among us into a tailspin of incredulity.

The election post mortem shows that the dumbing down of America has reached its apex. Trump’s election was sealed was by white, male high school graduates from the rust-belt states, and apparently, their beholden women. Appallingly, 52 percent of white women and 61 percent of white women without a college education voted for him. The Democrats obviously underestimated that voting block. Political correctness is gone. Trump’s disparaging attitudes has given permission for the bad behavior and misogyny associated with that lower socio-economic mentality.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What the F**K Just Happened?

How could we go from having a Harvard-educated, intelligent, eloquent president to the prospect of one who is a racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, bullying clown – and in between casting off a Yale-educated diplomat who has a record for fighting for women and children?

And what can we do about it?

Friday, September 2, 2016

No Internet, No Phone: Trying to Find the Silver Lining

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I was already majorly stressed out. A boatload of work, including a project I really didn’t want to accept. Summer heat and a lack of sleep. A newly retired husband underfoot. An ill kitty running up big-time vet bills.

Then my Internet and phone went out.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

10 Tips for PR Success (from a Cranky Editor)

Due to space limitations and staffing cutbacks, much of the everyday information found in print publications has been reduced to event and calendar listings.

It’s no secret that editors are the most downsized professionals in the workforce. They’re expected to do more with fewer resources and that means the editorial assistant who typed up and formatted this information is probably yesterday’s news.

This post was originally published on Linked In. Continue reading here.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Retail Manipulation

Kohl’s must be apopleptic. Right in the middle of its Black Friday prequel, the power went out at the local shopping center. I can hear the collective gasp of the cash registers.

Friday, October 16, 2015

‘Retirement’ – Week 1

Early this summer when my bosses announced their retirement and intention to scale back their business, I had mixed feelings.

My chronic Bag Lady Fear about finances immediately kicked in. I have never felt secure about finances. Any time I’ve been laid off during my 40-plus year career, panic had set in.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Coloring: Everything old is new again

(I've been updating this post regularly to include new articles on the topic.)

For a long time, I had a secret: I loved to color.

A friend turned me on to adult coloring books at least 10 years ago. She gave me a book and some markers and I rediscovered the joy of choosing colors and filling in sections of designs, large and small, simple and intricate. It didn’t take long before a bought a couple of books and added a couple of packages of brilliantly hued Sharpies to my collection. In no time, I completely filled a Susanne Fincher book of mandalas.