“Eating Broccoli” “I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me. You can never get enough broccoli, that is my belief.
“Fancy Dress” I was excited to wear my new dress.
I have mentioned before that all of the reasons I have for never wanting to have children are ever-growing and each could be made into its own dissertation.
Q: What’s in store for the second session of the 117th Congress?
“New Year Inventory” The New Year is when we take stock. In some cases, like my husband Peter’s, this is literal. He keeps an inventory of our canned goods and chastises me if I mess up his inventory.
I had planned to start off the New Year with a cleaning routine, beginning with vacuuming the basement and stairway, then working my way up to cleaning the bathroom, and finally organizing and cleaning my room.

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“Dozens of Cousins” “We are cleaning up our stuff,” Meshach, the tile layer who now more or less permanently resides in our home, informed me. “We are giving you more space.” “More space!” I said in mock amazement. “Why would I need more space? I see at least three square feet over there by the...
I may have just spoken on this not even a month ago, but there is always more to be said—unfortunately. The way women interact with the world is scrutinized to such a degree, that our autonomy is severely restricted and our ability to simply exist in public, is severely limited. Not only women,...
Q: What’s up with the proposal that would require banks to report account holder information to the IRS? A: The Biden administration is searching under every couch cushion in America to pay for its reckless multi-trillion dollar spending spree. I’ve got news for the big spenders. Nickle and diming...
Gerald Seib, a columnist for Rupert Murdoch’s conservative-based Wall Street Journal (Murdoch also owns Fox News), referenced Freedom House, a non-profit non-governmental democracy-based research organization in a July 13 op-ed noting “freedom across the globe declined for 15 straight years.”...
“Ginger Cookies” We were supposed to get the tile backsplash installed in our kitchen yesterday, but my husband, Peter, said he needed to use the kitchen so he could bake ginger cookies.    “Can you work in the bathroom today instead?” I asked Meshach, the talented tiler from Kenya, who has been...
 In 2013, while in Chengdu, China, I visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. I got to see tiny baby pandas through glass, take lots of cute pictures, cuddle panda plushies, and learn more about the endangerment and conservation of pandas. Why do I bring this up? Over the...
Disappointment comes in all shapes and sizes. Dealing with disappointment, heartbreak and unexpected transitions is a frustrating but normal part of life. Some heartbreaks are major and life-altering, while some disappointments are just minor irritations. Regardless of their size or scope,...
Q: What is the debt limit? A: The debt limit is the amount of money the U.S. Treasury is authorized to borrow to meet spending obligations. The Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse strings and under federal law, the legislative branch of the federal government must approve borrowing...
“Riding Together” My husband, Peter, and I are at my parents’ cabin in the woods. The weather was perfect for a bike ride so we took a long one. We had not all been riding together in almost two years and I am not an experienced rider. So, in order to prevent my butt from getting sore, I have a...
The weight of misogyny feels especially cumbersome of late. The abortion ban in Texas and North Carolina (and other states attempting to follow suit), the disappearance/apparent murder of a 22-year-old while hiking with her boyfriend, the villification of female artists in the media, the constant...

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