Archives for May 2008

What, are Tentacles out of Season?

My boss, feeling that his devoted and talented Advertising staff had kicked quite a substantial amount of ass last quarter, took us all out for lunch Friday and then to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Roman Art from the Louvre exhibit. It was, overall, a delightful time, though the experience did ironically force […]

The Creepy Invasion of My Privacy…of the Evangelical Kind *Shudder*

A few years ago, I began writing a set of instructions for my funeral. I know- morbid – but I was thinking of it as a way to ensure that, should I go before my parents, I’d at least get the non-religious send-off that I want.   And being a writer, with an often out-of-control imagination, […]

Potter and Poker

I listen to Pete (my husband) talk about poker the same way he listens to me talk about Harry Potter. I have no clue why it’s so important to him, I just know it is. Very, very important. Therefore, just like he sits there and nods his head, making sure he keeps eye contact with […]

Many years later…..

Since being diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, it’s been like a light bulb going off in my head. I can recognize the symptoms for what they are now, and talk myself down from the ledge of emotional free-fall. This morning I woke up with a knot in my chest. My shoulders were tense. I felt […]

Greek Blogging Laws

Press-gr. is one of the most visited Greek blogs, whose purpose is to critique the Greek government and society and to provide news that goes under the radar of the mainstream media. I visit it daily to get information about government scandals and corruption. Some posts are bogus, but most are accurate. The Greek government […]

On Souls

It seems to me that for most religions to have any credibility at all, we humans must have a soul. Otherwise, there would be nothing to be judged as to whether we’d earned our place in heaven, or not. So, without a soul, religion has no power. Nil. Zilch. This is why the Roman Catholic […]

Lieberman Sends Nuclear Note to Executive Branch

Senator Joe Lieberman, in his capacity as chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, has assigned gloomy homework to 16 federal agencies, asking them for full descriptions of their preparations in case of a nuclear device detonating on U.S. soil. It’s the nightmare  cenario, terrorists importing a nuclear weapon and setting it off in an […]

Amy Flanigan ~ Mothers and Daughters

1. I am nine or ten years old, standing in the hallway and picking at the door jamb with my thumbnail when I tell my mother that when I grow up, I want to work in the car factory where my father works. “I want to make Jeeps, just like Dad does,” I say. My […]

Leave My Flag on the Mast

Just lately I’m seeing a lot of the Aussie flag. But not where it should be, which is, up the pole. Aussies were always nervous about flag wavers in days gone by. Sure, we’re proud of where we live, but overt gestures were rightly regarded with mistrust. A pollie wrapping themselves in the flag was […]

Amber Burke ~ Things I Learned from Being Ill

It might sound strange, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world by being ill. Suddenly your priorities change and your whole world comes into focus loud and clear. Things that were so important seem so trivial. Here are the things that I’ve learned from this experience: Be present in the moment. Enjoy […]