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May 20, 2020

To the tune of Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen”

While Quarantined

I learned the truth while quarantined

That boredom soon becomes routine

And days drag on relentlessly

Awash in uniformity 

Tuesday Thursday Sunday Friday

Makes no difference to anybody

3pm 4am noon and night

All blend...

April 24, 2020


(To the tune of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound”)

I’m sittin’ in my favorite chair

Longing for a beach somewhere

Every day’s an endless stream

Of staying in, not being seen

My hair is growing, can’t be stopped

Closed are all the barber shops

Out of this h...

April 11, 2020

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “L,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Lava. The word derives from the Latin labes ("sliding down"), a reference to the molten rock that flows down a mounta...

March 16, 2020

One of my typical internal monolgues...

I don't think I sent that email I said I would send. Or did I? 

I know how to solve that! Duh, why didn't I think of that before? 

He really is a horse's ass.

What's that noise? 

Is there something wrong with this water pressure? 


March 5, 2020

1) That ankle biter is my favorite rello.  

2) That drongo was legless after a few coldies. 

3) I know he's a bludger but he's still my cobber. 

4) I was devo when the Maccas near me closed. 

5) Do you want avo on your sanger? 

6) Too many mozzies out there s'arvo. 


February 24, 2020


We all have illogical things we believed before we reached the age of reason. Here are a few of mine. 

That I would go down the bathtub drain with the bathwater. 

That my parents were personal friends with every waiter or waitress at every restaurant we went to.

That eve...

February 3, 2020

1) I put my new trainers in my boot.

2) The off-license in my neighborhood sells crisps. 

3) I went to the chemist to buy a dummy. 

4) Doesn't everyone keep jumpers in their wardrobe? 

5) I needed a flannel after eating all of those hundreds and thousands. 

6) He and I use...

January 23, 2020

Some of my favorites from our YWYS Facebook posts:

Aeipathy: Continued passion, unyielding

In a sentence:  His aeipathy for birdwatching was his most defining trait.

Acrasial:  Ill-tempered

In a sentence:  Judge Judy is often acrasial, but rightly so. 

Welkin: The uppe...

January 13, 2020

Why my make-up routine involves darkening light things and lightening dark things. It's like some sort of cosmic (or cosmetic) joke. 

Why some sitcoms still use laugh tracks. I'll know if it's funny.  

Why a fellow bar customer would ask "What are you drinking?" if they...

January 2, 2020

Certain single-frame images from my life have stuck with me through the years. Here are a few: 

1963: My mother, sitting on the couch with her hand at her throat, watching the coverage of the Kennedy assassination. 

1975: Seeing my future husband for the first time; he w...

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