The Tender Things That We Were Working On

Don’t You Forget About Me Imagine yourself at the end of your life. What sort of legacy will you leave? Describe the lasting effect you want to have on the world, after you’re gone. My biggest contribution to the world after I’m gone is the fact that I am planning on a Green Burial in […]

My Must Have Kitchen Ingredient – Tony Chachere’s

What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why? When I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1992, I was introduced to this magical seasoning  “Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning” by my various authentic Louisiana born friends. We […]

Nightmares

Mental Health Pittsburgh

We all loathe nightmares. Mine tend to come and go in spurts, usually linked to some stressor but lately a “spurt” has been hanging around. I wake up with adrenaline coursing through me so I can’t sleep, but I’m exhausted after a week of this. I’ve tried all sorts of things – soothing cups of […]

My Pierogie Pillow

What is my most prized possession? Well, I excluded living creatures so I went searching the house. And I picked this:   Ledcat found this adorable pillow via Commonwealth Press and purchased one as a Christmas Gift for me. It is adorable, but it is also practical – I prop my head up with it […]

An Embarrassment of Status Updates

When was the last time you were embarrassed? How do you react to embarrassment?  In the year 2010, I decided to lose weight so I started a rigorous exercise (walking) program and monitored what I ate. It was successful in that I lost 50 pounds in about 6 months. Unfortunately, the reason I was successful […]

Why I’ll Never Be a Great Blogger

The Sincerest Form of Flattery Publish a post in the style of a favorite author/blogger or photographer. I’m not sure that I have favorite bloggers or I pay close attention to their writing style, close enough to copy it. The thing I like about their blogging is that they write well. Notice how I shifted […]

The Reese’s Discussion

Laura looks askance at my Reese’s Cups. “Didn’t you buy those for me?” Me, clutching candy to my chest. “That’s another package. I bought these for me, they were in my purse.” Laura glances to the kitchen. “Then where are mine?” Me “Well, where did you put them? I am not in charge of candy distribution. I […]

When I Broke Up With Coke

Happy Endings Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for gradual change? Did it stick? I grew up with pop (soda) as a treat. My parents were firm about drinking milk for dinner whether at home or in a restaurant (in those days, no restaurants served juice.) Occasionally, […]

Are Lesbians a Little Too Tart?

Did you feel a lot of pressure with January’s NaBloPoMo? As I wrap up my fourth month of continuous daily blogging, I have to admit that January was a pressure month.  A few times, I felt pressured to come up with something – anything – to write about on my blog. Other days, the ideas […]

Why Do Young People Think ‘Just One Step’ =s Accessibility?

Generation XYZ Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them? I am a member of Generation X (born in 1970) so this is a difficult question for me to address. Technically, the next generation would be Millenials (born […]