Monthly Archives: December 2011

A re-salute to that which I resolute. Again.

Another new year on the horizon and again I sit with pencil and paper to sketch out resolutions.  Notice I said pencil, not pen, as I’m not totally committed to this year’s list (which sort of resembles last year’s list) yet. It’s not that I think the resolutions are not worthy of being carried out, it’s just that I’m not sure I have the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done.  I’m a bit of a pansy when […]

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How can you LIKE that?!

Let’s say you’re from Minnesota and you really dislike jalepeno peppers, or just don’t care for them as much as those folks in the Southwest.  Or, maybe you’re from Italy and you go to a Texas diner and decide that grits are just not your cup of polenta.  Chances are you’d be polite and simply chalk it up to simple differences in tastes or culture.  Right?  You wouldn’t make a face and blurt out something like, “Eww!  How can you […]

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“You’re lucky. You got good kids.”

While discussing my love for my children the other day (I’m a mom, we’re known to do that) my lunch partner said, “Yeah, well — you’re lucky.  You got good kids.”  He said this in a way that implied I had somehow picked my children up in a serendipitous cosmic yard sale, narrowly missing going home with the ill-tempered Garbage Patch Dolls sitting to their left. Questioning my companion’s usually diplomatic communication skills, I inquired why he chose to label […]

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Do as I say, not as I do.

Growing up, there were plenty of times I was told, “Do as I say!” A phrase usually blurted out in the heat of the moment by adults who had neither the time nor patience to elaborate why, they just wanted it (whatever “it” was) done and done now… no questions asked.  Many times I believe it was also uttered with the unspoken understanding that I was not to follow in their footsteps.  A “Do as I say, not as I […]

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