Category: Television

Don’t lie to me, Fibber Magee.

I know people.  I’ve been studying human behavior since I was knee-high to an angry grasshopper.  As kid, I was an expert at interpreting whether someone was angry by the way they walked up a very short flight of stairs.  By the time I was eleven, I could spot the difference between agony and apathy from about 50 yards.  Growing up in an incredibly chaotic household will do that to a person. For most of my life, I have been […]

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Beauty is as Beauty Does.

My teenage daughter is enrolled in a Women’s Health class at our local community college and for a recent assignment had to write about beauty.  I do not know what the requirements of the paper were, but I did get to read the response, since I’m the one that pulls the papers off the family printer (it’s one of the small perks of being the grown-up).  While I do not know the What & Why of the paper, I loved […]

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Cooties, Liars and Snitches

When I was a kid there were a handful of crimes that made you a pariah on the playground: having cooties; being an Indian Giver (not PC now, but that’s what we called it back-in-the-day); snitching; lying; and being two-faced.  It was the Five Fingers of Friendship Death upon you if you possessed any of those qualities.  Outside of my epic lie of “I’m a twin” when I was a preteen, I was only accused of the cooties thing once […]

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Telenovela Lives.

There are some people who live their lives as though they’re starring in their own telenovela.  For the uninitiated, a telenovela is a tv soap opera usually known for outrageously dramatic storylines and BIG performances (I’d say stage chewing and hammy, but you never know whose auntie might be in one).  The thing is, if you’re going to live your life like that?  It gives me license to watch.  And review. I have a running list of characters I interact […]

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The Simon Cowell of Mothers.

I am … the Simon Cowell of Mothers.  Oh, it’s not a name that I came up with, but the nickname my daughter bestowed upon me when she was about 12 years old.  It turns out that it was, and this may surprise you, a compliment.  Sort of.   See, I was NOT the mommy who stood in the back of the classroom glowing with pride at the kindergarten autumn presentation where the little darlings reenacted a Thanksgiving feast made […]

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My, what big ears you have!

Never having seriously considered plastic surgery before, it has been on my mind a lot these days.  Not for the typical reasons either.  See, I’ve actually been thinking about asking a doctor if it is possible to give me pointed ears like Mr. Spock.  Why?  Because right away people will see me and think, “Hmmm… why, she looks a sensible woman” and maybe then they’d stop saying highly illogical, completely irrational things around me.   There are many examples I […]

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Everything old is new again. On second viewing.

  Funny how time and experience will change your impression of a thing.   For example, the first time I watched the movie “Mommy Dearest” I thought to myself, “What a lunatic this woman is.”  Then, I got married and had children of my own.   With my patience worn down to the size of a BB and the sleep pattern of a prisoner-of-war I watched the movie again and thought, “Oh, for heaven’s sake, that poor woman.”  My opinions on […]

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